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How to Send an Invoice That'll Actually Get Paid

How to Send an Invoice That'll Actually Get Paid

How to Send an Invoice That'll Actually ...

As a business owner, you must know how to send an invoice that won’t get lost, ignored, or put off. A survey conducted ...

Collect Every Outstanding Payment: 5 Reasons This Accounting Group Recommends Biller Genie

Collect Every Outstanding Payment: 5 Reasons This Accounting Group Recommends Biller Genie

Collect Every Outstanding Payment: 5 ...

If the events of 2020 inflicted mayhem on your cash flow — specifically your accounts receivables — you’re not alone. ...

Accounting Tips for a Sustainable Launch

Accounting Tips for a Sustainable Launch

Accounting Tips for a Sustainable Launch

About half of all startups don’t survive past year five. And in the last year, more businesses have been formed than ...

Bookkeeping Basics

What Does a Bookkeeper Do? Hint: More Than You’d Expect

What Does a Bookkeeper Do? Hint: More Than You’d Expect

What Does a Bookkeeper Do? Hint: More ...

Almost half of all small business owners say they don’t have a bookkeeper or an accountant. Source: Clutch 2018 Small ...

4 Marketing Agency Pricing Models and Which You Should Choose

4 Marketing Agency Pricing Models and Which You Should Choose

4 Marketing Agency Pricing Models and ...

U.S. Census Bureau data shows that in the last 15 years, revenue generated by marketing agencies hasn’t just grown—it’s ...

Why (and How) to Draft Payments from Your Customers and Improve Cash Flow

Why (and How) to Draft Payments from Your Customers and Improve Cash Flow

Why (and How) to Draft Payments from ...

Think about your back-office finance operation for a moment. If you could eliminate two time-consuming administrative ...

Basic Accounting: The Accounting Cycle Explained

Basic Accounting: The Accounting Cycle Explained

Basic Accounting: The Accounting Cycle ...

This infographic breaks down the steps of the basic accounting cycle. If you feel like your books are broken or your ...

Year End Checklist for Small Business Bookkeeping

Year End Checklist for Small Business Bookkeeping

Year End Checklist for Small Business ...

As the end of the year approaches you might be overwhelmed by the task of getting your books in order. So many business ...

How To Determine Net Profit Margin For A Service-Based Business

How To Determine Net Profit Margin For A Service-Based Business

How To Determine Net Profit Margin For ...

It is the goal of every business - to be profitable.  But, how do you truly know the profitability of your small ...

Financial Strategies

Accounting Tips for a Sustainable Launch

Accounting Tips for a Sustainable Launch

Accounting Tips for a Sustainable Launch

About half of all startups don’t survive past year five. And in the last year, more businesses have been formed than ...

Drive Your Marketing Agency with Financial Business Reports

Drive Your Marketing Agency with Financial Business Reports

Drive Your Marketing Agency with ...

Imagine trying to drive a car while wearing blinders. Not only would you struggle to find your way, but you could also ...

Make Better Business Decisions Using Your Financial Statements

Make Better Business Decisions Using Your Financial Statements

Make Better Business Decisions Using ...

Most business owners don’t lack confidence or decisiveness. No, to make better business decisions, most leaders lack ...

7 Benefits of Alternative Corporate Cash Cards

7 Benefits of Alternative Corporate Cash Cards

7 Benefits of Alternative Corporate ...

Traditional bank debit cards don’t allow you to get rewards while reducing your debt. Cash cards from partners like ...

Steps to Take Before Buying a Business (Plus, Ways a Virtual CFO Can Help)

Steps to Take Before Buying a Business (Plus, Ways a Virtual CFO Can Help)

Steps to Take Before Buying a Business ...

Businesses acquired in an economic downturn outperform those purchased during “good times” by more than 9%, on average. ...

Know When to Hire Employees Without Breaking the Bank

Know When to Hire Employees Without Breaking the Bank

Know When to Hire Employees Without ...

If you’re considering hiring right now, you’re not crazy, and you’re not alone. Many business owners are eyeballing the ...

Business Taxes

Profitable Business Leader

5 New Ways to Increase Your Customer Retention Rate in 2021

5 New Ways to Increase Your Customer Retention Rate in 2021

5 New Ways to Increase Your Customer ...

As businesses emerge from the uncertainties of 2020, their priorities — and spending — will shift toward improving ...

When to Fire Someone: 7 Indicators It’s Time to Let Go

When to Fire Someone: 7 Indicators It’s Time to Let Go

When to Fire Someone: 7 Indicators It’s ...

When someone on your team isn’t happy or performing to standards, you have two options: ignore the issue or get to the ...

4 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know Before Becoming a Franchise Owner

4 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know Before Becoming a Franchise Owner

4 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know ...

There's never been a hotter time to buy a franchise. Franchises have become steadily more profitable over the last ...

Start a Business with Less than $1k: These 11 Entrepreneurship Success Stories Prove it Can Be Done

Start a Business with Less than $1k: These 11 Entrepreneurship Success Stories Prove it Can Be Done

Start a Business with Less than $1k: ...

Most entrepreneurship success stories you read tell you how massive Fortune 500 list-makers got their start. But what ...

Are You a Serial Entrepreneur or Just Distracted? (How to Build a Business that Lasts)

Are You a Serial Entrepreneur or Just Distracted? (How to Build a Business that Lasts)

Are You a Serial Entrepreneur or Just ...

We recently heard a serial entrepreneur describe the many tantalizing business ideas in his mind. “I’m like a caged ...

Pros and Cons of Starting a Business in 2021

Pros and Cons of Starting a Business in 2021

Pros and Cons of Starting a Business in ...

In 2020, becoming a business owner was the last thing on people’s minds. Right? Wrong. Americans applied for over 1.5 ...

CFO Services

News & Updates

Phase Three Is Here: How to Reopen Your Business After Covid-19 Lockdown

Phase Three Is Here: How to Reopen Your Business After Covid-19 Lockdown

Phase Three Is Here: How to Reopen Your ...

As state governments waffle between reopening in phase two, phase three, and even a few phases in between, businesses ...

How to Find and Work with the Right Marketing Agency for Maximum ROI

How to Find and Work with the Right Marketing Agency for Maximum ROI

How to Find and Work with the Right ...

Marketing impacts revenue. Research from experts at OutboundEngine shows that even a small increase in marketing spend ...

[Quiz] Is Your Marketing  Remarkable? | Agency Scorecard

[Quiz] Is Your Marketing  Remarkable? | Agency Scorecard

[Quiz] Is Your Marketing  Remarkable? | ...

Hiring a marketing agency is a great way to invest in your company's growth. After successfully onboarding your new ...

PPP Second Draw FAQ’s

PPP Second Draw FAQ’s

PPP Second Draw FAQ’s

The SBA reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal for the first and second draw on January 11, 2021. Find ...

The Future of Accounting Technology for Business Leaders

The Future of Accounting Technology for Business Leaders

The Future of Accounting Technology for ...

Accounting automation doesn’t replace your accountant. It makes them better at giving you strategic advice. It’s one ...

Why CEOs Must Mind Their Mindset (Plus, Ways to Improve Your Outlook Now)

Why CEOs Must Mind Their Mindset (Plus, Ways to Improve Your Outlook Now)

Why CEOs Must Mind Their Mindset (Plus, ...

Half of CEOs report experiencing loneliness. I’ve worked with thousands of business leaders and believe that if CEOs ...