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  1. Rebecka Melson

    Resource Downloadable Tax Organizer

    I uploaded some tax organizers to my website today, they are free to download. There is one specifically for small businesses which is super handy. http://vbsofok.com/taxes.aspx *Feel free to post any questions here.
  2. Rebecka Melson

    The Power of LinkedIn (or my OOPS! turned out to be good)

    OK, so I have been SUPER busy lately with networking, seminars, training, starting a new division of my current business and then suddenly starting a whole new business out of the blue (more details coming soon). So, needless to say I have been working many a late nights and into the early...
  3. Rebecka Melson

    Warning: Possible Facebook email scam

    Unfortunately, the settings that control which email notifications get sent to you were lost. We're sorry for the inconvenience. To reset your email notification settings, go to: http: //www.facebook.com/editaccount.php?notifications (I de-activated the link) Thanks, The Facebook Team...
  4. Rebecka Melson

    Christmas gifts?

    Has anybody given any thought yet to client Christmas gifts? I just sent cards out last year, and still will, but wanted to do something extra for my steady clients. Here are some of my ideas so far: 1. "Green" gift baskets. Dilemma: Is this preachy? 2. Flash drives with my logo...
  5. Rebecka Melson

    Video Tutorial: How to bill for retainers

    One of my clients has requested me to provide video tutorials to his staff showing them how to do certain procedures in QuickBooks. I needed to do a test run, so I decided to use you all as my guinea pigs. LOL Here is my first ever video tutorial answering one of the most common asked...
  6. Rebecka Melson

    How to Complete Form W-9

    There has been a lot of confusion with the new tax law changes regarding single-member LLC's and with the IRS issuing multiple EIN's. According to the IRS, here is the proper way to fill out a W-9 Form if you are a single member limited liability company: Name = Your personal name exactly...
  7. Rebecka Melson

    Tax News: Mileage Rate Increase July 1, 2008

    The IRS is increasing the mileage rate for July 1 - December 31, 2008. Here is the link to the IRS article. Mileage Rate Changes effective July 1 - December 31, 2008. Business - $.585 Medical/Moving - $.27 Charitable - $.14
  8. Rebecka Melson

    Best Legal Structure for Small Businesses

    Here is a great article I found, "What is the Best Legal Structure for My Small Business". It is one of the most comprehensive articles I've found and gives detailed information about the different options available and the tax consequences for each.
  9. Rebecka Melson

    How to Write a Contract

    Here is a great article I found "How to Successfully Write and Negotiate a Contract". It covers the following topics: Who can enter into a contract When should a contract be written What laws are applicable to contracts What happens when a contract is breached Writing the contract...
  10. Rebecka Melson

    New Virus Warning

    Hi All Please read !!!! Just in case! http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp Hi All, I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus! I checked Snopes (URL above:), and it is for real!! Get this E-mail message sent around to your...
  11. Rebecka Melson

    Billing question for the bookkeepers out there

    I have always charged my clients by the hour, which is pretty standard, and as far as I'm concerned the easiest way to go. I came across this video of a conference where the speaker says it is more profitable for bookkeepers to charge by the transaction than by the hour. His method consists of...
  12. Rebecka Melson

    Tax Requirements by State

    As you all know, tax laws and the types of taxes you are required to pay vary by State. I know a lot of the established VA's have already done the research and determined what type of taxes they need to pay. I thought I would start a thread so that you can post the types of tax required in...
  13. Rebecka Melson

    Did you use an attorney?

    So, I was just wondering... How many of you actually consulted an attorney or had an attorney create your contracts and/or other business forms?
  14. Rebecka Melson

    IRS Free Online Classroom

    I found this resource on the IRS website and I think they are worth taking the time to watch. Online Classroom - Video Presentation of the Small Business Tax Workshop I highly recommend everyone watch Lesson 4 - What you need to know when you run your business out of your home. Since we...
  15. Rebecka Melson

    PayPal integration with QuickBooks

    I was playing around with PayPal today and discovered that it integrates with QuickBooks! I'm sure some of you have figured this out already, but for those of you who haven't I'll share with you how it works. Sign into Paypal and go to the "Merchant Services" tab, under "Manage Payments"...
  16. Rebecka Melson

    Legal Reference Material

    Here are a couple of good resources for looking up legal definitions. This will be helpful for anyone putting together their contracts. I am a big advocate of "plain English" contracts, but some legal terms are still necessary. Even if you use a contract template you should clearly...
  17. Rebecka Melson

    Free Teleclass-May 20, 2008-Top 4 Cash Flow Mistakes by SBO's

    "Learn How to Avoid the Top 4 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make With Their Cash Flow" Here are just a few things you'll learn on this teleclass: How to learn the simple system to control cash flow in just 15 minutes per week. The 4 secrets why you are not in control of cash...
  18. Rebecka Melson

    Remote access for multiple people

    Does anyone know of a remote access software that allows for 2 or more people to connect to a computer remotely at the same time? Logmein and GoToMyPC only allows for one.
  19. Rebecka Melson

    Need opinion on promo item

    I've been looking at getting some promo items to hand out at networking events. What do y'all think of these? Is the tag line too corny? I thought this was a cute, since I'm a bookkeeper. In case you can't read it, it says: Virtual Business Services www.VBSofOK.com Calculate the ways...
  20. Rebecka Melson

    How NOT to apply for a job

    I received this email through the contact form on my website today: "I am looking for some part-time work. If you need any help, please call me at (405) ###-###. I am retired and am home except on Wednesday when we volunteer for HUGS from p:00 AM till 5:00PM." Seriously? Do you really...
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