Startup Story: Empowering Women to Stay Fit for Life

When Renata Joy of New York, New York was a child growing up, she saw those in her immediate family suffering from preventable illnesses, and vowed that she would do everything in her power to take charge of her health. It was her early desire to live happily and healthily that led her to create her own small business in the wellness industry. In August of 2014, Pure Joy Wellness, LLC was formally established. Joy works on the administrative duties that come with small business ownership from home, but also

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How to Hold a Fully Deductible July 4th Party

July 4th is right around the corner. If you operate your own small business and throw a Fourth of July party for the benefit of your employees and contractors, you can fully deduct the following business party necessities when filing taxes with the IRS: – Party location It might be cheaper to hold a party right in your office complex. Or, you could invite your employees to your home. But if you need to rent out a banquet hall, park, beach area, or other location for a predetermined amount of

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Navy Vet Invents Handy Device for Northern Truckers

George Baer knows the roads that connect most areas of the United States like the back of his hand. That’s because he has worked as an over-the-road truck driver for the past four decades. Baer has driven in cold climates for many years, and he realized that he could offer a handy device to truckers who travel in ice and snow to help make their road trips a little easier. Baer and his wife, Pamela, proudly run their own small business called Baer Enterprises, LLC out of their home office

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6 Easy Ways to Increase Your Business Credit Score

Maintaining a high personal credit score is something we all strive for. But in the small business world, it’s just as important to keep your company’s credit score as high as possible. Business credit bureaus use a scale of 1 to 100 to determine the credit worthiness of a business, unlike the 300 to 850 range for individuals. Here are 6 basic ways to increase your business credit score to help you enjoy a prosperous future as an entrepreneur: 1. Separate your business activities from your personal life. If you

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Startup Story: Empowering People to Attain Their Goals

1800 Spotlight – Angel Toussaint Angel Toussaint, author of the book titled, The Right Way to Write it Down…Goal-Storming, and co‑founder of Life’s Power and You, says, “Sometimes we need a little pick-me-up to get motivated about our life goals.” Life’s Power and You is a small specialized business and a client of 1-800Accountant. The company and its founders strive to do this through their information-based website and by selling motivational products through their online storefront. Their products consists of books, motivational photo prints and their exclusive “Goal Rocks.” Information

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7 Benefits to Offer Employees in Your Small Business

For any small business owner, it’s not easy to find and hire hardworking, dedicated employees. But once you do bring on those diamonds in the rough to help your startup prosper, it’s great to reward your workers for the time and effort they put into their jobs. Consider offering these benefits to employees in your small business: 1. Serve up free food – lunches, snacks, etc. Everyone likes to indulge in some free food once in a while. Whether you simply provide chips or have Friday lunches catered, there is

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Startup Story: Food, Fun, & Daycare Down on the Farm

For the past 10 years, Chris Williamson of Mesa, Arizona has been a casual farmer. Instead of farming as a profession, Williamson grew and donated fresh produce to cancer patients and the terminally ill just for the benefit of eating fresh food and the good feeling that comes from giving back to the community. In December of 2014, Williamson formally established Webster Willeford Farms, LLC with his wife and business partner, Jessica. The couple performs charitable work under a separate entity, as well as a for-profit daycare with a fun

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What Types of Business Entertainment Events are Deductible?

Who doesn’t love eating a meal out with coworkers or going to a concert to tap your toes to some funky music? We all do. But enjoying entertainment can be pricey, especially if a large group is involved. The good news is that Uncle Sam and the IRS allow small business owners to deduct 50% of meals and entertainment events in which they partake. But some type of business must be conducted before, during, or after these events in order to qualify for this popular – yet often improperly claimed

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Creating Safe Havens for Families in Need through a Small Business

Small business ownership crept up on Pamela Johnson of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina through a series of unfortunate circumstances. In 2004, she was forced to start her life over due to monumental events in her personal life, which resulted in her house being foreclosed on. Once Johnson pulled her and her children out of the hole they were in, she vowed to pay it forward and invest in properties to help people who were in a bind, temporary or otherwise. From there, Exact Solutions Realty, LLC was born. The small business

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Summertime Savings: 5 Tax Deductions on Summer Expenses

Now that Memorial Day has gone by, the unofficial kickoff to summer 2015 is in full swing. The kids will be out of school soon. The weather is heating up. And burgers and hot dogs are hitting the grill for some tasty summertime cookouts and family reunions. While summer can be an expensive time of year with traveling, summer camps, and less work for those with seasonal jobs, there are plenty of opportunities you shouldn’t overlook to reduce your tax liability. Learn how to enjoy a deductible summer this year

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