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Employee Expense & Purchasing Policies

Employee Expense & Purchasing Policies

As your company grows, you will need to hire employees. You’ll need to set up some processes and controls to guide them as they go about incurring expenses related to doing their jobs. In this article, we explore things to consider when developing your internal employee expense and purchasing policies.

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Financing Options

Financing Options

SAFEs, convertibles, revenue financing, oh my. The options for funding your growing business are constantly evolving. We are going to break some of the most common into categories, and provide a little guidance on the various components of each.

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Business Tax Types

Business Tax Types

Tax season is your favorite time of the year, right? Either way, it’s a good idea to get familiar with some of the most common types of taxes businesses pay.

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Business Formation Basics

Business Formation Basics

What is your favorite part about the idea of starting your own business? Is it the mountain of legal paperwork necessary to get it set up correctly? I thought not. This article will arm you with the information you need to be successful.

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Beginner Budgeting

Beginner Budgeting

When you sit down to think about your plans for world domination, the possibilities seem endless. We explore some budgeting basics that will imbue with the confidence you need to take on the challenge.

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Bookkeeping Best Practices

Bookkeeping Best Practices

As much as we try to step around it, some accounting principles are still helpful to know before doing your own bookkeeping. We explore some of those principles and practices so that you can feel confident when posting a transaction of any kind to your books.

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Setting up a chart of accounts

Setting up a chart of accounts

The Chart of Accounts is the list of all the accounts you use to book financial transactions that occur in your business. For double-entry accounting, the type that uses debits and credits that offset each other, each transaction will hit two Chart of Accounts accounts. Here are some best practices for setting one up.

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Bookkeeper, CPA, CFO - Which Do I Need?

Bookkeeper, CPA, CFO - Which Do I Need?

There are many different titles in the accounting and finance department so is it any wonder why people are confused about which role they need when it comes time to hire someone to help them? We will examine three common roles needed at various times in a business’s life.

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How to clean messy books

How to clean messy books

We’ve all been there. You’re staring at your balance sheet and income statement and nothing makes sense. You know it’s wrong, but you have no idea how or why or what to do about it. You need a game plan, and we’re going to lay one out for you.

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How to handle a fraudster

How to handle a fraudster

The first time I found suspected fraud, my heart was beating so fast I thought it might explode, and my mind was racing with all of the possibilities. This is a step by step guide, in order, of what I recommend people do when they suspect they have found a fraudster.

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Common Clerical Errors

Common Clerical Errors

When entering transactions into your accounting system, it is almost guaranteed that you will make an error at some point. It is important to find them quickly, as they can add up to large swings in your financial statements.

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Selecting accounting software

Selecting accounting software

Choosing the right accounting software is one of the most important choices your department will make. All of the cool features and marketing promises made by salespeople are useless unless you get buy in from your team and use the tools correctly.

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How To Spot Fraud

How To Spot Fraud

Fraud creates anomalous patterns in your accounting data. To find it, we have to dive deep into that data and analyze it to find those patterns. Today we are going to cover a few patterns to look for and how they are linked to potentially fraudulent behavior.

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Fraud Prevention & Detection

Fraud Prevention & Detection

This week we will be examining the control environment. It is perhaps the most effective weapon in the accounting department’s arsenal, and a pillar of any fraud mitigation strategy.

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Occupational Fraud

Occupational Fraud

It is estimated that over $3.5 TRILLION is lost to fraud every year. That’s more than the combined GDP of the smallest 135 countries in the world. That’s the GDP of Germany.In any given year, the average business loses about 5% of their revenue to fraud. The lack of proper fraud prevention measures (controls) make them easier targets for fraudsters.

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Why Scrutinize?

Why Scrutinize?

There was always something attractive to me about accounting and finance because I thought numbers didn’t lie. Except they do. And they keep secrets too. Scrutinize identifies potential fraud, human errors and integration issues hiding in your accounting system.

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