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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5 Reasons You Need QuickBooks

The one thing most new business owners really struggle with from the get-go is organization. There’s so much new paperwork and so many bills you need to keep track of! Being organized can really separate the good businesses from the great businesses. Every customer wants to feel as though they are in capable hands. You can be a great business for your customers with the help of QuickBooks.

QuickBooks is an organization tool that, according to their website, “manages your money,  imports from your bank, and gets you ready for taxes. It’s accounting software made easy.”

Sound good? Here are five additional reasons why you and your business need QuickBooks:
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S is for S-Corporation

For this week’s post we will get to know one the incorporation options a bit better and learn what it has to offer a new entrepreneur: the S-Corporation!

First off, what is an S-Corporation?

Well, an S-Corporation (also known as the S-Corp) is a special type of corporation that draws its designation from subsection S of the tax code. To start an S-Corp, a small business owner starts a C-Corporation in the state where it is headquartered, then files for S-corporation status with the IRS. While an-S Corporation is similar to a C-Corporation, it has different income and self-employment tax regulations.
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How to Find Investors for Your Business Idea

Having a great business idea is just the first step. Getting funding for your new company is the more challenging task that follows up. Often, individuals are discouraged from making their dream a reality because of the limited funding opportunities that are available.

It is possible to find investment for a business idea, even if the economy is slow. Presentation of your idea and having a highly professional business plan will show potential investors that you are serious and that you have what it takes to succeed. The following tips will help you present yourself well and capture the interest of potential investors.
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6 Things Small Businesses Almost Always Forget To Insure

Given the stress of starting and running a business, it’s not surprising that small business owners often forget about some lesser-known types of insurance, or try to cut corners by foregoing the basics. Without the right insurance coverage, your business could lose a ton of money in an instant with nothing to back it up financially. Here are some areas small businesses almost always forget to insure.

1. Business Interruption Insurance: Because Disasters Wreck Your Bottom Line

Could your business survive a week or even a month of inactivity? Most can’t take that much lost revenue. Business interruption insurance protects you from losing money when your business cannot operate for a certain period of time.

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P is for Protecting Your Personal Assets with a Professional Corporation

The name of the game this week is “Professional Corporation,” which happens to help protect your personal assets. That’s right, we have a triple “P” ABCs of MyCorp post, so buckle up for some serious alliteration.

A Professional Corporation is one of the more common types of entities for business owners to choose. The paperwork is a bit on the extensive side (especially compared to an entity like a Sole Proprietorship) but all that paperwork is well worth it because, as our title suggests, a Professional Corporation protects your personal assets.
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Guest Post: How to Beat an Economic Downturn

Although governments across the globe are beginning to appreciate the value the small businesses bring to an economy, this realization has come at a time when such ventures are experiencing immense financial difficulty. From 2008-2010 during the years of global recession between 2008 and 2010, a significant number of small businesses were lost to an unforgiving economic climate, which in turn led to a stagnated employment sector and diminished productivity.

This experience has taught invaluable lessons to firms that survived, however, with the result being that a number of small businesses are now far better equipped to consolidate their venture as the economy falters. The key to remaining solvent during a recession lies in implementing an integrated strategy for growth, and one that strives to cut costs while also laying foundations for the creation of new and independent revenue streams. Continue reading

Guest Post: How to Find Government Grants for Businesses

With access to capital being so tight right now, grants are a hot topic among cash-strapped entrepreneurs looking to start or expand a business. Each year, the United States government supports businesses by providing billions of dollars in grants administered by 26 different federal agencies. More than 1,000 business grant opportunities are offered through the federal government each year and thousands more are offered through state and local agencies.

Out of the $600 billion in grants the federal government gives out every year about 5% ($30 billion) are awarded to businesses. The rest go to states, governments, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities, schools and school districts. When the federal government does provide grants directly to businesses, most are awarded to support research and development activities—primarily related to technology, energy, healthcare, public safety and criminal justice, among others. Continue reading

Guest Post: How to Deal With an Angry Teenage Customer

Summer is here, and with this wonderful, warm season teens descend upon all kinds of businesses, flush with extra cash and time to kill. Teenagers make great customers for businesses, but when they can’t always get what they want, trouble can easily start. So how do you deal with angry teenage customers without losing your cool? Our guest poster Andrew Schrage, co-owner of Money Crashers Personal Finance, stepped in today to give us tips on how to keep calm and carry on with your youthful summertime customer base.

When dealing with an irritated teen customer, you have to first remain calm. This can be difficult, but it’s important to keep your cool to prevent the situation from escalating. Continue reading

Guest Post: What It Takes to Run a Business

By David Nilssen, CEO & Co-founder, Guidant Financial

Before you make the leap into business ownership, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some tough questions to make sure you’re up to the job:

1) Are you self-motivated?

2) Are you organized?

3) Are you proficient in finance, accounting, sales, marketing and customer service?

4) Are you willing to put your business first?

If your answer to any of these questions is a firm “no” you may want to re-think your plans for entrepreneurship. If not; keep in mind there is more to starting a business than enjoying the excitement and joy of potential success. Continue reading