Are Goals and Outcomes Important or Irrelevant?

Are Goals and Outcomes Important or Irrelevant?We have all heard that to attain success we need goals and a plan to get to those goals.  We focus on our outcomes and our desired end goal.  But is that all there is?

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Increase Your Influence, Impact etc in Your Online Business

Increase Your Influence, Impact etc in Your Online Business

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You have an online home business, a product, a web site but business is not booming.  I know it has been said that if you build a better mouse trap the world will beat a path to your door, but….

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“Failure Is The Path of Least Persistence” True or False?

“Failure is the path of least persistence” True or False?

My favorite quote – Interpreted.  “Failure is the path of least persistence” The concept behind this has real meaning for me in my educational pursuits as well as when I started my online business. Continue reading

Small Online Business? Use These Viral Video Marketing Tips.

Small Online Business?  Use These Viral Video Marketing Tips.

You have a small business or an online based business and are looking for some ways to get your name “Out There” and spread the word.  Viral Videos may be a good idea. Continue reading

The Panic of Starting an Online Business Exposed!

The Panic of Starting an Online Business Exposed!

question mark little white guy imagesThe idea of working at home in your robe and slippers with coffee mug in hand sound like a Utopian Dream or Nightmare?  Ahhhh the joy of no alarm clock, no nasty boss, rush hour commute earning money from home = Dream Position — Is it for real though?

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Want to Find the Best Online Home Business?

Want to Find the Best Online Home Business? 

home business closet officeThe best online home business will follow the formula for success.

1.         The mission and the business model must be clearly stated and understandable.  Is it a franchise, a MLM, partnership, online store  etc?

2.         The training and knowledge of the company must be easy to understand and complete.  Too much techno-jargon will scare away the beginner, but training should take into account some folks are a bit advanced.  So the balance is beginner information with another tab for the more advanced person to begin their training.

3.         The mentor, must be very knowledgeable, break things down for understanding and very available to answer questions.  He needs to show you respect and help you.  A mentor never looks down on you, a snob does.  Availability is the key to keep the momentum of learning rolling, email, phone calls, webinars etc.  Easy access to your mentor thwarts frustration.

4          The support and community must be available and hold you accountable for what you say you will do.  Technical support and The support and information from others that are in the business is invaluable.  The mentor should hold you responsible to follow through with the steps you agree to perform.  You should hold yourself responsible to follow through so your business can grow.   Does the company have a forum website, webinars or another easy way for members to communicate?

5          Goal driven behavior must be fostered by the company’s program for you to emulate.  Your mentor and training programs must show measurable and attainable goals or goal steps.  Does the company have a clearly defined career progress path that is spelled out so you know where you are on the ladder of success?

6.         The next part involves YOU taking full advantage of the 5 steps above.  No halfway “I’ll try statements”!  Just make the commitment “I will do this step, follow the guidance.”  Commitment and follow through with the steps to success is the path to follow.

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Want To Save Money on Taxes? Home Business May Be The Answer.

Want To Save Money on Taxes? Home Business May Be The Answer.

Having a home business can qualify you for home office tax deductions, work mileage deductions, business entertainment and trips as well as equipment, phone, internet etc.

Think about how much you paid in taxes this year – most of us think of that dollar amount with a pained face.  Yes, it’s too late for this year’s tax savings, but not too late to plan for next year.

Having a part time or full time home based business can get you a sizable tax break.  You will need to review the federal as well as your state laws for the specifics and the percentages allowable for each type of deduction.

  • The percentage of your home that is totally dedicated to home office is deductible as well as the amount of utilities for the home office.
  • Your computer, phone, fax, office furniture, lamps, rugs and repairs to these items are all items to keep track of to decrease your tax liability.
  • Your small office supplies like paper and ink for your printer and fax, paperclips, pens/pencils, note pads are deductible home office expenses.
  • If you live in a snowy part of the country and pay to have your driveway shoveled a percentage of that fee may be deductible as you need to move your vehicle out to work as well as the family car. [If your home office is 20% of your home, you could deduct only 20% of the snow removal.]
  • When you have a home office and you leave it to perform a job related service work mileage begins at your home office and ends at your home office – no commuting miles.
  • Some states and municipalities offer “Homesteading Tax Breaks” which will give you a sizable break on your local property tax, provided the percentage of the office space vs living space is not to high.  This enables you to save at the local level for your property as well as the state and federal level for your income tax.

Keeping good records of all expenses for a home office can save you lots of money at tax time whether your home business is part or full time.  So what are you waiting for start file folders and collect your receipts.

But before you start squirreling away your receipts – make sure you have a home business.  A business that you can start with 8-10 hours a week and then grow from there would qualify you for these tax breaks.   Check this information for a doable home business with lots of information, training and mentoring to help you get started and grow.  Click here.