I spent today handing out my business cards that list my blog which has a link to Fifth Avenue Collections Jewelry, which is my home based business. While passing out my cards, I saw a vendor at Summit City in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I spoke with the vendor because she was in a high traffic area and I wanted to know how to model/market that same idea of selling as a jewellery vendor. I was so excited and as I was leaving the building, I bumped into a security guard who was able to give me a business card to the manager for Summit City. I did call and left a message and I am excited about this new business network prospect. If I was not actively promoting my busines and blog, I would not have met the vendor which lead to a manager. My motto is to promote, promote, promote. I also know that original content is key to keeping my blog active. Alot of people don't understand the importance of blogging and how it helps your business and can increase your cash flow. I think I will create an article dedicated to the importance of blogging. I love that I am actually an author everytime I sent down and create my blog ideas and I will be adding I am an author to my business cards. I want my following to know that I am a real person with a smalll business that is successful. Don't forget you need a blog, website, and credit card processing.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I realize today that trying to submit my rss feeds is very time consuming. I still do work a part time job and use my off time for my business endeavors. I spend my days off creating original content for blogs, keeping up squidoo lenses, keeping up facebook pages. I also work on unfinished lenses and websites. So today I have to get some help and outsource submitting my rss feeds by using and rss feed submitssion service. So currently I am on google using the keywords "rss submission services." I hope to find something economical rss submission is crucial to improving my blog and website search engine rankings. I have to submit to directories, article submissions, social bookmarking networks. These are the sites my research yielded.
Then I used the keywords "Free website url submissions" and found the following sites.
I did find services that were economical and will budget for paid submissions in the future but at least now I have a solid list to follow.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Today I am submitting my blog posts to search engines and other directories. Yesterday I discussed using Merchant Warehouse to process credit cards. It is equally as important to promote your website online and offline. Submitting to search engines is a great way to promote online and to get people (traffic) to your site. To promote offline, I will be using my new business cards which I am excited to have designed. I also got my business cards from Vista print on Saturday (Whooaa). I will be placing my business cards everywhere. Here is a list of 17 places to place your business cards.
6. Conference rooms
7. Waiting areas
8. Gas stations near the gas pump!
9. Sandwich shops
13. Carry some tape to place your business cards where there is a lot of foot traffic
14. Place in relevant library books
15. Place in relevant magazines
16. Ask local businesses to display your cards
Feel free to leave a comment and add to this list!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Linda Ellis Eastman is CEO & Founder of The Professional Woman Network (PWN), an international consulting organization on women’s issues. She has certified over 3,400 individuals from 18 countries to present the PWN women’s empowerment seminars including Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama.
Linda Eastman she is a motivational consultant. I went to one of her courses and it was worth every penny. Thinking about her today gave me motivation to continue working on my Independent Jeweller
Seminars and topics offered:
- Train-the-Trainer Women’s Issues Certification
- Women’s Wellness Certification
- Save Our Youth Certification
- The PWN Coaching Certification
- Customer Service & Professionalism Certification
- Professional Presentation Skills Certification
- Branding & Image Certification
- International Coach-the-Coach
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Tax Deduction Strategies For A Home Based Business
By Desiree Richardson
Congress has approved a number of tax breaks as incentives for small businesses. Owning a home-based business is the best way to take advantage of these tax breaks.
As a small business owner you have more tax breaks available to you than anyone else. Unfortunately, these tax breaks go unused because most small business owners don't know about them. Any home-based business, even part-time, that is not a hobby, and is in pursuit of a profit, can qualify for huge tax breaks - it's US Government law. You have a total of 3 years to turn a profit on your business before it will be considered a hobby and not longer eligible for a business tax deduction.
By owning a home-based business and taking advantage of the tax breaks available to you, you can keep more of your income, even if your business isn't producing a profit!
I am the sole proprietor of Rich and Rich Home Opportunities and also have an EIN (Tax ID #) for that business. I filed a business deduction for the business in 2009 even though I made about $600 total. Rich and Rich Home Opportunities is a company that focuses on bring quality home based business to the those seeking a home based business. I always pay for my advertising with my credit card or through paypal which is attached to my bank account, and makes it easy to create the receipts that need to be provided when you apply for your business tax deduction.
These are the tax deductions that I took in 2009 with all receipts!
If you have signage for you business on your car, this is considered advertising and the cost of gas and maintenance can be deducted. Keep the reciept when you purchase your signage and take pictures of your car and keep in your records.
Claim a home office deduction for your offices at home which I am sure has a fax,scanner,computer, record keeping, and educational materials that help you to run your business.
Your capital costs of a computer, it's software and even Internet access can be deductible when used is a home based business .
I payed via paypal for advertising on networks such as DirectSalesMoms, Traffic Exchanges, ineedhits, autoresponders, and offline print materials. My advertising was the bulk of my deductions.
I also deducted business start up costs because I would have to be a part of a business in order to promote it as a Rich and Rich Home Opportunities business. My company is classified as a b2b.
You don't need a company to tax a business deduction. If you are a network marketer or direct sales associate, then you are eligible for a business deduction. There is cap on the deductions based on the type of deductions. For example, I received $9,000 but that was my cap.
The key to all of the tax incentives and more is to treat your business as a business, not as a hobby. The intent of your business is to make a profit. This does not mean that you have to make a profit, but a reasonable effort has to be made. Work your business. Profit it what we all want! Keep good records of your business activities with a good log book and you will have no trouble with the intent. Working in a home based network marketing company has endless advantages with unlimited income, more free time to do the things that you want and helping other people.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Post: Online and Offline Advertising