Death and Taxes


D      As we all know, the holidays can be very difficult for those who experiencing the holidays with out a loved one for the first time. Unfortunately, the first tax season after such a heart-breaking event can be even more difficult.  Doing a deceased loved ones’ taxes is one of the most difficult things I

Five Things to Look at Before Tax Season


If you are anything like me, the holidays being only days away also signifies that tax season is barreling towards us like a freight train.  There is no stopping that bad boy! Most people stave off preparing for tax season until after the holidays, but I would posit this just elongates the season of stress. Here

Doing It All Costs You Money


  Doing It All Costs You Money Seven years ago, almost exactly, I became a small business owner.  Oh my goodness!  I had no idea what I was really getting myself into, and I’m an accountant!  Except, I was no longer just an accountant.  I was a salesperson.  I was an administrator.  I was a

5 Steps to a Complete Marketing Plan


5 Steps to a Complete Marketing Plan Why is a marketing plan important? We’ve all heard the adage “If you fail to plan, plan to fail,” right?  Well, when it comes to your business the saying applies.    According to research by the Small Business Administration (SBA) about 30% of businesses fail in the first 2

Understanding Self-Employment Tax


Understanding Self-Employment Tax   Ah, self-employment tax…  Something that many business owners have to deal with if they are lucky enough to be profitable but have very little understanding of what it is or why they must pay it.  Consider this your crash course on self-employment tax, what it is, and what it costs. What

Why Should I Care About My Business Entity Type?


Why Should I Care About My Business Entity Type? So you’ve decided to strike out and pursue the American Dream and start your own business, congratulations!  Before you get started though, there are some things to consider about the entity you choose and how the decision will affect your life down the road.  Choosing the