Happy Friday and welcome to the start of a whole new decade together! I hope that you enjoyed some much-deserved downtime with your friends and family. December is always a crazy time for me, because it's my son Nathan's birthday! This year he turned... 13...!!! I was also able to spend some time with my family up in the Poconos for a full-family trip with my parents, sisters and their families relaxing together.
Small Business Tax Laws for 2020
There are some important deadlines to keep in mind:
- S-corps must file their business taxes by March 15.
- The deadline for 2020 tax returns is April 15.
- Quarterly estimated tax deadlines are due April 15, June 15, Sept. 15 and Jan. 15
Timy: Working on a flexible schedule is great, right? But what happens when you are working after hours and want to send a message in Slack without alerting your coworkers or clients right away?
Enter Timy, a Slack extension that allows you to schedule messages to go out when you want the recipient to receive it! It’s free, user-friendly, and a great way to get things done without blowing up your coworkers slack channel (until you want to). Check it out today!
Happy Friday and happy end of 2019! It has been a blessed year for me personally and professionally and as I reflect back I am always filled with nothing but gratitude!
As you've seen me share, Delegate had 2 big award wins this fall; we ranked #52 on the list of Fastest Growing Companies here in Philly AND, I personally won the Philly Chamber's Small Business Person of the Year Award! It was one of the highest honors of my life, and my son Nathan was there to share it with me. He was the star of the night for sure, and was super proud to be part of it. Even my team, though distributed was sharing in the love and made the sweetest video congratulating me from their home offices across the country.
As a remote workplace, we wanted to find a way to do a Secret Santa without being physically able to “draw a name”. Enter Elfster!!
Elfster is a unique gifting website that not only facilitates fun things like Secret Santa organization, but also has a shop that users can create “wish lists” from. It’s free, fun, and used by 17 million people worldwide. AND it’s not just for Christmas. Use for birthdays, anniversaries and any other special occasion for your organization or your family! Check Elfster out today!
Tips For Last-Minute Holiday Email Campaigns
How’s your inbox looking these days? I don’t know about you, but both my work and personal inboxes have been inundated with Holiday Email Campaigns from all over the place. Has your organization sent out their Holiday Email Campaign?
With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, we are head-long into the Holiday Season! Haven’t sent a Holiday Email campaign yet? Fear not! Take a look at this quick read for tips on sending successful last-minute email campaign. Here are a few key takeaways:
- Conventional wisdom of email timing may not apply anymore
- Consider taking a different approach to your CTA’s during the holidays
- The length of your email campaign is especially important right now
- The best time to send your email is when no one else is emailing
Happy Friday! Wow, it has been such a busy fall, right?! Like head-spinning busy- for me both personally and professionally. As we've shared, Delegate has won some pretty great awards this fall- we grabbed the #52 spot on the fastest growing companies in Philly (woot! The Philly 100!!), and I won Small Business Person of the Year with the Philly Chamber (a high honor! for me personally!).
This combined with the challenges of a growing company along with a whole bunch of big shifts in my personal life equals a lot to manage! With all of this swirling around me, it's hard to stay focused week over week towards the game-changing work.
Below are a few of the strategies I use to keep my eye on the ball:
Rescue Time With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it's easy to get scattered.
Rescue Time helps to understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive. Once installed onto users computers and mobile devices, Rescue Time runs securely in the background and tracks user habits.
Rescue Time returns daily and weekly reports that reveal exactly how much time users spent online, in their inbox, and on apps. Users can set limits on the amount of time they want to spend on any app and Rescue Time will alert them when time is up. There is a free individual version, as well as paid small team and enterprise plans.
11 Tips for Female Entrepreneurs
Check out this quick read on tips for female entrepreneurs beating the odds. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, today there are more than 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. Since 2007, the number of women-owned firms has grown at five times the national average, with 1,072 new women-owned firms starting every day.
Here's what female entrepreneurs can do to avoid being one of the 20% of small businesses that fail in the first year or 50% that do not survive beyond five.
- Do what you love and love what you do
- Be generous with you time for clients, and strive for the highest quality in everything you do
- Fake it 'til you become it
- Listen to feedback
- Create an inspiring work environment
- Hire a motivated staff
- Never lose curiosity for learning new things
- Set goals
- Maintain the balance between work and life
- Have a business financial plan and personal financial plan
With more women than ever starting their own business, and with the increasing rate of success of these businesses, one could surmise that women may especially be well suited for entrepreneurship. - CNBC
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