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Will Your Company face Bankruptcy in 2017?

You may not know Edward Altman, but he knows an awful lot about your business — like whether your company will be bankrupt in the next two years. In the 1960’s Altman developed a corporate finance formula that will accurately predict business bankruptcy more than 90% of the time. The formula, called Altman’s Z Score, needs just 8 numbers — and all of them can be found on your income statement or balance sheet.

How healthy is your business? Take the Z Score Test and find out for sure.

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The Least Fun You’ll Have this Holiday: Year End Tax Planning Checklist

It’s a shame, really, that we have to interrupt our joyous year-end holidays with gut-wrenching year-end tax planning… So to minimize the pain, I’ve put together a quick list of the 6 things I think you should know this year.  Put down the fruitcake and eggnog for just a second, […]

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Hire an Accounting Wizard Without Trying (Part 2)

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Last week when I finally decided to hire an accountant, I was up to my ankles in alligators. The last thing I wanted was the administrative nightmare of responding to resumes, scheduling interviews and sorting skillful accountants from the merely competent.

If you read last week’s post, then you already know how to attract the best accountants to apply for a job at your company. Now you need to pick the best one and hire them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Here’s 2 tricks — and 1 fail — I found that made the process smooth, short and amazingly productive:

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How to Hire an Accounting Wizard (Part 1)

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I recently hired several new accountants to join our staff — a task that I had been dreading for months. Drowning in a flood of mediocre resumes sounded like an administrative nightmare.

The average job posting gets more than 250 applications… but you really only want the 3 best. And if you could be instantly handed the ONE that was a perfect fit? Even better, right? With that in mind, recruiting seems like a huge waste of time… and yet the process is vitally important.

Happily, there are several ways to cut the time required and assure a much better outcome. Here is the first trick I found that saved me about 3 days of toil.

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Infographic: How Better Accounting can Help You Qualify for a Surety Bond or Contractor Bond

General contractors have long been required to purchase construction bonds to qualify for federal public works projects. These days, the practice is spreading to private projects too.  Now its more important than ever to qualify for a surety bond (or general contractor bond) no matter who your clients are. How can a GC qualify […]

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Ready for Apple Pay? Mobile Payments will Finally Reach Small Business

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Until today, mobile payments has been a fragmented — and mostly stalled out — attempt to make Point of Sale payments at retail shops easier, faster and safer. Companies including Visa and Target have all tried various ways to get us to use our phones or other devices instead of a plastic credit card. Some of the biggest collaborations, like ISIS Wallet (now called Softcard) have struggled to gain any traction.

But Apple just announced a real game-changer: Apple Pay.

Already 220,000 retail locations around the USA have pledged to use the ApplePay service.

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Flash Reports! Great Management Decisions Should be Based on Data

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There are so many moving parts to worry about when managing your business. And to make a hard job even harder, accounting systems never seem to have a single report that draws all your most important data together in one place. Key Ingredients Instead of relying on 12 different financial reports, build one […]

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10 Things to Love about Xero Cloud Accounting Software

Like all great businesses, Xero started with a clear mission: to make life easier for small businesses.  In particular, Xero set out to:  – embrace simple user interfaces – help improve cash flow – improve collaboration between businesses, vendors and customers Sounds ambitious, but here’s 10 ways Xero brought the dream to […]

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