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...

 

Single entry accounting – an introduction

Given its range of functions and complexities, it is perhaps of no surprise that there are multiple approaches to it. One such approach is single entry accounting. But exactly what is single entry accounting? What are the advantages and disadvantages of it? Who should use it? How does it differ from the double entry approach? This article answers these questions and aims to tell you everything you...

What are non-profit organizations?

When it comes to accounting, non-profit organizations differ from for-profit organizations in that they can be exempt from paying taxes after filling out certain forms and sending them to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It can be confusing knowing which forms to fill out but our article will explain how accounting for non-profit organizations works. There is numerous non-profit accounting...

How to correctly calculate, report, and reverse accruals on the balance sheet

Accruals play an important role when it comes to accounting. They are expenses or revenues incurred over a period in which no invoice was sent or no money changed hands. By learning more about accruals and how they work, you will be able to keep track of your company’s finances more easily. This article explains how to calculate, report, and reverse accruals in an easy-to-understand way.

Accruals and provisions made simple

Unfortunately, when doing your annual accounts, it’s not always possible to know how much your operating expenses will be in advance. Because of this, you should always allocate a portion of your income for provisions and accruals. This way, you can avoid financial risks. But what do these terms mean, and how should they be recorded on your company’s balance sheet? This handy guide provides...

Cash flow accounting: Cash flow statements easily explained

Cash flow statements provide the recipients of quarterly or annual financial reports with an overview of the company’s use of funds. They help investors assess their financial and economic situation. Depending on the company’s focus, preparation of the cash flow statement must comply with the requirements laid out by the FASB and in the IAS 7. In this article, we give you a short introduction into...

Booking company entertainment expenses

Most firms organize regular company events - business meals aren’t a rarity either. While selecting the menu plays an important role in the organization of such events, it’s just as important, if not more, to properly record all of your meal and entertainment expenses so that you can file for tax deductions.

Cash book template: a useful tool for bookkeeping

You want to fill out your cash book electronically, and need a practical cash book template for it? With 1&1, you can find a free Excel cash book template available for download. You can also learn who must fill out a cash book, which details must be included, and how to fill it out correctly.

Why are receipts important for good bookkeeping?

Receipts are among the most important documents in bookkeeping. Bureaucratic processes surrounding holding onto different kinds of receipts, invoices, and documents can seem tedious or even unnecessary. But doing so can pay off – literally. In this guide, we explain why and how to order your documents, the different types of receipts, and the basics of bookkeeping.

Writing sales receipts with correct templates

Writing sales receipts is becoming easier thanks to the numerous templates on offer. Above all, professional software is designed to make accounting as easy as possible. Your sales receipts will be automatically filled out with the necessary information and can be printed straight away. But why do you actually have to issue sales receipts? And which information is mandatory? This article provides...

Impairment test: what is it and when is it needed?

With impairment tests, IFRS has created an accounting standard that allows companies to create more accurate balance sheets. They can represent impairments correctly in annual financial statements and minimize falsifications. But when are these impairments tests used and what purpose do they serve? There is also some confusion surrounding the topic of goodwill!