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Missed Your Tax Deadline? Here's What You Can Do

Posted by Maddy Yeazel to Taxes

There are an infinite number of reasons why a business may not be able to file their taxes on time. Between demo days, investor meetings, and late-night team strategy sessions, the bookkeeping and tax prep for an early stage company can often fall by the wayside.


With the deadlines to file and pay your 2016 business taxes behind us, the question on your mind is likely: What now?

3 Financial Metrics I Use to Run My Marketing Agency

Posted by Chris Hickman to Accounting, Business Advice, Budgeting, Startup Tips

No successful marketer decides to start their own agency because they love accounting. Not even the most passionate digital marketers who love getting deep into the data, like I did when I started Adficient.

What Bay Area Tax Hikes in 2017 Mean for Startups

Posted by Robert Schulte to Taxes, Industry News, Startup Tips

When tax rates rise, small businesses feel the brunt of the impact, but they also pass along increased costs to consumers. In recent news, many residents of the Bay Area are having a hard time getting used to the April 2017, half-cent sales tax increase imposed on a number of cities and counties that make up the startup epicenter. Keep reading to learn why taxes increase and how this year's rate hikes impacted small businesses, which cities are feeling the effects, and what you can do to ease the burden at your business.

5 Inspiring Lessons from Businesses That Started as Pet Projects

Posted by Victoria Greene to Business Advice, Startup Tips

Some entrepreneurs were put on this earth to start, run, and grow businesses. And then there are business owners who started as enthusiasts and turned their real-life passions into their livelihood.


Whether your passions include playing video games, crafting, designing clothes and accessories, or helping your community, that emotional investment can be all you need as a foundation for a lucrative business. If you want to power your business to loftier heights, take note of these seven inspiring business ideas that started off as pet projects.

 

Is Your Business Partner Hurting Your Chances of Getting a Loan?

Posted by David Waring to Loans

Even if you have a promising app, a genius invention, or a breakthrough solution, you won’t get very far without sufficient funds. The need for money may make you frantic, but if you have your ducks in a row, you have a good chance at  being able to borrow the money you need to get started from banks or business lenders.

Q&A with Ross Blankenship, Expert VC

Posted by Emily Goetz to Business Advice

On Tuesday, September 5, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ross Blankenship in a Q&A-style webinar to talk about what he looks for in startup investment opportunities. We received a lot of great questions during the event, a few of which we ran out of time to address live. Here are Ross’s responses to those remaining questions:

7 Signs It's Time to Hire Employee #1

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

 

They say “the more, the merrier,” and in most cases it is undeniably true. But for a tight-knit team of founders, widening the circle to bring in your first employee is a big—sometimes daunting—milestone. As such, getting the timing right is absolutely vital.


Going from entrepreneurs to employers, your team may be wondering if a new worker will lift your business to new heights or sink your prospects. So, when should you hire employee number one?

Meet Ross Blankenship, Managing Partner & CEO at Angel Kings

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Funding, Webinars

Ross D. Blankenship is an expert venture capitalist, 6x best-selling author on investing, and angel investor in America's top startups. As an entrepreneur, Ross founded several successful companies in industries such as biotechnology, cybersecurity, and online e-commerce.

What the SBA Needs to Know About Your Personal Finances

Posted by Ian Atkins to Business Advice, Loans

For some, a great idea for a business comes a lot easier than the capital needed to get started. This has led to one of the most important ways the Small Business Administration (SBA) supports business owners. Through their loan guarantee program, the SBA helps ensure entrepreneurs have access to capital regardless of their financial background.

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.

Success starts when you take charge of your finances.

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