Best ideas for small business bookkeepingI run a home business where I usually have one part time employee, and sometimes a second. I need to do something better than I’m doing on bookkeeping. Quickbooks Pro seems a bit of overkill, in that I don’t do invoices, or many of the other things it purports to do. And I’ve never even used plain Quickbooks. I need some advice on the best, simplest bookkeeping system that would really do only a few things – (1) allow me to put in the rates, hours, etc. of my employees and translate this into my I.R.S. quarterly reports, etc., (2) Work with my business charge card account on line to categorize charges for Schedule C purposes, (3) Do the same with my business checking account. I have Mac OS X. I’d appreciate any thoughts on what program or online service I should use to get this done. Thanks
posted by rabbus
on Oct 22, 2005 -
I'm looking for input on a business idea. With the boom in mp3 players, I thought it would be a good idea to open a store that specialized in that item, along with accessories, podcasting equipment, etc. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink
on Oct 14, 2005 -
Idle Corporate Question: Has anyone here worked in a Payroll department? I know that one of the great taboos in large corporations is that nobody else knows how much everyone else makes (subordinates excluded.) But, what about a Payroll department. Do they each know how much everyone else in their department makes? Or, is their own information segmented off somehow?
posted by vacapinta
on Oct 12, 2005 -
Is there a good online source for generic legal-ese? I am starting a business and I need to draft corporate bylaws, stock certificates, and a terms of service agreement. I would like to do this without involving a lawyer, if possible. [more inside]
posted by nyterrant
on Oct 1, 2005 -
I'd like some good business (commodities, economics, markets, etc.) book to read. I'm tired of all the, excuse my French, BS books I've come across. I don't want a get-rich quick or anything motivational. I've read the summer reading standard Freakonomics and The World is Flat as of late, feeling the same way level of beach book dissapointment I did when I broke down and read The DaVinci Code. The former was entertaining, though somewhat useless and the latter just was boring and repetitive after say -- chapter 2. I've been paticularly interested in game theory lately and how it can be applied... [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Oct 1, 2005 -
I recently read a copy of Fortune magazine and found it interesting. I'd like to subscribe to a business/investment magazine....any others I should consider?
posted by Instrumental
on Sep 30, 2005 -
I ordered something recently that came in a standard-looking cardboard box with a custom printed sleeve that slipped over it (Actually, I think it's called an overslip), making the whole deal look very professional. Where could I order something like that? [more inside]
posted by Nothing
on Sep 29, 2005 -
BusinessLiabilityFilter -- Do we need product liability insurance for our start-up mail order business that sells repackaged craft supplies to kids? [more inside]
posted by acoutu
on Sep 23, 2005 -
I need to send to send an e-mail to some ex-colleagues requesting that they join an entrepreneurial network. Are there some principles for creating an effective e-mail subject line that will increase my chances of having them open my e-mail?
posted by Xurando
on Sep 21, 2005 -
Does anyone have any experience running or building a Yahoo! Store? How long do they take to set up? Can you enter in orders that are taken offline? Other comments welcome.
posted by Ostara
on Sep 20, 2005 -
Is the ‘revenue-from-ads’ website business model viable for a small tightly focused company, or not? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco
on Sep 12, 2005 -
I have an idea for a product/service. I've drawn out a rough business model and shown it to a few people who all think its a great idea but I'm having a few problems getting things rolling... more inside about funding the project, pitching it to major 'players' in certain industries, investors, etc [more inside]
posted by hummercash
on Sep 6, 2005 -
For a friend, "I run a small computer consulting business on the side in my spare time. I have a bit over two dozen clients and do regular work for a handful of them. My question is, does it make sense to go thru the process of creating a business? What advantages or disadvantages would this give me? How much would it cost? Any other uggestions/ideas/comments/etc.. would be great! Thanks!"
posted by k8t
on Sep 5, 2005 -
How do I reduce the number of `time wasters' requesting product samples through my website? [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Sep 1, 2005 -
1) I need assistance with business and marketing issues. I know that there are organizations out there where retirees offer their services and expertise. Does anyone know any of their names?????
2) What is podcasting????? What is required????? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah
on Aug 31, 2005 -
How do I keep track of my business phone calls? I'm looking for a program, preferably freeware or open source, that will help me keep track of the people calling/emailing/contacting me, why they're contacting me, when they contacted me, how to contact them, when I should contact them, and if I've contacted them. Preferably it would allow for multiple call-backs in case we get into an extended game of phone tag. Right now I'm using a notebook, but something on the computer would allow easier changes. Googling's failed me, since I'm not even sure of the right phrasing to use.
posted by schroedinger
on Aug 26, 2005 -
I'm a freelance web developer who was recently fired by a client, had the amount of my invoice debated, and decided, for a couple of reasons, to write it off as a loss and tell them not to pay me anything. Today I got a check in the mail; do I cash it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 21, 2005 -
Help a bunch of idiots start a business maybe - advice required on how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Leud
on Aug 18, 2005 -
I am considering starting up a small (one person) web consulting business, offering web design and development, newsletters, blogs etc. Advice from those with relevant experience would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by pasd
on Aug 10, 2005 -
After using numerous prep books, official guides and the Powerprep software, I am stuck at the 700-720 range. I checked this
post, but I am looking for more specific help for a really high score.
Right now, I am answering 90% of the questions correct. Do I need to get 100% right? Or get more questions right in the beginning? What am I doing wrong?
I am exactly three weeks away from the test.
posted by vjz
on Aug 3, 2005 -
Mac OSX Server Backup question: what's the best way to ensure that my small office doesn't lose the data we store on our file server? Right now we use Retrospect with a tape drive, but it's not an ideal solution, because finding stuff on the tape is a huge pain, and the time required to maintain it is lost time. Should we go with a portable external hard drive (someone brings the tapes home just in case of fire or explosion)? Or purchase an off-site solution?
posted by miss tea
on Aug 2, 2005 -
Do you know of any examples of discrimination against the Amish in business?
posted by furiousxgeorge
on Jul 28, 2005 -
I am interested in developing three new blogs, all for business purposes. I have the business mind and the game plan, but don't have enough time to learn how to use systems like Movable Type or Word Press. Does anyone know where I can get some help?
posted by bamassippi
on Jul 14, 2005 -
Cocktail parties, fundraisers, all the places where business and pleasure mix. What's a newbie to do? Need the insider perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 12, 2005 -
What is a good business card making program, that will let me convert the cards to pdf format? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton
on Jul 10, 2005 -
Heading to Oakland, CA for business and will arrive on Sunday in the early afternoon. Looking for something to keep me entertained for the afternoon/evening. [more inside]
posted by cyniczny
on Jul 7, 2005 -
Help me think of a name for my DJ/Events company!
I'm starting out with primarily DJ services for now, but in the future I am planning to extend into creative event and lighting design. For this reason, I'm searching for a name that is somewhat broad to cover these secondary markets, but still relevant to any single one alone. [more inside]
posted by FearTormento
on Jul 6, 2005 -
Browsing locally, purchasing on the Net. In regards to Ice Hockey and Comic Books, and why everything is so damn expensive in Australia... [more inside]
posted by LongDrive
on Jul 3, 2005 -
When did the practice of refusing to comment on a given issue due to pending litigation
become an acceptable response? Is this a fairly recent development -- a result of living in a sue-happy nation? Is it just the vogue rhetoric of avoiding even a minimal amount of accountability? Or is it something else? For the lawyers out there, what are the ramifications of commenting? ... especially with cases like those involving the government
posted by fourstar
on Jun 29, 2005 -
Where should I begin to find out something about a company called "Daimler International Trading Ltd"? It's not publicly traded, and Google fails me. One would assume basic information such as where the company is incorporated is public information?
posted by of strange foe
on Jun 27, 2005 -
Help! The client from heaven has gotten a manager from hell. I need your advice on how to save this project, and an otherwise excellent reference, from being burned by an overreaching manager. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey
on Jun 24, 2005 -
Have you been exposed to the "Theory of Constraints" at work? Did you choose to use it or was it imposed upon you? What came of it? Did it improve things? If it changed the way you work, how so? More importantly: what the hell is it?
posted by pracowity
on Jun 24, 2005 -
Seattle has crap Mexican food. Anyone have experience in the frozen food business? Because I want to start up a small business selling meals in local stores. We're talking 3-4 products, minimal ingredients. I think I have access to a rest. kitchen. Looking past legal/supplier costs, where can I go wrong?
posted by poodlemouthe
on Jun 15, 2005 -
They're talking today about "Super CD Tuesday" on MSNBC...Why are CD/DVD releases always on Tuesday?
posted by clgregor
on Jun 7, 2005 -
I will be taking the GMAT on monday and was wondering if anyone had some last minute tips, particularly things that you might not find in a GMAT book. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger
on Jun 2, 2005 -