With the April 15 tax deadline fast approaching in the United States, we thought we would take a look at 11 commonly overlooked things you can write off on your taxes. The IRS’s list of small business tax deductions is extensive, but we are narrowing it down to focus on things you might not know about.
Even if you have already submitted your tax return, it is not too late to send in an amended version. Remember, save your receipts – you will need them. Here we go!
We talk a lot about tricks to sell and sell and serve toward selling some more. What’s great about Steadfast Creative is that they also focus on stronger team building, focusing on helping their staff grow along with their company, as well as providing great service.
With an increasing number of businesses shedding in-house workers in favor of a more streamlined business model, the freelance workforce is growing.
Yours truly is a freelance writer, in fact. Because I have been working in the trenches of the freelance marketplace for a few years now, I have uncovered some helpful resources and glean a bit of advice for you freelancers (and aspiring freelancers) out there, which I am sharing with you here.
Along the way, I have met many cynical, underpaid, and overworked freelancers. As you can imagine, this has meant that I have seen many leave their freelance careers (before they really got started) and return to the traditional workforce.
It is with that in mind that I have put this together for all you freelancing, entrepreneurial Quote Rollers out there.
Here are ten freelance tips to help you grow your business this year (and beyond).
Management is in the midst of change.
A couple of years ago, Forbes started dropping a particular term to describe the phenomenal change presently underway in the world of business, dubbed “the Management revolution.” This revolution is not unlike those most famous historical revolutions of the late-18th century, albeit the current revolution is somewhat less bloody. Like those revolutions though, the current Management revolution is about democracy, only not of countries, but of organizational structure in business instead.
How does this Management revolution affect all you dear Quote Rollers out there? More importantly, what does it mean for your business proposals? Whether your business is large or small, corporate or just you, freelance, the Management revolution surely affects it. Maybe you are a small business, operating in a more streamlined, profitable way than the big competitors, or maybe yours a complex company in need of an internal restructuring. Maybe there are opportunities to seize out there somewhere.
How are sales? Good? Glad to hear it!
You are cruising along, with your profits squarely in the black. What if we said that you are nevertheless actually stuck in… The Comfort Zone (cue The Twilight Zone theme music)?
You already know that the best businesses are the ones that engage in a continually process of improvement. Just look at some of the world’s biggest brands, like Google and Apple. Those companies are always turning it up a notch, so to speak. When they find something that works, they retain it. Along the way, they extend their reach into new markets. Apple did not just make its famous personal computers; it pioneered the portable music device, and created arguably the world’s most identifiable tablet, the iPad.
What about your business? Do you do one thing and do it well? That is “all well and good,” sure. However, are you leaving money lying on the table in closely related markets that you could easily adapt to fit?
Many businesses wither in The Comfort Zone. If you suspect that yours might be stuck in a comfortable rut, consider these pointers. Here are five sales tips to help you uncover new business and break out of your comfort zone.
Not only do we like our clients successful, entrepreneurial and eco-friendly, it doesn’t hurt when they are an attractive team of Aussies. These things are all true for Men In White painting. Now let’s jump right in and learn all about this great team and how they are revolutionizing the painting industry.
James Packer is different from the other billionaires we have covered so far in this series of articles. You see, Packer was born rich – immensely, irrevocably, loaded, in fact. He makes our list not for the sake of the proverbial silver spoon that he came into the world clutching. He makes our list because, even with enough money to retire the day he was born, James Packer still went to work, pursuing his version of success every step of the way. In doing so, he has made his own billions.
Packer is a household name in Australia. Every would-be entrepreneur wants to catch his investing-savvy in a bottle and take it with them. The average Aussie can scarcely turn on the television without meeting with one of Packer’s media outlets.
Even worldwide audiences have recently seen something connected to Packer (whether they know it or not.) Packer’s indie film company, RatPac (formed between him and filmmaker Brett Ratner), brought the chilling space thriller, Gravity, to the big screen last year. Of course, Packer is hailed as a visionary for his early-2000s investments in China – helping propel that country to its status as an emerging, flourishing economy.
The man is everywhere. Packer ever-increasingly has a hand in everything, on a global scale. Sure, he had a helping hand from the outset (and a stroke of luck here and there along the way), but he is one of the most dynamic, intriguing, and formidable entrepreneurs on the planet.
With that in mind, here is a look at some of the business proposals that helped make James Packer the billionaire that he is today.
I’m a Jersey girl in Barcelona, working for a company with offices in Minsk (two hours ahead,) South Carolina (six hours behind,) and San Francisco (nine hours behind.) This means my work day can be often scattered, is spent completely behind a computer, and filled with distractions — those tempting all around my home office and pressing matters popping up in my Skype window all hours of the day.
Yes our R&D team’s first language is Russian, but that doesn’t seem to be the language barrier we most often come across. The problem is that I’m a Luddite and naturally resistant learning new technology. But, as you’ll know if you work for a tech startup, or any startup really, that doesn’t fly. Since we produce, market and sell two productivity-enhancing apps, our staff is obsessed with trying every other productivity app.
But I’ve worked through it and actually have found benefits — not always the intended benefits — from many apps. I’m a consummate multitasker, and yet supposedly that’s an impossible oxymoron, but apps have enabled me to live in a world of systemized chaos. Because of these tools I’m going to share, I’m able to work remotely on a team with 11 hours of time difference and succeed at the inevitable multiple and constantly changing roles that come with working for a startup. All done without losing my mind.
I love old books.
My study is filled with books with tattered, yellowed pages. My Kindle Fire is filled with eBooks, many of them free, public domain works going back to the days of the Gutenberg printing press!
Needless to say, there’s a lot to be learned from old books. Today, I’d like to share some ideas I’ve gleaned from one old book that is quite famous in business circles, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. Written in 1937, Think and Grow Rich is, ostensibly, a self-help book, though many take it to be something more than that. The name implies that it’s a book about making money. And it surely can be used for that purpose, but Think and Grow Rich, as Hill explains within the book itself, can be used in many situations in life.
Think and Grow Rich is written in the somewhat more difficult English of its day, and it occasionally evinces some of Hill’s personal biases (which you might expect, given historical context), making it less palatable than it could be to today’s readers without those obvious demerits. This has led several editors to issue subsequent editions that attempt to clean up the out-of-favor elements and the antiquated writing style. More to the point though, many writers have taken the liberty of re-purposing Hill’s core message in a slew of derivative works.
And that’s basically what I’m trying to do here: distill the main idea of Think and Grow Rich, something called “creative imagination,” for you in the span of a single blog posting.
How do You design a perfect proposal?
Here at Quote Roller, we’re so proud of how our clients’ businesses are all growing so rapidly, in part because of Quote Roller, but mostly because you’re all totally awesome. We were wondering if you could share with us some of those business proposals that are getting accepted day after day. We think it’ll help us understand the way you use Quote Roller to close deals and will give industry-specific examples of how to create a proposal that will be accepted to folks already using Quote Roller and to those interested in it.
Of course, we wouldn’t expect you to do it for free, which is why we’re enticing you with a case of wine for the office, which you can choose to partake in while sporting Quote Roller tees and sending out Quote Roller proposals for a whole month for the whole office, all on our tab.
And to entice you even more, we even have some tricks we posted on our newest integration partner OnePageCRM’s blog about “How to Design the Perfect Proposal.”