This guest post is written by Dave Anderson, Inbound Marketing Specialist at Xero.

When You need to hire an accountant for your small business

Running a business often requires making some tough decisions. And the decisions only get tougher when they impact your bottom line.

Fortunately an accountant will help during these times. Many people believe they are limited to doing the books and preparing tax returns, but an accountant can help you with so much more.

They can advise you on the best course of action of your business, based on their expertise and a deep understanding of your finances. Here are some common situations small businesses face where it makes sense to hire an accountant:  Continue Reading…

Receipts-1

When I was a child, my mom collected shoeboxes. Big boxes, tall boxes, small boxes, etc. Their varying sizes made them a great storage option.

My parents own a slew of vending machines in and around my hometown and keeping track of their expenses during the year was never a huge priority. As a result, my mom finds the best-priced soda at one store then travels to the next, even if it’s only because she has a coupon for potato chips. She had receipts from Sam’s Club (a retail warehouse), gas stations, grocery stores, and more. It’s a lot of driving and even more receipts.

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This guest post is Part 1 in a 3-part series discussing taxes written by Christopher Remus, author of Tax Pain Relief.

The Primary Cause of Tax Season Pain 

According to the the American Psychological Association’s 2014 Stress in America survey, “Paying with Our Health”, money is the most significant source of stress in our lives. So much that money has “consistently topped Americans’ list of stressors since the first Stress in America survey in 2007.”

The hard-and-fast tax season deadlines associated with tax filing dates make it nearly impossible to avoid coming face-to-face with this major source of stress in our lives.

The same study states that “nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of adults report feeling stressed about money at least some of the time and nearly one-quarter say that they experience extreme stress about money.”  Continue Reading…

New SmartScan Camera Flow

David Barrett —  February 11, 2015 — 1 Comment

Hey there, I hope you had a great holiday season and that 2015 is off to a great start.  I won’t bore you with the details, but needless to say 2014 was a big year for us — most notably by adding 4000 new customers, including the BBB, ZenDesk, and most recently Yahoo!  At this scale of growth, just keeping the lights on is a lot of work.  But in addition to the mundane details of scaling a mission-critical, global-scale financial application processing $billions of expenses, I’m very happy to share details on our latest creation: our new mobile camera!  Continue Reading…

WHEN: February 12th, 8pm– 12am PST

WHAT: Full site downtime, all services down. Mobile apps will continue to work as if they are offline.

As part of our commitment to upholding the highest security standards, we rotate encryption keys for our server infrastructure annually. Our next window for updating these keys will be from 8pm – 12am PST, during which users will be unable to access the main Expensify website, including through partner portals such as Salesforce.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

While some celebrate February with chocolate and roses, it can be a headache if you’re an accountant trying to meet the February 17th deadline for payroll taxes. For those of you who are in an unhappy relationship or looking for a new payroll system, we picked out a few that we think would be a great match.

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Do You Speak Tech?

Korina Pazitka —  February 3, 2015 — Leave a comment
Don't get lost in a new environment, get acclimated!

Don’t get lost in a new environment, get acclimated!

Have you ever been to a foreign country and didn’t speak the language? Adventurous but also challenging, right? Sure, these days you can rely on using English almost anywhere you go, but there’s still a lot that gets lost in translation or is just plain impossible to translate. Local dishes, alcoholic beverages, and swear words, are just the tip of the iceberg. The fact is, speaking the local language, or at least trying to, shows interest and respect for the local culture and earns you respect in return. It also make life much easier whether you are trying to order coffee or give directions to the airport.  Continue Reading…