The Bee’s new Invoice Detail Report is the swiss army knife of reports! Here are just some of the things this report can do for you:
* Show how much business (revenue/sales) you have done with client “X” over the past 90 days.
* Show the detail of all unpaid invoices.
* Show all the invoices with service / item “Y” for the past 6 months.
* Show the invoice detail for a specific category of service / items.
* Export the detail to a spreadsheet for further analysis.
July 18th, 2011
The Bee was built to serve the invoicing and bookkeeping needs of service businesses and freelancers. However, its common for a service business to also sell some tangible items from time to time (ex. hardware, supplies). Here are some tips on how best to handle product sales in the Bee.
* Invoice your clients for products you sell by setting up “items” in the Bee.
* From Setup, add a new Books account, “Cost of Sales”.
* At the end of the month, make a Books General Journal entry to record what you paid for the items you sold.
* Print a Profit and Loss report to show your profitability and the effect of Cost of Sales.
July 8th, 2011
When looking for a bank to do business with, ask the banker these questions:
1. Do you have online banking?
2. Do you have a business, “free checking”, account option. Allows you to write checks and make deposits without incurring service charges.
3. Is there a minimum balance required for free checking?
4. How long after I make a deposit, do funds become available? Many banks take 3-7 days before they make funds available. Not good. Its your money!
July 6th, 2011
One of the first steps in starting your business should be to procure an EIN. Without an EIN, your will not be able to open a bank account in the name of the business. The Employer ID Number proves that your legal entity exists. Many people do not realize that an EIN may be acquired before you file documents to incorporate with your state.
If your business is organized as a sole proprietorship, your EIN will be your social security number. However, sole proprietorship is less than ideal. By forming a corporation (LLC), you shield your personal assets from liability. Remember that client that threatened to sue you because their website went down?
Back to the EIN. Getting your EIN is probably the easiest transactions you will ever do with the IRS. You may apply online with the IRS or simply call them up. The IRS will issue your EIN immediately.