LAST MINUTE FILING TIPS FOR 2016 TAX RETURNS

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Are you one of the millions of Americans who hasn’t filed (or even started) your taxes yet? With the April 18 tax filing deadline quickly approaching, here is some last minute tax advice for you.

1. Stop Procrastinating. Resist the temptation to put off your taxes until the very last minute. It takes time to prepare accurate returns and additional information may be needed from you to complete your tax return.

2. Include All Income. If you had a side job in addition to a regular job, you might have received a Form 1099-MISC. Make sure you include that income when you file your tax return because you may owe additional taxes on it. If you forget to include it you may be liable for penalties and interest on the unreported income.

3. File on Time or Request an Extension. This year’s tax deadline is April 18. If the clock runs out, you can get an automatic six-month extension, bringing the filing date to October 16, 2017. You should keep in mind, however, that filing the extension itself does not give you more time to pay any taxes due. You will still owe interest on any amount not paid by the April deadline, plus a late-payment penalty if you have not paid at least 90 percent of your total tax by that date.

4. Don’t Panic If You Can’t Pay. If you can’t immediately pay the taxes you owe, there are several alternatives. You can apply for an IRS installment agreement, suggesting your own monthly payment amount and due date, and getting a reduced late payment penalty rate. You also have various options for charging your balance on a credit card. There is no IRS fee for credit card payments, but processing companies generally charge a convenience fee. Electronic filers with a balance due can file early and authorize the government’s financial agent to take the money directly from their checking or savings account on the April due date, with no fee.

5. Don’t forget to check the box for healthcare coverage. Checking the box on line 61 of Form 1040 shows that you had healthcare for all 12 months during the tax year (2016). The IRS will still process your tax return if you forget to check the box but this applies ONLY to 2016 tax returns–and you’re not off the hook for any penalty you might owe.

6. Sign and Double Check Your Return. The IRS will not process tax returns that aren’t signed, so make sure that you sign and date your return. You should also double check your social security number, as well as any electronic payment or direct deposit numbers, and finally, make sure that your filing status is correct.

Remember: To avoid delays, get your tax documents to the office as soon as you can.

Written by Steve Julal of VAAS Professionals

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Entrepreneurs, Beware This Terrible Way of Networking on Social Media

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There’s a trend emerging on social media. Someone you don’t know but who may be connected to some of your friends or your network sends you a friend request. Shortly after, they send you a private message or email telling you what they want from you.

Every single day, I get these type of friend requests and messages. Someone’s first interaction with me is to ask me to write about them or their company, or they want to pick my brain about how to book paid speaking and consulting gigs internationally. No “hello,” no small talk. They just get right to what they want and how it somehow benefits me.

This is a terrible way to network and will never make a connection with fellow entrepreneurs. Social media works a lot like real life. You wouldn’t walk up to a stranger, say “hello” and then try to kiss them. There are three things you should understand in regards to networking.

1. Lead with value.

Human nature is to focus on what we want and what will help us. Networking done right leads with value for the person you’re approaching.

I’m not going to give you the old-school advice to tell people you will work for free just to get their radar. It can be as simple as sharing a book suggestion or a helpful article that complements what that person has shared on social media. It’s not about a grand gesture, it’s about finding some way to approach that person with value.

Also, understand that trying to get them on the phone right away is too much. They don’t know you, a phone call right off the bat is not a great ask. Your asks should not exceed the realities of your relationship.

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25 Features Every Business Website Must Have in 2017 (Infographic)

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Even though online businesses are becoming more prevalent, they haven’t become any easier to launch.

To give your online business a greater chance to succeed, there are certain things you need to incorporate on its website. Of course, there are the simple things such as an easy domain name, a phone number and a logo, but it’s also vital to think about the content, links and navigation that will go onto your site.

When building your website, sometimes it’s helpful to think of its setup like that of a newspaper — organizing the most important content “above the fold,” and the less exciting material “below the fold.” In addition, having a strong call to action will help hook potential customers.

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Rose Leadem is an online editorial assistant at Entrepreneur Media Inc.

3 Ridiculously Easy Hacks to Get People to Sign Up to Your Email List

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Have you ever changed the oil in your car?

It’s a pretty basic skill that surprisingly few people actually know how to do. If you do, you’ll most likely have used a funnel before.

The main idea behind a funnel is to cast a wide net that you can pour the viscous liquid into it without spilling it all over the engine block. The oil flows through the wide top end of the funnel and is neatly deposited into the narrow bottom end, filling your engine up so that the car runs smoothly.

In the internet marketing world, we also have funnels. Their purpose is to cast a wide net and find people across the web who might be interested in our material, then get those people to neatly file themselves into our email database so that we can provide them with valuable content, market to them and eventually make some money.

Getting people to opt-in.

Once a member of your audience has interacted with your content, it’s time to get them on your email list. This might seem challenging at first, but think about your own inbox. How many newsletters are you subscribed to?

The average person subscribes to anywhere between 20 and 30 free newsletters from a variety of businesses. Anything from a department store doing a semi-annual sale, to the Nissan dealership giving away insane deals on the 2018 Altima, to content-based emails about things that interest you.

At one point you weren’t receiving emails from that business…and now you are. How the hell does that happen?

In most cases, it people sign up to an email newsletter to get something for free. This is called an “opt-in,” and it’s your bread and butter if you want to build an online business — especially one that’s based on information products.

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Daniel DiPiazza is the founder of Rich20Something, where he teaches young people how to start businesses that they care about and live happier lives.

3 Fun and Festive Spring Promotion Ideas that Retailers Can Use to Increase Sales

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If you’re a small business retailer, every season brings new opportunities – and new challenges. If you’re looking for some fun and festive ways to increase your small business sales now that spring has arrived and the weather is getting warmer, we’ve got just the things for you!

In this article, we’ll take a look at three great spring promotions that your small retail business can use to help drive sales, promote brand awareness, and increase customer loyalty.

Sidewalk Sales!

Spring is the perfect opportunity for sidewalk sales! These unique, fun sales allow you to get out and enjoy the nice weather and benefits that extra foot traffic can have on your business when the weather is warm and sunny.

Collaborate with other small business retailers in your area to set up your sidewalk sale – set up booths and tables all around your businesses, and encourage customers to visit all of your stores. The warm weather and high volume of customers that a sidewalk sale provides are sure to help your business succeed.

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FINANCIAL FOCUS – Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning

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Spring is in the air, even if it’s not quite there on the calendar. This year, as you shake off the cobwebs from winter and start tidying up around your home and yard, why not also do some financial spring cleaning?

Actually, you can apply several traditional spring cleaning techniques to your financial situation. Here are a few ideas:

  • Look for damage. Damage to your home’s siding, shingles and foundation can eventually degrade the structure of your home. Your investment portfolio is also a structure of a sort, and it, too, can be damaged. Specifically, you may have deliberately constructed your portfolio with an investment mix – stocks, fixed-income vehicles, cash instruments, etc. – that’s appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance. But over time, your portfolio can evolve in unexpected ways. For example, your stocks may have grown so much in value that they now take up a larger percentage of your holdings than you had intended, possibly subjecting you to a higher degree of risk. If this happens, you may need to rebalance your portfolio.
  • Get rid of “clutter.” As you look around your home, do you see three mops or four nonfunctional televisions or a stack of magazines from the 1990s? If these items no longer have value, you could get rid of them and clear up some living space. As an investor, you also might have “clutter” – in the form of investments that no longer meet your needs. If you sold these investments, you could use the proceeds to fill gaps in your portfolio.
  • Consolidate. Do you keep your lawnmower in a shed, a rake in your garage, and your gardening tools in the basement? When working on your outdoor tasks, you might find it more efficient to have all these items in one location. You could also have your investments scattered about – an IRA here, a new 401(k) there, and an older 401(k) someplace else. But if you consolidated all your investments in one place, you might cut down on paperwork and fees, and you wouldn’t risk losing track of an asset (which actually happens more than you might think). Even more importantly, when you have all your investments with one provider, you’ll be better positioned to follow a single, centralized investment strategy.
  • Prepare for a rainy day. As part of your outdoor spring cleaning, you may want to look at your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear and in good repair, so that they can move rainwater away from your home. Your financial goals need protection, too, so you’ll want to ensure you have adequate life and disability insurance.
  • Seal leaks. In your home inspection this spring, you may want to investigate doors and windows for leaks and drafts. Your investment portfolio might have some “leaks” also. Are investment-related taxes siphoning off more of your earnings than you realize? A financial professional can offer you recommendations for appropriate tax-advantaged investments.

This spring, when you’re cleaning your physical surroundings, take some time to also tidy up your financial environment. You may be pleased with the results.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Edward Jones Investments
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Cordova, TN 38018
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6 Ways That Small Businesses Can Use Snapchat to Increase Sales

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Most small business owners know about the power of social media – and it’s rare to find an entrepreneur who doesn’t have a Twitter account, and Instagram presence, or a Facebook page. However, there is one huge social media platform that’s often entirely overlooked by small businesses and their marketing teams – Snapchat.

Snapchat is a red-hot social marketing platform – there’s no denying it – and companies are beginning to capitalize on the audience provided by this fun photo-messaging app. More than 100 million users use Snapchat daily watching a staggering 10 billion videos on a typical day.

Clearly, marketing on Snapchat should be one of your priorities when it comes to promoting your business through social media platforms. But how should you use Snapchat to promote your business? We’re glad you asked! In this article, we’ll take a look at six simple ways that small businesses can use Snapchat to boost their brand awareness – and increase sales.

1. Use Snapchat for Flash Sales and Special Promotions

One of the best reasons to use Snapchat is how immediate it is. Snaps go away after you view them when you send them directly to another user – and even if you use the “My Story” functionality of the app, your story will disappear within 24 hours.

This means that people who use Snapchat a lot, check it every single day. Think about it – if they fail to check their snaps and Snapchat Stories at least once a day, they’ll totally miss out on whatever their friends – and followed brands – posted!

Because of this, Snapchat is a fantastic way to promote flash sales and special promotions that are time-sensitive. Your followers will be checking your story just about every day – so you can get a massive, immediate reach even for a sale that only lasts a day or less.

2. Promote Your Events with GeoFilters

Geofilters are an excellent way to promote events. Are you having a huge sale? Partner with a graphic designer to create a unique Geofilter that your loyal customers can use while shopping – by doing so, you provide your customers with the tools they need, to spread the word about your business.

If you do use Geofilters, make sure your customers know about them! They’re a fantastic word-of-mouth promotional tool, and if you provide them with a high-quality, memorable design, customers will be happy to use them.

So next time you have a sale, volunteer at a charitable event or are running a weekly special, consider buying a Geofilter for the occasion.

3. Give People an Inside Look at Your Business

People like feeling authentic connections with companies – and this is especially true with small businesses. That’s the primary benefit of a small business. You’re not a corporate conglomerate if you’re a small business owner – you’re a real, actual and authentic person.

Snapchat offers you an excellent way to express authenticity. You can show your true personality to customers, and give them an inside look at your business.

For example, if you run a small microbrewery, you could dedicate a Saturday to providing your followers with an inside look at your brewing facilities and your process. If you run a bike repair shop, you can show followers what the process is like to replace a bent wheel. If you run a bakery, you can show the process you use to bake cakes – the opportunities are endless.

Providing this kind of authentic, value-added content is an exceptional way to connect with your customers, drive brand loyalty, and increase sales.

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Leadership Vs. Micro-Management

As we are developing our companies we need to decide what type of influencing model within our organization. If we create a model where our employees are respected, treated as adults and develop them to be leaders then you will have a self-sustaining company and an organization of employees who care about your dreams success. If the organization is created from a management standpoint instead of developing leaders then the organization is as strong as the manager there is always leaning on and over them. The image we have attached I found on Google and believe it truly explains the differences.

As a business owner, how did you see your company thrive when you had managers who were strong leaders and others who were micro-managers?

As an employee, how did you see yourself and/or the company you worked for thrive when you had managers who were strong leaders and others who were micro-managers?

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Jacqueline H. Waller is the Founder of Connecting Atlanta, a company that specializes in connecting business owners to products and services that will help grow their business. She is a popular radio host with her own podcast, called, Connecting Atlanta Radio where she interviews successful business owners who are making a positive impact in their communities. Ms. Waller’s expertise was attained by working for 12 years in marketing, sales and human resources. Her expertise is in Social Networking, Marketing, Business Development, and Sales. If you need any type of business connection she is the number one Power Broker in Atlanta, you can contact her through www.connectingatlanta.net

How To Eliminate Competition & Attract Your Perfect Customers and Clients FASTER and With GREATER Ease

Who are you?

Seriously. Who are you?

No, I’m not talking about who you are as in what’s your name?

I mean who are you to your perfect customers and clients?

The BIGGEST problem with most entrepreneurs is that they want to be EVERYTHING to EVERYONE and they don’t specialize.

Here’s a prime example…

An average physician income ranges from $239,000 in the Northeast to $258,000 in the Great Lakes area.

A brain surgeon makes $395,000 to $589,500. That’s an extra 6-Figures just from specializing. Does this make sense so far?

I read a Facebook post earlier today and a young lady was promoting her services and she offered everything and most of it wasn’t even related. It was kinda like a buffet.

I can guarantee that she’s not making as much money as she possibly can (if any at all), because she doesn’t specialize at anything so no one knows why to do business with her because she’s possibly just OK at all these different things.

Now most entrepreneurs are making this colossal mistake because they don’t want to “leave anyone out” so they market to everyone which simply means they are marketing to no one.

Great marketing attracts your ideal clients and repel those who are for you, so since that’s out of the way, let’s get into…

How To Eliminate Competition & Attract Your Perfect Customers and Clients FASTER and With GREATER Ease

Step#1: Decide on your specialty and get as specific as possible.

 

Step #2: Decide who is your ideal customer. What’s their name, how much money do they make, do they have kids, if so how many and the list goes on.

A lot of people struggle with this step, so my good friend Jacqueline Waller of Connecting Atlanta and I are hosting a FREE (yes I said FREE) workshop in Atlanta, Ga on February 13th to go deeper into this an much more, so click here to RSVP.

Step #3: What is their ONE BIG Problem and how can you solve that ONE BIG with your product or service?

Step #4: Create the Irresistible BAIT. This is also known as a lead magnet.

This is something that you can give away for FREE so that your ideal customer or client can raise their hand and say “YES I have that problem and I want to solve it!” CHING!!! CHING!!! J

This could be in the form of a video, audio, pdf etc.

We’ll be assisting you with creating this at the workshop so be sure to RSVP before.

Step #5: Launch Your Magnetic Marketing Strategy

Now this is a BIGGIE!

You have to know where your customers hang out, what media they like to consume information in and much more.

Also you want to have more than one tactic in your marketing arsenal.

A lot of marketers focus solely on Facebook for lead generation. Now Facebook is amazing, but what happens when Facebook starts tripping?

One of my mentors says that ONE is the worst number in business.

I could go on and on, but if you take action on this 5 simple steps I can GUARANTEE that you will Eliminate Competition & Attract Your Perfect Customers and Clients FASTER and With GREATER Ease.

Be sure to click here to RSVP for the FREE workshop on February 13th, because we’re going to take you by the hand and show you exactly… “How to Magnetically Attract an Endless Flood of Your Ideal Customers and Clients in 60 Days or Less”

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Marquel Russell is a Personal Branding, Rapid Business Growth Strategist, a life long entrepreneur and the Creator & Founder of Infinite Success University (the one stop shop coaching and training company for serious entrepreneurs who want to grow their business faster and easier). Marquel is internationally known for assisting entrepreneurs with attracting an endless flow of your ideal prospects, customers and clients in 30 days or less…GUARANTEED.

 

Do you see it?

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This weekend I was hanging out with my friend and fellow entrepreneur Kenya Johnson and she was sharing with me a series she has been studying and listening to about shifting your mind and thought process. On my drive home I started thinking about how for so long I have been stuck in the same type of position, wanting to leave corporate america, serving and helping so many others, but not slowly duplicating my income. I jump from one idea to the next on how I can monetize my system, start it and don’t complete it. The one area I have been consistent with is with my business workshops, which I currently offer for free. That doesn’t solve the desire I have to replace my job income. The problem is no one else but ME!
 
When we look at different areas of our lives and see that we are travelling through the same desert, but not actually going anywhere, believe me when I tell you it isn’t the world around you, it is YOU!
 
I have made the decision to truly envision myself making $5000 plus a month through my own personal business and truly SEEING IT. Once I start seeing it, I start believing it and then I start creating it. At this point we stop giving things away for free and start understanding the value God has instilled in us, receiving it and acting upon it without accepting anything less.

Jacqueline H. Waller is the Founder of Connecting Atlanta, a company that specializes in connecting business owners to products and services that will help grow their business. She is a popular radio host with her own podcast, called, Connecting Atlanta Radio where she interviews successful business owners who are making a positive impact in their communities. Ms. Waller’s expertise was attained by working for 12 years in marketing, sales and human resources. Her expertise is in Social Networking, Marketing, Business Development, and Sales. If you need any type of business connection she is the number one Power Broker in Atlanta, you can contact her through www.connectingatlanta.net