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    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 ...

    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 ...

    [Ebook]: A Tax Director’s Top 7 Tax Strategies for Small Businesses in 2021

    [Ebook]: A Tax Director’s Top 7 Tax Strategies for Small Businesses in 2021

    [Ebook]: A Tax Director’s Top 7 Tax ...

    Six billion. That’s how many hours Americans spend each year collecting their financial information to file their ...

    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

    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 ...

    How to Nurture Your Vendor Relationships to Fuel Business Growth

    How to Nurture Your Vendor Relationships to Fuel Business Growth

    How to Nurture Your Vendor ...

    You already know your business needs vendors to operate. But a good, strong relationship greatly benefits both you and ...

    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

    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 ...

    What Is A Virtual CFO And Does My Business Need One?

    What Is A Virtual CFO And Does My Business Need One?

    What Is A Virtual CFO And Does My ...

    Growing your company’s revenue is a beautiful thing. There’s no feeling quite like the one that comes with hitting a ...

    Protect Your Business from Unforeseen Expenses with Agile Finance

    Protect Your Business from Unforeseen Expenses with Agile Finance

    Protect Your Business from Unforeseen ...

    As businesses begin planning for next year, it’s wise to adopt an agile finance model. That way, leaders can handle ...

    10 Cash-Flow Problems That Cripple Your Business & How to Solve Them

    10 Cash-Flow Problems That Cripple Your Business & How to Solve Them

    10 Cash-Flow Problems That Cripple Your ...

    Congratulations. You’ve built a business and made it profitable. But profitability isn’t the finish line. Your next job ...

    How to Forecast Cash Flow for Your Business

    How to Forecast Cash Flow for Your Business

    How to Forecast Cash Flow for Your ...

    Your cash flow forecast is a foundational tool that allows you to look forward in your business instead of looking at ...

    What's the Difference Between a CFO vs Controller?

    What's the Difference Between a CFO vs Controller?

    What's the Difference Between a CFO vs ...

    While some of a Controller’s functions appear to be the same as a CFO, there is an important distinction. Generally, ...

    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 ...