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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the Home Office Deduction

You may see your home office as the place you take important business calls, the place you meet new clients, the place you focus best on crafting your products -- but what about the place you save money on your taxes? The home office deduction can save entrepreneurs a significant sum on their taxes. Here,...
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8 Tips for the Work From Home Solopreneur

You’ve plunged into starting a solo business venture from home. Being a solopreneur is a fantastic experience for motivated individuals, but it can easily become stagnant if you aren’t careful. When everything starts piling up, you can lose sight of what drew you to your passion project in the first place, and your tools of...
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5 Tips for Effectively Working from Home

While we are in the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, working from home has become the new normal for so many of us. For some, this can be a brand-new reality, and it can be difficult to focus on work in an environment that is usually associated with leisure. Starting your workday in your...
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5 Things Every Freelancer Should Know About Taxes

When I first started freelancing, there were at least a dozen things more urgent to me than taxes. Networking, incorporating, setting up a website, client pipeline... you name it. It wasn’t until tax time, nine months later, that I realized my mistake. How? TurboTax told me that I owed $13,200 to the IRS. I scraped...
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8 Things I Learned in My First Year as a Freelancer

Last year I had to unexpectedly kickstart my career as a freelance website designer. I took like a duck to water with some things, while others took a lot more figuring out, as I’d previously been working in an entirely different industry. As it’s my one-year birthday as a freelancer, I thought I’d share these top...
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4 Tips to Increase Productivity and Save Your Sanity While Working Remotely

Each year, more Americans are working remotely than ever before. An early 2020 Flexjobs study shows that in 2015, 3.9 million U.S. workers were working remotely. Today that number is at 4.7 million, or 3.4 percent of the population.   It makes sense that more employers and employees are choosing remote work. Telecommuting has been proven to increase...
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What You Need to Know About Taxes Before Starting a Business

Starting a business requires time and preparation, and preparing to meet tax obligations can affect many of the steps you must take when you open your business. In fact, you must deal with several items related to taxes before you even can obtain your business license. The earliest stages of opening a business usually involve writing...
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From the Home Office to a Commercial Building

Family First Business Model: Choosing an Office Environment When I decided to start my own consulting business to promote my brand of green building and sustainable communities (i.e., with a motto be not the cause, be the solution), I knew that I wanted to be at home. I had just experienced the Nisqually earthquake and...
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Using Your Home as an Office

Using your home as an office can be an advantage As a young or potential entrepreneur, taking out office space rental seems like a daunting idea right? It's a big commitment, especially when there is an alternative. This is a topic which I encounter all the time. With a growing number of people working from...
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Does Your Business Qualify for the Home Office Deduction?

Does your office space qualify for a home office deduction? Working from home has become a practice of choice for entrepreneurs and small business owners across all fields. Thanks in large part to advances in technology, more self-employed professionals are discovering the great perks of using a home office to conduct their trade instead of...
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How to Manage a Home Office

It is not uncommon for a new home-based business owner to locate their office in the one of the smallest rooms in the house, as balancing the space needs of the business and the family is a challenge. This makes it even more critical that the office space be well used and highly utilitarian in...
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Do’s and Don’ts of Conquering Chaos in Your Home Office

Someone who works in a cubicle or a corporate office can leave his or her mess at work. Yet when your business and personal life are under the same roof, it’s more difficult to keep home office chaos to a minimum. By following a few do’s and avoiding the don’ts, you can keep your home...
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Do’s and Don’ts for Managing Stress While Working from Home

Ahhh…the stress-free life of working from home. There are no co-workers to interrupt you, no boss looming over your shoulder and no set work schedule. You can come and go as you please, dress however you like and even leave your home office early to catch a movie. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? It is, except...
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Tips for Being Effective and Efficient While “Working Naked”

When you’re “Working Naked” — working without the support of the corporate workplace — you face a few challenges. A few of them include how to stay focused and avoid distractions. By taking the time to set up your home office to be efficient or change what’s not working, you can create a productive home...
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Eight Simple Tips to Create the Ideal Home Office

Whether you work from home full time or after hours, it's important to create a space that works for you and meets your needs. If you're wasting time each day trying to find supplies, client files and other important information, it may be time for a home office overhaul. There are a few simple ways...
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Managing a mommy business…with 5 simple steps!

We are women. Watch us Manage! I have people ask me, usually men, how do you do it all? How do you take care of the family, and your business, and be so management oriented?  Did you study business management in college, get an MBA? No sir, I did not even finish high school. I...
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And You Thought You Had Problems!

I asked Jeff Landers from to forward some of the entries they received in the "Home Office from Hell" contest I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. These are my personal favorites. I laughed out loud at many of them, so thought I would share. • When my wife runs the washing machine...
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Are You Ready For A Real Office?

Excuse me for forgetting where I read about this but my son was home sick with 103 fever, my dog has a bladder infection (don't even ask about the carpet in my office), and my family obviously thinks working at home means I have all the time in the world to chat. What I remembered...
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Fleshing out our latest promotion

Well, the "Fleshers" have it. They've won the battle (see previous entry, "War of words"). Thanks for the corroboration folks! (did i spell that right?!). Now, to flesh out our latest promotion, I wanted to call to your attention the opportunity we've created jointly with, Microsoft, and for all you home-based entrepreneurs. We're...