By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 28, 2015
I’m one of those people for whom saving and budgeting isn’t always top of mind. But tax time always reminds me that I need to be more vigilant.
So I need savings hacks that are—dare I say—fun. In fact, they should be so painless that I don’t notice I’m doing something terribly responsible.
Of course, you can learn all about setting financial goals on lynda.com.
But here are six of my own favorite money-saving tips:
By Bonnie Biafore | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Did you know that if you run your business from home, you can use part of your home office expenses as company expenses?
Usually, you’ll record those expenses in your company’s books at the end of the year when you’re getting ready for tax season.
If you’re new to bookkeeping, you might wonder how to get those expenses into your company’s books. I’m going to show you how to use Journal Entries to record your home office expenses in QuickBooks.
By Josh Zweig | Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Of all the things on your to-do list, neat record-keeping probably doesn’t fall high on the list. But when your neighborhood tax auditor comes around, you may wish it had.
Many business owners don’t keep proper records, so they get burned during a tax audit, paying out hard-earned dollars in interest and penalties. Fortunately, with cloud accounting software like Freshbooks, you can “audit-proof” your books to stay in the clear—and reduce your stress during tax season.
Here’s how to avoid a tax audit using FreshBooks.
By Jane Barratt | Tuesday, February 10, 2015
My goal as an investment advisor is to get people out of the day-to-day, money in-money out cycle, and start them thinking of themselves as investors.
The first step is to reduce your taxes so you’ll have more money to invest, or add to the investments you have. The sooner that happens, the sooner benefits like tax advantages can start to pay off for you.
I’m going to show you how to lower your taxes — with these three steps.
By Jane Barratt | Wednesday, February 04, 2015
It’s tax time. TV and radio commercials may be making you feel lousy about the prospect of doing your taxes and the fact that you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s resolution to get your financial house in order.
So here’s a different way to think about that annual headache that is your tax return—a way that will change your approach, increase your resolve, and potentially make you money that you may currently be leaving on the table:
Pay yourself first.
By Jess Stratton | Saturday, January 17, 2015
So you want to start your own business this year? Congratulations! Making that decision is huge. It’s the first step towards a very exciting and rewarding endeavor.
It can also be overwhelming. In addition to knowing your craft or trade, you also now have to know how to run a business! But you can do it.
I’m going to show you exactly what you need to know—and exactly where to learn it.
By Alicia Katz Pollock | Monday, November 17, 2014
When I train people to use QuickBooks, I come across many “creative” ways of managing credit cards. If you don’t use QuickBooks’ tools properly, it limits your reporting in many ways.
Here are some of the best practices I recommend.
By Bonnie Biafore | Sunday, June 22, 2014
Say you discover a transaction that was recorded using the wrong QuickBooks feature. For example, you wrote a check in the QuickBooks’ Write Checks window to pay a bill and sent the payment off to the vendor. Now, it’s a month later and you see the vendor’s bill in QuickBooks: its status is unpaid and overdue. (Because you used the Write Checks window to write a check to the vendor, QuickBooks thinks the bill hasn’t been paid.) Even worse, you’ve already reconciled the check you wrote during your last bank account reconciliation. Fixing this error is as easy as 1-2-3:
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