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From the firm: Preparing for the future...
No one could have predicted that at the beginning of 2020 we would be living a new normal...
DIY soaps and sanitizers
With a few supplies and a little bit of time, you can make your own stock of soaps and sanitizers.
A preparedness plan to protect your future
Having a preparedness plan in place is critically important. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Simple home decor upgrades...
A major renovation isn’t necessary to refresh your living space. Just start with a few small projects.
Mind flex: Pet trivia challenge
How much do you really know about your favorite animal friends? Take this quiz to find out.
Act your retirement age
An age-based guide to meeting your retirement goals
Choosing a retirement plan that fits your biz
Review our concise list of retirement plan options for your business.
Retirement planning at any age
Your handy "save-by-age" guide to keep you on track for meeting your retirement goals.
Retirement planning by the numbers
Tips and tactics for ensuring your financial security at retirement time.
The extended individual tax deadline is approaching fast…
With only a few weeks left before the extended filing deadline, consider these basic tax season reminders.
Ditch delinquent payments
Help is here to eliminate tardy payments and any penalties that come along with them.
Get your indoor herb gardening on!
New gardeners have come out of the woodwork this year, looking to create a sustainable food supply in their own backyards. Of course, not everyone has the space or the time to create a full-on outdoor garden. So, why not start small…and indoors?
5 tactics to spending less this year
It’s safe to say that most people are laser focused on money right now—specifically on how to make it last longer. To help you do just that, we compiled the following list of tips for spending less in 2020:
5 tips to getting your healthy on this summer!
With more of us likely staying close to home this summer, why not plan to either start a healthy and regular workout schedule or enhance your current routine? It’s never too late in the year to get your healthy on, so we’ve compiled a short list of tips to get you moving.
A sure-fire solution to get out from under time-consuming bookkeeping tasks
Outsource your back-office work so you can get back to business!
Put an end to your credit card quandary
Ask the right questions to select the best card for your company.
Avoid payroll paralysis
3 tips to get you moving and back to business
2 BIG pieces of SMALL business startup success
Your concise guide to business entity selection and accounting system setup.
I scream, you scream for ice cream quiz
Ice cream is the quintessential summer treat—but how much do you really know about its history? Take this quiz to find out!
From the firm: Mid-year is almost here...
It's hard to believe that 2020 is nearly half over. Think back to your hopes and aspirations and...
A simple mid-year review
The mid-year business review—for some entrepreneurs it’s a dreaded and daunting task. Let us walk you through three simple questions to assess your business and help.
Making entity type selection easier
Every business must fall under an entity type. And the structure you choose directly impacts many key aspects of a business. We put together our quick-scan summary for you to review.
Natural pain relief
Aches and pains can come with age, long work hours and heightened stress. The following are some natural remedies you can try in order to reduce inflammation and pain.
Get your just (credit card) rewards!
From buying equipment to employee meals and travel, having a business credit card to make purchases is essential—and so is choosing one that provides rewards!
Is this the year for a staycation?
Summer is typically the time people start planning vacations—Disney World…cruises…the beach. This year, however, travel may not be in the cards. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice down time and fun with the family. Make this the year you plan a fantastic staycation! Here are some tips to make sure you can kick back, relax and have a memorable time with a vacation at home.
Cooking with fire
Whether you cook while sitting around a campfire or fire up your backyard pit, make some memories around the campfire with this three-course meal.
Work-from-home best practices
The fact is that many of us are now working from home…and we’re not sure just how long this will be a necessity. With this in mind, we compiled a list of best practices to support a successful and secure work-from-home operation.
How to minimize distractions while working from home
Working from home has increased in popularity over the past several years. But today, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, it’s not only popular, but required for many. Moving from a hustle-and-bustle professional workspace to a home office can be a major transition for many. To help you make the move successfully, here are a few tips to reduce distractions while working from home:
Why file your tax return early? Lots of good reasons...
If April 15 always seems to sneak up on you, get out in front of this year’s tax deadline and file early. Here are a few top reasons why you should…
Spring training: Onboard your new hires with ease
Leaving new employees to learn as they go is not the best way to ensure they deliver on your company's promise—having a structured new-hire training program in place is.
6 steps to boat ownership
If buying a boat is on your to-do list this spring—congratulations! For many people, boat ownership is the passage to freedom and lots of great memories found on the open water. Use these six steps to help simplify the process.
Holland’s spring must-sees
Holland is known as a destination for tulips and spring flowers, but there are many more must-see attractions you’ll want to take in if you visit this beautiful destination in the Netherlands.
Test your spring break knowledge
Whether it’s been a while since your last spring break getaway or you are planning a trip this spring, our trivia questions are sure to challenge your knowledge of this time-honored tradition.
If leaving Fido behind when you travel is not an option, check out these dog-friendly destinations from across the country.
Checklist: Spring clean your finances
Spring is the perfect time to review your spending habits and create a plan to get and stay on a healthy financial path this year. Use this handy checklist to clean up your financial situation and improve your financial future.
From the firm: Break away from the everyday...
Just when you thought it might never end…the dull, drab days of winter are fading into the warmer, brighter days of spring.
What you need to know about changes to retirement and 529 plans
The new budget bill passed by Congress on December 20, 2019 impacted both retirement and college savings plans. While many are still waiting for further guidance from the IRS on several details of the bill, we compiled a short list of the major changes that may affect you.
Smart tax tips for 2020
It’s that time of year when everyone can agree on one thing: Paying taxes is a drag. As we progress into a new tax season, follow these tips to help avoid a heavy tax burden this year...
5 tips for hosting magical meetings
Okay, so maybe not magical…but there are things you can do to rev up engagement in your meetings. After all, it’s likely that you spend at least 25 percent of your professional time in meetings, so why not put a little work into making them more appealing for all those involved. To get you started, give the following five tips a try...
Set your career goals for 2020
There’s no better time to talk about goals than the start of a new year. And what better topic than your career? The following are a few tips to help you set reasonable and achievable goals this year...
Financial resolutions for 2020…Get on a healthy track as the New Year kicks off
The New Year is the best time to take stock of your finances. So, as you begin the season of self-reflection and goal-making, take the time to review your spending and start making plans for a financially healthy 2020! Here are a few tips to get you started...
Need a little motivation to make your 2020 goals happen? Clip these quotes from some of the world’s most inspiring leaders!
From the firm: What's your 2020 vision?
It’s a new year—and a new decade! Do you have plans for what you want to achieve over the next year? If not, let this issue of In The Loop be your guide.
Office organizing 101
If you left your office in disarray before the holidays, you’re probably not the only one. However, a cluttered workspace can hinder your productivity. As you ease back into your regular work routine, take an hour to apply our tips to help you clear out, clean up and create space for a new year.
Business or hobby? A guide to help you stay compliant with the IRS.
Do you run an Etsy shop or sell jewelry in your spare time? Have you always dreamed of turning your hobby into a business? If so, it’s important to realize that the IRS has specific tax rules about this type of enterprise. Before you take the leap from hobby to enterprise, consider the following:
Live in the moment
It’s a brand new decade! Are you ready to make the most of each day? If you need a little help to live in the moment, try these tips:
Meet your 2020 financial goals
When you think about making a list of financial goals, do you feel like a deer in headlights? Or does it seem too time-consuming? It doesn’t have to be. For most of us, it boils down to answering a few common questions, including:
These simple but substantial soups and stews will help you ease back into healthy eating after the holidays. Best of all, they require only a few ingredients and very little time to prepare! Whip up a batch or two using these recipes and enjoy!
EOY business tips
Before the holidays completely take over, check out this list of tips for taking care of end-of-year business tasks. Doing so will help you stress less during EOY and better prepare you for 2020.
From the firm: Time to spread holiday joy
It’s hard to believe the holidays are here again! In tandem with the holidays is end of year (EOY) for businesses...and all the EOY tasks that come with it. Touch base with our firm if you need assistance.
Ho-ho-hold the holiday overload
Is your to-do list already a mile long this holiday season? If so, you might be setting yourself up for serious holiday overload. These simplifying strategies can help you avoid excess on every level—financial, physical and mental—so take a few minutes and trim your list a little.
Eco-friendly holiday tips
Lights, heat, cooking and wrapping gifts are just some of the ways energy use gets amped up at the holidays. Review our list of tactics below to make your holiday greener.
Cook for a crowd—no sweat!
The holidays are a great time to gather family and friends for a holiday meal. However, as your guest count multiplies, so might your worries—unless you use these tips to keep your cool as you cook for a crowd this holiday season.
Hitting the slopes 101
If you’ve always dreamed of skiing down snowy slopes, winter is the perfect time to learn. However, before you purchase skis or book a week at a ski lodge, use these tips to help you get started safely.
Name that Holiday tune!
From malls to grandma’s house to your own Christmas playlist, you’ve probably heard these holiday songs hundreds of times. But do you really know the lyrics as well as you think? Take our holiday tune quiz to check your knowledge. Simply pick the correct tune to match the lyrics offered.
The best Halloween movies quiz
Gather the family around and see if you can match the clues below to the correct Halloween flick. Then create a list of your family friendly favorites to watch during the spookiest season of the year.
The art of canning produce
The fall harvest inspires many home cooks to give canning a whirl. However, if you’re new to canning, it can be intimidating. While safe canning does require some equipment, it is relatively easy to do once you follow a few simple tips.
Is a 'gap' year a good idea?
According to The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), approximately 25 percent of high school seniors take a year off between graduating high school and starting college. However, only about 10 percent did so intentionally. The remaining 15 percent reported taking a gap year to “find themselves.”
Achieving success as a solopreneur
Working alone is no easy task. And running a business on your own means that you, and only you, are responsible for your success. Staying focused and efficient is key to successful solopreneurship. Be sure to review the following tips—all focused on helping you rock it as a solo “artist.”
Is the time right to hire employees?
Hiring your first employee or expanding your workforce is a big step, but how do you know when the time is right? If you’re unsure, take note of these four telltale signs…
The scariest scams to avoid
Halloween is often a season of scary tricks and spine-chilling treats, but there’s nothing scarier than falling victim to fraud. To help avoid this, be aware and take precautionary measures by reviewing the following popular scams and adhering to the safety tips offered.
Whoa—where did summer go? Hopefully you enjoyed it!
Now that we’re making our way into fall, it’s a good time to take stock of your business and personal financial life. Do you need to make any adjustments to hit goals before year end?
Top CEOs share their summer reads
Summer’s here, and perhaps you’re looking for a few new books to add to your reading list. Some of America’s top CEOs can help! Check out these picks recently featured on FastCompany.com.
Social media update for businesses
Has your business been on Facebook forever? Or are you just taking the plunge into social media? Whatever your specific situation, it’s important to update your social media strategy at least every year to ensure you are keeping up with the latest trends and emerging networks. To help you make the most of social media in 2019, we have compiled the latest advice from the social media sphere.
Save on digital subscriptions
If you are like many people, you’re probably spending more than you think on digital subscriptions—including music streaming, cloud storage, video libraries, software packages and more. When you take a moment to add up the cost, it’s likely fairly high. Want to start cutting back on digital subscription expenses? Here are a few pointers:
Top financing tips for your small business
One of the most challenging aspects of being a business owner is managing your finances. The following tips offer sound advice on this topic. For more customized guidance on financing for your business, contact our firm.
Cut your summer vacation costs with reward points
These days, you can earn points for just about anything…and the points can add up quickly. This means that you can often use reward points to finance big-ticket items like airfare and hotel stays. Here are some tips from reward plan experts to help you cut your summer vacation costs by using reward points.
From the firm: Better every day
July and August are the heart of the summer season, and this is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy all that summer has to offer. From vacation days to summer meals, there is a lot to look forward to this summer. There’s also a lot to look forward to in this issue of In the Loop, including:
Creative campfire cuisine
Unless you love spending a lot of time cleaning up when you are camping, you’re likely looking for simple meals with minimum prep time. We’ve got you covered here with these tasty suggestions: