The Complete Guide to Working for Yourself: Everything the Self-employed Need to Know about Taxes, Recordkeeping, and Other Laws

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Atlantic Publishing Company, 2008 - 288 páginas

Many people dream of starting and running a business of their own but often do not know HOW to start. Entering the small business field as an independent contractor, freelancer, sole proprietor, or consultant is not a single decision but a series of steps, each one bringing you closer to the day your enterprise is up and running, competing for customers, and making money.

How will you organize and register your business? What are the regulatory considerations? How will you protect your intellectual property? Is your business plan adequate? Where can you find financing? What are your obligations as an employer? Do you understand your tax responsibilities? This brand new book includes the most current tax rates and changes in IRS regulations such as, Is it a business or a hobby?

You will learn all about business operations: selecting a business structure, licensing and permits, employer identification number (EIN), business taxes, recordkeeping, self-employment taxes, paying estimated taxes (and calculating how much to pay), dealing with independent contractors and 1099-miscellaneous forms, client agreements, insurance, workers' compensation insurance, rights and intellectual property law, accounting periods, selecting an accounting method, checklist for starting a business plan, choosing a name, business plans, forms of business structures, financing, location, marketing and advertising.

In addition, new entrepreneurs will appreciate this valuable resource and reference in their daily activities and as a source of ready-to-use forms, Web sites, operating and cost cutting ideas, and mathematical formulas to apply to their operations. The Companion CD-ROM contains all the forms in the book as well as a sample business plan you can adapt for your own use. The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version. It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at sales@atlantic-pub.com

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president's garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

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foreword
17
It Can Be a Little Worse Than Bad
30
Audits
44
Taxes
60
Creating a Corporation
70
Choosing Internet Domain Names
83
Location
96
The Financial Management Plan
110
Creating an Online Payment Processing System
174
Ways to market Your
187
StartaBlog
200
Sign up for Online Directories
201
Easy Recordkeeping
215
Simple Bookkeeping Procedures
218
Popular Bookkeeping Software
231
Patents
244

BreakEven Analysis
117
The Advantages of Working from a Home Office
130
Business Phone Line
141
Home Occupation Permit
154
Tips for Finding Health Insurance
159
Hiring Independent Contractors
257
Interviewing Applicants
265
How to Be an Effective Boss
278
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Beth Williams is a full-time writer from Lexington, Virginia. In addition to a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University, Beth holds a M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the founder and co-owner of Creative Inklings LC, a full-service writing firm that caters to both online and offline clients and can be found on the Web at www.creativeinklings.org. Beth has written hundreds of articles, e-books, audio scripts, reports, and other content for clients on dozens of topics ranging from business to travel. Additionally, she has written for several magazines, including those focusing on business. Beth is currently taking her extensive writing credentials in a new direction, branching into internet marketing, offering private label rights (PLR) content for marketers, Webmasters, and other clients.

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