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Spotlight on CommonCoach: How Inline Is Democratizing College Admissions From The Inside Out

Posted by Celene Robert to Customer Spotlight, Startup Tips, Case Studies, Business, Accounting

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.


This is just one of many Common Application questions university candidates are facing today. Anyone facing college admissions is looking forward to hours, maybe days, of wading through demographic, academic, personal, essay (we could go on, there are so many more!) questions, often on their own or with the help of a very overworked school counselor. Perhaps the most daunting challenge for students is that they don’t understand which questions are most important, and how your answers affect your admission.


A couple of former admissions officers, Anna Ivey and Alison Cooper Chisolm, decided to level the playing field. They started CommonCoach and built their product, Inline, which provides real-time, expert support for all those pesky general questions. And the best part - you can get started for free.

Get Your Docs in a Row with Document Management

Posted by Celene Robert to Business, Accounting, inDinero Product Updates, Startup Tips

We know the moment well: you need your business’s tax return from the early 2000s and you know it's saved somewhere on your computer. However, the name, location, and really any other detail eludes you, as decades have passed. After 30 minutes of aimless searching, the tax return surfaces under an obscure filename.


Don’t let search get you down.


With Document Management (or Doc Management, as we like to call it), you have more control over all your business’s documents. As your virtual filing cabinet, you can upload, view, download, or delete important files like tax return, cap tables, or monthly billing statements.

Start Hiring Sooner—the IRS (and Your State) Will Literally Pay You To Do It

Posted by Celene Robert to Startup Tips, Business Advice, Business, Accounting, Taxes, Payroll

Hiring? If you run a startup, you probably should be. Job growth is up, unemployment is down, and our country’s already competitive labor market is on track to tighten even further in the coming months.


Long story short: now is the time to focus on employee recruitment and retention. Fortunately— for once—you can count on the Internal Revenue Service for help. Numerous tax credits cover costs associated with hiring. In fact, the United States tax code is full of benefits and incentives aimed at helping emerging companies like yours create jobs. Check out a few ways the government will literally pay you to hire people:

What Could Your Startup Accomplish With an Extra $250K in 2019?

Posted by Celene Robert to Startup Tips, Taxes, Business Advice, Business, Accounting

A quarter of a million dollars could transform your startup. Or it could buy you a vintage Taco Bell hot sauce packet. No joke—as of this writing, that is a genuine listing on eBay: one unopened pouch of Taco Bell hot sauce, circa 1984–1992, priced at exactly $250,000.


If you can think of better ways to spend $250,000 (or if collecting expired condiment packets is truly your definition of Living Más—I won’t judge), you should consider claiming the United States Research Experimentation Tax Credit, commonly referred to as the R&D Tax Credit.


8 Budgeting Tips for Surviving Seasonal Business Ups & Downs

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

 

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.

Prepping for Your First Investor Meeting? Do These 4 Things to Build a Strong Business Foundation for Receiving Funding

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Startup Tips, Funding, Business, Investment, Accounting

There are many articles out there that provide a wide array of lofty advice about fundraising. Some of the groundbreaking tips in those articles may cause you to rethink minor details such as the order of the slides in your deck or even something as major as your go-to-market strategy. This is not one of those articles, but we do have an ebook full of stories that are sure to inspire here.

Navigating the Financial Waters of a Friends and Family Funding Round

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Investment, Business Advice, Business, Funding

Early in his company’s history, entrepreneur Greg Vetter achieved a seemingly impossible feat: he convinced Whole Foods to distribute his family’s line of salad dressings on a national level.

Although the green light from Whole Foods provided an incredible opportunity, Greg knew it meant he needed capital—fast. So, he liquidated his and his wife’s 401(k)s, maxed out his credit cards, and even used his parents’ home as collateral to secure a bank loan. Then, he raised an additional $1 million from about 30 friends and family members.

3 Signs Your Startup is Ready for an ERP System

Posted by Brooklin Nash to Startup Tips, Business

Computers have long since become an integral facet of companies of all shapes and sizes. With computer systems becoming more complex and adaptable, they have been able to meet the demands of both giant manufacturing organizations and small B2B operations. For companies both large and small, there comes a point when operations are made much easier by implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

 

What Businesses Should Know About Schedule K-1s Before They File Taxes

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes, Business

I recently overheard a casual conversation between two of my friends from inDinero’s tax team in the breakroom. Their conversation was animated, and I kept hearing the term “K-1”—naturally, I assumed they were talking about a new Star Wars character. But boy was I wrong...

 

I learned that the Schedule K-1 is not a new imperial droid, but can be just as villainous in the eyes of many small business owners.

5 Small Business Trends to Work Into Your 2018 Plans

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

Small businesses must transform themselves to keep up with ever-changing technologies moving the world forward. It’s vital to their success in a competitive business landscape, and it’s also crucial to the success of the greater economy. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses accounted for 63% of net new jobs from 1993 to 2013.


With that said, small companies can get a step ahead of the game by budgeting to take advantage of changes in their industries. Here are five small business trends that will make a splash in 2018.

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