Month: January 2013

Fuel Tax Credit

Fuel Tax Credit

The fuel tax credit is a federal refundable tax credit for taxes paid on fuel purchased for off road use. Every gallon of fuel sold at the pump has an 18.3 cent tax assessed by the federal government designated to highway construction and maintenance. When that gallon of fuel is purchased for non-transportation purposes, the purchaser is allowed to receive a refund for the tax paid.

The Different Forms of Compensation

The Different Forms of Compensation

There are two different forms of compensation provided to employees; direct and indirect. Direct forms of compensation have a multitude of types or methods, from salaries to bonuses. Indirect compensation is primarily the various types of benefits and long term incentives. This article is an introduction to the terminology of compensation.

One of the forms of compensation is direct remuneration for services rendered by the employee.  The term used for this is wages.  It consists of four different groups of payment from the employer to the employee.  They are salary, hourly, commission and bonus types of wages.

Create a File Structure for Accounting

File Structure for Accounting

Creating a file structure for accounting is critical for the overall success of the business. If properly structured, data retrieval and information access add to the overall value of the company. This article teaches the new business owner how to create a file structure to use with accounting.

The primary goal of creating a file structure is to make data retrieval easy and understandable by just about anyone involved in office operations.  Keep in mind that the end user is how the structure is developed.  From a simple format to a more complicated structure incorporating the entire office, the file structure should be organized in a systematic approach.  First, break down the accounting function into the respective areas of importance.  Next, subdivide these areas by accounting cycles.  Finally, incorporate the accounting software function and the overall office to end up with a well-organized file structure for the company.

The Franchise Agreement – Geographical Territory Clause

Geographical Territory Clause

Every franchise agreement should discuss the issue of the source of customers. This is known as the geographical territory, protected territory or exclusive territory. Many agreements spell out the zone or area of your customer source. It is important to understand the Geographical, Protected or Exclusive Territory Clause in the Franchise Agreement. 

Small Business Model Series Entry # 5 – Whew!

The article explains that I really need to break my thoughts down into the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ of doing this. Based on my thinking so far, I’ve completed the ‘who’ and ‘what’ parts.  I’m actually on the right track here working on the ‘Where’ aspect. I decided to follow the article’s suggestion of jotting down my thoughts to date on a legal pad. 

Small Business Model Series Entry #4 – Basic Research

I spent a lot of time on the internet researching the industry as a whole. There are about 220,000 machines in the US that are owned by non-banking companies and individuals. My first thought is that this is about 1 machine per 1,000 individuals (there’s about 220 million adults in the US/220 thousand machines and you get 1,000 adults per machine).

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