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5 Tax-Saving Tips for Your Small Business

Jan 10, 2019

Tax credits and deductions are typically offered to small businesses each year. With a little planning, you can prepare to take advantage of the deductions you may be entitled to. The high-level summary of deductible business expenses from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can help you get started. Read on to learn what expenses your business may be able to claim. Equipment and Software Purchases Your business […]

4 Tax-Season Filing Tips

Jan 3, 2019

It’s almost here again: Tax Day, the deadline for filing income tax returns. If you’re preparing to file taxes, consider the following steps to help you minimize stress and maximize your tax return — whether you’re planning to file with time to spare or closer to the deadline. 1. Save Time and Money by Filing Electronically Millions of tax filers opt […]

How to Increase the Value of Your Rental Property

Dec 6, 2018

As a homeowner, you likely know that making certain renovations may help increase the value of your property. But when you’re also a landlord, updating your property may make it more appealing to potential renters and allow you to increase monthly rent, according to Zillow. If you’re contemplating on making renovations to your rental property, read on […]

When Should I Give Out My Child’s Social Security Number?

Dec 5, 2018

Having a child might mean that you’ll be asked to fill out numerous registration and signup forms as they grow up — some that may ask you to provide your child’s Social Security number (SSN). For instance, you might be asked to disclose their SSN at a routine doctor’s office visit or when you enroll them in school. When asked to give out […]

4 Cost-Effective Ways to Update and Improve Your Car

Nov 29, 2018

If your car is starting to age, you may be wondering if it’s time for an upgrade. Buying a new car is an option, but it’s no small expense and may not be practical. After all, a new car could mean new or potentially higher car payments added to your monthly bills. Fortunately, there are some simple and affordable ways […]

Protect Your Vehicle Against Catalytic Converter Theft

Nov 28, 2018

Catalytic converters are designed to act as a line of defense against harmful exhaust system emissions by turning pollutants into harmless gasses, according to Cars.com. Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain precious metals, like platinum, palladium or rhodium, that are valuable to metal dealers. They can sell them to scrap yards for up $200, says Edmunds. But, how are catalytic converters removed? Thieves typically use a saw […]

4 Hacks to Help You Conquer Winter-Related Dilemmas on the Road

Nov 21, 2018

Being out on the road through certain weather conditions — like sleet or snow — can create the potential for some unexpected car troubles. By taking a few precautions, you can prepare yourself to get through weather-related issues whether you get caught in a sudden burst of heavy snow, or know freeze-inducing weather is on […]

How to Learn Life-Saving Skills

Nov 16, 2018

After you call 911, it takes an average of 8 to 12 minutes for first responders to arrive, according to the American Red Cross. But with proper training, did you know there’s a lot you can do to help on the spot if there’s an emergency? There are many classes and resources available to help you prepare. Here are some ways […]

5 East Coast Road Trip Ideas

Nov 15, 2018

While some travelers enjoy a highway route that detours through charming small towns with eclectic shops and restaurants, the scenic routes on the East Coast also offer breathtaking views of mountains and towns rich in American history. Before planning your next road trip, check out these five routes on the East Coast that might check off something on every passenger’s “must see” list. Brandywine […]

5 Low-Cost Ways to Recognize Your Employees

Nov 8, 2018

Big companies often have large-scale programs to reward high-performing employees. As a small business owner, though, you may not have the resources to give workers big bonuses for landing new clients or exceeding their sales quotas. But, business expert Kevin Kruse, author of “Employee Engagement for Everyone,” says you can always find ways to let your […]