Monthly Archives: January 2016

Is your business ready for a disaster?

The historic storm on the east coast brought this question back to me. Think about it. If everything in your office were lost to fire or flood, how would you continue your business? By everything, I mean all computer, files, and papers.

How would you pay your employees or vendors?

How would you know which customers you owed orders to? Or how would you communicate to your customers that you are still in business at all? How would you get replacement inventory?

How would your employees know whether they still had a job?

If your business is leveraging cloud technology, these questions are easy to answer if you take the time to do some preparation. Paperless timesheets and online payroll processing make paying employees on time a breeze.

Whether using your online banking on the “pay now” button on vendor invoices, paying vendors on time is a breeze. If you have a higher volume of transactions, there are a number of other options to pay vendors electronically.

Using cloud-based accounting, project management, and CRM solutions will ensure you and your team can work from anywhere. Cloud-based email such as Office 365 or Gmail means you stay in touch with employees and customers.

They key to seamlessly keeping your business operating during a disaster is planning. Now is the time to get the right tools in place and prepare a disaster recovery plan that is communicated with your employees. Don’t let a disaster be the end of your business.

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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Where did the year go? 2015 is over and all that’s left is to close out the financial year and get your taxes done. Opportunity for 2015 tax planning is gone (except for a last minute retirement account contribution, or estimated tax payments). So if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to tally up how you did last year.
First things first. If you hired any independent contractors (web/graphic design, attorney, accountant, virtual assistant, etc.) or paid rent to a landlord and you paid them $600 or more, there’s an excellent chance you need to issue them a 1099. The 1099 forms must be postmarked to recipients no later than January 31. So stop procrastinating and get your 2015 bookkeeping done. Need help getting those 1099s done? Click here.
Need some help pulling together those 2015 numbers? I can help you set up an Excel spreadsheet or an online accounting system in Quickbooks or Xero. Or perhaps your Quickbooks or Xero needs some cleaning up. Ready? Click here.
Have you resolved to really learn how to use Quickbooks or Xero better for your bookkeeping this year? Perhaps learn to do things more efficiently? I’ll teach you. Ready?Click here.
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