Episode 131: Balancing debt payoff with savings

cash flow interview Jan 12, 2021

On this episode, I chat with my guest Keila Hill-Trawick about balancing debt payments with saving for an emergency fund and and saving for retirement.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

In my alumni group we recently read money philosophy "I Will Teach You to be Rich" by Ramit Sethi for our quarterly book club. On the topic of money philosophy today's question is a hypothetical one.

"If you're starting from scratch saving money and paying debt, how would you prioirtize between 1) building an emergency fund of around $3,000, 2) paying your quarterly taxes, 3) saving your first few thousand dollars toward retirement and 4) paying down about $3,000 in high-interest consumer debt? Do you do them all at the same time or in a certain order?"

Keila shares her insight that it's what makes you feel safe. If you...

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Episode 130: Your tax write-off and bookkeeping questions answered

income tax interview Jan 07, 2021

On this episode, my guest Parker Stevenson takes a crack at answering 12 different tax and bookkeeping questions from fellow creatives in the Braden's Besties Facebook Group.

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1. First year of business and have a profit loss. How much can I report as a loss? Will I get audited? Is there a limit?

Hire an accountant! An accountant will help you to write-off as many expenses as you can while still being profitable. "It's okay for me to pay taxes because that means I have a profitable business."

2. As a small business owner, (two-person LLC), can I deduct the cost of my vehicle on my taxes?

starting a business as a live wedding artist, travelling for weddings 30 weekends out of year, can I claim my spare car and its maintenance for my business? i only drive it for my weddings....

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Episode 129: Writing off start-up expenses for a new business

income tax interview Jan 05, 2021

On this episode, my guest Keila Hill-Trawick, founder of Little Fish Accounting in Washington D.C., answers the question "What expenses are allowable write offs for my new business during the start-up phase?"

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

Start-up expenses are those that you have to incur in order for the business to start. For example, if you are a starting a restaurant, even before you start serving diners you have start-up expenses such as liquor license, architectural drawings, etc. The IRS allows you to write-off $5,000 in start-up expenses in the first year and amortize the rest over the next several years.

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Episode 128: An open discussion on equitable financial practices in business

interview other legal Jan 01, 2021

On this episode, I have an open and honest conversion with Meg Wheeler about diversity, equity, and inclusion and how to build better financial practices in business.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

Wealth is inequitably distributed among people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and more causing wealth gaps. It's important to design your business in a way to eradicate these wealth gaps and make your business part of a shifting culture toward equality and long-term wealth.

When starting a business, having equitable practices is not as talked about in the small business space as it is in the corporation space with diversity and inclusion. It's planning and conversations that are often put off until a person's company is bigger or they start hiring but the truth, is if we build a business focused...

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Episode 127: What are the benefits of hiring a CPA?

income tax interview Dec 29, 2020

On this episode, my guest, Biz Money Coach Meg K. Wheeler, discusses the benefits of hiring a CPA for your small business.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

Today on the podcast we're answering the question "What are the benefits/pitfalls of hiring a tax strategist versus a CPA?"

If you're working on anything related to tax, you want someone who knows what they are doing. Meg suggests you be careful about anyone who is calling themselves a tax strategist, and make sure you are working with a CPA or a tax lawyer like Braden. You don't need a CPA or tax lawyer to provide tax returns.

Beyond tax prep, you should hire a CPA anytime you want to understand how to maximize your business operations. For example, when you start selling more and making more money, should you consider becoming an s corp. Anytime...

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Episode 126: My 6 life & business lessons learned from 2020

other legal solo show Dec 24, 2020

On this episode I'm talking about the six life and business lessons I learned in 2020.

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(1) Life lesson: Minimalism is fantastic

My desire for minimalism stems from my Ennegram 7 and need for control when stressed. Minimalism and cleaning allows you to take control of your space. On this episode I discuss a conversation I recently had with one of my students about the message that minimalism sends, and thoughts that the message of minimalism is one associated with elitism.

I subscribe to the phrase, "Cluttered space, cluttered mind." Minimalism has helped me on the business side of my life to streamline my offers. I've gotten my business down to one funnel (check it out here). It will walk you through the steps to unfuck your biz.

Minimalism has helped to curb my spending,...

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Episode 125: The difference between cost of goods & expenses

cash flow interview Dec 22, 2020

On this episode I'm joined by Keila Hill-Trawick, founder of Little Fish Accounting in Washington D.C.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here to unf*ck your biz.

Today we answer the question, "I am clueless when it comes to 'inventory.' I don’t know what items are considered 'supplies,' capital, depreciation, I also struggle when I do my town property tax filings because they want to tax furniture, my computer but these are dual use items." while breaking down the differences between supplies, cost of goods, and inventory.

Supplies - what you use to make the "thing."

Inventory - the final product. Inventory is an asset, not an expense. The cost of all the components that go into making the "thing" sit as the inventory cost.

Cost of goods sold - Once you sell the "thing," you can expense what it cost to make it. This is so the IRS can make sure...

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Episode 124: Back to basics on pricing your services

cash flow interview Dec 17, 2020

On this episode, my guest Jacquette M. Timmons, a financial behaviorist and owner of Sterling Investment Management, digs into all things business pricing.

 

As a financial behaviorist, Jacquette offers 1:1 financial and business coaching with entrepreneurs and small business owners, national speaking engagements to share perspective on the integration of the psychology and math of money, events to bring people together to discuss money, business and life, as well as a pricing made human masterclass training.

 

Building upon last episode's question "Everyone says research your competitors, but how do you get their pricing?" Jacquette covers the positives and negatives of competitor pricing research for service-based entrepreneurs. Everyone's business and personal finances are different and they will influence how you set your pricing. What you need to charge to cover your expenses, factor in your emotional needs, and earn enough to support your living situation may differ...

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Episode 123: How to research competitor pricing

cash flow interview Dec 15, 2020

On this episode, financial behaviorist Jacquette M. Timmons answers the question "Everyone says research your competitors, but how do you get their pricing? Catfish that shit?"

Before you catfish that shit, ask yourself, "What is the benefit of knowing what the competitor is charging?" While the question "what should I charge?" is a universal one, the answer is a personal one. What you charge for what you bring to the table may differ from your competitor, and comparing prices can be dangerous if you are in different markets or have different offerings. It's best to start your research by identifying what your competitors are offering. Hear more on the podcast about ways to best identify your competition, learn more about their offerings, and get insight on their pricing.

 

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Jacquette Timmons, financial behaviorist and owner of Sterling Investment Management

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Episode 122: How much you need to pay yourself

cash flow interview Dec 10, 2020

On this episode, I chat with Keina Newell, financial coach and owner of Wealth Over Now, about all things money and how to begin determining how much income you need to bring home in order to support the lifestyle you want.

 

As a financial coach, Keina helps people create new possibilities with money by saving more, paying down debt, stress less and be in control of your finances instead of your finances being in control of you.

 

The Money Series continues as we discuss how much to pay yourself in your business, how to create a spending plan you can stick to and chat aspirational dream budgets.

 

Anyone can open a spreadsheet and enter their numbers. Keina goes beyond the spreadsheet to discuss goals, budgeting and spending habits. The Wealth Over Now owner answers the question - what are your "stake in the ground" issues about money?

 

In this episode Keina also shares the secret to balancing and prioritizing savings and paying down debt. The good news is,...

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