The Entrepreneur’s Corner
Why hire an accountant or tax professional?
Taxes! Accounting! These words often don’t inspire excitement. In fact, they generally inspire angst and frustration. For a small business, they can have quite an impact. Many business owners generally try to handle these responsibilities on their own as a cost savings measure. Let’s examine this common misconception.
The reason these words inspire such angst is because they involve complex and confusing rules that are constantly changing. How can you stay on top of these rules and run a small business at the same time? Does it really matter? Yes! You could be missing out on valuable tax deductions for your business, such as the Sec. 179 depreciation deduction.
I’ve found that lots of small businesses will spend hours each month trying to get through the monthly accounting or worse yet, wait until year end. A good accountant will be able to give you an estimate of how much time they will spend each month so that you can spend that valuable time serving your clients and generating revenue for your business. Often you will find that you can make more money focusing on your core strengths and outsourcing the tasks that consume too much of your valuable time.
You can also gain valuable insight into your business on a monthly basis by having a profit and loss statement generated. Use your accountant’s expertise to help you understand the numbers and what picture they are painting of your success or how they can identify opportunities for improvement.
By focusing on your core business and outsourcing your accounting work, you will spend less time and money overall. When your tax professional is the same person who does your accounting, that person won’t have to spend as much time reviewing and correcting what’s been done because he or she already knows and understands your business. That time can be spent on helping you save money by applying the tax laws to your business monthly.
How do you select accounting and tax professionals? There are several factors you should consider as you go through the selection process. What qualifications do they have? Do they have other clients in your line of work? How long have they been accountants? Do they have any certifications? Are they members of any professional organizations that require continuing education in their fields of expertise? Are they keeping up with the technology (i.e. software, electronic document storage, etc.) in their fields? Do they complement your personality and goals?
Once you select a professional who meets your requirements, you can rest easy and focus on what you do best. No longer will angst and frustration be associated with taxes and accounting, because now you know how to relieve this stress from your business!
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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