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  • The ideal software adoption path for construction and field services

    Posted 3 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Cliff Mitchell

    Sooner or later, most small business owners begin to feel the strain that comes with increased growth. Often, this strain comes from a lack of resources, whether that’s time, money, or people. Sound familiar? The solution to these growing pains is most often found internally through the adoption of software in order to improve efficiency […]

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  • Estimated Quarterly Taxes: How to Calculate and File

    Posted 4 months ago in Taxes
    by Rachel Cottam

    Disclaimer: This post only applies to estimated quarterly taxes for Federal income tax filing. Depending on where you live, you may have to file quarterly state taxes as well.   When you’re an employee, it’s normal to have money withheld from your paycheck for taxes, retirement funds and insurance. When you’re self-employed, or if you […]

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  • How to write an invoice that gets paid faster

    Posted 4 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Invoicing doesn’t have to be stressful, it can actually be pretty simple–as long as you know how to write an invoice correctly. What is an invoice? An invoice is a business document detailing a transaction and requesting a payment. Invoices may also be called “bills,” “statements,” or “sales invoices.” Invoices include important details like what […]

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  • Form 8829 Instructions: Your Complete Guide to Expense Your Home Office

    Posted 4 months ago in Small Business TipsTaxes
    by Meg Sproul

    If you have recently become self-employed, chances are you’re pretty nervous about handling tax season as a single-person business. Fortunately, while self-employment makes taxes a little trickier, it can also offer a few perks, like the chance to deduct everyday business expenses from your taxable income. One business expense you may be forgetting that could […]

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  • Top 10 1099 Tax Deductions

    Posted 5 months ago in Taxes
    by Rachel Cottam

    Figuring out your tax liability for income reported on your 1099 forms can get pretty complicated.  The tax rate for 1099 income is twice the rate of W2 income because employers are required by law to automatically withhold income tax from their employees’ paychecks. However, as a freelancer or independent contractor, you are your own […]

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

    Posted 5 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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  • What is a 1099-G?

    Posted 5 months ago in Taxes
    by Karin Hernandez

    1099 forms are the forms that the IRS uses to indicate income that was earned in some way other than by working for a traditional employer and receiving a W-2 tax form at the end of the year. There are many 1099 forms that cover a multitude of income types, and they are all designated […]

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  • 1099 Form: Complete Guide for Businesses & Contractors

    Posted 5 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 5 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 5 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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