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  • Bookkeeping Terms: a Small Business Reference

    Posted 5 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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  • Gusto Payroll Review

    Posted 5 months ago in Product Reviews
    by Rachel Cottam

    If you’re a small business owner looking for a solution that combines payroll, benefits and HR in one platform, look no further than Gusto. Time-consuming and complex processes are made simple through seamless integration and automation. You don’t have to be a payroll expert to use Gusto’s intuitive interface. This cloud-hosted software is a favorite […]

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

    Posted 5 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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  • UPDATED: New Variables for Your Email Templates

    Posted 6 months ago in ZipBooks Updates
    by Karin Hernandez

    When we started getting requests to make our email templates smarter, we jumped at the chance. That’s why we’re adding over 40 more shortcuts to make your business emails more personalized. We hope that these additional email template variables help your business life run smoother than ever. Below is a list of variables you can […]

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

    Posted 6 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 6 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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  • SurePayroll Review: A simple, service-oriented solution

    Posted 6 months ago in Product Reviews
    by Rachel Cottam

    SurePayroll is an online, full-service payroll solution for small businesses and individuals. It was founded in 2000 and acquired by Paychex in 2001. While its simplicity is not recommended for large companies, we’ll review some of the features that customers love about SurePayroll.   What are the features of SurePayroll? SurePayroll is a cloud-based payroll […]

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  • 1099-MISC tax form DIY guide

    Posted 6 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 6 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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  • Your Freelancing Toolkit: What You Need to Get Started

    Posted 7 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Kristina Meek

    Today’s business world is different than it was ten years ago. Many people are leaving the usual 9-to-5 workday, whether by choice or out of frustration with the availability of those jobs. Often, they find themselves freelancing, which is not always easy but frequently rewarding. When you take this path, whether as a writer, designer, […]

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