What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the US Small Business Association (SBA), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. A small business can be an LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship. There are...

 

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

 

A work-life balance involves a lot more than simply dividing working time and personal time equally. The concept is often viewed as a philosophy that determines many aspects of a person’s life. In order for it to succeed, both employers and employees must make an effort to create...

 

Job Interview Tips

Interview tips for making a great impression

 

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you...

 

Types of taxes in the US: an overview

Types of taxes in the United States

 

Keeping track of taxes in the US isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the IRS, it could result in penalties, which could cost your...

 

CRM tools: customer care made easy

CRM tools: software for customer care

 

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online store or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organize customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and...

 

Business plan creation

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

 

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarizes all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential...

 

Annual financial statements – an overview of the financial year

For publicly traded companies, annual financial statements are due at the end of the year. This report allows you to present your company’s financial situation to the public, answering questions like: How high is your balance sheet profit? What is the composition of income and expenses? What risks will investors be taking if they want to work with you? Drawing up an annual financial statement will...

What is a P&L account?

In order to properly finalize an annual financial statement, most corporations must include a profit and loss (P&L) account, which, as its name already suggests, breaks down their profits and losses for a given financial year. However, we must ask what a P&L statement should really look like. We explain the procedure surrounding P&L statements so that you stay on top of all laws, methods, and...

Due diligence: definition and history of precautionary risk assessment

By definition, due diligence is pretty much risk assessment undertaken with great care. Anyone who buys a company, or has shares in a company or in real estate, should carry out due diligence procedures to protect themselves from unpleasant legal or financial consequences. Although this examination can sometimes be complex and expensive, failing to do so and paying the price later is usually more...

What is depreciation? Starting off with the basics

What does depreciation mean and what role does it play in a business environment? These questions are of great importance to entrepreneurs. Depreciation is often a closed book for business founders. To find out more about the basics, continue reading this article, in which we explain not only various depreciation types and methods of calculation, but also shed light on how to act with low-value...

Business plan software – the top picks for your business

Setting up a business involves a number of tasks and obligations. The development of a business plan, for example, is a must if you want to come across as professional to sponsors and other businesses. Business plan software, which is available both in free and paid versions, can help get you up and running.

Recording a cash discount: how does it work?

What does a cash discount accounting record look like? Many entrepreneurs ask themselves this very question. If you know how to record a cash discount, it's easy. At first, however, the subject can cause confusion: What about sales tax? Do I book the discount as a discount? Should I choose the gross or the net method? We get to the bottom of the most important questions and show an example of an...

Bring your own device (BYOD) – the digital trend with pitfalls

In the party scene, you’ve probably heard of “BYOB“ or “Bring Your Own Beer” where guests are expected to bring whatever they want to drink. The term “BYOD” therefore also sounds quite positive. “Bring Your Own Device” means you have the comfort of working on your own laptop instead of having to get to grips with the devices provided by the company. Mobile workplaces have now become the norm....

Entertainment expenses – make the most of the tax incentives

When it comes to the entertaining of both clients and employees, it is possible to save a lot of money by following the tax authorities’ guidelines closely. By doing this you can spend a fraction of what you would on entertainment expenses and even get 100 percent of some expenses back. Find out here which events can be counted under this scheme as well as what the requirements are for doing it...

Legal requirements for cash registers

Whether you are operating an open cash register, an electronic cash register with a print drive, or a modern PC cash register, your records are subject to the same legal requirements. Our article provides an overview of the different types of cash registers available, and outlines the legal requirements their records must adhere to.