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August 26, 2019

Choosing an accountant for your design business

Here’s a comment I often hear from interior designers… “I spend more time paying bills, entering transactions in Quickbooks and filing sales tax reports than I do actually working on design projects.”  Time is our most valuable resource. The way you make use of your time can make or break your design business. When you’re…

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August 5, 2019

Knowing Your Numbers: The Importance of Accounting for Designers

You’ve heard the depressing statistic … nearly eight out of 10 small businesses fail within 18 months.  The silver lining? Your business doesn’t have to fail, and it won’t – as long as you avoid common pitfalls that plague new business owners. The most common mistake that I see my design clients make is one…

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July 10, 2019

Tax Savings Designers Use to Save Big

Regardless of how much money you make, paying taxes is always a drag. Avoiding your taxes, though? That’s pain on an entirely different level. When I work with clients, my main goal is to help them save money on their taxes and minimize end-of-year surprises. Going into tax season knowing what you owe and having…

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June 13, 2019

How Designers Can Handle Sales Tax Without Losing Their Minds

There are no two ways around it: sales tax is a huge PITA. It’s one of the biggest frustrations for interior designers and a challenge I discuss at least a few times a week. I’d love to decode it for you in this blog post, but because of the variables of location, items, tax jurisdiction…

April 10, 2018

Are you paying Uncle Sam more than you have to?

The insider secret saving interior designers thousands on their taxes …and how to make it work for you!   What if you could save thousands annually in tax payments by doing something incredibly simple? A small, relatively easy change, with a massive payout come tax time. You’d want to know about it, right? In fact,…

April 3, 2018

How to Survive Sales Tax

How to survive sales tax …without losing your mind, overcharging a client or messing up your payments to Uncle Sam There are no two ways around it: sales tax is a huge PITA. It’s one of the biggest frustrations for interior designers and a challenge I discuss at least a few times a week. I’d…

April 3, 2018

Slash Thousands off Your Tax Payments

Three tricks successful designers use to slash thousands off their tax payments …and how to start implementing them today! Regardless of how much money you make, paying taxes is always a drag. Avoiding your taxes, though? That’s pain on an entirely different level. When I work with clients, my main goal is to help them…

October 12, 2017

Budgeting Is More Than Just a P & L!

The Designer CPA strives to provide design clients financial freedom to create. We communicate with our clients to give them simple to understand financial information. Most CPAs present clients with a simple profit and loss and balance sheet statement with the tax return. We go into further detail with our clients so that they know…