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Fast and Easy Home Office Organization Strategies

Organized-officeA well-organized home office will increase your energy, focus and even inspiration levels. Design your office to facilitate your work. A poorly organized office causes you to waste precious time and decreases your motivation.
 

Here are some strategies for organizing your home office and increasing productivity

1. Put Everything You Need within Reach

A well-organized home office should facilitate productivity. Everything you need throughout the day, everyday, should be closest to your seating area. The goal is to have little to no interruptions while working.

If you have to get up every 5 minutes in order to get something or turn something on, it will be very hard to focus on the task at hand.

2. Phones

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Following in my Footsteps and I’m so Proud!

My daughter decided to take a page from her mom's book and started her own business at 22 called Vinyl Decals Galore.

She took over my den in order to make Decals for cars, homes, phones, computers and any place else you'd like to stick them. She recently expanded (which means taking more space in my den, Ughh!) by purchasing another decal cutting machine and a steam press to make T-shirts!

So Awesome!

Last September we all pitched in and went to a car meet at our local casino. She made over $700 in 7 hours! $100 an hour! Not bad, huh? (more…)

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Being a Virtual Assistant is NOT an easy task

Busy BusinessmanMany think that working from home is a wonderful thing and don't get me wrong it's pretty great but it can also be very distracting and crazy if you're not the type of person that is able to follow a schedule. The best way to handle working from home is to create a daily plan of action and set aside a space for yourself where you can have a little privacy to knock out those tasks.

Personally I never liked working from the kitchen table but if that's the only space you have then make it work for you. Set boundaries early on by letting your family know “It's work time”. If you have little kids you can give them chores or workbooks or sit them down with their own laptops or ipads so they can feel as if they are working just like mommy or daddy. (more…)

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Self employed Tax Write-offs! Yayy!

It's Tax Season Again!


When you own a business there are a lot of things to consider. One of the the worst is taxes. There is an upside to the torchure that is tax season and it's called… “tax write-offs for the self-employed “. Yayy!

When it comes to taxes, there is a lot to know. As a business owner, things can get a bit more complicated because you work for yourself.

When you work for a company, your wages are subject to taxes. You fill out a W-2 form and the company does the rest. You can see on your check what has been deducted for state, federal and social security tax. It’s a no-brainer for the employee.

Most self-employed people receive their full pay for their services. Taxes are not taken out. This gives you an advantage when it comes to utilizing as much of your money as you can. But, tax time comes and your earnings will be subject to taxation.

Because you haven’t paid anything into the system yet, all of your money can be taxed. But, deductions in the form of tax write-offs can reduce your taxable income. This can change your tax bill.

Tax Write-Offs 

Here are a few of the tax write-offs that you are eligible to deduct as a self-employed individual. A full listing can be found on the IRS website.

    • Clothing– This is one that we rarely think about. But, if your job involves purchasing and wearing items that you don’t wear or can’t wear other than for your business, then you can deduct a portion of their cost. Usually, this applies to such occupations as landscapers, construction workers and the like.
    • Home office – This deduction has tripped people up for years. Basically, you will need a dedicated office space in your home for your business. Conducting business occasionally from your computer in the family room doesn’t qualify that space for a tax write-off. But, when you have an office set-up, you are also eligible to deduct a portion of the utilities and the cost of the office supplies.
    • Travel expenses – Often, you may have to visit conferences or even take meetings with clients. Keep good records of everything you do: airline tickets, meal receipts, gas receipts and other incidentals that you pay for. A percentage of it is deductible as long as it was incurred in the transaction of your business.
    • Medical expenses – Because you are not employed by anyone, your medical bills are your responsibility. You can regain some of the premiums paid on your tax return. The exception to this rule is when a spouse is eligible for family insurance at their job and this could cover your medical needs.

You work hard. Make sure that you claim all tax write-offs that are due for your business.


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New Year – New You!


New Year – New You: How to Stay Motivated and Focused as a Work-at-Home Business Owner


The new year is a great time for business owners to reaffirm their goals and boost their motivation. It's a great time to review the last year and to plan for the new year.

In fact, the new year can be the perfect time to reinvent yourself, your schedule and your business systems. It's the perfect time to start anew.

Here's how to stay motivated and focused this new year.

Review the Past Year: Passion & Results

There are two things about the past year that need reviewing.

First of all, take a look at your results.

  1. Did you meet the goals you set for yourself over the last year?
  2. How much did you earn?
  3. How are the other metrics in your business doing – things like traffic, number of paying clients, number of subscribers and so on.

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Start A Home Business – Top Ways To Earn From Home

Home based businesses are on the rise. The internet makes it easy for people aspiring to transition from a traditional 9-5 or make some extra money from home. Here are some of the top ways to earn from home.

#1 Freelancing

Freelancing is simply selling a service without a long term contract. You can offer any number of services. Writing, graphic design, transcription, editing, audio creation, photography, and even voice over services can all be offered as a freelancer. Freelancing gives you the ability to pick and choose the projects you work on and whom you work with. It provides you with the freedom to set your rates and to choose when you work and when you don’t.

#2 Information Marketing

Information marketing is exactly what it sounds like, it’s making money by selling information. We’re an information hungry society and we often turn to the internet to help solve our problems. Whether you need to stop back pain, learn how to train your dog or learn how to be a parent to your teenager, we all have problems we want to solve.
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