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  1. Taking a bit from Amanda and Cindy; I like "(The) Snap Review" or how about "(The) Snap Source"
  2. Good questions about the Ezine -v- Blogs. I'm interested in the responses you get. I hadn't thought of that...
  3. Wow, nice newsletter. You should be very proud of yourself. Great job.
  4. Becki, Danielle RE: tax write-off for services...that's what I'm hearing on my end too. I may still do the website design for this one non-profit as they have also offered to make referrals for my business services and they are a very active group that provide a lot of networking opportunities...I'm already getting a lot of exposure from volunteering and actively participating at their network luncheons, etc. Sometimes there's more than one way to get paid, building my portfolio, meeting new people, word of mouth marketing, you know how it goes. I'll keep ya posted...
  5. Hmmm, take a look at this article.... http://www.taxreductioninstitute.com/tax3.asp Candy, what do you think?
  6. I haven't found that anwer yet, but here's something that might be useful to other VA's - http://home-based-business-news.com/best_tax_shelter.htm I'll post again when I do find what I'm looking for...
  7. I haven't done anything like that so far, but I was considering it for a local non-profit. Someone from there posed the question to me (it would only be for the design work, they would pay for hosting and the domain name). Of course I said I didn't know, but that it was a good question and I would find out and get back to them.
  8. Besides the obvious tax breaks like office supplies, biz phone and equipment, dedicated home office, sometimes mileage, etc.... Is designing a website for a non-profit organization and writing off your hourly rates for that job a legit tax write off?
  9. I hate bookkeeping... I hate it, yup I do, I hate it... Sorry, just venting.
  10. Daniel That's exactly what I had in mind. I want to remain the go to person instead of just making referrals. I guess what I'm really asking is what my (brokering?) fee should be (I think). I still want to do most of the designing, formatting, logo design, etc., but have someone else build the shopping cart page, or create the flash media, etc. Am I making any sence here?
  11. Candy That's kind of what I can foresee happening with me, maybe next year if not sooner. I'll have to read up more info about that too...soon I think.
  12. Hope this is in the right category. I'm getting a lot of requests for web design work that is a little over my head right now (shopping cart, pay pal, flash, etc.), however I use someone here locally that provides web hosting at pretty reasonable rates, especially to non-profit orgs which is my target clientele...and I'm really not interested in learning how to build ecommerce sites (I'll stick with the easy infomational sites), but I don't want to lose out on building a potential retainer client relationship with customers who want this. Soooo...ya got any suggestions about how I AND my local web hosting person and very pro web designer can benefit from this? I realize this is subcontracting, but I'm not sure how approach this proposal. Hoping someone here can give some insight and guidance...
  13. Just an update here: I went to see an accountant last week. He advised I use my SSN instead of the EIN I just obtained so as not to cause confusion for the IRS....hmmm...., anyway I already recieved payment from that client, it's in my biz bank account. I filled out a new W9 and explained to the client why I needed to change it. They understood completely. All worked out. Just thought I'd put that on here as an FYI. Hope it helps someone.
  14. Becki, Daniel, Candy, Nancy You guys are funny... It's all worked out now. Thanks to all of you. I was telling my friends over here how you all jumped right in with advice and how amazingly generous this forum is in helping others. Tawnya should be feeling really good about setting that standard here. This place really is the best.
  15. Daniel Thanks, that was the right form I had open. I saved it to my computer too. I'm taking your advice on that too.
  16. HA HA! She just called. I now have an EIN! You were right Becki. Very easy to do this. She said I don't have to send any paperwork to the IRS, and I will be getting a confirmation in the mail soon. Really cool...
  17. So far, so good. I just hung up with the IRS people about the EIN number. The lady got all the information she needed from me, and will have to call me right back to give me the number (system problems, computers real slow or something).
  18. Becki Thank you so much for the advice. I really appreciate that you took the time to contact me personally. You're awesome.
  19. You can get an EIN number in your name (without registering your business) immediately by calling the Business & Specialty Tax Line (800-829-4933). The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Since I have already registered my business name with the city, can I get the EIN# in my business name?
  20. Daniel I believe that's what I'm looking at now. I have fw9.pdf open.... Is this the form you're referring to?
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