This month marks 10 years since I set out to create an accounting firm that offered accounting and tax services in a different way than other firms. iAccounting Solutions was born! It’s been a good ride and I have every bit of intention to keep growing and iAccounting Solutions into the firm of my vision–one that offers high-value advisory to its clients. While we’ve made it pretty far and have achieved many goals, there is more to do.

I know this will ring true with a lot small business owners when I say there have been Ok seasons and better seasons and I wouldn’t trade the journey in for anything!

From our humble beginnings on a desk in my apartment in Durham, NC I had a vision for this company. Back then, the technology for small businesses was just emerging into what we have today, which is a plethora of tools to help make the mundane tasks smoother and painless for most businesses. From bank feeds, paperless office solutions, real-time financial dashboards, and information at our fingertips we can finally deliver what we envisioned back in 2009. We’re now an office with 4 staff working across 3 different states and the main office in Redlands, CA.

Into the Future

The pace is picking up as we head into the future and we’re pretty excited to see how iAccounting Solutions can keep evolving and offer valuable services to businesses and their owners. We’ve already shifted from being a bookkeeping and tax only firm to offer more:

  • Tax Planning
  • Cash flow advisory
  • Budget advisory
  • Business planning
  • Entity choice planning
  • R & D Tax Credit Consulting

And of course, we’re still offering tax and accounting compliance services to our clients.

In addition to the new focus we’re taking, we’re also specializing in helping some very particular markets including:

  • Fitness and Health business
  • Professional service professionals
  • Non-profit and religious organizations
  • Cafe’s and small eateries

While we like pretty much everyone but we’re particularly expert in these industries.

Thank you!

From our team to yours, we want to say thank you for all of our clients and what they’ve helped us become. We wouldn’t be here without you! And, if you’re reading this and not a client, hopefully, you’ll become one day in the near future!

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We love the holidays and the season of gifts, getting together with family and friends and frankly just kicking back.  But as you un-plug for a few weeks this is a great time to think about the new year and making positive changes for your business.  Here’s our top tips for changes you can make to start the new year off on the right foot.

Utilize Technology To Automate

Find your self doing the same tasks over and over again?  Look into automating those with tools like Zapier and others.  I’m not saying to take the human out of where it counts, but updating email lists etc. doens’t require a human touch.  When you’re able to reassign tedious tasks you can spend more time on meaninful activities.  For example, if you send out a MailChimp email to your client based on an action by them, why not use Zapier to automate that, plus update your MailChimp list at the same time.  Really, the possibilities are endless.

Setup A Budget

Creating a budget is the first step in planning to make sure you meet goals.  Setting up thresholds and goals will help you measure your progress throughout the year.  It can even be easily done in your accounting softwar like Xero or QuickBooks Online.

Beyond tracking the income and expenses, it forces you to think about what you plan to do and set goals.  That act is alone is a lot more than what a lot of business owners do!  easily take, forgranted–it has a throughout positive effect on how you treat your business.

Implement Some Tax Planning

Now, you have probably heard lots about taxes this past year and rightfully so, 2018 has seen some of the most extensive tax reform laws in decades!  Knowing why they mean and translate for you in your business is no small feat but that doesn’t mean you should keep your head in the sand.  Planning now can save you tons of tax if you play your cards right.   For example, IRS section 199 outlines hefty tax savings for small business owners under a certain income threshold.  This translates into huge tax savings for a lot of businesses.  

Fortunately for you, if you’re reading this blog you’re in the right place to get help if you don’t understand or know how to apply it to you.  There are also tons more opportunities to save tax so it may be worth your while to schedule some time with your tax planning expert.  Or, give us a call if you don’t have one.

Get Your Books In Order

I call ‘net income’ the magic tax number because it’s what drives most of the tax liability when you operate a business.  But you’re never going to know what that is unless you keep good records of your income and expenses.  Let’s face the hard truth, the days of paper and spreadsheets for tracking this should be over.  Online accounting software like Xero is so easy to use and so cheap that it’s a no-brainer.  Plus, using something like Xero is a great way to get ALL of your business on one place for invoicing, bills, document storage, etc.

Level Your Business Up

During this time when you’re taking some time off or away from the desk think about waysin you can make small changes to improve the quality of life.  Think in terms of plenty  and ditch the scarcity mindset.  When you do you’ll see big changes at how you handle stress and how you visualize success.  For example take implementing a CRM like Active Campaign or Hubspot costs a monthly fee, but did you think about how much time you can save with automation and how you can better serve your customers by having a system in place to put them in?

When you’re able to spend a little you make big gains in your mentality for growth.  Remember, unless you invest and work on your business there is huge rewards.

In closing I hope you’re able to use some or all of these points to have successful new year going into 2019!  Don’t forget, growing your business is like steering a large ship, you do it with small course corrections and in time you will get where you want to go!

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Guess what?  We’ve been busy since tax season ended making things more efficient so we can better serve our clients.  We’ve upgraded our practice management to Karbon.  Karbon allows us to do a number of things we couldn’t do before, but what we’re really excited about is how it allows us to communicate with our clients more efficiently.

In the coming months, you may see us ask you questions or for statements through Karbon.  They will come to you in an email as “Client Tasks”.  To demonstrate how this works I’ve made a quick tutorial on how this works.

We’re looking forward to working with you in this new system that we’re sure will make things easier in getting us information.  Please leave a comment or shoot us a message if you have any questions!

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