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Accounting for Time, Managing Expenses Key to Profitable Agency Growth


Professional services firms such as graphic design, marketing, and advertising agencies have specific accounting needs. Accounting software and services that don’t adequately manage time and expenses can skew reports, giving you data that’s misleading. And when you’re running your business with...

4 Best Practices to Improve Time & Materials Billing

8 Best Practices to Improve Your Bookkeeping

Accounting and bookkeeping for small businesses has moved well beyond the day of the physical ledger. It’s become electronic, cloud-based, and accessible from any Internet-enabled device. However, small business owners can struggle to implement this technology in a seamless way. The following best...

New Federal Form I-9 for 2017

From the American Payroll Association:

USCIS Publishes New Form I-9 and Instructions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and updated the Instructions for Form I-9. Employers must begin using the new version (dated...

7 Signs Your Business Is Outgrowing Its Accounting Capabilities

Making changes to your current bookkeeping and accounting system can seem overwhelming. We know because we’ve worked with many businesses that resist change so long they don’t realize their old systems – things that worked fine in the early stages of business – were actually hindering growth.

What Does HR Mean To You?

When I was first hired here at SmartBooks in May 2010, the company was still very young and very small.  There were only seven people on payroll - by far the smallest company I’d ever worked for!  In my first three years here, I helped grow the business to more than 30 employees.   I had the...

You’ve Hired A New Employee - Now What? (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed the basic steps all employers should follow when bringing a new hire aboard.  Those basic steps included:

Why Outsourcing Is More Secure Than Keeping It In-House

Are the only copies of your financial records stored in a file cabinet in your back office?

“It’s Just Payroll…”

Many small business owners focus their core efforts on building and growing their businesses.  After all, generating revenue is why you got into business in the first place, right?!   Sometimes those functions and expenses we label as “overhead” - like accounting, payroll, HR - become a distraction...

Client Spotlight: Q&A with Nathan from ThinkTech

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