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By Bonnie Biafore | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recording Home Office Expenses in QuickBooks

Record your home office expenses in QuickBooks

Did you know that if you run your business from home, you can use part of your home office expenses as company expenses?

Usually, you’ll record those expenses in your company’s books at the end of the year when you’re getting ready for tax season.

If you’re new to bookkeeping, you might wonder how to get those expenses into your company’s books. I’m going to show you how to use Journal Entries to record your home office expenses in QuickBooks.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Use These Siri Commands to Manage Texts, Emails, and More

learn these siri commands to manage social interactions

With today’s hectic pace of life, it’s hard to stay on top of correspondence. And maintaining an empty email inbox can seem an unattainable goal for everyone but the obsessively efficient.

Fortunately, if you’ve got an iPhone or iPad with Siri, you’ve got a built-in social assistant at your beck and call.

Not only is Siri handy for managing your day-to-day logistics, but with a few Siri commands, you can have her manage your social interactions, as well. Here’s what Siri can do for you:

By Chris Croft | Monday, February 23, 2015

Want More Free Time? How About a Whole Month?

make more free time with these 4 tips

Imagine if you had an extra month of free time: no interruptions, emails, or phone calls, and no extra work coming in from your customers or boss.

Just pure time that you can use to think, and to get ahead of the game. You could get SO much done—all those things you haven’t been able to get around to for so long.

Is it possible to get that much more free time? Yep. If you do these four things:

By Josh Zweig | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Avoid a Tax Audit (Hint: Use FreshBooks!)

how to avoid a tax audit? use FreshBooks

Of all the things on your to-do list, neat record-keeping probably doesn’t fall high on the list. But when your neighborhood tax auditor comes around, you may wish it had.

Many business owners don’t keep proper records, so they get burned during a tax audit, paying out hard-earned dollars in interest and penalties. Fortunately, with cloud accounting software like Freshbooks, you can “audit-proof” your books to stay in the clear—and reduce your stress during tax season.

Here’s how to avoid a tax audit using FreshBooks.

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 14, 2015

Job Interview? 6 Tips for Vetting Your Future Manager

job interview tips: getting to know the boss

If you’re job-hunting, or considering a transition to a new role in your current company, take some time in your interviewing process to really scout the new boss you’d be working for.

One of the most important predictors of your job success is your fit with your manager:

Do you communicate in similar ways? Is he invested in you and your career? Will she person help you advance and learn new skills?

It’s hard to know any of these answers before you start the job. But I have a few tricks that have helped me vet new superiors.

Here’s what you have to do:

By Jane Barratt | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How to Lower Your Taxes — in 3 Steps

How to lower your taxes

My goal as an investment advisor is to get people out of the day-to-day, money in-money out cycle, and start them thinking of themselves as investors.

The first step is to reduce your taxes so you’ll have more money to invest, or add to the investments you have. The sooner that happens, the sooner benefits like tax advantages can start to pay off for you.

I’m going to show you how to lower your taxes — with these three steps.

By Jolie Miller | Monday, February 09, 2015

10 Smart Ways to Tune Up Your LinkedIn Presence

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The beginning of the year is the perfect time to update your LinkedIn profile.

An up-to-date, relevant profile is your virtual letter to colleagues and future employers, letting them know you care about your image, your networking, and your future.

Follow along for a quick LinkedIn tune-up that shouldn’t take you more than a few hours.

By Jane Barratt | Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Want to Make Money During Tax Season? Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First during tax season

It’s tax time. TV and radio commercials may be making you feel lousy about the prospect of doing your taxes and the fact that you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s resolution to get your financial house in order.

So here’s a different way to think about that annual headache that is your tax return—a way that will change your approach, increase your resolve, and potentially make you money that you may currently be leaving on the table:

Pay yourself first.

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