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  • Keep An Eye On Your Legislators...Find Out How! [VIDEO]
    Member Survey NASE Issue Reports Self Employed Statistics Get Involved Tell your story Become a Media Contact Legislative Action Center Business Help Ask the Experts Taxes Business Strategy 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 Keep An Eye On Your Legislators Find Out How VIDEO Sunday January 13 2013 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 entered is not valid Type the code from the image Self Made A blog on the self employed and micro business Meet the NASE Staff Bloggers Katie

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/14/Keep_An_Eye_On_Your_Legislators_Find_Out_How_VIDEO (2016-02-14)
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  • Key Tax Incentive Extensions from the American Taxpayer Relief Act
    11 2013 Earlier this month the government came together and Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ATRA which President Obama then signed into law While the effort failed to extend cuts to the payroll tax the rate had been reduced from 6 2 percent to 4 2 percent for 2011 and 2012 but will now go back up to 6 2 percent it did provide some extensions that should prove to be beneficial to the self employed The Small Business Administration released an article that highlighted some of the key extensions in the bill and we encourage you to read through it As the article points out there are some signs of hope on the horizon for the self employed including the extension of the research and experimentation tax credit This tax credit expired back in 2011 but you will be able to apply it retroactively for 2012 so if you are a small business owner who conducts any R D make sure you remember this one Additionally if you purchased any property or equipment the section 179 deduction and the bonus depreciation provision have been extended through the end of 2013 Also extended in the bill were incentives to hire military veterans or individuals from undeserved communities There were certainly some great provisions and extensions in the ATRA but we didn t get everything Don t be discouraged and be sure to get involved and make your voice heard so Congress can continue to better improve the outlook of self employed business owners like you The NASE has a great resource on our website in our Legislative Action Center so be sure to check it out today and tell us about the issues that are important to you Comment Your name Click to add Email optional

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/11/Key_Tax_Incentive_Extensions_from_the_American_Taxpayer_Relief_Act (2016-02-14)
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  • 2013: Paychecks Will Be a Little Lighter
    Americans with higher income tax rates those individuals making less than 400 000 and couples making less than 450 000 will see their income tax rates remain the same all Americans will see their paychecks a little lighter in 2013 due to expiring tax holidays and two new health reform law related taxes While addressing the individual rate captured most of the attention Congress did address other expiring tax issues in their last minute deal two of interest to the self employed the Alternative Minimum Tax AMT and the Estate Tax In a bold move Congress approved a permanent fix to the AMT a tax mechanism that when created was not indexed to inflation This meant that every few years Congress would have to approve a patch to increase the tax threshold so that middle income earners were not taxed at a higher rate With respect to the Estate Tax Congress made permanent the 5 million exemption level indexed to inflation while also allowing a 5 million lifetime gift to children and grandchildren However with all of the talk about ensuring that the middle class and America s small businesses were not hit with an increase in their tax liability this is simply not the case All Americans will see their tax liability increase in 2013 due to expiration of the payroll tax holiday i e the Social Security tax the increase of the hospital insurance tax pulled from the payroll tax deduction and the new unearned income Medicare contribution tax established under health care reform law No doubt the situation could have been much worse if Congress had not acted Yet for many of the self employed working hard each and every day the addition of new taxes will undoubtedly cause a few headaches in the first quarter of

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/04/2013_Paychecks_Will_Be_a_Little_Lighter (2016-02-14)
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  • Is your business properly protected from cyber attacks?
    Experts Taxes Business Strategy 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 Is your business properly protected from cyber attacks Wednesday January 02 2013 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 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 entered is not

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2013/01/02/Is_your_business_properly_protected_from_cyber_attacks (2016-02-14)
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  • Key Findings in Two Small Business Administration Studies
    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 are unnerving and should serve as encouragement for you to make preparations now so you are not left scrambling when it comes time to retire The first point is that these studies found small business owners over 50 years of age are significantly less likely than employees to have a pension or retirement plan Additionally small business owners reported thinking about retirement less frequently than employees as well Of those small business owners who did have a retirement account they typically had lower amounts of assets compared to employees As a small business owner it is imperative that you begin to plan for retirement before you actually are ready to retire The sooner you start the better off you will be when the time comes Don t hesitate check out our video about retirement savings from an NASE expert and head over to the IRS website to compare different retirement plans and find out which one is right for you Just because you are not ready to retire does not mean you should not starting planning for it Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/12/19/Key_Findings_in_Two_Small_Business_Administration_Studies (2016-02-14)
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  • So, What is this Fiscal Cliff and How Will it Impact Me?
    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 dollar tax hit when times are already tight is of concern for the taxpayer and the economy the unknown is the true threat We don t know the rules what our taxes will be or even if the world will tire of American debt and drive our interest rates up The government will not close Jan 1 and through creative accounting all will continue as normal But with each run to the edge Washington steps another step into its beltway cocoon leaving the rest of us to wonder if they have ever lived with the rest of us on the ground Keith Hall NASE National Tax Advisor shares his thoughts I still think the most unfortunate part of the cliff is the uncertainty for small business Following the metaphor the small business owner doesn t even know how high the cliff is or how far they will fall The uncertainly is the worst part of the long term impact The impact of the payroll tax reinstatement to 7 65 depreciation options and other impacts of the fiscal cliff means that the average small business owner can expect to pay an addition tax ranging from 2 700 to 4 000 which translates into two to three weeks of earnings for that family As the Obama Administration and Congress continue to dance the tango seeing how close one group will come to stepping off the cliff Americans are cautiously proceeding with their holiday shopping travel and 2013 budget planning Each

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/12/18/So_What_is_this_Fiscal_Cliff_and_How_Will_it_Impact_Me (2016-02-14)
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  • Are You Making What You're Worth? [Ask The Experts]
    future business Many business owners also don t like to deal with the numbers So when money is rolling in they don t plan for slower times All they know is that the bank balance is flush You can t judge finances by how much is coming in during good months You have to look at how much is going to come in over the total year and budget accordingly If a freelancer is making 10 000 a month for 9 months out of the year they can t live like they re going to make 120 000 a year 2 How do I charge what I m worth A mistake many small business owners make is to under value their products and services A common scenario is that a business will charge less than the competition because they think this will entice customers to give them business which it often doesn t What every business owner needs to understand is that customers don t do business with you on how much you charge but on getting the best value for their dollar If a computer programmer charges 85 an hour and others are charging 65 an hour a client might evaluate the programmer in comparison other programmers who charge less In order to charge a higher rate a programmer has to show that they provide a better value For example the programmer does their homework and shows the client that while their rate may be higher than some other programmers they produce an end product in less time with fewer errors and less corporate support This means that even though the client might be paying a slightly higher base rate the overall project costs will be lower This principle stands no matter what your profession How much is a writer worth that simply produces good articles on politics How much more is a writer worth when they have the connections to get an interview with George W Bush 3 When is a good time for me to increase prices Presuming you validate your worth it is better to address when not to increase your rates Don t try to raise rates outside of contract terms Don t raise rates if a client is encountering cash flow and profit deterioration Don t raise rates when a client is in their annual budget preparation Don t raise rates if your performance has not been up to standard or there have been issues with some of your past work Don t surprise your client with higher rates Take the time to discuss rates prior to the beginning of a new contract period 4 What is my competition charging Every business needs to do a competitive evaluation at least once a year The challenge is how to get information If you re a website designer go to other designers websites and it s common to find a list what they charge for developing and or hosting a website If they don t list

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/12/05/Are_You_Making_What_You_re_Worth_Ask_The_Experts (2016-02-14)
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  • Social Media Savvy
    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 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 Social Media Savvy For Freelancers 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

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