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You’re making money, but you need to turn more of that revenue into profit. Or you need to get out of debt and build up a savings so your business can weather the hard times. You want to take more money home to your family.

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When I first met Hannah, I was feeling very overwhelmed with the financial piece of my business. I didn’t have a very clear picture of what my overall margins were as our financials were a bit disorganized. Hannah guided our bookkeeping team to properly classify and reorganize our financials which gave us so much clarity into our margins and operating expenses. On top of that, she is friendly, approachable, and truly cares about the success of her clients. I can’t recommend her enough!”

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For most business owners, January rolls around and thoughts turn away from the holidays and land flatly on tax deadlines and IRS requirements. One of the first deadlines we have in any new year is the final estimated tax deadline for the tax year. This article covers...

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