Start-Up Ed

The Start-Up Ed category of the Mirex Marketing blog has education on how to start a business.

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What You Need to Know About Starting Your Own Business After a Career Setback

What You Need to Know About Starting Your Own Business After a Career Setback It’s not easy to find the silver lining in a career setback. Whether you’ve been fired, laid off, or passed over for a promotion, the sting is severe and it may seem like you’ve hit a dead end. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Going backwards on one path gives you reason to change course. Starting your own business may be the way to begin [...]

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Accounting Month Conclusion and More Resources to Learn Small Business Accounting, Bookkeeping and Tax Savings

Since 9/15, this blog (which primarily focuses on marketing but has a lot of other info related to business) has had near-daily posts on small business accounting, bookkeeping and tax savings for Accounting Month. These posts are intended to help business owners, business managers, small businesses and start-ups improve their accounting procedures and maximize their tax reductions. Non-marketing business advice is sometimes included on this blog because we care about seeing your business succeed and we want to provide [...]

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Sources of Finanical Information on Small Businesses

A previous post on this blog for Accounting Month described the relationship between the business financials and the business plan. For business owners, business managers and future business owners who are starting a business, or for anyone who needs to make financial projections, it helps to do research when you actually know where to look for the information. If you don’t know where to look for the information, then it is super difficult to complete a business plan or [...]

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How to Avoid an IRS Tax Audit

The following is advice that I’ve received from accounting professionals on how to avoid an IRS tax audit. Keep in mind that I (the author of this article) am not an accountant myself or any type of IRS official. It’s still good advice, but for better advice, consult the right professionals. There is a rumor based on statistics that the IRS selects the people/businesses that they audit from those who file their taxes on time. Its a random, lottery-type selection [...]

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How to Deduct Vehicle Expenses for Small Business Owners

Vehicle expenses are one of the largest expenses for businesses who own vehicles and one of the biggest deductions you can claim on your taxes as a small business owner. This article will give you all the actionable information you need, summarized from the book, Tax Savvy for Small Business by Frederick and Quinn. Follow these steps to deduct vehicle expenses from your small business taxes. Step 1: Keep a mileage log to record vehicle use. You’ll need this data [...]

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29 Tax Deductions for Businesses (the most common)

“There is nothing sinister in arranging one’s affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible . . . for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.” – Judge Learned Hand. The tax deductions that come with owning a business are one of the biggest motivations for owning a business. Taxes are calculated based on the business’ income after expenses (recall the income statement). It’s also a progressive tax, meaning the more you make, the [...]

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How to Do Bookkeeping for Small Business

A previous post on this blog suggested that business owners do the bookkeeping themselves instead of hiring a bookkeeper. Or if you decide to hire a bookkeeper, the post suggested to make their service supplemental to your own instead of replacing you as the bookkeeper. While a good piece of business advice is to work on your business and not in your business, bookkeeping is one of the few activities where business owners can save time and money by [...]

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How to Find a Good Accountant for Small Business

Every business owner needs a super team. There are multiple professionals on this team which may include lawyers, accountants, consultants, marketing experts and others. When aggregating this team, it is important to find the right professional for your business to avoid as many mistakes as possible and maximize the effectiveness of your business. Since this is Accounting Month on the Mirex Marketing blog, it is only appropriate to have a post that explains how to find a good accountant [...]

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CPA vs Enrolled Agent: What is the difference?

Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Enrolled Agents are both qualified to perform accounting tasks for your business. When business owners are shopping or looking around for a good accountant for their business, they may come across both of these professionals. Since the next post will explain how to find a good accountant, it may be helpful to understand what the difference is between a CPA and an Enrolled Agent (EA): Certified Public Accountants (CPA): Certified Public Accountants generally have a 4-year [...]

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