In the last couple years, I have documented my financial struggles and triumphs when it comes to personal and business. I have talked about Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich, Running A Business and Paying Off Student Loans, Zero Budget Method, Shopping At Aldi, Rebuild Credit and many more topics. I personally believe, I cannot tell my story if I don’t share the ugly parts of my life. That will never inspire you or others to improve your life. Today, I want to share something with you that happen last month. I legit screamed and text Liz immediately when this happen. As mentioned before also, establishing a relationship with a banker is so important. Liz is essential to my story of changing my credit.
IRS has pushed tax refunds back until February which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on you. Today, I wanted to break down how to invest your tax refund wisely so you are reaping the benefits not just for a couple weeks but throughout this entire year. Too many people receive refunds of a thousand or more and it goes to things like a trip, car or a tv. Things that truly do not hold their value or help you in the long run.
Running a small business is pricey compared to what social media teaches you. Even as a service based company, I still have serious overhead to run my company on a yearly. A plethora of the information I am sharing below are tax write offs you can utilize when filling your taxes. If you, have not called your accountant to file your taxes please make sure to add that to your schedule. I tend to call my accountant the first week of the year and schedule my appointment for around March. In addition to that, we meet at the start of the year to talk fisical goals, taxes and more. Just as it’s important to have a relationship with your business banker, you need one with a CPA or accountant in your city.
I can honestly say this year was the year of learning on how to live on less, but still, pay off debt. Too many times, I hear people say they do not have the income to get out of debt or save. I am calling all times of bullshit on that excuse. Its all about your priorities and what you want in life. One of my goals is to be debt free, so I can do more. Not just for myself but those around me. This year, I increased my credit score drastically without hiring some credit expert, I have saved money, and I have paid more on my student loans than ever before. Oh did I mention my income has gone drastically down from not only previous years but from what I was making at the start of the year to now?
Early one November day, it hit me what would it be like if I had an extra “$1,000” for my business in the new year. The thought of the extra cash flow made me think of the things I would love to invest in to help my business grow. In addition to that, starting the year with $1,000 could transform my business situation. Getting me months ahead verse covering month to month. Next, thought was how could I make this happen. Last month, I wrote an article talking about no limits and bold actions regarding moving yourself forward. All these thoughts, helped me outline how I can increase my bank account by $1,000 for 2017 business year.
As someone who is self employed one of the biggest things that matters is keeping all my coins. Yes, my company mission matters and all that fine stuff, but truth be told if I am not retaining money, I am losing money. You’re probably thinking what does this have to do with Aldi the grocery store. Well, earlier this year when I introduced myself to the zero budget method I had to rearrange how I was spending money and allocate it better.
If you were me three years ago, your credit was shot, gone down the drain and that was that. Trying to obtain a loan, credit card or even department card to save your life was not happening. As, I have talked about finances in Entrepreneurship Forced Me To Become Better At Math, 5 Ways To Create Better Money Habits and more under the money category of the site that my finances have not always been the greatness. However, as I have matured in recent years, one thing I have been working on is re-establishing my credit after of years of bad mistakes.
So at the start of the year I decided to switch my money management over to a zero budget, I discussed this last month in Zero Budget Method Changed My Financial Outlook and Life. After getting my finances to a zero each month with my budgeting skills one thing I want to make sure to do was be a month a head with my bills. I wanted to alleviate issues of stress if something happened in my business life. I will say making sure I was a month or more ahead with my bills does not include having a savings account for emergencies.
Being on the pursuit of financial freedom is one of the best decisions I could’ve made for my life. To be really committed to understanding money, my relationship with it, getting out of debt and much more. In the last, two months I have switched my finances over to a zero budget method and lets just say my finances have improved drastically in a short period of time.
Paying off debt can make you feel all types of ways about the life you live. Going through all the stages of emotions every time you either pay off a bill. Some bill comes out of nowhere or you feel like you’re still drowning with no way to get ahead. Today, I want to share seven common mistakes people make when paying off debt.
We are well into 2016 and one thing every small business is grow their business. Increasing your businesses earning potential this year takes a couple things working together. It’s not just some simple “omg I want to make $10,000 a month” but didnt make $10,000 in sales in 2015 magic. Today, want to share some insider information on how I focus on increasing my earnings each year from the previous.
I know every time you log onto social media specifically Pinterest you see are bombard with graphics saying how to make $100,000 a year or some other large sum of money. Honestly, I do not want to just post one article on the subject of how to make that sum of money. Instead, I have decided to do a series on the subject matter. First, I want to share how to make $35,000 a year in sales. Then share how to make $50,000, $75,000 and finally $100,000.