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  • The NASE Blog - Current Issues and Topics - For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
    For a highlight of the article read on below and for more details and links to important Self Employed forms that you will likely need be sure to click on the link above and visit the IRS website 1 Self employment income can include pay that you receive for part time work you do out of your home This could include income you earn in addition to your regular job 2 Self employed Only In America Tax Tip 6 Monday April 08 2013 Posted by Keith Hall NASE Tax Expert What if I told you that the IRS would subsidize your retirement savings plan My guess is that you wouldn t believe me but it s true If you haven t filed your tax return yet make sure you consider your options for contributing to a qualified retirement plan such as a traditional IRA or a Simplified Employee Pension SEP Plan The contributions that you make before you file your return are deductible even though it is already three and a half months after the end of the year This is the one true tax planning tool left for all April mistakes bring May headaches Tax Tip 5 Monday April 01 2013 Posted by Keith Hall NASE Tax Expert We knew it would happen April is here and many of us still haven t finished our tax return There are still a couple of weeks to go so don t feel too rushed but it s time to get busy As you plow through all of the paper and numbers and receipts let me plant one thing in the back of your mind to keep you focused The number one reason that this return might spark that dreaded letter from the IRS asking for more detail or worse for more money is math errors Don t be tempted by the fudge Tax Tip 4 Monday March 25 2013 Posted by Keith Hall NASE Tax Expert Telling you not to be tempted by the fudge is probably a silly way to start a blog post about taxes Silly for the most part because of course you will be tempted by the fudge because it s fudge Duh But I m not talking about the chocolate kind I m talking about that temptation to take a shortcut in completing your federal income tax return Whether you are getting your paperwork together for the accountant or getting ready to sit down with TurboTax you are probably feeling the temptation to just guess To Celebrating Women in Business Wednesday March 20 2013 In honor of Women s History Month the NASE would like to showcase some contributions women have made to the business community and provide some resources for women looking to impact their community or the next generation of women entrepreneurs Whether you plan to start your own business and contribute to the local economy or have expertise that you would like to lend to an organization that supports women in business this

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  • The NASE Blog - Current Issues and Topics - For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
    openly supported efforts for bi partisan comprehensive tax reform saying The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms and more time expanding and hiring a tax code that ensures SBA launches new online tool to aid the self employed Thursday February 07 2013 As we know the Affordable Care Act ACA was no small piece of legislation and it is going to impact our lives in a large way As with many new and large changes to the law we here at the NASE know it can be confusing and tricky as you try and figure out what is best for your family and your business Luckily the Small Business Administration knows that also and has created a new online tool to help with the process of finding the best health care options for you Additionally the site provides a good overview of the Federal Help for Small Businesses Monday February 04 2013 Posted by Molly Nelson Here s some exciting news this week about some help for small businesses by way of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration In an attempt to help the federal government reach its small business procurement goals the DVA plans to award a five year 5 billion services contract to three small business prime contractors These small businesses will have a maximum of 150 employees and at least one will be owned by a disabled veteran Additionally the SBA recently announced the launch of the Early Stage Innovation Funds Initiative The SBA plans to commit up Recharge Your Customer Service Efforts Thursday January 24 2013 Posted by Molly Nelson The beginning of the year is as good a time as any to take stock of your customer service efforts and consider what you re doing right and what you could improve upon Check out these articles for some ideas 5 Phrases Guaranteed to Boost Your Customer Service OPEN Forum 20 Tricks of the Trade to Develop Superior Customer Service Small Business Trends Want to Win the Competition for Customers SelfInformed Have questions about customer service Ask the Experts at NASE org Just because you build it doesn t mean they will come Ask The Experts Friday January 18 2013 Posted by Gene Fairbrother NASE Lead Small Business Advisor In today s age of Internet mania it is hard to envision any business that doesn t need a presence on the Internet as a marketing tool The problem for many small business owners is the thinking that just because they have a website Facebook page or LinkedIn presence that customers will be knocking down their doors An all too common scenario that the NASE consultants get is a member calling telling us that they have been on the Internet for several months but they are not getting any response or sales A few questions What does the health care reform law mean for you in 2013 Friday January 18 2013 With

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  • The NASE Blog - Current Issues and Topics - For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
    Posted by Molly Nelson Hackers are starting to look at small businesses as easy prey for online attacks Make sure your business and business website is protected Small Business Trends has advice on cyber liability insurance and OPEN Forum has some advice from the small business owner victim of hackers Key Findings in Two Small Business Administration Studies Wednesday December 19 2012 The Office of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration released two new economic research studies about small business owners and retirement These reports shed some very good insight into our self employed community and the trends in preparing to retire Be sure to check them out below Click here for the full report on Retirement Recessions and Older Small Business Owners Click here for the Executive Summary Click here for the full report on Financial Viability and Retirement Assets A Look at Small Business Owners and Private Sector Workers Click here for the Executive Summary These reports highlighted some key points that So What is this Fiscal Cliff and How Will it Impact Me Tuesday December 18 2012 Posted by Katie Vlietstra With all of the gloom and doom predictions coming out of Washington many Americans have simply tuned out rolling their eyes and lamenting once again how Congress is proving how ineffective they can be when dealing with big issues But for all the rhetoric it is important to ask So what is this fiscal cliff and how will it impact me Mike Beene NASE Vice President and General Counsel had this to say The biggest effect going over the fiscal cliff has is the psychological one While the face that most taxpayers are getting a several thousand Are You Making What You re Worth Ask The Experts Wednesday December 05 2012 Posted by Gene Fairbrother NASE Lead Small Business Advisor The NASE business consultants have spoken with thousands of members about how to set their pricing and we ve put our heads together to come up with four of the top questions on how to value on all your blood sweat and tears 1 How do I overcome income inconsistency Just about every business experiences ups and downs in cash flow but it is a simple fact of business life and you have to plan for the lean times For example some sole practitioners are not very good at marketing They wait for Social Media Savvy Tuesday December 04 2012 Posted by Molly Nelson It s easy to take a wrong turn or put your foot in your mouth digitally anyway when using social media Here are some tips and things to avoid as you post tweet and like away 10 Twitter Blunders Small Businesses Should Avoid via Small Business Trends 4 Common Mistakes To Avoid While Running A Social Media Contest via Small Biz Bee Social Media Tips For Aspiring Entrepreneurs via Small Biz Bee Your Online Reputation You Are What You Share via FreelanceFolder Also check out an article from our SelfInformed e newsletter

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  • The NASE Blog - Current Issues and Topics - For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
    Webinar on Thursday November 15 2012 at 11 a m EST The NASE Advocacy team will provide an analysis on the election results along with laying out the issues that congress must address in the lame duck session and finally the NASE s advocacy agenda for 2013 The webinar will be facilitated by NASE s Director of Government Affairs Katie Vlietstra and will include a welcome SBA Ready To Help In Wake Of Hurricane Sandy Friday November 09 2012 As residents of the Northeast began to get power back last week most are still faced with difficult times ahead Communities will begin to rebuild as homeowners and businesses attempt to recover and get back to where they once were However the damage in the wake of the storm has left many with an inability to act without assistance The Small Business Administration is helping to alleviate some of the hardships caused by the hurricane as noted on their website The SBA is encouraging small businesses and nonprofit organizations to go to their website and apply for Economic Injury Disaster NASE Statement On 2012 Election Wednesday November 07 2012 In light of the election results The NASE s President and CEO Kristie L Arslan had the following comments President Obama won re election last night capturing all but two of the states he carried in 2008 and without a determination in Florida The critical issues facing the country and America s self employed remain tax reform being the utmost importance to ensuring continued economic recovery The 2012 election will be analyzed for many months however the real work begins today The NASE will aggressively champion the self employed and work to address the continued tax inequities and ensure a level competitive business environment that Status Quo Election President Obama Wins 4 More Wednesday November 07 2012 President Obama won re election last night Democrats held the U S Senate and the Republicans remain in control in the U S House of Representatives For a full run down of races in your state check out RCP Live Results Page Are You Prepared For A Business Disaster Friday November 02 2012 Posted by Gene Fairbrother NASE Lead Small Business Advisor While few of us will ever experience the ravages of a disaster like Hurricane Sandy or Katrina every day entrepreneurs lives are devastated by tragedies that don t get national attention In the every day business world disasters come in all shapes and sizes like a home based consultant who looses their home to a fire or an ice storm in Massachusetts that takes out power for a week The difference is that losing a home to fire or falling off a ladder and being laid up for two months doesn t bring the Clearing the Murky Waters of Retirement Planning Ask The Experts Thursday November 01 2012 Posted by Gene Fairbrother NASE Lead Small Business Advisor When people think about retirement planning the first challenge they face is trying to understand all

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  • The NASE Blog - Current Issues and Topics - For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
    leaving academe I started doing things in my own home Soon neighbors and friends began asking me to paint tile build things and lay flooring for them as well The business grew out of those grass roots Besides basic home improvements I also reupholster and refinish WaPo Outlines Small Business Guide to the Presidential Election Wednesday October 17 2012 The Washington Post has an article outlining the candidates positions on issues important to the self employed community including taxes health care regulation immigration government contracting SBA and exporting You can read the article here VP Biden Throws His Boss a Lifeline Friday October 12 2012 Posted by Katie Vlietstra Last night s Vice Presidential debate was predictable both VP candidates taking a much more aggressive attack towards the other campaign however for VP Biden this incredibly important to help swing momentum back towards the Obama Biden ticket Pundits agree that both Biden and Paul did exactly what they needed to do while most calling the debate an even draw What did you think Washington Post Vice Presidential Debate Analysis Image Is Everything NASE Experts Thursday October 11 2012 The first time customers buy goods or services from a business it s usually because of reputation product value or marketing But once you get them in the door the challenge is to keep them coming back It doesn t do any good to spend marketing dollars to create an image that says buy from me if you re going to lose the customer with a bad impression from poorly handled telephone calls an unkempt appearance or the lax attitude of an employee One of the most important marketing tools a business has is the image generated in the minds of customers Images Small Biz News Roundup Tuesday October 09 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander I m making a departure from my usual end of the week roundup and trying something new This time we ll focus on the news that happens at the beginning of the week The Small Business Issue the Candidates Are Not Talking About You re The Boss NY Times Fewer Start Ups Depends Whom You Ask Small Business Small Talk WSJ What An Online Sales Tax Could Mean For Small Business On Small Business Washington Post Do Your Due Diligence This Election Thursday October 04 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander As in many presidential elections both sides are touting the importance of small business and offering plans to help them grow The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is used to hearing lip service from politicians who say they want to help but rarely follow through with policies for the self employed This year we decided to send a questionnaire to both President Obama s and Governor Romney s camps about what specific policies they would put in place to help the nation s most plentiful and smallest companies Click here to read the questionnaire for Pres Obama and NASE Remains Hopeful Firm About Tonight s

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  • The NASE Blog - Current Issues and Topics - For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
    that all too often trying to get our heirs involved in the business is more of a nightmare than an American dream That s not to say that getting children involved in business is not a good idea Quite the contrary it s a mistake not to get them involved Beyond the tax benefits there is a lot to be learned during those young Payroll Tax Holiday To End Conversations Continue On Other Tax Measures Wednesday September 19 2012 Posted by Katie Vlietstra As Congress looks towards adjournment having just completed an eight day work period before heading out of town until after the November 6 2012 election elected officials have started giving the American people the heads up that the Payroll Tax Holiday will indeed come to a close on December 31 2012 Members of both parties and both Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee have expressed that the holiday was just that a reprieve for the crunched economy for a specific period of time The end of the payroll tax holiday would impact 160 million Small Biz News Roundup Friday September 14 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander A lot happened this week mostly in the financial arena with the Fed announcing QE3 and in foreign policy with the unfortunate events that took place at the embassy outpost in Libya However there were a few other noteables that I ve mentioned below Please read and if you like share Small business groups are pressuring Congress to take up legislative tax policy so that the climate for business owners will be less fiscally uncertain The NASE started its own 13 Work Days campaign to encourage Congress to address self employed issues before adjourning until the November election NASE Launches Health Care Webinar Series Wednesday September 12 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander Join the NASE s latest educational webinar series on the nuts and bolts of the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect your business when state health insurance exchanges go into effect Find out more and register here NASE Debuts Election Watch Website Wednesday September 12 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander Click here to visit the NASE s new site devoted to the presidential election Find convention speeches and news of the day on our constantly updated page Election Watch website Small Biz News Roundup Friday September 07 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander Check out this week s top news stories How Not to Pitch Your Business in Social Media NY Times Google doodle Google com celebrates Star Trek Survey says Workplace culture matters to employees Inc com NASE Statement On Romney Ryan Official Candidacy Friday August 31 2012 In response to the Republican convention and official nomination of Gov Mitt Romney and Rep Paul Ryan the NASE s Director of Government Affairs Katie Vlietstra had the following comments Last night Governor Romney accepted the Republican nomination for the presidency The NASE looks forward to hearing in specific detail from the Romney Ryan campaign as

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  • The NASE Blog - Current Issues and Topics - For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
    less and less sure that this is the right philosophy As a Certified Public Accountant myself I hate to say that you don t need to go out right this minute and engage one of my peers to help in your business but I Finding A Financial Planner NASE Experts Tuesday August 14 2012 At some point in many of our lives we come to the realization that we haven t socked away enough money for those financial milestones Things like our kid s college education or a comfortable retirement For some reason we think there s plenty of time later when our business is generating high profits The reality is that most of us are afraid to take our financial temperatures afraid of what we might discover So unless you re in a wealthy relative s will the time for some serious financial planning is NOW It s time to look at your lifestyle how you want to live Small Biz Top Stories Friday August 10 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander From the depths of the internet I bring you my favorite stories making the rounds today 11 Reasons A 23 Year Old Shouldn t Run Your Social Media Inc com What You Can Learn About Branding From Project Runway Entrepreneur com Visa And MasterCard Settle Lawsuit But Merchants Aren t Celebrating NY Times Microloans Meeting Credit Needs For Entrepreneurs Boston com Hiring Your First Employee NASE Experts Thursday August 09 2012 It s a good news bad news story The good news is that your business is growing and needs to hire your first employee The bad news is you need to hire an employee There is no question that employee will change your business life You have to deal with increased costs new legal issues added taxes finding the right person and the list goes on So how do you get your ducks in a row Budgeting While employees need to be profit generators hiring that first employee will take extra dollars The hiring process can cost from Congress In Recess Until Sept 10th Wednesday August 08 2012 Posted by Katie Vlietstra The Senate and House formally adjourned for the August District Work Period on August 7th the month long work period is long held tradition going back to the days of when travel to and from was not as convenient as it is today When Congress returns in September they have a massive amount of work to address prior to the election recess which is traditionally the entire month of October through the November election First up both chambers will need to agree to a six month funding of the federal government pushing it past the election and Survey Want Help With Marketing We Really Need Your Input Friday August 03 2012 We know you work hard each day promoting your business and reaching out to new customers Based on the conversations we ve had with you we understand that you d like more training and

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  • NASE Foundation
    and advocated on behalf of the micro business community Thanks to the NASE entrepreneurs are not alone But starting one s own business can be daunting with many bumps along the way From business management skills to filing taxes to raising capital or securing health coverage the self employed need support NASE Foundation Supports Entrepreneurs Scholarships Awards and Grants Future Entrepreneur Award college scholarship of up to 24 000 awarded to promising young buiness owners Achievement Award prize to an outstanding entrepreneur Succeed Scholarships scholarships for business education and training Growth Grants funding for business investment Business Skills Education Seminars and webinars on topics that help entrepreneurs grow and manage their business Micro Business Research Educating policymakers and media on the self employed Make a Donation Latest News Read More How can you help Sponsor a scholarship that gives young entrepreneurs a leg up on higher education costs so they don t have to give up on either their business or college dreams Recognize a business owner poised for success with a grant or financial award that allows them to make investments needed for growth Support webinars that provide a budding entrepeneur with the business know how needed to succeed

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