Company mission, vision, values

Mission statement vs. vision statement

 

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place:...

 

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...

 

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 optimize the process of customer relationship management.

What is Fair Value?

There is no doubting the fact that financial statements can be complex and hard to understand. At the core of an accurate statement are accurate values and figures. This is where fair value comes into play. Fair value accounting is of great importance when it comes to financial statements (balance sheets), the selling of assets, or transferring liabilities between two companies. For investors,...

What is a balance sheet, and how do you create one?

All accountable companies have to prepare an annual statement at the end of the financial year, to determine their tax obligations, among other things. A balance sheet is created according to an established pattern and on a fixed date in the year. The profit and loss report is the basis for a balance sheet, which is important for companies because it provides information on its status and...

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...

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.

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...

Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) – an overview

When it comes to running a business, there are few thigs more daunting and complex than bookkeeping and accounting. This is even more so the case when dealing with multi-national companies that have interests and investors around the globe. For that reason there are generally accepted accounting principles (GAAPs) which act as guidelines for writing and maintaining financial statements. But what...

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.

Entertainment expenses for accounting and taxes

Business meals are a significant part of many businesses day-to-day activities. There are many companies out there that spend a lot of money in order to be able to have a nice setting and atmosphere to conduct meetings with clients. This can be to discuss both current and future projects. However, once the bill comes, there is also the important matter of the entertainment expense receipt. Anyone...

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.