Tax Tips for New Ecommerce Entrepreneurs

New ecommerce entrepreneurs can find them confused and confounded by the tax and accounting requirements of their venture. And thats a shame: If someones spotted a great new category and successfully built a web presence, heck, that someone shouldnt find themselves bogged down with the accounting minutia. The entrepreneur should focus on increasing traffic, expanding margins, and growing cash profits.

With that in mind, I offer up the following tax and accounting tips:

Tip #1: Dont Incorporate

A true corporationwhether a C corporation or an S corporationsaddles your business with more complicated tax accounting and a bunch of state filing requirements. You dont want to deal with this redtapeor at least not until youre profitable.

Instead, operate your business as a sole proprietorship. If youre concerned about legal liability protection, note that you can setup a one-owner limited liability company, or LLC. A one owner LLC is treated as a sole proprietorship for income tax purposes.

Tip #2: Start Your Business Before Making Investments

Expenditures you make before youre actually in business-in other words, before youve got a business license and before youre selling or trying to sell your stuffarent very deductible.

Specifically, you can probably deduct the first $5,000 of these expenses. But any amounts in excess of the $5,000 must be amortized over the next fifteen years.

What this means is that you want to start your business before you start spending money on advertising, training, web development, accountants and lawyers and so on.

Tip #3: Automate Your Bookkeeping & Accounting

By lawand some people dont know thisyoure required to maintain an accounting system that lets you clearly measure your income. As a practical matter, this means you need to use a product like Quicken or QuickBooks.

But you ought to go one better than simply using desktop accounting software. Make sure that youre taking advantage of online banking and bill payment features which integrate your accounting system with your banking. As much as is possible, for example, you want to be able to move money from PayPal to your bank to QuickBooks simply by typing a few keys or clicking your mouse a few times.

Tip #4: Hire a Payroll Service Before Hiring Employees

Many successful ecommerce business owners can run their operations without employees. And if thats true for you, hey, congratulations. If and when you do need employees, however, dont try to handle the payroll yourself. Oursource the payroll to one of the large payroll service bureaus like ADP, Payroll, or QuickBooks.

These services are expensive. Figure $1000 to $2000 per year. But the services let you avoid the bookkeeping nightmare called payroll and prevent you from getting into payroll tax trouble.

Tip #5: Consider S Corporation Status After Youre Profitable

Ive written and talked much about how S corporations save taxpayers money and how the right way to set up an S corporation is first create a limited liability company and then ask the IRS to treat the LLC as an S corporation for tax purposes.

How The Copywriter Helps The Entrepreneur

One of my favourite assignments as a copywriter is to help entrepreneurs create the text to promote their new business, product or service. In my five years as a professional copywriter, I’ve helped clients as diverse as electricians, sales trainers, marketing companies, gourmet food shops, property developers, digital agencies, IT consultants and driving instructors to express what they offer in writing – usually at the early stage of building or planning the enterprise. The power of copywriting in that situation simply cannot be overestimated. There really is something almost magical about putting words on the page. It makes ideas real, generates commitment and focuses energy. Just by committing thoughts to paper, we can shape our futures. It’s easy to see how this benefits the entrepreneur as they plan or develop a business. Although most entrepreneurs generally feel positive and confident about their ideas, they sometimes find it hard to do them full justice on the page. Working from a different perspective – the outsider’s perspective – the copywriter can make sure that their client’s marketing pitches the offering to the right audience, with the right tone and the right emphasis.Sometimes, the appropriate ‘level’ for the message may be far ‘above’ the one expected or imagined by the entrepreneur. Sometimes, when they see what I’ve written, my clients respond ‘I could never have written that,’ or ‘I don’t recognise myself’. This type of feedback confirms that the entrepreneur may simply be too close to his or her product or business (whether emotionally or intellectually) to communicate its selling points effectively. If the business is a one-person startup enterprise, it’s easy to see why. Talking an idea through with a good copywriter (one who asks the client lots of questions) is a great way to road-test a new idea. ‘If we translated this concept into marketing messages,’ the entrepreneur is asking, ‘Would it fly? Would the proposition be consistent, compelling and capable of converting interest into sales?’ Here, the discipline of copywriting can act as a useful reality check. The dark side of confidence is over-confidence, and entrepreneurs are prone to many delusions and self-deceptions. But the copywriter cannot spin straw into gold; to make convincing copy, they can’t work with unclear, inconsistent or self-contradictory ideas. As part of the briefing process, the copywriter can help the entrepreneur to iron out all these tangles in their thinking – provided the copywriter is prepared to put some tough questions to the person who pays their bill.

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Five Power Principles Successful Entrepreneurs Know And Use To Create Immense Wealth.

Five Power Principles Successful Entrepreneurs Know And Use To Create Immense Wealth.

#1 Process Comes Before Outcomes.

No field of human endeavour is completely isolated from all others. Parallels arise in sports from which wealth creators can learn interesting things.

Take this principle of focussing on process before outcome to build your financial freedom. Whilst not wishing to compare boxers of different eras or weight divisions, it is true to say that over the years a few proud men stand far above their peers as successful boxers. What such men have is a true gladiatorial spirit. They are all possessed of a passion for what they call ring craft The art of the ring.

These sportsmen become very wealthy, not because of focussing on the money but rather by concentrating on the process of perfecting their ring craft and survival skills inside the ropes. In return, they reap the rewards of huge pay days and corresponding wealth.

#2 Prove Your Business Idea Early On.

Entrepreneurs, who want a proven and successful wealth creating process, need to follow a critical sequence of events.

Proof of concept starts when you identify a market opportunity, gap or niche.

Design the products and services with which to fill the identified market gap.

Test drive the products to ensure they are “fit for market purpose.”

The proof stage should be a small scale preview of the main show. This is where you test ideas before spending a fortune and then finding out it does not fly.

#3 Expand Your Business.

If your idea fails even one of the proof of concept phases ditch the idea. If however, it passes all three stages then you are ready to expand your wealth creating machine. Business expansion is not the same as overstretching your resources. It is a planned process.

You can expand your business vertically or horizontally. The former involves growing the business in its “core” sector. The latter involves growing your wealth creating machine by diversification into other sectors.

Within each of these growth models, two critical sub processes are at work. Both rely on building effective human relationships. On the one hand, you must build and maintain harmonious customer service and customer relationships. On the other hand, you must engage effectively with your employees.

#4 Give The Customer What The Customer Wants.

Trying to lead the market carries the huge danger that your products and services may have no market credibility and worse no commercial viability. The marketplace simply ignores your solutions.

The issue here is, “Do you invent first and market second, or do you find the market need first and then develop a solution?”

You should find the market need or gap first and then plug the gap with your product or service.

Your wealth creating machine must adapt and be alive to changing market conditions and needs. “Inventing a wheel” is a once in a lifetime affair best left to a few very creative individuals.

Entrepreneur, Goal Setting!

Home based business, online business, MLM or if you are in direct sales, you have to be goal oriented to be successful. If you are new or experienced, without a goal the chances are you will be part of the 97% of entrepreneurs that will fail this year. Knowing how to set up your goals, how to break them down will play a major part of all entrepreneur success.

If you are new, you goal may be to quit your job or make enough money so your spouse can stay home. If you are experienced, you goal might be to win a major competition within your organization. Either way, the 1st step is to establish your main goal. The reason is we will work from the top to the bottom to establish a plan of action to achieve your goals.

For the sake of this article, we will use the new entrepreneur as an example. So lets you make $4,000 a month at your current job. To replace your income, you will need to make around $3,500 monthly with your online business. So write $3,500 at the top of a board or a blank piece of paper.

Next we need to figure out how many sales you need to make to create a $3,500 income. So lets say the average sale with your business is $100 and your commission for each sale is $50. So to make $3,500, you need make 70 sales each month which would equal $7,000 in sales and $3,500 in income. Write on your board 70 sales below your main goal.

After that we need to establish how many leads every month you will need to make 70 sales. You find out that your business model average is that you make a sale for every 10 leads (this is just an example) so you will need 700 leads to make $7,000 in sales. Write on your board 700 leads monthly below your monthly sales.

The last step is to breakdown the number of monthly leads into a daily number of leads. So if you need 700 leads every month, than you need 23.3 leads per day. Write 23.3 leads on your board below your monthly leads.

Work with the daily number, celebrate every time you achieve you daily goal with a small reward. If you meet your daily goal, you will meet your monthly goal and first thing you will know is that you will hand your letter of resignation to your boss with a big smile on your face. One last advice, keep your goals very visible to you at all time. Make sure you can see them every day and dont make too much fun of your boss when you quit.

To your success,Ghyslain

Roger Hamilton Social Entrepreneur And Founder Of Xl Group

Roger Hamilton is a social entrepreneur who has started various entrepreneurial ventures across the globe and achieved great success in these ventures. Born in Hong Kong, Roger Hamilton received his education at the Trinity College, Cambridge University. Once his studies were completed, Roger started on various entrepreneurial businesses. He found success only after experiencing many failures, and today he owns and runs businesses in publishing, property, financing, franchising, event management, resort management, training, coaching, membership and education.

Roger Hamilton also created Wealth Dynamics Profiling system and he is the founded of Phi Dynamics. With a mission of creating world wide wealth where every member of the group can grow, Roger Hamilton also co-founded XL Nation and XL Group. Through these entrepreneurial activities Roger has been an active part of creating a social connection between entrepreneurs through social enterprises. The companies owned by Roger Hamilton are all a part of XL SEA Programme. By connecting wealth creation and contribution to society, Roger and his teams are working for social good to the best of their abilities.

Through the years, Roger Hamiltons Wealth Dynamic Profile Test and Wealth Spectrum Test have supported tens of thousands of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries around the world and helped them in finding their flow. Roger himself has been speaking and spreading the message of social enterprise and effective wealth creation in more than 15 countries for the past seven years. Roger Hamilton co-founded the XL Group with Dave Rogers in 2002, and it was the first international network dedicated to social entrepreneurship. Presently, XL Group hosts over 2000 events each year where social entrepreneurs can get together and share resources, knowledge and connections. XL Group has also been recognized by Clinton Global Initiative for its philanthropic contributions, and XL is also a part of the United Nations Social Compact. Find out more about Roger Hamilton and his various social entrepreneurship ventures by browsing through www.rogerjameshamilton.com.

How To Get The Entrepreneur’s Magic

Have you ever noticed how highly successful entrepreneurs seem to attract success as if by magic, while others struggle as if the odds are stacked heavily against them?
What do you think is the key element that allows their almost effortless success?

Is it their background?
Well, a recent study of a group of successful entrepreneurs revealed that they all came from a range of different backgrounds, some from very poor backgrounds. Despite the different circumstances from where they started, they were still able to attract success. So, having a privilege background is no guarantee of success.

Is it their brain power?
Quite a few of them had very little formal education at a high level when they started out on their road to success.

Is it that they bought lots of personal development CDs and books?
Some of them had never even heard of goal setting!!

Is it the quality of the support they receive from friends and family?
No, some were discouraged by friends or family for trying to change their current circumstances.

Is it that they were loved more as children?
A few of them were orphans and had a pretty miserable childhood.

Is it that they dont watch TV or avoid reading the papers?
No, they read the newspapers, and watched television.

So, if none of these factors directly contributed to their success, how were these entrepreneurs all with different circumstances, able to achieve their dreams of creating wealth?

If you were to gather them all in a room and ask the question, What is the secret to your success?,the answers would be all different. But, if you looked a little closer at the answers, you would discover one key ingredient. It wouldnt be obvious at first, but it would be very evident.

And that key ingredient would be fear.

Fear is an important part of success, and its fear that keeps so many of us from reaching our goals, or fulfilling our dreams.

Learning how to conquer your fears is a very big part of attracting the success into your life that seems to have been eluding you. Its a key ingredient that entrepreneurs have to master on their path to success.

Given their varying backgrounds, entrepreneurs were pushed into action by the fear of not achieving their goals and the consequences of failure.

Kimco KEYS Program Provides Opportunity for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Seeking to Launch their First Re

Kimco Realty Corp. (Kimco) announced the launch of another small business through the Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS) program – Carlsbad’s Build-It-Workshops held its grand opening on Friday.

KEYS is a small business incubator program developed by Kimko.

As of Dec. 31, 2012, Kimco owned interests in 896 shopping centers comprising 131 million square feet of leasable space across 44 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and South America. KEYS launched in California, where Kimco owns over 110 shopping centers consisting of over 3,200 stores and 19.3 million square feet of leasable space.

The company says that it is actively seeking startup entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to apply to the program, which currently has over a hundred small shops (2,500 square feet and under) available for KEYS participants, including many pre-built restaurant spaces.

KEYS will place qualified applicants into Kimco shopping centers with one year of free rent and additional benefits such as affordable property charges to minimize initial overhead; access to personal Kimco retail business counselors; a flexible four-year lease option after the first year; as well as access to shop space in established retail centers. In addition, Kimco says that it will provide operational and financial support through the critical startup incubation years to better ensure the success of these first-time business owners.

Kimco has developed relationships with established educational organizations such as SCORE, the California Small Business Development Center, Kauffman FastTrac, and others that offer business resources and networking support.

The KEYS program seeks entrepreneurs who plan to open their first store, restaurant, or other concept (but not franchise companies), who have adequate funding for the venture, a written Business Plan with detailed business goals and who have the ability to articulate their plan for success in an interview. A certificate, endorsement, or letter of completion verifying entrepreneurial classes completed from an SBA sponsored business association, college, university or appropriate training organization is encouraged, but not required.

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Entrepreneur Make It Big in Restaurant Business Is Now Venturing Into Internet Marketing Business

It is always inspiring to hear personal business stories of entrepreneurs who overcame all odds and doubts in venturing into business and make it big. Last Sunday, I just read about how a 35 years old Thai Express Founder Ivan Lee, who started his F & B business with $300K and eventually sold his controlling stake for a sizeable $114 million in the process netting himself $80 million.

What was even more impressive was Ivan had no background or experience in F & B business before he first ventured into his first F & B business. Despite all his doubters, including his family members, about the viability of his business when he first started, he persevered and carried on. Apparently, his father-in-law was also a successful entrepreneur who founded the contract manufacturing firm JIT Holdings and sold it to Fortune 500 company Flextronics for $1 billion in 2000. This deal netted the senior Mr Goh some
$300 million. When starting out, he had benefitted from the financial and advisory support given by his father-in-law, but, subsequently, he went against his father-in-law advise by venturing into other restaurant businesses which were highly successful and are now contributing about two thirds of the business turnovers. An element of luck also play an important part in his business success as he had opened close to 100 stores but about 10 to 20 percent of the stores were not profitable. So he was lucky that his first 10 ventures were successful which provided the cash flow for his subsequent business expansion.

He is now venturing into the internet market in China despite not being in the IT industry. When The Sunday Times journalist contacted him, it found the entrepreneur in Shenzhen, experiencing growing pains all over again. He says that his friends and family are again doubting his new venture. His remark was: “I am a rooke now playing in a much bigger league and I feel like I am nine years back, starting all over again.” This young millionaire is setting his eye on his next big venture where he wants to build the next Baidu (China’s equivalent of Google) or even the next Facebook.

Lesson learnt: To make it big in business you need to be bold, have perseverance and be unique and certainly having financial support from family helps and also an element of luck. He is certainly one hack of a brave entrepreneur!

My advise is learn about internet and social media marketing before plunging into the business and be better prepared for your business venture into the internet marketing world. I am making use of my internet skills to help develop and launch community websites Henley Brunel MBA Alumni (Singapore) and other commercial websites for corporate businesses.

Good luck to all of you out there running your start-up businesses!

Tips to Help You Become An Entrepreneur

Everyone dreams. But only the truly exceptional possess the dedication and creativity to turns those dreams into a reality. Such truly exceptional people are known as entrepreneurs. These people introduce a radical new idea into the pool of over-used and copy pasted notions. Entrepreneurs are the architects of the constantly changing and improving society.

What makes an entrepreneur?

This is a question everyone has thought of when watching the success of well known entrepreneurs like DhirubaiAmbani, Bill gates, Narayan murthy etc. Passion, creativity, imagination, innovation and an unrelenting drive to succeed are the qualities that set an entrepreneur aside from the rest of the crowd. Out of the box thinking and a sense of showmanship goes a long way in todays competitive market.

Budding entrepreneurs must possess the tenacity to succeed no matter what the harsh world might throw at them. A strong sense of self respect, confidence and good principles cultivated from an early age is a very important factor that influences the thought process of any entrepreneur. The tendency to conform to societys norms is automatic. Any person wishing to climb the ladder of success as an entrepreneur has to break free of this tendency and have the ability to look at things from different perspective. One of the most important aspects of an entrepreneurs success is the idea. This little four letter word is the cornerstone and the motivation for any venture. In order for any venture to reach its full potential, you must believe in the idea 100%. Any job half done is a waste of both time and effort. Plan well and assemble a trusted team to help you. More minds thinking on the same idea helps hone it to a perfect shape.

Risk Taking is Important Too

But one cannot ignore the very high risk factor. The chances of failure are ever present. Think with a practical mind. Take into consideration all the factors of your life that may be affected by what you choose to pursue and whether you can afford the risk. Your wallet is most likely the spot most affected. Be sure to think before you invest.

Any entrepreneur who is revered in his field can tell you: There is no formula for success. Success is three parts hard work and one part chance. A life as an entrepreneur is alluring and exciting. A true entrepreneur has the all-consuming desire to see their dreams turn to reality and is bold enough to push the limits of human potential could bring about unprecedented changes in the society. That person could be you!

Growing as an Entrepreneur – Entrepreneur Mindset

Many people every year attempt to achieve success with an online business. They grab a domain name, throw a hastily made website online, and then become frustrated when they don’t achieve success quickly enough. They blame it on falling for a scam, or that online businesses don’t really work. The truth is, most times it is because the person never worked on growing as an entrepreneur; they never worked on developing an entrepreneur mindset.

When you are working for someone else it is easy to think of your workday falling into a certain set of work hours. You go in, put in your time, and when the workday is done you put your job behind you until the next day. When you have an entrepreneur mindset you are constantly working on your business. Even when you are relaxing at the end of the day a part of your mind is a work on building your business.

One way you can capitalize on that kind of attitude is to develop the habit of goal setting. When you have specific goals and objectives that are clearly defined your subconscious mind can go to work making those goals a reality. When you approach your business without goals your subconscious mind is unfocused. It jumps from one problem to the next with no end result that it is working toward.

Another important part of that mindset is to understand that in order to succeed you must be willing to put in the time and do whatever it takes to be successful. While it would be nice if the claims of earning a 6-figure income while working part-time were true, the reality is much different. It is possible to build a good income, and eventually reduce the number of hours that you work, most successful entrepreneurs put in some long hours when they are first getting their business up and running.

You should also be willing to spend time each and every day growing as an entrepreneur. This means going beyond merely learning the daily tasks you need to accomplish. It means working on building your knowledge so that you understand not just what needs to be done, but also why you need to do every task that you do. The more you understand how everything works the better able you will be to innovate and move your business to a higher level. In an environment that is constantly changing, it is the people who understand the business that are able to quickly adapt to those changes.

Having an entrepreneur mindset helps give you the drive and the focus to not only succeed, but to build a business that remains successful into the future. Without that mindset you might achieve short-term success, but is your attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes that will ensure your success going forward. Growing As An Entrepreneur