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Small Biz Tips | David Knoble, CPA, PLLC

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Don't Forget To Write Your Mileage!

Many small busi­ness own­ers know that auto expenses are deductible, but many hate the record keep­ing nec­es­sary in order to get the deduc­tion.  What if your deduc­tion was twice as large?  Would the record keep­ing bother you as much?  Let’s com­pare the two options and we’ll show you how easy it is to get a siz­able deduc­tion when dri­ving for your busi­ness.  » Read more about Don’t For­get To Write Your Mileage! »

© 2009, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

Alternative Personal Notes

I am a HUGE fan of the per­sonal, hand­writ­ten note.  I believe that the time taken for any note that is hand­writ­ten shows the recip­i­ent how impor­tant they are.  While my opin­ion hasn’t changed, I have found a ser­vice that I may use to replace some of my typed and hand­writ­ten notes.

Imag­ine receiv­ing an … → Read More: Alter­na­tive Per­sonal Notes

Running OpenOffice from a USB Stick

openoffice230x801Did you know that the open source replace­ment for Microsoft Office which is totally free (OpenOf­fice!) can be run from a USB mem­ory stick?  What good does that do for us?  Here we explain the advan­tages which help pro­pel this soft­ware ahead of Microsoft.  » Read more about Run­ning OpenOf­fice from a USB Stick »

© 2009, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

Small Business Recession Review and Guide

Dur­ing an eco­nomic down­turn small busi­nesses must tighten up to sur­vive.  How­ever, there are many changes that a small busi­ness can make to their val­ues and daily oper­a­tions that will assist them in a down­turn.  Quick­Books in the UK pub­lished a 23 page dis­cus­sion on the state of the UK econ­omy and very spe­cific tar­gets for small busi­ness.  This guide is well worth the read, even for US com­pa­nies.  » Read more about Small Busi­ness Reces­sion Review and Guide »

© 2009, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

Obtaining the First Business Loan

Obtain­ing financ­ing for busi­ness is more dif­fi­cult than ever.  This is espe­cially true for a new busi­ness.  Most banks will want to see a busi­ness plan and finan­cial state­ments.  How­ever, they will also want more.  » Read more about Obtain­ing the First Busi­ness Loan »

© 2009, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

the Working Capital Squeeze

I was review­ing an arti­cle in CFO mag­a­zine titled Cus­tomers Bank­ing on Your Work­ing Cap­i­tal when it struck me how many small busi­ness own­ers rely on cus­tomers pay­ments to make pay­roll.  Work­ing Cap­i­tal is defined as cur­rent assets minus cur­rent lia­bil­i­ties — it refers to what you have to pay what you owe in the short term.  The prob­lem ocurrs when your cash is less than your payables and pay­roll even if you have enough receiv­ables to make up the dif­fer­ence.   So, what do you do?  » Read more about the Work­ing Cap­i­tal Squeeze »

© 2009, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

Entering Quickbooks Opening AR Balances

Quick­books is a superb pro­gram for small busi­ness account­ing because of a) the num­ber of cus­tomized indus­tries it sup­ports, b) the num­ber of add-on mod­ules that expand your capa­bil­i­ties and c) the ease with which we can pro­vide ser­vice to you with your monthly, quar­terly or annual book­keep­ing ser­vices.  How­ever, set­ting up accounts receiv­able bal­ances when tran­si­tion­ing to Quick­books from another account­ing pro­gram is not well doc­u­mented.  In fact, I spent half a day research­ing how to accom­plish this in Quick­books.  Here is the answer!  » Read more about Enter­ing Quick­books Open­ing AR Balances »

© 2009, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

Paper Saving Web Site

Do you have lots of adobe acro­bat files that you print out for later ref­er­ence?  Many of the user’s guides for equip­ment and soft­ware on the inter­net are down­load­able in acro­bat for­mat.  I have found a web site that will help you save space and paper to get those into print — all for free!  » Read more about Paper Sav­ing Web Site »

© 2009, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

Act! — Creating New Label Formats

Cre­at­ing new label for­mats in Act! can be chal­leng­ing.  The spac­ing between labels and the top & bot­tom mar­gins don’t always line up on the printed page the way you expect.  Some­times the labels seem to creep down the page; other times the sec­ond col­umn seems to start a lit­tle too far to the left cut­ting off part of the label.  Here is the trick on get­ting labels that are spaced cor­rectly.  » Read more about Act! — Cre­at­ing New Label Formats »

© 2009, david.knoble
by David Kno­ble, CPA, PLLC
Serv­ing Non-Profits, Busi­nesses & Indi­vid­u­als
Rock Hill, SC

How to Earn a Banker’s Trust

There are many ways to earn the trust of your banker.  There are also very few peo­ple that you need to trust you more than your banker.  There was a great arti­cle posted by CFO mag­a­zine titled The Key to Banker’s Hearts.  CFO, Ron Box, tells his expe­ri­ences with a $28 mil­lion dol­lar con­struc­tion … → Read More: How to Earn a Banker’s Trust