We reviewed almost 200 different accounting websites for this article and found most of these sites had similar content. I cannot tell you how many times I saw an article on the IRS raising the mileage deduction. The blogs included stand out from the pack because they are well written, informative, and cover useful topics.
Both QuickBooks and Xero (our highest rated QuickBooks alternative) want your business and have provided us with limited time special offers):
QuickBooks Offer – Get 50% Off QuickBooks Online – Offer Valid Monday through Friday For A Limited Time
This blog provides detailed articles on using QuickBooks, XERO and accounting software for small business users. If you’re having a problem getting QuickBooks to print out a tax form or have encountered an error message, this site probably has article about how to resolve or workaround the problem.
Normally, when I hear the words “thought leadership”, I think of boring, long, academic whitepapers on “lofty topics”. The CPA Desk blog has lots of interesting two minute videos on topics like change management and corporate culture. I recommend taking a short break and watching a video or two.
For an accounting firm which specializes in working with digital marketing agencies and law firms, I was expecting a highly specialized blog. However, I found the content, such as articles on cleaning up the chart of accounts and strategically timing the payment of bills useful for all small businesses.
This is a great blog for dentists, or anyone that provides a specialized service to the retail marketplace. Many dentists are baby boomers and preparing to retire. They want to sell their practices which they have built up over decades. There are a number of great articles on this topic.
Unless you’re a farmer, this blog will hold no interest. However, we recognize that many farmers are small business owners. This blog covers the ins and outs of state and federal government farm subsidies, and tax issues which impact farmers.
If there was an award being given out for sophisticated website design, this site would certainly take top honors. It has a great color scheme and incorporates professionally produced videos in a smart way. Videos are typically five to six minutes in length on topics ranging from taking the home office Deduction, to budgeting and forecasting. The quality of the content is extremely high.
I love the variety of articles on this blog, which covers both small business and personal finance topics. More interesting topics include how to monetize owning property which has shale (oil and gas) deposits and ghost assets haunting your business.
If the words taxes and accounting sound scary to you, this might be the blog to start reading. The posts are written in easy to understand non-intimidating way. Posts are published about once per month.
This blog covers a mix of issues including business valuation, wealth management, and taxes. The article which caught my attention was Jim Sacher’sa “Is Your Business Taking Advantage of Prepaid Expensing” , which is part 2 of a 12 part series on great ideas for tax savings. Updates to the blog do not follow a regular schedule.
A “Dear Abby” style blog for both personal and small business tax questions from readers like, “I regularly file my tax through TaxAct. This year I filed on time both federal and state. With lot of issues at home, I forgot to monitor whether they actually submitted or not. Looks like they didn’t submit state tax for whatever reason. I found it only today when I got mail from the MO DOR with amount I owe.” Updated about once per month.
This site is one of the more regularly updated personal and small business tax blogs, with often makes five or six posts per month. They have a number of articles on business fraud prevention which are certainly useful to business owners.
When you look at lots of accounting and bookkeeping blogs, many of the articles are on same topic. I must have seen twenty blogs which had posts on the IRS raising the mileage deduction. I was about to “write off” this blog as generic until I came across an article on deducting the cost of creating a website as business expense. I had always assumed you could. However, the answer is not so simple. This blog is not updated on a regular schedule, however, there appears to be about one new article per month.
This CPA could have a career in copywriting with captivating titles like, “Are one person S Corporations Illegal” and “Vacation Homes As Small Business Tax Shelters”. I found the articles which are published a couple times per month very well written and detailed.
The article mix of this blog reflects BT’s mix of marketing and accounting services for small businesses. I like the accounting articles best, which include topics such as the number #1 mistake made with employer benefits. Articles are published once or twice per month on an irregular basis.
I almost did not include this blog, because the majority of the articles are not on small business. However, the quality of these articles makes up for scarcity. Loved the article on comparing the tax consequences of purchasing a sedan vs SUV, and new vs used vehicle for business before December 31st.
This beautifully designed blog makes boring topics exciting. Headlines include, “Seven Deadly Wastes In Manufacturing Today” and “12 Tips For Avoiding Common 401(k) Plan Compliance Errors”. Update about once per week.
With this blog, you will find good content which is regularly updated every few days. I like the article “So you have an Internal Control Letter, Now What”.
The contributions of Chris Black make this blog a great QuickBooks resource for small business owners. She has well illustrated blog posts on using QuickBook about once per month. The post that caught my eye was “Custom Reports, Make Better Business Decisions.” Sometimes people forget that the point of spending time on reports is to help make more informed decisions.
Accountants don’t seem to like pictures or graphics, which are not charts and graphs. This blog is the exception as it has some nice images and even includes an infographic. Good article on what constitutes the difference between a side business and a hobby, from a tax perspective.
Accountants have been accused of being myopic, focusing on the details without taking in the big picture. One topic which tends to get ignored in accounting blogs is the economic state of different industries and overall economic conditions. This is the only accounting blog I found which deals with financial decision making within the context of economic condition, with a focus on the construction industry.