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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Definition of an Expense

04/03/2013

The Internal Revenue Service defines a business expense as ‘ordinary’ and ‘necessary’.  Ordinary expenses are those costs typically incurred in your industry.  So a restaurant would not ordinarily purchase vaccines.  And a medical [...]

Accrued Payroll – An Explanation

04/01/2013

Accrued payroll is a current liability comprised of four sections.  The first is the amount of payroll earned by staff and not yet processed or paid.  The second is the dollar value of personal time off accumulated for each employee aggregated [...]

How Much is a Fair Profit? Part III of V – Risk

03/31/2013

A third factor in determining a fair profit percentage is risk.  Risk is divided into two types.  The first is insurable and the second is uninsurable risks.  Insurable risks are mitigated and have very little to no effect on the profit formula [...]

Why You Should Incorporate Your Business

03/19/2013

As a small business grows, there comes a time when the owner(s) should consider incorporating the business.  A corporation is a separate entity recognized by the state of domicile for the business.  It is as if a new life is created.  The state [...]

Effective Internal Controls for Cash

03/18/2013

All businesses should have internal controls to deter fraud, detect theft, and preserve assets.  Of all the assets, cash is the easiest to misappropriate.  Effective internal controls for cash prevent the proverbial hand in the cookie jar.   So [...]

An Introduction to the Employee Manual (Handbook)

03/11/2013

The employee manual is a guidebook and a tool to explain the policies and procedures for the small business operation.  It addresses the basic expectations for performance and conduct of the employee.  The manual is only a guide and the employee [...]

An Explanation of Current Assets

03/11/2013

The asset side of the balance sheet is divided into 3 major sections.  They include current assets, fixed assets, and other assets.  Current assets carry the most value to the small business entrepreneur because of the cash conversion aspect.  [...]
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