Take Offensive Action Against Cyber Crime

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Learn what your business can do to fight Cyber Crime with the article, “3 Steps Businesses Can Take to Avoid Cyber Crime”.




Standard IRS Mileage Rates 2016

Mileage TrackingStandard IRS mileage rates for business use of a vehicle will be reduced in 2016, to 54 cents per mile from 57.5 cents per mile in 2015.

Driving for medical or moving purposes may be deducted at 19 cents per mile, which is 4 cents lower than 2015.

Charitable mileage remains unchanged at 14 cents per mile.

Think less sales and more customer service experience

Spirit of ExcellenceGreat article by Entrepreneur on the importance of the customer service experience. Since it costs more to add a new customer, than to keep an existing one, it makes the recommended focus on customer experience an effective strategy for businesses.

Read more at Why You Should Think Less About Sales and More About the Customer Experience

Balance Your Life

Life Balance ChartLearning Life Balance secrets helps you achieve happiness and and rewarding success. The Ziglar Vault has made it simple by compiling 9 secrets from successful people. Start your road to successful happiness today.

  1. Let go of fear
  2. Build Lifestyle into your brand
  3. Schedule your life, not just work
  4. Set some boundaries
  5. Turn it off
  6. Learn something new
  7. Work it all out
  8. Figure your fuel
  9. Remember your friends

Read more at 9 Work-Life Balance Secrets From Successful People by ZiglarVault

Year End Tax Tips For Businesses

Tax TipsYear end is upon us and it is not too late to review the tax tips for businesses to maximize tax savings for 2015.

  • Filing Changes: Partnership tax returns will be due on March 15, not April 15; C Corporations will be due on April 15, not March 15; S Corporation tax returns will continue to be due on March 15.
  • Code Sec. 179 expensing as a key component of year-end tax planning. Sec. 179 property is generally defined as new or used depreciable tangible property purchased for use in a trade or business. Software was also recently included, as was qualified leasehold improvement property, qualified restaurant property and qualified retail improvement property. (Congress has not renewed the enhancements to Sec. 179 expensing for 2015, but they likely will be renewed.)
  • Work Opportunity Tax CreditIf your business is considering expanding payrolls before 2015 ends, take a look at the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).  (Although the WOTC, under current law, expired after 2014, Congress is expected to renew the WOTC for 2015 and possibly for 2016).Generally, the WOTC rewards employers that hire individuals from certain groups, including veterans, families receiving certain government benefits, and individuals who receive supplemental Social Security Income or long-term family assistance. The credit is generally equal to 40 percent of the qualified worker’s first-year wages up to $6,000 ($3,000 for summer youths and $12,000, $14,000, or $24,000 for certain qualified veterans). For long-term family-aid recipients, the credit is equal to 40 percent of the first $10,000 in qualified first-year wages and half of the first $10,000 of qualified second-year wages.

You can review the entire article provided by the National Society of Accountants at Year End Tax Tips For Businesses by NSA


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Keys to Success – Unlock the Power of Your Mind

Lock and Key with LightJim Rohn shares 4 keys to unlock the power of your mind in his article with Success. He writes, “Simply put: When your brain is working at peak performance, it allows you to be your best because it controls the rest.”

4 Keys to Unlock the Power of Your Mind by Jim Rohn


We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. ~ Albert Einstein ~

Have More Accounts Receivable than Cash in the Bank?

key with dollar signMany business owners find themselves with more accounts receivable than cash in the bank. Effectively managing accounts receivable will provide cash flow needed to successfully operate your business. The key to effective management of receivables is to establish, and consistently process collection procedures. Here are some guidelines that will help you design your procedures.

Billing and Collection Terms: Your billing and collection terms should be documented in writing on your website and in the initial paperwork each new client receives. This should detail your billing cycle, payment terms and advise them of the interest that will be charged on their past due balance. Contact your state for legal requirements in charging interest.

Payment Methods: Review your payment methods to determine if you should offer credit card processing. This is a great payment option to have available and may reduce your receivables significantly. Convenient online payments through your website is another option to consider.

Billing Cycle: Your collection procedures should be structured by your billing cycle. If you invoice monthly, you need to consistently invoice the same day each month. Doing this allows you to design collection procedures by the aging of the invoice date.

Payment Terms: Establish your payment terms for your business and clearly state them on every invoice. For example, the billing term may be Due Upon Receipt and is considered late after 30 days from the invoice date. Check out what your competition is doing and stay within the same framework to be competitive.

Past Due Notice: Once the invoice is late based on your payment terms, calculate and charge interest charges to each account balance with past due amounts. Send statements referencing the PAST DUE amounts with a copy of the past due invoice(s).

Second Past Due Notice: In 15 days from the date you sent out statements, your efforts should be stronger. Mail a letter to the client advising them you will be processing further collection activity with an attorney or collection agency if payment is not received immediately.

Critical Past Due Notice: In 15 days from the date you sent the second past due notice, process the second month’s interest charges on the account. Mail a letter requesting payment and advise them you will be terminating them as a client unless payment is received.

Final Past Due Notice: In 15 days from the date you mailed the critical past due notice, mail a certified letter, with return receipt requested, advising them you have terminated them as a client and will be forwarding their account to a collection agency or attorney.

Legal Collection: Contact your attorney or collection agency to provide further collection activity as needed.

The guidelines can be adapted to fit your business but the most important aspects to include are consistent communications that are date driven. Adding a PAST DUE stamp in red ink to your statements will often get you results. You may consider offering a discount if paid within 10 days from the date of the invoice. Define the system that is right for you and your business. Be consistent and stay on top of your receivables. Your bank account will thank you.

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