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Why A 10 Year Old Should Be Able To Run Your Business

  
  
  
Small Business Process Development

Today's article is a guest post from Melissa Bamfo a co-founder of Business Made Simple and her full biography is included at the end of the blog. 

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Does Accounting Slow Down After The Tax Deadline?

  
  
  
Summer for an Accountant

This past winter I was taking a class with 29 other small business owners. I was having a conversation before class in early April with a CPA and one of our classmates walked up and said, "I bet you guys are psyched for taxes to be done." We both said yes and kind of laughed. Then we started talking again and mentioned to each other how accounting never really slows down. Just because tax season is over doesn't mean that accountants suddenly have nothing to do.

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Make Your Small Business Bookkeeping Work For You

  
  
  
Fix My Bookkeeping

I meet a lot of business owners that have a small business bookkeeping system that just doesn't work. Quite often when we meet a business that is having bookkeeping issues their system has not been updated in quite some time and is full of errors. A lot of business owners hate bookkeeping and for good reasons; they have never had a bookkeeping system that adds value. Here is a quick guide on how to make your small business bookkeeping system work for you. 

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Why Do We Write Blogs For Our Small Business?

  
  
  
Blog for a Small Business

Do you ever wonder why we write blogs for our businesses? It can be a lot of work to keep up with and difficult to come up with new ideas. As I type this it is a beautiful Friday afternoon in Montana approaching 90 degrees; there are a million other things I would love to be doing. Yet, we write blogs, but why? 

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Focus on Growing Your Small Business

  
  
  
Focus On Growing Your Small Business

Everyone wants to grow their small business, but some owners can't fully focus on growing their business. It seems like there is always too much to do and never enough time. Growth planning tends to easily get pushed down the schedule as the day to day tasks unfold. Things always seem to come up like the unexpected meeting, emails, phone calls and pressing issues that need to be resolved right away. It is important to focus on growing your small business and to make the adequate time each week to focus on important business issues, not just what is in front of you at the moment. 

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Bookkeeping Tasks for Every Part of the Year

  
  
  
Monthly Bookkeeping Tasks

There are bookkeeping tasks that need to be taken care of no matter what time of year it is. Many people only do their bookkeeping once a year for taxes but that is the equivalent of running your business blind. The key is that you need to understand what bookkeeping tasks you should be worried about no matter what time of year. 

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What My Dog Understands About Running a Small Business

  
  
  
Cooper Puppy

Meet my dog Cooper; he has moments of brilliance as well as stupidity. My wife and I are both work at home professionals so we spend a lot of time with him. He doesn't get left home alone much and gets to go outside a lot. Overall Coop has it pretty good as far as a dog goes. This morning I was fishing with him and he wandered off. I found him lying down on the river bank next to a complete stranger that was petting him. I called him and we took off upstream. I was thinking about Cooper's normal behavior and realized how much of what he does in his day to day can help you run your small business.  

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Small Business Sales and Fly Fishing; Presentation is Everything

  
  
  
Business Sales Are About Presentation

Most of my time outside of the winter season is spent working on our small business and fly fishing. I live a very short walk from a good trout stream so I try and fish most days; at least for an hour or so. My daily routine consists of helping run a small business intermingled with some trout fishing, so I find a lot of correlations. It's hard not to occasionally let my thoughts drift back to business when I'm fishing (although I do try and escape). I was out fishing the other night thinking to myself, "I'm out here trying to sell to the trout. What am I doing wrong?" That is when I realized that success all comes down to presentation; both in sales and in fishing.

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Effective Lead Generation Methods For Your Accounting Business

  
  
  
Lead Generation for Accounting Firms

Many small businesses struggle with lead generation tactics.  I stay pretty in tune with the accounting industry in general and know that many business owners struggle with lead generation in our industry.  I see lots of bookkeepers and accountants post on LinkedIn about how they just started their own practice but need advice on obtaining new clients.  While there are lots of effective lead generation methods for your accounting business I would recommend just a few.  Whenever I am asked how to generate leads for an accounting service or any service based business I always answer with these three tactics: inbound marketing, networking and referrals.

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What Drives The Success Of Your Small Business?

  
  
  
Drive The Success Of Your Small Business

Have you ever thought about what actually drives the success of your small business? During a conversation in a recent networking event someone said that nine out of 10 small businesses fail within the first 10 years of being in business.  As this article points out this figure is probably completely nonsense because so many different factors need to be considered like time frame, does fail mean out of business, and failure rates in different industries.  However, there is no argument against the fact that many small businesses do fail.  So what drives the success of those businesses that make it? 

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