I'm currently purchasing parts and packaging materials for a product I'm producting and I have a few questions about categorizing expenses. All of the items below are being purchased from different vendors and I'm packaging everything together. I'll give you a few examples and if you could, please recommend a proper way to categorize the expense. 1) The product itself 2) Screws 3) Zippered poly bags to contain the screws 4) A printed insert with instructions 5) Poly bag to contain everything 6) A printed cardboard bag topper stapled to the poly bag packaging. That's really about it. I'd like to start entering in my invoices into my accounting program, but I really don't know the best way to organize these expenses. Thanks for your assistance. I really appreciate it.
After years of an entirely normal relationship with my accountant -- meaning, we go in once a year and do our taxes -- we had a problem arise. I haven't been able to get our accountant to help, nor even return my emails/calls, for over a month. I dropped him & set out to find a new accountant. None will return my calls. Am I asking for something crazy? Help. [more inside]
I am looking for a business accountant and am finding industry agencies that work on a percentage basis but am worried I will be paying too much. There are several business accountants in my area but I want to make sure I am getting the best deal. What are some essential questions I need to ask while making this decision?
I have a part-time freelance thing that I do, in California. At what point do I need to get more formal about incorporating and such? [more inside]
I recently asked someone at work for our operating budget for the purpose of registering for software discounts. I was given a number and it didn't quite make sense to me. I think that there may be at least two definitions of 'operating budget'. The workplace in question is a 501c(3) non-profit if that changes the definition. What would be tallied to make up the operating budget?
Are there areas outside the U.S. -- or well-run organizations within it -- where the words Invoice and Receipt are properly used interchangeably? Cultural issues below [more inside]
Why is a company making all employees to take a paid vacation? [more inside]
What is the best way to move money between retirement accounts while I am currently employed so that I can access it and minimize penalties when I go back to school? (Many, many details inside) [more inside]
My husband and I have a small consulting business. I would like to scan all our receipts and then download them into Sage 50 so as to save time when doing our monthly accounting. Do you have any experience doing this? What hardware/software did you use? Did you have to do anything special to be compliant with the CRA? [more inside]
We are a retail business, ~10 employees, multiple locations of inventory and some drop-ships. I am looking at both Quickbooks Enterprise and something from the Sage 50 family but can't find anything online that provides a good comparison. Anyone use both? Opinions?
My employer has allocated $500/year as a benefit to me for training. I have not used it yet this year - suggestions? Areas I'd like to focus on - accounting, excel, QuickBooks, management training. I'm open to other things if they would be useful. [more inside]
Please recommend podcasts about accounting, economics, or finance. A Canadian focus would be a bonus but not a necessity.
How important is it for me to get an accountant now that I'm earning most of my income as a freelancer? Can I handle taxes on my own? [more inside]
What is the right way to calculate daily rate for monthly charges? [more inside]
Going back for an accounting degree... many years later? How to do it? [more inside]
How should we set up gnucash to track a couple's cash flow and joint account? [more inside]
I really dislike my current job. I have a job offer from a company that would love to have me and is willing to accommodate all timing logistics. However, I still feel guilty about quitting my current job, for a myriad of reasons. Give me permission to quit. [more inside]
Hey, Im looking for some good books to give me an intro / primer on financial analysis. Im applying to a job working under a corporate financial manager. It would be great if the book had a good intro to accounting and went over some corporate finance basics and basics in financial analysis in: financial planning, accounting, operations analysis, auditing, forecasting, treasury/cash management, or commercial finance [more inside]
Inept Los Angeles apartment management accounting, part 2: they now claim the $26 we owe them is from January 2010. My new question is: is it even legit that they are making this claim after 1.5 years? Is there a time limit? [more inside]
What Macintosh software or online service should I use when I'm forced to stop using Quicken 2005 this summer? [more inside]
I am debating getting my CMA, certifed management accountant designation. It is a new term to me, and I work in finance with gaggles of CPAs. Is the CMA a recognized and respected designation? [more inside]
I need simple bookkeeping software for the Mac, and in a hurry. [more inside]
What exactly constitutes "proof of payment" for the purposes of 501c3 accounting standards? Are my accounting demons tormenting me for their own sick pleasure, or because they actually have to? [more inside]
Excel question. Is there a way to determine a list of all possible values from a list that add up to a given total? [more inside]
I'm in my early 30s and somehow I have completely lost the pop zeitgeist. Is there something on the web that explains how the U.S. music industry (especially with respect to hip hop, and even more especially re Nicki Minaj) works nowadays? [more inside]
For my wife: What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work? [more inside]
I'm helping a friend go over some financials of a small business . I have a *little* accounting training but am definitely not in accounting. My question is about indirect Cash Flow Statements. In the attempt to understand Cash Flow Statements enough to help, I'm running into a roadblock about Net Income and my understanding of how it's applied to the Cash Flow Statement. [more inside]
Any recommendations for a cloud based accounting and inventory tracking software for my small publishing company? [more inside]
Which version of Quickbooks I should use, online or software? [more inside]
Have you taken a CPA review course? Which one, and why did it work / not work for you? [more inside]
I'm looking for a more complete list of Master's in Accounting or Master's in Professional Accounting programs designed for people with non-accounting bachelor's degrees. [more inside]