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Salt Lake City Bookkeeping Blog

Top Reasons Use a Business Account vs. a Personal Account to Run Your Business

Posted by Leanne Armstrong on Mar 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Regardless of the size of your company, deciding to open a business bank account shouldn’t be a question of if, but a matter of when. In an ideal bookkeeping world, every company would open a business account before conducting their first commercial transaction.

But if you’ve yet to separate your company’s payables and receivables from your personal bank account, it’s never too late to make that happen.

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Topics: Personal Bookkeeping, Outsourced Bookkeeping

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, Bookkeeping Help, Small Business Consulting

Personal Bookkeeping - Is It Worth It?

Posted by Joe Mazur on Oct 21, 2013 7:00:00 AM

A recent report put a dollar amount on the costs for American households that use cash instead of electronic forms of cash.  Turns out it's expensive to rely on cash and not plan ahead instead of using debit or credit cards.  Sure, this report on American payments habits paints some broad strokes, but the bottom line is that it costs almost $1,800 a year per household to use cash, which translates to $200 billion for the entire country.  After reading about this, I immediately thought about how personal bookkeeping could help a percentage of these households and hopefully save them some of that $1,800 that is being wasted.

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Topics: QuickBooks, Personal Bookkeeping

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

5 Financial Obsessions That Are Actually Healthy

Posted by Matt Roberge on Dec 14, 2012 8:18:00 AM

Typically in life obsessing about anything is bad.  However, I do believe that there are some financial obsessions that are healthy both for you personally and your small business.  Many individuals, families and small businesses are just plain bad at managing their finances.  Some people just don't understand accounting or bookkeeping so their finances tend to get the back burner.  Avoiding managing your finances is a huge mistake and will always come back to haunt you.  Here are five financial obsessions that you really should keep in mind and try to follow.

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Topics: Bookkeeping Errors, Do It Yourself Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Services, QuickBooks Reconciliation, Personal Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Help, Financial Forecasting, Outsourced Bookkeeping, Year End Bookkeeping

Find Bookkeeping Help Before It's Too Late

Posted by Matt Roberge on Sep 4, 2012 8:02:00 AM

Are you worried of running out of time because you cannot find bookkeeping help that meets
your needs? Worry no more! Salt Lake City Bookkeeping will help you put your financial records in order. Our firm offers bookkeeping services to persons and small businesses in maintaining and organizing their accounts and books.

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Topics: Efficient Bookkeeping, Personal Bookkeeping, Bookkeeping Help, Business Ideas

Personal Bookkeeping Puts Your Family Finances In Order

Posted by Matt Roberge on Aug 31, 2012 8:53:00 AM

Organizing and tracking the family finances does not require advanced accounting knowledge or a large amount of extra time. Setting up a family bookkeeping routine is a simple process of recording the funds coming in and the funds getting spent on a regular basis. Once you have this system in place, it becomes much easier to identify extra spending on non-essential items and also to make reasonable debt repayment goals. The first logical steps include selecting a user-friendly bookkeeping software program, getting it installed, adding the information and setting up a regular schedule for making entries.

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Topics: Bookkeeping Services, Personal Bookkeeping

Personal Bookkeeping: A Look From The Inside

Posted by Joe Mazur on Jul 12, 2012 8:00:00 AM

In this blog, we're going to teach you everything you need to know about personal bookkeeping in under 400

Well, OK, not really. There's a reason we had to go to school for way too long to learn this stuff. However, what we are going to offer are some insider tips on how to make sure your personal bookkeeping is effective, and can be a tool to help your business rather than a stumbling block.

  • Record everything as quickly as is prudent. Don't put off entering receipts until the end of the week or the end of the month. We're not saying you have to update your books the very moment you make a deposit at the bank, but do it sooner rather than later.

  • Make bookkeeping a regular habit. If you're doing your own books, try setting aside a few minutes every day to update your records. If you make it a daily occurrence, you're less likely to forget or start procrastinating. Receipts pile up if they're not taken care of quickly, but it's easy on a day-to-day basis.

  • Keep your personal and business ledgers totally separate. So many people get into trouble when they freely mix their personal bookkeeping with their business. Even if you're a one-person operation,
    keep separate books. It'll help you on tax day, and it'll help you keep a clearer idea of where your finances stand.

  • Use consistent categories. You need categories to keep your finances straight, things like “Office Supplies” and “Computer Expenses.” Figure out what you're going to call them ahead of time and stick to that. It'll prevent confusion when you're looking at your books months or years later.

  • Budget major expenses ahead of time. If you know you'll be needing a new tablet within a year, go ahead and pencil that into the budget. Don't spend it unless a truly dire crisis pops up. That way the money will be there when it's needed, rather than being an unplanned and unexpected expense.

  • Get software. It's the year 2012, for crying out loud. There's just no reason to be doing this stuff on paper any more unless you're a masochist. A good piece of software will make your bookkeeping and financial tracking far easier.

Finally, as a parting question, do you have any tricks that have helped you with your personal bookkeeping?  We'd love to hear any tips you might have.  



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Topics: Bookkeeping Salt Lake City, Personal Bookkeeping, Small Business Accounting

Personal Bookkeeping; Why You Need It.

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jul 2, 2012 2:03:00 PM

Unless you live on an isolated Pacific island where you’ve established a system of bartering for basic necessities with local natives, chances are you need personal bookkeeping services. Regardless of how large or small your income may be, the size of your household or the number of bills you must pay each month, there is a certain amount of numerical savvy required to calculate and categorize your expenditures – and that’s just bookkeeping on the most basic level. Some people assume they have their personal finances under control, but there are many benefits to bookkeeping services that you may not have previously considered.

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Topics: Bookkeeping Services, Personal Bookkeeping, Small Business Bookkeeping

Increase Productivity By Outsourcing Your Business Bookkeeping Needs

Posted by Matt Roberge on Jun 21, 2012 8:32:00 AM

One of the most important aspects of any company is undoubtedly business bookkeeping, however, it can also be one of the most notorious time consumers and attention stealers. Therefore, if not handled in an efficient fashion, it can potentially have a negative impact on the overall productivity in both the office and in the field, which of course usually leads to a loss in revenue. This is the reason that careful attention should be paid to this critical department of a company.

Luckily, there is such a thing as outsourced business bookkeeping, which is certainly a service to be excited about, especially if you're the owner or manager of an outfit. Whether your ship is sailing smoothly or not, the assistance of an external team of experts in this area, for a fair fee, can be the key to new found or continued success with your company. 

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Topics: Personal Bookkeeping, Outsourced Bookkeeping