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Should I be doing my own bookkeeping and accounting? Is QuickBooks the best software for me to use in my business, or is there another accounting software I should be using? What’s the best way for me to process my payroll? How can I track my money and cash flow? How do I prepare for my business taxes? What do my financial statements really mean? How can I add bookkeeping as an additional service as a Virtual Assistant? How can I start an online virtual bookkeeping business? And most importa ...
 
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When you are thinking about starting a bookkeeping business, you first want to make sure that being a bookkeeper is right for you, and you need to know what a bookkeeper does. To do this, make sure you check out episodes 55 and 57 in this bookkeeper series. One of the next things you start to wonder about is how much will it cost to start a bookkee…
 
I know that there are times when owning your own business can be hard. It is easy to focus on negative thoughts and things that are not going quite like you had hoped in your business, but have you ever thought about changing your thought process a bit? Did you know that gratitude is scientifically proven to promote happiness, improve your mental a…
 
If you are thinking about starting a bookkeeping business, and you know that you have what it takes to be a bookkeeper, but you are just not quite sure about what you would do as a bookkeeper, this episode is for you. Being a bookkeeper may sound intriguing to you, but do you ever wonder if you would be able to do the tasks required of a bookkeeper…
 
When you own your own business and you have employees, or you are planning on hiring employees, you need to have a basic understanding of payroll. You must have this understanding whether you are going to process your own payroll, or you are going to hire someone to do your payroll for you. You, as the business owner are ultimately responsible for …
 
If you are one of my regular listeners, you’re probably wondering why there is an additional episode this week. Well, today I have something special for you. I’ve decided to do an extra series of podcast episodes for bookkeepers, but don’t worry, my normal weekly podcasts will drop at their regular times. I know that the listeners of this podcast a…
 
Investing in yourself is important, and you as a business owner or potential business owner need to understand how valuable you are personally to your business. I know your time is limited and cherished. You may be thinking that if you are not working in your business and generating money that you aren’t being successful. But I want you to take a s…
 
Have you ever caught yourself dreaming about quitting your job? This seems to be a common theme these days. Many people just want to switch jobs, but there is a vast majority of individuals who are ready to dip their toes into the entrepreneurial waters and start their own business. Does this sound like you? If so, you’ve probably been debating if …
 
Since my previous podcast on The Great Resignation episode number 49, I have had quite a few conversations with entrepreneurs just like you who are thinking about starting their own business but are unsure if it is right for them. They wonder if it is the right time, and they wonder what they should be researching to make sure they are covering all…
 
Stress Relief. That’s what I am here to help you with when it comes to your business finances and particularly your bookkeeping, which is why today I am giving you 3 tips to keep your bookkeeping up to date. I know this is the time of the year when most business owners realize they may have fallen behind in their bookkeeping and they start to look …
 
Can you believe we are already in the fourth quarter of this year? If you are anything like me, it feels like these last three months of the year go by so quickly and before I know it, January is here, the holidays are over, and it is back to business as usual again. I really try hard to be as prepared as I possibly can be between both my personal …
 
Have you heard about The Great Resignation or The Big Quit? It seems to be impacting businesses big and small, but it doesn’t stop there. Individuals or employees are seeing the impact of The Great Resignation as well. The Great Resignation may have started with the pandemic, but it will be interesting to see how everything unfolds over the next fe…
 
Being efficient will save you time, and since we only have so much time each and every day, we want to make sure we are maximizing all the efficiencies in our business. But have you ever though that once you master your bookkeeping workflows, you would also be creating a system that will be more accurate and reliable? When you set up your workflows…
 
Over the last few episodes, I’ve talked about why you shouldn’t be commingling your personal and business funds, and today’s episode is no different, but like I’ve mentioned in the past, I understand that there are times when this happens, and you need to know how to account for it in your bookkeeping so that your financial statements are not refle…
 
Even though you know you shouldn’t be mixing your personal and business funds together, we know it happens, and I totally understand that there are times when this may be happening in your business. I have seen many times when cash falls short, and the business owner needs to inject additional funds into the business. Where does this money come fro…
 
Recording personal funds in your business can be tricky and you want to make sure you are capturing and recording all of these transactions so that your business financial statements reflect all of your business transactions accurately. These personal funds may be in the form of an injection of additional personal funds you put into the business, o…
 
Are you taking the time to review your financial statements each month? Do you understand what your financial statements are telling you about your business? Most people will look at their Balance Sheet and Income Statement when they review their financial statements, but today I am going to talk about another report that you should be looking at o…
 
We all know how much the world relied on virtual technology over this past year due to the pandemic. Teachers, students and even businesses had to rely on virtual technology more than ever. Many businesses were already using some sort of virtual technology and others jumped on the technology bandwagon quickly. Whether you were already using this vi…
 
Did you have good intentions on getting your bookkeeping caught up this year? Did you list keeping up with your bookkeeping as one of your goals for 2021? Are you are finding yourself in a mid-year bookkeeping crisis, and you know your bookkeeping needs a little attention or possibly a great deal of attention? If so, this episode will definitely gi…
 
When most business owner are asked what their accountant or bookkeeper helps them with, you’ll most likely hear that they do their financial statements, which includes their balance sheet and income statement or profit and loss report, and they probably file their tax returns for them. Most accountants, bookkeepers, CPAs (Certified Public Accountan…
 
Businesses have been dealing with customers not paying their invoices over the years, but the pandemic has heightened the average number of customers who are not paying their invoices on time, and this is putting additional stress on business owners like you. As a business owner, you know that you need to receive payment on your customer’s invoices…
 
The excitement of starting a small business can fuel the flame for your business for quite a while, but when you stop taking care of yourself and let your business pull you in various directions, burnout can start to set in, and you may find the passion you once had for your business start to smolder. You want to be proactive in this area so that y…
 
If your business involves selling items on amazon, eBay or your business accepts payments from credit cards, debit cards, or other third-party processors, you will more than likely receive a Form 1099K. Knowing what this form is and how it will impact your business is important to know. The rules for the 1099K are changing in 2022 and understanding…
 
Recording credit card transactions in either QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks Online is pretty easy to do as long as you have the correct procedures in place to do it accurately. Over the years, I have seen many different ways businesses have recorded their transactions and how quickly their financial reports can reflect inaccurate data. Most times…
 
One of the questions I receive from clients is how to transfer funds in QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online. Both have an extremely simple way to do this, but if you are unsure about how to do it, or you do it incorrectly, you could be causing your balance sheet and your income statement to reflect the wrong information. Recording all your tra…
 
The excitement of starting your very own business and the beliefs of your success are high when you are first starting your business. You think about what you want to sell, how you will sell it, the marketing and just how much your business is needed in the marketplace. You might have started an online business, you could be a course creator, you m…
 
When you think about a paperless business, does this sound like a dream come true, or do you view it more as a nightmare? There are many businesses that don’t even offer a paper receipt anymore. So, when you don’t have a receipt, how are you supposed to even manage it? My clients will ask me about the best way to manage their business receipts, and…
 
As a business owner, you work hard day after day and put in long hours to reach your goals and milestones, but once you have finally reached your milestones, what should you do? Do you just push forward to reach yet another milestone, or do you actually take the time to pause, celebrate and reward yourself and your team if you have one for a job we…
 
Automating your transactions is one of the major ways you can save time when you are doing your bookkeeping. By utilizing systems such as QuickBooks Online’s bank feeds, you can definitely save a lot of time rather than manually entering each and every transaction, but the only way you will ensure you have reliable financial statements ( Balance Sh…
 
You started the year off strong, you set all your goals for how you wanted to do your bookkeeping this year and just like that, it’s June, and now is the time for you to do a mid-year bookkeeping and financial checkup to see how your small business is doing. Time flies by so quickly, and before you know it, we will be flipping the calendar to the m…
 
Cash flow refers to the money moving in and out of your business. When you have a positive cash flow, it simply means that you have enough money to manage the payments of any money that goes out of your business. If you have more money coming into your business than going out, you will have obtained a positive cash flow. Many business owners think …
 
When you have your own business, it can be hard to create the work life balance many people only dream of creating. Although having your own business sounds like you are in control of how much and how often you work, you may hear otherwise from many small business owners. Are they working long hours, and do you need to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a…
 
You made the leap; you took the jump, or you stepped off the cliff. No matter how you say it, you are now invested as an entrepreneur and have your very own business. These are exciting times for you. You are finally able to make the impact you have waited so long to make. It is your dream come true, but now that you are there, what can you do to m…
 
Home based and online businesses are popping up everywhere. More and more people are looking at starting their own business now more than ever. Whether you decide you want to be a full-time entrepreneur, you are looking for a side hustle gig, or you are a stay-at-home parent looking for some extra income, each of these can lead to an exciting time,…
 
We’ve all heard how important it is to have an emergency fund for our personal finances. There may be a time when your car needs repairs, or you lose your job, or maybe you have an unexpected expense pop up. When you have an emergency fund set up, you are able to dip into it when you have these emergencies in your personal life, but what about in y…
 
How you think about money makes an impact on your small business success. Many of these thoughts stem from beliefs you have had since you were a child. Do you associate earning or having money as being greedy? Do you remember hearing heated conversations as a child and it brings back memories of arguments and feelings of unhappiness, or was the sub…
 
Financial literacy is just as important when you are taking care of your personal finances as it is when you own a small business. April is financial literacy month and since this podcast is all about Mastering Your Small Business Finances, it is only fitting that we should talk about how financial literacy makes an impact on your small business. S…
 
When you have a small business, it is easy to think you can handle all of the tasks that need to be completed and wear the many hats that come with owning a business. This may be true or even possible when you are just starting your business, but as your business grows and each task starts to take more time, you will find you may not be able to han…
 
If you’ve been listening to my previous podcasts, you know I only include topics that you, as a small business owner need to be aware of to make impact on your business. As a small business owner myself, I know exactly how it feels to have a list of things to do a mile long and of course never enough time in the day to get them all done. I personal…
 
If making more money in your business is one of your goals this year and you believe the only way to achieve this goal is by getting more sales, you might be wrong, but I understand where you are coming from. Everywhere we go we are told to increase our sales to make more money. You may have already decided the only way for you to increase your pro…
 
With more and more people becoming self-employed on the rise, it’s so important to understand how to file your taxes and take advantage of the write-off’s that are available to your business. If you are a self-employed solopreneur, entrepreneur, small business owner, virtual online bookkeeper, virtual assistant or VA, you need to ensure you are kno…
 
Knowing how to read and analyze your Income Statement or Profit & Loss report is not only important, but it could be critical to the success of your small business. Understanding how your business is performing financially will prompt strategic decisions and meaningful operating goals for the future of your business. It will tell you if your busine…
 
Today we are talking about report cards. If you have a child in school…or maybe they are distance learning, you know you need to keep tabs on how they are doing, right? Well, when you own a business, it’s a lot like having a child. How many times have you heard someone refer to their business as their “baby”? I hear it a lot, and yet, when we think…
 
When you own your own business, you know how quickly the paperwork can start to pile up. It’s great to have processes in place to make sure you are handling all the day to day tasks, but once you tackle those obligations, what do you need to do with the documentation? This is where record retention policies for your small business are valuable. Onc…
 
Owning your own business can be stressful enough with all the tasks of running your own business, but also taking into consideration your small business finances can easily push you over the limit for keeping your cool. Even if you enjoy what you are doing, feeling overwhelmed can happen so suddenly and it isn’t good for anyone. Today we are going …
 
If you are like most small business owners, online virtual bookkeepers or virtual assistants, you set some amazing goals at the beginning of the year. More than likely one of these goals covered your business finances and bookkeeping, that’s why you are here, right? In today’s episode, we are diving into what you need to do RIGHT NOW to make sure y…
 
Believe it or not, if you are doing your own bookkeeping you have a chart of accounts. If you are using an Excel spreadsheet, QuickBooks or another system to record your bookkeeping, you will have a chart of accounts. You may just have a list of accounts you use periodically, but this is your actual chart of accounts. Whether you are a small busine…
 
Understanding the difference between revenue and profit is crucial to a business’s success. They both show up on your income statement or profit and loss report, but they are very different numbers. Whether you are a small business owner or have an online virtual bookkeeping business, you’ll want to listen in today as we talk about what these diffe…
 
When you are a small business owner or bookkeeper recording transactions in QuickBooks Desktop or QuickBooks Online, it can be very easy to accidentally enter the wrong date…especially if you are recording a lot of transactions from the past or catching up on your bookkeeping. To make sure you don’t record any entries in a period that has already b…
 
The need for bookkeepers for small businesses has really grown and the way business owners look at outsourcing their bookkeeping has changed over this last year. In today’s episode, I’ll be diving into why I feel this year is the best year to start an online virtual bookkeeping business. If you are a small business owner, you’ll find this episode h…
 
Are you a bookkeeper, virtual assistant, VA or small business owner who needs to close out the end of the year for your bookkeeping? Have you felt intimidated hearing about others closing the books and you wondered if you were missing out on something? Today we are going to walk you through a normal year end close of the books. If you are using a c…
 
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