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Retroactively deducting a business expense?

I've recently started working on a couple of software projects that I hope will generate income in 2014. I'd like to form an LLC, but I'll probably end up doing that closer to completion since it's so expensive. Because my old laptop just wasn't up to snuff for development work anymore, I decided to purchase a new laptop a few weeks ago. Now I'm worried that I may have missed out on a sizable tax deduction. Assuming I can't take the laptop off my taxes in 2013 (no LLC, no revenue), is there any way I'll be able to deduct a purchase made in 2013 as a business expense in 2014?
posted by archagon on Dec 10, 2013 - 13 answers

 

Looking for a good/high-quality print-maker in the Willamette Valley

Hi MetaFilter! I'm looking for a good printer-maker in the Willamette Valley, Oregon region. Anywhere from Eugene to Portland proper, but a shop than can produce high-quality prints (preferably something along the line of the new Giclée printing process, but not necessarily Giclée prints). [more inside]
posted by jibberish on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

What's the cheapest and easiest way to get a business's credit report?

What's the cheapest and easiest way to get a business's credit report? It's my business (USA corporation.) I'm mainly interested in the overall score and the list of items affecting the score more than the details of each item.
posted by michaelh on Dec 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Does my very small business need a lawyer?

This question made me wonder if I need to do any legal stuff for my small business. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 6, 2013 - 13 answers

How to register a company name and if under LLC or Corporation?

Hello, I am currently developing a small food business. I am interested in selling my food on weekends at outdoor markets across the city. I think this is a good way for me to get my feet off the ground and see how people respond to my product. What I can't quite figure out is if it is too soon to start thinking about registering the company name and logo? If so, would I register my small business as a LLC business or corporation? I am a bit confused. Would someone be able to help? Thank you!
posted by delasoull on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Salary negotiation moving from non-profit to for profit company?

Hi everyone- I have a friend who is close to an offer at for-profit company in NYC, but his background is in non-profit. He wants to ask for a salary in the range that his research shows is a fair for his experience level and the industry standard. However, this amount is nearly $25,000 higher than his current non-profit salary, and he is afraid that revealing his salary history will not allow him to negotiate a fair rate. Does anyone have advice or has been through a similar transition themselves? Thank you in advance for your assistance. -FH
posted by Equiprimordial on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Need Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Accountant to explain IRS issue...STAT!

Can anyone recommend a good 'affordable' accountant that could reach out to the IRS and get the straight scoop on an IRS mishap (on my part mostly) from 2007-2008? Would like to get this straightened out as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Dec 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Hacked Instagram account; can my friend get justice?

A fellow aspiring entrepreneur and friend of mine is in desperate need of help. Time is of the essence! Here's the story: Two years ago he created his own business that sells custom hand-made clothes and products. He owns a website and is on all of the normal social media. One of his most effective tools to connect with customers is through instagram. He's worked hard over the years to develop a fan base of over 27K followers. Mysteriously, last night this account was hacked. They changed the password, hacked the business email, and have taken control of the brand. This account is the business' main source of revenue and advertisement. Although he's trademarked the company and taken all the normal preventative measures, the admin. at instagram claims there's nothing they can do to help. Assuming this is true, what are his available options? Essentially, my friend's ship just got hijacked by some evil bastards and he's going to need a seal team to get it back. [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool on Dec 3, 2013 - 15 answers

How do tattoo parlors stay in business?

I don't know anything about how much tattoos cost. I know I see a lot of small tattoo parlors all over the place. I got to wondering how many tattoos they would need to do a month in order to stay in business. How much does it typically cost to run a tattoo parlor?
posted by curious nu on Nov 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Becoming Fluent in Predictive Analytics

I work in a University managing the broad based direct mail, email and calling programs. I have zero undergrad or graduate experience with math, business or the social sciences. (Aka, I can write a really nice essay...) I would like to chart a path to being recognized as an expert in predictive analytics. [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Nov 26, 2013 - 3 answers

What to consider and how much to charge for freelance jingles?

How much should I charge companies to write and record 30-60 second instrumental jingles to help sell their products on websites? [more inside]
posted by priested on Nov 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Elephant: Combining B2B sales divisions in a large company

I work in e-commerce at a large national retailer. We have at least four other B2B divisions at some stage of e-commerce, and we all know it's time to get our act orchestrated. The question: the head of one of the groups-- my boss-- has asked me to provide internal or external content that makes the case for not only getting our omnichannel presence together online, but also combining our processes and customer-facing (CRM) act together, too. Anyone been to this rodeo? Have any resources you can point out?
posted by Arch1 on Nov 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Working as a petsitter

For years I have wanted to be a professional petsitter. Right now I work 30 hrs./week in an office. I would do it the "right way," getting insured, learning pet CPR, paying self-employment taxes, etc. Ideally it would be my main job, along with maybe freelance writing on the side (which I have done). Have you done this? Is it possible to make an OK living doing this? I have a lot of marketing experience and animal-related contacts, so that will help.
posted by trillian on Nov 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Italian business font wanted

Is there a particular font that figuratively says "Italy" and business for a US person who will be reading about an investment in an Italian company? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Nov 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Determine pricing structure for financial portfolio management software

With a couple of friends we are building a very sophisticated system that we believe is vastly superior to anything currently on the market. Our aim are independent financial management companies of any size in Europe (those non-bank companies that manage people's investments by buying and selling stocks, bonds, funds,...). The current market practice heavily penalises the small companies and only few of them can afford a good system. We want to change that. [more inside]
posted by caudingo on Nov 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Former business partner (fbp) is trying to con me

The question is, is it possible to delete Google revision history? I hope not, because that is the proof I have that fbp has changed the revenue percentages we agreed on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 - 11 answers

What's the right software for printing and tracking quarterly invoices?

I'm looking for recommendations for a piece of software that automates printing and tracking quarterly bills to a few hundred customers that receive an ongoing service from a small business. I want to be able to import all the customers from Excel or something, place them in groups that pay different rates, and then EASILY print invoices once a quarter. Each invoice should come out automatically with the current rate for the group the customer is in. As the checks come in, I want to be able to enter those against the customers so I can track who has paid and who is behind. [more inside]
posted by steveminutillo on Nov 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Another midlife crisis?

I lean to the insane side of life when it comes to always trying to change. I have tried three times now to change from an enterprise programmer to SOMETHING! ANYTHING else... Here I am trying again... bound for failure? [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Nov 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Need Hotel Recommendations for a Business Meeting in Midtown Manhattan

I have been charged with organizing a 2-day meeting in NYC for approximately 23 people, all coming from out of town so I will also need sleeping rooms for about 4 nights. Can you recommend a nice hotel? [more inside]
posted by miaou on Oct 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Service Contract Advice Needed

I have a business selling widgets and I want to hire a similar business in another state to distribute my widgets. I want to put a very simple service agreement but I have once concern. [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Marketing niche counseling service?

Suppose you wanted to market a high-end and unusual, therapy-like (but not therapy), niche consulting/counseling service. How would you get the word out to the existentially dissatisfied on the cheap?
posted by shivohum on Oct 17, 2013 - 1 answer

Can I sell my small IT business?

I run a small Mac support business in NYC. Most of my clients are small businesses, and are repeat customers going back several years. Customer loyalty is high. Expenses are low. Profits are reliable. Physical assets are few. I'd like to sell it, but I can't figure out if it's an asset — or if I'm the asset. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu on Oct 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Networking advice please

Business Networking for a nervous nellie who wants to be a natural [more inside]
posted by Kitty Cornered on Oct 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Jewelers and Small Business People - Discount for a replacement?

How should one frame a request for a discount on a replacement ring? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on Oct 7, 2013 - 11 answers

What do ya'll know about starting a business?

I am finally about to graduate from a program to be a professional dog obedience instructor. I am completely clueless about what steps to take to start a business, legally at least. You are not my lawyer... but do I need one? [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Oct 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Google Voice ok for business use? Or what else?

"It is not advised that you use Google Voice services for your business as we do not provide enterprise support. Use at your own discretion." Carry on, or find another provider? [more inside]
posted by Anwan on Sep 28, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I start my own business?

I have a couple thousand dollars and a decent amount of free time, with no idea where to allocate my time and money. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by walka on Sep 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Opening a home-based business in Canada

I know a woman who is extremely talented in making baked desserts. She wants to open a home-based business. How can she go about doing that in a city like Toronto? Are there any legal/accounting stuff that she needs to know about beforehand? Is there some sort of governmental health supervision program that needs to see the house where she does her work? Can you give me some tips on how she can go about selling her product legally?
posted by omar.a on Sep 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Identifying a failing business?

How would I go about finding a failing business/company in real life for a homework assignment? Bonus points if it is in the area of fashion or crafting. It cannot be in the air travel or auto industries. I have done a lot of looking online, but don't know where to look to identify said businesses. Thanks MeFites!
posted by michellenoel on Sep 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Daily online reads about Business & Economics

I'd like to read some things online each day that make me think about business and economic principles. Know some good blogs / publications / message boards? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Sep 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Leaving my job, looking for great ideas of what to do next

Hi all: I'm leaving my job in March 2014 and I'm looking for ideas of what to do next. Details and criteria below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Suggestions for business deal presentation

Some months from now, I hope to sit down with some companies interested in buying a particular kind of soap. I'm looking for any suggestions, best practices, or wisdom about how such a presentation should be structured, what information a buyer would like to know, etc. [more inside]
posted by lhtw90 on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Where should I eat and what should I see in Phoenix?

I am going to Phoenix, AZ for a business trip and staying at the Doubletree Suites. What are some great places to eat and what sights should I not miss?
posted by sgo on Sep 2, 2013 - 9 answers

What should I name my business?

So, I have a bunch of product prototypes, packaging, access to a great web/graphic designer and a few months of mostly-free time to get my little skincare business off the ground. Unfortunately, I don't know what this business is called. [more inside]
posted by jaynewould on Aug 29, 2013 - 19 answers

How do I research the manufacturing of a handbag?

I want to research the possibility of having a certain design of handbag made, in quantity, to sell. It's a large version of a tiny handbag I see in a number of stores. What's the way to start on this path? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Aug 27, 2013 - 5 answers

What kind of vehicle should we buy for our vintage clothing business?

A friend and I run a small-but-growing online vintage clothing business. We've recently branched out into showing at vintage truck shows in the Chicago area. As of now, we've been using a friend's Saab hatchback. Unfortunately, this isn't a really a sustainable option for us; it's also a bit of a tight fit for our 200ish garments, 2 - 3 clothing racks, bust, and table. We're interesting in purchasing a used vehicle so that we can continue to travel with our merchandise. Ideally, we'd like something that is reliable, safe, and has some extra space to grow alongside our business. Unfortunately, our budget is on the low side: we'd like to spend less than $5000... the cheaper the better. Thoughts? Recommendations? Should we rent instead of buy? Thanks for sharing your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Aug 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I just google this?

What do I need to know about promoting my small online business using Google AdWords? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 26, 2013 - 9 answers

"Noble Salvage" as a name for an antique business: inspired or lame?

Give me your opinion about my stupid smart business name idea. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Aug 26, 2013 - 76 answers

What is a certified kitchen?

I live in California and cannot, for the life of me, find any documentation, web site, or book that defines this. I know that foods for public consumption (for the most part) have to be produced in a certified kitchen. Are there certain fixtures or appliances REQUIRED in a certified kitchen? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Aug 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Any ideas for marketing on low budget for a mandarin school?

I am running a Chinese school in Beijing now to teach mandarin. Even it can not earn a lot of money right now, I still love this job and want to help more people learn Chinese and experience life in China. I really need help to develop the school, so that will be good if any one can give me some ideas for marketing on low budget to expats in Beijing for a mandarin school. Thanks!
posted by love888 on Aug 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Soliciting Angie's List reviews?

I've updated my Angie's List listing. I have no reviews as of yet, although I've been in business since 2005. Is it ethical to solicit reviews from clients? I'm thinking of sending an email saying something like, "I'm now on Angies's List. Feel free to write a review, should you wish. Here's the link." Nothing begging or hat-in-hand, of course. What's the protocol? Is there a protocol?
posted by BostonTerrier on Aug 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Dream opportunity for a machine design engineer?

Help a business-illiterate engineer formulate an approach for evaluating an exciting business/career opportunity. [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Aug 14, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I grow marijuana legally for a living?

I live in Arizona, where medical cannabis has been state law for two years now. The industry is still a wee sapling, and it's a dream of mine to legally grow and sell to dispensaries and to patients directly. This is the best time to make my dream happen, before the market blossoms, yeah? Puns aside, I'm having significant trouble finding accurate and helpful information on the internet--how do I do legal cannabis growing? What's the application I need to turn in to which department to receive which license? What are the do's and don't's and points of etiquette in handling a federally illegal substance? Tell me what I need to know! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2013 - 11 answers

I want to get paid for what I was told I'd be paid. Right now I'm not.

How to go about dealing with a raise I "officially" got but in practice did not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Social Clubs

I am looking for the names of networking/exclusive clubs for executives. [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Aug 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Online backup recommendation?

I need to back up some laptops that are roaming around so I'd like some kind of automagic online backup solution. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Control sheet excel inputs from sql

I am excited by the developments of BI capabilities in excel this year and I want to use the power explorer, view, mapping tools with my sql database. I have two questions really... 1. Can I extract individual calculations and data from the sql/data model rather than always through a pivot 2. If yes, or no, what would be the best way to build a control excel spreadsheet which monitors performance across key criteria (leads per day, orders per day, cancellations, etc) across regions so that I can see where the business is not operating as expected and act accordingly. Thanks Tc
posted by trashcan on Aug 3, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I evaluate the success of my business?

I own a restaurant in its first year of business. Some stretches I feel like we're doing just fine, whereas other stretches I feel like pulling out my hair. I'm having trouble evaluating the success of my business. We've very consistently turned a monthly profit, though I still own the bank nearly $150k, and I also have a large chunk of money invested myself, though I am paying myself $40k / yr. [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Aug 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Coming soon to reality TV: "Hoarders: Web Bookmarks"

I am bookmarking websites like crazy, as I do research and online reading, and it's a mess. Help! [more inside]
posted by nkknkk on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Running staff meetings

At work, I need to run staff meetings. Please tell me how to run meetings that are helpful for employees and don’t waste time. [more inside]
posted by mejicat on Jul 29, 2013 - 35 answers

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