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December 2012

The Financial Truth about Flipping Houses

12/31/2012

During my recent vacation, I had the chance to watch one of those reality shows about flipping real estate.  These two partners in Texas bought a house, fixed it up, and then sold the house.  The show illustrated that they made $52,000 from the [...]

The Sole Proprietorship – The Basics

12/30/2012

Of the four business entity types, the sole proprietorship is by far the most flexible and easiest to manage.  There are very few drawbacks.  In the world of business, the key is to maximize profit with the least amount of risk.  Each of these [...]

The Franchise Relationship

12/29/2012

A franchise relationship is a partnership between two parties.  The primary party is the Franchiser.  This entity owns a master group of similar business selling/providing the same product or service.  The Franchiser sells a ‘Right’ to his [...]

Who is Your Customer?

12/26/2012

You would think this is a simple question with an easy answer.   But for most folks, they can’t identify their customer.  It seems elusive or undefinable.  If you are in business, you need to answer this one question.  You need to know.  [...]

Form 941 – The Basics

12/26/2012

Form 941 is the employer’s quarterly federal tax return.  It reports how much federal income taxes were withheld; Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes that are due and how much was paid in deposits to the Internal Revenue Service.  The [...]

What is a Contract?

12/24/2012

Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code copyrighted by the American Law Institute is considered the primary source for the definition of a contract.  All of the 50 states have incorporated all or most of the definition of this code as statue.  A [...]

Small Business Tax Depreciation – Section 179

12/23/2012

The Internal Revenue Service sets the depreciation allowance based on the Code as promulgated by Congress.  The most commonly referenced section is 179.  This is a form of accelerated depreciation allowing the small business owner the opportunity [...]

Use Phase Accounting in Construction – Part II (Trades)

12/21/2012

The most effective form of a financial feedback loop in residential construction is phase accounting.  Phase accounting is a subset of cost accounting and generates accurate information in the world of new home and residential additions for small [...]
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