Category: Small Business Tips


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

  • QuickBooks 2019: What to know and what to expect

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Megan Jensen

    Quick note: ZipBooks is a  cloud-based Quickbooks alternative that helps you not just manage, but grow your business. And while lots of people are switching and we’d love to have you join the ZipBooks family, we’re all about you getting the accounting product that’s best for your business. So here, you’ll get an honest evaluation […]

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  • Here’s How Accounting Can Help Manage Disputes

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Scott Stone

    Dispute management and accounting may have its distinct roles, but both rely on organization in order to make a business grow. Without organization, there is no knowledge of disputes, which in turn means no knowledge of revenue loss. That is what makes these roles more dependent with each other than most people think. Here, we […]

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

    Posted 3 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Jessica Reschke

    Yelp reviews — especially good ones — can be vital to a successful local business. In fact, a survey conducted in 2017 by BrightLocal found that 85% of local consumers rely upon online reviews (such as on Yelp) as much as peer recommendations. Because online reviews have the potential to skyrocket a small business’s leads […]

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  • Xero vs. QuickBooks: Online Accounting Showdown

    Posted 3 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Megan Jensen

    Ok, here’s the deal: There are many business accounting and billing products out there, and, sure, we’d love for you to check out ZipBooks. But we want you to find what’s best for your business. We’re here to help! So, here’s an honest review of two of our competitors, their major features and pricing, and […]

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  • Sole Proprietorship vs. LLC: Pros and Cons of each

    Posted 3 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Deborah Sweeney

    For many entrepreneurs fresh to the startup world, they’re likely to incorporate as either a sole proprietorship or a limited liability company (LLC). Both legal structures are affordable and require little paperwork in order to get up and running. So, which one should your business choose? Are there pros and cons associated with these entities? […]

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  • 8 steps to setting up a food truck

    Posted 3 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Megan Jensen

    Maybe you’ve thought of opening a restaurant, but don’t have enough capital to start with a brick-and-mortar storefront. A food truck could be a good alternative. Lower overhead, the ability to move locations if a certain place doesn’t generate enough revenue, and no need to pay wait staff or dishwashers.  While it may not be […]

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  • Tax Gap: Unpaid Federal Taxes in the US Could End World Hunger 3.5x

    Posted 5 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by David McSweeney

    In a 2015 report, the U.N. estimated the annual cost of eliminating world hunger to be $116 billion per year. In 2016, the IRS published their Federal Tax Compliance report, which estimated the annual tax gap (true tax liability – tax eventually collected) at $406 billion — enough to end world hunger 3.5x.   Ending World […]

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  • What does a bookkeeper do?

    Posted 7 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    We get this question a lot. That’s probably due to the business we’re in (accounting software, with a healthy dose of bookkeeping on the side). Either way, we talk about it all the time. What does a bookkeeper actually do? There are often other questions that go along with that one: are bookkeepers the same […]

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  • Hiring a Virtual Bookkeeper for Your Small Business

    Posted 7 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Brad Hanks

    Modern technology simplifies and streamlines staffing a small business, no matter where you are. You no longer need to the traditional full office with people typing away in cubicles. Skype, instant messaging, and webinars allow us to work from anywhere in the world, and still get the job done. But technology doesn’t just help you […]

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  • Uber tax tips (also Lyft and other ridesharing drivers)

    Posted 1 year ago in Small Business Tips
    by Karin Hernandez

    If you’re a driver for Uber, Lyft, or some other ridesharing service, you may not be aware that you’re considered an independent contractor, or in other words, self-employed. Lawsuits are pending in some states that contend that you should be treated like an employee but until that is all sorted out, for tax purposes, you’ll […]

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