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How First-Year Startups Can Build a Useful Business Budget

Posted by Melissa Hollis to inDinero Academy, Accounting, Business Advice

Even before launch day one thing is certain: It costs money to start and run a business. We all intuitively know this to be true because we know that simply existing in the world (as a business or individual) comes with expenses. It is one of the biggest barriers many undercover entrepreneurs see between their current lives and their dreams. And while we all know the benefits of getting as much as bang for our buck as possible, even the smallest startups with little to no overhead and minimal cash burn must spend money to grow or stay afloat.


Just like your first steps into #adulting can be financially wobbly, so can the first year (or few years) running your own business. You might have the wisest, most experienced mentors and investors in your court, but there are going to be things that nobody can prepare you to face. Like everyone else, even the most seasoned entrepreneurial vets are limited to their own experiences and can only know so much about what the future holds for your particular startup.

So you want to be an Entrepreneur? Expectations vs. Reality with Jessica Mah & Steve Blank

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Inside inDinero, Business Advice

We’ve all had a vision so clear and perfect we can almost feel the tug of the finish line ribbon, only to have our expectations fall into a million pieces for us to pick up. To Jessica Mah, that vision was to be an entrepreneur. She never saw herself working among the masses so leading a company is something she always knew she would do. But that certainly didn’t end up the way she expected at 8, 11, 19, or 21 years old…

How to Get the Most Out of Your Business Tax Extension

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes

When you’re a writer, sometimes you have writer’s block. In fact, if you’ve ever written an essay back when you were in school, you might be familiar with the concept. And while some editors will graciously give you an extension, most are sticklers for timely, well-written content. However, when it comes to filing taxes, even the most notoriously fanatical disciplinarians, the Internal Revenue Service, realizes that excellence takes time.

19 of the Best Tax Filing Resources for Startups & Small Businesses

Posted by Melissa Hollis to inDinero Academy, Taxes

Like most of today’s business owners, you probably don’t spend a lot of time sifting through the IRS’s website for tax-saving tips. But chances are, unless you're already a CPA, you still have a lot to learn about saving your business money on taxes.

Our CPAs Answer Your Top 5 Burning Tax Questions

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes

Fact: Every living, breathing adult citizen or resident of the United States of America is familiar with the concept of taxes. This also includes U.S. organizations who file and pay taxes each year and are required to follow business tax laws.


Behind those businesses, companies, nonprofits, etc. are owners, partners, and founders who find themselves juggling both business and personal tax codes. Needless to say, this can get confusing. Every business is different and every business owner has their own unique situation, so understanding what tax responsibilities and opportunities do or do not apply to you as a taxpaying business owner is not always easy to decipher—especially not on the IRS’s website.


That’s where inDinero and Trinet decided to put their heads—and Twitter followers—together! Our two organizations are dedicated to helping business owners run companies with healthy employees and happy bank accounts. So, earlier in February both teams put their Twitter handles and LinkedIn profiles to work to see what burning questions small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) have about tax season.

 

How to Empower Your Fast-Growth Business with Goal-Oriented Accounting

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Investment, Accounting, Funding

This post originally appeared on Signpost's business blog. It has since been modified from its original form to fit the inDinero blog, Our Two Cents. Enjoy & thank you for reading!

 

Pop quiz! Do you know if your business is on track to hit its financial goals for the year?


Sorry to put you on the spot like that and don’t let it make you sweat. Truth be told, an estimated 90 percent of small businesses are unable to produce dependable financial statements when prompted. And it’s probably safe to assume that even if they could access accurate finances, most small teams wouldn’t know how to turn those numbers into business insights to put into action.

Income Too High for Roth IRA Contributions? Consider a Backdoor Conversion

Posted by J.R. Robinson

 

If you are a successful entrepreneur, you are probably (hopefully!) already contributing to a 401(k) plan. For the 2016 tax year, the 401(k) salary deferral limit for participants under age 50 is $18,000. While your deferrals may be allocated to traditional (pre-tax) 401(k) and/or after-tax Roth 401(k) accounts, if you are in a high marginal federal income tax bracket, you likely favor traditional 401(k) contributions.


At the same time, you may have also heard or read about the merits of having both tax-deferred and tax-free Roth savings to draw from in retirement. You might like to be able to make an additional contribution to a self-directed Roth IRA, but, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) your income is above the IRS eligibility limits [see Table 1]. So you are out of luck, right? Not necessarily.

Sales Tax Fundamentals for Businesses Who Sell Online

Posted by Mark Faggiano to Taxes

If you let it sneak up on you, sales tax can be one of the most difficult and confusing administrative aspects of running an eCommerce business. But once you get the hang of it, handling sales tax is just like any other administrative task. This post will take you through the fundamentals of sales tax to help you get going.

What to do if You Commingle Personal and Business Funds

Posted by Maddy Yeazel to Taxes, Accounting, Payroll, Business

One of the most common problems we see from startup founders that are first moving off from DIY accounting is a wide range of “personal transactions” being made with the business accounts. This is known as “commingling your books” and is a huge no-no as well as one of the most common ways businesses find themselves on the barrel end of an IRS or state audit.

How to Build Marketing Into Your Small Business Budget

Posted by Jenny Hayward to Accounting, Business

You’ve already built your business around quality products and services, but all too often owners make the mistake of believing these will sell themselves. As a result, marketing efforts, whipped up after-the-fact, tend to be disjointed and poorly executed.


Every day your business is inundated with calls trying to sell you on some new tool or technique guaranteed to generate more business. How do you sift through all the noise to determine which marketing tactics are best suited for your business and clients? Creating a comprehensive, goal-oriented budget will ensure you stay on track and don’t end up throwing money at the wrong distractions that provide little or no value to your business.

Success starts when you take charge of your finances.

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