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Salt Lake City Bookkeeping Blog

Does Your Small Business Sell or Help?

Posted by Matt Roberge on Oct 24, 2014 7:00:00 AM

As a small business owner do you think that your business sells or helps? The old sales saying goes "ABC...always be closing." But haven't we seen a shift in that with inbound marketing and sales? Now selling is all about helping. My brother Mark Roberge the Chief Revenue Officer of Hubspot has a great interview where he discusses Inbound Sales. He is totally right, it is all about helping your prospects now. Instead of selling prospects on your services you need to sell them on how your services can help them. You need to give real life examples of how you can help and you need to do it all for free. Think about it nobody wants to be sold to, they just want your help. So how can adopting this mentality actually convert new sales and help grow your business?

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Topics: Sales Advice, Salt Lake City Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Help, Inbound Marketing, Small Business Sales

Help! I'm Too Busy To Handle My Bookkeeping

Posted by Matt Roberge on Sep 26, 2014 7:00:00 AM

The number one reason we get new clients is because most small business owners are too busy to handle their bookkeeping. It is often true that a business owner is too busy to update their bookkeeping, but that doesn't mean it is important. I'm also quite a busy person but I find time for all the important aspects of my small business, even if I am not directly doing the work in a particular area. If you are too busy to handle your small business bookkeeping here are a few things you still need to know.

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Topics: Bookkeeping Theft, Outsourced Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Services, Bookkeeping Help, Value-added Bookkeeping, I'm Too Busy

Set Up Your Small Business Bookkeeping Correctly The First Time

Posted by Matt Roberge on Mar 31, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Small business owners often call us and inform us that they haven't done any of their bookkeeping; they haven't even set up QuickBooks.  This is the perfect situation because it allows us to set up the small business bookkeeping correctly the first time.  On the flip side of this story is the business that attempted to handle their own bookkeeping but made a complete mess of it and now they need our help.  This is not the ideal situation as it often takes us longer to fix the mistakes than it does to just start over.  What I have found is the most businesses have the time and money to fix their bookkeeping mess, but not to do it right.  Here is a guide on how to set up your bookkeeping correctly right from day one.

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Topics: Bookkeeping mistakes, QuickBooks Tips, Business Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Help, Small Business Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Procedures

4 Personal Habits Of A Highly Effective Bookkeeper

Posted by Joe Mazur on Jan 6, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Most professionals have traits that they simply can't leave at work.  This is very true for most bookkeepers.   A highly effective bookkeeper usually has habits that make them successful while out in the field as well as at home.  I've always assumed a professional gardener is really good at keeping their yard looking beautiful and I've also assumed that auto mechanics never have car issues since they know what preventative steps need to be taken in order to keep their vehicle in tip top shape.  As a bookkeeper, I've noticed a handful of things that I feel I excel at in my personal life and I feel it is directly tied to my professional bookkeeping career.

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Topics: Personal Bookkeeping, bank reconciliation, Bookkeeping Help, Bookkeeping, Small Business Consulting

Could SLC Bookkeeping Be The Best Thing To Happen To Your Business?

Posted by Matt Roberge on Dec 30, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Is it possible that SLC Bookkeeping could be the best thing to happen to your business in 2014? A few weeks ago I was talking with a client about a situation. I had recently referred them a service provider for something they had needed help with. Neither I nor the client was happy with the performance or service provided by said provider. I sent a follow up email to the client asking if things had been resolved to their satisfaction. When they told me things still were not going well I apologized for making the introduction. You never want a referral to go poorly. I apologized and told them that I understood that this might reflect poorly on us. The client then informed me that the performance of the person we referred did not reflect poorly on us. In fact the client said “SLC Bookkeeping is the best thing that has happened to us this year. We are particularly impressed and happy with your responsiveness and willingness to help.” It made me think about what we had done for this client to receive such praise.

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Topics: Outsourced Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Help, Scaling A Business, Financial Reporting

Merry Christmas! Want Some Free Bookkeeping Help?

Posted by Matt Roberge on Dec 25, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Merry Christmas 2013! This year I am giving away a free gift to selected small business owners.  January is going to be crazier than ever for me this year and I'm still going to give something to entrepreneurs that I love so much.  In January I will obviously be busy with year-end bookkeeping for our current clients.  Additionally I start a graduate class that I consider better than an MBA.  Lastly, we already have five new clients that will be coming on board as of January 1st.  Luckily I'm still going to make some time to give something back to entrepreneurship.

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Topics: Salt Lake City Bookkeeping, Free Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Help, QuickBooks Training, QuickBooks Help

4 Great Last Minute Gifts For A Bookkeeping Geek

Posted by Joe Mazur on Dec 20, 2013 6:40:00 AM

With the holidays fast approaching there tends to be a last minute scramble to find gifts that your friends or loved ones might really enjoy.  Nothing is worse than getting a pair of socks or
something else that easily could have been regifted.  Getting a well thought out gift is the best, it shows the person you gave the holidays some serious thought and planned ahead (even if you waited to the 11th hour).  Here are 4 last minute gifts for that geeky friend of yours that might be a bookkeeper, accountant, or a number loving workaholic in general.  Be prepared to be met with total elation when these gifts are given.  We geeky types get excited pretty easily when something new helps improve efficiency and save time.  

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Topics: Efficient Bookkeeping, Business Efficiency, Bookkeeping Help

The Benefits Of Tax Training For Your Small Business

Posted by Matt Roberge on Dec 2, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Today's blog article is a guest post from Sarah Grey who works in marketing at TaxBanter which provides effective professional tax training to businesses of all sizes throughout Australia.  When Sarah has any free time she enjoys shopping, swimming and taking her dog for a walk.

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Topics: Tax Preparation For Year End, CPA, Tax Tips, Small Business Bookkeeper, Bookkeeping Help, Small Business Bookkeeping, Financial Reporting

4 Ways Your Business Bookkeeping Can Actually Make A Difference

Posted by Matt Roberge on Nov 4, 2013 7:00:00 AM

You bookkeeping can actually make a difference in the success of your small business.  Many small business owners fall behind on bookkeeping because they loathe it.  Bookkeeping is an inconsequential task to many business owners until they need it.  Many businesses will put their bookkeeping on the back burner until a situation arises when they need it.  Examples of when you may need access to updated bookkeeping records include filing your taxes, applying for a loan or trying to raise investor capital for your business.  When one of these situations comes up a small business owner quickly learns the importance of keeping an accurate and updated bookkeeping system.  Your business bookkeeping does matter and here are four ways your bookkeeping can actually make a difference.

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Topics: Tax Preparation For Year End, CPA, Tax Tips, Small Business Bookkeeper, Bookkeeping Help, Small Business Bookkeeping, Financial Reporting

Separating Your Bookkeeping And CPA Taxes

Posted by Matt Roberge on Sep 20, 2013 7:00:00 AM

We like to recommend that you separate your bookkeeping from your taxes.  Our firm does not do taxes for several reasons.  First, I don't really enjoy them and they never really interested me.  I was always much more interested in small business owners and entrepreneurs, so we focus on helping them.  Our bookkeeping services are designed to help small business owners from a financial perspective.  We design customized bookkeeping systems tailored to the needs of each client and then show the business how to use their bookkeeping system as a tool to help them make business decisions.   We recommend that a business separates their bookkeeping from their taxes and here is why.

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Topics: Tax Preparation For Year End, QuickBooks, CPA, Tax Tips, Small Business Bookkeeper, Bookkeeping Help, Bookkeeping, Small Business Bookkeeping, Using QuickBooks effectively