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NameFilter: Looking for a name for a small tax accounting firm that is marketing itself primarily towards artists and other creative types. [more inside]
posted by Jairus on Feb 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Unlocking Contracted Recurring Revenues to use for Debt Collateral

Every month my company sells roughly $15,000 worth of monthly recurring revenue contracts with five year term lengths. The service sells for $1,000 per month so every month we sign on 15 new customers. $15,000 * 12months * 5 years = $900,000 (total contract revenue for all 15 contracts sold during the month) We've maxed out our borrowing on physical assets held by the company and I need to find a way to unlock these revenue streams to use as collateral for further growth. What's the best way to do this? I would prefer to not have to go to every customer and amend their contracts in any way. Thanks!
posted by Paalen on Jan 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Need a cloud based invoicing / accounting program that is not Quickbooks

Before I begin, I know the most popular and reasonable answer will be to learn and use Quickbooks. There is some sort of 'block' in my brain that will not allow me to learn quickbooks and I am content in using a different software to do the simple things I am needing to do... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Apr 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business?

Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business? [more inside]
posted by Eradicator! on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Do I really need an accountant, or can I handle filing my LLC taxes on my own?

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]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 2, 2012 - 22 answers

Would an accounting diploma program help me get a job?

It's time for a career change, but I'd like some help confirming if this diploma program in accounting would help me land jobs, despite not having a university degree. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I network by e-mail in a business environment? I am a student.

How do I stay in touch with people that I meet at networking events at my school and in the Atlanta area (I go to Georgia State)? [more inside]
posted by locussst on Aug 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Need online bookkeeping website

I need a free online bookkeeping / accounting website, can anyone suggest one for a small business? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Apr 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Is there an intro accounting class that will come teach/train at our place of business in Marietta, GA?

Is there an intro accounting class that will come teach/train at our place of business in Marietta, GA? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis on Jan 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Affordable, multi-currency small business/accounting software for dummies?

Affordable, multi-currency small business/accounting software for dummies? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Too many programs, not enough info

(Mac-based) small business software and integration -- don't know what exactly I'm looking for here, which makes it tough to ask questions and find solutions! Currently using a cobbled-together mix of programs and web-based software (AccountEdge, e-junkie, more), but I am wondering if I could streamline/improve/do things differently. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Sep 9, 2011 - 2 answers

AccountingFilter: ready to get my act together. How?

I'm self-employed. How do I keep my books when I've never kept any books? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for a program to help with cash flow calculations for a small business

Looking for a program to help with cash flow calculations for a small business [more inside]
posted by zara on Jul 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Nolo:Legal :: ???:Bookkeeping/Accounting

Nolo is a great source for books when one is looking to deal with the legal aspects of running a small or medium business. Is there a publisher that specializes in accounting / bookkeeping / finances books?
posted by mmdei on May 11, 2011 - 1 answer

Most important small business finance data?

For small business owners, freelancers, and finance managers in small enterprises, what financial data is important to have easy access to? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on May 3, 2011 - 5 answers

What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work?

For my wife: What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work? [more inside]
posted by ogunther on Nov 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Canadian Small Business Accounting Solution on a Mac

I need an accounting solution for small business. Difficult: in Canada. More difficult: on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Oct 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Where should I apply?

Help me narrow down universities to which I would want to apply? Coming from a mid-MI community college, looking for programs that will lead to accounting careers. [more inside]
posted by asciident on Jul 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Excel for Business?

Quickbooks vs. Excel? My business partner needs some convincing. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Apr 6, 2010 - 17 answers

Which Quickbooks version should I use, Online or Software one?

Which version of Quickbooks I should use, online or software? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Mar 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I learn about accounting and small business administration?

Where can I learn about accounting and small business administration? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Nov 26, 2009 - 6 answers

Green Eyeshades Needed

I'm trying to set up Quickbooks and accounting was never my game... here's a type of transaction I find that I do alot and need to find out the right way to book it: If you pay a business expense with your personal credit card (say $100) Then you pay your personal credit card from your business account ($1000) would you [more inside]
posted by Barrows on Mar 22, 2009 - 5 answers

What kind of records do most sole proprietors, freelancers and consultants keep?

What sort of state of organization are the financial records of most sole proprietorships in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Raw materials into scrap for later use in Quickbooks?

How do I transfer raw materials into scrap to use later in Quickbooks Premier 2009? [more inside]
posted by daniboi1977 on Feb 11, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I master my small business’ accounting and financials?

How do I master my small business’ accounting and financials? [more inside]
posted by battlecj on Dec 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Sgould I become a limited company? (UK)

I've been a sole trader for 10 years, but calculators such as this suggest I could save maybe £2000 a year on tax by becoming a limited company. Have others found it worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by hatmandu on Oct 30, 2008 - 3 answers

What's the perfect app to track expenses?

Is there an expense reporting app that's flexible, handy, and will help me finish next year's taxes quickly and easily? I know about excel, quicken, and various financial transaction apps, but what if I drive 100 miles to a tech conference and want to note my mileage? And what if I'm out entertaining clients and I want to pop onto my iPhone to note the total bill for the evening (before I forget the next day to open excel). Are there any web-based flexible apps for doing all the expense reporting you might need for a small business' bookkeeping needs?
posted by mathowie on Jan 31, 2008 - 7 answers

My head's about to explode...

Can someone please point me in the right direction to find practice test papers for Financial Accounting? (Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Statements of Returns on Equity, Cash Flow Statements, Depreciation, Ratios, etc. etc.) Assorted business schools worries inside. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Oct 28, 2007 - 5 answers

What's better: Get paid less now, or more later?

AccountingFilter: Client convenience aside, does receiving "instant payment" for my services via PayPal make financial sense rather than waiting for a check to come in the mail 30 days later? Help me unlock the secrets of the Time Value of Money. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Aug 1, 2007 - 18 answers

Help me get my friends' businesses off the Microsoft and Intuit upgrade treadmills

Has anybody already done the work of configuring GnuCash for an Australian small business? If so, what's involved in electronic submission of a BAS, and is there an easy way to transfer records to an accountant who thinks QuickBooks is the Only Thing? No more inside.
posted by flabdablet on Jun 13, 2007 - 4 answers

Standard Chart of Accounts for Machine Shops?

Is there a “standardized” chart of accounts setup that is widely used among machine shops/small manufacturers (USA)? Working with other industries in the past (veterinary and restaurants), I have found that many choose to use a standard industry-specific chart of accounts – often established by a national industry association, etc. I have googled, etc. but have not found anything worthwhile for machine shops/small manufacturers... Any accountants or shop owners out there?
posted by randex8 on Nov 2, 2006 - 2 answers

Best small-business accounting software?

Number-crunchingFilter: What's the best small-business accounting software for a non-accountant? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Sep 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Online Invoice Payments?

Online payments: I need a way to invoice and have clients pay invoices online. Not with Paypal because that requires too many hoops for the client. Preferably with something that will allow payments via a credit card using Authorize.net or Paypal Web Payments Pro. [more inside]
posted by letterneversent on Jun 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Small-business accounting

I run a small design firm out of the house, with 2 employees and yearly sales of about $250K. How much should I pay for basic accounting services? He only does my taxes, I have a payroll service for payroll, and I do my own bookkeeping.
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2005 - 3 answers

PayPal me my taxes.

I am running a free Web-based service for friends and acquaintances. Lately, the volume on this service has been growing greatly. The next step is to move the service to a professional host. I am thinking of putting a paypal donation button on the site to help pay for it. Are there any legal or tax issues I need to worry about? Do I need a business license? What if I want to start selling Cafe Press items or running Google ads? I am located in the USA.
posted by Orkboi on Jan 16, 2005 - 5 answers

SUV tax write-offs

I never understood how the "SUV as a business write-off" thing works. Can any tax-savvy folks explain to me how this saves you taxes or gets you a virtually free car? More >> [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Aug 4, 2004 - 10 answers

Starting a very small business.

I am thinking of starting a very small business, but I have a few questions for those of you who have done so before I really make up my mind wheter to go forward or not. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by shotsy on Jul 29, 2004 - 10 answers

Help with small business tech resources

Can someone recommend a book or a resource for the small business owner, especially in regards to tech/eCommerce? Not a tech book, but something that can clue me in to 'businessy' stuff like advertising, accounting, employee issues, etc? [more inside]
posted by skallas on Mar 12, 2004 - 3 answers

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