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  • Free QuickBooks for Nonprofits

    Posted 4 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Nonprofits thrive when passion is at the helm. If you want to give back as much as you can (and continue to impress donors and investors), you need to keep your expenses low—and that includes the cost of your accounting software. While some accounting software companies offer discounts to nonprofit organizations, Intuit charges full price […]

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  • 5 ways to create a firm culture that improves employee retention and satisfaction

    Posted 4 months ago in Accountant Insights
    by Michelle Dimas

    “Tourist Tuesday” at Nichols Accounting Nampa office (part of Employee Appreciation Week, August 2018) Each year, there is a season that every accounting student simultaneously dreads, prepares, and looks forward to…recruiting season.  It’s a grueling time of year. Days are filled with firm visits, recruiting events, midterms, extracurricular business and accounting club activities, first- and […]

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  • Voice search optimization: Myth vs Reality

    Posted 4 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Comscore predicts that by 2020, more than half of all searches will be performed by voice. The popularity of voice assistants is only growing, which means that SEO trends are shifting. Some would go so far as to say that voice search optimization (VSO) is replacing traditional search engine optimization. While this is a bit […]

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  • What is Corporate Accounting and how does it compare to Public Accounting?

    Posted 4 months ago in Accountant Insights
    by Rachel Cottam

    Whether you’re starting out in your accounting career, looking to transition between fields, or just plain curious, it’s important to define corporate accounting and know how it differs from a career in public accounting. What is corporate accounting? Accountants who work in the corporate or private sphere are employed by non-accounting companies rather than accounting […]

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  • The Dos and Don’ts of sending client documents

    Posted 5 months ago in Accountant Insights
    by Deb Greenleaf

    How many times has your client emailed you a password for their bank account? Or sent you a Form W-9 with their Social Security Number in an unencrypted email? With data breaches and identity theft becoming more common and more widespread, it’s crucial to examine your own communication channels and whether you are exchanging information […]

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  • Xero vs. QuickBooks: Online Accounting Showdown

    Posted 5 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Megan Jensen

    QuickBooks Online and Xero  Quickbooks Online (QBO) is a personal and business bookkeeping software developed by Intuit in the early 2000s to help small businesses with their bookkeeping systems. QuickBooks is big particularly in the U.S. and Canada. Xero Limited was created in 2006 in New Zealand, with a focus on cloud-based business accounting software. […]

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  • The ideal software adoption path for construction and field services

    Posted 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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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