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Candy Beauchamp

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  1. From http://www.irs.gov/2014-Standard-Mileage-Rates-for-Business,-Medical-and-Moving-Announced The new standard deduction starting Jan 1, 2014 is $0.56, down a half cent.
  2. I loathe QB Online. It's slow, it's clunky and they are forever tweaking it to get us to like it, but it just doesn't happen, unfortunatley, for me. I use hosted QB. I refuse to log into a customer's computer via logmein or anything like that. It is too time consuming and is not a good use of my time - or their money. Clients can either use the hosted service we provide or we can help them find someone else. It's one of our rules of doing business. Having said THAT, we do have a few quarterly clients that we do review work for that send us the QB file and that's fine, but for every day or weekly work... it just isn't for us.
  3. Yes, and keep in mind that Quickbooks (or any other accounting software, really) IS just a series of journal entries. It's just the "CC entry" is an EASIER way of doing it. You can absolutely do a JE instead but it is easier to just use the built in functionality.
  4. So true. So true. So true. Really, it's about building your business and circle of influence. The drive-bys aren't giong to buy your stuff, but the people that know people that know the person that you know that heard you are great... well, they might.
  5. A lot of people will have their niche find them. I say just start somewhere. Be open to taking other work, but hone into one type/market/etc and just go for it. Everything will find it's way to you if you just allow it.
  6. Hello and welcome to VANetworking. A lot of successful VAs have started their businesses part time while working full time. I think the key is that you have to still do the work and not get complacent. Even doing this full time with a team, the income is affected if I slack off. Best of luck and again - welcome!
  7. Welcome to VANetworking! A really great place to start out with research and information!
  8. Hahahaha, small petting zoo. Sounds like my house! Welcome to VANetworking!
  9. Howdy from cold wet and rainy Austin, Texas! Welcome to VANetworking.com!
  10. I can nearly guarantee you that you are overthinking it for sure. What I usually tell people is to just write something down and go with it. If you need to hone it down later, you can do that. That's the beauty of it. You CAN change it if it's not working. Just get something down and go with it. Don't get caught up in the planning stage because you'll sit there for far too long. Hang in there! This part was my least favorite xoxo
  11. I've been far out of the loop this year with my back surgery recovery. I did attend a personal conference last month and had a great time (it was for weight loss surgery paitients - was great to go and be one of the big success stories!) Right now, the only one on my radar is the VA League Retreat in Orlando in February. Really excited for that one. It's always very small, but so much gets done by everyone there, such a tight knit group. I'm looking forward to working on the goal I've already decided to work on while there. BUT I'm also REALLY excited to get into that heated spa and pool and chill out a bit. Other than that, that's all I have for sure coming up. I will probably fly out to Idaho to have a weekend meeting with my business manager at some point after the retreat so we can go over things.
  12. Another Keepass fan here. I've used it for years when my tech dude told me to
  13. Well, you came up with those names based on some critiera right? I'd just sit down with a paper and pencil and write down notes on each one and then turn that around into a few sentenances explaining what they are. I know that seems simplistic, but that's how I usually do things... just start writing. It will come out once you just start jotting down ideas.
  14. I think we ALL had confidence issues in the beginning - and even now. My biggest piece of advice is to just do it. Even if it's not perfect. Even if you second guess yourself. Even if you run it over in your head 200 times and decide not to... just do it. The ACTION phase is where I see the majority of VAs get stuck. At some point you have to just say "okay" and do it. Ice cream afterwards helps
  15. Oh My! It's the end of November, folks! How many of you just panicked? My team hates me, but I'm going to say the word... that four letter word (errr, number) Okay, ready? 1099 *cue running and screaming* Yup. Okay, now stop panicking. Stop procrastinating. Go through your cilents files and figure out which vendors will be getting a 1099 and get those W9 requests in the works. If you get them NOW, when you are rushing around to issue the 1099s, it won't be the end of the world. I promise. Start hounding those clients for vendor contact information you're missing. Keep a list and mark them off as they get in. Follow up weekly, keep after it now so that you can freak out about other things in January. HUGS. We can do this!
  16. Hi there We have a few construction clients. To be honest, most of them just simply cannot handle the volume of paperwork and the scanning that that would entail. Most are local to me and I send a courier twice per month to pick up the paperwork, we do the scanning and we handle the filing and all of that (we converted them to paperless for our needs). They still want all of their paper back, so I send it back to them to file. It's a tough industry as far as paperless. They are one of the last to hang on to their paper files. If you could work out something that you have stuff forwarded to you, it might work. Or if you have a new/younger construction office that would be cool with you doing it virtually, it's totally doable, you'd just have to make sure your marketing is going to those that you truly want/need.
  17. Hi Pamela, I've heard of it, but I haven't checked it out... you might want to start a thread on Wave Accounting to see if anyone is familar with it more. We pretty much only do Quickbooks at this point. I've tried so many different options, but we keep coming back! And thank you, it's been a LONG couple of years. I'm finally recovering a bit more from my double lumbar fusion and feeling more human - well, whatever human is
  18. I absolutely hated this at first, but it's growing on me... perhaps like mold?
  19. For those of you that don't know, I'm scheduled for a double lumbar fusion (back surgery) on Wednesday. The recovery will be a little different than my neck fusion last year. I'm not sure how I'm going to feel, but I've gotten things as settled as I can with my team and clients to take at least a month off. Just wanted to post here so you guys know I didn't fall off the face of the Earth
  20. If you want to be in multi-user, yes, you need to purchase an additional license seat. Call Intuit and they can help you.
  21. Fridays are my "no client work" days. I do business development on Fridays
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