Being self-employed can be fulfilling and inspiring because you are working hard to build your dreams. As author Oliver Markus Malloy said humorously, "Being self-employed means you work 12 hours a day for yourself so you don't have to work 8 hours a day for someone else." However, the fruits of your labors don't come tax-free.

What Taxes Do I Have to File While I am Self-Employed?

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Being self-employed can be fulfilling and inspiring because you are working hard to build your dreams. As author Oliver Markus Malloy said humorously, “Being self-employed means you work 12 hours a day for yourself so you don’t have to work 8 hours a day for someone else.” However, the fruits of your labors don’t come tax-free. Self-employed taxes need to be considered and treated carefully so they don’t interfere with the pursuit of your dreams.   What Does it Mean…

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Financial Ratios are Key to Understanding Business Performance

Financial Ratios are Key to Understanding Business Performance

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Let’s talk about financial ratios, (and no, this isn’t a dreaded math lesson where you crawl into a corner and hide). The key here is data—data that will help you run your business more effectively, guiding your planning and measuring what is working. The use of data takes effort, but it is worth it as Arthur C. Nielsen, market researcher and founder of the AC Nielsen company said, “The price of light is less than the cost of darkness.” And…

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How Your New Business Start-up Expenses May Impact Your Taxes

How Your New Business Start-up Expenses May Impact Your Taxes

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Launching a new business can be both exciting and challenging. Your vision of the business is what energizes you, and that’s important. As Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos said, “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” That said, you can’t casually address the financial aspects of the business. Specifically, pay close attention to your start-up expenses and how they are treated relative to taxes.   What Are Start-up Expenses and Why Are They Important?…

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How to Maximize Deductions for Your Next Business Trip

How to Maximize Deductions for Your Next Business Trip

By | Small Business Advice

It can be challenging to get away on vacation when you own a business or you’re self-employed. That’s one reason why you may jump at the chance to travel when the trip offers both business and personal pursuits. If you plan to claim tax deductions for travel, it’s important to understand what does and doesn’t qualify as a legitimate write-off under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) law.   Is the Trip Primarily for Business or Pleasure? If you’re planning a combination…

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Your Best Option: Capital Lease Versus Operating Lease

Your Best Option: Capital Lease Versus Operating Lease

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Business is ultimately about money. Said Idowu Koyenikan, author and international consultant, “Money is always eager and ready to work for anyone who is ready to employ it.” As a smart small business owner, you want to use your scarce capital wisely to grow your business. Alfred Marshall, British Economist, said aptly, “Capital is that part of wealth which is devoted to obtaining further wealth.” So, when you approach major financing decisions, what’s your pick, capital vs operating lease?  …

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Eight Ways Outsourced Accounting Benefits a Small Business

Eight Ways Outsourced Accounting Benefits a Small Business

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Like most small business owners, the time will eventually come when you need to consider outsourced accounting services. While it can be challenging at first to give up some of your control, it can also bring a great sense of relief. When you choose to outsource accounting services, it frees up your time to focus on expanding both your business and your profit margin. We highlight eight other benefits you can expect from outsourcing.   You Get Access to the…

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How to Manage Accounts Payable to Save Time and Money

How to Manage Accounts Payable to Save Time and Money

By | Small Business Advice

Accounts payable is the term used to describe money that one business owes to another. Typically, these include vendors who have provided goods or services to your company and extended credit of 30, 60, or 90 days. Keeping up with these payments is essential to stay in good graces with your vendor as well as protect your ability to purchase on credit in the future. You will also end up paying more in late fees and interest, impeding your company’s…

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4 Times You May Want to Change Ownership Shares in Your Small Business

4 Times You May Want to Change Ownership Shares in Your Small Business

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Every business will experience a major change at some point. That means you and your partners should prepare for the likelihood of updating ownership shares and the way you split profits. We believe that every business should prepare for multiple scenarios when this type of change might be necessary. Below are four common situations we have seen with clients.   You or a Partner Decides to Go Full-Time with the Business Maybe you started with the business part-time, splitting your…

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Bookkeeping and Accounting Paperwork: Keeping Up is Crucial for Small Businesses

Bookkeeping and Accounting Paperwork: Keeping Up is Crucial for Small Businesses

By | Accounting Advice, Small Business Advice

You may have been able to keep up with everything when you first launched your small business, including bookkeeping and accounting paperwork. As your business grew, you just didn’t have the time to get to it quite as consistently. Now you have reached the point of considering outsourcing your accounting paperwork to a company like Doerhoff & Associates CPA. Regardless of what you ultimately decide regarding accounting functions for your business, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding…

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Small Business Tips for IRS Form 1099 Reporting

Small Business Tips for IRS Form 1099 Reporting

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If you pay $600 or more to an independent contractor in a year or $10 in royalties to an individual, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that you send a MISC-1099 form. The form must be postmarked by January 31 to cover any miscellaneous income or royalties from the previous calendar year. Businesses typically issue MISC-1099 statements to individuals and sometimes partnerships. Other Situations that Require IRS Form 1099 Reporting In addition to royalties and money paid to independent contractors,…

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