Your home business is probably one of the most important things in your life, if you are like most of those who own home businesses. Stressing over your business and worrying that things will
work is not going to help you, so you have to find proactive ways to make yourself successful. Here are some great tips to help you.
Get used to saving receipts for everything. Every little expense related to your home business is deductible on your federal taxes, but you need to be able to prove it. In the event of an audit, you are going to need every scrap of paper related to any deductions that you claim.
One good way to jump start your home based business is to send emails to your friends notifying them of your business. This will not only give you your first set of customers, but they can also act as advertisers as they tell more and more people of your business.More than likely, you know to stay away from programs such as Web Fortune Master that deliver horrible advice.
Pay estimated taxes. For a home business owner, it is preferable to pay your taxes four times a year. Unless you want a shock when it's tax time, contact the IRS and set up a payment process. Not only are you responsible for regular tax, you will have to pay self-employment tax.
Set your business up to accept credit cards. You can use different websites to accept payments through. Some of them have monthly limits which you will need to look over before signing up. Some banks will set up a special business accounts for you.
Keep a mileage log for your business driving. With a home business, you might find yourself driving to meet clients or suppliers, delivering orders or traveling to boutiques and trade shows. The IRS allows a write-off for business mileage, at about 34 cents per mile. That adds up! Check IRS.gov for the current year mileage allowance.
Make sure to deduct work-related phone charges when you file taxes for your business. If you make enough calls for your business that you have a separate phone line or cell phone for work calls only, that expense is fully deductible. Otherwise, keep track on your phone bill of the charges that are for work calls. Having a system can ensure that your savings will be maximized.
If you have not already established a strong network of professional contacts than now is not the time to start your own business. It is important to have many contacts in several different areas as you never know what kind of assistance or business deal you may need to make.
To keep your home business running smoothly, treat it like a real business even if you never interact directly with your superiors or clients. This means working on a consistent schedule every day, being accessible 24/7 either by phone or by Skype, using professional email addresses and even dressing the part if it helps you to maintain the right mindset. You will feel the difference and your clients will too.
When you start a home business, one of your first thoughts may be: "Great! Now I can write off a room in my house on my income tax." But get some advice from your tax preparer and take a critical look at this. It may not be worthwhile to take this write-off but lose that room to other uses.
Your business will benefit from using just a few of these tips, but using all of them is a smart decision. Because your home business means so much to you, it will benefit from hard work and commitment. Work proactively and you'll see results that you can be proud of.