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Seven Cost-Saving Ideas for a Growing Business

Seven Cost-Saving Ideas for a Growing Business

Every dollar you save is a dollar you don’t have to make. That gem of wisdom comes courtesy not of a CPA or financial planner, but from my best friend’s grandfather. That doesn’t make it any less true, though, especially in this tough economy. Growing revenue is […]

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Dirty Dealing? Bank Overdraft Lawsuits Getting Settled

Dirty Dealing? Bank Overdraft Lawsuits Getting Settled

Another bank has reached a tentative settlement in response to charges that it manipulated customer checking accounts in order to trigger multiple bank overdraft penalties. Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Associated Bank has agreed to pay $13 million to settle lawsuits brought in 2009. More than 30 U.S. banks, […]

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Balancing a checkbook: if you answer “yes” to either of these questions, then you really need to read this blog post!

Balancing a checkbook: if you answer “yes” to either of these questions, then you really need to read this blog post!

Are you calling your bank every day to get the checking account balance in your business account – and then writing checks based on this balance? Are you constantly bouncing your checking account and incurring massive overdraft fees? Here’s the reality. When you aren’t keeping track of […]

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Three Creative Ways to Grow Your Small Business

Three Creative Ways to Grow Your Small Business

With your larger competitors’ deep pockets, vast budgets and endless resources, it may seem next to impossible to not only compete, but to capture market share from these stalwarts. However, there are some simple and extremely creative ways to grow your small business. In fact, these approaches […]

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Say “so long” to your IRS federal tax deposit coupons and manual deposits at your bank!

Say “so long” to your IRS federal tax deposit coupons and manual deposits at your bank!

Today, we got a notification from the IRS announcing a regulatory change eliminating Forms 8109/8109B for making federal tax deposits. Effective January 1, 2011, you are no longer be able to make your tax deposit manually at your local bank. I have blogged previously that it is […]

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Credit for business: Time to switch to “Plan C” – and the “C” stands for cash.

Credit for business: Time to switch to “Plan C” – and the “C” stands for cash.

In the first part of my blog post about funding small business, I talked about a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article that shared how banks were often still denying credit – despite the loosening of the credit market – for companies with under $1million in annual revenue. […]

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Times are tight for small businesses and for small business funding.

Times are tight for small businesses and for small business funding.

I’m sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t know when I say times have been – and continue to be – tight for small businesses. But, as we emerge from the recent credit meltdown – and credit for business begins to loosen – we are finding […]

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Find valuable information about payroll taxes – 940 payments, 941 payments and more – that business owners and managers need to know.

Find valuable information about payroll taxes – 940 payments, 941 payments and more – that business owners and managers need to know.

Payroll taxes – 940 payments, 941 payments and more First, it makes sense to clarify where the money comes from to make 940 and 941 tax payments. In fact, these payroll tax obligations are made up of two different revenue streams: The first stream consists of monies […]

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Important tax news: payroll tax penalties and interest are real, and very difficult to get waived.

Important tax news: payroll tax penalties and interest are real, and very difficult to get waived.

So you have a problem with your payroll taxes. You got the letter – “Urgent!! We intend to levy on certain assets. Please respond NOW.” What you do next may make the difference between your business surviving or folding. The IRS has a really big gun and […]

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Discover two more tips – #3 and #4 out of five – about payroll taxes that will help you to protect your business.

Discover two more tips - #3 and #4 out of five - about payroll taxes that will help you to protect your business.

First, discover the importance of paying payroll taxes on time – and the tax news that you need to know about the 1099 independent contractor trap! Then, here are two more important tips: 1. Late payments are killers of your net profit margin. Imagine that you were […]

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