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July 7th, 2008

Is Your Home Business (Writing or Otherwise) Considered a “True” Business?

Jean Murray, at Small Business Boomers, has a great post with information about what the IRS (Internal Revenue Service in the US) considers a true business. You might like to check out her, Boomers Retiring to “Fun” Businesses: Is birdwatching a business?
She mentions some of the criteria the IRS uses to determine whether you’re […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

June 20th, 2008

5 Tips For Setting Up A Home Business


When setting up a home business or thinking about it, there are many aspects to think about.
Here are five to consider:
1. Choose a business that’s timely.
2. Do your market research.
3. Decide whether your business will be online, offline or a combination.
4. Develop a business statement.
5. Do I need a computer; if so, what type?
What did […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

June 20th, 2008

Home Business Tip: Record Keeping Is Vital

Keeping records, for tax purposes and to determine whether you are making money, is vital in a home business. You don’t simply put the money you collect into a “cigar box” and feel it’s free and clear because it isn’t a fortune.  You have expenses, too, that detract from that money.
You must set up […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 1 comment

May 17th, 2008

Presidential Politics - Do They Affect Home Businesses?

You may think your home business is  beyond any fall-out from political politics.  You’re a small business owner, minding your own business and staying away from involvement in politics, whether locally, statewide, or nationally.  You aren’t running for any office and feel you can be immune from the whole situation.However….
*Many local political decisions can affect […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 0 comments

April 13th, 2008

Are You Taking Your Home Office Business Deduction?

Throughout the b5media Business Channel this month, we’re guest posting at one another’s blogs.  Jean Murray, co-blogger at Small Business Boomers has written a post about taxes.  For those of you who are taking a last minute approach to your taxes (in the US, they’re due Apr. 15), Jean reminds you about the home office business deduction.
Are […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 6 comments

March 19th, 2008

A Spree…All For Free(?)…With A Tax Rebate

We’ve been discussing, here at the Business Channel, after Jennifer Hofmann at MyOrganizedBiz initiated a tax rebate daydream meme, how we’d spend ours.  Most have been assuming $600, but is appears in some cases it may only be $300. 
Supposedly it’s all for free.  However, somewhere, somehow, and by someone, the money will have to be paid.  […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 2 comments

January 28th, 2008

Is Your Business Fueling Childhood Obesity & Poor School Performance?

HomeBizNotes.comDepending on the products you sell or the services you provide, you may find an additional tax on these items if you live in New Mexico (USA).  According to an article at Levine Breaking News, US State Wants to Tax TVs, Video Games to Fight Fat, Fund Education, a Democratic lawmaker, along with the Sierra Club, […]

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January 26th, 2008

Will Your Business Be Affected By Tax Rebates?

With this talk about tax rebates to stimulate the economy in the United States, do you wonder how it will affect your home business?
If the rebates do go through, who will pay for them? There’s no free lunch, much as some people think there is. Someone has to pay.
So will our taxes eventually go up […]

By Mary Emma Allen -- 4 comments

January 13th, 2008

Win Free Tax Software For Your Home Business Tax Horror Story

Tax time is approaching so you’ll want to get all your facts and figures together.  Kelly Erb at Taxgirl is sponsoring a contest, Win Free Tax Software on Taxgirl, with the prize being software from TaxAct for five lucky winners.
All you need to do is post your tax horror story in the comments section of Kelly’s […]

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December 30th, 2007

Tax Time Approaching For Home Business Owners

With the end of the year in sight, our minds will be turning to taxes…at least for individuals and business owners in the United States.  What can we still deduct, purchase, invest?
Kelly Phillips Erb at Taxgirl has some answers to tax questions in Ask the Taxgirl: Blogging Reviews .  As blogging reviewers, product testers, book reviewers, […]

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