6 Tips to Build an Emergency Fund for Your Business

What happens if your clients don’t pay you on time or your computers go down and you need to buy a new suite? Business emergencies aren’t uncommon, and whether they result from physical theft, digital theft, natural disasters, or other emergencies, their cost can be Continue reading

Trim Small Business Expenses: 6 Things to Do This Week

As an entrepreneur, you know that launching a small business from square one is a daunting, years-long task.

“The entrepreneur who creates a mobile app that is wildly popular overnight [is] a miracle story, not a success story,” writes Startups.co founder and CEO Wil Schroter. “Don’t ever use that as Continue reading

5 Tips for Marketing Your Service-Based Business

With so much attention being paid to marketing new products, entrepreneurs building service businesses may feel overlooked. The truth is, marketing a service can be tricky. For some companies, success depends on creating a bundled offering that includes the features customers or clients want most. For others, it’s all about Continue reading

Research: Why 70 Percent of Employees Aren’t Working to Their Full Potential Comes Down to 1 Simple Reason

According to Gallup research, an astounding 70 percent of U.S. employees are not showing up to work fully committed to deliver their best performance. Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day, and 18 percent of them are busy acting out their unhappiness.

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Local Business Marketing: It’s Time To Rethink Word Of Mouth

How comfortable would you feel if your entire Google search history was suddenly made public to your friends and family? You’d probably be somewhere on the spectrum of slightly uncomfortable and completely mortified.

During my time working in the search industry, part of my job entailed conducting in-depth research on how people search Continue reading

5 Surprising Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy

As a leader, you’ve proven your ability to deliver for your company. Whether it’s generating incredible sales numbers, finding beneficial financing, crafting a clear strategic vision, or creating an effective marketing campaign, you’ve shown that you can contribute to revenue and growth. The other critical piece of your role is managing your team, which might not be something you learned about in school or at previous jobs.

Some of managing a team comes down to common sense, but what Continue reading

5 Free Tools That Make Graphic Design Easy for Small Business Owners

Graphic design is one of the most important elements to a small business owner’s branding strategy, yet it’s often taken for granted. Everything from marketing emails to web design to social media posts need to incorporate elements of design and help to mold the image of your business.

Statistically speaking – bad graphic design can Continue reading

2017 Just Set the All-Time Record for Store Closings

Since January 1, retailers have announced plans to shutter more than 6,700 stores in the U.S., according to Fung Global Retail & Technology, a retail think tank.

That beats the previous all-time high of 6,163 store closings, which hit in 2008 amid the financial meltdown, according to Credit Suisse.

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A Balanced & Honest Look at Why You Should Shop Local

We opened our accounting firm with a very specific goal of lending our help to small businesses. As someone who really didn’t give a second thought about whether or not I was spending my own dollars locally, I can tell you that now having a number of personal relationships with local owners, it has become increasingly important to me. I’ve observed their own love for their communities, and perhaps even a stronger example of Continue reading

A Small Business Owner is Helping Those in Need Land a Job

Along with his father and brother, BJ Stringham helps run his family’s suit business, Utah Woolen Mills. To him, success within your business equates to success in your community. So, he started Suited For Good which so far has helped transform 170 men and women with a custom suit in order to assist them in landing that perfect job.  Watch the video Continue reading

A Beginners Guide into How the Stock Exchange Works

What are stocks and why do they exist? Every day in the news we hear about the stock exchange, stocks, and money moving around the globe. Still, a lot of people have no idea why we have stock markets at all because the topic is usually very dry.

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Balancing Life as an Entrepreneur

Some of you may have been told before, “You should start a business.” I am certain that many of you reading this article have either heard that phrase or know someone who has started a business. This is not another article about how to start a business or why you should start a business. I, along with a number of others have written enough about that subject to last for the next decade. What I would like to discuss are three elements of entrepreneurial life that I believe are at the core of Continue reading

Differences Between the Habits of the Rich & the Poor

Here at Four Rivers Accounting we believe money is not inherently evil, but that greed certainly is. By no means are we posting this to look down on or ridicule those less fortunate, but simply pointing to some interesting information. Good habits are a great thing, and they will help much more than your wallet.

Tom Corley, on his Continue reading

How You Can Protect Yourself Against Data Breaches

In the world of data breaches, the Equifax breach is pretty bad. Hackers were able to gain access to social security numbers, names, birthdates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license and credit card numbers. So what can you do to protect yourself?

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10 Toughest Jobs to Fill in 2017

When the number of people needed to fill open positions in the workforce is dramatically larger than the number of people able or willing to take them on, those jobs can be hard to fill.

Looking at the recently published list of toughest jobs to fill, compiled by CareerCast.com – a Carlsbad, CA career and jobs information company – it would seem that technology, an aging population and lack of qualified candidates are some of the top reasons these professions made the roster.

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20 Businesses You Could Start Tomorrow

Only those with money, special skills and a lot of luck can start a successful business, right?

The fact is there are myriad enterprises waiting to be hatched that don’t require gobs of capital and fancy degrees. We’re not talking about the next Google, Microsoft, or General Electric here, but tidy, profit-generating outfits all the same. Better yet, you get to bust down those cubicle walls and be your own boss.

To canvass for ideas, we teamed up with Continue reading

5 Scenarios for How Tax Reform Could Squeeze the Middle Class

Here’s what we know about the details of the tax reform plan: almost nothing.

Powerful lawmakers are promising at least a framework for the overhaul by the end of the month. The broad goals are lower rates for corporations and individuals, a simpler tax code with fewer brackets, and the elimination of the estate tax and the alternative-minimum tax.

Sound good? Beware.

If you save for retirement or itemize your tax deductions, you could end up Continue reading

Exploring Why 40% of Small Businesses Never Reopen After a Natural Disaster

First and foremost, our prayers go out to our southern friends and fellow Americans who have been fighting off hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The disastrous effects are far reaching. Lives have been lost and homes have been destroyed. For those of us who haven’t experienced it, we can’t even begin to imagine our daily routines being interrupted with such a harsh reality.

The effect on small businesses can be disastrous for these local communities as well. As a city, Houston has over 100,000 small businesses alone, and Continue reading

Create a LeanCanvas, the One Page Business Plan People Will Actually Read

I meet a lot of driven and intelligent entrepreneurs who have a dollar and a dream, but they give little consideration for how or why they should put their idea down on paper as a business plan. The truth is that many wouldn’t know where to begin, and that’s Continue reading