Don’t You Want To Be Smart? (in 2015)

Do you fear running out of money?

Do you feel dumb when it comes to understanding your business accounting?

Do you fear not doing well in business, losing money?


Know your numbers…backwards and forwards.

Finally, make an improvement for 2015. Wouldn’t you like to understand your business’s accounting? Wouldn’t you like to be more confident about your future? You should be looking at your books. You should NOT be doing your books. Can you? Sure. But that’s not your job as the owner. It’s not the reason you started your business. Take action to take the mystery out of accounting. It is essential to winning this game called owning your own business that you KNOW YOUR NUMBERS.

Picture getting into your vehicle in the morning, turning the key, and backing out of the driveway. Now keep going…without looking through the windshield. You could do it, You’ve got a rear-view mirror, side mirrors, maybe even a backup camera. Just be very careful.

Absurd, right?

Well, that’s what relying on accounting alone is like. It’s historical. Driving by looking only at where you’ve been, you are likely to crash into something.

At Van Cleve, Inc., we will keep your books impeccably clean, month by month, teach you to understand your numbers so you will understand your business, and we have a unique method to get you looking forward to see what’s ahead, so you avoid cash crunches, and have a sense how your year will shake out.

Count On Profits!

Compare Payroll Services, Erie, PA

December is the best month to be thinking about improving the PAYROLL SERVICE you’ve been getting…

Here are some suggestions:

What is their conversion and setup process?

How much of a hassle is it going to be?

Are they going to make it difficult or easy?

Are they willing to do TEST RUNS to make sure everything works right, before the new year starts?

Are their fees easy to understand or does it take up an entire page?

Are they fully insured and bonded?

Are they a LOCAL business?

Do they make you log into their website and essentially do all the work?

Do they impound all the payroll funds, including taxes, and hold onto your money?

Are they constantly making mistakes?

Do they answer their phone or do you get voicemail much of the time?

At Van Cleve, Inc., we strive for the easiest payroll experience ever. (Not for us-for our clients)


Payroll Services Erie, PA

“I’m tired of all the payroll mistakes!”

To quote people who’ve switched recently to Van Cleve, Inc. Payroll & Bookkeeping.

“We have to spell it all out for them, detail the hours and the pay rates, and they STILL screw it up”

We operate differently. We are more hands-on than the other big name payroll providers. We’ll call you if things don’t look right or if we are unclear what you meant. And we have our own internal processes that double-check the pay, so we can claim to make a lot fewer mistakes.

And because we’re LOCAL, we can fix mistakes super-fast.

October through year-end is a great time to SWITCH PAYROLL SERVICES. You will get all setup to start 2015 off with an improved service. We insist on doing FREE trial runs of payrolls beforehand to make sure we have everything down perfect, ready to go.

Switch Without a Hitch…

Contact Bruce @ 1-800-651-0045 or by email @


QuickBooks Setup Services


Small businesses are the the jet fuel to our nation’s economy. They create 75% of all net new jobs. They are 99% of ALL businesses. We rock! Big business might get all the attention but WE drive the economy.

I’ve created a new service that sets up new company’s books. It also can be for existing companies that need a re-boot on their accounting. Most of the problems small businesses face with their bookkeeping stem from it not being set up right from the beginning. We fix that.

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3 Things Every Business Owner Should Know about Payroll

Hey there!


I’ve written a report that every business owner should read and consider about their payroll. Just shoot me your name and email to the right and I will send that over to you shortly. It’s short and to the point… give it a look.


What is an Extra Hour of Your Time Worth?



BUY LOCAL. Do you believe in supporting local businesses where the dollars stay here in our own economy? We do believe that. We do our best to always buy local, not from national chain stores, if we can. The big chain store’s profits go out-of-town. Local businesses spend their profits right here mostly in the normal course of living. Would you rather deal with a LOCAL company as your payroll provider?

HIRE EXPERTS. Small businesses STAY small by trying to do everything themselves. Small businesses grow BIGGER when they spend all their time on their unique ability to serve their clients directly by doing whatever it is that they do better than anyone else. Plain and simple, that’s how you grow. You’ll never grow by wearing all the hats.

WHAT’S YOUR TIME WORTH? Do you know what is the small business owner’s most valuable asset? It’s time. We all have the same amount of it. What makes our results different is how we use our time. What would you do if you had an extra hour per day of pure concentrated effort working on your business? What if you could just do the same work yet get a little time at the beach, somewhere warm, re-charging your batteries?

Van Cleve, Inc. is a local Erie, PA corporation that works to free other business owners from drudgery of internal accounting (bookkeeping) and payroll processing. We tailor our help on each client’s unique need to achieve the most efficient system. Efficient systems save time. Time you can utilize to be more productive and profitable.






Found Money by Steve Wilkinghoff


Join me February 7th at Werner Books in the Liberty Plaza for Erie’s only book club exclusively for business books. We discuss how the ideas in the book can help our own businesses. It’s a great group of entrepreneurs!

Simple Bookkeeping Simple Payroll


It’s a crazy time of year. Every day’s mail brings more complications. Intuit wants us to buy their latest masterpiece, QuickBooks 2013. Employees are already asking when W2’s come out, right after they pepper us with questions about why their net pay is different this year. The insurance company wants an audit of our UC reports so they can adjust our work comp rates. The 401k administrators want us to fill out a census, that sucks up several hours of time. We received another census from the Department of Labor, some kind of economic activity survey. Who has time for all this? Our CPA wants our books to see our year-end numbers and that’s way behind. I’m already working late every day. Oh, and the payroll Quarterlies are due in 3 weeks. And forget about marketing and growth. I know I should be out talking to customers…

Being in business for yourself… at times feels joyless.

“What happened?” You say to yourself after a long day, “I went into the business of doing this work I love… and now I have this!” Life is not simple anymore. There is too much that complicates and robs us of joy. It needn’t be this way…

It’s time to return to doing that which is essential, and not doing that which is secondary. I hear you protest, “but all these tasks are essential! Am I going to tell the government I’m not filling out their stupid survey?, or how about the payroll quarterlies?”

But why are you doing it all?

Why are you doing the wrong kind of work?

Is Your Small Business Poised For Growth in 2013?


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

“My sales for December are up $2,000 over last year!” Jane said to me as I walked into her business to buy something. (I always patronize my clients if possible- oh, and the names are changed to protect the profitable.) “Great! How did that happen?” I asked… Jane is able to try different promotions, tweak the appearance of the store to make it more inviting, she’s able to look up and greet people instead of being buried in paperwork, we talked about all the little things that she did, things she was able to do, because she did not have the stress of doing her own bookkeeping and payroll. As she was telling me about how she made growth happen, we started talking about another business owner we know…

Always in a state of perpetual anarchy. Chaotic best describes this particular small business owner, Suzie. She does everything… all by herself. She seems exhausted all the time. Stressed. The stack of paperwork on her desk, is visible from outer space. Is she more profitable with Division A or B of her business? We’re not sure. I doubt she knows. She’s guessing… winging it. Suzie wants to expand but will cash flow support it? Who knows. She is not one of my clients. I’ve tried talking to Suzie but she’s “too busy right now”, and she will call me in to help her get organized “soon”. That was well over a year ago. Stress is very harmful to your health. I know, I used to be stressed-out when I was an employee, but that’s another story entirely…

I cannot tell you how this story will end, but I ask you, which one, Jane or Suzie, describes you?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas from the Van Cleve family!

We are looking forward to 2013.

The future looks bright, we have some exciting projects we’re working on that we hope to tell you about in the coming weeks and months. For now, enjoy the season!

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