Small business owner

Invoice templates: The quick and convenient solution

Using a template to write invoices saves you a fair bit of time. While you still have to enter all of the payment information for each order on your own, sample invoices provide a ready-made design that you just have to fill in using the relevant company and customer data. But how does the perfect invoice template really look? And what should an invoice template consist of? [...]  

Requirements for a proper invoice

Only proper invoices are approved by the IRS. If the invoice is incorrect or incomplete, you forfeit your right to tax deductions, among other consequences. To avoid this, make sure that you always meet the minimum invoice requirements. This quick guide explains what information and components are mandatory on your invoices, what can and can’t be omitted, and which special rules you should pay attention to when invoicing. [...]  

Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

How can I save on tax? This is an eternal question for the self-employed. In order to be well-versed in questions of tax, and improve your own financial situation, you need the necessary information: What taxes have you incurred? And what can be deducted from them? [...]  

Entertainment expenses

Business meals are a significant part of many businesses day-to-day activities. There are many companies out there that spend a lot of money in order to be able to have a nice setting and atmosphere to conduct meetings with clients. This can be to discuss both current and future projects. However, once the bill comes, there is also the important matter of the entertainment expense receipt. Anyone involved in business should make sure that they are well informed about documentation for meal and entertainment expenses, as this is something which the tax authorities are very picky about. Here we outline all that you need to know about entertainment expense receipts. [...]  

Quotation templates: using samples for more success

With a professional template, you can increase your chances of turning the interested party into a customer. In order to achieve this, the quote should correspond to the recipient’s needs as well as have a professional structure, layout, and content. Quotation templates for Word and Excel offer the perfect support. [...]  

Writing a quote | tips for creating a quote

The profitability of many companies and freelancers depends primarily on the order situation. If you attract a customer’s attention with your products or services, and they send you a request, you should try to create a quote as quickly as possible and send it back to them. We explain what you need to include when writing a quote and the correct way to structure it. [...]  

Writing an order confirmation | What’s important?

When an order is placed with you or your business, you ought to write up an order confirmation. This confirms to the person who has made the order that their purchase is being processed and also summarizes all the relevant information, e.g., price, product details, delivery date, etc. But what exactly is an order confirmation and what should you be aware of when preparing such a document? [...]  

Startup financing | Options for funding

If you want to create your startup independently, the question will come up sooner or later of how the company will be financed. Nowadays, there are so many options for startup funding: regional and nation-wide funding programs can help, as well as angel investors, startup centers, and other investors. Long-term subsidies that last two or more years are not a rarity in the startup industry. Learn more here about the possibilities of startup funding. [...]  

Numbering invoices: What you need to know

Numbering your invoices isn’t required under U.S. law, but it’s a helpful tool for managing your business and tracking your transaction history. Utilizing a good invoice numbering system makes it easier to locate invoices for future referencing, and can come in handy when accessing sale records for customer service purposes. Following a structured invoice numbering system can also be helpful when conducting business with customers in other countries with stricter invoice regulations in place. [...]