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Tax planning = cash savings. Here’s why💵

Planning. Some of us love it, some of us hate it. One thing's for certain, planning for your taxes equals more money in your pocket and less money owed. Year after year after year. Why? 1. You can learn what will be accepted as a tax deduction BEFORE you buy it. Learn...

My Secrets About Quarterly Estimated Tax Payments💵

Hi my fierce business owners! So what do you need to know about quarterly estimated tax payments? Let me break it down for you. Quarterly estimated tax payments are payments made to the IRS 4 times a year: Quarter 1: April 15th Quarter 2: July 15th Quarter 3:...

It’s Time to Pay Yourself. 💵

The big question… should I pay myself? If yes, then when? How much? First, let’s celebrate the fact that you are asking these questions… that means your business is making money or you have worked hard and need some compensation! Both are a big deal. Remember to be...

Are You Doing Retirement Right?

If you haven’t started saving for retirement then you are missing out on free money. Yes, I said FREE MONEY. That’s because the SEP IRA is a tax break for your business AND your contributions grow while you sleep. Dreams do come true! What is a SEP IRA? The SEP IRA is...

4 Foolproof Ways To Know It’s Time To Hire!

Hiring might be your ticket to increasing your bottom line. Taking steps to hire an assistant or contract out work will free up your valuable time AND provide a tax break for your business. So how do you know if it’s the right time to hire? Ask yourself these...

Self-Care Challenge Accepted!

Have you taken intentional steps towards ramping up your self-care? I can attest that self-care will boost your bottom line, your confidence, and productivity. Since you are running your own business- a win for you is a win for your business! Want to know one of the...

Your Guide To The Home Office Tax Deduction 🏠

Since the pandemic, I’ve gotten more questions about the office in home (OIH) deduction than I’ve gotten in years. It makes sense - most people have spent the better part of last year working from home and now folks like you want to know how much this could save them...

Find Your Perfect Bookkeeper 📚

An entrepreneur’s right hand is the bookkeeper. It’s a symbiotic relationship. The bookkeeper is able to rein in the visions of the business owner by slapping them with a dose of financial reality. You can’t (or at least, you shouldn’t) make any major decisions...

Choose Love, Not Fear 💖

I once had an ex who was afraid of opening up to me. He rarely communicated how he was feeling and bottled it all up until it exploded. We were great when it was good, but when he hid inside himself, the problems in our relationship came back. The frustration I had...

Are You Busy or Are You Productive? 🤔

We’ve all met that person who’s entire personality is circled around how busy they are. You know the type. You can’t have a conversation with them without complaining about all they have to do or how overwhelmed and burnt out they are. They live on Slack, emails and...

💡Find Your Perfect Accountant

In a climate where 50% of new businesses fail within the first year, having a good accountant could make the difference. I can’t tell you how many messes I’ve cleaned up for my clients because of an accountant or financial expert’s past errors. Unfortunately, the...

2020 Tax Changes. What You Need to Know.

Entering into 2021 feels like some of the toughest times we faced last year is now behind us. Yes there is still residual hardship many of us are facing but this new year has helped us to exhale. At least a little bit. And with that exhalation, we can calmly shift our...

Know When To Shred Your Tax Documents ✔️

I don’t know who needs this, but this is your sign that it might be time to throw out all your useless tax documents. I have two words: paper shredder. As a CPA, I’d rather not shuffle through a slew of unnecessary documents. In fact, my office is (mostly) paperless....

How You Keep Your Books Clean For Free ⚠️

Last week, I talked about how organizing your books is the one move of 2021 you should do to improve your business and boost your profits. So many of you asked me HOW? if you don’t have a budget for it. Don’t worry, I got you. There are plenty of free cloud based or...

2021 Rule #1: Organize Your Books🎉

Happy New Year! 🎉 2020 IS OVER! IT’S ALL ABOUT 2021. And 2021 is all about your books. No, I’m not talking about 📚 I’m talking about 📒🧾💰 💸🤑 If there is ONE thing you will do for your business this year, it will be to revamp your whole approach to bookkeeping. Every...

Payroll Now or Payroll Later? That is the question.

Put simply, payroll taxes are taxes paid on the wages and salaries of employees. These taxes are used to finance social insurance programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. You will benefit from these funds years later once you retire. The topic of payroll taxes...

So what’s the big deal about LLCs anyway? As a business owner, you’ve heard the term countless times, you might even have one already. Here’s a refresher: “A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a business structure in which the owners are not personally liable for the...

I bet you’ve heard a thousand times that it’s a smart business move to create an LLC for your business. Or, maybe you already have an LLC, which is a great start. As we approach the end of the year, now is the best time to consider the pros and cons pros of creating...

All Business Costs Aren’t Tax Deductible 📝

My free tax guide 7 Business Expenses You Thought Were Tax Deductible But... Actually Aren’t is a fun, easy, and practical guide that I created for you. It will save you time, money and sanity. Why did I create it? Well, let me tell you a lil story about one of my...

Remember To Give Thanks 🙌

Gratitude. Frustration. Community. Focus. Loneliness. Confusion. This year has been a whirlwind. It flew by, but at the same time it dragged by so slowly I wanted to tear my eyelashes out at times. It’s really hard to describe 2020. There has been so much loss and...

Let Me Upgrade You ✅

Social media doesn’t have to be all bad - it can be a place to draw inspiration from. Being a business owner can feel lonely sometimes. It’s a good idea to have a go-to list of cool ass, badass boss ladies who influence you to keep going even when entrepreneur life...

Money in Midlife (Podcast)

Big News! I’m featured on a podcast!!! My. First. Ever. Podcast. Guest. Appearance. I’m super geeked. It happened a couple months ago. A business friend of mine, who I met in a Mastermind two years ago, asked me to be a guest on her podcast, Women in the Middle. Suzy...

50 Cent vs. Biden’s Tax Plan

50 Cent did something selfish and dumb. He went on Twitter and tweeted that he’d rather endorse Trump than let Biden raise his taxes. WT actual F. The tweet went viral. 50 Cent influenced some not-so-informed folks. And celebrities frantically reached out to their...

You Can Beat 2020 🥊

It’s the 4th quarter. Triple overtime. 1-point game. Passion, exhaustion, blood, sweat, and tears. You put your all into this. And 2020 is winning. 😫  Here’s how we make sure you don’t choke in 3 easy (okay, maybe not so easy) steps.  Decrease Spending, Increase...

Introverts Do It Better 💁‍♀️

Introverts are misunderstood. I KNOW you feel my pain.  People look at us like we have three heads cause we love our alone time. That doesn’t mean we aren’t driven, focused leaders. We’re the best business owners on the planet. Why? Well... We’re careful AF with our...

Do You Need Payroll? 💵

You landed the big client, you've been putting in the work, now...it’s time to get paid. Okay!  I wrote this for all of you S-Corporation entrepreneur bosses who are questioning if it’s time to finally put yourself on payroll. This one’s for you!  And even if you are...

5 Surefire Ways to Deal with Late Paying Clients

Have you ever dealt with a client that stays paying you late?  Or a client that ghosts you for weeks or months whenever invoices are due?  That shit has got to end now. Here’s how:  Change your mindset You deserve money too, boo.  No one wants to be known as an...

10 Steps to Increased Cash Flow

All I really need to see is the money *Cardi B voice*  Cardi was on to something because while you may be passionate about your business and enjoy the work you do, at the end of the day, if you ain't getting paid...issa problem! Here are 10 effective things you can do...

Now is Not the Time to Quit

I think we can all agree that this has been the longest year ever.  COVID-19, the economic downturn, racial injustice, the 2020 election cycle, wildfires in California, double hurricanes heading toward the Gulf Coast right now as we speak...need I go on? 2020 is...

Why Now is the Time to Double Down on Cybersecurity

Encryption, ransomware, phishing...  Yes, those are all English words, I promise.  For the average small business owner, cybersecurity may not seem like something worth investing in. After all, cyber-attacks only happen to megacorporations with billions of dollars in...

Should I be paying myself?

Your business may be driven by your passion.  But passion don’t pay the bills.  Let me tell you why you need to put yourself on payroll ASAP. Let’s start. I know for a fact you work overtime. You’ve probably experienced more than enough eye-strain working on your...

S***, I think I did my taxes wrong

What do Martha Stewart, Mike Tyson, Nicholas Cage all have in common?    Just guess...   Okay fine, I’ll just tell you. They’ve all been audited by the IRS...and each got in deep $$$ trouble.    As a business owner, the thought of doing your taxes wrong...

How to support Black businesses for real

Are you still supporting Black businesses?  I’m asking because Black business is a powerful way for Black people to create generational wealth for their communities. This is an essential part in the fight for financial stability, self-sufficiency, and advancement for...

Stop making this one big business mistake

So many women entrepreneurs make this one mistake.  They refuse to ask for help.  Instead, they choose to work alone.  When I say ask for help, I’m not talking about hiring staff. Sure, it’s nice to have help, but that’s not it. Even with a staff, you may find...

Stop Hiding

You’re terrified to prepare your taxes. Or if you pay someone to do them for you, you’re quick to sign-off without reviewing the numbers.  You ask zero questions. You don’t keep monthly financial statements. Do the very words “IRS audit” leave you shivering in your...

Creative Ways to Maximize Your Tax Deductions

Tax liabilities - they’ll be the death of us all, amirite? This year especially, you may be working on a fraction of your usual sales which makes you more likely to hold off on regular business expenditures.  And I get that.  But let me ask you, are you maximizing...

Time to Cancel Your Imposter Syndrome

I get it; you feel like you don’t belong. You feel like you’ve gotten where you are because of luck. I call BS. You are where you belong – do you believe that? You only hurt yourself when you give into imposter syndrome. That’s what it’s called – there’s a name for...

Why Your Business Needs an Employer ID Number (EIN)

A friend asked me the other day:  “Do I need an Employer ID Number (EIN) for my business?”  Such a good question.  The answer is a pretty straight forward yes if we are talking about corporations, partnerships, and multi-member LLCs.  But what about sole...

The Ultimate Tax Preparation ✅List

If 6 months ago you would have told me the tax deadline was July 15th, I would have stared at you like you stole the last piece of bacon.  2020 has been nothing close to normal.  It’s a good chance that you’ve been too distracted to focus on taxes these last couple of...

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