Holiday Budgeting Ideas

Posted on 20. Nov, 2014 by in Bookkeeping Articles

Tips to keep you and your pocketbook happy this holiday season With Black Friday just around the corner, now is the time to plan or review your holiday budget. If you’re not careful, holiday spending can create a financial burden that lasts well into the new year. Consider these ideas to help you make the most [...]

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Seven Little Money Savings Ideas

Posted on 19. Nov, 2014 by in Small Business Tips

The holidays are a time of year when spending habits are top of mind. Want to save a little this season? Here are seven money saving ideas that can quickly be put to use to save more of what you earn. Play the waiting game. When you want to make a purchase, force yourself to [...]

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Time for a Credit Checkup?

Posted on 14. Nov, 2014 by in Bookkeeping Articles, Small Business Tips, Website Resource

Given all the data breaches at major retailers and the identity theft problem at the IRS, it is recommended that you check your credit reports at least once a year. Credit reports often have errors in them and this quick check-up can be the first indication that some form of identity theft has taken place [...]

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What’s Your Hourly Worth?

Posted on 12. Nov, 2014 by in CEO Tips, Small Business Tips

Time is the most precious resource on the planet, but sometimes we don’t treat it that way.  In our businesses, it’s important to get everything done, but we can also get overwhelmed with all the little things that need to be done to take care of customers.  One of the big differences between highly successful [...]

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Six Ways to Write Winning Headlines

Posted on 05. Nov, 2014 by in CEO Tips, Small Business Tips

Chances are you’ve received one of those viral e-mails spotlighting poorly written headlines:“Something Went Wrong with Jet Crash, Experts Say,” “War Dims Hope for Peace,” “Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers.” Well, at least those are amusing. Too often at work, boring headlines stop readers before they start. All our hard work wasted because [...]

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What Is Real-Time Accounting (and Why Should You Care)?

Posted on 29. Oct, 2014 by in Bookkeeping Articles, CEO Tips

Real-time accounting is when your books are caught up to the present and you know exactly where you stand with your account balances, revenue, and profit.  It’s truly doing your accounting in real time. The opposite of real-time accounting is getting your books done once a year (or worse, being years behind).  When you wait [...]

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Is QuickBooks 2015 For You?

Posted on 22. Oct, 2014 by in QuickBooks, VirtualConnections Newsletter

Intuit recently released their new version of QuickBooks 2015 to ProAdvisors before the product is released to the mass market this month. Intuit has also done some company rebranding and you will see a new Quickbooks logo. I had a chance to poke around a bit and highlighted some of the new features in hopes [...]

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No Such Thing as a Free (Employee) Lunch?

Posted on 20. Oct, 2014 by in Misc. Articles, Small Business Tips

The IRS is making headlines on the west coast as it reviews and challenges the practice of employers providing free meals to employees. Employers consider the free meals a non-taxable fringe benefit. The IRS believes this fringe benefit is employee wages. Exploring employee lunch benefits: Background Many fringe benefits offered as part of your employment [...]

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Preview of Some Key 2015 Tax Figures

Posted on 15. Oct, 2014 by in Tax Updates, VirtualConnections Newsletter

While official numbers for 2015 are not yet released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), many figures are formulas set within the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) or are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Department of Labor. Using the release of recent CPI figures, a number of references are projecting 2015 [...]

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iOS 8: Cool New Features

Posted on 13. Oct, 2014 by in MAC Tip, VirtualConnections Newsletter

There has been a lot of talk over the last month or so about the latest Apple operating system, iOS 8. As with any new operating system release, also comes a lot of negative comments. File size seemed to be the major issue as many did not have the space available for the update even [...]

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