Category Archives: Small Business

When the going gets tough … the tough get scanning!

I’m really into technology and making it easier for clients to deal with me. One of the ways I do this is by going paperless. Now what I have noticed is that going paperless has meant I seem to have way more paper then I ever did before!

Way more paper? Well, that’s mainly to do with shredding everything I receive after I’ve scanned documents into my computer system. Over the years, for my own I paper I scan and shred right away, but for clients I give them back the documents that I needed to complete their work.

fujitsu-scansnapI’ve tried many scanners and the best one I have ever had is the Fujitsu ScanSnap. I have now been using them for over ten years and never had a problem. They are built for document scanning and I have noticed that now Shoppers Drug Mart uses them for prescriptions. One is always on my desk to scan anything I receive.

Now, you may be asking “but how does that help me when I don’t own a scanner?” Over the years I have upgraded to new models that are faster, have new features and so on, but the old one always ends up in my trunk so if I’m at a client I can scan anything I need right away and I don’t have to take anything away. Below you can see the scanner in my trunk and also set up at a clients so I can get the information I need.

On the go with my Fujitsu ScanSnap in the back of the car ...

On the go with my Fujitsu ScanSnap in the back of the car …

Arriving at a client's location with my Fujitsu ScanSnap ...

Arriving at a client’s location with my Fujitsu ScanSnap …

I'm putting my Fujitsu ScanSnap to good use in a client's office.

I’m putting my Fujitsu ScanSnap to good use in a client’s office.

7 year-end tax tips for small business

thebalance-logoThis article from The Balance caught our eye because it offers some simple, straightforward advice for small business owners about wrapping up the current year and preparing for the new year. What’s nice is that the advice is applicable to different types of businesses, and it is not specific to a given region or country necessarily. Of course, for advice more specific to your area of business, your part of the world and your requirements, that’s where a good accountant is your best resource.

The Balance advises that your year-end checklist should include:

  1. Review your reports.
  2. Defer income.
  3. Make purchases.
  4. Run an inventory check.
  5. Start or contribute to a retirement plan.
  6. Contribute to charity.
  7. Start preparing for next year now.

Click here to read the complete article.

What else would you include as a good year-end practice? Add your suggestions to the comments on this post. Thanks!