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Is a non-employee end of the year form better than a 1099?

For 6 months last year I worked as a private contract therapist for a man who holds a contract with Washington State for therapy. I paid all my own expenses. He did not send a 1099; he sent a form cl...
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What vehicle expenses should I pay for my salespeople?

I am hiring a new sales person that will be driving their own car everyday and calling on multiple customers in an area. I do not want to pay a flat mileage. What expenses should I pay and how can I...
Money

Quickbooks is too complex to me--what other accounting software do you recommend?

I don't understand how to make a transaction with my POS system and then write an invoice every time I make a sale. I need software that can basically input my daily sales and at the same time record...
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We always fall behind on cash flow at the beginning of the year--what are we doing wrong?

We own a shoe and sporting goods store. Sales in the year 2004 (the year before we took over) were in the $450,000 range and in 2 years and 4 months we increased them to roughly $650,000. But our de...
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How do I use QuickBooks to keep track of all the small things?

I am using QuickBooks to track things like revenue, expenses, customers, and vendors for my lawn care and snow removal business. The business is less than a year old at this point, so I'm a new busin...
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To start restructuring the way our company spends money, who should I talk to?

I'm taking over my family business. We are a small subcontractor and we are doing well now but, as I have seen in the past, the boom time doesn't last. My father seems oblivious to this and I want t...
Money

Should I use loans or credit cards to fund my startup?

I'm almost a college graduate and am getting ready to open a coffee shop in my hometown, which only has a few coffee shops and all are overflowing. With the amount of student loans I have to pay back...
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How can I start propositioning capitol investors if I'm not sure how much money I need yet?

I have invented a product in the automotive field that I absolutely know will be a huge success. I have obtained legal advise from a patent professional and his best advice is to find someone who has...
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How can I find the right person or program to help me get out of debt?

My fashion shop is in debt but I don't want to sell. I know I can make the money back, but it is hard to find an investor. Even if I sell everything, I still cannot pay my debts. I am running out of t...
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I need some accounting help here--who should I give my 1099s to?

I am a marketing consultant with an LLC and I work alone. I sell event sponsorships for a local business who is the promoter of the events. I receive 20 percent on anything I sell. Many times I ne...
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Should I have more than one bank account set up to handle vendor payments and one for payroll?

I am starting a small deli business. I will have 3 employees to start, not including myself.
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Our floorplan, architect, and blueprint costs seem high--how can I get them lower?

I am opening a coffee shop in our city. In order to get approval from the zoning and building dept, we need bludprints of all of our plans. The space is 1000 square feet and the plans are not extrav...
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How do I claim cash purchases on my business taxes?

I just started my welding business in January 2007 and paid cash for all of my equipment. I'm not sure how to claim this. I haven't taken in any revenue on this business yet, and am still in the set u...
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What is an acceptable rate of growth for a small business during the first five years?

I have a small health care related business that I purchased from another doctor five years ago. Collections increased 20 percent in the first year of ownership, 22 percent in the second year of owne...

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