Posts tagged business
Two Cents Tuesday - What if I can't pay my taxes?

I bet you thought tax time was behind us, didn't you?

In reality, though, it's always tax time. Am I having enough withheld? Am I saving enough? How much will I owe? How much will I get back? What impact do the changes to tax laws have on me, if any?

Roughly 1 in 4 Americans will have a tax bill (not a refund) in any given year, and recent tax law changes mean that many people are finding their tax refunds are smaller or gone altogether. If you're self employed, you know this struggle well - particularly if your business is changing rapidly, and/or you don't have the cash to consult with a CPA to do detailed tax planning.

If you're one of the folks who got a bill this year, you might be asking yourself - what happens if I can't pay my taxes?

[Check out this week's Two Cents Tuesday video to hear everything I've got to say about this topic]

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How to do your own bookkeeping

I’ve had a lot of folks asking recently how, exactly, to do their own bookkeeping. It seems so overwhelming! There are a lot of systems out there, there’s a lot of fear of screwing it up, and, well...you’re not a bookkeeper! How are you supposed to know what to do?

For whatever reason, you’ve decided that it’s not time to hire a bookkeeper (yet). Maybe your business is too new, too small, money’s too tight, or you want to make sure you understand how things work so you can oversee a contractor. All good reasons!

And yet - what does DIY bookkeeping even mean?

 

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How to know if it's time to hire a bookkeeper

Today we’re talking about bookkeeping. You know, the day-in, day-out slog to keep your business expenses and income carefully tracked, to the penny, with at least some categorization into what sort of deductible business expense it is related to.

At some point, you’ve surely asked yourself - is it time to hire someone to do this for me?

The answer is...maybe.

There are some people who it absolutely makes sense to hire a bookkeeper for, some people it makes absolutely no sense to hire a bookkeeper for, and some in between. If you’re not sure where you fall - read on.

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Should you use You Need a Budget (YNAB) in your business?

Do you have a business? A side hustle? A freelance gig?

How are you handling your money in your business? And yes, if you have a side hustle or a freelance gig, you have a business.

Ugh, you know what that means. Taxes! Bookkeeping! Headaches!


What if I told you that there was a simple tool that never gets talked about in business-finance-tool roundups, but which does a lot of the most important things those other tools do, is less expensive, easier to use, and which also helps you with really important things you’re not even thinking about (but really should be)?

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