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10 Mistakes That Cost Small Business Owners Money

By Matt Patrick / June 19, 2018 / Comments Off on 10 Mistakes That Cost Small Business Owners Money

…and what to do about it If you ever watched The Late Show with David Letterman then you probably saw him read his top 10 list. Well we’ve put together our top 10 list on ways that business owners lose money. Just imagine Dave’s voice as you read… # 10. Keeping sloppy records and not…

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If your financials were a scoreboard, would you be winning or losing?

By Matt Patrick / June 12, 2018 / Comments Off on If your financials were a scoreboard, would you be winning or losing?

Who doesn’t love the rush of victory? You know, that moment when you beat your personal record, when your team pulls out the narrow victory, or when the underdog delivers the crushing blow to win the match. The look of grown men or women acting like little kids jumping up and down and celebrating.  That…

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Why Every Business Needs an Accounting Team in their Corner

By Matt Patrick / June 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Why Every Business Needs an Accounting Team in their Corner

Have you watched any of the Rocky movies? If you have, then you’re familiar with the story line. In every film, Rocky Balboa, an underdog in the boxing world, faces a fierce opponent who always seems to get the better of him at the beginning. However, with the help of Mick, a steadfast team of…

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Boost Client Appreciation Efforts… Even When Time is Tight

By Matt Patrick / February 17, 2018 / Comments Off on Boost Client Appreciation Efforts… Even When Time is Tight

When you are super busy running a business, it can be easy to let customer appreciation slide to the bottom of your long to-do list. The problem is, if you don’t show your customers love on a regular basis, they’re going to feel neglected, which can put their continued loyalty at risk. Good news! You…

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The Big Lie You’re Being Told

By Matt Patrick / February 8, 2018 / Comments Off on The Big Lie You’re Being Told

I’ve had the good fortune of working in several different businesses in my 30+ year career. Mostly, I’ve worked in the retail management, construction management and customer service industries. Many, many years ago, I was a manager for a large, national home improvement retailer who shall remain nameless, but their color is orange. At one…

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Need Help Trying to Make New Habits Stick? Try These Simple Tips…

By Matt Patrick / January 26, 2018 / Comments Off on Need Help Trying to Make New Habits Stick? Try These Simple Tips…

Even if you are not a New Year’s resolution maker, it’s likely that at some point in your life you’ll want to adopt healthier or more productive habits. When you do want to make a change for the better, consider trying the following tips from lifehack.org to increase your chances of making your new good…

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What is the New Cost of Entertaining?

By Matt Patrick / January 5, 2018 / Comments Off on What is the New Cost of Entertaining?

In general, the new tax Act provides for stricter limits on the deductibility of business meals and entertainment expenses. Under the Act, entertainment expenses incurred or paid after December 31, 2017 are nondeductible unless they fall under the specific exceptions in Code Section 274(e). One of those exceptions is for “expenses for recreation, social, or…

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Plan Now and Take Advantage of 2017 Tax Savings

By Matt Patrick / November 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Plan Now and Take Advantage of 2017 Tax Savings

The end of the year is often hectic, which is why it’s important to take some time now to reduce your tax bill. Our firm can offer additional strategies to further mitigate your tax burden; however, the following 5 tips are an excellent starting point: Defer income. Because income is taxed in the year it…

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Simplify Seasonal Staffing with these Smart Strategies

By Matt Patrick / October 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Simplify Seasonal Staffing with these Smart Strategies

Whether your business needs temporary workers to get through the holiday season or you hire short-term help on a regular basis, the process of finding the right candidates can be challenging. Try applying these strategies to make seasonal staffing easier: Create an ideal employee profile. Even though temporary help may not be with you long, it’s…

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5 Tips to Reset Your Stress Response

By Matt Patrick / October 2, 2017 / Comments Off on 5 Tips to Reset Your Stress Response

Because stress related to work, family issues and other events is something that affects many of us, it’s important to reset your own stress response to protect your health and productivity. Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., a business psychologist, offers these tips: Act don’t react. According to Melnick, “Stress occurs when we feel that situations are out of…

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