Survey: How Do You Manage Your Business Finances?

Posted on Mar 7 2017 - 1:10pm by Housecall
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As most real estate agents know, being an independent contractor requires special attention and organization when it comes to managing your day-to-day business finances and keeping on top of your taxes.

When it comes to managing your finances, are you a receipt-saver, a DIYer? Do you use an online platform, or hire a pro? Through this brief, 2-minute survey, RISMedia would like to take a pulse and report back to you on what real estate professionals are doing to manage their balance sheets.

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Responses will be accepted from Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. ET to Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. A $100 Amazon gift card will be awarded to five (5) randomly selected participants who submit their [name, company and] email in the survey following March 22, 2017.

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  1. Earnest Tipping March 8, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    I keep all my receipts. All book keeping is done in house by staff, but then sent to CPA to complete and do the taxes.

    • Diane Brown March 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      I maintain all my receipts organize a spread sheet that I provide to my CPA who does my taxes

  2. Harry R. McCarty March 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I use a box with a slit cut into and drop all my receipts on a daily basis.
    Further, I have a business credit card and use it 90%+ fpr all expenses. The bank records all my bills and invoices and totals them up by the month and the year. I give this to my accounting firm along with my 1099.
    The firm runs through my receipts and uses the bank re-cap to do the taxes. This is an easy way to do it! Most of my records are kept by the bank and my boxed receipts. HarryMcCarty@remax.net

  3. Jim Reichgelt March 8, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    I keep all receipts. I also charge 90% + to one credit card. CC company year end totals are of no help. I break down all categories manually at year end, some months I do as they come. Meet with CPA and give him all my totals by tax categories. I am charged $500.

  4. Cindy davis March 9, 2017 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I used Quickbooks online. My bookkeeper keeps it reconciled. I collect receipts and expense go in a yearly folder.
    All is taken to CPA for year end taxes

  5. M. Pimm March 9, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I download all financial records from bank accounts, credit cards etc into Quicken, adding any other items from receipts, then I produce an itemized spreadsheet which I give to my CPA. With this method I also track my personal, non business spending.

  6. Darlene Slough March 9, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I use Quickbooks home and Business

  7. Chris Hamilton March 10, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I keep all of my receipts and try to put all of my business expenses on one credit card. I organize everything by category and usually total them semi annually. When I meet with my CPA I give her all my totals and she charges me $450.

  8. Paul mandeville March 21, 2017 at 1:46 am - Reply

    I list receipts,credit cards and bank statement to quicken with expense account categories and then enter totals to turbo tax.
    Have used this process since 1967 and only
    2 audits and no penalties.

  9. Mary Lou Robinson March 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I keep all my receipts in files organized by the schedule C. I pay 95% of my expenses by credit card and bank card so the bank organizes the expenses. I just get the numbers and give them to the CPA.

  10. Diana Davis March 22, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I pay my expenses with a business credit card or checking account, and keep receipts in file folders. At year end, it takes me about 2 hours to compile and total for Sch C. I prepare my own taxes. Since my expenses don’t fluctuate much, I pay estimates based on prior year liability plus increase based on increase in prior quarter commission.

  11. Alicia March 22, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Keep everything in a file. Pay most of my expenses via CC.
    Sort at the end of the year and give to accountant.

  12. Claudia Stipe March 22, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I use quickbooks & use primarily one credit card to charge my expenses to. I write checks through my quickbooks program for those expenses not charged to a credit card.

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