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Let’s talk about reconciling your account(s) on a regular basis and why it’s necessary for not only your bookkeeping but your business. First, what does it mean to reconcile your account? This means you compare your books to your bank accounts over a period of time to make sure everything aligns perfectly (example: comparing your records to your bank account from March 1 - 31, 2019). If there are any discrepancies, you can catch them and act on it. Also, note that you only need to reconcile your accounts if you use the accrual method of accounting. If you use cash basis accounting, then every transaction is recorded at the same time as the bank, so there are no discrepancies.
There are four big reasons you need to reconcile your account(s) on a regular basis.
In July, QuickBooks came out with some fresh features and updates to map up their game. That’s part of why we love them - they’re always looking for new ways to make the accounting experience a breeze for the user. Updates every month, handy new features, and new QB tricks are some of our favorite things! There are multiple ways to add bills and receipts to QuickBooks - Receipt Capture via SmartPhone, email firstname.lastname@example.org, upload them from your computer, or manually add them yourself.
Prior to COVID-19, many small to mid-size businesses were renting out (or considering) office spaces from other businesses rather than maintaining their own permanent location. Co-working spaces act as shared office spaces for employees of various businesses to come together for a place to work, hold meetings, give presentations, and more. Now that we are living through a global pandemic and times are tough, many small to mid-size businesses have found themselves with high rent payments and an empty office space with employees now working remotely. Are you considering selling your permanent location to rent out a co-working space?
At Skynar Bookkeeping, we like to work on our clients’ books the most efficient way possible - that includes using shortcuts when necessary to speed up a process. We save precious seconds not having to raise our fingertips from the keyboard! There are some simple shortcuts we suggest every QuickBooks Online user memorizes, as you’ll see they’ll come in handy as you do everyday tasks in the program. Print this out, reference it when necessary, and enjoy your increased QBO efficiency!
It’s the end of July, it’s been consistently hot, and everything just requires so much effort. It’s normal to fall into a summertime funk - nothing really seems to matter, motivation is lacking, and work is the last thing anyone wants to do. It’s hard not to bring that outlook to work, no matter where you’re working - physically in the office or on the couch at home - but it’s important to fight off the feelings when you feel them creeping in, especially if it impacts your work. Find little ways to reset your attitude, behavior, and motivation.
Let’s be honest - running a business right now, or being the leader of anything right now, is a nightmare. It seems as though there are changes daily that we must stay on top of, plus keeping our employees motivated with positive energy, and striving to meet the needs of our clients - it can be a lot to take on some days. On the flip side, being employed right now can feel like walking on ice, and you may keep your fingers crossed on a regular basis. Plus, aren’t we all just tired? How can you - owners, employees, individuals - continue to stay motivated? How can you continue to show up and put 110% in when the future seems so foggy? For the days you’d rather watch reruns of your favorite show and accomplish nothing, here are some pick-me-ups that may ju
Many businesses have reopened their doors, while others have no plans of requiring their workers to report to their on-site locations. Employers are learning some job functions and positions simply cannot be done from home, while others can run entirely within a person’s own four walls. We’ve been working from home for a few months now, and we have compiled some helpful tips for anyone who still hasn’t quite gotten the hang of WFH.
Whether you’re opening a brand new business from scratch or re-opening after a temporary closure, there are some financial “don’ts” for getting your business up and running. It can be easy to become overwhelmed, get lost in poor habits, or take on too much when you’re so focused on becoming successful and profitable as soon as you can.
Saving money requires discipline and repetition. Whether you’re saving for a purpose or to simply stop spending as much money, it takes dedication and consistency. There are plenty of ways to save, but it never hurts to remind yourself of the ways you can actively improve your financial situation on a daily basis.
Businesses across the country are giving a whirl at reopening, or attempting to go back to “normal” by opening their locations for staff, clients, and customers. It’s no secret small and mid-size businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a country-wide shutdown for businesses. Owners were forced to adapt, and are still determining and learning the best practices to follow. As we as a whole try to find our bearings in getting our businesses either back up and running, or maintaining a healthy flow, it’s going to be important not to get lost in the complexities of running, tracking, and analyzing the financials of your business. We would like you to focus on the basics of bookkeeping as you get your business back to where it was, and beyond.
With the current state of the world, it’s hard to believe people would actively try to make it worse, but of course, hackers and scammers never cease! There has been a rise of scammers since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and
There are several kinds of scams out there - text, robocalls, email, romance, charity, and more. Scammers typically flow with the headlines, so the messages will seem timely and urgent, pertaining to what is happening right now - but, do not click! That is rule #1. Do not click something you are not familiar with. If it looks suspicious, don’t do it! It’s like stranger danger, but with links. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. If you receive an odd link from a friend, call them and ask if they sent you someth
The basic acts of hiring an employee or letting them go has always been quite the process, one that requires focus, discussion, and contemplation - but it’s been made even more challenging due to the impact of COVID-19. We’re finding ourselves getting creative to find ways to adapt to continue running our business and hitting our goals. Maintaining your team is always part of running a business, so it’s time to discuss how things will be different moving forward.
Business owners have found themselves scrambling to find ways to adapt as quickly as possible to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. News is changing everyday, and it’s important to know what guidelines business owners must now follow, and what any changes may mean for you. Keep in mind the news is ever changing, and scientists are learning new things about this virus every day. We’re sharing some reputable resources to reference during this uncertain time.
It’s easy to lose sight of your goals and your sanity when it seems as though most of the country is shut down to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. What are you really supposed to do when no one knows how long this will last? Let’s consider this our Who-Really-Knows Guide into the Unknown. To keep your business goals from slipping through the cracks, we must work to keep the foundation of our business strong.
Hopefully by now we all have fallen into our schedule of working from home. It may have been an adjustment, but who doesn't love rolling out of bed and working in their sweats? By now you have probably figured out which tools work for you and which don't. However, if you're still struggling to find your rhythm or can't find anything that works for you, here are some user-friendly resources to help you take your business to the next level while working remotely.
Choosing your filing status is one of the first sections you fill out when preparing your taxes. Your filing status refers to your marital status and your family situation. It’s important to choose the correct option for your specific situation so your return will reflect accordingly. Your filing status will determine which tax forms you need to complete, and which income bracket you’ll fall under.
Something to keep in mind is the IRS looks at your marital status on the last day of Tax Year to determine your status for the entire Tax Year. In this case, it would be December 31, 2019.
When you hire a new employee, it’s important to classify what kind of employee. Generally employees are divided into three groups: full-time, part-time, and temporary. To help you classify your employee correctly, take into consideration what their job duties will be and how many hours they will be working. Classifying employees correctly and fairly is essential when determining if the employee is able to receive benefits or not. Remaining consistent in your classifications is essential, as well as keeping up with any employment changes.
Tax season will begin soon, which means it’s time to start issuing tax forms to employees, independent contractors, and vendors. A 1099 is a tax form that describes wages paid to someone not by their employer, and must be issued by January 31. Who should you send a 1099 to this tax season? A basic rule of thumb is to issue a 1099 to anyone you paid over $600 throughout the year, but follow our flow chart for guidance.
Below is a decision-making tool to help you decide if you should send a 1099. Follow the bolded questions, choose between the options given, and follow the arrows until you find your answer.
WHAT DID YOU PAY THE VENDOR FOR?
Rent → Did you pay over $600?
It’s a new year and it’s time to stop messing around. Your bookkeeping is being pushed to the side while you focus on other aspects of your business. Or maybe you don’t have enough work for your current bookkeeper, or you don’t have the funds to pay an employee to do your books. Whatever the reason, it’s time to act on this with a suitable solution: outsource. Why? Let’s discuss why outsourcing could be the best option for your bookkeeping.
Soon the ball will drop and we’ll be ringing in 2020, another year of opportunities, goals, and challenges. Before we celebrate this blank slate of possibility, let’s wrap up this past year nicely, typing up any loose ends. Some things to review when looking back on the past year:
Review Your Goals
Pull out your goals from the beginning of the year and review one-by-one. This includes both financial and otherwise. What steps have you made toward them? Have any been accomplished? Now look at the future year ahead of us. What would you like to rollover and continue? What are some new dreams?
Your company’s payroll is not something you should take lightly. There are rules and regulations that you and your payroll solution must follow to avoid getting into trouble. The new year is a perfect time to change up your payroll solution if you’re unhappy. Contact Skynar Bookkeeping for our advice on the best payroll solutions out there, and we’ll set you up free if you start a new payroll subscription in January, a fee that would otherwise cost $500.
Tax season is just around the corner! If you pass off your taxes to your tax preparer, whoever it may be, then you may not be aware of all the information your W-2 holds. Since this information pertains entirely to you, we encourage you to become familiar with the basics. Grab an old W-2 from past years (yes, you need to save these) to use as a reference. It may look intimidating, but everything is broken down very particularly and you’ll have a basic understanding of it by the time you’re finished.
Tax Season comes around every year, yet people still always scramble come mid-February when filing has taken way like they had no idea it was coming. This tax season, that won’t be you. Follow our simple steps for preparing to file taxes - what to do before you file for an easier experience while filing.
First and foremost, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with your tax preparer, whoever it may be. If you don’t have a tax preparer, reference our blog on how to find a reputable tax preparer you can trust. Once your appointment is scheduled, it’s time to turn to your important documents. This includes any documents that track your income, personal information,
Part of running a small business is making, sending, and receiving invoices. It’s like a paper trail of exchanged goods and/or services during a set period of time, almost like a receipt. The invoice lists the services completed or goods sold (or in the works), and how much is owed by the person who purchased from you, a.k.a. the buyer.
Your invoice should contain some basic components like the word INVOICE at the top; personal information,including your name/company name, address, email address, and phone number so the buyer can reach you; an invoice number to keep accurate records of invoices and when goods or services were exchanged; the date of the sold good or service; a description of
QuickBooks Online and Desktop both offer their own payment center that helps you better navigate that portion of your business. Here you can track your income and expenses, organize receipts, send invoices and accept payments, track sales and sales tax, and run basic reports. If you have both a QB account and a Payments account, you can sync the two for added ease. Let’s discuss what kind of features you’re going to benefit from by using this software.
Adding information into QuickBooks Desktop doesn’t have to be monotonous and time consuming. Sometimes it can really be as easy as copy and paste! We put together the simple steps it takes to add many customer jobs at one time on QB Desktop, or watch these steps in our tutorial.
To begin, open your Customers tab. Look in the top left for the dropdown menu that says “New Customer & Job” and select “Add Multiple Customer Jobs.” Now you’ll see a grid that matches the QuickBooks grid to the left in your Customers tab, both listing your customers. In the top right of the grid, you can “Customize Columns” so you’re seeing the information that is most important to you. For example, yo
There are certain questions you need to ask yourself when it comes to your business. It may be your heart and soul, but will the IRS consider it a real business, or just a hobby? The difference between the two isn’t merely a label, but they both are affected differently by taxes. If the IRS considers you a business, then you fall into a type of business, whether it be LLC or corporation, and there are different tax implications for each.
It’s vital to practice cyber safety especially when small businesses are a huge target for cyber scams and hacking (they account for almost half the attacks). All it takes is one click on the wrong Facebook ad and your computer is infected. Being that it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, let’s go over some ways your business can establish safe online practices.
Running a business doesn’t mean sitting in a chair 24/7. We know some days you’ll be cool, calm, and collected, while others you’ll be running around like a chicken with your head cut off. You’re up and moving, and you need your resources to be, as well. Accessing QuickBooks on-the-go is not something you need to worry about. We’ve got you covered with three recommendations on how to safely and accurately open and edit your books from anywhere, at any time.
Part of growing your small business is putting yourself out there and making new professional connections. These connections can lead to the success of your business. More than that, these connections can become your co-workers, clients, mentors, or friends. It really boils down to some simple etiquette and people skills.
Tax season is just around the corner (seriously, just one quarter left in 2019!) and it’s time to get down to business. Call us crazy, but we prefer the term proactive. You can roll your eyes at us now or thank us later. One of the first things to do is find a good, reliable tax preparer that you can trust. As always, please contact us for a list of recommended qualified and trusted tax preparers. Some questions to ask when looking for a tax preparer…
The software programs Quicken and QuickBooks have a couple things in common, including being founded by Intuit and beginning with the word “Quick.” However, the similarities end there. Let’s discuss the differences.
Quicken was released in 1983 as a personal management tool for individual users. It uses the single-entry accounting method and assists with your personal accounting needs, like recording your transactions. It categorizes your expenses to show where your money goes, and has budgeting features to help you take control of your finances. There are a variety of Quicken software programs available: Starter, Deluxe, Premier, and Home & Business.
Have you considered outsourcing before? If not, don’t dismiss it just yet. Outsourcing is a convenient, effective way to make sure the work for your business is getting done and being done well. You can rest easy knowing you’re handing your work off to someone who is an expert in the field. When exactly is the right time to outsource your bookkeeping? You’ll find the answer in your own day-to-day work life.
Let’s talk cash flow statements. When is the last time you looked at one for your company? If you’re cringing right now because you just can’t remember, it’s time to change that. Your cash flow statement, or statement of cash flows, shows you where your money is going. The money coming in, the money going out. It’s vital to know where the company’s money is going, and where it’s coming from.
Your cash flow statement is based on cash basis accounting rather than accrual, which means you will record every time money is exchanged. Always keep in mind that your cash flow is not the same as your profit and vice versa. The relationship between the two will vary from business to business, and fluctuations will occur due to the type of business. For ex
If you do your own bookkeeping with QuickBooks, you may have noticed the pesky little Undeposited Funds account along the way. This account confuses people, but we promise it’s for a good purpose! If you’ve just happened to ignore this feature of QB, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Your Undeposited Funds account will act as a middleman between your invoices and your bank deposits. When you receive payments from invoices, they’ll be held in this temporary Undeposited Funds account until they’re deposited into your bank account. When you receive a payment, you’ll simply choose Undeposited Funds from the “Deposit to” dropdown menu, this way you know which payments need to be deposited (it should already be the default option).
When using the Undepo
Summer is a time for fresh and new, and QuickBooks Online is keeping up with that by releasing five refreshingly cool updates and features to make your books an absolute breeze. We’re certain you’ve noticed at least one of these while working on your books this summer, and maybe you’ll discover a new feature today to implement tomorrow. Let’s dive in!
While running a business, you may run into the issue of one of your vendors not receiving your payment, although you sent it and it was deducted from your bank account. Regardless, where the money went, your vendor wants to be paid. Here’s how to make this work in your books so they don’t turn into a disaster.
Let’s say your vendor is Ashley’s Apples. Pull up their information via the Vendors tab in QuickBooks. You’ll see in your records that the $500 payment you made ACH (Automated Clearing House - basically, they take care of transferring mass amounts of money for vendor payments, payroll, and direct deposit) and that Ashley’s Apples never received it. Your bank register says the money was cleared from your account, so voiding the check isn’t an option.
The truth is, somebody has to do the bookkeeping for your small business, or else it won’t get done. If you have made the decision to do the bookkeeping yourself, it can be overwhelming until you get the hang of it. We have six reminders for you when it comes to getting your books done accurately and efficiently.
Let’s go through how to run a report for your vendors using the checks that have been issued to them, whether they be bill payment checks or regular checks. You can also run this kind of report on customers to see the invoices that have been created or payments, but let’s focus specifically on vendors today. You may run this report to see how much you’ve been spending or to compare costs from month to month.
To begin , click on “Vendor Center.” On the left, select the vendor you would like a report on. Next, you’ll click “Quick Report” toward the upper right. A box will pop up to set the logistics of your report, you’ll choose your date range, and a generated report will appear. It will likely give you more results than you
Scoping out prospective clients and winning them over may seem like the hard part of getting new business, but that’s only the beginning. You also need to keep that business, which is done by keeping your clients happy. How can you do that? There are some very simple things you can do to keep your clients content and satisfied.
As a business owner, there will be times when you’ll need to give an employee a cash advance. This could be for one of two reasons: you purchased something for an employee with the agreement they will pay you back, or you’re giving an employee an advance on their check. Let’s go over how to do record these in QuickBooks Online. First, you’ll want to create an Employee Advance account (unless you already have one). If you often give out employee advances, creating sub-accounts would be helpful, using the employee’s name.
To Set-Up Employee Advances Account
When you’re in the Accounting tab of QB, click “New” and the Account template will pop-up, which you’ll set up accordingly:
Category Type → Other Current Assets
Throughout the course of your working life, you’ll get to work with a variety of people. While working in the same space, you’ll have to overcome obstacles together and endure the chaos of everyday life. This can either go smoothly...or not. Personalities can clash in the workplace (and likely will), and you’ll find that not everyone responds to conflict in the same way. It’s important to understand that not everyone thinks the same, feels the same, or reacts to situations the same. You may not like it, but you have to find a way to deal with it.
How long should you keep important papers?! Some of us hold onto every little document for far longer than needed, while others regret not saving theirs longer. So, the pressing question is, how long should you hang onto papers for before shredding them? Let’s break it down.
Keeping track of stray receipts is messy, and logging them come tax season is time consuming. QuickBooks Online had previously allowed you to add attachments of receipts, but now it completely captures them for you with their latest feature.
New to QBO this month is a feature called Receipt Capture, and it does basically what it sounds like - it captures screenshots of your receipt. You simply snap a photo of your receipt and upload it to QBO where it will be stored digitally. Beyond that, QBO will sort your receipts into categories.
As your business grows, collecting receipts in a folder and logging expenses in a notebook just doesn’t cut it anymore. You’ll have to create the general ledger for your company, which is a financial tool that’s essentially a master list of every financial action made within your business. Your general ledger should include your assets, liabilities, and equity accounts, and any changes to these accounts should be listed as they happen. It includes every transaction throughout your company’s lifetime.
How do I format my general ledger?
We’ve discussed cash flow before - what it is, what it means for your business - but now let’s discuss what causes cash flow problems. There is a difference between making money and managing cash flow. Managing your cash flow wisely is a combination of being informed, prepared, and making smart decisions. Cash flow problems stem from one of these factors faltering along the way.
One of the obvious causes of cash flow problems are profit issues. This could be lack of profit or sporadic profit. If your company has down months where you make very little money and then shoots up during peak times of the year, you have sporadic profit, and this causes issues for your business. It’s hard to do virtually anything if your business has no money - pay b
At times while running your business, there will be a need for a person and their skills that are special to one specific area, but the funds might not allow for you to hire someone on as an employee. There’s also the chance that the funds are there, but a full workload isn’t. Do you hire someone part-time? Or work with an independent contractor?
First, what are independent contractors? These are people you hire for their specific set of skills, and they work under a contract that you create. Contractor positions range from creative like social media writers, graphic designers, and photographers to seasonal positions like lawn care, snow removal, florists, and landscapers.
One would typically hire a contract worker w
If you use QuickBooks Online (QBO), you probably know about the seemingly endless number of apps that are available for your use. You simply connect the app(s) to your QuickBooks Online account and all of your information will sync, so when you update information in one place, it’s updated everywhere else, as well.
These apps can help you with any number of things, but their main purpose is to make running your business easier. Would you like your payroll automated? There’s an app for that. Would you like your invoices to be synced to your calendar? There’s an app for that. Would you like to manage your inventory directly from your phone? Yes, there’s an app for that. Which area of your business is cau
Startup businesses often make the same mistakes that lead to the decline of their business. As an entrepreneur or business owner, you put too much time, money, and effort into your business for it to fail. Learn from the mistakes of other businesses and work to adapt accordingly.
One big mistakes startups make is not working with a CPA to plan, predict, and broadcast. CPA’s will point out important items to keep an eye on, and help you create a complete plan. This includes tax planning. Don’t forget about taxes or this will cost you down the road.
If you’re just starting to navigate your books, you may be unsure of some of the lingo. It’s like a different language for those outside of the accounting world, but the more you work with your books, the quicker you’ll catch on. What’s important is to think of everything in terms of your business; these terms provide you with vital information about your company’s standing. Let’s go over some common terms you’ll frequently hear and need to use in order to discuss and understand your books.