The idea of freelancing is sexy, but there are many non-sexy things you need to cross off of your to-do list to run a legitimate freelance business. All too often aspiring freelancers forget to do some of these tasks. Neglecting the business element of the process and going right into onboarding clients can get you […]
I hired a tax preparer the first year I earned extra income on the side. I had never seen a 1099 before, so I figured my return was better left to a professional. Unfortunately, the experience was less than desirable. He filled out all the forms and put together everything beautifully in a nice packet. […]
Sometimes your best course of action is to stop outsourcing. The reality is that outsourcing too much is a thing and it can easily lead to profit leaks. The good news is it can also easily be avoiding. Now, this may sound counterintuitive. After all, as a business owner, you can’t do everything by yourself […]
In a recent post, I discussed the importance of reducing expenses in order to increase profit. In this post, we’re going to talk about the other side of the equation: making more money. More specifically, we’re going to discuss how you can improve your sales numbers in 2018. Why We Need to Discuss Sales Numbers […]
Depending on the kind of business you have, you may find that you need to buy equipment. For example, as a blogger, I need a phone, a camera, a microphone and a functioning laptop. I may also need studio lights for good lighting on videos. I, for one, have long avoided investing in equipment. For […]
Since we’re in the middle of tax season, it’s likely that you’re running numbers in your business. I know I am. Aside from the end of the year when I look at what to spend, this is usually the time I look at what needs to be cut out of my business. After several years […]
If you’re starting a business, chances are you’ve already realized you need to be financially resourceful in order to make it. This is especially true in the first couple of years and if you plan on bootstrapping. I often get asked how I’ve managed to be so financially resourceful in my own business. I’ve turned […]
It’s tax season. That means all of you are dealing with business finances. Some of you (like myself) are calm because you have everything under control. Others of you, are in a bit of a panic as you try to figure out what happened in your business financially these past twelve months. My job is […]
Numbers may not be your best friend if you went into business for passion or creativity. Numbers need to become your best friend to stay in business for the long haul. Your business budget and accounting system should show you a full picture of what’s happening underneath the hood. It gives you insight to what […]
Cash flow can be a problem for many small business owners. I know because I’m one of those who struggles with it. I also have conversations with my colleagues about how they struggle with it. Granted, many of us aren’t struggling with cash flow as much as we used to. That’s because we’ve implemented some […]
Accounting is a diverse area that involves a wide range of topics beyond just the basics of inputting numbers and creating balance sheets or ledgers. Accounting includes taxes, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, loans and loan payments, bank statement reconciliation, invoicing and forecasting just to name a few of the tasks. Essentially, every aspect of a business that involves money has some connection to the accountant function, turning it into a significant role within a company. If the books are not balanced, there's a good chance that a business has began to put itself at risk for penalties, audits, or even financial ruin.
If you work as an accountant or bookkeeper or you are a freelancer or small business owner who handles the financials, it's always good to stay updated on the latest issues, trends, and solutions for this aspect of a business. Having the most current advice on accounting areas that involve efficiency, automation, and compliance ensure that a company is maximizing its productivity while staying on top of any financial issues that might inhibit profitability.
Since many small business owners are not in the position to hire a full-time accountant, this role is often filled by another freelancer or outsourced individual. In this working relationship, the outsourced person only takes on the most technical aspects of the accounting function while the rest of the activities are handled by the business owner. Even though it is good to always get training or education, especially when it involves the fiscal health of your company, not many founders or business owners take the time to supplement their working knowledge.
Whether you do it all the financials yourself or if you have a trusted colleague on whom you can rely for accounting assistance, it's still important to stay attuned to the latest accounting changes and trends. Our library of accounting articles continually add new posts related to current accounting issues and offers numerous tips on improving how you manage all financial aspects of your freelance business, startup, or small business. The diverse topics include advice and tips in the following areas:
- Tax topics: When to issue a 1099-MISC, How to prepare for a tax audit, Business tax deductions and Tax season preparations.
- Home-Based business topics, including: How to separate personal and business expenses and strategies.
- Long-term financial planning topics: Retirement accounts for small business owners, How to fund a retirement account, How to save more freelance income and How much money to invest in a business.
- Business decisions related to finances: When to outsource, How to avoid accounting mistakes, and How to know it makes sense to hire an accountant.
- Business efficiency tips: The best sites and tools for accountants and accounting functions, How to be a better accountant, and How to outsource on a budget.
- Financial issues related to a business: What to do when clients owe money, How to create and manage a budget, Why it is a good idea to accept credit cards and invoicing tools that improve cash flow.
These accounting and financial topics are just some of the examples of the ever-expanding accounting article library on our Due.com blog. Check out the articles below.