When I worked in an office I sat in a cubicle like most others, however, unlike most others the walls of my cubicle contained more than family photos, I hung scriptures and inspirational messages.
I have always believed in the power of prayer; if you see it, believe it, then you can achieve it.
The bulletin board in my home office also contains inspirational messages and scriptures, which I believe are very important in achieving one’s goals.
After starting my day reading scriptures from the Holy Bible, I sit in front of a bulletin board that contains cards, pictures and these messages of encouragement.
Now when I look up from my keyboard and see pictures of my sister and a card that she gave me in 1985, I know that her spirit is alive and that she is providing me with the inspiration to keep me going forward.
I also keep one special picture of the boys from a trip to Orlando as it shows that they feared nothing even at a young age. It is an important reminder to me that there is nothing to fear because God Always Answers Prayers!
I spent all day Saturday doing taxes for the family, something that I have been doing for years, however, I think this may be the last year of flying solo with Turbo Tax. I think the time has come for me to have a professional handle them. Not that I don’t have time nor the patience to do them, I just know there are many deductions that I am missing because I didn’t keep accurate records.
However, now that I am officially working my business full time, I need to make sure that I enter all of my expenses as well as income in a timely and accurate manner. I currently use Wave Accounting for these entries because it’s easy, however, if you know of a better online accounting package, please leave a comment below.
Speaking of expenses and deductions, there are several tax tips and deductions that all bloggers should be aware of and below are the top ten I found on Lifewire.com.
This post is not tax advice and is not intended nor written to be used, and cannot be used, for purposes of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on any taxpayer.
1. Internet-Related Expenses
As a blogger, you may be able to deduct your internet-related expenses. For example, you may be able to deduct:
Many of the communications-related equipment and tools you use to run your blog could be deductible, including:
Second phone line for your business or fax machine
Long distance calls
4. Office Equipment
Traditional office items can be deductible such as:
5. Supplies and Stationery
Little supplies can add up quickly. Keep track of the receipts as these items may be deductible:
Staplers and staples
6. Advertising, Promotion, and Design
Most bloggers invest in design, advertising or promotions each year. Remember to deduct applicable expenses such as:
Blog design (custom blog, header)
Logo, letterhead design
Paid site submissions
Search engine optimization services
7. Travel and Entertainment
If you attend blogging conferences or meetings, you can most likely deduct those expenses:
Hotel charges while away on business related to your blog
Dining charges while away on business related to your blog
Entertainment for clients you take out related to your blog
Transportation when it relates to business for your blog
8. Professional Association Memberships and Periodicals
Many bloggers belong to professional associations related to the topic of their blog or to blogging itself. Professional dues may be deductible. Similarly, periodicals and books that you purchase to help you learn and grow could be deductible, including:
Professional association dues
Books, magazines, online subscriptions
Professional website memberships
9. Office Space and Related Expenses
If you work out of your home to conduct your blogging business, you may be able to deduct the rent for your office space from your tax return. Alternatively, if you work from your home, you may be able to deduct a portion of your household bills for that space if you use that space solely to conduct your blogging business. Expenses in this category could include:
10. Miscellaneous Other Expenses
There are a multitude of little out-of-pocket expenses that you may be able to deduct as a blogger. Consider the following as you prepare your tax return:
Costs to reuse photos or images owned by another person or entity
Headshots used on your blog, website or marketing materials
Post office box if you use one solely for your blogging business
Safe deposit box if you use one solely for your blogging business
Fees for professional services such as a lawyer or accountant