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Last year you thoughtfully constructed a budget. You painstakingly evaluated your projected income and expenses. You pored over your cash flow projections. You wiled away the hours getting the best snapshot you could of your business in the year to come.

Well, the 4th quarter is here. How did last year’s budget fair? How often did you revisit it? Did you keep it up-to-date?

If you’re like most companies, you probably haven’t touched your budget since you constructed it. Or perhaps you’ve occasionally looked at it to see how you’re doing on your budget vs. actual.


A bookkeeper can be one of the most important hires your organization ever makes. A good bookkeeper can keep you on the straight and narrow. A bad one can take you off the rails.

There are key skills and attributes you should look for when hiring a bookkeeper; here are 10 of the most important:

The Ohio Department of Taxation announced they have begun a new process for registering new pass-through entities (PTE.) In the past, the department’s old computer system registered and created accounts for new PTEs upon the filing of their first return. One challenge with this process was that many PTEs made estimated payments prior to filing their first return.

Your organization’s website should be one of your most valuable assets. It’s like a 24/7/365 salesperson that is constantly generating new sales leads and customers. However, if your website isn’t designed with mobile, you’ll be lucky if anyone sees it at all.

These days, it feels like everyone is on social media. The numbers bear that out - 69% of the population is on at least one social media platform and if you eliminate senior citizens the percentage gets significantly higher. So how do you use the ubiquity of social media to grow your business or not-for-profit?

Next to your customers, your employees should be your most valuable asset. They are the face and image of your company to your customers and prospects. But good workers are in high demand and it can be hard to keep your best and brightest.

If you are burning the candle at both ends, sooner or later it’s going to catch up with you. That’s reality. No matter how passionate you are about your business, no matter your level of drive to succeed, if you push too hard for too long you will experience burnout.

You’ve decided that it’s time to try your hand at real estate investing. You’ve read about the potential tax savings and you want to give it a try…great! But before you jump in, there are a few important things you should think about to ensure you’re protecting your personal assets and optimizing your tax position.