Business Do’s and Don’ts: Tips on How to Do Well on Your Business

When you’re starting your own business, it can be exciting and even a little scary. You might have tons of ideas on how to run your business, but there are also things you can do that will hurt your business before it even has a chance to succeed. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid when running a small business:

Avoid cheap fixes and work with the best.

Don’t skimp on quality. As a business owner, you need to stay on top of the latest trends in your industry and make sure that you’re always working with the best. This means that when it comes to things like products or services, you should only work with quality providers who are experts in what they do. Don’t try to cut corners or save money by cutting out an important step–ultimately this will come back to bite you in the end! It’s better to pay for something once than pay for it over and over again because it doesn’t hold up over time (or worse yet, breaks entirely).

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. You can always find someone who knows more than yourself about something – so if there’s something that feels beyond your ability level then go ahead and ask someone else how they would handle such situations! Having more minds working on one problem means more ideas coming together into viable solutions which means less stress overall while also saving time spent trying different methods until one works (which could take days).

Create a business plan.

A business plan is a blueprint for the future of your company. It should include the answers to questions like; What is your mission? How will you get there? Who are your competitors, and how do you differentiate yourself from them? Do you have enough money for supplies and equipment, or do you need financing to stay afloat until sales pick up?

A good business plan can help guide decisions as well as attract investors. If they see that you’ve put thought into what needs to be done in order for the company to succeed, they’ll be more likely to trust that it can happen. However, if they see that all of this information is missing from a business plan (or has yet to be written), this could indicate that it’s not going anywhere fast—and thus not worthy of investment dollars!

Create and follow a budget.

  • Create and follow a budget.
  • Be sure to set up a budget before you start your business, so you can see how much money is coming in and going out. It’s also important to make sure that the money is going where it should go, like paying rent and buying food and things for your business. You can use an Excel spreadsheet or Google Sheets to create your budget, but there are other tools available as well (like Mint). Make sure you know what expenses will be coming up so that they don’t surprise you later on! The real key here is being prepared so that when something comes up unexpectedly (and trust us—it will), then at least there won’t be any surprises about how much money has been spent on something else instead of whatever else needs attention right now.

Don’t let personal expenses overlap.

Personal and business expenses should be kept separate, but it’s not always easy to tell the difference. As a result, many small business owners end up mixing their personal and professional funds. This is not only bad for your finances but can also risk putting your business in jeopardy.

If you don’t already have an accountant on retainer, consider hiring one now to help you sort through the books. An accountant will be able to give you guidance on whether or not certain expenses are valid if they’re filed under either column; however, there are still some general guidelines as far as what types of things might fall into each category: Personal expenses include things like cell phones and cable bills; business-related expenses include office supplies (like pens) used exclusively for work purposes

Don’t become your own adversary.

One of the most important things to avoid is becoming your own worst enemy. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and don’t be unnecessarily critical of yourself. If you are starting a business today, it’s likely that there will be challenges along the way. These challenges can often feel overwhelming at first, but they will pass if you stay focused on your goals and put in the work necessary to achieve them.

So how can you avoid getting overwhelmed by these challenges? It’s simple: don’t become your own adversary! You are not your biggest critic; instead, look for allies who support and encourage you as much as possible so that when things get tough (and they inevitably do), there are people around who can help lift up your spirits and motivate you not just through words but also through example—because let’s face it: nothing beats seeing someone else succeed at something before believing in yourself enough to set out on an entrepreneurial journey yourself!

Get educated about all aspects of your business.

Learning about what you do is important. It’s how you can make sure the company is heading in the right direction and doing everything it can to succeed.

While all businesses are different, there are some things that every business needs to learn about:

  • Your industry and competitors. What makes your industry unique? How do other companies compete with each other? Who are they competing against today, and who will they be competing against tomorrow? This information helps you understand what customers expect from your company and its competitors—and how to deliver on those expectations.
  • Your customers. Who buys from your business (or services)? Why do they buy from you instead of someone else? What would make them happier as customers of yours? This information tells you how much effort should go into building relationships with these people so that they become repeat customers.
  • Your suppliers. Whom does your business rely on for supplies or services that aren’t provided internally? What would happen if one of those suppliers stopped providing their service to you (or raised prices)? By learning this information now, rather than when things go south later on in a crisis situation, it’s easier for everyone involved to work together toward solutions before any damage occurs.

Find good people to help you with things you aren’t good at.

There are some things that you just can’t do. And that’s OK. You’re a human being, not a superhero.

So find good people to help you with the things that aren’t your strengths. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to pay someone else to do something if it makes sense for the business. Getting good at hiring the right people and keeping them around is one of the most important skills any successful entrepreneur can have—and it’s a skill that takes time and practice to develop! So take this advice from someone who knows: don’t be afraid of hiring others into your team; instead, make sure they’re right for their roles before bringing them on board so both sides are happy in the long run!

Have a marketing strategy in place.

Marketing is not a one-time thing. It’s not a one-person job, either. It’s also not a one-time expense or event, and it doesn’t always happen in the blink of an eye. Marketing isn’t even always successful (or unsuccessful!).

Instead, marketing takes time, patience, and dedication to succeed. You need to have a plan in place that has multiple steps so you can keep improving over time as your business grows.

Choose the right location.

Location is a key factor in how successful your business will be. If you’re starting out, it may seem like the perfect location for retail businesses would be downtown, but if customers aren’t able to find you or get there easily, then that’s not going to work. You should choose a location that has access to utilities (electricity and water) as well as transportation options such as public transit and roads so that potential customers can get to your store easily.

Don’t expect perfection; expect good enough to do the job it needs to do while you learn and improve the next time around.

When you’re first starting out, don’t expect perfection. Instead, expect good enough to do the job it needs to do while you learn and improve the next time around.

That’s not to say this isn’t a good time for your business—it most certainly is! However, there are going to be times when things aren’t perfect and that’s okay! You’re going through this process so that you can come out on top in the end.

If your website isn’t up yet or if something goes wrong with it (like an email never gets sent), don’t get stressed out. Take some deep breaths and remember that this is just a learning experience for your business; it’s not going to ruin anything permanently (unless someone finds out).

You can run your own business once you know what pitfalls to avoid.

As a business owner, you’ll have to make decisions on your own and often feel like you are alone in the process. You can run your own business once you know what pitfalls to avoid.

Remember: don’t be afraid to ask for help when it comes to making decisions. You’re not alone! Your friends and family may have some great ideas that could really help out with your business. Don’t be afraid of criticism or asking for advice from others because, in the end, it will only benefit your company and its growth potential down the line.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that running a business can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating and running an amazing business that will give you the freedom and flexibility you’ve always wanted. Imagine working from home or anywhere else in the world where there’s internet access! The possibilities are endless!

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AVOID THESE 6 MONEY MISTAKES IN YOUR 30s!

As you get into your 30s, you’ll realize that they’re a crucial decade of your life. You may be past the point where you don’t know what to do but you can still find ways to be proactive with your money.

Here are money mistakes you should learn to avoid in your 30s:

1. NOT HAVING AN EMERGENCY FUND

It is important to have an emergency fund to avoid debt in later life. Ideally, this account should cover three to six months of your essential expenses so you can cover any unexpected events such as losing your job or costly medical issues. It is highly suggested to put your emergency fund in a saving account so you can access it immediately and do not need to worry about a downturn in the markets affecting how much money you have.

2. BEING UNDERINSURED

Most people don’t like to buy insurance because it means paying for something that they hope to never happen/use. However, the consequences of being uninsured are so large that they can wipe you out financially. One accident on the job or medical emergency can change your financial structure just in the blink of an eye.

The types of insurance that are highly recommended are:

– Term life insurance

– Health insurance

– Disability insurance

– Renter’s insurance

3. MAKING MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON HIGH-INTEREST DEBT

If you have high-interest personal loans or credit card debt, it is suggested to pay them down as aggressively as possible before you focus on a low-interest loan or a mortgage. The faster you can pay those high-interest loans off, the more money you can put towards other financial goals that become increasingly important as you progress in your 30s.

4. BUYING TOO MUCH PROPERTY/HOUSE

Home/property ownership is gratifying and can lead to wealth creation. However, it is not guaranteed. You have to make sure that your housing budget includes room for things like unexpected repairs, maintenance, and potential changes to your future income if you start a family.

5. NOT AGGRESSIVELY SAVING FOR RETIREMENT

Retirement can seem far away when you are in your 30s. But every dollar you save for retirement now will be 10 to 20 extra years to accumulate compound interest than money saved in your 40s and 50s. You can set up an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) that will automatically move money from your checking account on payday.

6. SAVING FOR YOUR KIDS BEFORE SAVING FOR YOURSELF

When you become a parent, it is natural to want to put your kids’ needs in front of your own. However, saving for your children’s college education before you save for your own retirement is a terrible mistake. There are many ways to pay for college such as scholarships or applying to less expensive institutions but there is no way to pay for retirement other than saving.

When people enter their thirties, there are typically 20-30 common money mistakes they’re making. However, we’ve narrowed it down to the 6 most important money mistakes that need to be fixed if you want significant financial improvement.

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How to Save Money by Organizing Your Life

Organizing your finances will make you better at making spending choices. Organizing your purchases will help you deal with personal debt. Generating wealth is not always about having the most assets or money to spend. Sometimes analyzing your assets and planning for their future use pays off in an unexpected way. A lack of organization can harm your finances as much as being short on cash.

How you are potentially losing money because of disorganization.

Duplicate Items

You may have purchased duplicate items because you can’t find what you need when your need it OR you don’t even know you have it.

Late fees

23% of adults say they pay late fees because they can’t find the bills. How many late fees have you paid in the last year?

Excess Stuff

Just looking around your house, I bet you can see things you no longer use, or in reality, never used. How many hundreds of dollars are represented in your stuff?

Subscriptions

Do you have more than one streaming service subscription? Now, how often do you really use them?

Eating Out

This is an easy way to get food on the table, but it is definitely not the healthiest or the best financial decision.

What you can do starting TODAY

Go on a treasure hunt

Put like items together and see what duplicates are lurking. Visit your storage unit and make a plan to eliminate your dependence on this space.

Become more mindful of your future purchases.

You could even create a 30-day list and see if you still want the item(s) after 30 days. This reduces the spontaneous buying that is so easy to get caught up in.

Create a meal plan

One week I spent $30 on groceries because I already had most of the items at home. If I didn’t have a list or a meal plan, I would have certainly spent more than that!

Take really good care of your stuff

This includes your car, lawnmower, computer, sports equipment, children’s toys, etc. For example, it costs less to replace a spark plug and air filter every year than to buy a lawnmower every 3 years.

If your own peace of mind wasn’t enough to motivate you, maybe knowing there is a direct financial benefit to getting organized will do the trick!

Other financial benefits of organizing your life:

Make money on the items you are willing to sell. Have more time to spend on money-generating activities such as starting your dream business or pursuing a higher-paying job.

Have more time and energy to devote to your own self-care for better emotional and physical health.

More time and energy to explore free and active hobbies such as walking, yoga, library trips, journaling, biking, etc.

You may feel like money is a topic that has nothing to do with your life. However, it’s important to not think this way as personal finance has a huge impact on every aspect of your life. Regardless of your financial situation, whether you’re looking to make more money or trying to save money, it’s worth staying organized. It is crucial that you make financial organization a priority in your life. This will allow you to get a better understanding of the different aspects of your finances, create more wealth, and keep it over time.

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4 Key tips to Get Better With Your Money

Get a Better Financial Mindset

You need to work on your mindset to succeed financially. Keep a journal, read books, watch motivational videos, or get a mentor.

Define Measurable Goals

Make sure your goals are measurable. Break down your big goals into small, easily digestible chunks so you don’t get overwhelmed

Prepare Your Financial Plan

Then, set up a plan for allocating funds to each of your goals based on the priority you have assigned to them

Budgeting is Your Friend!

If you want to get better with money, you have to love it. A budget helps you track your spending and income.

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7 Ways to Increase your Income

You’re building your career and figuring out your future; amidst these processes, it’s likely that you’re encountering some periods where opportunities to make a little extra money would come in handy. Have you been saving up to buy something expensive, like a car or a house? Or maybe you simply want to have an emergency fund in place. Whatever your goals, there are lots of ways to save more on your budget by looking for ways you can make some extra money. Here are seven ways to increase your income.

Side Business

With a side business, you have another source of income. While it won’t make up for the loss of a lucrative day job, it can go a long way toward helping you as you look for another job. Plus, you can use the extra income to build up your emergency fund for just these situations.

Voiceover Work

Voiceover work is a way to make extra money by having your voice recorded.

How to Make Money at Home Using Your Voice

  • Voice Overs for Videos. One of the most popular at-home jobs using your voice is to voice over for videos.
  • Voice Overs for Commercials. Voicing commercials is another way you can make money at home using your voice.
  • Sell Radio Ads.
  • Create Audio Books.

Make money from your hobbies

If you do something you love, it can be turned into a new stream of income.

Here are 12 Profitable Hobbies that make money

  • Writing
  • Illustration and design
  • Music
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Photography
  • DIY crafts
  • Comedy
  • Coffee
  • Memberships
  • Brewing beer
  • Gaming

Share your Ride

You can apply for Uber or other rideshare companies if you have a reliable vehicle and a good driving record.

Sell clothes online

The way to bring in extra money is by listing your old clothing on an online platform like Poshmark.

Online Surveys

Many companies are hiring people to answer surveys, so you can increase your income by doing them.

Share skills

Suppose you have any unique skills. You can share your skills online like Upwork, Fiverr, and others to increase your income.

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5 Tips For Running A Successful Online Business

The ability of e-commerce to connect you directly with your customers makes it the perfect place to promote various products and services. This really comes into the spotlight due to COVID-19’s influence on this generation. Starting a business online can feel intimidating at first, Given a large amount of competition in the market, it is important to carefully evaluate your strategy and follow certain steps (listed below) to ensure that you take full advantage of the enormous benefits available in e-commerce.

Organize Your Web Assets

This extends much further than just organizing your business. Your web assets are everything from your website to your social media profiles to your hosting account. These need to be in order.

Stay On Top of the Latest Trends

The online world is one that is constantly changing and evolving. It evolves faster than anything you’ll see in the real world. Furthermore, you’ll see social media trends evolving all the time.

Listen to your loyal customers

Listening to customers gives you valuable feedback

After all, the best business decisions are based on concrete data, not guesses or estimates. You want to understand how your customers really feel about the product or service you deliver. Use this feedback to guide your business and marketing decisions.

Protect Your Brand’s reputation

  • Define your brand’s journey. …
  • Take good and positive action to build trust. …
  • Leverage three to four social media platforms to boost your brand’s likability and brand engagement efforts. …
  • Believe in your brand’s purpose and growth potential. …
  • Have fun and stay positive. …
  • Perception is powerful.

Hire the right employees

A bad performing employee will negatively impact the other employees they are around, could drive down sales, and could cost a business a lot of unnecessary expenses. By hiring the right person – the business will move in a positive direction and will become more successful in the future.

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How to Find a Reputable Tax Preparer Near You | Ingram Taxes

You may want more personalized help filing your tax return this year, and you have a wide range of options and resources.

A tax expert can make sure you get all the tax breaks you deserve, especially in a year where your tax situation may be very different than it had been in the past. Many tax professionals can also help you with tax planning that can save you money in the future.

What Kind of Tax Preparer Do You Need?

When choosing between tax preparers, one of the key factors to consider is their level of experience. They usually have different tiers of services, with some completing just your federal and state returns with little or no additional help offered. But if you had a few different jobs during the year, did some freelance work, started your own business or had other complicated tax situations, then you may need more help. If you’re not really sure what expenses are deductible, an accountant would be able to help you. They might find tax breaks applicable to your business that aren’t even clear to the IRS.

Anyone with an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number can prepare federal tax returns. But you should consider the level of their experience and qualifications. Enrolled agents, CPAs and attorneys can represent clients before the IRS in audits, payment issues and appeals. The Annual Filing Season Program helps other tax preparers who have completed a specific amount of continuing education to prepare for the tax season. There are also PTIN holders who haven’t completed these certifications and, as a result, they can prepare tax returns but can’t represent clients in front of the IRS. The IRS Directory is the best way to find quality tax preparers near you. Tax season is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to find one! Before you hire a tax preparer, ask family and friends for their opinions on who they’ve worked with in the past. Make sure to also do some research from reputable websites on the company that has been recommended to see if there are any complaints. If everything looks promising, you can then contact them for more details on their services.

Make sure your tax preparer can meet your needs. Do you just need them to file your return, or would you like them to help you with anything else? If you’re just starting out in business, for example, it might be helpful to work with a tax specialist – such as an enrolled agent or Certified Public Accountant – who can let you know about future deductions and tax-planning strategies. If you’re nearing retirement and have a lot of money in your tax-deferred retirement savings plans, it can be a good idea to meet with a qualified advisor who’s also skilled in financial planning and tax preparation. This way you can get professional advice about the most tax efficient way to withdraw from your savings.

Ask questions about the return so you understand what they’ve done and the credits and deductions they’ve taken, which can help you know how to take the tax breaks in the future. “A good tax preparer will explain each step of the process with a taxpayer and allow them to ask questions.” 

Inquire about their back-up support if you have any questions in the future. Avoid tax preparers who only operate a few months a year and will not be there after an IRS audit. In addition to protecting your data, you want to find a tax professional who can help you year-round in case you need to amend a return or if the IRS comes back with questions.

Conclusion: As you can see, there are many benefits to hiring a tax preparer. 

When you’re done filing your own taxes, you may find yourself making the same mistakes year after year. Hiring a professional can help save time and money, while also ensuring that your taxes are filed correctly. Here at IngramTaxes.com, we’re dedicated to helping all our clients receive the best possible results when it comes to tax preparation and filing.

Contact us today for more information about how we can help you! If you are looking for the best tax filing services, we can help. Get in touch by texting/calling us at +1 866-824-1440 or email us at info@ingramtaxes.com. Our professional team is available to take care of your needs and make sure you get what is rightfully yours.

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Negative Interest Rates May Be Happening – This Is What To Expect If They Do – Cheaper Loans And Higher Bank Fees

Negative interest rates are something the United States has never seen before, I repeat never have seen or done before. When rates dip below 0, there are three things that generally happens. One major effect of negative rates, is banks will have to pay you to take out a loan. This is one thing I’m looking forward to as a real estate investor, because I’m currently paying 4 percent interest on my $111,636 mortgage that I owe. Which is historically low, a couple years ago you couldn’t get an mortgage rate lower than 15 percent! However these rates are hovering around 3.38. The second effect, would be that you would be charged a fee to save your money in a bank. In the long run, I would expect people to pull all of they’re money out and invest all it. The Third effect, would result in stimulating the economy.

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Negative interest rates have been around for years, just not in America. Countries such as Japan and a few other European nations have implemented the idea but in limited form. “Negative interest rates are inevitable in the U.S.,” said Bankrate’s Greg McBride. President trump has also tweeted numerous times that he suggests some form of negative rates would benefit the United States, especially in a time like this.

With the possibility of these types of rates coming, the economy may benefit from stimulation due to a increase in lending. As a result it would become more affordable to borrow, and more expensive to save. You may see a increase in gold investing and even bitcoin being that there have been talks out creating a digital dollar in the past couple of months. It is uncertain whether this would affect the nation in a positive or negative way, because simply; this has not been done.

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