Category: Small Business Tips


Thoughts on growing a business, raising money, getting the word out,
and increasing profits. Plus, ZipBooks news!

  • Purchase Orders and Invoices: What’s the Difference?

    Posted 7 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Understanding all of the paperwork you need to file for your new business can be a little confusing at first. And if you’re a business that deals with physical inventory, you’ll likely be juggling both purchase orders and invoices—but what exactly is the difference between the two? Purchase orders (POs) and invoices are commonly confused […]

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  • 1099 Form: Complete Guide for Businesses & Contractors

    Posted 7 months ago in Small Business TipsTaxes
    by Meg Sproul

    Hi! I’m Meg, and I’m self-employed. Confession time: I recently did something pretty awful. I read everything I could find about 1099s on the IRS website. I kind of had to because, for me, tax time is a bit trickier than just submitting my standard W-2s. To avoid being penalized, I have to obtain a […]

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  • QuickBooks for Dummies: An alternative

    Posted 7 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    You’re probably familiar with the brightly colored “For Dummies” books. Some of the best-sellers include “Auto Repair for Dummies,” “English Grammar for Dummies” and “SQL for Dummies.” But did you know there is also a “QuickBooks for Dummies” series? Yes, the same way you need an instruction manual to learn the complex computer code “SQL,” […]

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  • Buy Yelp reviews? Don’t. Here’s a better way.

    Posted 7 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Jessica Reschke

    Yelp reviews can make or break your business.  A recent survey by BrightLocal found that 91% of consumers trust online reviews as much as peer recommendations. Not to mention, Yelp’s 7.9 million monthly visitors. Unfortunately, because customer feedback has the potential to skyrocket a small business’s leads and revenue, fake reviews have started creeping their way […]

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  • Bookkeeping Terms: a Small Business Reference

    Posted 7 months ago in BookkeepingSmall Business Tips
    by Brad Hanks

    I can’t think of anyone who started their own business because they were excited about the bookkeeping. In fact, very few small business owners have  any background in accounting–yet finances are a crucial part of staying afloat!  Hopefully, you’ve got smart bookkeeping software to do the heavy-lifting for you. You shouldn’t have to count beans, but […]

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  • PayPal vs Venmo vs Zelle: Who’s the best?

    Posted 7 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Jonathan Besquin

    The peer-to-peer payment app war is growing fierce. The use of P2P (peer-to-peer) payment apps is expected to grow by double digits across all age groups through 2021. Just last year, P2P transactions exceeded $120 billion. Let’s take a look at three of the most popular apps–Paypal vs Venmo vs Zelle–and see who comes out the […]

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  • The Best Receipt Scanners: From Mobile Apps to Magic Wands

    Posted 7 months ago in BookkeepingProduct ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Experienced business owners know to save their receipts. Not only is this data crucial to expense reports, if you hope to claim any deductions or credits on your tax return, you’ll need proof. In the olden days, entrepreneurs might have stuffed their receipts into a shoebox until the IRS came knocking. But now, a digital […]

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  • QuickBooks Online Pricing: What does it really cost?

    Posted 8 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    QuickBooks is by far the most recognizable name in the accounting software space.  QuickBooks Online (QBO) is a cloud-based alternative to QuickBooks Desktop.  The mobility of the platform is appealing to many users, despite frequent complaints of bugs and poor customer support.   At a glance, QuickBooks Online pricing seems more reasonable than the Desktop […]

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  • 1099-MISC tax form DIY guide

    Posted 8 months ago in Small Business TipsTaxes
    by Karin Hernandez

    What is a 1099-MISC form? Not the 1099 Form you’re looking for? What kind of income is reported on a 1099-MISC form? Who Files the 1099-MISC Form? Who Gets a 1099-MISC? Is There a Minimum Threshold Dollar Figure? How Do You File the 1099-MISC? How and When Do You Issue the 1099-MISC?   What is […]

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  • Can you delete Google reviews?

    Posted 8 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Business owners know that their reputation today is built from online feedback—and customers know this too. Sometimes this means that vindictive exes or jealous competitors will try to troll your company by writing fake reviews for your GMB listing. But, there’s no need to fear—it’s possible to delete Google reviews. Platforms like Yelp or Facebook […]

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