Goodwill in a bad economy

In today’s volatile economy, many businesses and nonprofits have been required to write down the value of acquired goodwill on their balance sheets. Others are expected to follow suit — or report additional write-offs — in 2022. To the extent that goodwill is written off, it can’t be recovered in the future, even if the […]

AI For Small To Midsize Businesses Isn’t Going Away

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made great inroads into certain sectors of the U.S. economy. However, it hasn’t reached many small to midsize businesses (SMBs) in a major way … yet. In 2021, AI analysis firm Unsupervised published a survey of 520 SMB owners that found 48% of them still found AI too cost prohibitive. Forty […]

Deciding Between Cash And Accrual Accounting Methods

Small businesses may start off using the cash-basis method of accounting. But many eventually convert to accrual-basis reporting to conform with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Which method is right for you? Cash method Under the cash method, companies recognize revenue as customers pay invoices and expenses when they pay bills. As a result, […]

Audit Disclosures: Why The Fine Print Is Important

Footnotes appear at the end of a company’s audited financial statements. These disclosures provide insight into account balances, accounting practices and potential risk factors — knowledge that’s vital to making well-informed lending and investing decisions. Here are examples of key risk factors that you might unearth by reading between the lines in a company’s footnotes. […]

The Ins and Outs of IRAs

Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs have been around for decades and the rules surrounding them have changed many times. What hasn’t changed is that they can help you save for retirement on a tax-favored basis. Here’s an overview. Traditional IRAs You can make an annual deductible contribution to a traditional IRA if: You (and your […]

The ABCs Of Activity-Based Costing

Revenue and expenses, as reported on your company’s income statement, have limited usefulness to people inside the organization. Managers often need information presented in a different format in order to make operational and strategic decisions. That’s where activity-based costing comes into play. This costing system is commonly used in the manufacturing and construction sectors to […]

Nonprofit Observer Spring Newsletter

Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in the Spring issue… 4 tips for rebuilding your operating reserves The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home many lessons for nonprofits, perhaps none so much as the importance of operating reserves. This article provides some steps nonprofits with dramatically depleted — or nonexistent — reserves can take […]

Should You Invest In Custom Software?

Contractors are regularly urged to buy the latest and greatest high-tech solutions, but no software tool is perfect. Off-the-shelf products don’t always provide the specific functionality needed or “play well” with other systems, forcing employees to engage in redundant and potentially error-ridden practices. All this hassle might lead some contractors to consider engaging an outside […]

Strategize To Manage Materials And Labor Costs

The COVID-19 pandemic’s ongoing impact on supply chains and labor have made managing project costs increasingly difficult for construction companies. Over the past two years, we’ve seen materials costs skyrocket and the availability of supplies and skilled labor plummet. In today’s climate, getting supplies and people to jobsites when they’re needed calls for more planning. […]

A GOOD IDEA: BUY-SELL AGREEMENTS

Life comes at you fast. Marriages end, illnesses and injuries occur, people decide to change careers or retire — sometimes without much advance notice! Any of these events could pose a major problem to any construction company with multiple owners. That’s why having a buy-sell agreement is a good idea. Keeping it fresh A buy-sell […]