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The Best Websites For Finding an Accountant for Your Business

Starting a business can be an incredibly overwhelming process. As well as doing the work that you love to do, you’ll have to account for a myriad of factors that…

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Starting a business can be an incredibly overwhelming process. As well as doing the work that you love to do, you’ll have to account for a myriad of factors that you might never have thought about before; things like taking care of all of your marketing needs, ensuring that you’re following all of the necessary legal protocols, and managing your finances can seem like intensely complex tasks.

Fortunately, there are ways to outsource all of this work. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the websites you can use to find an accountant for your business. Starting with…

Upwork

Upwork (formerly known as Odesk) is owned by the same people who own Elance. As someone who has worked for clients on the site numerous times over the years, I can vouch for its functionality and infrastructure.

Not only are you able to customize the application process for Accountants who want to apply for your job, but you can also ask for examples/certificates to prove that they have the necessary skills and qualifications, while the site’s in-built feedback system allows you to vet candidates according to how their past clients have rated them following the completion (or termination!) of their contracts.

Upwork is also the world’s largest freelancer marketplace, generating three million jobs annually worth a total of over $1 billion. The site has its own dedicated category for accountants and accountancy jobs; however, you will need to pay Upwork in order to advertise your positions there.

Reddit’s /r/forhire Subreddit

Another forum that I have personally used to find a lot of my work is the less formal /r/forhire message board on Reddit.

For those of you who don’t know, Reddit is essentially a massive discussion forum where users can create their own small areas to discuss specific topics. Because there are so many people visiting the site in general (more than 113 million people go there each month, as of April 2017), the dedicated board for posting and find work is actually an incredibly useful resource for both clients and contractors.

While you won’t be able to scour your prospective accountant’s feedback (because, there’s a good chance they won’t have any at all), there are some real benefits to this method: you can set your own terms, you won’t have to factor in a cut to Reddit when calculating costs, and you open your job up to the possibility of being easily shared (which Upwork, unfortunately, does not allow us to do right now, especially with friends who aren’t registered on the site).

PeoplePerHour

I can’t vouch for how easy PeoplePerHour makes the experience of hiring a good freelancer, but it is fast becoming one of the most popular sites for doing so.

Based in the UK, they have been running since 2007 and they do have physical offices in Britain as well. They offer access to thousands of freelance experts across hundreds of fields, and based in countries around the globe.

In 2012, they were named as one of Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups by Wired UK; since then, they’ve established a foothold as one of (if not the) biggest freelancing marketplaces in Europe. Well worth a look, but make sure to check out some of the site’s reviews on Google before you go ahead with investing your time and money into the site!

Hiring an accountant for your business – especially if they’re going to be freelance – can be intimidating at first. However, these sites will allow you to advertise according to your own level of comfort, while still being able to set your own terms for your jobs. Keep checking back for more great posts like this, especially if you’re just starting a small business.

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Keeping Track of Your Small Business Finances Using Online Tools

Starting a small business is, of course, an incredibly overwhelming experience. There are always factors that you haven’t accounted for, and trying to keep a good overview on everything that’s…

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Starting a small business is, of course, an incredibly overwhelming experience. There are always factors that you haven’t accounted for, and trying to keep a good overview on everything that’s going on can sometimes feel completely impossible.

Nevertheless, tracking your finances can be a much easier burden to manage than you may originally have thought. Using the tools we’ll be sharing with you today, you can start to keep a closer eye on your finances without needing to become the kind of number-crunching accountant you always thought you needed!

Wave

Since it first hit the market back in 2010, Wave has grown in popularity exponentially; in fact, over two million people have used it to handle their account, payroll, and invoicing requirements.

To make things even easier, the app has its own receipt scanner, meaning that you don’t need to use a bulky desktop alternative just to track the costs of the lunch you treated your latest client to!

One of the most useful features the app has is its ‘Find an Accountant’ option; should you run into any serious financial trouble or concern, you can find someone to help you sort things out without even needing to leave the app!

Wave is free, and we definitely recommend it for anyone who needs to track invoices and accounts, whether you’re a freelancer, business owner, or an accountant yourself.

Due.com

While Wave is an incredibly useful app, Due.com does have a significantly prettier design on its side. The invoices it allows you to generate wouldn’t look out of place next to those produced by an actual accountant, and the unique colour-coding system allows you to keep an eye on the progress of your affairs at a quick glance.

If you have less than five clients per month, Due is free. Otherwise, pricing options start at just $3 and this will open up some seriously useful features, including unlimited invoicing, recurring payments, and paypal integration.

You Need a Budget

We recently wrote about You Need a Budget (YNAB) in another article where we were discussing useful apps for tracking personal finances; but would you believe it, it’s also a great tool for small business owners to use to track finances.

Much like its behaviour with personal accounts, YNAB helps you to make informed decisions based on actual calculations. This means that you’re not spending money that you expect to have at a later time, only the funds that are already in your account.

You can use it to automatically pencil in payments, split transactions, and schedule upcoming bills.

And even better – if YNAB appeals to you and you find it works well for your needs – there’s no need to subscribe to a monthly or even annual plan. Instead, you’ll be given a free trial upon signup and, once it expires, you can by an unlimited license for $60.

So there you have it; a selection of our favourite tools to use when managing your small business’ finances. Keep checking back for more great articles like this in future, as we’re just getting started!

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Investing in Apps for Future Profits

Thanks to the app ecosystem growing in such a significant fashion, there’s now a booming market of mobile apps designed to help you make money. Whether you’re a seasoned FOREX…

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Thanks to the app ecosystem growing in such a significant fashion, there’s now a booming market of mobile apps designed to help you make money. Whether you’re a seasoned FOREX trader or a rookie, everyone can do with a little extra cash in their pocket at the end of the year.

That’s why, today, we’re going to show you how you can invest in apps and start making a small nest egg for yourself. By signing up with any of these services, you can get to work on your portfolio and start seeing some serious gains; you won’t be like Gordon Gecko (though that’s a good thing, right?) but you will have a little change to throw around.

Acorns

Investing in Apps can turn your phone into a profit center

Acorns is a pretty ingenious idea for an app. Basically, it’s an iOS and Android app (which you can download for free) that helps you turn your spare change into returns that are actually significant – over a long-term basis, of course.

So how does this work? Well, first, you download the app and sign up to their service. Link your account to whichever bank card you’d like to use, and then forget about it. Whenever you use that card to pay for items in the real world, Acorns will deduct it from the next highest dollar value (which is a fancy way to say that it rounds the price up to the next dollar).

The difference is then invested into your portfolio, and Acorns allows you to decide how risky you’d like your trades to be. The lowest risk will, of course, offer the steadiest returns, but at a rate some of you might find boring. The higher risk, on the other hand, may pleasantly surprise you one day – but don’t say we didn’t warn you if you end up broke!

Betterment

For those of you who’d like a more traditional type of experience, Betterment is somewhat like having your own personal stock trader, except its behaviour is completely controlled by a series of algorithms.

You’ll create your own account, and then pledge an investment of anywhere between 0.15 to 0.35 percent of your annual salary. By specifying the kind of returns you’d like to see (whether that be to build wealth or create a nest egg), Betterment will start to make the kind of investments that are suited to your goals and hopefully get you there.

Openfolio

Openfolio is a great idea for an app which isn’t directly related to making trades, but will definitely be of use to anyone concerned with keeping a comprehensive overview of their financial affairs.

Essentially, you can connect the app to every aspect of your financial life. In fact, Openfolio proudly boasts compatibility with over 100 banks, meaning that you can keep an eye of your cash flow and assets while also being presented with some very easy-on-the-eye analytics to help you understand how all of them are working together.

Likewise, it can provide advice on how you can make your cash work better for you without needing to actually do any work. This one is highly recommended by us!

For more great posts about trading, remember to keep checking back. It’s obviously a notoriously intricate thing to get involved with, but these apps can help you start to build a better future for yourself with a minimum of time invested.

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