6 GREAT Tax Deductions that You May Not Know About

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Are you claiming and receiving deductions on your taxes? Are you making money and working from? If you are then this post is for you!! Below you will find a list of items that are usually  considered tax deductible. Make sure you keep receipts for anything you purchase relative to your home business. Should you get audited you will want to ensure you have proof to back up any of the items you are attempting to use as a deduction. Just FYI the IRS usually looks more heavily at home based business so make sure you have your ducks in a row. Also, you may want to invest in a scanner if you don’t already have one. You can scan your receipts and Volia! you are done.

#1  Internet and Hosting Expenses

It costs money to run a website and these expenses might be tax deductible for you! Your internet service, web hosting fees and your domain registration are some of the expenses that might quality for a deduction. Be sure to keep track of your hosting, internet and domain registration fees so that you can talk to your tax professional about what qualifies and what doesn’t.

#2  Conference and Other Travel

Have you traveled to a conference recently? If so you might be able to write off your conference ticket, hotel and any other travel costs associated with your trip. If your conference was paid for by a brand then it might not be considered tax deductible. Your accountant should be able to go over the details of your conference and let you know what percentage of your trip can be considered a write off.

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#3  Advertising

Did you pay for advertising?  Advertising could be paying to have your  business listed on someone else’s website, to purchase postcards from VistaPrint. Did you pay Facebook or Google this year to promote your site? If so, this is an advertising cost.  Please go to your online accounts with Facebook or Google Ad Words and look at the account history.  Print it off and use it as a receipt. If you have done ANY sort of advertising you will need to bring this up with your CPA, or whomever prepares your taxes. These items are considered tax deductible in most states.

#4  Design and Maintenance

Maintaining your home based business can be extremely expensive! You might pay someone to do the maintenance on your website, maybe you paid to rent a conference room, you may have even paid your kids to CLEAN the house before your home party. Either way these are expenses related to your home based business and will probably count as a deduction. The same goes with any design work you have done to your website, product delivery, and etc. You may also have a Virtual Assistant or Part Time Independent Contractor that helps you. Hiring, buying, stocking, subscribing, and etc. are all expenses. So KEEP track.

#5  Supplies

If you are purchasing computer equipment, business cards or office supplies make sure you are saving your receipts. Any type of office supply might be considered tax deductible.

#6  Home Office Space Deduction

If you have a home office in your home you might be able to get even more deductions based on the square footage of your office and home.  You will be able to use the square footage of your home, the utilities for that space, and other little perks.  You work hard and deserve the deductions! Enjoy the extra refund!

In Great Faith and Love,

jayme

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Living WIthout Fear

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Do you have dreams and goals?  There are some people that are called to teach, act, speak, motivate, sing, act. Or maybe you want to be a business owner…….Maybe your dream seems small to you – maybe you want to be a mother or a father.

Whatever you feel called to do or be, you face one big obstacle: intimidation.  A lot of people have accomplished your dream BEFORE you, and maybe you feel they’ve done it better. So what you feel is basically just fear, right? I’m not good enough or smart enough, no one will like me. I have nothing to offer to this industry. Or on the flipside, you KNOW you have something to offer but you fear not having the tools or knowledge to get it done.

Achieving the life of your dreams isn’t something that happens overnight. You don’t just decide you’re going to be the best at something and wake up the next morning with the influence and skills to accomplish your goals. But today, I want you to encourage you to keep your dreams and I want to help you.  I will be giving you 5 VERY IMPORTANT steps that I have used to succeed and they WILL help you. Stay tuned NEXT week and share the post. We are taking “Fear” by his nasty little horns and throwing him down in the name of Jesus! It’s going to be a great week!

With Great Love and Faith,

jayme

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Faith OVERCOMES Fear so Have Faith!

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We have all let fear stop us at some point in our lives, whether it’s the deep fear I talked about at the beginning of this letter, where your heart beats fast and your breathing gets shallow, or just a nagging thought in the back of your mind.

The bottom line is, as a man thinks, so is he. If you let fear continue to speak to you, you will focus on those thoughts. And what you think, you speak; what you speak, you believe; and what you believe, you will receive.

Every child is born with an adventurous, risk-taking spirit. Every child is born with enthusiasm, faith, and persistence. But fear destroys all of those things.

So starve your fear, and choose to feed your faith instead! Feed the faith that says, “I can do this!” and “I will succeed!” Choose belief over doubt, worry, and anxiety. Choose action over procrastination, because action kills fear! Faith overcomes fear!

In Great Love and Faith,

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People Skills

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How good are your people skills? Whether you are out in the corporate jungle managing your team or you are at home looking after your family, people skills are a must in today’s world. My mentor Dani Johnson, a splendid communicator, helped me ponder over the different facets of communication.  I would love to share some of them with you.

Over the past decade, communication has undergone a paradigm shift. Once, it used to be all about meeting friends and family for dinner or coffee. These meet ups, picnics or ball games encouraged us to bond with each other and develop relationships. In a way, it helped us strengthen the social fabric of our society. On the contrary, do you see what has happened now? Personal face-to-face interactions have now been replaced with chains of e-mails, strings of text messages and a slew of likes and comments on social media platforms.

It is naïve to think that emoticons and terse texts convey the complete message. The light touch on the shoulder, the twinkle in the eye, the silent chuckle or a plain hug has no online equivalents.

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The growth of online communities has created a bubble and people have become more secluded than they ever were. It is a paradox as to how we think that the world is coming closer with technology whereas in reality, we are moving away from each other along the human dimension. Once upon a time, every American household had a landline. Let us fast forward ten years and less than 50% of American households do! The other day, I happened to see one at my neighbor’s residence. My friend who came along with me looked at it as a quaint Roman relic. Mobile phones have stolen a lot of our attention. It has become a common sight to see people glued to their cell phone screens. It is now imperative to ask ourselves if we value the touch screen more than the human touch.

Let us put the human factor back in our relationships and ‘people’ back into people skills with Dani Johnson. Visit her website and rediscover some invaluable nuggets of advice for free! Here is a direct link to her website.

While we put in effort to bond with people in a real way, let us not stay outdated and forget to quickly tell people to do the same. I invite you to “like”, “tweet” and share this message with all your friends and family. Also, tell me what your favorite form of communication is.

Don’t stop there! Make sure that you connect with your loved ones and continue this discussion over a hot cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

In Great Faith,

Jayme

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Do You Know HOW to communicate???

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Regardless of how our forms of communication may change, some things will always be needed! When you hang around certain people, you will begin to “pick up” their ways. So, if you surround yourself with millionaire people skills, you have started WAY ahead of others.

The young people of this generation a WAY ahead of us when it comes to spreading a message to the masses.  Doing the WORK one time and receiving results instantly.  For example, up in Beverly, MA a teenager was arrested for disturbing the peace. He needed $40 of bail money.  What does he do?  Instead of calling his parents, he POSTS what he needs on Facebook.  Guess what? It worked! Not long after, a friend showed up at the station to post his bail and take him home. Our communication has become so reliant on digital technology, and not face-to-face human interactions, most people avoid actually dealing with a live human at all costs!

It is crazy and mind boggling to see how much it has all changed. Most people wonder what this means for our society. The problem with a lack of face to face, is it dehumanizes social interaction.  It takes the “human” factor out of talking to a human!

Of over 18,000 teens polled, 90% admitted technology makes life easier, but about 60% said that people rely on it too much and it can be dehumanizing.

In fact this fear of dehumanizing our society has become such a threat, there is a new wave of empathy-geared games. These games are focused on teaching children about empathy, as they wouldn’t normally recognize it. Wow, can you imagine that?

As our ever-changing society evolves in its different forms of communication, recognize that you are in total control of your communications and that of your kids. You don’t have to invest in empathy-themed games to equip your child to be an influential and skilled people-person. Your family does not have to be victim or fear the dehumanization of everything!Click HERE NOW, to listen a Free Video that will help you to equip yourself and your children for success “the human way.”

Despite whatever social media, technology or changes continue to occur in communications in our world — you as a parent are the one responsible for what goes in your household! Isn’t it time to put actual PEOPLE back into “people skills” and arm yourself — and your family — with those timeless communication tools, regardless of the medium, that can make you true masters of your “domain!”

While we want to see more human interaction, we also understand the online realities of today, so I invite you to “Like,” “Tweet” and share today’s message. But don’t stop there, start the conversation face-to-face today with your friends, coworkers and family. And, don’t forget to let me know your favorite form of communication!

With Love,

Jayme

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How’s Your People Skills????? Good, Bad, or Other…..

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My mentor, Dani Johnson was imparting wisdom into my spirit and it was so overwhelming that I just want to share a little bit with you…..

Have you ever noticed how people think they have GREAT people skills? They talk about how they’re great with people or love being social. Yet at the same time everyone seems to just plain suck at basic communication and “social” has moved from face-to-face to a text, email, or some sort online reality?

Like the marketplace, communications are an ever-evolving outlet. Many people had multiple landline phones. I remember my mother ordering another landline phone for us because me and my brother, Jay, would fight over the phone!! Fast forward 10 years and now less than 50% of American households have a landline! Just think about it?  How many people do you know now that do not have a landline phone or never answer their home phone?

And yes, most people use cellular devices, but communication has changed more than that.Social media sites like  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube are redefining communication in a big way.

Learn to put the “people” back into your “people skills

Being one of Dani’s clients, I am privy to many inside tips. Nevertheless, she is sharing a few golden nuggets with others for FREE.  Here’s a direct link to her website and you can listen for yourself.

While we want to see more human interaction, we also understand the online realities of today, so I invite you to “Like,” “Tweet” and share today’s message. But don’t stop there, start the conversation face-to-face today with your friends, coworkers and family. And, don’t forget to let me know your favorite form of communication!

With Love,

Jayme

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Honoring People! Learn this tool and you will succeed in Business!

Do you know what it means to honor? What would happen if you Finally met the Person that you Admire so much??? How would you act or react? What I am about to share with you may change your mindset on honoring and this ONE change is truly a LIFE and Game Changer if you plan on succeeding in business.

Watch the Video First! Then click the link to Thoughts on Honoring.

http://jaymewashington.empowernetwork.com/blog/honoring-others-try-it-today

If you have been blessed by this, please share it with someone else.  This one small change could be a LIFE Changer for someone else.

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To Your Great Success,

Jayme