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On Accounting, talk with your CPA. On Legal stuff, see your attorney. On federal tax issues, check the IRS.

TOOLS TO HELP YOU OPERATE YOUR BIZ

At Idea Cafe, we aren't the IRS, we aren't attorneys, accountants or God. So we don't guarantee these forms or tips will be right for you. But they may flag things to chew over with your CPA or attorney, and fine-tune for your own biz.

Many of these basic biz tools are now built into accounting programs, so you may want to look for them there, whether you do accounting on your computer, or if you've got the bandwidth to do it online.

AGREEMENTS
Promissory Note
Tips:
Understanding Promissory Notes

Purchase Orders
Tips
re Purchase Orders
1. Form: Purchase Order (with explanations)
2. Form: Purchase Order (blank)
3. Example: P.O. (for Goods)
4. Example: P.O. (for Services)

TRACKING ACTIVITIES & EXPENSES
Work Log
Tips
re work logs
Form: Daily work log

Time Sheets
Tips
re time sheets
Form: Weekly Time Sheet for Hourly Employees

Mileage Forms
Tips
re mileage forms
Forms (use #1 or 2; plus #3):
1. For commuting, personal & biz
2. For personal & biz
3. For Auto Maintenance & Repair

TAX TIPS AND IDEAS
Q & A with Idea Cafe Experts

Tax Write-Offs On the House:
Peter Soh, Idea Cafe's guest CPA, shares tax deduction tips for all! Reduce your tax load today.

Quick Tax Tips on 1099s! Two tax tips for U.S. and non-U.S. companies on when to issue 1099s to independent contractors.


TAXES & ACCOUNTING
Tax Tips & Forms
1099's for Independent Contractors (US due annually 1/31)

Estimated Tax Prepayments
(US due quarterly 4/15, 6/15, 9/15 and 1/15 -- don't forget!)

COST PROJECTIONS
Instant Calculator:
Startup Budget

BILLING
Invoices
Tips
re Billing for Expenses
Form: Invoice for Expenses

Tips re the Invoice Form
Form: Blank Invoice

COLLECTIONS
Ideas
on How to Collect
Sample: Debt Collection Letters

INVENTORY
Tips
re Inventory Form
Form: Physical Gain or Loss

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