Small businesses get better tax breaks than hobbyists, reports the Small Business Administration. As a hobbyist, you must pay tax on any income earned from your activities, but are limited in your deductions. When performing an activity with the intent of making a profit, you are considered “in” business.
Hobbyists, go a little further and become a business-in-fact with all of its tax and legal benefits.
Telltale Signs you are Running a (Real) Business
- Your garage and/or spare bedroom are so full of supplies and inventory that you can’t park your car or find your way to the window.
- Your sales have grown, along with your need for supplies and related expenses, and you’re making a name for yourself, your products and/or services (branding).
- Your supplier tells you that to be able to order in larger quantities and to get price breaks, you’ll need a state tax ID number (obtainable only for registered businesses).
The idea behind allowing employees to have their own company credit cards tends to be focused on security and convenience. There is simply too much that can go wrong by handing an employee cash— there is no protection against it getting lost or stolen, and it can’t be canceled and reissued. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
Checks are an alternative, but then you have to write out a check to every single vendor your employee does business with— not to mention many businesses aren’t thrilled about accepting checks, even business checks. Hotels are a perfect example: if your employee is traveling and needs to stay the night out, it’s unlikely a hotel or motel will accept a secondhand check as a form of payment.
If you’re still giving your employees cash or checks to conduct business regularly with, it’s time to consider the convenience of a business credit card. Before you hand one over, however, here are a few things to keep in mind.