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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...

The World is Hungry for Women Leadership

Women who stand up are constantly told, stop being so bossy.  But nope, you got it wrong: we are leaders.   Oftentimes, we women are natural-born leaders.  But let’s be real:  today’s events highlighting racial injustice can make even the strongest feel weak. The...

The Importance of Keeping Business Separate from Personal

Mixing business with pleasure is never a good idea, especially when it comes to your business and personal expenses. How will you tell the difference between the two? How will you prepare your taxes? You’re asking for a logistical nightmare if you don’t create...

Black People are Hurting

Make it make sense yall. Black people are hurting.  Emotions are heavy.  We are confused, torn, numb, angry, sad, helpless, alone.  All these feelings swirl through my mind, my heart. What do we do?  Where do we go from here?  How can we impact a lasting change?  When...

Is Your Business Truly Data-Driven?

You’re probably thinking:  “What in the world is data analytics and how does it apply to my itty bitty business? I’m no Mark Zuck!”  Well let me tell you, data analytics is a billion-dollar industry. Billion with a capital ‘B’. That means business owners from all over...

5 Things to Consider When Starting a Business

If there’s a time to start a new business, it’s now. With nearly 39 million folks on unemployment due to the current times, why take a chance working for someone else who may just throw you out on the street no matter your qualifications, achievements, or abilities?...

How to Show Love in a Time of Quarantine

Is it just me or does this Mother’s Day feel weird? For a lot of you, this could be the first time you aren’t with your mom on this day or you can’t send her the type of gift you usually give her. Gone are spa days, movie dates, vacations…*sigh* Quarantine has its...

How Can I help you?

How Can I Help You?   No, really - please tell me how I can help you.   As a 6 figure CPA entrepreneur who has worked with new and seasoned business owners for the last decade, I know a thing or two about accounting & taxes for small businesses. And now that we...

Productivity + Keeping Sanity = Work From Home Success

I never thought I’d miss going into my office this bad, but here we are. Working exclusively at home is a huge adjustment for me. The biggest thing it’s affected is my productivity levels. I went to my office almost every day because it was a part of my routine and...

😪Compassion Fatigue Is Real – Here’s How to Deal

Compassion fatigue is the emotional or physical exhaustion that happens to people once they’ve been exposed to a lot of tragedy or suffering. This is common for nurses, social workers, counselors because they encounter sad stories frequently on the job. However, it is...

Why you should still file taxes by April 15

I hope you’re doing well. We are well into quarantine life and the end is still not in sight, but we need to keep pulling through.  Luckily we’ve got at least one life raft when it comes to taxes. The federal government extended the tax deadline from the traditional...

What are you doing to stay active?

It’s April 5th and by this point, everyone knows COVID-19 is here to stay. Many states have extended the stay-at-home order for another 30 days, some as late as June 10 (omg). It’s no longer just a random hiccup in our lives - staying home is our new reality.  This...

How to Transition Your Business Online

As a business owner, my heart goes out to all the entrepreneurs out there who are seriously hurting because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an accountant, my business is easy to transition to 100% online.  In fact, I’ve always had an online, “Green” mentality around...

Embody These 3 Bikram Yoga Principles to Keep You Sane

How are you? I mean, how are you REALLY? In times of crisis, it can be hard to feel good or be productive. Many of you are adjusting to working from home 24/7 while it feels like the world is in shambles. Kids are out of school, and god forbid someone you care about...

Coronavirus Pandemic – Small Business Matters

Is it just me or does It feel like the end of the world is upon us?  Everything is shutting down, people are opting to stay inside, and those that do go outside are wearing masks. Every store is out of hand sanitizer and toilet paper. We’re not supposed to shake hands...

This email could save you thousands in taxes

Hey! I once saved a client $60,000. Yes, I’m not kidding. Deductions change lives and I can’t tell you how many people miss over the little stuff which turns into big money- it matters, especially for small business. I specialize in getting my clients tax saving,...

You MUST do this to build a brand…

Everyone talks about their brand these days and honestly it can be confusing AF. Brands used to help us differentiate what we wanted to buy at the grocery or clothing store, but now they mean much more. Often times, a brand is someone’s personal identity and also...

5 reasons why introverts are effective communicators

Introverts are extremely mischaracterized. Sure, we love our alone time but that doesn’t mean we’re anti-social. And okay, maybe we’d rather be in bed then having this conversation with you, but that also doesn’t mean we aren’t driven, focused leaders and great...

Quitting would have been the worst decision

We are entering week three of February. Can you believe it? Before you know it, you’ll be pulling out the short-shorts, slathering on sunscreen and laying out on the beach while sipping on a Titos Greyhound, extra Titos please! Even though our minds try to trick us...

Pros/Cons of doing business with your Valentine 💘

I’ve got something special for you.  If you’re subscribed to my email newsletter, but you aren’t engaged in the Business & Life Tips Facebook group, all I can say is you’re missing out. Every Wednesday I ask the group a poll question that gets the discussion...

How Introverts can use Super Bowl Sunday to Network

You don’t know need to know sh*t about sports to get that today’s a big deal to football lovers. You don’t need to be a crazy workaholic to understand that today can also provide you a major business opportunity. And, you don’t need to be an extrovert to know how to...

4 ways to make this tax season a breeze 😎

Tax season does not have to be a stressful time. Yes, the new year means deadlines and important dates are quickly approaching (the E- File window officially opens on Monday, Jan 27th!) but don’t let them scare you. What’s the best way to make this tax season easy af?...

Being Selfish Commands Respect

Selfish - self·ish/ˈselfiSH/ Adjective Concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others It’s okay to be selfish. In fact, being selfish can make you a heavily...

20 Habits to Make 2020 Your Best Yet

Naw this isn’t just a new year, it’s a new decade.  And for that, you should make every intention to incorporate consistent action that leads to solid habits for you to accomplish your goals.  No more dipping and dabbing, playing it safe, half-assing the situation....

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