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Categories / Accounting, Bookkeeping, Cash Flow On Nov 19, 2015

True story ahead. Years ago I was at a client’s office closing up the books for the month. I’ll call this client Fred to save him some embarrassment. Fred ran a successful business, with consistent positive cash flow. He had recently implemented some pricing changes that our firm had helped him figure out. The results …

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Categories / Bookkeeping On Oct 19, 2015

As an English major who wandered into accounting, I often tell people I help clients understand the stories behind their numbers. Who’s the hero? Who’s the villain? Where are we in the plot? And if the story of your business is headed toward tragedy, how can we play with the characters to achieve a happy …

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Categories / Bookkeeping On Sep 19, 2015

I’ve been reading a lot about CEO pay lately.  You’ve maybe read the same articles about the impending SEC requirement for disclosing the ratio between CEO pay and the median salary at those same companies.   At Walmart the ratio was   1,133:1 for 2014. Starbucks came in at 669:1.  UPS delivered a 533:1.  Obscene numbers.    And …

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Categories / Bookkeeping On Aug 19, 2015

When I was a boy I recall asking my Dad questions like “Which is better – Cubs or Sox? Or mountains versus oceans for a vacation? Or stick shift or automatic for a new car?”  And whenever my question basically boiled down to a choice between two equally compelling options, Dad would reply, “Well, that’s …

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Categories / Accounting, Bookkeeping On Jul 19, 2015

I was watching a few innings of a baseball game the other day.  I was taken back to a time when I tried to explain the game to one of my kids.  My daughter had played one season of soccer.  In that game, everybody’s job was to kick the ball in the goal.  Pretty simple, …

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