Business Start up Consulting

At this time I am focusing on writers for small business consultations. If you are not a writer I recommend that you consult a local CPA experienced in small businesses accounting.

If you want to turn your writing into a business, I can talk to you about all aspects of starting your own business.

We’ll discuss

  • creating a business plan
  • taxes
  • record keeping
  • choice of entity (sole proprietorship, S corporation, LLC, etc.),
  • hiring help
  • sales tax
  • marketing
  • managing inventory
  • pricing
  • or whatever is on your mind

I specialize in helping  writers start their businesses. During your consultation I will also give a your copy of my Small Business Start Up Guide. It’s a very short, simple guide with information of record keeping and tax deductions that business owners may claim.

I can consult with you face to face or via telephone. I work from my home office in the northern suburb of Cincinnati called West Chester. You can save travel time and gas by arranging a telephone consultation. In order to protect my privacy a little bit, I ask that you contact me via email me first, then I’ll respond and share my telephone number.

Set Up Record keeping on paper or the computer

I can help you set up your record keeping on paper or using a spreadsheet program like Excel or software like Quicken or QuickBooks. Some clients operate quite well on a paper system, some need to step up to using a computer. I can help you keep your record keeping simple, but accurate.

I believe you need a good accounting system in order to succeed in business. If a business can’t see when and where it’s making money, that business is in serious trouble.

Frequently a writer might install and set up his or her own accounting software without seeking the advice of an accounting professional. As a result, the software is not properly set up and accounting transactions are not properly entered. This ends up being a mess at tax time. The writer winds up spending more time and money to get the system straightened out than he or she would have spent to have someone help in the first place.

After your system is set up and you are entering your day to day transactions, it is important that what you have regular reviews to ensure that you are correctly entering transactions and getting the most from your accounting system.

I can work with you to make your accounting system a powerful tool for better managing your business and its finances. I can even do this remotely if you do not live near Cincinnati, Ohio. Don’t underestimate the importance of bookkeeping for your company. Consider the following facts:

Accounting records Updated Survival Rate

At least monthly                                     79.7%

Quarterly                                                   71.5%

Half-yearly                                               49.9%

Yearly                                                           36%

Source: The Small Business Book; Robert Hamilton and John English