Money & Finance

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Inc. magazine swears that there’s still angel investment funding out there for the right businesses.  Well, OK, maybe “swear” is too strong a word.  Still, the articles “Angels Are Still Interested” and “Angel Investing 2009” paint the picture that, while perhaps not quite roaring like a mighty river, angel investor financing is more than just […]

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Does this sound like you: “I’ll just work harder and sell more stuff/get more clients. That’ll turn my financials around.” Well, as Jay Goltz says in his FSB article, “Why Small Businesses Fail,” working harder won’t fix a broken businesses model.  You’ll either face burnout, or worse, a bevy of legal headaches resulting from your […]

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So you’ve identified the exit events that can trigger a buyout. Yippee-ki-yay. Is that the end of the exercise? Of course not. (You knew it wouldn’t be, didn’t you?). Identifying when a buyout situation might arise is one thing. Having the funds for the payout is quite another. Chris Mercer sagely points outa number of […]

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“Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” said Shakespeare (see context below) … but what about being an investor? If you’re approached by friends and family to provide your hard-earned capital to the next best thing since the Pet Rock (or, maybe, Facebook), what should you ask them before getting involved? Tune into my Watching Your Wealth interview […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Y is for Yes, You’ll Pay Taxes on Your Home-Based Business Earnings

Here’s the lowdown on taxes when it comes to home-based businesses. If you earn money on it, no matter how little, plan on paying taxes. Doesn’t matter that it’s for a little “walking around” pocket change, for the baby’s diaper fund or to help Grandma get her heart medications. Q.: I was thinking about doing […]

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Post image for Basic Training: X is for X-acting Tax Rules for NFPs

Entrepreneurs occasionally ask me about the value of forming a nonprofit (“not-for-profit corporation” (NFP) in legalese). I suppose they say, “Hmmm . . . nonprofit . . . that means I don’t have to pay taxes!” And to a certain extent, they’re right. Nonprofits are exempt from paying federal and state income taxes, provided you […]

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I was recently contacted by an entrepreneur (“Marie”) for a “rush job”: She had formed an S-Corporation about a year ago, and now a couple of investors were waiting in the wings to take an equity piece of her company. She needed the deal signed, sealed and delivered within two weeks. Now I won’t say that’s […]

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Are you having trouble getting paid? Afraid to push too hard to collect on this debt?  It’s a common scenario for small business owners.  And as I’ve said in my program, “How to Train Your Clients to Pay You,” the only thing worse than having no clients is working like a dog and not getting paid. […]

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Q.: Can a partnership use a partner’s family term life insurance policy as a business expense, with the intention of using the policy as a way to buy out the spouse’s interest in the business?   Read on to find out . . . .

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I was sitting with a colleague, Matt Clifford of The Island Financial Group last week, chatting about a range of things: the economy, is the administration’s Stimulus Package truly stimulating (or is it a handout), and how small business owners can protect themselves. Our conversation then moved to “whom can you trust?” With the seemingly […]

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