Get the Most out of your Chart of Accounts

In the Quick Start Guide to QuickBooks post we talked a little about naming your revenue and expense accounts. The list of all your account names is called your Chart of Accounts.

The Importnace of your Chart of Accounts

As a new small business owner, you may be tempted to just use the account names and chart of accounts already provided to you in QuickBooks. However, with just a tiny bit of thought and effort you can create your own chart of accounts that will provide financial information to you that is actually meaningful. After all, the point of bookkeeping is to provide financial records that are useful, meaningful, and aid in decision making! (This post does contain affiliate links for products I use and recommend.)

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Can I Write-off the Purchase of Business Books?

Today’s question is from Elizabeth of Paper Bliss Designs.
Can I write-off business books or business planners/workbooks at tax time?
Great question Elizabeth! As with most things regarding the IRS, every situation is unique and there is a lot of room for interpretation. The general rules regarding business expenses are that they must be ordinary and necessary for your trade or profession. Most likely business books to help you grow your business or learn more about your line of business would qualify.

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The Quick Start Guide to QuickBooks

As a small business owner the thought of setting up a bookkeeping or accounting system can seem daunting. However, good financial data is vital to your business success, and setting up a bookkeeping system can actually be quite simple.

There are many online accounting programs available today. QuickBooks is one of my favorites. QuickBooks is perfect for the very small business all the way up to very sophisticated businesses. It’s easy to use, but it can grow with you as your business expands. Let me show you how easy it is to get started with QuickBooks. (This post does contain affiliate links for products I use and highly recommend.)

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Unlimited Books for the Bibliophile on Your List!

Christmas gift idea for the book lover on your list!

I love books! Reading has become part of my daily routine. I get cranky if I don’t get in a little reading time every day! I naturally gravitate to fiction, especially historical fiction and mysteries, but I love business books too.

Books make such great gifts, but one single hardback book can cost a pretty penny. What if you could give the gift of unlimited books to a lucky reader in your life? With Kindle Unlimited you can. (This post contains affiliate links.)

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How to Start Your Own Amazing Business

Starting a business does not have to be confusing or complicated. Follow these simple steps to starting your own amazing small business.

Starting a business can be so exciting! Whether you are looking to supplement your family’s budget with a side income, or want to earn a full time income, starting a small business can be the answer. There are so many possibilities when it comes to creating a business, and it is easier than ever to get started. You can create a business that fits your personal needs, and works within your available time. Are you uncertain about exactly how to start a business? Let me walk you through every step to starting your very own small business.

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Four Simple Steps to your Best Small Business Idea

Just any old business idea just won't work. Discover the best small business idea for you!

If you are like me, you have always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Your mind is constantly churning with possible small business ideas. Your problem is selecting the right business idea.

Or maybe you never thought you would be an entrepreneur, but your family could really use some extra income, and starting a small business seems like the answer. Your problem is coming up with a business idea.

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Is Your Hobby Actually a Business? Find out Now!

Is your latest activity a hobby or a business? Learn how to know if your most recent venture qualifies as a hobby or a business in the eyes of the IRS.

You have finally done it! You just hit “Publish” on your very first blog post . . . or you added your first listing to your Etsy shop . . . or you signed up for your very first craft fair . . . or you just sold a handmade purse to your friend! All of these things are so exciting!

When the novelty wears off, you might start to panic. Do I now have a business? Do I have to pay taxes? Do I need to register with the IRS?

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Confused about Business Structure? Find the Best one for You!

Confused about choosing a business structure for your new small business? Learn how to easily choose the right business structure for your new small business.

Your blog is starting to take off! Your Etsy shop is beginning to grow! You know you have a business on your hands, not just a hobby, so what’s next? Before you register your business, you need to choose a business structure. Believe me, it sounds scarier than it is. Let’s find out which structure is right for you.

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How to Register your Business, It’s Easier Than you Think!

Quickly learn how to register your new small business with your state and the federal government. You'll be glad you did!

I think starting a business is one of the most exciting things anyone can do! Who doesn’t want to make some side income and have more flexibility with your work life?

One of the not so exciting parts of starting a business, is actually registering your business, and taking care of all the legal and tax nonsense. Don’t be intimidated. Put some time on your schedule to tackle this part of your business formation, and you will feel so good once it’s done. I promise!

If you’re not sure if you even have a business yet, start here. And if you haven’t picked a business structure, read this first and then come on back. I’ll be waiting!

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3 Tips for Easy Business Recordkeeping

By easily and proactively setting up a recordkeeping system for your small business, you will save so many hours of work and frustration.

There are so many fun parts to owning your own business . . . . business recordkeeping is not one of them! However, keeping good financial records is one of the best things you can do for your business. Not only will an efficient bookkeeping system make your life easier come tax time, but understanding your financial position will enable you to make better choices day to day.

Keep in mind that even if your small business is still at the hobby level, you still need to keep financial records. Unfortunately hobby income also has to be included on your tax return!

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