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            Issue 166 : January 6

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          Editor: Elena Fawkner
           Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
          http://www.shelteredturtle.com
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           IN THIS ISSUE
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        1. Welcome and Update from Elena
        2. Home Business Idea of the Week
        3. Feature Article - Are YOU Leaving Money on the Table?
        4. Surveys and Trends
        5. Success Quote of the Week
        7. Subscription Management
        9. Contact Information

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        1. Welcome from Elena
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        Hello again and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers
        who have joined us since the last issue.

        I know the last thing you want to think about so early in
        a shiny, brand-new year is taxes.  However, the tax year
        has just ended (here in the U.S., at least), and before too
        much longer we'll be facing that April 30 deadline.  I for one
        am NOT going to do what I did last year and leave it until
        the week before the filing date to get around to my taxes.
        Learned THAT lesson the hard way!  For those of you
        new to home-based or online business, tax time may
        in fact be a bit more pleasant this year, even if you're
        yet to earn a dime from your business.  This week's
        article, "Are YOU Leaving Money on the Table" shows you
        where to find some deductions you may not have even
        thought you could claim.  It's at segment 3.

        Having been taken to task for announcing the annual AHBBO
        2-for-1 advertising sale while half the population was still on
        vacation, I'm extending it for another two weeks.  From now
        until midnight (PST) January 19, whatever advertising
        you order you get the same again, absolutely free, no limits. 
        This is your chance to get your 2003 advertising campaign off
        to a flying start, so don't miss out.  Full details at segment 6.

        As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this
        week's issue.

        Remember, AHBBO is for YOU! If you have comments or
        suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed, or
        would just like to share your experiences with other
        subscribers, I want to hear from you. Please send
        comments, questions and stories to Contact By Email .


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        2. Home Business Idea of the Week - Assembling Products
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        There's always money to be made from one's crafts and hobbies,
        even if it doesn't seem so at first glance. There are small-scale
        manufacturing opportunities available to even unskilled workers
        that can be expanded over time. If you're willing to learn some
        basic crafts, you can turn those skills into a home-based
        business.

        First, consider your hobbies, or the crafts in which you're involved.
        Perhaps you enjoy making stuffed animals that children love. Or
        you enjoy throwing pottery or firing ceramics. Needlework, sewing,
        embroidery, knitting, jewelry making and tailoring may be among
        your talents that you can turn into extra income.

        Perhaps you're a good carpenter, and you can turn to high-quality
        cabinet making or furniture making. Maybe you can see a need for
        furniture repair in your area. Or perhaps you're excellent at
        crafting doll houses and miniature figures for which you can
        charge premium prices.

        You've seen all the good ideas that can be turned to your
        advantage with a bit of effort. You can make reindeers from
        firewood and tree branches, and sell at swap meets before the
        holiday season. Perhaps you're a computer programmer with some
        good ideas that will sell as shareware.

        All the good ideas in the world won't do a bit of good unless you
        find customers for them. If you don't think of yourself as a natural
        in sales, rest assured that you can learn effective selling skills.
        You may decide to sell in one or several different ways. Perhaps
        you want to start your own shop. Maybe your products are well
        suited to swap meet sales. You can sell the items to stores at a
        wholesale price. You can retail them yourself by advertising them
        locally or nationally.

        If it's a small item, easy to produce, you may want to take the
        approach of giving it away and charge only for shipping and
        handling. Advertise the giveaway in such national publications
        as The National Enquirer, which can generate thousands of sales.
        Or you can put your goods in stores on consignment, meaning
        that when they sell the items, you collect your money.

        Gaining the self-confidence that your craftwork is unique and
        high quality will help you to pursue more opportunities. You'll
        find that virtually by accident you've learned the skills end of
        the craftwork. Now all you have to do is to hone your business
        skills, and you're on your way.

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        3. Feature Article: Are YOU Leaving Money on the Table?
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        © 2017 Elena Fawkner

        For those of us in the U.S., tax time is almost here again. For
        those of you elsewhere, tax time is always around the corner.
        Oh joy, I hear you say. Well, if you're contemplating an online
        home-based business, it may be just that. Really. Here's
        how.

        Are you ready to start earning money with, say, affiliate
        programs or by creating your own information product, but
        haven't really got off the ground yet because you're stuck
        in the stage of thinking you have to learn everything there
        is to learn about internet marketing before you can start?
        (Which you don't, but that's a whole other article.) How
        much money have you spent on e-books and other
        information products in your quest for the holy grail? How
        much money are you spending on your ISP every month?
        How much money have you spent on what appeared to
        be promising online business programs only to see them bite
        the dust? And what about ALL that software you've bought
        but never used?

        Well, even if you haven't made a dime yet, if you have a
        genuine profit motive, start thinking outside the paradigm
        of the *would-be* online business owner and start thinking
        from the perspective of one who is *already* in business.

        What does that have to do with tax? Everything.

        If you have a genuine profit motive for what you're doing,
        then you're in business. If you're in business, you can
        deduct business-related expenses against business and, if
        you're a sole proprietor, personal, income. Including ISP
        fees, including information products, including "secret marketing
        site" membership fees. All of it.

        See where I'm going with this?

        Even fees for what turn out to be bogus programs can be
        deducted if you incurred them in pursuit of business profit.
        And while we're on the subject of being hoodwinked, let's
        just get that one out of the way right here. We're ALL
        suckered into falling for at *least* one - it's called the
        school of hard knocks - so don't dud yourself out of a
        righteous deduction just because you're feeling ever so
        slightly foolish for having been suckered, against your
        usually MUCH better judgment, into believing that what
        sounded too good to be true wasn't. Even though it was.
        Repeat after me - a deduction is a deduction is a deduction.
        All that's required is that you incurred the expense with the
        motive to make a profit.

        Now, a word of caution here. You can't deduct expenses
        incurred in pursuit of illegal activities so I wouldn't try and
        claim an investment in a pyramid or ponzi scheme on your
        tax return. But if all you did was fall for a sales pitch for a
        program that, if successful, would not have been illegal,
        and it was a business-related expense, go for it. So long as
        you had a genuine profit motive when you handed over the
        dough.

        It gets even better. (By the way, this is all U.S. stuff we're
        talking here. Check your local tax laws. Many countries will
        have something similar to what I'm about to talk about.)
        Here's where it gets interesting. If you work your business
        out of your home, in a room or a part of a room that you use
        *exclusively* and *regularly* for your business AND that area
        is also your principal place of business, you may qualify for the
        home office deduction. Even if you also work at a job outside
        the home.

        And when I say "exclusively" I MEAN exclusively - no children
        using your computer for their homework or to play computer
        games, no personal papers in your work desk, no late-night
        chatrooms, no television in the room.

        You may not be able to apply the home-office deduction
        against *this* year's income (as we'll see in a minute) but you
        will be able to apply it against profits generated in future
        years.

        So, why all the emphasis on "genuine profit motive"? The
        movement towards easily-started online businesses has
        sprouted an industry of so-called tax experts who would
        have you believe that anyone can reap the benefits of home
        business tax breaks simply by starting a "home based
        business". They basically try and convince you that
        anyone can pretend to be running a home-based business
        and thus qualify. Not so. You need to be running a real
        business, not engaging in a hobby or a sham. What
        distinguishes a real business from a mere hobby? You
        guessed it - a profit motive.

        Believe me when I tell you, if you're planning on taking
        business deductions, you'd better be able to prove to the
        IRS that you have a genuine profit motive. How do you do
        that? By keeping proper books and records. By keeping
        business and personal expenses separate. By keeping business
        and personal income separate. By running a genuine business,
        in other words.

        Here's how it works.

        Let's say you have a spare room in your house that you
        use exclusively as a home office. Over the past 12 months,
        you've bought a computer, desk, chair, printer and fax
        machine. You've decided that you want to start a home-
        based online business on the side while you continue to work
        in your job. You spend several hours a day researching
        ideas for your new business and you spend a small fortune
        on your high-speed internet connection, and various
        information products relevant to your area of interest.

        Because you're running a business, one of the first things
        you're going to want to do is get a system for your business
        records set up.

        Keep a record of all expenses as they're incurred so that
        when tax time comes around, everything is at your
        fingertips. I use Excel spreadsheets for this - one
        spreadsheet for every expense category. Here are the
        categories I use (use whatever categories make sense for
        your business though):

        Advertising and promotion
        Software*
        Web Hosting and Domain Name Registration Fees
        ISP/Cable Modem Fees
        Office Expenses
        Content Subscription Fees
        Telephone***
        Bank Charges
        Books and Magazines
        Equipment**
        Furniture**
        Bad Debts
        Home Office Deduction

        * Usually has to be depreciated over several years unless
        it's software that needs to be updated frequently such as
        anti-virus software.

        ** You can either depreciate these items over time or you
        can write off 100% during the year of acquisition up to a
        maximum of around $20,000.

        *** If you only have one phone, you'll need to apportion
        expenses between personal and business. On the other
        hand, if you have a second line exclusively for your business,
        you can write off 100% of expenses for the second line.

        Every time I pay a business expense, I enter the details
        in the appropriate spreadsheet. Very easy.

        Then, when the time comes to file your tax return, you
        just need to prepare a Schedule C (for individual taxpayers).
        If your business makes a loss (i.e., the expenses you
        pay out are more than the revenue you bring in from your
        business), that loss is deducted from your income from all
        sources, thereby reducing your taxes.

        But, best of all, if you qualify for the home office deduction,
        you can take a proportionate share of your mortgage or rent
        payments and your utilities and apply them as a deduction
        against your business profits, but only to the point where the
        profit from your business equals zero. In other words, the
        home office deduction cannot be used to create a loss
        situation. But even if you can't deduct it this year (because
        your business has already made a loss), it's not lost. You
        can carry it forward to future years to be applied against
        future profits.

        So, as you can see, even if you're only in the information-
        gathering/learning stage of your business, if you have a
        profit motive you're nonetheless in business and you can
        and should be writing off your business expenses even if
        you're yet to start generating revenues.

        Make sure you keep proper records and substantiate all
        expenses though. The IRS is, of course, well aware of the
        potential for abuse of home business tax deductions and
        will be paying close attention. That's fine though. If you
        have a profit motive, you ARE running a business and
        you're *entitled* to take any legitimate deductions that
        are available to you. To do anything less is to leave money
        on the table.

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        4. Surveys and Trends
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        © 2017 Ryanna's Hope

        The following is an extract from the current issue of Larry
        Wack's excellent weekly, "Surveys and Trends". Subscribe
        using the link below for the full issue.

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        HOW TO KILL AN ONLINE BUSINESS
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        E-buyers are unhappy with online service and are abandoning
        their transactions as a result.

        In a recent survey conducted by Critical Research, 93 percent
        of business users say they regularly encounter problems with
        online assistance. Current methods of online support only
        resolve situations roughly 36 percent of the time, according to
        researchers.

        The survey of 200 U.S. online businesses found that 95
        percent of users ditched Web sites and abandoned transactions
        when problems arose. The most common trouble spots included:

        Signing up for a particular service (85 percent);
        Researching a company's product (81 percent); and
        Executing transactions (75 percent).

        Of the minority that actually find their Web-integrated help desk
        experiences satisfactory, 15 percent said they found help
        through e-mail, 22 percent dialed a voice line and 32 percent
        used Web chat or instant messaging.

        Buyers also are frustrated with amount of time online help
        desks take to answer a question or solve a problem, according
        to the study. Almost all of the survey respondents (90 percent)
        say responses to queries are unacceptably slow, and 81
        percent complain that they receive inaccurate information when
        they finally receive a response.

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        CUSTOMER INQUIRIES AND TIME LAG....
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        According to recent data from Jupiter Research, many companies
        fail to acknowledge receipt of customer email inquiries or if
        they do, fail to respond in a timely manner.

        Over 90 percent of the companies surveyed by the research firm
        said that they provided an email channel for customer inquiries.
        However, only 34 percent of companies acknowledged receipt of
        such emails, according to the study.

        Of those companies that do acknowledge customer inquiries,
        almost half use the response to direct customers to other
        channels.

        Around 52 percent of initial responses are answered within 24
        hours, but only 32 percent provided a response within six hours,
        while one-third of companies took three days or longer to get
        back to customers.

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        5. Success Quote of the Week
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        Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our
        lives: where we focus our attention.
          --  Greg Anderson


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