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Archive for September 2017

Business Planning: The Hourglass Approach

Business Planning: The Hourglass Approach

When it comes to annual planning, businesses often spend too much time on the planning process or too little because they are busy with day-to-day operations. There’s a simple method called the “Hourglass Approach” that can help you efficiently focus on your goals and create a plan to achieve them. Top of the glass In…

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Say Goodbye To The College Tuition Deduction

It’s hard enough to watch your child leave for college. Now you also have to say goodbye to the tuition and fees tax deduction. Congress decided not to extend this $4,000 deduction for 2017, leaving many parents worried that college will now be more expensive. But it isn’t as bad as it sounds. That’s because…

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7 Best Practices for QuickBooks Online

Even if you’ve been using QuickBooks Online for a long time, it’s good to step back and evaluate your actions. “Best practices” aren’t enforceable rules. They’re simply guidelines businesses commonly follow in one area or another. If you’re in retail, for example, one best practice might be to always ask customers checking out if they…

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Becoming a Smarter Renter

Becoming a Smarter Renter

Becoming the renter of an apartment, condo or house; leasing a piece of equipment; renting business property; leasing a car: all involve the common practice of renting something that is owned by someone else. To make sure you always have a good experience, here are some hints to becoming a smarter renter. Read all agreements.…

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Is Your HSA a Retirement Tool? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Is Your HSA a Retirement Tool? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are a great way to pay for medical expenses, and since unused funds roll over from year to year, the account can also provide a source of retirement funds in addition to other plans like 401(k)s or IRAs. But be aware that HSAs have significant disadvantages when compared to other retirement…

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Reap The Benefits of Hiring Your Child For The Summer

Reap The Benefits of Hiring Your Child For The Summer

Hiring your children to work in your business can be a win-win situation for everyone. Your kids will earn money, gain real-life experience in the workplace, and learn what you do every day. And, you will reap a few tax benefits in the process. Before you decide if hiring your child is the right thing…

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