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Buffista Business Talk: I wanted simple, I wanted in-and-out, I wanted easy money.

A virtual watercooler where Buffistas in business can talk, share, exchange, bemoan, exult and assorted other power verbs associated with all areas of running/starting up a business. For existing or potential Buffista business owners of all types. Spamming is NOT ON. A list of our Buffista owned businesses is on our links page.

Ginger - May 31, 2011 10:30:23 am PDT #15 of 1416
"It didn't taste good. It tasted soooo horrible. It tasted like....a vodka martini." - Matilda

I just did that too, Amy. For some reason, I had to click Tools/Track Changes twice before the tracking toolbar showed up.

Amy - May 31, 2011 10:31:47 am PDT #16 of 1416
Because books.

Let me check again. Thanks, people!

Laura - May 31, 2011 11:37:57 am PDT #17 of 1416
Our wings are not tired.

Apparently I am being productive.

Still being stubborn about updating my Word version. I just convert all those docx things I get. I dislike learning new menu systems.

Love the title.

lisah - May 31, 2011 11:58:42 am PDT #18 of 1416
Punishingly Intricate

Still being stubborn about updating my Word version.

If you can avoid it, don't update. The new version is total irritating ass. I have a 3rd party add-on that has the old menus and that helps somewhat but there are some things you used to be able to do that just aren't available any more and everything else takes much longer to do. It is absolutely infuriating.

Pix - May 31, 2011 12:00:05 pm PDT #19 of 1416
We're all getting played with, babe. -Weird Barbie

I am being productive (though on school stuff rather than Diablo Sound stuff). I'm happy about the thread, though, since I've been married to small business and done the books/tax planning almost my whole adult life.

Seska (the Watcher-in-Training) - May 31, 2011 12:56:21 pm PDT #20 of 1416
"We're all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?"

Ooh, business thread! I am so absolutely definitely going to get my training business off the ground before 2025. Maybe 2050 is a bit more realistic. I do actually have bits of work here and there, which is nice.

Ginger - May 31, 2011 12:59:28 pm PDT #21 of 1416
"It didn't taste good. It tasted soooo horrible. It tasted like....a vodka martini." - Matilda

Maybe 2050 is a bit more realistic.

You don't want to rush into anything.

I'm not being particularly productive because I still have this awful flu/cold thing, and one of the confusing things about working for yourself is that you can't really go home sick.

dcp - May 31, 2011 1:26:32 pm PDT #22 of 1416
"I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam," -- Popeye

my insertions aren't showing up in a new color.

Amy, are you looking at the "final" version, or the "final with markup" version?

Strix - Jun 01, 2011 3:21:38 am PDT #23 of 1416
A dress should be tight enough to show you're a woman but loose enough to flee from zombies. — Ginger

Popping in to say Hi! Lookie, new thread! WOO!

Liese, it's so COOL to be able to look at your site and get a better idea of what you do with your kids! V. exciting!

Ok, now for the tough questions, since I am home today, since (a) I felt like crap still yesterday (and when I went into renew my tags -- last day of month -- I found out I couldn't because of something wack on my registration, and I HAVE to figure out what it is today and run and around and try to fix it before I get pulled over.

Also, I have NO classes today, so school can suck it, while I figure it out. Priorities! If I don't get it done today, I can't get it done till next Monday, and I am NOT driving around with expired tags and a possibly suspended license that long -- I think I forgot to pay a ticket.

Anyway, until I can call the car place at 9am, I have some questions I'd love to pose.

One -- setting up bookkeeping. I'm looking for possibilties: I need to keep track of expenses (for tax deductions), incoming fees, possibly billable time (I am using Togl as a tracking tool, but if I could link my tracking to an accounting program and be able to create invoices, that would be a plus, too).

And best of all, I am interested in easily navigable and free or supercheap. I won't need anything fancy till much later.

Any suggestions?

Also this while quarterly taxes thing...anyone have a good explantory link, or a calendar for when they are due, or something?

Yay -- I am so excited to have this thread!

lcat - Jun 01, 2011 5:20:50 am PDT #24 of 1416
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.


For figuring and filing taxes, the IRS has a worksheet but I just use tax preparation software which includes the forms for self-employment (generally, Schedule C and Schedule SE). I follow the prompts to create a fake 1040 using my estimated income and expenses for the year (since my employer is already withholding for my day job, I don't include that in the calculation until the last quarter) and then pay one-fourth of that at the next quarterly due date; the program will link you to the forms and the addresses (you can pay on-line but I prefer to pay by check so I have a paper copy). I run the program every quarter to see how my estimate is holding up and determine what the next payment should be. For the last quarter, I include my income and withholding for my day job (using the figures on the most recent paycheck stub) and then adjust accordingly. I know that there is a chance that I'm either overpaying or underpaying and that I'm missing out on some accounting methods that might reduce my taxes but since my business is just a side business, I'm willing to accept those possibilities to keep it simple and not get stuck with a big tax bill every April. So far, it has worked.

One of the best things about using the tax prep software early in the year is that it alerted me to some expenses that I could deduct so I could track them for the rest of the year and not have to be hunting down 12 months worth of receipts in March.

One word of warning - when I run the forms quarterly, I assume that I will only have one exemption, will use the standard deduction and won't have any other tax credits. The end result is that I probably over-estimate my tax liability but I'm one of the ones who would rather get a refund than have to pay in April.