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Salt Lake City Bookkeeping Blog

Business Advice To My 20-Something-Year-Old Self

Posted by Matt Roberge on Dec 29, 2015 7:00:00 AM

It's really easy to look back at  mistakes you've made in the past and give advice. It's the classic scenario of, "If I only knew then what I know now." I think that what makes a great business consultant is the ability to learn from mistakes and help others through their own experiences. It's also probably the reason you don't see a lot of business consultants who are in their 20s, because you need to have some experiences with varying degrees of success and failure in order to help others. Here are four pieces of business advice I would give to my 20-something-year-old self. 

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Topics: Small Business Consulting, Financial Advice, College Grad, CFO Consulting, Growth Coach

Use Your Bookkeeping To Stop Making Stupid Financial Decisions

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Have you ever made a stupid financial decision? Sure, we all have. Remember that ridiculous impulse buy that you made and regretted just a few days later? Those stupid financial decisions really set you back in life as well as in your small business. Here is how to use your small business bookkeeping as a tool to help you to stop making stupid financial decisions. 

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Topics: Financial Forecasting, Financial Reporting, Business Budgeting, QuickBooks Budget, Small Business Bookkeeping, Financial Advice

Putting Your Small Business on a Diet

Posted by Matt Roberge on Nov 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Have you ever put your small business on a diet? I'm not much of a dieter; I like wings and beer too much. So I offset that by trying to exercise regularly. However, one of our clients told me he is starting the Paleo diet. I kind of chuckled only because I had never heard of it. It seems like there is always some new fad in diet. The Atkins diet, some sort of juice cleanse, it always makes me sort of chuckle. As I thought about it more, people try the same thing in business; people put their small businesses on a diet as well.

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Topics: Financial Reporting, Small Business Growth, Grow Your Business, Scaling A Business, Financial Advice

How To Properly Raise Money For Your Small Business

Posted by Matt Roberge on May 14, 2014 7:00:00 AM

One thing I learned from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program was how to properly raise money for your business.  I didn't think I would ever want funding for our business, but now I know the value of getting funding and how to go about it.  I absolutely believe I could bootstrap many of the ideas I currently have, but I know that funding can accelerate the process and increase my chances of success.  I am by no means an expert on raising money as I have never done it, however I do have some thoughts on how to properly raise money for your small business.

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Topics: Financial Reports, Financial Advice, Investor Bookkeeping, Investing, Business Funding, Small Business Funding

Did Last Year's Tax Prep Hurt This Year's Bookkeeping?

Posted by Joe Mazur on Apr 4, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Depending on how your small business's bookkeeping system is set up, you may be extremely stressed as April 15th approaches if your books are a mess or you may not even blink an eye since your bookkeeper handled the books properly throughout the year.  As the old saying goes, nothing can be certain but death and taxes.  Since taxes have to be paid each year, why avoid it until the last minute?  Why push it off and have a negative impact on your business?  If the proper procedures and systems are put in to place then there really is no need to worry or stress as the deadline approaches.  One of our many mantras at Salt Lake City Bookkeeping is that year-end bookkeeping shouldn't exist.

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Topics: Year End Accounting, Year End Questions, Financial Advice, Business Culture, Year End Bookkeeping

Estate Plan - Do I Need One?

Posted by Joe Mazur on Dec 13, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Craig Cooper is a leading financial and wealth advisor with The Cambridge Financial Center. He specializes in business planning, estate plans, retirement planning, and wealth accumulation.  Here is the first of a series of articles Craig has written for us at Salt Lake Bookkeeping that relates to individual and small business owners.

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Topics: Personal Finances, Financial Advice, Trust Plans, Estate Planning

Remote Bookkeeping Made Easy

Posted by Joe Mazur on Jul 8, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Most small business owners wait to hire a bookkeeper until they have enough work to fill a full time 40 hour work week schedule.  This can be a dangerous game since bookkeeping is a very important piece of any small business
trying to get started.  Luckily, for the small business owner, Salt Lake City Bookkeeping has made remote bookkeeping easy.  Understanding how SLC Bookkeeping utilizes technology to make virtual bookkeeping a painless process also explains an answer to a question we get all the time "What kind of businesses do you work with?"  Everyone we work with understands that we are always available remotely.  If something is needed first thing Monday morning and its requested Friday evening, we will get it done.  This is all possible because we are set up to access programs anywhere with internet access.

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Topics: QuickBooks Tips, outsourcing bookkeeping, Grow Your Business, Hire A Bookkeeper, Paradise Work, Financial Advice

Financial Advice For New College Grads

Posted by Matt Roberge on Apr 3, 2013 7:00:00 AM

I graduated from a small business college nearly 12 years ago.  A lot has changed since then but one thing that has certainly changed is my way of thinking.  While your parents offer lots of advice throughout your life, they particularly seem to offer it around your college years.  However, the typical college student at that point in their life doesn't necessarily love to listen to their parents' advice.  Looking back now not only do I wish I had listened to the advice given to me, I wish I had asked more questions.  Here is my advice for upcoming college grads.  

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Topics: Personal Bookkeeping, Business Ideas, Financial Advice, College Grad