Archive | April 6, 2017

Online Entrepreneur Rut

One of the great aspects of having an online business is supposed to be that you can work from home, make your own hours, work in your PJ’s and build a business of your dreams while enjoying your leisure, your family, your life. Right?

SCREECH! What happened, then?

Are you afraid to get started?
Are you avoiding the things that you know will push you to the next step?
Are you stuck behind your computer, alone and overwhelmed?
Are you getting lost in cyber space, surfing and not building?
Are you avoiding engaging in activity, often not leaving your home office for a day or two…
… and leisure, what’s that?

I call it the Online Entrepreneur Rut. This rut can leave you feeling down, lacking energy, lost, alone, and have you questioning your reasons for wanting to start this business in the first place.

Here are Some Simple Ways to Ensure Success:

Reach out to build or find your community, your village, your tribe.Networking both online and offline is a vital an important part of your growth.

Surround yourself with the support of others that you can share successes with. It can be challenging to get out there and share your frustrations with another. However, most often, the case is that the person you are speaking to is currently or has had a similar situation, and ill be glad to give you thoughts and ideas based on their experience.

Step away from it all. Really, shut down the computer, turn off the technology and get away from it all. Try going for a workout, walk in nature, listen your music to get your creative juices flowing and your energy soaring.

Do something to re-connect to your inner dreams and goals. Do you meditate, read, journal? What will help you be re-inspired and remember why you began this journey to start with?

Attend various networking meetings, business trainings, weekend events. Building relationships is key to success. Enjoy a few in person meetings over coffee for a much needed break.

Call on people you trust to bounce off ideas, frustrations, and fears. I love the Buddy – System! Work with your friends and colleagues to keep accountability and get trusted feedback.

Check in with your Coach or Mentor. Working with a coach will catapult your progress. If you don’t have one, consider doing so.

These efforts can help make your experience as an Online Entrepreneur a rich, fulfilled and satisfying one. You may have an opportunity to gain vast knowledge, feedback, and creative ideas. These key ingredients assist your business to flourish more quickly and smoothly. In my six years full-time with my online business, I’ve used these methods to build some wonderful relationships and alliances with experts that are just plain good people. I am now grateful to have trusted colleagues and to call many of them my friends.

Go ahead, give it a few of them a try. You are likely to feel much better after you do.

California Companies Save When They Utilize Federal Hiring Credits And Enterprise Zone Credits

California-based corporations are on the lookout for ways to save money, and one of the best ways that is often not taken advantage of is to see if your company qualifies for federal hiring credits. These include the newly implemented Hire Act credit. As well, your company may also utilize state enterprise zone credits and the WOTC tax credit. Some of these credits are based upon whom you hire, while others require your corporation to make certain types of business-related purchases. When you add them all up, they can save your California company thousands of dollars off your taxes due.

The Hire Act credit is new, and provides your company that makes new hires during a certain time period qualified for these federal tax credits. This credit is available for tax years 2010 and 2011, and it allows your to deduct up to $1,000 in federal hiring credits for each non-family employee that is hired for at least a year and was hired after February 3, 2010. Your company must have hired the employee because you either had to fill a new position, or you needed to replace an employee who quit or was let go under certain conditions.

Other federal hiring credits include the WOTC tax credit. WOTC stands for Work Opportunity Tax Credit, and it allows your company to take deductions when you hire qualified employees. These employees, which will also often allow your company to deduct additional credits for Enterprise Zones, typically would be on various kinds of public assistance, such as food stamps or SSI. The state and federal tax credits may also be claimed if your company hires qualified ex-felons, certain types of youth hires, and veterans. When you do so, your company can earn WOTC tax credit of up to $6,000 annually or forty percent of the employee’s wages for the first year, granted that the employee meet a certain number of hours worked. Youth hires that qualify may allow your company to deduct up to $3,000, and when those employees who qualified because they were on long-term family assistance are taken into consideration, your company may earn a credit of up to $10,000 or forty percent of the first year’s wages and fifty percent of the second, with certain restrictions. When you see that your employees may qualify your company for multiple state and federal tax credits, you will understand that your savings on taxes can run into the thousands of dollars.

It is always best to seek professional counsel from a certified public accountant in California who has professional experience with federal hiring credits and Enterprise Zone credits, and can tell you specifically for which types of tax credits your company qualifies.