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The Author Toolbox: Protect Your Business With Security and Wisdom

The Author Toolbox: Protect Your Business With Security and Wisdom

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As we’ve begun to build our business practices, we’ve covered how to keep track of the income and expenses in order to comply with all those city, state, and federal taxes and other regulations. However, there are a few other odds-and-ends of details that deal with the business side of writing but don’t have anything to do with money. It’s also important to protect your business information through data breach incident detection methods and continue

The Author Toolbox: Get Professional Tax Advice

The Author Toolbox: Get Professional Tax Advice

Now for my least favorite topic. Taxes. It’s not just because it’s complicated and involves math, but also because a mistake could land me in a very hot seat. That’s why I’m extra organized when it comes to money matters and record keeping. It’s also why I err on the side of caution when it comes to legitimate business deductions and recommend you get professional tax advice. Tool #1: Find a qualified tax professional in

The Author Toolbox: Keeping Excellent Business Records (Part 2)

The Author Toolbox: Keeping Excellent Business Records (Part 2)

In addition to a filing system for paper documents and a system to track mileage, your business records should include a way to track financial information, tax categories, and inventory as well. Tool #3: Set up an Excel spreadsheet to track all of the business numbers including book inventory, mileage, checking account balances, and expense categories. Okay, I know that sounds complicated but don’t worry. I’ll walk you through exactly how to set up a

The Author Toolbox: Keeping Excellent Business Records (Part 1)

The Author Toolbox: Keeping Excellent Business Records (Part 1)

Now that there’s a place to collect all that income and pay the expenses, let’s turn our attention to another important part of running a business…the files. I mean, have you ever seen an office without at least one filing cabinet? Even as some try to go paperless, there will still be a need for a virtual filing cabinet or place to collect all of the information in one place. What kind of information to

The Author Toolbox: Building a Business To Handle the Money

The Author Toolbox: Building a Business To Handle the Money

Now that you have a book and a platform, it’s time to make sure you are prepared to handle the money you earn and still pay Uncle Sam. It’s time to build a business. Don’t forget to check the swift money options for more information about financing.  First, we need lay a foundation for what makes your writing a business instead of a hobby. According to the IRS, a business makes a profit (or intends