Do Your Taxes Have Bad Breath?

Today, our guest poster Justin Krane offers up a step by step plan on how to stay on top of your taxes and how to avoid putting them off till the last minute. Additionally, you can join Justin and our CEO Deborah for an amazing financial webinar on May 29th at 1PM PST/4PM EST. In this webinar, Justin will teach you how to create high quality goals and the financial strategies to put in place to work towards achieving them. You in? We are! Register by clicking here.

You are trying to back away from them but their stank is just ridic? They have no idea how bad their breath is! Especially when they eat the onion bagel with lox cream cheese! You’ll do anything to avoid their halitosis.

Got me thinking. Do your taxes have bad breath? Your taxes only end up stinking if you put them off till the last minute. It stinks to have no idea how much money you owe the IRS. Give your taxes a breath mint! No more scrambling the last few days before taxes are due. No more tax surprises. No more bad breath.

How you plan your taxes is most likely how you plan your financial life. It’s time to be proactive, not reactive! I want your financial life to be easier for you.
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Marketing Dollars

Don’t let your marketing dollars get stuck in the vending machine.

It happens to everyone. It’s like a rite of passage. You go to the vending machine to get your chocolate fix and buy a bag of Raisinets. You put your money in the machine but your candy gets stuck on its way out.

You’re bummed out. You weren’t expecting this to happen. You’re faced with the decision of putting more money in the machine to get what you want – or calling some number to complain, (do they ever answer?) knowing you will never get your money back.

Doesn’t it stink when you spend money and you don’t get what you pay for? Or you have to pony up more money when you thought you wouldn’t have to? Especially if it’s for your business!

First off, when you spend money in your business, think of it as an investment. Don’t just think of it as an expense. That way you will be in the mindset of getting a return on your money, which is really what you are paying for. Continue reading

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Should You Pay Down Your Debt or Invest in Your Business?

You want to pay down your debt, but your income has been about the same amount for the past two years. Ideally, you’d like to redesign your website, hire an employee to assist you at your business, buy a MacBook Pro, and begin establishing a social media presence. But your credit cards and any other outside debt are killin’ you. Much of this may be linked back to the fact that you could be spending around $200 a month in additional interest which could be going towards trademarking a logo design or buying some software you really need.

You feel stuck because you are not sure what to do – pay down the debt or invest in your biz? If you rack up more debt, you will just dig a bigger hole for yourself. If you make the minimum payment on your debt, you won’t chip away at reducing it. Total deer in the headlights moment. Continue reading

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Guest Post: 4 Things You Need to Know About Taxes and the Fiscal Cliff

Taxes schmaxes – I am so over the fiscal cliff. These on-again off-again talks were insane and it’s crazy to me that the negotiations came down to the 11th hour. Post signing the legislation of the fiscal cliff deal, here are the top 4 things you need to know about taxes and the fiscal cliff.

1. All tax rates stay the same. Congress added a bracket. The only tax bracket that changes is the top rate, which was 35% and is now 39.6% for individuals making over $400,000 and $450,000 for married filing jointly.

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9 Ways to Work with a Bookkeeper for Your Business

You love being the CEO of your business, but what happens when you have to be the CFO?

Dealing with your business finances can be overwhelming.   If you want to take your company to the next level, you are going to need to have some major clarity around your business finances.  You need to lift up the hood of your business money and see what is going on in there.  That way, you can make better financial decisions, have more control over your business, and focus on your life without being worried about your company finances.  How cool would it be if your stress level went down?! Continue reading

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Guest Post: Where Do You Get Stuck With Money?

As a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, new clients come to me because they want advice on specific issues like:

What can I do to get better control of the cash flow in my business?
How can I develop a budget that allows me to spend and save?
Can I afford to get office space?
Am I on track to retire?
How should I invest my portfolio?
How can I get ahead in my financial life?

I bring up the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. As I begin to answer these questions, my clients realize that most financial decisions they must consider somehow relate to making a change. They become more aware of what’s getting in their way and begin to reflect on the notion that something has to change. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Do You Have Business Liability Insurance?

Business liability insurance isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity for your business in the event of a potential lawsuit.

Say you’re a physical therapist with your own business. You’re crushin’ it in your biz and then boom! Out of nowhere, one of your old clients sends you a letter and is suing you because he tripped and fell inside your waiting room. Your heart is racing and the last thing you need is to deal with this. Continue reading

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5 Things Employers Should Consider When Offering a 401k

Starting this July, 401k participants will receive more disclosures about the fees they are paying inside their 401k plans.

The Department of Labor wants more transparency and disclosure on what kind of fees employees are paying inside their 401k plans. Why? Because many employees have no idea how much they are paying in mutual fund fees. A recent survey by AARP said that 71% of people saving for retirement thought they didn’t pay any investment fees whatsoever. Continue reading

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Guest Post: 6 Things I Wish I Knew Starting Out as an Entrepreneur

Today we’re featuring a special guest post from Justin Krane at Krane Financial Solutions! Ready to make the leap of faith and start your own business? It may be one of the riskiest moves you choose to make but the rewards will be in spades after. Justin Krane tells us today about his entrepreneurial journey and the six things he wished he had known starting out.

It was another business conference, and I was in the room with another 300 financial planners. The room was really cold, the AC was maxed, I had forgotten my sweater and I was freezing!

It was a scenario I’d been in so many times but I had no idea that this session would change the direction of my life.

Out comes the motivational speaker guy. I started to tune him out until I realized he was blind. His name was Jim Stovall, a former Olympic weightlifting champion who had gone blind over time. He told us that he had changed his life because he had changed his mind. Continue reading

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