Business Finances & Taxes

Lending Club Tailored Checking Account for Business [2022 Review]

Lending Club isn’t doing peer-to-peer lending anymore, but they are still doing banking. They purchased Radius Bank and have rebranded all of their products. Today we will review their business checking account, the Lending Club Tailored Checking account for business owners. Lending Club Bank's Tailored Checking Account for small business earns just 0.1% interest plus 1% cash back on purchases made on the debit card. To qualify … [Read more...]

The Best Bill Negotiation Services for Business Owners

Don't want to go through the effort of changing cell phone companies to get a better deal? Still want to save a few bucks? You may want to consider using a bill negotiation service to reduce your business and personal expenses. They'll negotiate your bill for you, saving you hassle and money. Below, we compare a few of the most popular bill negotiation services available today. 1. BillFixers Most bill negotiation services use the same basic business model. … [Read more...]

My Medi-Share Review 2022 | 8 Years of Healthcare Sharing

I've been with Medi-Share for eight years. This is my review of the Christian healthcare sharing program, updated for 2022. I'm currently paying ~$350 per month to cover my family of five. Prior to joining this healthcare expense-sharing community, I was paying a staggering $1,100/month for a health insurance plan through Humana! This is a monthly savings of around $750 per month. That's more than $70,000 in savings over eight … [Read more...]

The Best Accounting Software for Small Business (2022)

  A few years ago, I took over as financial secretary for my local synagogue, and I had my first taste of using accounting software. It didn’t go well. Our synagogue was stuck with an outdated program that ran slowly on my laptop and caused me any number of headaches. Without a background in accounting, I found the user experience of the old program to be counterintuitive and difficult to learn. I made many mistakes during my … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to Payroll for Small Business Owners

  Has your business grown to the point that it's time to hire help? On one hand, that's great news. But, on the other hand, payroll for small business owners adds another layer of complexity to the act of running your business. Most small business owners don't have a background in HR, accounting, or bookkeeping. So how can you set up a payroll system that keeps you on the good side of the IRS without consuming too much of … [Read more...]

Expecting a Stimulus Check? Here’s What You Need To Know

Fast FAQs About Stimulus Checks (i.e. Economic Impact Payments): Up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child Based on 2019 or 2018 data, depending on when you file your 2019 return Deposit payments will begin to roll out on April 9th, with checks being issued April 24th Self-employed individuals should look beyond the stimulus payment at other CARES Act benefits [Read more...]

How to Get Unemployment Pay if You’re Self-Employed (Including Gig Workers and Freelancers)

Normally, there’s no unemployment for self-employed individuals. But with the unprecedented impact COVID-19 is having on the economy, the federal government has passed legislation to provide relief for small businesses and independent workers. With its passage, unemployment benefits are now expanded to cover the self-employed and gig workers like Uber drivers, freelancers, and Airbnb hosts. Under the CARES Act, unemployment … [Read more...]

SBA Loans: Everything You Need to Know

Notice: For COVID-19 related SBA loan information, see our coverage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Or for more coronavirus (COVID-19) SBA resources, skip to the bottom where we discuss the EIDL and SBA Debt Relief Programs. If you need funding for your small business, it's hard to beat SBA loans. They come with favorable terms and may be easier to qualify for than other business loans. But as with any … [Read more...]

Self Employed? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Disability Insurance

According to the Council for Disability Awareness (CDA), "over one in four of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before they retire" and the average length of disability is a frighteningly long 31.2 months. These statistics reflect the fact that illness, rather than injury, is the leading cause of long-term absence from work, accounting for 90% of all disability claims. And even the most safety-conscious among us aren't … [Read more...]

Do You Need Insurance For Your Internet Business?

Killer internet business idea: check. Business plan: check. Domain name: check. Customer base: check. Insurance: ch…wait, what? For many internet business owners, internet business insurance is not one of their first (or even fifth) concerns. While no traditional small business owner—with stock to lose, a storefront to maintain, and payroll to meet—would consider operating without insurance, many internet startups do just that. The question is, are … [Read more...]

Get the Most from Your 2022 Mileage Tax Deduction

Do you drive for your job or business? Then you might be eligible for a mileage deduction. Here is an easy-to-understand guide to the IRS standard mileage deduction. Happy filing! In 2022, you can deduct 58.5 cents per mile driven for business uses. If you drive a lot, either for your business or for an employer who doesn't reimburse your expenses, keeping careful track of your miles will give you the biggest tax deduction. 1. … [Read more...]

Small Business Bookkeeping is a Breeze with Bench

  I have been freelancing for close to a decade, which includes handling my own small business bookkeeping. Since I have no background in accounting, learning how to manage my books was not easy. And frankly, handling my own books is not my favorite part of my business. Not only does bookkeeping take time away from the income-generating work of pitching, researching, and writing articles, but I always have a nagging worry that … [Read more...]

Get Free Personal and Business Credit Scores at Nav.com

  Learning more about your business credit is not as simple as it is for your personal credit. It's a totally different system for business credit and there are fewer services available for checking it. Thankfully, Nav.com has come along to help small business owners (and individuals) better understand their credit. As you'll see, Nav has premium offerings to consider, but even their basic service allows you to check your … [Read more...]

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – What We Know & Where to Apply

If you're like me and you run a small business, you could qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This looks to be a promising opportunity for small business owners and the self-employed to recoup some of the damages inflicted by the economic and social effects of COVID-19 and the subsequent government response. The PPP will allow you to continue to pay yourself, your employees, and possibly your independent … [Read more...]

The Minimalist Home Office: 5 Tips to Organize Your Workspace and Get More Done!

If you’re like me and run a business or side hustle from a home office (or just work remotely sometimes), then you understand the need to have a clutter-free, minimalist home office environment. Growing up, my Mom always told me, “clear space, clear mind.” That little nugget has always stuck with me. I believe it. My friend Joshua Becker just authored a new book, The Minimalist Home: a room-by-room guide to a decluttered, focused … [Read more...]

A Fee-Free High-Interest Checking Account For Small Business Owners: Spark Business [Review]

Note: Capital One is "not accepting new Spark® Business Savings or Spark® Business Checking accounts right now." See our list of the best free checking accounts for more options. I have been banking with Capital One for many years now—ever since Capital One purchased ING Direct in February of 2012. Though I have always been very pleased with Capital One’s higher APYs for savings accounts (at least compared to traditional … [Read more...]

How I’m Using the QSEHRA [Managed by Take Command Health] to Deduct My Employees’ Healthcare Benefit

In this article, I'll share how I set up a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) to deduct the healthcare expense reimbursement benefit I offer my three full-time employees. In short, this is how I help my team with their health care needs (and get a tax deduction for it) without having to buy an expensive group health insurance policy. A QSEHRA is a plan that allows employers to reimburse employees for … [Read more...]

The Best Personal Loan Sites for Small Business Owners (in 2022)

  Small business owners are no strangers to financial headaches. From securing startup financing to covering temporary cash-flow problems, small business owners often have to work quickly to find a solution that will keep their business humming. Taking out a personal loan is one solution that is often overlooked. Bootstrapping your business is always best, but sometimes excess capital is needed. While a personal loan may … [Read more...]