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  • Are You Your Biggest Obstacle?

    November 11

    An Interview with Entrepreneur Jeff Young

  • 3 Reasons to Change your Perception of Outsourcing

    November 10

    Go back in time 20 years or so and outsourcing was considered a “dirty” word by many people.

  • 3 Tips for Facing a Small Business Tax Audit

    November 9

    There is nothing worse than receiving that dreaded letter in the mail. You know which one. The one from the IRS explaining they need more information from you.

  • How Does Paid Sick Leave Work in California?

    November 9

    As an employer or employee in the state of California, it's important to understand the finer details associated with the applicable paid sick leave laws.

  • Should You Monitor Your Employees Computer Use?

    November 7

    Big brother not only is here, he is right on our work computers. At least that’s what it might feel like for employees who work for a company that buys and uses employee monitoring software.

  • Funding Your Dream: Featuring Robyn Barrett, Founder, FSW Funding

    November 4

    (Above, the team at FSW Funding provides a unique service that funds small businesses and startups, so they can achieve their dreams. Pictured from left to right: Karla Gates, Chris Zamorano, Founder Robyn Barrett, Wendy Hankerson, Penny Fine, Sanja Terzic)

  • What Accountants Should Offer Small Businesses

    November 4

    Making sure that your small business clients get the most out of their experience can seem challenging at times. However, if you want your accounting firm to be successful you have to give them an irresistible amount of service. Today, I will be sharing some strategies to grow your client base by providing your small business clients with a remarkable experience. These strategies have grown out of my experience working with my own firm, Huddleston Tax CPAs.

  • 5 Questions to Address in an End of Year Performance Review

    November 4

    With the end of the year closing in, it’s time to tie up a variety of loose ends. For many companies, this means an end of year performance review with each employee.

  • The Power and Struggle of Women in Tech

    November 3

    While equality between men and women in the workforce has seen improvements in some areas, other fields leave plenty of room for improvement. In technology-related jobs, women are a distinct minority.

  • Essential Balance Sheet Facts for Small Business Owners

    November 3

    No matter what type of company they start, all small business owners need to have at least a basic familiarity with balance sheets. Balance sheets are straightforward documents which provide a snapshot of the financial condition of an individual or business. 

  • Your Business Needs You to Stay Healthy This Winter

    October 31

    As a small business owner, you have likely found the following statement to be true: there is no time for sick days.

  • Tax Credits to Pass Along to Your Small Business Clients

    October 30

    Staying current on information regarding business tax credits for your clients can result in deeper relationships as they will see you as their trusted advisor who has their best interests in mind.

  • How to Create a Branded Email Signature Using Microsoft Outlook

    October 29

    The use of email to communicate with clients has become commonplace, often replacing what used to be client letters or telephone conversations. Email is popular because it is efficient and often more effective than what used to be time-consuming phone tag with clients. Because of its prevalence in business, an email should be handled with the same level of care as a message leaving your office on company letterhead, which includes a signature that is professional and branded to promote your business.

  • How Accountants Use Social Media for Business

    October 29

    Many accountants use social media for their business as a way to be present online where like-minds linger.  Social media can start and nurture conversations between you, clients, prospects and other business partners.  It’s free which makes it appealing, and online therefore it’s convenient and accessible. Once you begin using it for business, you will be represented 24/7 in the social media arena.  Social media may not generate a large amount of leads or be a place for you to run advertisements, but think of it like hanging out socially so you are present to engage in discussions that you or others instigate.

  • Client Gifts That Keep You Front-of-Mind: It's Never Too Early

    October 29

    Gifting your clients is a token of appreciation that further demonstrates you are thinking of them. Client gifts tend to fall into one of three categories, things they like, things they like but would not buy, and things they like but have not thought of buying (the cool stuff).

  • Business Etiquette When Using Email With Clients

    October 29

    Using email to communicate with clients, without care for proper business etiquette, may risk your reputation as a trusted advisor.  In a rush to Send, Reply or Forward an email without first identifying whether a message is for public consumption may expose information to a wide audience that should have been addressed one-on-one in a more formal business setting.

  • Reciprocal Agreements and What They Mean for Your Business

    October 28

    Unlike federal withholding, which affects employers on a universal scale, states have their own game plans when it comes to withholding. If you have employees that work and live in different states, they might be subject to reciprocal agreements.

  • Is An Open-Office Plan Good For Your Business? #Business #OfficeDesign

    October 28

    Open-office plans can be very attractive. Rather than having everyone stuff in cubicles, open offices seem to let the light in and create an environment ripe for collaboration and a free exchange of ideas.

  • Halloween Costumes Not to Wear at the Office

    October 26

    It’s easy to get excited about a great Halloween costume. But what works for your friends may not be quite what you want to show up at the office in, hoping to win the Halloween costume contest. The sexy nurse or the Olympic swimmer might not leave enough to the imagination for your coworkers.

  • Politics and Taxes Frighten Small Business Owners

    October 25

    The presidential election seems to have a lot of people on edge, and small business owners are no exception.