Helpful Advice For Busy Individuals

Why Every Business Needs a Bookkeeper Who Understands Taxes

Small Business, Taxes, and a Smart Bookkeeper bookkeeper understands taxes

Do you pay quarterly taxes? Do you dread the day every quarter when you drop that check in the mail, representing a healthy portion of the money you’ve worked so hard to make? According to the Small Business Administration, there are currently 27.9 million small businesses in the United States. That means you are far from being alone. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could hold onto more of your money? You might be able to, depending on how your bookkeeping is going. Working with a bookkeeper who understands your business and taxes can really pay off.  read more…

A Small Business Virtual Assistant—What Does That Mean?

What is a Small Business Virtual Assistant?

An experienced professional.

An experienced, professional problem solver.

An experienced, professional solution provider.

An experienced professional dedicated to making it easier for you to grow your business.

An experienced professional dedicated to providing support to a busy executive who is growing a business, pursuing a personal life, and achieving goals by being prudent with their finances.  read more…

Meet Lorie Nelson, President of Signature Virtual Assistance

Lorie Nelson, President

I enjoy getting to know people and what they enjoy. Getting to know who I’m working with also creates context and allows me to see the person as exactly that—a person!

So even though talking about myself is one of my least favorite things to do, I’ll go first in the hope that you’ll return the favor and tell me about yourself as well.

Where should I begin? Nothing like the present, so they say…  read more…

Five Reasons You Need a Virtual Assistant In Your Life

Do You Need a Virtual Assistant?

You own a small business and have a for a few years now. You’ve been content with your revenue, your client list, your workload, your daily routine. And you’ve been most content with the fact that you can do it all yourself.

You run the business; write the newsletter; pay the bills; run financial reports; manage the email, calendar, and phone; and even get thank you cards out to your clients.

But something has changed. You’re not content anymore. There’s an increasing itch inside you that makes you wonder what it would be like to take your business to the next level. You’ve pushed it off, but it just pops back up, itching more than previously.

You have finally reached the point where the only way to really scratch that itch is to do something to move to the next level.  read more…

7 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs

Success Starts with You

Success. As an entrepreneur, I constantly look for ways to continue to be successful. And I have learned that being successful as an entrepreneur doesn’t start with business-related success. Instead, it starts with my personal habits and attitudes.

Personal habits and attitudes spill over into every area of my life—and yours too. Here are some things read more…

What are Expense Categories and Why Should You be Using Them?


In the ongoing struggle to keep up with bookkeeping, many business owners mistakenly believe that as long as they have some type of log of income and expenses they are good to go. But it isn’t enough. The IRS expects a little more out of us than that. They expect your log of expenses to be categorized.

Categorize every expense? Say what? Adds another level of work to the never-ending list, doesn’t it?  read more…

Why Should You Choose QuickBooks?


What makes QuickBooks so great? Why should I choose QuickBooks over the other accounting software? These are just a couple of questions business owners ask when they are searching for the most fitting accounting software.

Undoubtedly, if you’ve been looking for answers to those questions, you’ve seen a lot of varying information about the pros and cons of every accounting software on the market. You’ll also notice the majority of professionals (the accountants and bookkeepers) still recommend the software.

Here are a few reasons why industry professionals who have been keeping books for decades think QuickBooks would be the best choice for your company.  read more…

Make Tax Season Easy

Tax Season

Tax season—two little words that manage to stir dread in business owners across the nation. Most of us small business owners know it is necessary to keep all documentation when spending money. Whether it is a software purchase, office supplies, or lunch at a networking event, receipts need to be kept and noted with the intent for the purchase. Receipts are audit protection, and one of the more serious aspects of owning a business.

But what good is a receipt if you can’t find it or have no idea what it’s for?  read more…

Is Work-Life Balance a Fallacy?

Work-Life Balance

I really don’t know who dreamed up the idea of work-life balance. It is nearly impossible to balance work or life

independently. But throwing the two together and creating a balance? I honestly believe the odds of winning the lottery are higher.

I used to buy into the whole work-life balance dream just like I bought into the multi-tasking dream. With multitasking, you can check many things off your list, but those things didn’t receive your full effort. Work-life balance is the same. Trying to balance work and life means you won’t enjoy your work or your life, and things will be left undone.

But that’s because I think we have defined work-life balance incorrectly.  read more…