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Big Ideas for Small Business® is dedicated to providing small businesses with the tools they need to gain a solid foundation and future financial success. With counsel for almost every facet of entrepreneurial finance, Barbara Weltman is your source for the right ideas for growing your business.

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March 21, 2018

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  • Upgrade Your Equipment Now

    Spring is a great time to clean house when it comes to your office equipment. Ditch old items in favor of new ones that will perform more efficiently and save electricity. As your reward, you can save employees time and hassle, and you’ll likely be able to write off your cost immediately. Importance of using the latest equipment Technology is increasing at breakneck speed. For example, computer power doubles every 1½ years. If you don’t utilize the latest technology, you become inefficient and lag behind your competitors. Upgrading equipment achieves one or more of the following: Staying competitive Increasing safety […]

  • Now that Spring has arrived, it’s a good time to clean house. This action can make you more efficient and save you money as well. Spring cleaning for your equipment is covered in an earlier blog. Spring cleaning your desk ADP offers 6 compelling reasons to maintain a clean workspace: Increase productivity (instead of wasting time hunting for a mislaid item) Reduce workplace stress Improve professional image Improve the company’s image among business partners and customers Establish an environment of cleanliness Security With the growing use of open space in many companies, cleaning up your desk is more important than […]

  • March is Women’s History Month and a good time to reflect on how women are doing in business. According to American Express’ 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, women entrepreneurship continues to rise. Here are some key statistics about women-owned businesses: There are an estimated 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. (46% of which are owned by minorities) These businesses account for 39% of all U.S. businesses. They employ nearly 9 million workers (8% of the private workforce). They generate $1.7 trillion in revenue (4.2% of total business revenues). Over the past 20 years, the number of women-owned businesses […]

  • Okay, you’re not in business to lose money but it can happen from time to time. The tax law has new rules in store for you when it comes to writing off business losses in 2018 and beyond. These rules make it more difficult to use losses to save taxes. Net operating loss Essentially, a net operating loss arises when the amount of a current business loss is greater that what can be used in the current year (i.e., greater than taxable income), it becomes a net operating loss (NOL). (Technical rules apply to make an NOL more complicated than […]


Resources For Your Business

Book Interview - J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2018

Small Business Taxes and Spending by OPEN Forum


March 21, 2018


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March–April 2018

barbara’s books

  • The ultimate money-saving tax guide for the small business owner.   J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes is designed to help business owners make sense of their taxes and file correctly, on time, without over- or under-paying.  Written in a straightforward and accessible style, this reliable resource offers a complete overview of small business tax planning and provides you with the information needed to make tax-smart decisions throughout the year. Focusing on strategies that help you use deductions and tax credits effectively, shield business income, and maximize other aspects of small business taxes, this practical guide will show you how your actions in business today can affect your bottom line from a tax perspective tomorrow.
  • The complete guide to all deductions and credits for individual taxpayers.   J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks shows you just how much money you can save on your taxes—legally—simply by taking advantage of what's out there. Millions of Americans overpay their taxes by billions of dollars every year, because constantly evolving laws and regulations make keeping track of deductions and breaks next to impossible for the everyday taxpayer. This book helps you put a stop to overpayment so you can keep more of your hard-earned money. Fully updated to reflect the latest rulings and laws — including an e-supplement with the latest tax developments from the IRS and Congress — this book answers all of your "Can I claim…" questions with guidance from the nation's most trusted tax advisors.
  • Tax facts and strategies every self-employed person needs to know As a self-employed person you have to handle many, if not all, of the aspects of running your business. J.K. Lasser's Guide to Self-Employment is intended to help you with some business aspects with which you may not be familiar—but which have a great impact on your bottom line. It skillfully focuses on taxes as well as many legal and financial matters that may pertain to your business.3
  • Smooth Failing - Living Edition

    This is the Living Edition of Smooth Failing. New stories from business leaders on their business failures and the lessons learned will be added regularly at no additional cost. Alerts will be sent out automatically when each new version is available. Specific requests and challenges can be submitted by the reader for future consideration and these will dictate how often and how many additional stories will be made available.
  • Small Business Survival Book

    12 surefire ways for your business to survive and thrive! Owning a small business can be a fulfilling and financially rewarding experience, but to be successful, you must know what to do while the business is up and running, and, most importantly, what to do when the business runs into trouble. This book is definitely part of what you need to succeed!
  • As Vicki Raeburn of Dun & Bradstreet notes in the forward, "...the successful creation of credit by small business has a significant effect on one of the most important business drivers, namely cash flow. ...     [This book has] the information needed to understand and build business credit."


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  • " Barbara Weltman is an Advocate for Small Business
    She has been an advocate, public speaker, and resource for small business news since the release of her first book, J.K. Lasser’s Tax Deductions for Small Business, in 1995. Since then she has run her website, her Big Ideas for Small Business® newsletter, and her blog, not to mention written over a dozen books. Ms. Weltman is on this list twice because for many business owners, it is easier to scroll through her Twitter feed for trending topics and news events than search her website. However, if you don’t take a minute to read her newsletters or blog — you’re missing out. ”

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