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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.

What eCommerce Sellers Should Know about Sales Tax on Shipping Charges

Posted by Jennifer Dunn to Taxes, Startup Tips

If you run an eCommerce business, you’re quite familiar with shipping products. But did you know that states have different ideas of what UPS or post office shipping fees are considered taxable?

Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Apply for an SBA Loan

Posted by Meredith Wood to Business Advice, Business, Funding, Loans, Startup Tips

For any business owner considering taking out a loan with the Small Business Administration (SBA), it is not uncommon to be put off or overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that you need to provide to apply.


But if you’re willing to put some time into it, you can absolutely prepare everything that you need to apply for and successfully obtain an SBA loan. Here, we’ve put together a cheat sheet detailing all of the most common pieces of information or documentation SBA lenders expect from loan applicants.

 

4 Secrets to Using a Premium Credit Card to Get the Most Out of Business Spending

Posted by J.R. Duren to Business Advice, Budgeting, Startup Tips

Part of your business’s success comes from leveraging whatever talent and energy you have to make your company grow. That philosophy should carry over into how you handle your credit card choices.


For business owners with buying power, luxury credit cards can be an excellent way to take advantage of an extensive list of luxury-focused travel benefits. Businesses go through multiple stages of growth and purchasing, so one of the crucial questions to ask as you consider your card options is, “When?”

 

SMBs Double Down on Proven Tactics to Increase ROI in 2017 [Infographic]

Posted by Tracey Wallace to Business Advice, Budgeting, Startup Tips

In a recent BigCommerce survey of small to medium businesses (SMBs), 90% reported that they expect to grow in 2017. Almost half of them (48%) expect to grow more than 25%.

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.

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.

All You Need to Know About Your Business's Cap Table

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Business Advice, Startup Tips

When I was first introduced to the concept of cap tables, I drew a parallel with the part of me who has always wanted to try ancestry.com: a cap table is to a business what DNA is to a human being. While I wasn’t too far off, there was still more to learn about this essential business document, and how it’s used to communicate information in business.

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