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7 Ways Small Business Owners Can Build Financial Confidence

Posted by Tony Esposito to Accounting

We recently explored what it means to have "financial confidence" or the knowledge and faith that your business is meeting its fiscal objectives, and the sense of certainty imparted by a robust and accessible set of bookkeeping data.

We learned that financial confidence has as much to with the facts of one’s business as it has to do with an executive’s feelings about the business—the two are woven together in a pretty tight ring. From there we know that you can’t manifest feelings or facts out of thin air, so how do you build confidence in your business’s finances?

5 Accounting Problems That Can Sink Your Funding Round

Posted by Molly Otter to Investment, Taxes, Accounting, Business Advice, Funding, Startup Tips

You’re a startup CEO. You’re running your business fast and lean. Getting your company’s financials cleaned up and organized is on your to-do list, but so are a thousand other things. You’ll get around to it—just as soon as you secure the loan that will help you scale up.


I hate to break it to you, but as long as your financials are a mess, that funding is going to stay forever out of your reach. At Lighter Capital, we field a lot of loan applications, and the number one reason we reject potential borrowers is that the entrepreneur is unable to produce financials. And we’re not the only ones who feel this way.

SMBs Say Hello to Receipt Matching (and Goodbye to Cluttered Shoeboxes)

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes, Accounting, Business Advice, inDinero Product Updates, Budgeting, Startup Tips

Over the course of your life, you’ve probably known someone who holds on to all their receipts, no matter how old or trivial those receipts may seem. Maybe it was your grandfather and his shoebox. Maybe it’s your mother and her filing cabinet. Maybe it’s you and that overflowing desk drawer.


While the practice of saving receipts can verge on obsession, startups have good reasons to retain and organize those little scraps of paper with care. Receipts help your business keep track of expenses, so you can provide proof of purchase for any future exchanges or claims under warranty, understand what your organization is spending too much money on, reimburse employees when necessary, and, of course, deduct everything you possibly can on your taxes.

Does Your Business Have Financial Confidence?

Posted by Tony Esposito to Investment, Accounting, Business Advice, Funding, Budgeting

Ask yourself: How confident are you in your company’s financial position? How much knowledge do you have about the transactions and activity that flow in and out of your books? Not to mention, how much faith do you have in the accuracy of your financial picture?

6 Small Business Revenue Hacks for Uncovering Hidden Cash

Posted by Meredith Wood to Accounting, Business Advice, Budgeting, Startup Tips

When you’re a small business owner, every dollar counts. If you’re new to business, then chances are your revenue stream isn’t predictable yet. You could be making $10,000 one month and $1,000 the next. Often, the line between failure and success is razor-thin, and you need to maximize every possible bit of revenue to stay afloat.

How Outsourced Accounting Makes it Easier to Scale Your Business

Posted by Jonathan Grabis to Taxes, Accounting, Business Advice

Here’s a phrase you never thought you’d hear from a CEO who just raised seed funding: “Nobody told me how difficult success can be for a startup.”

 

This may not sound like much of a problem. But the more I thought about it, I realized that many early-stage businesses start out with blazing potential and burn out before they reach it.

Your #1 Year-End To-Do: Close Your Company’s Books

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes, Accounting, Business Advice

The last few weeks of every year fly by, but before you get swept away by the hustle of planning for 2017, set time aside to bring the current year to a close. I’m not talking about hosting an office holiday party to celebrate your company’s achievements, holding annual reviews to appraise individual and overall business growth, or dishing out employee bonuses. You should definitely consider doing those things!  

Whatever else you do, just remember that your most important end-of-year financial task is closing your books.

Get Business Taxes Right the First Time (and Other Tips for New Entrepreneurs)

Posted by Steve Kornreich to Inside inDinero, Taxes, Accounting, Business, Startup Tips

 

A quick intro from the editor: Steve Kornreich heads inDinero’s NYC-based consulting team that serves entrepreneurs east of Chicago. He is the proud father of a soon-to-be 5-year-old cockapoo named Mickey.

 

 

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I recently had the pleasure of joining founder and CEO of Justworks, Isaac Oates, and Founder and CEO of LawTrades, Raad Ahmed, on a panel sharing personal success stories and practical advice to entrepreneurs of all stripes. While I haven’t personally started a business, I do have the breadth of experience working with countless startups and watching them grow. I’ve worked for a big Wall Street firm and an early stage startup (we, unfortunately, did not make it), and led business development efforts for small and mid-sized financial institutions at Gartner before coming back to the startup ecosystem with inDinero.

Is There a Right or Wrong Time of Year to Outsource Your Accounting?

Posted by Steven Perez to Accounting, Business Advice

Maybe you hate spending your Saturdays in spreadsheets, or maybe you hit a few major milestones and are outgrowing your current system. Regardless of what’s driving you to outsource your accounting, there are a few factors you must take into account during this transition.

8 Budgeting Tips for Surviving Seasonal Business Ups & Downs

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Accounting, Business Advice, Business, Budgeting

 

Seasonality is a common experience many businesses face when they’re building out their budget. There are obvious examples in the form of tanning salons and ice cream shops to tax firms and event space venues, but even a digital agency or SaaS startup can experience high and low points in cash flow throughout the year.


Here’s a few tips on how your business can plan for seasonal slumps and take advantage when business is booming.

Success starts when you take charge of your finances.

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