Scottsdale Business Owner Tips

Tax Preparation Tips for Small Businesses

Welcome to Tax Season.  As you count the weeks down to your appointment with your accountant (or with your online tax preparation program), you check and double-check, crossing your fingers that you’ve done and saved and documented everything just right.  It’s like the ultimate yearly end-of-semester final, and a failing grade could lead to some serious business consequences.  As a small business owner, there are a few key things you need to know about tax season to make it a successful one.  We’ve compiled a helpful list of tips and resources for you and your tax season questions. Know thyself S-Corp?  LLC?  Non-profit?  How your business is set up can have a significant impact how you file your taxes and what exemptions you might be eligible for.  If you haven’t already, we recommend meeting with a tax professional to decide on your business classification.  Have questions about the differences between

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Your Battle Plan for Starting Your Own Small Business

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Do you often find yourself at your current job day-dreaming about being your own boss? Do you spend every spare second wishing you were the one calling all the shots? If so, it may be time for you to to finally turn your dream into a reality and start your small business. Though, keep in mind that this is not a decision to be made lightly as it can be much more challenging to chase your dreams than one would imagine. You should also be sure that your decision to work for yourself isn’t based on a dislike for your current job. Your main motivation should only come from a passion to succeed and to carve out a name for yourself. This mentality is what will keep you going when things seem hard or even impossible. The Best Plan is to Have a Plan If you’re still employed at what

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Your Top 7 Holiday Marketing Strategies

Welcome to the holiday season – the time of year when kids are beside themselves with excitement, department store executives have dollar signs in their eyes, and small company owners strive to figure out just what to do with this season of spending and gift-giving.  With festive music and decorations gracing every business, home, and airwave, it can be easy to feel lost among the big-box stores and mega-corporations.  Where does your business fit in?  Can your company cash in on the holiday spirit? Considering that the National Retail Federation predicts that there will be a 3.6% increase in holiday sales this year (meaning people are spending money), it’s certainly smart to try and get your piece of this holiday pie.  We’ve selected the top 7 ways that your small business can get in on the holiday marketing action today (without busting your budget). Email, email, email.  It’s one of

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Three Essential Tips for Beating the Work-From-Home Blues

Those of us who work primarily from the comfort of our own homes know that there are definite benefits, but also some serious downsides to working like this. From freelancers to skilled professionals who are launching startups, people who work remotely have been reported to take note of a certain type of unrest from time-to-time. They describe a feeling of being cooped-up or a little stagnant and in need of fresh air. It’s what people classically refer to as ‘cabin fever.’ It may sound like something you should simply power through, but getting into these ruts can actually hurt your productivity. Here are some suggestions to try out to make sure you stay happy while also staying busy. Get Up, Get Out Numerous studies have shown a strong correlation between getting exercise and the reduction of stress and anxiety. This is one of the best things you can use to

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Work / Life: Your Greatest Balancing Act

We all work hard to make a living. But what is life without personal happiness? We have friends and families to guide us through tough decisions and offer the support we need. But focusing too much on personal relationships can affect our work goals. On the other hand, ignoring our personal life by adopting a workaholic mindset–where we shut out distractions, including people, to remain permanently on-call–can result in a miserable career that affects productivity, which is the entire reason for working hard in the first place. At Advantage Office Suites, we work with a lot of small business owners and freelancers who juggle these concerns daily, and wanted to share a few of the more common suggestions to help balance the scales between those you love, and the work you love. Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a perfect formula for everyone. Your plan of action

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Image Is Everything: Virtual Offices. Real Life Results.

Working from home is a natural first step for freelancers and entrepreneurs just starting out with their new venture. It’s convenient, affordable, and flexible, and growing in popularity. But doing so has drawbacks for anyone who interacts frequently with clients—both in prospecting and ongoing account management activities—or who are looking to advance their business to the next level. Simply put, as romantic and revolutionary as the idea of the dispersed workforce sounds in startup think-pieces on the Web, the reality is that clients still look for a certain air of credibility that working from your couch with your kid in your lap just doesn’t quite convey. Just as a professional website or business card can hook the big fish, engaging them in person at a proper professional office keeps them in the boat. Projecting the image of a “real” business requires a place to conduct that business outside the home.

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Stay in Shape: The Best Exercises to Do in the Office

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Working a 40-hour work week can make it difficult to find time to work out. Between working, commuting and keeping up with your personal errands, there is just not enough time in the day. Oftentimes, it can even be difficult to just get away from your desk out of fear of missing an important call. If you are concerned about staying in shape, here are some exercises to do in the office so you can squeeze that daily workout into your schedule. Don’t worry about missing important phone calls while you do your mini-workouts either, as there is an easy office solution: incorporating the use of a Scottsdale telephone answering service.

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Expert Tips for Booking a Meeting Space Rental in Scottsdale

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If you don’t live in Scottsdale and happen to be traveling there soon for a business meeting, you’re probably wondering where to host your meeting or meetings while you’re in town. It can be challenging, especially as an out of town-er, but with these three tips, you can make it easier on yourself to find a meeting space rental in Scottsdale that would best suit your company.

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3 Tricks for Remembering Names During Business Meetings

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Imagine this: You’re at a business meeting, sitting in a conference room and all new faces are surrounding you. You have a good point you want to make, but you can’t seem to remember anyone’s name. It would be rude to direct a comment towards someone without formally addressing them. What do you do? Well, the answer is as easy as remembering people’s names. Here are three simple tricks for remembering names, so that the next time a name is said, you can remember it and seamlessly jump into the conversation.

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Best Office Decorating Styles to Stay Relaxed at Work

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For most people, the words “work” and “relaxation” are on opposite ends of a spectrum. Being in the office may feel like you are saddled with constant stress. There’s always a project to work on and an unhappy client to deal with. In your day-to-day duties, you may feel like a robot, constantly living the same day over and over. While you likely cannot change your schedule or responsibilities, there are other ways to achieve workplace relaxation. It all comes down to what your office looks like. Here are some of the best office decorating styles to relieve stress and allow for relaxation, even while you’re working.

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