I'm a Canadian who has very recently bought a pre-owned computer for a business I'm starting. Can I claim it in the upcoming income tax? Should I have registered the business first, and then make the necessary purchases? What is the deadline for claiming small business expenses on income tax anyway?
posted by rinkjustice
on Jan 17, 2006 -
Leadership book about a basketball coach who was really into excellence; for instance he made people learn to tie their shoes correctly before he allowed them onto the court.
Any ideas? My boss wants a bunch of us to read it but we can't do that if we don't have a title.
posted by pomegranate
on Jan 6, 2006 -
Have a sales process development book or other resource recommendation? Looking for something practical with sample processes and documents, less on theory.
posted by will
on Jan 3, 2006 -
Two years ago I let a really good friend cheaply buy into a business I had started a couple years earlier with the agreement that we would split everything, work & profits, right down the middle. He is stubbornly refusing to do his share of the work yet wants to keep collecting 50% of the profits. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by libertaduno
on Jan 2, 2006 -
Global500Filter: I'm trying to find lists of the 20 largest companies in various countries — the Fortune 500 on a global scale. My interest is primarily the largest companies in individual countries in the developing world, with a focus on Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Is there a central resource that might have this type of information?
posted by jed
on Jan 2, 2006 -
Should I sell my business or change direction? I own a busy acupuncture practice seeing about 80 - 100 people a week. I have a waiting list of about five months for new patients. I went into a caring profession in order to help and support people and ended up burned out and exhausted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 2, 2006 -
BottledWaterFi: For the same price and quality as regular brands would you buy a bottled water sourced from the Amazon Rainforest? And would it influence your purchase decision if the bottled water company (US) also conserved Amazon rainforest and biodiversity? [more inside]
posted by johoney
on Dec 21, 2005 -
Has anybody had any success making good business out of an online business such as CafePress? [more inside]
posted by arrowhead
on Dec 16, 2005 -
I was looking online into some home based businesses. You know those things you read about..."make millions just packing envelopes?" Well, this one is not quite that. Ever heard of www.assuranceplus.net
? They just called me and basically said that I could try them out and if I don't make the amount of money that I spent getting my business started, than I would get a full refund. Is this legit? If so, why doesn't everyone do this? Anyone ever made money doing this?
posted by JPowers
on Dec 7, 2005 -
What's the best distribution strategy for selling a new product into the U.S. adult products market? [more inside]
posted by alms
on Dec 1, 2005 -
OK, I now know that money-maker chain-letter implementation is illegal, but my big question -- why
? Is it for the protection of dumb people? I'd have to say the fact that it didn't work is
the protection of dumb people, but shouldn't be illegal. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold
on Nov 28, 2005 -
Any actual, personal experience with famous "Marketing genius", Jay Abraham
? Or do you know somebody who actually used his consulting services? [more inside]
posted by growabrain
on Nov 25, 2005 -
In 2001, my .com finally imploded in the week after September 11th, when our few remaining clients went out of business. For another couple of years the corporation continued to exist, with me as sole employee, though it was only an after-hours interest -- I've long since moved on from doing anything with this corporation. It's existed only on paper for the past two years while I've paid the IRS, out of my own pocket, some payroll taxes (941 withholdings) that my accounting errors led me to underpay. They (and I) have just noticed that I forgot to file for the Q3 2001. It seems that I paid $6,000 to employees in that final quarter, so I figure my business owes the IRS another couple of thousand dollars in taxes.
Now what? I don't have a couple of thousand dollars to throw at this, and the corporation's bank account is all but empty. Can I bargain with the IRS? Will they give me any bonus points for coming forward and telling them about this? Is my moral obligation to personally pay this debt sufficient that I should just buck up and set up a payment plan? What happens if, worst case, I just shut down the corporation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 24, 2005 -
What are some creative ways of retaining an ad agency's services in a manner that makes their interests align with the client's?
IOW, how best to structure the contract such that their compensation is dependant upon results, when advertising "results" are such an amorphous and ephemeral thing. [more]
posted by Fupped Duck
on Nov 23, 2005 -
If you have a happy career help me! So I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life. Why is it so hard?
posted by the giant pill
on Nov 17, 2005 -
I want to start a small business setting up small office and home office LAN networks (wireless setups, XP or Office training,consulting, etc) but have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by stevyb
on Nov 16, 2005 -
My s.o. and I are at a crossroads. We are both architects and are hoping to start a fashion/design company that will be able to sustain our incomes (at least partially). We have product, we have a website, we have customers. What we are looking for are good books/websites/opinions on how to proceed out of our day-to-day jobs and into our own billing/taxes/sustainability models. We are open to "get a lawyer" responses, but are really looking to get our heads around some business concepts. Any sources that you have found helpful? [more inside]
posted by grimley
on Nov 11, 2005 -
I have an idea for a couple of new iPod accessories. Unfortunately, I have no technical knowledge to design and manufacture them myself. I have put some money aside which I can use to finance the production. Where can I find someone who I can hire to build these products for me?
posted by zeerobots
on Nov 11, 2005 -
Two business premises -- a bar and a bank -- recently closed down in my area of London, and it is rumoured that both have been sold. Is there anywhere they would be required to register this that I could check to find out who the new owners are, if there are any? [more inside]
posted by reklaw
on Nov 9, 2005 -
I have a concept for a brand that could encompass several different products (toys, books, clothing etc.) and have a somewhat retro 70's feel to it. Aside from a DIY approach (utilizing Cafepress or something similar) what other options do I have for taking the idea further? In other words, who would be open to pitches? At this point, I only have the concept and logo.
posted by davebush
on Nov 9, 2005 -
I'm looking to attract new advertisers for my website but don't have the time to "pound the pavement" searching for them. Does anybody know of any websites that have businesses who are looking to advertise?
posted by bamassippi
on Oct 26, 2005 -
Best ideas for small business bookkeepingI run a home business where I usually have one part time employee, and sometimes a second. I need to do something better than I’m doing on bookkeeping. Quickbooks Pro seems a bit of overkill, in that I don’t do invoices, or many of the other things it purports to do. And I’ve never even used plain Quickbooks. I need some advice on the best, simplest bookkeeping system that would really do only a few things – (1) allow me to put in the rates, hours, etc. of my employees and translate this into my I.R.S. quarterly reports, etc., (2) Work with my business charge card account on line to categorize charges for Schedule C purposes, (3) Do the same with my business checking account. I have Mac OS X. I’d appreciate any thoughts on what program or online service I should use to get this done. Thanks
posted by rabbus
on Oct 22, 2005 -
I'm looking for input on a business idea. With the boom in mp3 players, I thought it would be a good idea to open a store that specialized in that item, along with accessories, podcasting equipment, etc. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink
on Oct 14, 2005 -
Idle Corporate Question: Has anyone here worked in a Payroll department? I know that one of the great taboos in large corporations is that nobody else knows how much everyone else makes (subordinates excluded.) But, what about a Payroll department. Do they each know how much everyone else in their department makes? Or, is their own information segmented off somehow?
posted by vacapinta
on Oct 12, 2005 -
Is there a good online source for generic legal-ese? I am starting a business and I need to draft corporate bylaws, stock certificates, and a terms of service agreement. I would like to do this without involving a lawyer, if possible. [more inside]
posted by nyterrant
on Oct 1, 2005 -
I'd like some good business (commodities, economics, markets, etc.) book to read. I'm tired of all the, excuse my French, BS books I've come across. I don't want a get-rich quick or anything motivational. I've read the summer reading standard Freakonomics and The World is Flat as of late, feeling the same way level of beach book dissapointment I did when I broke down and read The DaVinci Code. The former was entertaining, though somewhat useless and the latter just was boring and repetitive after say -- chapter 2. I've been paticularly interested in game theory lately and how it can be applied... [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Oct 1, 2005 -
I recently read a copy of Fortune magazine and found it interesting. I'd like to subscribe to a business/investment magazine....any others I should consider?
posted by Instrumental
on Sep 30, 2005 -
I ordered something recently that came in a standard-looking cardboard box with a custom printed sleeve that slipped over it (Actually, I think it's called an overslip), making the whole deal look very professional. Where could I order something like that? [more inside]
posted by Nothing
on Sep 29, 2005 -
BusinessLiabilityFilter -- Do we need product liability insurance for our start-up mail order business that sells repackaged craft supplies to kids? [more inside]
posted by acoutu
on Sep 23, 2005 -
I need to send to send an e-mail to some ex-colleagues requesting that they join an entrepreneurial network. Are there some principles for creating an effective e-mail subject line that will increase my chances of having them open my e-mail?
posted by Xurando
on Sep 21, 2005 -
Does anyone have any experience running or building a Yahoo! Store? How long do they take to set up? Can you enter in orders that are taken offline? Other comments welcome.
posted by Ostara
on Sep 20, 2005 -
Is the ‘revenue-from-ads’ website business model viable for a small tightly focused company, or not? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco
on Sep 12, 2005 -
I have an idea for a product/service. I've drawn out a rough business model and shown it to a few people who all think its a great idea but I'm having a few problems getting things rolling... more inside about funding the project, pitching it to major 'players' in certain industries, investors, etc [more inside]
posted by hummercash
on Sep 6, 2005 -
For a friend, "I run a small computer consulting business on the side in my spare time. I have a bit over two dozen clients and do regular work for a handful of them. My question is, does it make sense to go thru the process of creating a business? What advantages or disadvantages would this give me? How much would it cost? Any other uggestions/ideas/comments/etc.. would be great! Thanks!"
posted by k8t
on Sep 5, 2005 -
How do I reduce the number of `time wasters' requesting product samples through my website? [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Sep 1, 2005 -