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The Botkeeper Blog

Bookkeeping, accounting, and business resources to help you become a finance guru. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Small Business Funded

By Kalie Souknary on Jan 28, 2020 10:30:00 AM

You’ve finally decided to take the jump and open your own small business. The excitement is overwhelming, but you know you’re ready. The only thing is, you don’t exactly know where to start with funding. The ideal way would be to fund it completely out of pocket, but if that’s not possible for you (don’t worry—it’s not possible for most!), what do you do? Do you crowd source the money? Do you apply for loans? What type of loan can you apply for? Are there any grants available to help save you from taking out too many loans? 

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Order Up! A Basic Guide to Restaurant Accounting and Bookkeeping

By Aaron Sullivan on Sep 26, 2019 11:16:29 AM

Restaurant owners have one of the most demanding jobs around: pleasing foodies.

Successful restaurants thrive thanks to serving delicious, mouth-watering food, but that’s not all it takes. What about running the business side of things? That’s a different story.

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Bookkeeping with Excel Templates: Pros & Cons

By Aaron Sullivan on Sep 19, 2019 2:05:00 PM

You might visualize bookkeeping as sitting at a desk covered in receipts, looking through a green visor at rows and rows of hand-written numbers. And you wouldn't be entirely wrong. Many businesses have traditionally used programs like Excel to handle their business finances. But we live in the future, and technology exists to make this arduous, expensive approach to bookkeeping go the way of the dodo.

Automated booking software has eliminated the need for Excel in many cases, yet the Microsoft tool is still used by businesses and entrepreneurs for their bookkeeping, budgeting, and accounting needs. Sure, Excel can be a valuable bookkeeping tool, but with it has its share of disadvantages too.

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9 Challenges All Restaurant Owners Face—And What To Do About Them

By Aaron Sullivan on Aug 22, 2019 2:05:15 PM

Someone should really write a tell-all book for business success that includes a money-back guarantee. There's no doubt that we'd buy that book. But since it doesn't exist (yet), the next-best alternative is to research and learn how to avoid the biggest mistakes and pain points your business might face. 

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Botkeeper vs. ScaleFactor vs. Pilot vs. Bench: Which Bookkeeping Software is Right for Your Business?

By Jess King on Jul 17, 2019 9:26:00 AM

Whether you run a startup company or manage a billion-dollar enterprise, bookkeeping is one of the most important tasks for any business. Business owners want (and need) to focus on their products and services as well as growing their company. But they also need to stay on top of bookkeeping tasks, which are tedious and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are lots of bookkeeping services available today that can help business owners streamline their bookkeeping tasks so they can focus on what matters.

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