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Should I be doing my own bookkeeping and accounting? Is QuickBooks the best software for me to use in my business, or is there another accounting software I should be using? What’s the best way for me to process my payroll? How can I track my money and cash flow? How do I prepare for my business taxes? What do my financial statements really mean? How can I bring my business to the next level? How can I grow my business? What is the best way to create my business strategy? Should I start a si ...
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If you want to increase your sales, one of the first places you should be looking at is how much you believe in your product, service, or offer. When you genuinely believe that your product will benefit your customer, you’ll find that marketing and generating sales will come more naturally. In today’s podcast episode, I cover not only why you need …
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the fourteenth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the re…
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Whether you are a business owner or a bookkeeper, you’ve probably heard about automated bookkeeping. Automated bookkeeping uses artificial intelligence, or AI, as well as machine learning to help speed up your bookkeeping tasks. In today’s podcast episode, I dig deeper into what automated bookkeeping is and how you can start utilizing these practic…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the thirteenth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the re…
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You want to be able to rely on your financial statements so that you can make smart business decisions, but how do you get these accurate financial statements? You need to account for all the money coming in and going out of your business. You need to ensure that you have all your entries in your business recorded. You need to make sure that you ar…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the twelfth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regul…
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Did you know that entrepreneurs or business owners have a greater risk of struggling with their mental health than non-business owners? Taking the leap to start your own business, investing your finances, and pushing yourself to reach the goals you set for your business can all contribute to these more significant risks. Your mental health is a big…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and today we are celebrating our 200th podcast episode. I wanted to create this landmark episode on a topic that the majority of the clients that I work with are struggling with, and I have a feeling you’ll b…
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Strategy and a well-thought-out plan can help you and your business achieve the impact and success you set out to accomplish when you first started your business. Having a plan will keep you on course and avoid potential pitfalls you may find yourself experiencing when you don’t have a plan. When you have a well-thought-out plan, even if it is only…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the tenth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regular…
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Patience is a virtue. Owning a business means you need to really hustle to be successful, and practicing patience may not be something you’ve thought about much in your business, but by being patient, you may just start to see better options you have available for your business. There will be many times in your business when you will need to plant …
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the ninth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regular…
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Setting limits and boundaries in your business helps to prevent burnout in your business, especially if you are a solo entrepreneur and you are doing everything in your business on your own. You need to take time to enjoy your personal life as well, but many business owners have a hard time delegating or allowing others to help. I get it, it is har…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the eighth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regula…
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Every business owner wants to make sales. Generating sales and incurring revenue so that you have the funds you need to pay for your expenses and have enough net income so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor is the dream of most business owners, but when you lose your focus on sales or are unsure how you should be getting additional sales, …
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the seventh episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regul…
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Keeping up with your bookkeeping will not only help you with your compliance tasks, such as filing your tax return at the end of the year, but having this financial data will also help you make smart business decisions. In today’s podcast episode, you’ll learn about the most common financial mistakes and how you can prevent them in your business. U…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the sixth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regular…
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Learning about your competition will help you gain sales by making sure your product goes above and beyond what your competition has to offer. Competition isn’t bad; in fact, understanding precisely who your competition is will help you determine if your business is on the right path to success. In today’s podcast episode, we will cover who your co…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the fifth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regular…
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Using your passion for boosting profits in your business is key to your happiness and success, but you need to know how to propel your passion into your business. Focusing on what excites you and putting that energy to work for you to create a profitable business takes work, but when you have passion behind your every move, you are able to push thr…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the fourth episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regula…
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You can have the most in-depth business plan and create the best strategy for your business, but if you don’t take action, you’ll never reach the dreams you have for your business. You want to make sure you are taking the right actions in your business and staying consistent with your actions so that you create the momentum you need to propel your …
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the third episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regular…
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Having a clear business plan and strategy in place so that you know the direction you want your business to go is one step in the process of reaching your goals as a business owner. When you take these strategies and develop milestones for each of them, you will be crystal clear on your next steps to success. Creating your business milestones will …
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the second episode of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regula…
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One of the biggest mistakes business owners make when they are starting their business is to mix their business and personal funds together. It may seem like this is the easiest and most straightforward way to manage their business finances, but in reality, it creates additional work and complexity for the business owner, which is a costly mistake.…
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Hey there, I’m Chris Panek, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Coach, and the host of the Mastering Your Small Business Finances Podcast, and I want to welcome you to the first of a new series I’m doing on this podcast. My intention is to drop one of these additional episodes every Monday while I continue to provide you with the regular Masteri…
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Much of the success or failure of your business will depend on your business mindset. The process in which you think about things in your business forms your beliefs. When you believe that you will succeed, you will create actionable steps to bring those beliefs to reality. Everything that you think about has an impact on your business, so you want…
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Your employees or independent contractor expenses are likely one of your highest expenses in your business and as a smart business owner, you want to make sure you are monitoring these expenses to ensure maximum efficiency. Over the last few years, your business may have had the need to shift to a more remote or virtual workforce. Many business own…
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As a business owner, you are always looking for ways to save time in your business, but you want to make sure you are not cutting corners in one place and causing additional problems down the road. This holds true when you are doing your bookkeeping as well. I always tell my clients when they are setting up their bookkeeping systems to make sure th…
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When you think about how far you’ve come in your business, do you feel proud of yourself? Most business owners will answer this question by thinking not really or talking about where they need to go in their business as they dismiss the question so that they don’t feel like they are being annoying or overconfident with themselves. It is easy to com…
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Obtaining credit for a business is critical so that they can borrow additional funds if needed. Establishing and building business credit is essential for any business owner, whether they are looking to expand and grow their company with financing or even if they don’t intend on utilizing any financing. By establishing a good credit history with le…
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As a business owner, it is important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to tax preparation. You want to make sure that you are ready for any unexpected decrease in expenses or increases in income so that you don't have any surprises when it comes time to pay your taxes. The rules and regulations change every year, and if you are not prepared,…
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Whether you set goals at the beginning of the year or you have resolutions you have promised yourself you’d do in the new year, now is the time to make sure you are on track so that you can follow through with your goals and resolutions for the remainder of the year. I’m sure that you’ve heard that most people will quit their resolution after just …
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When you own your own business, you are always learning something new. Making sure that you have a team to support you where you lack skills or lack the time to devote to certain tasks will not only help you sleep at night, but you will also have the confidence knowing that your business is operating at an efficient level. In today’s podcast episod…
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When you want to be successful, you need to make sure you are taking advantage of every minute of your day. Some people make their success seem so simple. Most successful entrepreneurs follow a routine that they know they can stick to on a consistent basis to get the results they ultimately want to achieve in life and in their business. In today’s …
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If you have a business or do bookkeeping for business owners, you know now is the time you need to wrap up your year-end financial statements. If you’ve heard the phrase closing the books, this is exactly what it means. You simply make sure you have all your money coming in and money going out of your business recorded and reconciled so that your f…
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Understanding your numbers and keeping up to date on your finances is key to the success of your business. When you actively keep a pulse on your business finances, you will certainly make better business decisions. If you are thinking that you are just not a numbers person, you’re not good when it comes to numbers or math, or you are afraid to mak…
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I’ve been getting quite a few messages from business owners saying that they are struggling to create a budget for their business. Some are just getting their business up and running, and others have been in business for a few years. Either way, having a budget for your business will allow you to dictate how you want your money coming in and out of…
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With the end of the year coming to a close, you want to make sure that you have everything done correctly in your business, right? One of the many important year-end tasks is to make sure that you are correctly paying and classifying wages. There are many different entity types that businesses can be set up as, and depending on how you’re your busi…
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The W9 form is an important form, and more than likely, you’ve either had a request for this form, or you yourself may be requesting them from your vendors. This form is used to collect information about others, but knowing in advance that you need to request this information will not only save you valuable time but it will also give you the inform…
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There’s often a misconception when it comes to figuring out what you’ll be taxed on in your business. This is normally referred to as your net income. Many business owners will take a look at their business bank account and think this is the number they will use for their net income or what they will be paying taxes on, but it isn’t an accurate way…
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Navigating the year-end chaos is often top of mind for many business owners, professionals, and accountants during this challenging time when there is so much to do not only in our professional lives but in our personal lives as well. During this year-end rush, it’s easy to worry about how you’ll manage the stress and ensure you not only get everyt…
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When you think about the end of the year, do you have goals that you’ve set that you still need to achieve? When you take the time to be intentional about elevating your year-end success, you’ll be sure to end the year with a sense of satisfaction, knowing you’ve done everything you could to wrap up this year not only with achievement but also mome…
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Payroll might not be the most glamorous topic, but it’s a large part of your business if you have employees. If you don’t have any employees yet, understanding how to add payroll to your business will be extremely important. When you have employees, you need to create a process of paying your employees, ensuring they receive their money on time and…
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As a business owner, you want to maximize your potential, both in your finances and in your personal growth. Learning how to invest in yourself so that you can become a better business owner is essential to not only your growth but the growth of your business as well. When you grow as an individual, you not only reap the benefits in your personal l…
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We need to bridge the world of business ownership or your career with your personal development. Taking the time to navigate the complexities of being a business owner or having a career while finding balance in your life is important, but when we start to add the complications of burnout, it really starts to leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelme…
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Have you ever wondered if starting a business is right for you? Starting a business is both an exciting and challenging endeavor, and recognizing the right time to start is crucial. Determining the right time to start your own business can be a daunting decision. In today’s episode, I help you determine when you’re truly ready to take the plunge in…
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When you stay on top of your bookkeeping, you’ll feel more confident and relieved knowing you have financial information you can count on to make smart business decisions. When it comes to your business finances and particularly your bookkeeping, I often hear business owners who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed because their bookkeeping has sta…
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