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  • President Addresses Nation in 4th State of the Union
    In his first comment directed at small businesses the President 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 billionaires with high powered accountants can t pay a lower rate than their hard working secretaries a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America That s what tax reform can deliver That s what we can do together As we have written House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp R Mich has laid out an ambitious schedule to overhaul the American tax code this year Tackling both individual and corporate tax reform President Obama s strong words are encouraging to us all that there is the will for true tax code reform In an additional effort to reach out to the small business community the President talked about aggressive expansion in manufacturing energy infrastructure dubbed the Fix it First program and housing in an effort to help boost entrepreneurs and small business owners During his speech the President also announced his wish to increase the federal minimum wage from 7 25 to 9 00 He argues that the federal minimum wage should be tied to cost of living a proposal previously floated by Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney While the speech was fairly predictable the call for a dramatic increase in the federal minimum wage rate was fairly surprising Yes the State of the Union lays out the legislative wishes of the President however it is up to Congress to enact the laws The day after it is unclear what proposals will garner

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/02/13/president-addresses-nation-in-4th-state-of-the-union (2016-02-14)
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  • SBA launches new online tool to aid the self-employed
    401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Self Made NASE s Blog 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 ACA from the point of view of a small business owner They also dedicated a section of the website specifically to how the self employed are affected by the ACA We encourage you to check back often to the site as it is being updated with information as the government publishes its regulations Another good resource for you is the NASE s own Business Learning Center s Health section Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/02/07/sba-launches-new-online-tool-to-aid-the-self-employed (2016-02-14)
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  • Federal Help for Small Businesses
    Advertising Real Estate Calculators Business Breakeven Analysis Calculator Cash Flow Calculator Equipment Buy vs Lease Investment Annual Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Self Made NASE s Blog 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 to 1 billion to start ups through the initiative over the next five years Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor Mode buttons Statistics module Editor resizer RadEditor please enable JavaScript to use

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/02/04/federal-help-for-small-businesses (2016-02-14)
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  • Recharge Your Customer Service Efforts
    Information Technology NASE Minute Get Help Tax Healthcare Reform Health Marketing 101 Business Management Marketing Advertising Real Estate Calculators Business Breakeven Analysis Calculator Cash Flow Calculator Equipment Buy vs Lease Investment Annual Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Self Made NASE s Blog 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 Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor Mode buttons Statistics module Editor resizer RadEditor please enable JavaScript to use the rich text editor RadEditor s Modules special tools used to provide extra information such as

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/24/recharge-your-customer-service-efforts (2016-02-14)
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  • Just because you build it doesn't mean they will come! [Ask The Experts]
    a web designer their decision was made on the person who would charge the least amount of money or did the website as a friend These are two of the top reasons many websites don t produce This is not to say that someone might not be able to do a good job building their own website or that you have to pay thousands of dollars for a web designer but unless you are talented in marketing and web design the money you save in taking the least expensive option might be more costly in having a site that doesn t produce results A critical key to a successful Internet marketing is to understand that the Internet is first and foremost a marketing tool and not much more than an electronic brochure For the majority of small businesses their websites are static and the primary purpose of the site is to offer information on the business and its products and services With a static site unlike e commerce the marketing message is not to convince someone to buy anything The primary motivator is to get someone to contact you for more information and a chance to close the sale If your primary purpose of an Internet presence is e commerce where products are displayed and can be purchased on line marketing needs to be distinctively different and you need a strong call to action selling message that will motivate the viewer to make a buying decision For the e commerce website maintenance and marketing will take a great deal more effort and expertise to make it successful Making your Internet presence more successful means understanding how to develop a marketing and strategy plan If you don t fall into this category you should get professional expertise to help create a solid Internet marketing plan that is going to achieve your objectives and make sales Regardless of whether your website is static or interactive there are few basic tips to drive business to your doors Give visitors reason to return Update your Internet presence often by offering new products and services fresh graphics and copy fresh links to other sites blogs and content that s interesting to read Capture as much information as possible about prospects when they visit you online Then use that information in your company s promotional and marketing campaigns Use visitor information to set up a regular e communications program with customers and visitors so that you can promote future business Market your Internet locations to customers just as you do using other marketing Promote your URLs on every business collateral piece you have from business cards to vehicles Don t overburden viewers with massive jumbled information You have 15 to 30 seconds to get someone interested in going deeper and then you have only a couple of minutes to convince someone to do business with you If you don t excite or interest them on the first page you are probably going to lose them In

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/18/just-because-you-build-it-doesn%27t-mean-they-will-come!-ask-the-experts- (2016-02-14)
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  • What does the health care reform law mean for you in 2013?
    Friday January 18 2013 With the 2012 presidential election on the books and President Obama s second inauguration just days away the federal government is in full swing to continue the implementation of the Affordable Care Act Regardless of the controversies surrounding it the ACA is here to stay so we may as well fully understand what s to come The links below provide an in depth look into the execution of the implementation schedule of the ACA through 2018 Affordable Care Act Implementation 2013 Timeline Kaiser Family Foundation s Healthcare Implementation Timeline This year is shaping up to be one of the busiest for the Obama administration as it works to get the new health care system up and running A major part of that is the Essential Health Benefits package EHB This package will create a minimum level of insurance benefits that needs to be provided by all insurance companies These companies can choose to offer more benefits if they desire but not less The EHB thus does two things it brings up the quality of insurance across the board but it also drives up the prices charged by insurers The quality of insurance goes up because states that had lower minimum benefits now need to raise them This is theoretically good because more benefits should equal better quality healthcare However now that the insurance companies are required to offer more benefits they are going to charge more for their insurance plans to offset the costs of being forced to increase their benefits Opinions about the ACA aside these changes are coming and will likely be here before years end Make sure you stay up to date with information about the changes in the NASE s Legislative Action Center Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/18/what-does-the-health-care-reform-law-mean-for-you-in-2013- (2016-02-14)
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  • Sometimes, Just Sometimes, Washington Gets Something Right!
    watch Lincoln this weekend and really enjoyed the movie If you haven t had a chance to see it yet don t wait another week It is awesome I left the movie saying That is what makes our country great Leadership And getting things done With the fiscal cliff debate the debt ceiling Congressional bickering and indecision it is easy to long for a better time But today my optimism has been restored Well restored at least as far as my Home Office Along with the Dept of the Treasury and the SBA the IRS announced today a new and easier way for small business owners to claim the Home Office Deduction for 2013 and beyond The proposal would replace a complicated form with 43 lines of calculations 4 pages of instructions and a 28 page booklet of How To s with a simple 5 per square foot standard amount Up to 300 square feet and at 5 per square foot the small business owner can now calculate their 1 500 tax deduction in the matter of a few seconds In fact we just did the full calculation in that last sentence We here at the NASE have long pushed for tax code simplification and a level playing field for small and micro business owners This is what we were talking about You will still need to use the Home Office space regularly and exclusively for business and the deduction may be limited to the net income from that business but this new approach will save millions of small business hours and who knows how many bottles of Advil in claiming a well deserved deduction So let me take a moment to say thank you to the Treasury Department IRS and the Small Business Administration for its commitment to small

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/15/sometimes-just-sometimes-washington-gets-something-right! (2016-02-14)
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  • "I don't know. What do you think?"
    Business Law Marketing 101 Finance Accounting Health Care Reform Marketing Advertising Real Estate Information Technology NASE Minute Get Help Tax Healthcare Reform Health Marketing 101 Business Management Marketing Advertising Real Estate Calculators Business Breakeven Analysis Calculator Cash Flow Calculator Equipment Buy vs Lease Investment Annual Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Self Made NASE s Blog I don t know What do you think Monday January 14 2013 Posted by Molly Nelson I don t know What do you think Are these the seven most important words in business Bill Marriott founder of Marriott hotels believed that they were While leadership is often about what you do it is sometimes also about what you say Read more from Inc about things that extraordinary people say Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor Mode buttons Statistics module Editor resizer RadEditor please enable JavaScript to use the rich text editor RadEditor s Modules special tools used to provide extra information such as Tag Inspector Real Time HTML Viewer Tag Properties and other The code you

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/14/-i-don%27t-know.-what-do-you-think- (2016-02-14)
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