For many Americans, the freedom associated with running their own business or working independently as a consultant or freelancer can be very appealing. But with that freedom and independence also comes a lot of responsibility, and not just the day-to-day operations and accounting processes necessary to keep the business afloat. There are also things like health insurance to consider. (more…)
Small-business owners may need to compare different kinds of health insurance plans for themselves and their families. In some cases, entrepreneurs will even offer group medical plans to help them attract and retain good employees. As business owners strive to keep premiums as low as possible, they also want their employees to enjoy the best benefits possible. Typically, managed care health insurance policies provide the optimum balance between affordable premiums and good coverage. (more…)
Let’s just start out by being completely honest with each other, shall we? We all hate, hate tax season! Either we completely despise it or we run around in circles with our hands flailing about just thinking about it. I hated filing my returns too. I procrastinated until the last minute on the dreaded date – April 15th. I felt like there was ticking time bomb, ready to explode somewhere, but let me just wait till 10 seconds on the clock and do something trivial while time flies by. Have you ever felt the same thing? Don’t worry though, tax season does that to you.
I know procrastination can seem like the best idea in the world, but here’s some friendly advice: don’t do it. Just don’t. When it comes to filing your returns, planning in advance really helps. It may even help you reduce your income tax liabilities, because you’re thinking about it more thoroughly than you would if you were filing at the last minute. So, no more last minute fretting. Follow these tips and you’ll do just fine.
Historically it’s been the case that the self-employed are also the ones paying the most for health insurance. This might not be so bad in the short term, especially when you’re just starting your business and money is tight, but in the long run life’s calamities usually find a way to catch up to you.
So where do you start?
For many, the first stop is to an online health insurance brokerage that sells health insurance plans from the major carriers. Usually their websites function a lot like a health insurance version of Travelocity, where you can search generally or specifically for health insurance plans then compare them against one another to see how they match up.
Is it me, or do you feel like all of your business expenses are going up? Rent is higher, payroll fees are up, taxes in California, healthcare costs. These are all fixed costs, meaning that they don’t go down. They stay where they are and that means less money flows to your bottom line.
Check this out. I’ve got a fixed cost for you that could go lower! Like 10-30% lower — now that’s a ballpark.
Your healthcare costs. Yep! Whether you are self employed, a small business with employees, or an individual, you need to know what is coming down the pike on Jan 1, 2014.
Just as job seekers have trouble finding quality job opportunities, business owners have a similar struggle in finding and holding onto talented employees. In order to keep employee turnover to a minimum, it helps to create a positive work environment that not only attracts loyal employees but make them want to stick around as well, and if you’re wondering how to improve your employee success rate, here are a few tips to get you on the right track.
Given the stress of starting and running a business, it’s not surprising that small business owners often forget about some lesser-known types of insurance, or try to cut corners by foregoing the basics. Without the right insurance coverage, your business could lose a ton of money in an instant with nothing to back it up financially. Here are some areas small businesses almost always forget to insure.
1. Business Interruption Insurance: Because Disasters Wreck Your Bottom Line
Could your business survive a week or even a month of inactivity? Most can’t take that much lost revenue. Business interruption insurance protects you from losing money when your business cannot operate for a certain period of time.
If, for instance, your building was damaged, business interruption insurance would pay for areas including: (more…)
This article was originally printed on LearnVest.com.
You’re free! Free to sleep in until 11 a.m., free to work while your adorable toddler plays at your feet, free to … keep really good records of all your expenses for your taxes.
We know. Not so fun. The reality is, being self-employed can be awesome for 11 months out of the year, and then come crashing down on your head in the form of lost receipts and unpaid estimated taxes in April. We want to save you from that sinking feeling. Read on for what every freelancer needs to know for your taxes.
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2013 started with a bit of a bang – with the looming fiscal cliff threatening tax hikes and benefit cuts, Washington scrambled to pass a budget that would allow the USA to continue trying to climb out of the recession. However, many small business owners are wondering what this means for tax laws in 2013. Is anything going to change? Do they have to do anything special? To help sort through the chaos, MyCorporation has prepared a list of important items and small business tax advice for owners to be aware of when filling out their 2012 returns.
2012 Returns and Deductions
One of the biggest concerns that business owners have is how the fiscal cliff discussions will affect their 2012 returns. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which was passed on January 1st 2013, was the piece of legislation that averted the fiscal cliff. And for many businesses, its contents will not affect their 2012 return. However, it did retroactively affect a few things, most importantly Section 179 and the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit. (more…)