Topic: Small business

Survey Finds Small Business Bullish on 2015

51% plan new hiring now and into next year. For 2015, 81 percent percent of small businesses forecast a revenue increase, with 21 percent expecting to grow more than 100 percent, according to a new Xero survey. The study also shows that employing an accountant pays off. SMBs (small and medium-size businesses) that use an accountant with online accounting software enjoyed a 16 percent increase in revenue over businesses that use online accounting software without an accountant. And using more accountants equals more revenue, says the study released by a cloud accounting software maker.

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Tax Trends in Small Business: What Drives Them to Seek Professional Help

New data obtained by CPA Trendlines shows that 84 percent of small-business owners are now paying an independent tax practitioner or accountant to handle their taxes. In addition, an increasing number of small business taxpayers appear to be taking advantage of Sec.179 expensing and bonus depreciation. The new report available from CPA Trendlines includes information on: the number of small business owners who use an outside tax or accounting service how many hours per week a small business spends on payroll tax administration average cost for using a payroll agency hours spent on federal tax various tax burdens how to download complete report (PDF, 13 pages)

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The Powerful Mega-Trends Behind the Upheaval at Sage Software

Sage’s one-brand cloud strategy is built on a tidal wave of change…

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneurial Accountant?

Small business survey serves up clues for accountants. “Passion to be an entrepreneur” is the top reason for wanting to start a business for nearly half (48.5 percent) of aspiring business owners.

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What To Do with Clients Who’d Rather Do It Themselves?

40% of small businesses shun accountants. The reason: They’d rather handle accounting on their own. Instead of working with an accountant as a full business partner, most small businesses only look to them for specific services and support, such as accounting, bookkeeping, and taxes.

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Your Small Business Clients Are Changing: Radical Shift in Retirement Plans

Many expect to work ’til 70 and never retire, others hope to sell. The nation’s small business owners’ views regarding retirement are radically shifting, with many seeing themselves working 20 years or longer – or never formally retiring at all. As a result of longer life expectancies and the impact of the recession, the majority of small business owners can no longer embrace a traditional view of retirement, in which individuals stop working in their mid-60s for a life of leisure – something fewer than 10 percent foresee themselves doing, according to a new study by The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute.

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Number of Small Businesses Sold Increases, but Sales Price Decreases

Signs of resignation among sellers. In what may come as mixed news for tax and accounting professionals, the pace of small businesses sold accelerated 8 percent in the second quarter of 2011, but it may be because owners are accepting that their businesses aren’t as valuable as they used to be.

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We’re All Small Firms Now

AICPA says $25 million…

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Smallest of Small Biz Hurting the Most

Small business optimism slumps in March, according to SurePayroll. The index fell two percentage points from February to 69 percent in March, with hiring is down 2.2% year-to-date. “While large businesses, medium-sized businesses and even larger small businesses may be seeing improvements in hiring, the smallest of businesses aren’t,” the company said.

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Survey: Small Biz Looks to Tech for Growth

And ADP has an app for that. Good news for accountants and payroll providers alike: small business owners say in a new survey from ADP that they need to spend less time managing their businesses in order to grow. “In today’s economy, small business owners are watching cash flow more closely than ever. That reality, combined with ever-growing time pressures, means small business owners are looking to spend more time growing their businesses and less time on the administrative burdens of running them,” said Regina Lee, President of ADP’s Small Business Services and Major Account Services.

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Small Biz Turns to Web for New Growth

“Online presence” tops business strategies for this year. Interestingly, a list of CPA firms’ plans wouldn’t look much different. See Accounting Firms Dive into Digital Marketing.

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The Federal HIRE Act: A Win-Win for Business and the Workplace

Signed into law by President Obama on March 18, the HIRE Act has the potential to be a direct boost to a business’ bottom line because it will both help employers and at the same time encourage job creation. by Gary Butler President and CEO of ADP Far too many Americans are currently unemployed, yet many small- and medium-sized businesses remain at the cusp of resuming hiring.  It is hoped that the HIRE Act will serve as a catalyst that will help our economy recover.   I believe this jobs bill is a good piece of legislation that comes at a very opportune time. The HIRE Act provides incentives for businesses to hire new employees sooner rather than later.  The incentives […]

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How Do Business Owners Define Success?

If you ask your clients, you might be surprised. How do accountants define success? Join the survey, get the results. Accountants often define success in terms of revenue, net income, or maybe client service. But the Enterprise Council on Small Business surprisingly found that “satisfaction” was the primary way that they defined success, followed by “growth.” They asked business owners to define what satisfaction means to them. Business owners said maintaining a healthy work/life balance was the single biggest factor in their definition of success. Keep that in mind when you’re considering how to help your clients achieve their goals. Their goals may not be what you think. “Also,” the researchers say, “give some thought to the types of promotions […]

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