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How Outsourced Bookkeeping Can Help Grow Your Business

November 21, 2019 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Bookkeeping Services, Business Advice, Supporting Strategies

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As your business grows, so do the systems necessary to support it. Whether you have DIY bookkeeping or an outsourced bookkeeping services provider, your business may get big enough that you consider setting up an in-house bookkeeping department.

Some businesses may consider it a natural progression to move from outsourced bookkeeping to having an in-house department. However, continuing with outsourced bookkeeping services has many advantages over the alternative.

An outsourced bookkeeping services provider can be a great partner to your business — offering not only the skills you need at the levels you need, up to and including CFO, but also contributing valuable financial insights. And it all comes without the added expense and responsibility of hiring and managing new employees.

The Bookkeeping Expertise You Need Right Now
An experienced bookkeeping services provider doesn't have a steep learning curve. As pros who are familiar with a variety of businesses, they can quickly determine how much support you need in specific areas — whether it's a basic level, such as recording daily transactions and month-end close, or more detailed assistance, such as budgeting, planning and analysis.

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Case Study: Providing Comprehensive Bookkeeping Services to a Busy Surgeon

December 6, 2018 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Boston, Bookkeeping Services, Case Study Blogs, Healthcare

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Like many medical professionals who operate their own practices, Beverly M. Shafer MD, FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons), is under tremendous pressure to manage her time as efficiently as possible. "It drives me crazy when there are gaps in the schedule," says Shafer, a renowned plastic surgeon who has practiced on the North Shore of Massachusetts for over 30 years.

Shafer's combination of compassion and surgical artistry has created a high demand for her services. Meanwhile, her practice's back-office functions have become more time-consuming over the years, due to the growing complexity of insurance-reimbursement bureaucracy and a migration from paper-based to digital bookkeeping. Staff turnover compounded the problem; an outside CPA firm wound up doing many basic bookkeeping tasks. That wasn't cost-effective.

Specialized Bookkeeping Services for Healthcare Practices
A business contact encouraged Shafer to reach out to Supporting Strategies Founder and CEO Leslie Jorgensen. "I loved her immediately," Shafer says. A leading provider of outsourced bookkeeping services and operational support, Supporting Strategies began reconciling all of the practice's accounts on a monthly basis, "which is super-complicated, honestly," Shafer says. "They interface with my CPA to provide them the necessary information to do what they need to do, and they also interface with my paychecks company to get my staff paid and make sure that their taxes are correct."

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Our Northeast Florida Office Named a 'Top Accounting Firm'

June 15, 2018 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Bookkeeping Services

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Supporting Strategies is proud to announce that our Northeast Florida office has been named a Top Accounting Firm in an annual ranking by the Jacksonville Business Journal

"We've been in business for three years, and this is the first year we've made the list," says Supporting Strategies | Northeast Florida Managing Director Pete Denholm. "I'm excited to be on the list with national firms and with regional firms that have been around for decades, and I look forward to continuing to grow and climbing up the list in the years ahead."

"This is a testimony both to the hard work that Pete and his team have put in, and to the basic soundness of our business model," says Supporting Strategies Founder and CEO Leslie Jorgensen. "It's gratifying when outside organizations recognize our franchisees' success."

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Giglia Named One of Long Island's Power Women in Business

May 10, 2018 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in News, North Shore Long Island

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Congratulations to Cheri Giglia, Managing Director of Supporting Strategies | North Shore Long Island, who was an honoree at the Long Island Power Women in Business Awards & Networking Event on May 9.

The event recognized some of Long Island's most successful business, community, cultural, political, civic and religious female leaders. The evening included a business expo and trade show with networking, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony. Proceeds from a raffle benefitted rock CAN roll, a nonprofit hunger relief organization and think tank.

"It was a thrill to be part of this event and inspiring to share the spotlight with so many amazing women," Giglia says. "I'm very grateful for the award."

Prior to becoming a Supporting Strategies franchisee in 2015, Giglia held a series of financial executive positions in large corporations and technology startups. She has enjoyed applying her expertise at Supporting Strategies to serve growing businesses across the North Shore.

We join the Long Island community in recognizing Giglia's excellence and consider ourselves fortunate to have her as part of the Supporting Strategies family.

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Read Our Tips for Better Bookkeeping on the Bill.com Blog

May 9, 2018 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Bookkeeping Services, Bookkeeping 101, Tips for Startups

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One of our favorite business payment solutions, Bill.com, recently asked me to share my top tips for better bookkeeping. I shared five quick tips that will help entrepreneurs start a business or take their business to the next level.

Proper bookkeeping is essential to the success of any business. Accurate, up-to-date books not only ensure compliance with tax laws, but can also offer insights into how your business is performing and highlight potential opportunities for growth. Whether you are just starting a business or are preparing for significant growth in your business, establishing proper bookkeeping procedures and leveraging cloud technology will help you build a stronger business. Learn how to use forecasting to stay on track and find out which financial reports you can’t do without in my
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Case Study: Finding the Right Outsourced Bookkeeping Solution for a Law Firm

October 5, 2017 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Boston, Bookkeeping Services, Case Study Blogs

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A law firm set up their bookkeeping processes right by hiring professional bookkeeping resources. However, they found that bookkeeping services are not all the same — and they needed to rethink their approach to find a successful solution.

Losing Billable Time
Founded outside Boston in 2002, Company Counsel is a boutique law firm that provides virtual general counsel services to emerging companies, venture funds and angel investor groups.

As their business grew, Company Counsel tried the

 same outsourced approach with their bookkeeping and operational support, working with individual bookkeepers and then a small bookkeeping company. However, the firm's partners were soon spending too much time handling operational matters and answering questions from the bookkeepers — time that could be better spent on client work.

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Hartford's Maher Connects with Central Conn. Businesses

August 31, 2017 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Bookkeeping Services, Hartford Connnecticut

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Since becoming Managing Director of Supporting Strategies | Hartford in May 2016, Tanya Maher has helped the company establish a positive presence in Central Connecticut. Recently, she was featured as a West Hartford Chamber of Commerce (CoC) Spotlight on Success recipient and was interviewed by the Innovation Hartford website.

The Value of Networking
"I was really inspired to see this large group of people who were dedicated to building their businesses," Tanya says in the Spotlight on Success video, explaining the value of joining the West Hartford CoC. It's a prime example of how Supporting Strategies franchisees can quickly establish themselves by networking with other small-business owners.

"We really do view ourselves as their partner," she adds, emphasizing the collaborative nature of the relationship between Supporting Strategies and its clients.

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Bootcamp Series: Putting Small Businesses on Track for Growth

June 15, 2017 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Northern Virginia, Santa Monica, Chicago Far West Suburbs, Los Angeles, Ventura County, Business Advice

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CEOs and CXOs of growing businesses from coast to coast attended our Business Fundamentals Bootcamp Series this spring.

Participants enjoyed panels and breakout sessions on a wide range of topics: Finance and Administration, Strategy and Marketing, Legal and Risk Management, and Management and HR, all of which featured dynamic, insightful, inspiring speakers. In between sessions and over coffee, lunch and even cocktails, participants continued the conversations while expanding their networks and learning new skills.

On March 17, DC-area movers and shakers met at the Tower Club in Tysons, Virginia to explore Strategies for Success with presenters from organizations such as Searle Business Solutions, One Degree Capital, Arlington Law Group and Burdette Smith & Bish. Among the topics on the table: the quest for profitability, enhancing business value, and building high-performance teams.
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Business Connection Interviews Dawn Hershik, Supporting Strategies | Chicago Far West Suburbs

May 11, 2017 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in Chicago Far West Suburbs, Bookkeeping Services

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Naperville Community Television interviews Supporting Strategies | Chicago Far West Suburbs Managing Director Dawn Hershik. Hershik discusses Supporting Strategies’ bookkeeping services and operational support services for small- to mid-size businesses. She shares information about Supporting Strategies’ “team of two” approach, its scalable model, and its use of the latest technology to increase efficiency for clients.

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Supporting Strategies Expands to Henderson, Nev.

November 16, 2016 / by Leslie Jorgensen posted in News, Bookkeeping Services, Henderson, NV

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Twitchell Becomes Managing Director of New Franchise

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