Small Business Failure Rates: An Optimist’s View


This post is also featured at Intuit’s Small Business Center!

http://quickbooks.intuit.com/r/psychology-of-success/small-business-failure-rates-an-optimists-view

The internet is full of depressing statistics about the failure rates of small businesses. But I’d like to offer an alternative view, one based on my real-life experience in the real world, which is considerably more hopeful than those stats would lead you to believe.

As a bookkeeper, I’ve had the privilege of working with a diverse array of entrepreneurs and their various projects. I’ve seen a few of them fail, but by and large, the vast majority of them have been successful. So I’m always puzzled when I see headlines like “5 Reasons 8 Out of 10 Businesses Fail,” and I wonder about their sources and the way their statistics were gathered.

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$1000 bill from the Utah State Tax Commission? Don’t Panic!


*Update: at the beginning of 2016, Utah changed the due dates, filing requirements, and penalties related to the filing of w-2’s, so the following is no longer applicable.

“Annual Withholding Reconciliation Not Filed or Incomplete”

Every fall, the USTC sends out hundreds, possibly thousands of notices to employers around the state that they owe $1000 for neglecting to file their TC-941R for the previous year. It may sound like a government scheme to trick extra money out small businesses, but it’s not. It is simply a way to spur employers into action.

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