Why Would we Outsource our Accounting and Finance?

Why outsource your accounting and finance, I mean you know the most about what is happening in the business? It used to be there were two choices for your early stage or young company; you could hire a bookkeeper, or you could pay a CPA by the hour to do your taxes.  If you hired …

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Should I be receiving a K-1 for my taxes?

If you are an investor in a company or an executive in your organization, you may wonder whether you should be receiving a K-1 for your personal tax reporting. Or maybe your accountant is asking you whether you have any K-1s, and if you’re like so many others, you have no idea. Let’s start by …

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Introducing TruSpan Financial: Strategic Support at Every Stage

TruSpan Financial provides financial and accounting services to select early-stage and scaling companies, while giving peace-of-mind to the management teams and investors who support them. Our deep background in technology and high-growth companies, and our seasoned bench of professionals can offer as much or as little support as your company needs. Our focus on the …

Manage your Team by the Stars

I’ve been working on a breakout session for a seminar that I’ve agreed to do for a friend on communication in the workplace and I struggled with what sort of “personality management tool da jour” would be right for the project; Myers Briggs, Type A, B, C, etc.  I finally settled on using a tool …

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You have a Business Idea – What to do Next?

Congratulations, the hardest part of starting a business is coming up with a good idea. Now there are a million things to do to build a business but first things first you need to just start it.  My mom always said you eat the elephant one bite at a time and that is so true …

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You’ve Sold Something – Now how do you Collect?

It is an awesome moment when you finally sell something and you have a new customer, but the real dance a jig moment is when you see cash in the door. It seems like a logical chain of events but it’s not always that simple. I’ve heard sad stories and even experienced my own tragic …

Audits are the Worst… Or are they?

I’ll admit many financial audits are actually the worst, especially when the purpose is to identify underpayments to some insurance or taxing authority, but then there are some audits that are only marginally the worst. I’m talking about financial audits, those performed on your financial statements. If you have a loan or a sophisticated investor …

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The Importance of Forecasting

When a small business owner asks me for advice the very first thing I say is “do you have a forecast and financial statements?”  They usually look at me like I’m nuts, I guess they think forecasts and financials are only for the sexy people or the blue chips, or someone else, not them. Well …

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Leverage Your Strengths

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to NOT DO EVERYTHING.  You need to remember that you are only one human, one warm body, and that you have physical limitations, though you may not think these physical limits apply to you.  So when entrepreneurs ask me “how can I grow and scale my business”, I …

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What is a Stock Warrant?

If you have a corporation that issues stock then you might also be asked on occasion if there are any warrants outstanding or if you’d be willing to issue them in exchange for something.  If you don’t issue stock, for example you’re a partnership or an LLC then a warrant wouldn’t be something you would …

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Creating a Business Plan
Understanding Loans for your Business
What are Financial Statements
Choosing a Legal Entity for your Business