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Are you a Bookkeeper or a Rainmaker?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Are you a Bookkeeper or a Rainmaker?

May I ask you a very honest question? Are you a bookkeeper or are you a “rainmaker”? You’re the owner of a small business or in a key position to decide who does your bookkeeping; so, why would any small business attempt to do their own bookkeeping? We often hear “how hard can it be?” …

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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Filing Your Taxes

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

How can I make filing my small business’s taxes easier?

Tax season is always a stressful time of year for Americans across the country. As an entrepreneur myself, I know firsthand how much weight the added complexities of owning your own business can add to our already over-loaded shoulders. From sales records and Profit and Loss statements to inventory records and receipts for deductions, the …

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3 Easy Ways to Boost Employee Morale and Reduce Turnover

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Super Fast Morale Boost Speedometer Words

Well, it’s official! Season is here and, as a Southwest Florida small business owner, you likely feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Busy days and late nights can result in very high levels of stress for any entrepreneur. That being said, its important to be cognizant of the fact that it’s …

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The True Cost of Payroll

Friday, January 11th, 2019

How much does payroll cost small business owners?

One of the most common questions I hear from clients, friends and fellow small business owners alike is, “How much does it cost to pay my employees?”. Unfortunately, to really answer that question in a clear and accurate manner, there a few key concepts you need to understand first. What Costs Are Associated with Payroll …

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Why Do GREAT Employees Quit Their Jobs?
(You’ll Be Surprised At #7!!)

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

Employee Leaving Their Job

Nobody likes to lose talent, especially to their competition! We all know how hard it is to “find good people”. You believe you run a good business with sound policies and procedures and take good care of your staff, team, employees, etc. So, have you ever wondered why “good people” quit? What reasons do they …

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4th Quarter Checklist for Small Businesses

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

business accounting and finance concept

The 4th Fiscal Quarter is officially here and, as a small business owner, there are a number of things that you should be doing to not just maximize your company’s final quarter performance, but also to prepare yourself for the new year. Maximizing your business’s earning potential during the final and first quarter of the …

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It Really IS Hard to Find Good Help

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Resume

As an entrepreneur, I am all too familiar with how difficult it can be to find good help, especially here in Southwest Florida! The process of hiring can be a very tedious and stressful undertaking for any small business owner. Sorting through seemingly never-ending stacks of resumes, weeding out under and un-qualified candidates, setting up …

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Don’t Get So Busy Making A Living… That You Forget to Live!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Work Life Balance

As we near the end of summer, and rapidly approach the influx of seasonal residents, it is far too easy for entrepreneurs (including myself, admittedly) to lose sight of what really matters. We become so caught up in the day-to-day operations of running a business that we forget to make time for the most important …

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Preparing Your Business for the Upcoming Season

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Increased Business

The dog days of summer are rapidly coming to a close…for Southwest Florida business owners that means it’s time to gear up for the upcoming season. Is your small business prepared to handle all of the snowbirds that will be flocking in? If you answered with anything less than a confident and resounding, “YES!”, here …

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Business Vital Signs Part 3

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

golden-parachute

Part 3 of 3 Planning! – Performance! – Parachute! …a quick recap. Thank you for returning for part 3 of 3 of “Business Vital Signs”. The 3 parts are: What is your business plan before you open? What are you doing to maximize profits while you operate? What is your exit plan? Well, what IS …

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Business Vital Signs Part 2

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Business Pulse

Part 2 of 3 What is your business plan before you open? What are you doing to maximize profits while you operate? What is your exit plan? Welcome back for part 2 of a 3-part series where we discuss business planning, performance and exiting. Last month we talked about planning and how often our office …

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Business Vital Signs Part 1

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Health of your Business

Part 1 of 3 Before you open. While you operate. Your exit plan. (Planning – Performance – Parachute) There are several all-too-common situations we see with prospective new clients (small business owners) when they call or visit us. Most are avoidable or at least could be less traumatic with some “Planning”. Often times the entrepreneurial …

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The Business Climate is Heating Up!

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Recruiting New Employee

What is the number one issue facing small business “TODAY”? Over the past several years the concerns of small business have migrated from “small-business regulation” to “taxation” to “how am I going to find good help?!?!?!?!”. Polling from the Gallop group from Q4 2016 through 2017 and into 2018 firmly shows small business optimism is …

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How do you Know when you have an AMAZING Bookkeeper?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Super Bookkeeper

Seriously, how do you know? It seems everyone in the service industry screams at you that they are the “experts” or they have “excellent customer service!” Surely you have some preconceived notions of what characteristics or traits a great bookkeeper should have… So, what are they? From our perspective here at ShaBro Alternative Office Solutions …

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New Business… Who’s on your Team?

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

team members

So, you’ve decided to go into business FOR yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to go into business BY yourself! Wouldn’t it be beneficial to have a team of professionals aligned with you before you open the doors or take in your first dollar? Of course it would so today’s “Shabro Moment” will discuss the …

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Is a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) a good fit for your business?

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

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Is a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) a good fit for your business? Professional Employer Organizations are a good fit if you are in an industry where it is hard for you to obtain Worker’s Compensation Insurance. You may have had injuries resulting in cancellation or you may be a newer, higher risk business having a …

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You’re Only as Good as Your Last P&L… Let’s Make 2018 a Banner Year!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

profit and loss

Have you ever heard the saying “you’re only as good as your last P&L”?  What it basically means is there are typically 12-13 reporting periods in the business year and your business’ performance must be monitored closely to help ensure you put as many points on the scoreboard (profitability) as you possibly can before the …

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2017 A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Moving from 2017 into 2018

It is hard to believe another year has come and gone. The old cliché’ is true – where does the time go? As we say goodbye to 2017 and await 2018 to arrive, there are many things to look back on as we begin our business year-end preparations and forward-looking to the year ahead. Industry …

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Hiring a Better Workforce

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Individuals Waiting For Job Interview

In this article you will be introduced to very specific and effective strategies and tactics necessary to help give you an edge over your competition when it comes to the workforce you employ for your business. If you have weathered the storm of the recent recession you undoubtedly have seen a massive shift with employment. …

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WHY Should Your Company Have Progressive Discipline Policy and Procedures?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Employee Discipline

Our last article scratched the surface on the world of “hiring and firing” and how most employers genuinely struggle with this. It is long and well-established that your employees are indeed your most valuable “asset” and you have invested tremendous effort, resources (and money) into attracting, developing, managing and retaining them because everyone knows the …

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