15 Essential Financial Planning Tips for Entrepreneurs

15 Essential Financial Planning Tips for EntrepreneursWhether you’re a new entrepreneur or an old hand, money occupies a prominent role in your business. Failing to get – and keep – your finances in order can doom your company or consulting practice in the long run. While each entrepreneur has their own set of unique financial challenges, there are several areas where nearly all entrepreneurs can draw from a general well of wisdom.

1. Pay yourself first, Uncle Sam second.

No doubt, you’ve heard the expression “pay yourself first.” That’s good advice for everyone. However, entrepreneurs must remember that with no employer-initiated tax deductions to count on, they must also make provisions to cover self-employment taxes.

2. Hire pros, but know what they’re doing.

You didn’t go into business to spend hours working on spreadsheets. That’s why you hired a Certified Public Accountant. However, you should still understand the basics of keeping the books, if for no other reason than to be able to answer your accountant’s questions at tax time.

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How to Plan and Afford Business Expansion

How to Plan and Afford Business Expansion People assume they will have to pump money into their start-up business, but what they don’t always know is that to continue to keep their business strong and thriving, they also need to continue investing in their growth and internal development. The question, then, becomes how to afford keeping their growing business from becoming stagnant. Here are a few strategies and financial options for managing business expansion without sinking the ship.

Prioritize

First, you must decide what it is that you are looking to invest in. Do you want to update a software system? Open a new business location? Remodel your existing one? Add a product line, or develop a new product? Expand your marketing outreach? Decide where your focus lies, and then you can strategize how much you’ll need to invest. You may not be able to tackle all of your goals at once, but choosing one or two specific paths will help you to be intentional when it comes to your money and other resources.

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3 Things to Consider When Choosing Finance Software for Your Business

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Finance Software for Your BusinessBy Mike Spalding

There is one area of business that very few business owners, managers or entrepreneurs really enjoy working on and that’s finance. Unless you happen to be an accountant, this is probably one aspect of business management that you try your best to ignore.

But it’s important that all businesses, charities and enterprises don’t ignore or do poor work on their finances either. For a small business it could be the difference between thriving and going bust. For a charity it could be the difference between helping those in need and falling short.

So with that in mind, how can technology help you to manage your all important accounts?

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Why Spending Less Time on Personal Finances Makes Good Financial Sense

MoneyStreamBy Mike Bertrand, Founder/CEO of MoneyStream - and as a special offer to MyCorporation customers, try it free for 90 days.

It’s a common joke among small business owners: I’m the CEO and the sales guy and the billing department and I make the coffee. As the founder of multiple successful software companies, including personal finance management service MoneyStream, I’ve certainly used that line more than a few times.

Of course, we don’t complain about making the coffee. Hey, someone’s got to do it. But there has to be a limit.

I’ve been fortunate to work with numerous entrepreneurs over the years.  One of the pitfalls they fall into is the wasted timed on low-payoff work like running to get office supplies.  Meanwhile, they short the activities that drive growth, such as negotiating a lucrative contract or persuading an existing client to grow their business.

Managing your personal and business finances is not low-payoff work. But it’s not your core competency either. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a CPA to properly manage your finances. Here are a few tips for saving time on financial management.

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7 Invoicing Best Practices for Small Business Owners

7 Invoicing Best Practices for Small Business OwnersThis guest post is brought to you by GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping (formerly Outright) the simplest way to manage your small business finances online. Sign up today for a less taxing tax time!

Running a business only works if you get paid. Sending out invoices with no answer from the client or customer can cause you to pull your hair out and stay up all night wondering how you’re going to pay the bills.

Now that GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping also includes a new Invoicing feature, we’ve taken a marked interest in how our customers invoice. And we’ve come up with several best practices that seem to get invoices paid promptly and in full.

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The Importance of Small Business Bookkeeping

The Importance of Small Business BookkeepingBy Greg Lindberg, 1800Accountant Writer

In the eyes of most small business owners, bookkeeping is likely one of their least favorite things to do. When you sit down and think about it, who truly enjoys pouring over lengthy spreadsheets and calculating financial figures that will often make your head spin? Even though bookkeeping is not a highly popular task it is still one of the most important priorities on any business owner’s to-do list.

Bookkeeping is a practice that involves maintaining all of the financial records of a business. It is vital to keep a keen eye on the profits a small business generates, the money it pays in the form of expenses, and the taxes it incurs on a regular basis. When you can see a clear snapshot of this information in front of you, the financial side of your small business will immediately become very important to you.

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How to Handle Freelancers at Tax Time

This guest post is brought to you by Outright, the simplest way to manage your small business finances online. Sign up today for a less taxing tax time!

You hired a freelancer for some temporary work at your business, but now you’re worried about what the Tax Man requires. After all, you were already so busy you had to get somebody else to come in to write that blog post/add on to your home office /upgrade your computer/etc. How in the world are you going to find the time to do extra taxes?

Luckily for you, they’re actually not that complicated. While they seem like they should be tougher, freelance taxes are simple for the small business owner to deal with. But first, there’s something we should clear up.

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How to Actually Save Money When Buying in Bulk

If you’ve ever shopped at Costco, Sam’s Club or any other warehouse-type store for home goods, you know how easy it is to get carried away with the tantalizing prices of bulk items. “Twelve dollars for 20 bars of Dove soap? What a steal!” Then you get home and remember you don’t even use Dove soap, and it just sits in the back of your bathroom storage cabinet.

As tempting as some of the prices might be, buying in bulk isn’t exactly as cut-and-dry as it seems. When it comes to bulk-buying for business, things can get even more complicated. Read on for some tips on how to really get the most bang for your bulk buck.
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Do You Owe This Misunderstood Tax? (Hint: The Answer is Probably Yes)

This guest post is brought to you by Outright.com, the alternative to Mint for business and simplest way to manage your small business finances online. Sign up today for a less taxing quarterly estimated tax time!

You’ve jumped through what seems like countless hoops to get your business going. You’ve filled out every form and talked to all the right people. You did all the research and learned from others’ past mistakes. Now it’s just a matter of getting it all done.

Of course this is easier said than done. There are a million things you have to do as a business owner you never dreamed about as a salary or wage worker. Aside from your usual business matters you must now attend to you have to worry about dealing with taxes.
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Spring Clean Your Business Finances & Get a Jump on Next Year’s Tax Time

How stressful was tax time this year?  Are you looking forward to forgetting all about Schedule C’s and 1099-whatzit’s until 2014? We don’t blame you. But what if I told you that taxes don’t have to be stressful and with the right preparation tax time could breeze by just like spring?

In fact, Outright is offering an email series “Spring Clean Your Business Finances” to do just that – get your business finances in order so you can master tax time 2014 (and beyond).
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