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5 Tips for Getting the Most Value from QuickBooks

September 19, 2017

  Written by Christine Howard, a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor at tonneson + co QuickBooks is one of the most popular accounting programs available today. Both user-friendly and flexible, the program can be a valuable resource for small businesses in almost every industry when used properly. Though users appreciate the convenience QuickBooks offers, they sometimes miss…

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4 tough questions to ask before expanding to a new location

August 7, 2017

Is business going so well that you’re thinking about adding another location? Before you start planning the ribbon-cutting ceremony, take a step back and ask yourself some tough questions about whether a new location will grow your company — or stretch it too thin. Here are four to get you started: 1. What’s driving your…

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Does your business have too much cash?

July 26, 2017

From the time a business opens its doors, the owner is told “cash is king.” It may seem to follow that having a very large amount of cash could never be a bad thing. But, the truth is, a company that’s hoarding excessive cash may be doing itself more harm than good. Liquidity overload What’s…

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Make sure your company is prepared for any disaster

July 20, 2017

What could stop your company from operating for a day, a month or a year? A flood or fire? Perhaps a key supplier shuts down temporarily or permanently. Or maybe a hacker or technical problem crashes your website or you suddenly lose power. Whatever the potential cause might be, every business needs a disaster recovery…

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Why business owners should regularly upgrade their accounting software

July 5, 2017

Many business owners buy accounting software and, even if the installation goes well, eventually grow frustrated when they don’t get the return on investment they’d expected. There’s a simple reason for this: things change. Technological improvements are occurring at a breakneck speed. So yesterday’s cutting-edge system can quickly become today’s sluggishly performing albatross. And this…

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Managing business insurance costs

June 23, 2017

Adequate insurance coverage is, in many cases, a legal requirement for a business. Even if it’s not for your company, proper coverage remains a risk management imperative. But that doesn’t mean you have to take high insurance costs sitting down. There are a wide variety of ways you can decrease insurance costs. Two examples are…

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Seasonal business? Optimize your operating cycle

June 23, 2017

Every business has some degree of ups and downs during the year. But cash flow fluctuations are much more intense for seasonal businesses. If your company defines itself as such, it’s important to optimize your operating cycle to anticipate and minimize shortfalls. A high-growth example Consider a manufacturer and distributor of lawn-and-garden products such as…

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Business owners: Put your successor in a position to succeed

June 9, 2017

When it comes time to transition your role as business owner to someone else, you’ll face many changes. One of them is becoming a mentor. You’ll have to communicate clearly, show some patience and have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish before stepping down. Here are some tips on putting your successor…

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Could stronger governance benefit your business?

May 30, 2017

Every company has at least one owner. And in many cases, leadership exists down through the organizational chart. But not every business has strong governance. In a nutshell, governance is the set of rules, practices and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. Strengthening it can help ensure productivity, reduce legal risks and,…

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It may be time for your company to create a strategic IT plan

May 26, 2017

Many companies take an ad hoc approach to technology. If you’re among them, it’s understandable. You probably had to automate some tasks before others; your tech needs have likely evolved over time, and technology itself is always changing. Unfortunately, all of your different hardware and software may not communicate so well. What’s worse, lack of…

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