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3 Big Entrepreneur Growth Opportunities

March 15, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on 3 Big Entrepreneur Growth Opportunities

You have probably already started your business- why else would you need bookkeeping services? But that doesn't mean you can't keep any eye on what is going on in the world of business and where the growth areas are happening. For one thing, it may be an area you can shift some of your business into to kick things into high gear. Or it may be an area where you have enough interest or ...

Accounting for Growth in Your Small Business

January 31, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on Accounting for Growth in Your Small Business

For many small business owners, growth is more of an accident that happens than a well executed plan. That works fine when everything is going well and the economy is a rising tide lifting all boats, as the saying goes, but when things get tough, like they have been the last several years, growth becomes something you have to do rather than something that happens. If you have to plan for growth (and this includes not ...

Business Structure Options to Consider

January 27, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on Business Structure Options to Consider

Here's a good run down of the options open to structuring your small business. I lean towards the S-Corp for most business owners who are making at least $50K per year in profits as it will save you money on taxes and also provide you a good layer of protections beyond just having insurance. It depends on your specific business situation of course. If you decide you would like to convert your business to an LLC ...

4 Tips for More Effective Small Business Marketing

January 26, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on 4 Tips for More Effective Small Business Marketing

One of the biggest challenges I see whenever I talk to our bookkeeping clients is that they have little or no organized marketing. I understand why- things often get busy and there can be a lot of fires to put out which makes marketing take a back seat. But then, when things get slow, there is no built in base to fall back on to help sustain and achieve growth. The right answer, in my ...

Online Sellers Now Having Sales Reported Direct to IRS

January 25, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on Online Sellers Now Having Sales Reported Direct to IRS

If you are doing your bookkeeping right then this isn't going to be an issue for you anyway but for those who were treating their online side business as a tax exempt cash cow the party is over. The payment gateways, mainly PayPal, but it applies to any company offering the service, is now required to file notice with the IRS of how much cash they've sent to your account if you have more ...

Does the SBA Really Help Small Businesses?

January 24, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on Does the SBA Really Help Small Businesses?

Interesting article below about what the SBA really offers. The quote about nobody using the SBA field offices is inaccurate as they are showing that they had over 500,000 visits last year. Based on my own experiences, however, it isn't business owners who are using them but aspiring business owners. I went there myself when I was young and had no idea how to accomplish starting a business. I can't say it helped much, either. I ...

The Bookkeeping Secret to Retail Store Profitability

January 22, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on The Bookkeeping Secret to Retail Store Profitability

When most small business owners talk to us about our San Diego bookkeeping service they are primarily thinking along the lines of how it will help them be more timely in paying bills and doing payroll and how it will play into their taxes. This is certainly the prevailing concept of what bookkeepers are for and it is true as far as it goes. But there is so much more that can be done ...

The Most Powerful Marketing Tool Under $1 That Everyone Should Be Using

January 20, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on The Most Powerful Marketing Tool Under $1 That Everyone Should Be Using

When was the last time you wrote a thank-you note? If you are like almost everyone else- it's probably been a long time and more than likely it was to a friend or family member and not part of your business efforts. This is exactly what makes a thank-you note stand out so much and work so powerfully in your favor. They are rare and there is no way to get one without noticing ...

10 Tricks for Memorable and Sales Closing Client Meals

January 19, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on 10 Tricks for Memorable and Sales Closing Client Meals

In your business, do you frequently take clients out to dine as part of the process of winning their business? If so, then likely your competition does as well. Here are ten tips on how you can make the event stand out and well above what your competition is going to offer. After all, if your sales pitch is that you offer a superior product or service then you want the pitch to reflect that by going ...

3 Small Business Mistakes to Steer Clear of This Year

January 17, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on 3 Small Business Mistakes to Steer Clear of This Year

Lots of business advice centers around what to do- I know, I give a lot of it myself! Sometimes, however it is also good to know what not to do. Not doing something can be called inaction or laziness in some cases but in others it can be a very course of action. The following article has three different examples of what not to do as a small business and I can personally attest, and you may ...