Minding Your Business from the Inside

 


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What does ‘minding your business from the inside’ mean? To some entrepreneurs it can mean keeping good financial records. To others it may mean keeping an orderly office. Both are correct answers and represent pieces of a larger picture.

Minding your business from the inside means running a clean, smooth operation. Being an entrepreneur may require guts, but the reality of running a business requires hard work, management skills, resources, discipline and learning to do it right in order to build a solid foundation for success.

The good news is a plethora of free and low cost resources are available to assist you. The IRS and your local state, county and city offices offer information about starting and running a business. Don’t be afraid to contact these offices for assistance. Many government offices offer free to low cost business classes and workshops. Call or visit your nearest community college for a schedule of business classes. Visit your local chamber of commerce for information and local business resources.

The importance and benefits of minding your business from the inside cannot be overstated. It improves productivity, operations and communications, allows for accurate financial planning, enables you to utilize and allocate resources appropriately, and gives you peace of mind in the event your company is audited.

Tips to Minding Your Business

  1. Acquire required business licenses.
  2. Learn everything about state sales tax obligations for your industry.
  3. Set up and maintain a good filing system.
  4. Keep accurate documentation.
  5. Adopt good business practices.
  6. Keep good financial records and use an accounting system that works for you.
  7. Know all of your tax obligations and fulfill them timely (state and federal).
  8. Set up a business bank account.
  9. Retain professional assistance and counsel when needed.

©2007 Written by Gabrielle Melisende. All rights reserved worldwide. Reprint rights: You may reprint this article as long as you leave all of the links active, do not edit the article in any way, give author credit and follow all of the EzineArticles terms of service for Publishers .

Gabrielle Melisende, founder and creative director of Destination Graphix , offers affordable graphic design, web design, editorial services, advertising, marketing and copy writing. She writes and designs Eye On Leander (dist. 14,000), a business publication for promoting economic development in the city of Leander, Texas. Her industry experience includes publishing, commercial printing, high-tech engineering, entertainment (music), performing arts, construction, and business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing and advertising design and copy for print and web. Visit http://www.destinationgraphix.com for more information and to read what customers are saying.

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