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The 30 Second Elevator Speech

1459525781 icon sandclockRecently, we have had a few ‘accounting’ people ask us for advice regarding starting an ‘accounting services practice’. What did they need to do? Where did they start? Was it worth it?

 Would they like it? How long is a piece of string? (That was a joke)

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Volunteer: Small word; big meaning.

1456867473 Community HelpAs often happens with my blogs or posts, it usually takes some life event to ‘turn the light on’. Life lessons are the best lessons.

Case in point. I was at my car club meeting (the organizing committee for our annual car show) and, once again, for the most part, I see the same familiar faces. Having volunteered at one thing or another for almost 50 years, I know that this is, sadly, the norm.

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Cubby Kindness

1451599297 2016(A brief guide to business etiquette)

A friend recently shared an experience she had with a cubby mate at her office. This spurred me to post about ‘cubby kindness’ (AKA business etiquette) this month.

We have all been there at one time or another. As kind and understanding as we know we should be, deep inside, way deep inside, we just want to go on a rant the size of Texas with this person! 

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Ringing in the New Year!

1451599297 2016I pondered (for a few seconds) over the topic for our January blog. Like I said, only for a few seconds and then it hit me. It’s the NEW YEAR! New beginnings; that time when we can all start fresh. 365 days to explore! 365 rocks to turn over. An amazing opportunity is handed to us each and every New Year!

What is one thing that people seem to focus on at this time? (Besides the Holiday credit card bill coming in)? RESOLUTIONS! I hear people at the gym, in line at the store, the bank, all chatting about what changes are coming for them on January 1st!

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Year End Procedures

1419372037 google calendarAlthough QuickBooks doesn’t have a formal yearend ‘closing’, there are still some procedures that are recommended when it comes to yearend.

If December 31st is your fiscal yearend and you carry inventory, then a physical inventory count may be in order.

Have staff/payroll? You will need to prepare T4’s (or W2’s in the US). Also, don’t forget to prepare yearend bonuses, verify active and terminated employee data, review employee benefits, sick days and accrued vacation.

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