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November 12, 2018

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Today through November 12-18 is Global Entrepreneurship Week. This year, an estimated 10 million people in 170 countries are participating. Find events—networking, seminars, conferences, workshops, expos—around the U.S. here. Some events are virtual.

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  • This is the health care season, with open enrollment for individuals seeking coverage for 2019 through a government Marketplace running from November 1, 2018, through December 15, 2018. (Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15, 2018, through December 7, 2018). But obtaining health coverage through an employer is a highly desired employee benefit, and having it may mean the difference for an employee accepting a position and/or staying on the job. Only 47% of firms with 3 to 9 employees offer health coverage as an employee benefit, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) 2018 Health Benefits Survey  In this […]

  • H.G. Wells said: “Adapt or perish, now as ever; is nature’s inexorable imperative.”  … As in nature, so too in business. On October 14, 2018, Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after being unable to pay a debt. Sears started business in 1886 (132 years ago). By using Chapter 11, Sears hopes to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy, but who knows? This event tells me that Sears just didn’t adapt well to the era of online sales and new ways of marketing. It’s a cautionary tale; don’t become the next Sears. Here are some areas to check to make […]

  • It’s Time to Upgrade Your PC

    Will Rogers said: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” When it comes to technology, you can’t afford to stay in the same place; you must continually upgrade your PCs and laptops. One source says you should expect to replace your desktops every four years and laptops even sooner. If your equipment is becoming dated, here’s why now is a great time to do it. Your old PCs are costing you money By doing nothing and just sitting on the track (keeping your computers beyond their natural life expectancy), you have […]

  • Halloween has become a national obsession, with all things spooky, creepy, and ominous. Perhaps it would be a good exercise at this time of the year to consider what scares you the most so you can prepare accordingly to the greatest extent possible. Here’s a list of 10 terrible things that can so easily happen to just about any business: 1. A natural disaster It can temporarily, or even permanently, put you out of business. (I was shuttered for nearly a week last year because of Hurricane Irma.) And even if such event doesn’t happen to you, it can befall […]

  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act dramatically increased the dollar limit on first-year expensing (the Section 179 deduction) for the purchase of equipment and other qualified property. For 2018, you can elect to deduct immediately the cost of these purchases up to $1 million (compared with the $510,000 limit in 2017). This generous write-off can be used whether you pay cash or finance your purchase in whole or in part. However, you may not want to elect this generous write off in some situations: You face excess business losses as a noncorporate taxpayer. If your business deductions from your pass-through […]

  • Your 2019 Budget

    Now that we’re in the fourth quarter of 2018, it’s time to nail down your budget for the coming year. Be sure to consider the following projections: Payroll Are you planning to give raises? The average pay increase for 2019 is projected to be 3.1% for non-management employees. As the owner, are you giving yourself a pay increase? Be sure to consider the impact on a greater payroll in 2019 on the amount of the qualified business income (QBI) deduction you can take on your 2019 personal tax return. The percentage for Social Security and Medicare taxes (FICA) remains unchanged for […]

  • The Tax Foundation released its 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index. The index explores these state-level taxes: state income tax, unemployment insurance taxes, property taxes, sales tax, and corporate income tax. If you are thinking of relocating or are considering expansion of your business into another state, you need to check out the impact that taxes have on your business as well as your employees. Best and worst states The 10 best states are: Wyoming Alaska South Dakota Florida Montana New Hampshire Oregon Utah Nevada Indiana In contrast, the 10 worst states taxwise are: Vermont Ohio Minnesota Louisiana Iowa Arkansas […]

  • Some colors have become synonymous with certain big companies: red is part of CocaCola’s brand, IBM is “Big Blue,” and McDonalds is identified by the golden arches. Make colors work for you when you’re redecorating your office, designing a logo, or creating advertising material. More than 15 years ago I looked into this subject and learned then that color can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection of a product or service (while this stat is quoted often, my original source/link for it no longer works). So I thought I’d go back and paint a picture of how colors […]

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barbara’s books

  • Maximize your bottom line with the nation's most trusted small business tax guide

    J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2019 is the small business owner's ultimate guide to a money-saving, stress-free tax season. Providing straightforward advice from the nation's most trusted tax expert on small business taxes, this book gives you the answers you need quickly, with clear, concise guidance. Updated to cover changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and other legislation, this edition also includes an e-supplement covering additional developments from Congress and the IRS to keep you fully up-to-date.
  • A complete list of individual tax relief opportunities

    J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks 2019 is the complete and thorough guide to reducing your tax burden. By listing every possible deduction and credit available to individual taxpayers, this book can help you achieve substantial savings on your 2018 tax return. Updated and expanded to cover new and changing tax law, this edition also includes an e-supplement covering the latest developments from Congress and the IRS to keep you fully up-to-date. Stop overpaying and gain peace of mind as you find the answers you need for your specific tax situation. Mine your paperwork for write-off opportunities, and claim your tax breaks correctly; easy-to-follow instructions give you clear guidance through the maze of worksheets to help you reclaim what is legally yours.
  • Tax facts and strategies every self-employed person needs to know As a self-employed person you have to handle many, if not all, of the aspects of running your business. J.K. Lasser's Guide to Self-Employment is intended to help you with some business aspects with which you may not be familiar—but which have a great impact on your bottom line. It skillfully focuses on taxes as well as many legal and financial matters that may pertain to your business.
  • Smooth Failing - Living Edition

    This is the Living Edition of Smooth Failing. New stories from business leaders on their business failures and the lessons learned will be added regularly at no additional cost. Alerts will be sent out automatically when each new version is available. Specific requests and challenges can be submitted by the reader for future consideration and these will dictate how often and how many additional stories will be made available.
  • Small Business Survival Book

    12 surefire ways for your business to survive and thrive! Owning a small business can be a fulfilling and financially rewarding experience, but to be successful, you must know what to do while the business is up and running, and, most importantly, what to do when the business runs into trouble. This book is definitely part of what you need to succeed!
  • As Vicki Raeburn of Dun & Bradstreet notes in the forward, "...the successful creation of credit by small business has a significant effect on one of the most important business drivers, namely cash flow. ...     [This book has] the information needed to understand and build business credit."

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