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.

Make Your Marketing Funnel Work for YOU!

Make Your Marketing Funnel Work for YOU!

funnelYour Marketing Funnel is your marketing system!  The path a person takes from becoming a “lead” all the way to becoming a customer and/or business partner is called the marketing system.  If the marketing system is set up to do most of the filtering work for you it is a funnel.

Remember that most people love to purchase things but hate being sold.  If the marketing system provides services freely that attract people to you, your product and your company you have a working funnel. Continue reading

Count Your Blessings Today!

Count Your Blessings Today  for today is a day of thanks!

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Today folks in the USA offer thanks for all we have and eat to over stuffed on all the wonderful food that we are blessed with.  It is also a day to focus on gratitude.  I for one am very thankful for all soldiers who have fought to support this country from its start as a British Colony to the present.  Our freedom is so often taken for granted – I don’t and I thank those who have served to make this country the “Land of the Free”…….

Great Rules To Follow For Article Marketing Success

Great Rules To Follow For Article Marketing Success

Article marketing promotes businesses’ products, so they tend to be fond of submitting articles. If your article contains affiliate links, you can earn money, if someone buys a product through your referral link. Read this article for tips to help you develop an effective article marketing strategy. Continue reading

Why Video Marketing Helps You Make More Money

Why Video Marketing Helps You Make More Money

videoWhen you want to boost sales, use video marketing. Good videos utilize a combination of techniques. Video marketing encompasses a wide range of considerations. Keep reading to learn some techniques that can help you improve your video marketing strategy.

Video marketing is a great way to stay in touch with your audience. You can ask that customers send in questions so you can create video responses. You can even reward people for asking good questions by offering them a free product or a discount.

If you want to use YouTube for video sharing, use the editing tools that they have featured on their site. For example, you can instantly add annotations on your videos easily through YouTube. This makes it easy to share additional information such as a link or a coupon code.

To help make your videos go viral, offer great content. It is not always the best technical video that garners the most views. If the video has valuable information, people will watch it no matter what the production quality is. But, you should still get the best equipment that you can afford.

Video marketing has to compete with the extremely short attention span of the potential customer. The initial 15 seconds of the videos you make are the most important. This is where you should deliver a teaser or unique point of view to captivate them and make them want to watch the entire video.

Make a script for your intro and outro for the video. State your name and position, the company name and what you are going to talk about. At the conclusion of the video, put your business name in the video.

Make video responses to frequently asked questions. An FAQ is great, but a video FAQ is even better. This provides visitors with the choice of how they wish to receive their information.

Come up with a measure of the success rate of your videos. You should not assume how valuable the video will be to your customers just by guessing. It’s better to check out the hard data. A video that has been viewed many times but doesn’t generate sales is still good, but not as one that gets people to buy your product.

A tripod is a must-have for filming your marketing video. There’s nothing worse than shaky camera work. For your marketing videos, you will want normal shots and steady panning. The majority of viewers will decide whether or not to view your entire video in just a few seconds, so you should make sure that these first few seconds are solid.

Videos should offer useful, concentrated content in a tidy, concise package. People online have very short attention spans these days online. Videos should stay below five minutes. Even if you have amazing content, it will not do any good if your viewers wander off or get distracted in the middle of it.

videoNever end a video without giving viewers important information. Let your viewers know that a product or service is waiting for them at your website and that they can make a purchase right now. Provide simple, understandable instructions regarding next steps so that follow-through is fast and easy. A call of action is necessary for an effective video marketing campaign.

It’s vital that you present yourself as an honest and upstanding person in your videos. Hidden motivations within videos are never a good thing. When you want to give a sales pitch, be honest about it. Create relationships with viewers and customers using comments. Trade information with others in your niche and prove that you know a lot about your product category.

Try adding music. When you consider the commercials that you have seen, you know that music can add life to any video. Use appropriate music in your video. You will get more results from your video this way. This can also be beneficial during transitions.

When working on video marketing, don’t overlook your greeting. Tell them what you’re about and what your business does first. At the end of the video, reinforce your own name as well as that of your company.

People enjoy hearing stories! Do you have any amusing or inspiring stories that you can share about your business? Be sure to share videos of any charitable event in which your company has participated. Include testimonials from satisfied customers who have used your products before.

how to imagesYou should consider using a “how-to” video to promote your business. Be certain it’s a full video that has lots of relevant material. Viewers don’t like it when they start watching something, only to be told that they have to go elsewhere for the “rest of the story”. If you are giving people a service, people will want to business with you.

As was stated in the beginning of this article, a good way to improve a business is through video marketing; however, this is easier said than done. Use the advice found in this article to ensure your marketing efforts pay off. Make a thorough plan and follow it completely for success.


Amazingly Easy Internet Marketing Tips That Will Change Your Outlook

Amazingly Easy Internet Marketing Tips That Will Change Your Outlook

Marketing by way of the Internet is a great advertising tool for businesses to promote their products, rather than just relying on traditional methods such as through print or television. Use these tips if you would like to perform Internet marketing with your business.

Figure out different ways that you can advertise your website. There are quite a few cheap and even free ways to advertise. Think about creating a blog, putting up posters containing your site’s URL, or try to create a social networking page. There are quite a few ways to drive traffic to your website. You need to get creative.

A niche or unique subject should be used on your website. This will be great at driving lots of traffic towards your site when people go searching for this product. The visitors then usually end up checking out other parts of your sites which eventually sends it up the search engine rankings.

Buy ad space on popular, well-known sites. Consider it an investment that will get you a lot of valuable exposure and lead to brand recognition. Look for a site that gets lots of traffic, and this can help you get your name out there.

A good internet marketing tip is to be aware of your competition. It can be easy to look over the competition’s website and learn the features their site has. You can also see how much traffic they are getting.

If your site maintains the same format, incorporate an ever-changing blog. Making sure your site has updated content is a good way to move up in rankings. You could, for instance, write weekly articles on topics related to your products or services.

One good piece of advice in Internet marketing that many tend to forget is to simply keep their websites easy to use. Multimedia tools like Silverlight and Flash are cool and seductive to new website owners. Flashy website tools like these, offering full screen video, are pushed all the time by website designers. You want your site to be dynamic, but you also want it to be accessible to everyone. A website should work well and serve its purpose, without resorting to lots of fancy devices.

Always focus on a goal when you are creating a website. Think about what kind of article you are interested in doing and where you are going to post it. Also, pinpoint the types of directories that you are willing to write for. This process helps to create the best possible submissions.

Make sure you know about everything that is on the Internet. The Internet is always changing quickly, so it is important to keep up with the popular sites and new innovations. Doing so can give you ideas for getting your product to your target market.

Stay on track with your advertising budget. It is not wise to pay for a service that is not going to even help out your business. When you spend money, you want to get good deals and that’s why banner ads can be a good investment.

Performance and appearance can be very important to your Internet marketing success. Take the time to frequently visit your website as a visitor and check for broken links, outdated information and other potential problems. Just like people won’t shop if they are unable to get in the front door, Internet shoppers will not wait while you keep fixing website bugs.

Banners on your site should look less like banners and more like part of the site. Design them as click-able links, so they blend in with your page. Most people tend to avoid banners, so this approach will help entice them.

Use social networking sites, like Facebook or MySpace, to target a specific market. Don’t send spam on social networking sites or you may be sued for harassment.

If you really want to develop a niche of satisfied customers, you should try offering prizes and rewards to people who are loyal to you. You need to make sure your business stays with you, if you are not cheap it will drum up word of mouth. They can also help to advertise your company in a positive light.

Alter the links in your emails if you regularly use this method to communicate with your customers. If your links are always the same, your customers will begin to ignore them. Keeping things constantly changing (even just a little bit) will prevent your readers from skipping over your links.

Be creative when designing your banner and avoid making ads that look generic. Try to create an interesting and unique banner ad to entice potential visitors.

As you can see, Internet marketing has become an essential for any successful business. You can use it to promote your products and services in lieu of traditional forms of advertising. Try to utilize the tips from this article so you can use online marketing to your advantage in your business.

Tired Of Fighting With Allergies? Win The Battle With These Amazing Tips

Tired Of Fighting With Allergies? Win The Battle With These Amazing Tips

sneezing person blond womanIf you’re like most, you deal with allergies here and there. Sometimes allergy symptoms are merely annoying, and other times they stop us in our tracks. If you are suffering from allergies, know that help is available! Relief of your symptoms is possible.

For safety’s sake, always test a new over-the-counter antihistamine at home. Most of these products have ingredients that could make you sleepy or disturb your reflexes. Try your new medication out for the first time when you do not need to work or drive.

If you are allergic to animals but have to have a pet, get one with short fur. Short-haired animals don’t impact allergies nearly as bad as long-haired ones do. To minimize allergic reactions to pets, forbid them from getting on the furniture or in your bed.

Keep your bathroom well-ventilated in order to keep mildew and mold at bay. Hot, humid conditions are outstanding for cultivating these allergens. After your bath or shower, use an overhead exhaust fan to remove moisture from the air. Hang damp bath towels and cloths on a rack or bar. Open a window if you don’t have a fan.

Make sure you’re properly hydrated to treat a bronchial allergy. When you are dehydrated, the membranes of your nose and throat can become dry and irritated. Mucosal glands will produce difficult-to-break-up secretions when hydration isn’t sufficient, affecting your bronchial tubes.

honey bees on honey frame imagesThe honey bees can help your allergies.  Get some local raw honey.  Make sure the source is close to your home – within 5-8 miles.  The bees producing local honey will be visiting the pollen plants and nectar plants that you are living near.  Eating a couple of teaspoons of raw honey a day will help desensitize you.  Make sure it is raw honey NOT pasturized as heating honey over 110 degrees F will destroy all the good stuff in the honey.

In the Western US olive trees are something that people often use to landscape with. Unfortunately, these trees produce a huge amount of pollen. If you learn to identify these trees when you see them that will aid you in devising ways to protect yourself from any allergens. Many people find that training a water hose on the tree a few minutes of each day is enough to significantly reduce pollen problems.

Now, some effective natural remedies are available to allergy sufferers. Using these remedies it is possible to fight many allergy symptoms. Holistic products can offer natural relief from symptoms like itchiness, sneezing and swelling.

herbals for healingA great tip in the springtime is to keep your windows closed to keep the pollen out. By opening windows, you allow free-floating pollen to come into your house and trigger your allergy symptoms. In addition, check and clean your vent and air conditioner filters to prevent allergens from circulating inside your home.

Once you have control of your allergy symptoms, you can have an enjoyable life! Itchy eyes or having a runny nose as well as other symptoms should not ruin your life. Taking action and doing basic things to improve your symptoms can, indeed, give you the much needed relief that you crave.

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Online Marketing made easy through the Digital Lifestyle

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Online Marketing made easy through the Digital Lifestyle

No the boat is NOT mine.  But, I am in Baltimore MD working while on a family trip.  How did this come to pass?? Careful research and some time learning to use some solid tools.  And, it is a bonus that I am figuring out how to do even more with my tablet so that I am not tied to internet cafes or wifi spots.

I was fascinated by the concept of working online for a living.  I tried some consumption type product programs [vitamins, shakes, cleaning products etc.]  But that was hard work – “talking to friends and family” Then I found I was a member of the NFL club!  [No Friends Left Club]  There had to be a better way that I hoped would use more online marketing techniques.

I looked for training to learn online marketing without “bugging friends and family”.  I found several, but each focused on one small part of marketing.  Solo Ads or pay per click or article marketing or social media marketing or video marketing were some of the single approach trainings that I found.

I wanted a good curriculum that was the “liberal arts” type degree of online marketing.  I found that with CCP which merged with a company in the UK and is now called Six Figure Marketing [SFM].  This is a complete in one package all facets of internet marketing curriculum. [Sort of step by step- easy to follow  degree in online marketing]

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