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What comes to mind when you think about your business finances?

If you start thinking about a pile of invoices, crinkled receipts or an outdated excel spreadsheet, you’re not alone.

Managing your finances doesn’t need to be overwhelming or frustrating. While you may think that’s easy for me to say as a Certified Professional Bookkeeper, you can use Sage One to invoice, budget, and manage cash flow all in one place.

Sage One is a cloud accounting solution, which means you can get a clear view of your financial position from anywhere you have an internet connection. And, your data is protected by bank-grade security.

If you’re ready to take the stress out of the back-end of your business, Sage One can help you better manage your finances and turn uncertainty into confidence.

You can track invoices, receivables, quotes, expenses, and link your online bank accounts to your Sage One account. These time-saving features can be accessed all on one screen, rather than switching between programs or different spreadsheets.

Once you import your data, Sage One provides you with a real-time snapshot of how your business is doing. With these insights, you can address costs, assess profitability and resolve issues before year end.

Sage One also includes financial management features such as Paypal integration to accept payments, sending professional quotes to your clients while on location and can track revenue, time, and expenses for projects. You can also share your information with trusted colleagues without providing access to your financial information.

Are you ready to take the pain out of managing your business finances once and for all? Contact me for a consultation to determine what online accounting system is the perfect fit for your business.

 

How could the flow of your business improve by going paperless?

If you’re an entrepreneur, time is precious and best spent on income-generating tasks rather than dealing with time-consuming paperwork.

We live in a technological era where the options are continually advancing for business owners to adopt paperless solutions. Free or low-cost apps and scanners are available to turn your paperwork into digital documents while online accounting solutions make it easy to create and send quotes or invoices right from your iPhone.

There are obvious benefits of eliminating paper from your business such as reducing your environmental footprint, eliminating clutter and creating more space in your office. But the true benefits of going paperless are reflected in the time and money you save.

My favourite paperless accounting solution is Sage One. I recommend it to my clients for its ease of use, accessibility and endless features that eliminate the need for paper. By moving your accounting online,

your accountant can also access your information to offer support and answer questions with more clarity.

If you’re on the fence about paperless solutions, one of my clients recently sent me his feedback about switching his accounting to Sage One:

“I have been using Sage One for about commander cialis en ligne a year and a half now. It’s been great and has really organized my business! Debrah Burleigh has been truly amazing and very supportive through the transition of learning how to use it. THANK YOU DEBRAH!! Sage One has saved me so much time and lets me know where I am at at all times. It makes doing tax reports so much easier. I can even access information anywhere and that is very important. I have recommended it to many other people and will continue to do so.”
– Bruce Collis of Collis Automotive

What do you think- can you go paperless?

If you’d like to explore the best options in paperless solutions for your business, please feel free to email me or call 1.778.855.5855 to set up a consultation. I’d be happy to speak with you!

Surviving tax season seems to bring on an emotional storm for many business owners. But it doesn’t have to create chaos or skyrocket stress.

Here are my top 5 survival tips you can start using in your business right now so you are prepared to sail through next tax season with greater ease and less stress:

1. Track Your Expenses Monthly

It is important to have proper record keeping throughout the year rather than scrambling at the end of the year trying to gather all your receipts and totaling everything. Enter all your business receipts each month. If you work out of your home, keep receipts such as your hydro & gas, annual utilities, property tax, mortgage interest, etc. so you have the paperwork you need for tax filings. This one simple step can make all the difference at the end of the year by ensuring no expense goes unaccounted for and eliminates the frantic searching. Let’s be honest- as a business owner, you don’t have time for that!

2. Know Your Tax Credits and Deductions

Want to keep more money in your pocket?

If you have children, a student loan, a child in college or take transit, you may be eligible for deductions and tax credits. Be sure to do your research and discuss the records you’ll need to keep with your accountant or tax preparation service.

3. Use An Accounting System

Speak to your accountant or a consultant to find the best solution for you.

If you do the bookkeeping for your business, I strongly recommend using cloud accounting to keep track of everything. This method allows you to record your transactions from anywhere you have an internet connection, send invoices from the road and access up to date reporting when you need it. If bookkeeping is not your strength, consider hiring a qualified professional you can rely on to do the work for you. Save time, money and stress in the long run. And you’ll have more time cialis bordeaux to focus on sales, marketing, and customer service.

4. Maintain a Good Work/Life Balance Throughout The Year

Managing stress levels by routinely creating time in your schedule for the things you enjoy is important for every business owner. It’s easy to get caught up in your work and hit burn out by year-end. To maintain the energy and creativity your business needs to sustain itself, you need to prioritize taking care of yourself so you can lead the way. Besides, what is the point of making all that money if you can’t enjoy it!

5. Hire a Professional To File Your Taxes

If you’re not a tax expert or if you don’t have a great financial mind, hiring a competent professional to file your taxes can alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress. Your accountant or tax file preparer can also inform you about the deductions and tax credits you can use based on your unique circumstances, so you can eliminate uncertainty.

This time of year fills me with gratitude.

December is my favourite month to reflect on what I’m grateful for, write down goals and come up with meaningful ways to share my purpose.

As entrepreneurs and human beings we are continually growing personally as our businesses evolve. And growth for me means making changes to consistently improve the quality of my life and work.

This past year has been transformational for me both personally and professionally. Creating this fresh new look for my website was a natural way to reflect the internal and external changes I’ve been making.

And this fresh new look and Sage One Video are only the beginning!

As some of you already know, I added Certified Sage One Trainer to my certifications so I can help more businesses determine if moving their accounting to the cloud is the right move and if it is, help them make the transition smoothly. We’ve added a Sage One page to this site so you can learn more about this powerful accounting platform and sign up for a free trial to give you an opportunity to experience the benefits.

This Fall, Sage came to Vancouver to film how my firm is using Sage One to help our customers simplify their accounting. I’m really grateful and excited about sharing this Sage One Video with you. You can watch it here.

I’m also excited to share, I’ve added a personalized business consulting package to my service offerings so I can help owners set smart goals and better manage their financial resources to successfully achieve them – faster and easier.

Welcome to the new Debrah Burleigh Accounting. I’m so grateful you’re here and would love to hear what you think about our new online space on your favourite social media channel. #freshlook #debrahburleighaccounting

Managing invoicing and accounting effectively can be challenging for small businesses but it doesn’t have to be.

Earlier this year, Sage announced the launch of its new Sage One – Canadian Edition, a cloud-based accounting software solution that helps small businesses manage their invoicing, accounting and access their financial data anytime from anywhere they have an internet connection.

Since launching, over 35,000 small businesses moved their accounting to the cloud with Sage One.

Now, you can take a FREE guided tour of Sage One. That’s right it’s webinar time!

Register for this Sage One webinar (no charge) to learn how you can put this powerful web-based accounting software to work for your business so you can save time, money and put your mind at ease about your business finances.

Click the link below to register right now: https://sagena.webex.com/sagena/j.php?J=646204375

And if after taking a closer look you want to experience how you can simplify your bookkeeping for your business – you can take Sage One for a free 15-day trial run!

If you’d like to take advantage of the free 15-day trial run plus get a 20% discount if you decide to continue with a low-cost monthly subscription to Sage One after your trial run ends – send me an email. Be sure to include your name, phone number and preferred email address.

But you have to email me so I can send you the link for the trial run in order to be eligible for the discount because I’m able to offer it exclusively to my customers and subscribers!

In the meantime, if you have any questions about how you can integrate Sage One with our accounting service plans or if you are a Sage 50 user looking to move to the cloud – send me an email or call 778.855.5855.

 

Managing invoicing and accounting effectively can be challenging for small businesses but it doesn’t have to be.

Earlier this year, Sage announced the launch of its new Sage One – Canadian Edition, a cloud-based accounting software solution that helps small businesses manage their invoicing, accounting and access their financial data anytime from anywhere they have an internet connection.

Since launching, over 35,000 small businesses moved their bookkeeping to the cloud with Sage One and are enjoying pain free invoicing and accounting as a result.

Now, you can take a FREE guided tour of Sage One. That’s right it’s webinar time!

Register for this Sage One webinar (no charge) to learn how you can put this powerful web-based accounting software to work for your business so you can save time, money and put your mind at ease about your business finances.

Click the link below to register right now:

Tuesday August 19, 2014 at 10 am (Pacific Time)

https://sagena.webex.com/sagena/j.php?J=646204375

And if after taking a closer look you want to experience the benefits of moving your invoicing and accounting to the cloud – you can take Sage One for a free 15-day trial run!

If you’d like to take advantage of the free 15-day trial run plus get a 20% discount if you decide to continue with a low-cost monthly subscription to Sage One after your trial run ends – send me an email. Be sure to include your name, phone number and preferred email address.

But you have to email me so I can send you the link for the trial run in order to be eligible for the discount because I’m able to offer it exclusively to my customers and subscribers!

In the meantime, if you have any questions about how you can integrate Sage One with my bookkeeping or data conversion packages or if you are a Sage 50 user looking to move to the cloud – send me an email or call 778.855.5855.

If you’re a contractor or if you own a construction company, you want to win the jobs you bid on and remain profitable to sustain your business long term.

However, I’ve noticed a common problem in recent years among contractors when they first came to me for help – many were underbidding projects to win jobs and struggling to keep their business solvent as a result.

While they knew under-bidding consistently below the break-even point wasn’t sustainable, they didn’t realize how valuable setting up a job costing system would become to maintain profitability.

Why Job Costing Is Essential

If you’re running a contracting company or any type of project driven business you need a way to accurately estimate and measure the real costs of every job you incur costs for to complete.

Because when you know the true costs of running your business including overhead, labour and parts or materials you can stay within budget, on schedule, maintain a healthy cash flow and ensure you are actually making money.

And since technology makes it so much easier to access all your job information in a glance, developing an accurate job costing system using your accounting software is the cheapest, most cost-effective solution.

Set Up Job Costing With Sage 50 

I recommend Sage 50 accounting software to all my clients and help them get a handle on the real costs of overhead and materials or parts.

3 Easy Steps

1. Create a project name for each job you want to track in the project section and set it to “in progress”.

2. Assign that project name to each job to track associated hours, purchases and sales invoices.

3. When entering information into your accounting software ensure you allocate to the appropriate project.

Sage 50 software stores all your information in one place and makes it easy to break down your costs in detail so you can track the status of jobs in progress, compare projects and set targets or milestones.

Allocating additional expenses that often get overlooked such as overtime, payroll deductions, early payment discounts or other small expenses to every job will give you a more accurate picture of your actual costs so you can improve your estimates.

I’ve met too many owners who were passionate about building their business but didn’t have the accounting skills or financial understanding they needed to succeed. They tried to do it all on their own to save money and ended up either going bankrupt or closing their business.

My advice is to be proactive about setting up the job costing system your business needs to accurately track project expenses and prepare estimates.

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