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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"A DREAM so big it scares you?"

We just attended a program this weekend that encouraged us to DREAM big.  They encouraged us to make the dream something so BIG it was scary--scary to think how on Earth you could achieve it.  And, so exciting to that you'll cry when it comes true.

I am a VERY simple lady.  I find joy in the little things.  When they asked us to draw up some dreams, I couldn't think of any.  I have the best family I could ask for.  My husband is such a hard working man!  He has helped me reach the goal of staying home with my boys full-time.  We travel together doing presentations and sharing our love for Shaklee with other families; a true team effort. Our goals are the same--raise a wonderful family, enjoy the journey and help others find their joy too.  We certainly could use a new fleet of vehicles, but it isn't a dream.  Our cars are working just fine for now & no car payments!!  I don't have a "dream" vehicle in mind.  Although my kids sure do--a Lamborghini Veneno.  (I couldn't begin to tell you all they know about that vehicle.)  We recently moved to our own personal "park."  All five of us love this place.  The peace and serenity we all feel is amazing.  Now that doesn't mean there aren't a few changes we would like to make....  Maybe some MAJOR changes.  I shared the dream renovation and they laughed....  too much money and too much work to attempt to modify the home the way I want.  That, I think, qualifies as a BIG dream.  Something so outrageous that is doesn't seem possible.  It doesn't make sense; but wouldn't it be thrilling to make it happen?  I started thinking about reality.  Reality is designed to keep us content--just enough food, shelter and amenities to keep us satisfied.  I am tired of JUST ENOUGH!!!  Aren't you?

I am running really fast towards 40 and I want MORE!!  I want more free time to enjoy my family.  I want more financial independence to entertain us even more, and I want to be free from making financial trade offs.  I want to buy or do something because I want it, not based on how much it will cost.  A life like that is totally foreign to my current stage in life.  Just imagine earning enough to enjoy and do anything you desire.....

So I started thinking about my BIG DREAM....

If the dreams are to be BIG and they should continue to support my goals in life of raising a wonderful family, enjoying the time we have together and helping others achieve their goals too....  I need money--LOTS OF EXTRA MONEY!!

Then I started to think--"How much?"

$50,000 extra would certainly help, but it isn't BIG enough.
$100,000 would replace our incomes and we could live comfortably, but it won't afford us the full DREAM.
So I started thinking BIGGER.  What is a number that scares YOU?  I don't have any idea how to achieve it, but now starts the planning stage.  What will it take for my family to make $100,000, a month?  Yes $1.2 million a year+.  If that isn't a scary number--I don't know what is.  That doesn't seem remotely possible.  Making that kind of money a year would certainly change circumstances, but a MONTH?  Could I be insane----NOPE!!  Joseph and I have been talking about the possibilities--fun trips, private jets, vacation homes, fun fast toys, home renovations that include every element we could come up with....  I started to DREAM BIG and realized that others are already doing it.  A man I just adore is in his late 70's or early 80's and he is enjoying the life I want!  I have heard him speak several times and even rode down the escalator with him at one of our conventions.  I felt like I was standing with a rock star.  He was a gentle, kind man--just sharing the same message of hope, health and independence  that Antonio and I are sharing.  So if he can do it, why not us--OR YOU?

I would like to introduce you to a couple short videos that share the story of possiblities.  These families have made such an impact on the lives of others that they are being rewarded with a lifestyle I want to copy.  They have helped other people live healthier and more financially secure and Al continues to earn even though he has been retired for many, many years.  He certainly isn't worried about social security and medicare benefits carrying him thru the golden years.

I hope you enjoy him as much as I do.  Leave some comments about your BIG DREAMS--what would make a huge impact on your family and finances?

Al Hagerman tells about his Shaklee earnings....Watch Here and tell me what you think.

Here is a more recent video with many others sharing how their lives have been improved by partnering with Shaklee.  Take a look.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEVER in a Million years....Oh wait!!

My graduation class is getting ready for our upcoming 20th reunion.  Of course you start to see names you haven't heard of in years...  You (I) take a look at their profile and scan thru photos.  You check to see where they live, if they are married and have kids.  Photos are interesting!!  We try to see what kind of life they lead.  We look at their career listings and aren't we surprised?  I was just washing lunch dishes and started thinking about a very shy girl in school who is a lawyer.  I thought to myself she must have had a tiger hiding under her quiet demeanor.  I think you would have to be able to lay it on the table to defend or prosecute a client.  I started thinking I would never have guessed that would be her career......  THEN, I started thinking about myself.  "NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS!!!!"

I am a GRAND 5' tall.  No matter what "look" I go for I always look about 12--16 if I am pushing it.  I have to laugh at my crazy resume.  I have had a variety of experiences along the way.  I worked for myself cleaning from 16 thru college graduation then a bit before my first child was born.  I worked a while in a few offices, and then my husband had an idea to become long haul truck drivers!


I couldn't believe my ears when he brought up the idea.  How would I ever be able to do it!!  I had every excuse in the world why I couldn't be a truck driver.....  Well, my mom, her husband and my husband sat in the living room to convince me of all the reasons why I should.  PEER PRESSURE!!  They painted a luxury picture of all the beautiful places we would see.  They convinced me that we could bank away a ton of money.  My husband made sure I got all the encouragement I needed.  He believed in me.  How could I argue--I can do anything!  Finally I agreed---if he was in charge of backing!

It turns out that the years we spent trucking products from one side of the country to the other every couple days was one of the most amazing adventures.  And I was really good at it!  Our most typical route was Connecticut to L.A.  We ended up visiting every state except Vermont in the lower 48 (too late and dark for the hills, we just wanted to get to a major highway again), Canada x3 and even took a couple loads to the Mexican border.  We lived in a tiny little space together, but rarely crossed paths.  We each drove 10 hours at a time.  We would stop for fuel, showers, dinner and back on the road.  I would often stay up a while so that we could talk a little before I headed to bed.  We were able to meet up with friends and family in places all across the country.  We parked in rest areas and they came to pick us up.  We parked on the street directly in front of their homes, trailer and all.  We can actually say it was so much fun.  We have some great adventure stories.  Would I do it again?  NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS!!  Well, if things were right--I could!  After it was time to hang up our keys--I didn't care, I stopped waking Antonio up to get in the tight spots.  I whipped that trailer in any spot I needed.  The big men that watched me would gasp when I hopped out of the cab.  "How do you drive that thing?"  Honestly, I hated the comments---Can you see?  How old are you?  A weigh station officer had me come inside to call Ohio and confirm my license wasn't registered to my mother.  I loved how awesome I was!  They couldn't believe little old me was able to handle myself so well.  I surprised myself too!  Watch out--I was a beast!

Once we were out of the trucking industry, we were on hold for a while until the weather broke so we could start our landscaping company.  So to keep me occupied, I applied at what I thought was a factory.  I just wanted to punch a clock and get out.  I planned to stay for 6 months.  It turned out to be a call center and within a month--I found out I was pregnant.  What was supposed to be a 6-month bank account padder turned into 11 years!  I hated the job!  It was awful.  Who likes being a nobody?  The strict rules and harsh environment was defeating.  The people I worked with were just as unhappy.  What do you do when the job itself would be okay, but the management stinks?  Join them?  NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS!  My manager at the time was one of the greatest ladies.  Another girl and I were her unofficial assistants.  We rarely did our jobs; we worked daily to help her with random tasks around the office.  Then one night she pulled me in the office.  I would like to promote you to the 3rd shift supervisor.  When can you start?  NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS!  I was at the time a few months pregnant.  How on Earth would I be able to handle 3rd shift, pregnant and still mow/ mulch all day long?  She fed me the encouragement I needed.  I believe in you.  I know you are the right person for the job and I know that you will make it work.  So I jumped in, then I QUIT!  I was a zombie by 3am.  How could I possibly make it until 6a?  She wouldn't let me give up, so we adjusted my hours to something a little less daunting.  I loved my team.  We had so much fun, even though I was the enemy (the boss).  My team even threw me an amazing baby shower, right on the floor.  We passed treats up and down the aisle between calls.  They all brought the baby presents and made sure I knew that we were more than co-workers--we were friends.  That was the biggest blessing of that J-O-B--the people I met and became friends with over the years is priceless.  I talked to everyone!  I wandered around and visited with my friends all night long.  After a while the schedule became too much.  Two babies under 2, a full-time landscaping career by day and the full-time 3rd shift position by night....  Something had to go.  I was able to change positions, yet retain my managerial status.

As it turns out, it was a great schedule fit BUT, I was in charge of ruining people's lives.  I loved my teams, but my job required me to document and track EVERY mistake ever made.  I was the last link between harmony and the unemployment line.  I had to laugh when I ran into a girl from my old team whom I hadn't seen in a while.  She was surprised I still worked there, since she hadn't seen me.  I told her I was still there, but I was the person everyone one hated.  The team called me OZ.  I was the one behind the wall that could, like magic, create documents to terminate and associate.  She looked at me and said--no one hates you--you are awesome.  I told her the position I moved to and the look on her face was priceless.  Oh, I see, we do hate you, but not YOU ;).  I didn't get to set policy; I just had to enforce it.  I did what I could to make sure that everyone was treated with fairness and honesty.  I was talking with an old teammate when I had to address an open violation with a girl sitting close.  I asked her to correct the situation.  She looked at me and said, "who's going to catch me--you?"  I had to laugh when my friend informed her of who I was.  That sneaky wizard that doesn't just hide behind my desk--good old OZ in action.  Some of the rules in the beginning were so off the wall, it was hard to do my job--you must have socks or stockings or be sent home and written up.....  I HATED some of the nonsense.  I have such great memories, yet knew that everything I was obligated to complete was against my personal core values.  I did the BEST I could with what was available to me.  I was the first to admit mistakes and make them right, but it just wasn't enough.  I wasn't using my life for anything good; I was just trading my time for a very small paycheck.  This job became a security blanket.  I was good at my job; it fit my needs at the time, so how could I manage without it?  A chain of events led to my resignation.  Finally, I was going to do something GOOD!!

Antonio and I continued to work with our landscaping clients.  We look at what we built from nothing and are truly proud!  We didn't know anyone in this city, yet have been successful for the past 13 years.  Just like the trucking days, when we got started--I wasn't on board.  NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS was "landscaper" on the bucket list.  We still have a client that was one of our very first and has provided us with the most referrals out of any.  He told me once that our flyer came at the perfect timing.  He wasn't sure he was going to hire us until our meeting.  I don't remember it at all, but apparently he asked me something about his grass and I got down on my knees and checked it out.  He said that he knew that we were the company for him.  He let us go one season to save on expenses, only to call us back after 3 weeks.  "Are you speaking to me?  I need you back.  The other "cheaper" company is ruining my property.  You have always taken care of my property--just the way I like it.  I guess I got what I asked for when I switched--cheap."  We have been so fortunate over the years.  Even though I never thought I would do this, it has become such a blessing to our family.  Our boys play mowing all day long.  My middle boy owns our equipment.  It was given to him for his 5th birthday.  They have been with us on so many jobs.  Our clients always come out to compliment them.  They are such professionals.  They work alongside the big men and other than their small stature, you wouldn't know.  They take their responsibilities so seriously.  The kids all have duties when we arrive home to help us unload the trailers.  It is so much fun watching them realize how much effort it takes to create an income, manage employees and deal with difficult clients.  We are in it together!

Since leaving my J-O-B in the fall last year, life has only gotten sweeter.  We are finally able to enjoy being a family.  Where Antonio and I often met in the driveway to swap roles, we are now able to have dinner together, have fun movie nights, go swimming and so much that we have missed being parents on opposite schedules.  We bought a new home just about a year ago.  My boys came with me on the 2-year house hunt and once we found the one, they were with me for all the inspections and trips to the bank.  It was a long stressful process but one I was so fortunate to share with my boys!
My oldest two have been home schooled for the past two years.  That is another thing I thought NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS I would do.  I wasn't interested in being a teacher.  Pulling them from private school was selfish so we could save more for the new house, but it turned into the GREATEST blessing for our family.  I was able to help address some education deficits and helped crazy concepts make sense.  Having my babies home with me all day long and not having to leave them in the evening has been amazing.  I realize that I missed a ton.  I provided a bit of money to the family budget, but I lost time that I can't get back.  We were able to really get connected for the past 2 years, and now without the late nights--I am able to wake up refreshed and function without being cranky all day.  Since we are in a completely new town and don't have any friends local, all 3 boys are starting public school in a couple weeks.  So starts a new adventure.  The boys are so excited!  I am more proud every day!  They are such good kids.  I can't wait to see where their adventures lead them.  Joseph is dreaming of owning a restaurant, Jason as decided he wants to be an engineer for Lamborghini in Italy and Matthew is just getting ready to stay out of the principal’s office.  We hope!

So here comes the next NEVER IN A MILLION adventure.  As I washed dishes today thinking about all this history I started to laugh.  I never had any desire to start a Shaklee business.  It was just never on any radar I had.  My mom has been a distributor for 34+ years.  It was never something I thought about doing.......Oh wait!!  As I thought about it today, I think it is actually they only thing I have always done.  I was thinking about all the speeches I gave in high school and college.  They were always related to Shaklee.  I did one of my final Marketing presentations on a current product being introduced in a new market--Shaklee's sports drink.  I have been giving Shaklee presentations my entire life.  My mom says I would have a group of friends over and we would talk Shaklee.  When I started my cleaning service at 16.... I brought my own Shaklee supplies and educated my clients as to why their chemical cleaners were harmful to their health.  I just didn't realize why it was so important until a couple years ago.

My husband's health was getting SO bad that I was actually just waiting to receive a call that he wouldn't be coming home again.  As a result of a car accident (and 1.5 years under strict doctor's care), I almost lost him.  There was nothing funny about our situation, but we laugh now that had he not gotten so bad, he would have probably NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS tried Shaklee.  He was a very big skeptic.  It took a life threatening event to really wake him up.  Even though he decided to try Shaklee, he ONLY did it because he felt he had no other viable options.  So he gave one last ditch effort to save his life.  To his surprise and my delight, his blood work went from sky high to completely normal in 1 month and 5 days (if you ask him).  I have always used the products, but never had a BIG personal health story to share.  When we realized that the products weren't just "another thing to try" and that they had actually saved his life, we knew we had a responsibility to tell everyone.  So we started sharing his story with people.  We shared it with so many people that Shaklee recognized us with being Star Achievers and I was promoted in my business.  I love what I do.  Where I spent my days documenting the demise of careers, now I have the pleasure of sharing a success story to inspire others to live happier, healthier, more prosperous lives.  How could we stay quiet and keep this to ourselves?  Our life improved dramatically when we added Shaklee to our everyday life.  When I really realized that by helping other people live better and help them avoid the torture we suffered with Antonio's health problems that we could also earn an income--we felt at home!  We are able to do something important for families like ours.  We love our family more than anything else in life.  A prestigious career but poor health isn't a life.  Poverty with great health isn't the answer either.  There has to be a balance.  We look at life and laugh.  There are so many styles to live by.  You can compete with the Jones's.  You can do your own thing.  You can sit in the darkness not sure of where you fit.  We have decided to live life on purpose, building better tomorrows.  It took us wearing many different hats to find the right one, but we are here.  We have a wonderful family, our bodies are strong, our minds sharp, and we now have a powerful mission to carry us down the path of life.

"We are dedicated to help people live happier, healthier, more prosperous lives!"

Monday, March 2, 2015

No More Car Payments!!

Are you looking for a new car, but just don't want to add another bill to the mix?

Shaklee offers a car bonus, so you don't have to!!  

HOW?  Help others and get rewarded.  When you partner with Shaklee, you help people enjoy better health, slimmer waistlines, and when they see results they get excited the paychecks start to grow.  Some people you introduce to Shaklee will decide to simply use the products and enjoy the benefits of the products.  Some people will love them and start to share them with others.  Others will see Shaklee as a true gift and build a team of people who love and share the products and lifestyle Shaklee offers.  In Shaklee there is really only one key building block--become a Shaklee Director.

A Director is a Shaklee Independent Distributor who has built a group of consumers and other business owners to a group purchasing volume of a minimum of 2000 PV (point value) a month.  When you reach Director and help just one other person reach the same level--Shaklee offers you a car bonus (over and above all other ways to earn income).  Most traditional companies only offer a new car to the top executives.  Not with Shaklee--every distributor is important!!

Do you know anyone who could use better health and/ or a new car?

Go pick out the car of your dreams---no pre-set list of possibilities.  When you meet all the qualification requirements Shaklee will help you make your payment.  As you help more people gain better health and build more teams of like-minded people your car bonus increases.  The possibilities are endless!


We invited you to join us and help us change lives
....starting with your own!

Visit: to get started or to contact us for a personal introduction.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Oh yeah!!!! It works......

I started out--unmotivated, unhealthy and overweight.  In 2011, I didn't really intend to start a Shaklee business.  I went to the convention for some relaxation and a bit of fun.  It hit me hard that weekend that I wasn't doing anything in my life that I "wanted" to do.  I was just running through the motions to get through the day.  I didn't really have a concern with my weight or what I was eating.  I worked nights, and caffeine became a must have.  During the 2011 convention I realized that if I want a better life--I had to make it.  It wasn't going to come to me.

I decided then and there that I needed to start sharing the Shaklee products with people.  I had been using the products for my entire life, so they were just a part of everyday.  I realized that I took my health for granted and that I needed to get back to the basics.

My husband and I decided it was time to lose the extra weight!!

Antonio went from a size 40 waist to a 33.  I am happy to say the progression of the photos below go from a solid size 12 on the left side to a size 4.

 I have a little more to go to lose the "fluff," but overall I am delighted with my progress.  I love to think I have never sacrificed a meal.  With the Shaklee 180 meal replacements--I was always full and when I had "real" food I didn't over eat.  I just didn't need it.  At times I wish I would have rocked out the diet and dropped the 40 pounds all at once, but I am a terrible diet follower.  I get excited---then a few weeks into it--I give up.  The meal and snack bars have just become part of our lives.  We aren't eating strickly healthy meals, but because we generally have 1-2 Shaklee meals a day---we are confident we have the protein and vitamins our bodies need.  Just this month our entire family has started to workout together.  We aren't killing ourselves, but it feels good to get the blood pumping and to all have a goal in mind.

Since all the "big food holidays" are finished for a while--we are planning to eat as healthy as possible with 2 Shaklee replacement meals a day, until summer.  We are anxious to get fit!  Now is as good a time as any.

For those of you who were like me with caffeine--I am in love with the Shaklee 180 tea.  It doesn't give you any of those sugar spikes, like a soda, but it helps give just a little extra perk in energy.


 Take a moment to watch the video on the Shaklee 180 program.  It is really easy to follow.  We keep losing, even when we "cheat."  I think that is my favorite part--I don't have to worry my entire goal is blown when we stray from the diet.  We just keep going.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tax Benefits

According to Turbo Tax---here are some allowable deductible categories to consider when you own a Shaklee business.

Just think about what you spend to conduct business.  Do you communicate with customers using a phone, a computer over the internet or through the mail.  Those expenses are deductible.

Do you use your car to visit customers or deliver products?  Then you car is a business expense.  Track the miles and expenses for your car to calculate deductions through the year.

Have you ever taken a trip to learn more about your company or the program?  Have you incurred costs related to those expenses--hotel, rental car, airfare?  Those are deductible expenses.

Making money is the objective, but isn't keeping it a better idea?  If you make a $100 in income and can write off $50 in expenses---you pay less in tax to the IRS.

Talk with a tax professional to see how you can maximize your tax deductions.

Tax Deductions to Consider via Turbo Tax 2014

Business Income and Expenses
Your Independent Shaklee Distributor Business

Business Profile
Information about your business

General Business Information 
Business Description:
Independent Shaklee Distributor
Business Code:

Business Income
>>Forms 1099-MISC & 1099-K, gross receipts, sales  (From Shaklee)

>> Total Customer Rebates or Refunds Paid by you (if any):

Do You Have Inventory to Report?
Inventory / Cost of Goods Sold
If you carry inventory to sell from your shelf—must keep records of total values at the beginning and end of year.

Business Expenses:  Every day expenses conducting business

Business Vehicle Expenses 

>>Yr/ Make/ Model

>>Date purchased

>>Purchase Price with or without trade-in

>>Date placed into business service

>>Mileage records  Beginning and End Mileage each Year

     >>Written record of all miles driven for Business

   >>**Miles driven from your “job” to get to your Business (home) counts as business expense to get to “work”

**Enter the total expenses for your vehicle in 2014 and Turbo Tax will calculate the amount 
allowed for business use.



Repairs and Maintenance

Car Insurance:  Example: Kari paid for an insurance policy for the whole year, but she used her car for business for six months. Kari would enter only six months of premiums here.

Registration/License Fees

Garage Rent

Towing charges

Auto club dues

Amounts you spend for washing, waxing, and detailing your vehicle

Vehicle accessories, such as steering wheel covers, seat covers and cup holders

Small parts you replace, such as bulbs and wipers

Car and truck repair tools

Tires, tools for fixing flats

Business Parking Fees

Business Tolls

Total Interest Paid on Vehicle

Local Transportation—bus, local car rental, subway tolls

Other Common Business Expenses

  - Business cards
 - Yellow page listings
 - Web advertising, banner ads, pay-per-click fees
 - Promotional purchases and giveaways (T-shirts, caps, bags, pens) 
 - Brochures, mailers, flyers
- Fees paid to ad and public relations agencies
 - Web site creation and hosting
 - Business logo design
 - Marketing e-mail, direct mail campaigns
 - SEO and web traffic analysis
 - Promotions and promotional events
 - Newspaper, magazine advertising
 - TV advertising
 - Professional performance videos and CDs
 - Package design fees
 - Catalogs
 - Billboards, signs and display racks
 - Phone book advertising
 - Sponsorships
 - Banners, posters for business
 - Bumper stickers, door-hangers related to promoting your business
-       Product Samples Costs (first time to try a new product)

Travel Expenses
-       Air, train or bus fare for business travel
-       Hotel and motel expenses for business travel
-       Rental car expenses
-       Taxi, shuttle fares and transportation tips while out of town on business
-       Gas, oil, parking fees and tolls while out of town (for rental vehicles)
-       More examples:
-       Computer rental costs when away on business
-       Internet access fees when away on business
-       Phone calls when away on business
-       Tips while traveling (except for meal tips, which are only 50% deductible)
-       Dry cleaning if you have to stay overnight for business
-       Cost of shipping baggage, supplies, products, equipment necessary for business
-       Cost of storing baggage and equipment during a business trip
-       Late check-out charges, if you are required to stay overtime for business

Communication Expenses

-         Second phone line for business

-         Cell phone service used for business

-         Long distance calls for business

-         Wireless access for mobile devices

-         Internet service used for business

Health Insurance for Business

-       Health Insurance Premiums for Employees

-       Business Insurances—Worker’s Comp, Fire and Theft, Malpractice

-       Other Interest

-       >> Credit Card Interest for Business Uses

-       >>Interest on a Business Loan

Legal and Professional Fees

-       >> Professional association membership fees

-       Organization dues (including state bar dues)

-       Legal fees for business matters

-       Accounting fees

-       Short-term consulting fees

-       One-time management consultation fees

-       One-time marketing consultation fees

-       One-time engineering consultation fees

-       One-time technical consultation fees

-       Fees paid for Web site analysis

-       One-time logo and web design fees

Meals and Entertainment

-       >> Meals while traveling; entertaining your business associates

Office Expenses

-       Shredding services
-       Software
-       Office cleaning
-       Minor handicap-access expenses (as opposed to major expenses for a renovation)
-       Office decoration
-       A separate cable line for your office
-       A separate security system for your office

Rental Expenses>> Equipment such as computers and copiers, retail or warehouse space, land

Repairs and Maintenance to the office or equipment

Office Supplies

  • Pens, pencils, paper, pads
  • Printer ink, toner, copier paper
  • Data CDs, floppy disks
  • Stamps, labels, envelopes, mailers
  • Flash drives
  • Shipping materials
  • Storage and filing boxes
  • Memo and message pads, Post-it notepads
  • Whiteboards and markers
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Calendars and planners
  • Staples, staplers, paper clips, scissors
  • Tape, tape dispensers, rulers
  • Calculators

Taxes and Licenses

Payroll taxes for employees, such as Medicare, Social Security (FICA)
 - Unemployment taxes for employees (Federal and State)
 - Business licenses and permits
 - Professional licenses and renewal fees
 - Real Estate Taxes for business property

More examples:
 - DBA/Fictitious Business Name one-time filing fee
 - Incorporation fees
 - Business name search fees
 - Copyright application and registration
 - Trademarks and logo fees
 - Domain name search fees
 - Software licensing and renewal fees
 - Real estate taxes for an office you own (not your home office)
 - Any other taxes imposed by city, state, county in order for you to conduct business
 - Fee to acquire, draft or cancel a lease
 - Certification upgrade fees

Miscellaneous expenses

  • Bank service charges
  • Books, magazines, newspapers and other subscriptions for business
  • Business-related gifts
  • Conferences and conventions including travel
  • Continuing-education expenses
  • Credit card fees
  • Dues to professional organizations
  • Employment agency fees
  • Memberships for business like Costco business memberships
  • Printing and copies
  • Prizes to customers and suppliers
  • Shipping and postage
  • Small tools
  • Start up costs ($5,000 maximum allowed)
  • Tax return software (business portion)
  • Uniforms and their maintenance
  • Value of Required Monthly Point Value (PV) Purchases

Home Office Expenses

--% of time using the home for Business purposes

--Square footage of Home office/ Entire home

·       Interest Paid for Mortgage

·       Mortgage Insurance Premiums

·       Property Taxes paid on Home

·       Utilities for the entire home

·       Repair Cost for the entire home

·       Home Owner’s Insurance

·       Home Association Dues

·       Home Security fees

·       Casualty and Theft Costs

Business Assets
Business property that is depreciated
·       Computer
·       Printer