You’re getting ready to start a business, but how do you get your finances ready for success? Follow these tips from the second you start and you won’t have a problem:

  1. Be thoughtful before organizing. Starting your business is no easy process and neither is the tax preparation for your business. It’s important to know the difference between a limited liability company (LLC), S-corporation, and C-corporation. While LLC’s are better for companies that have flexible management structure and flexible tax reporting options, corporations are better for businesses with investors, businesses intending to IPO and international businesses.
  2. Know your tax responsibilities. Different types of businesses and different states have different rules and regulations on responsibilities. This includes insurance, liability, compensation, and much more. There are many different sources you can contact in order to further understand some of these regulations, but it would be in your best interest to talk with an account for the specifics. In the long run, it could save you money and hassle from lawsuits to penalties.
  3. Budget and track expenses. Tracking your expenses and budgeting will not only keep you out of debt, but save you a lot of money as well. When starting your business, create a budget for each department, whether it be utilities, marketing, salaries, etc. Keep to your budget as best you can, but remember to leave room for your own pay and living expenses in your budget. Tracking expenses is also essential to any business, especially when it comes to tax season. Figure out what is deductible, but keep every receipt to stay organized and get every penny back that you can.
  4. Use technology to your advantage. A good accounting program can save you both time and money, so try out QuickBooks or FreshBooks for your small business. Keeping track of your taxes is no easy task and using these online resources will keep you organized.
  5. Establish good bookkeeping practices. Although this may seem obvious, keep track of your records from the start to avoid any late fees, interest, and penalties. Large corporations aren’t the only ones who require formal bookkeeping, so stay on top of your records no matter the size of your business.

It’s time to keep yourself from being overwhelmed and from wasting copious amounts of time and money each year. Start being responsible for your taxes, even if you are just starting your business. Use your resources to your advantage and remember, every dollar counts, so start keeping track today!

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