How To Turn Extra Office Space Into Extra Income

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This month's series is all about relieving the financial stress of the off-season by creating year-round income. If you own an office space, or even possibly if you rent one, you could be leaving a lot of money on the table if you’re not subletting or renting it out when you’re not using it. How many hours each week is your office completely empty? If you reduce your hours during the off-season, and especially if you work from home more often, you should consider these … [Read more...]

Financial Planning For The Medical Profession

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This month we’re taking a closer look at a few types of people who frequently hire financial advisors, and how to take their unique needs into consideration when working on their financial planning. Today we’re going to talk about financial planning for medical professionals. Just like with lawyers and those planning for business succession, there are a lot of things to consider. First, you’ll need to keep in mind that the annual salary of doctors varies a lot depending on their specialty. … [Read more...]

10 steps for creating successful strategic alliances with professionals other than CPAs

This week we’re going to discuss strategic alliances. We know you’re already well aware of the benefit of cultivating these alliances with CPAs but now we want to expand on that. If you limit yourself to only creating relationships with CPAs, you may be missing out on some serious potential cash flow. There is a whole world of professionals out there that you could (and should) be aligning yourself with! From lawyers and insurance agencies to contractors and religious groups, you just never know … [Read more...]

Why You Need To Update Your Job Descriptions

Let’s take a look at job descriptions. Chances are you already have job descriptions for your team. If you don’t, it’s time to write those! Job descriptions are so important for setting expectations and doing performance reviews! Assuming you already have job descriptions, it’s important to keep them current. When is the last time you took a good look at them and updated them based on what your employees are actually doing everyday (rather than just what they were supposed to do when you … [Read more...]

10 Questions to Ask During The Offseason

We did it! We survived another busy tax season! now onto the offseason! Things are finally winding down and you have hopefully just returned from a much needed vacation to somewhere gorgeous. So the all important question is… Now what? What do you do now that the busy season is over to make sure you don’t spend the next 6 months in a fog? Well, there a ton of things you could do, but we’d like to focus this month on one option: Business clean up. The reality is, during tax season, things … [Read more...]

4 Ways to create a predictable referral system

If you were to ask a group of small business owners what their biggest challenge is, the majority of them would admit to struggling with asking for and getting referrals. The good news is: this month we’re breaking this process down for you. We’re going to kick it off this week by telling you exactly what you need to do to take this process of random chance and turn it into a predictable, consistent machine. First, let’s talk about why so many business owners struggle with asking for … [Read more...]

What To Do While You Wait on CPAs

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You’ve been waiting and waiting for the perfect time to reach out to your list of CPAs so you can establish mutually-beneficial relationships with them. The wait is over. You’ve read our past blogs and have done everything you can to make their lives easier during this crazy time of year. And now, the time has finally come! Tax season is over! That means you’ve got every green light telling you this is the most appropriate time to reach out to them, right? Wrong. Keep in mind that while … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Legitimize Wacky Tax Deductions

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We’re sure you’re aware that there is a right way and a wrong way to do your taxes. But sometimes, tax deductions aren’t as “cut and dry” as they seem. Take, for instance, the junkyard owner who had a rodent problem. Instead of hiring an exterminator, he bought cat food and put it out to attract feral cats. The cats took care of his problem and he claimed the cost of cat food as a business expense. Or how about the taxpayer who tried to claim the cost of a daily sitter for his dog? It … [Read more...]

How to Get Back to Work After Vacation

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With summer quickly approaching, you may be planning for a much-needed vacation. Europe. Hawaii. Mexico. Anywhere other than your office sounds good, right? We’re big fans of taking vacation time around here because we’ve learned the hard way that all work and no play leads to burnout, fast. Well-rested CPA’s are the best CPA’s because their stress level is lower and their energy is higher. This leads to enhanced productivity, better decisions and a keen eye for detail—all important things if … [Read more...]

3 Ways To Get More CPAs To Refer You

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Financial advisors tend to see the relationship between advisors and CPAs as strategic, well-balanced and win-win. From your vantage point, you’re bringing value to the relationship by providing your services. And the CPA is bringing value to it when they refer you to their clients. Unfortunately, CPAs don’t usually see things the same way. The reality is, CPAs often view forming a professional relationship with a financial advisor to have little to no benefit to them. From their perspective, … [Read more...]