Do you know the value of a person in your life?
Some people feel empowered by closing doors for others. There is no empowerment in bringing strife or insecurity to someone else. I recall the scenario where a seasoned employee was tasked to be the mentor of a new employee. Immediately, she did not like the new person. Instead of being a dedicated mentor, she went out of her way to prove that this person was not the right fit for the job. Nothing the new employee could do was right, and she did not provide the support to that person to help with success in the job.
Preconceived judgments often set the stage for limitations of progress. What if she would have taken this person under her wing and guided her to success? Most interestingly, the new employee was a cancer survivor, and after she left, the mentor was diagnosed. If she had embraced this person and helped her grow, she could have possibly earned an invaluable cancer warrior and prayer partner for her ultimate time of need. I know cancer has no bounds and how it chooses its victims is a mystery, but the decision to invest in someone could have possibly earned her a friend in her most needed time. Help people release their potential. Don't be an obstacle.
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Calling all Mompreneurs:
Do you use your car for work?
It's early in the morning, and you have to meet a client. You get up and get dressed. You grab your phone and bag. You hop in your car and be on your way. What is wrong with this picture?
One of the most under-reported expenses is the use of your personal vehicle for work. Did you record your mileage or do you have a plan to capture it? Keep in mind, your mileage for work is not just to and from your destination. Think about all the other places you go during the day.
Track your actual mileage
If you meet a client for a business lunch and they ask you to take them to the airport on your way home, this will not be included if you only use a map app to determine your mileage. Think about it -- if you drive an extra 10 miles out of your way each week for a year, that is 520 unclaimed miles. At roughly $.55 per mile, you could be losing out on almost $300 of expense claims per year.
Make Smart Decisions
Using your personal car for business-related expenses can take a toll on the overall health of your car. Be diligent about getting your oil changes and tune ups. Also, remember to shop around! For things like tires, you don't want to wait until one blows out to make that purchase. If you do, instead of finding the best deal, you will be stuck paying for the most convenient. Get those line items repaired on time, so you can shop around and get the best available prices. Each time you get your car serviced, they provide you with a report. Try to stay ahead of those upcoming and obvious repairs like getting new tires.
So, what does it take to be an expense expert? Well, you already are! No one knows the expenses related to your business better than you. All you need to do is be aware of what you are spending and definitely keep a log.
Note: This post is for informational purposes only. For tax advice, please contact a tax professional or visit www.irs.gov.
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compromise to make joint decisions. Whether your fights are about money, kids, or dirty socks on the floor, you are going to have them. You are going to have great days and passionate days. You are going to have rainy days and sunny days. Despite all of the possibilities of what could happen, you will learn that each day is a new day. Believing in your love and knowing that you can overcome any obstacle do not require any special training. It only requires the commitment to love unconditionally, the respect to never intentionally cause harm to each other, and the faith that you can make it through the tough times and emerge even stronger.
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