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Accounting Expert Advice: Specialized for the Pest Control Business Owner!

The accountants of PCO Bookkeepers give expert advice to Pest Control Industry Business Owners. Making informed financial decisions is the key to running a successful pest control business. It is crucial for any business to be agile and adapt to meet their customer’s needs. Without a sound financial footing and visibility into your numbers, it is hard to make informed decisions. Our accounting expert advice section is not just accounting practices, but how they relate to the pest control industry.

To grow your business, you need to go beyond standard accounting – which is where we come in. We work to provide insight into your business and keep you up to date with the financial news and expert accounting advice that affects your pest control business. Check out the blogs below, or head over to our “Accounting Expert Advice Video Section” for more information!

Client Spotlight – Making wise decisions

Client Spotlight – Making wise decisions

Erin Richardson never thought she’d do pest control. “I appreciated what my dad did, but it didn’t seem to fit my personality and my dreams going forward,” says the third-generation owner of All-American Pest Control in Nashville.

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Client Spotlight – Prepared to weather the storm

Client Spotlight – Prepared to weather the storm

PCO Bookkeepers The Pest Control Industry's Most Trusted Accountants Brian Olson was as surprised as anyone that the coronavirus pandemic wreaked such economic havoc, but he’s grateful for the business improvements he’s made over the past few years that have...

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How to negotiate payment terms with pest control industry suppliers

How to negotiate payment terms with pest control industry suppliers

 Having sufficient cash on hand is a key to success for pest control companies, especially during volatile or uncertain times. One way to keep money in the bank longer, says PCO Bookkeepers Managing Partner Brian Post, is to negotiate better terms from vendors and use those terms to extend the time it takes to pay invoices.

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Debt management best practices for pest and lawn companies

Debt management best practices for pest and lawn companies

I’ve come across several common scenarios that plague my clients as well as scenarios that have helped my clients when it comes to managing debt. In this article, I’ll discuss how to measure your business’s debt load, the differences between good and bad debt and the best practices to ensure you’re managing the most common debts properly.

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The power of calculating your pest control company’s cash conversion cycle

The power of calculating your pest control company’s cash conversion cycle

There is a simple way to help determine if you or your managers are effectively controlling the flow of money in and out of the business. Correctly calculating your business’s cash conversion cycle (CCC) will help you determine if there are steps you can take to collect and preserve cash so unnecessary business woes will be a thing of the past.

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PPP loan update: Should you prepare for an audit?

PPP loan update: Should you prepare for an audit?

In another installment of the “COVID-Proofing Your Pest Control Business” series, hosted by PCO Bookkeepers and Coalmarch, Dan Gordon and Donnie Shelton went through some questions pest control operators may have about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), like what...

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Financial moves pest control companies should make NOW

Financial moves pest control companies should make NOW

In the fourth and final webinar of the “COVID-Proofing Your Pest Control Business” series, hosted by PCO Bookkeepers and Coalmarch, Dan Gordon shared several financial moves pest control companies should be making now. Watch the entire webinar replay here and the clip...

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PPP calamity: Ignore this new guidance at your own risk

PPP calamity: Ignore this new guidance at your own risk

The PPP program was passed and implemented in such haste that it’s sure to be a calamity. Well, the first shoe has dropped. The treasury has added stipulations that were not a requirement of borrowing when the first tranche of funds was made available.

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How PCOs Can Offer A Virucidal Protection Service

How PCOs Can Offer A Virucidal Protection Service

  In the third of four webinars titled “COVID-Proofing Your Pest Control Business,” PCO Bookkeepers’ Dan Gordon and Coalmarch’s Donnie Shelton welcomed Hank Hirsch to discuss the virucidal disinfecting service his pest control firm launched in the wake of the...

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5 signs it’s time for a new accountant

5 signs it’s time for a new accountant

Maybe you’ve always used the local accounting firm you know from the chamber of commerce. Or you’ve worked with a family friend or someone you went to college with. You’ve enlisted this person to be your pest management company’s accounting firm for years, but now...

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Client Spotlight – Horizon Pest Control

Client Spotlight – Horizon Pest Control

PCO Bookkeepers The Pest Control Industry's Most Trusted Accountants   For Horizon Pest Control, a second-generation, family-owned and operated pest management firm based in Midland Park, N.J., working with Dan Gordon, CPA, and his accounting firm PCO Bookkeepers...

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Dashboard confessional: What makes for good reporting?

Dashboard confessional: What makes for good reporting?

There are different schools of thought on how much financial information pest management company executives should share with their team members, but one thing is certain, according to Triangle Pest Control owner Donnie Shelton: “We can’t ask people to play a game if...

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The benefits of a pass-through entity

The benefits of a pass-through entity

They say in life that there are only two certainties, death and taxes.  While we may not be able to avoid these things, we can definitely take the appropriate steps to help minimize one of the two.  In the beginning of the year, we are all fortunate enough to have to...

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Business owners beware! The IRS 1099 crackdown

Business owners beware! The IRS 1099 crackdown

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been in the process of bolstering the 1099 reporting standards for everyone, including independent contractors and those who report cancellation of debt, and the bureau isn’t showing signs of slowing down. One of the first...

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How to create the one-minute manager report

How to create the one-minute manager report

When I look at a set of financials, my sole objective is to determine within one minute if the company is profitable and if the revenues and expenses are in line with standards that we’ve created for the pest and lawn care industries. At year end, I’m looking to see...

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How to build a culture of financial discipline and transparency in pest management

How to build a culture of financial discipline and transparency in pest management

The real issue is when an owner has built the company up and then hires a bookkeeper who may know how to use QuickBooks but doesn’t understand all of the reporting. So the owner thinks because QuickBooks is spitting out checks that everything is working, but their financial statements and their profit and loss is just a mess and they can’t really figure out how they’re doing. We see a lot of that. And then what’ll happen is they’ll take it to their CPA at the end of the year and he’ll have to make heads or tails of it. And usually that guy’s or gal’s view of accounting is to get a tax return done. A tax return is a small part of accounting.

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3 tips for using QuickBooks better in your pest management business

3 tips for using QuickBooks better in your pest management business

Most pest management firms are already using QuickBooks as their accounting software system of choice, but not all of them are using it optimally, according to PCO Bookkeepers partner Anthony Pepe. I talked with Anthony to get his take on what mistakes pest management professionals are making when it comes to QuickBooks, and how they can use it better. Here, he offers three tips for pest control operators to improve their use of this powerful recording and reporting tool.

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