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9 Smart Bookkeeping Tips for Small Businesses | AllBusiness.com

Are you a numbers person? Some small business owners love going over their books—after all, it’s their personal scorecard of how well the business is doing. Others dread dealing with numbers or get so caught up in day-to-day operations that they neglect their bookkeeping.

Whether you love it or hate it, good bookkeeping is essential to small business success. Here are nine bookkeeping tips for small businesses that will help put your business in the black.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Manage Their Personal Finances | Allbusiness.com

Compared to other workers, entrepreneurs tend to enjoy an advantage in financial literacy. The know-how required to invest, organize, and save funds for a business often applies well to personal finance management, so these individuals run a “tighter ship” at home.

But this isn’t always the case. Business owners can lose their way financially by going to one of two extremes: Tying their personal finances too closely to their business resources, or running their personal finances quite differently from how they manage company money.

An unbalanced approach in either direction can lead to financial difficulties in the form of squeezed budgets and damaged credit. On the other hand, entrepreneurs who can strike a middle ground between these extremes enjoy greater financial security and success in their business and personal lives.

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The SBA Offers Sweeteners to Encourage More Small Loans | Businessweek

The changes mean small business owners borrowing $150,000 will no longer have to come up with $2,550 in upfront fees at the time the loan closes.

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A Smart Way to Take Credit Card Payments | AllBusiness.com

Interchange fees. If you’re a small merchant, you know how irritating they are, because you have to hand the bank a piece of the transaction each time a customer pays with a credit card. The fees average around $2 on a $100 transaction, and they really pile up. Interchange fees are the second-highest expense for most small merchants, after labor costs.

But like a lot of other annoyances in life — mortality, taxes, etc. — exorbitant interchange fees (and the hidden charges that often go with them) are unavoidable. At least, they have been until now. Recently, a disruptive little device that plugs in to a smartphone or tablet has made it easy for merchants to swipe customer credit cards without paying through the nose for the privilege.

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