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How To LOVE Your Work

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

Happy Friday and February to you! It's the month of love and there's not much that can top the fulfilling feeling of doing work that inspires you. One of my favorite entrepreneurial thought leaders, Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach® teaches that "the most successful people are those who have learned how to focus on and leverage their unique strengths. In other words, they build their lives around their abilities, not their disabilities." He began talking about his realizations as “Unique Ability®," the essence of what you love to do and naturally do best.

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Utilize Otter and CloudApp to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, FebruARY 2019

Otter is the smart note-taking and collaboration app that business people, students, and journalists use to get more value from meetings, calls, video conferences, interviews, lectures, and wherever important conversations happen. Record conversations right from your phone or computer. Import or sync recordings from other services. Integrate seamlessly with Zoom. Get real-time captions and, within minutes, a searchable transcript synched with audio and photos plus speakers and key phrases.

Share or export voice notes to inform others and get on the same page. Create groups to invite collaborators and keep organized. Otter’s free version includes 600 minutes of transcription per month or enjoy premium service with 6,000 minutes of transcription for $9.99 per month or $79.99 annually. Otter also offers a student discount for $4.99 month.

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New Tax Break for Small Business Owners

KNOW | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2019 

This New Tax Break Can Make a Big Difference for Small Business Owners

The IRS regulations on Qualified Business Income was a major piece of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This deduction is available for tax years 2018-2025 to eligible individuals, estates, and trusts that own interests in pass-through entities. For QBI deduction purposes, pass-through entities are defined as sole proprietorships, single-member (one owner) LLCs that are treated as sole proprietorships for tax purposes, partnerships, LLCs that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes, and S corporations. While the QBI deduction is available to individuals, estates, and trusts, the proposed regulations refer to all three as “individuals.”

Qualified business income means the net of qualified items of income, gain, deduction, and loss from an eligible business that’s operated via a pass-through entity. The deduction does not reduce your adjusted gross income (AGI). In effect, it’s treated the same as an allowable itemized deduction. The QBI deduction also does not reduce net earnings from self-employment for purposes of the self-employment tax nor does it reduce your net investment income for purposes of the 3.8% net investment income tax. The bottom line is that the QBI deduction regulations are lengthy and complex. This column only scratches the surface of the proposed rules. You may need to employ a tax professional to help you sort through the details and get the best QBI deduction results in your specific circumstances. - MarketWatch

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Let it go!

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

Happy Friday and welcome to the start of another amazing year together! 2018 will be so hard to top, but this year, I personally am focusing on "taking the time to take it in." This means extending the energy to be present, it means hyperfocusing on what I am saying yes to and being willing to say no to most everything else.

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Amazon’s Foray into Healthcare

KNOW | TWELVE, JANUARY 2019 

Translating the New Tax Bill for Small Businesses

Business owners have many questions since the passage of the massive new tax bill. This article outlines what’s in the new provision, who it affects, and why you likely don’t need to change a thing to benefit. The most important outcome of the new tax law (officially the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA) was to give a large, permanent tax cut to corporations. But most businesses in the US are small businesses, not large corporations. So rightfully, Congress introduced a provision into the TCJA to create a little more parity, called the deduction for Qualified Business Income (QBI) (also known as Section 199A). This provision, unlike the corporate tax cuts, is strictly for businesses known as “pass-through entities.” In terms of taxation, there is only one corporate entity that actually pays taxes, the C-Corporation.

A C-Corporation is usually very large and is primarily structured in order to take on shareholders, as a public company or one that is traded on the stock market. Every other type of business, from a tax standpoint, is known as a pass-through entity. The new deduction for Qualified Business Income (QBI), allows you to deduct 20% of your “qualified business income” from your total business income. For example, if I made $100,000 in profit from selling paintings as an artist, I get to deduct 20% of that — ie, $20,000. This benefit is phased out for individuals making between $157,500 ($315,000 if married) and $207,500 ($415,000 if married) in a number of service-based fields. There are a ton of details and restrictions in this particular new provision, especially if your income falls within the phase-out window, so know that you need to do research or talk to your accountant before you apply it. - Hyperallergic.com  

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Utilize Hopper and PackPoint to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JANUARY 2019

Hopper – Booking travel just got easier. Hopper helps you book flights and hotels at exactly the right time by predicting prices with 95% accuracy up to one year in advance. No ads, no spam, no stress — just accurate predictions and the easiest way to book and save. Plan less, travel more.

Hopper has helped 30 million travelers book trips around the world, saving them more than $1.8 billion to date. The Hopper app will monitor prices for you and you can book in just a few taps. Book flights and hotels, watch trips and be notified of changes in price to help you save up to 40% on travel. Free to download directly from the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play. 

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Holiday Wishes from Delegate!

HELLO | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2018

 

Happy Friday and welcome to the last month of the year! I hope this year has been as wonderful for you as it has been for me. Forty was definitely fabulous, and filled with so many positive things. As I reflect on the last year, I can think of so many things to be thankful for both personally and professionally, below are our top 10 for 2018:

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Utilize the Calendly Zoom Integration and GoToMyPC to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2018

Calendly Zoom integration - With Calendly’s new Zoom integration Zoom conference details can be automatically added to any Calendly meeting. This new integration lets you automatically generate unique Zoom conference details for every meeting you schedule or use a standing static Zoom meeting link if you prefer.

This integration eliminates the need to set up and remember conferencing details and updates meeting details in real time when rescheduling or canceling. Invitees will receive instant access to the details in calendar invitations and meeting reminders after scheduling with you. For your access, the unique link will appear within the event details on your Calendly dashboard and under My Meetings in Zoom. You can connect your Zoom account with Calendly in one easy step and help simplify scheduling.

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A New Addition to Our Family

HELLO | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2018

Happy Friday and welcome to the start of another beautiful month! I hope this gorgeous Fall season is treating you well. This time 12 years ago, I was about to have my son Nathan. As a mom, I remember the planning, the labor, the delivery and the sudden "parent" status - all of it a whirlwind experience. As an entrepreneur, bringing a new service or product line to market carries a similar weight for me. The excitement, joy, challenge and uncertainty all mirror my path into motherhood all those years ago.

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Facebook Messenger Gets A Back to Basics Facelift

KNOW | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2018 

Facebook Messenger Gets A Back to Basics Facelift

Facebook is rolling out a redesigned Messenger focused on simplicity. Facebook’s Messenger was initially presented as a simple way for Facebook users to send messages while using Facebook on a desktop. After the expansion to a mobile app many additional features including games, bots and payment, were added which made the once simple Messenger feel bloated to users. The newly redesigned app is hoping to return the focus to chats and present a more streamlined experience by combining many of those extra features. The extras will still be accessible but will be hidden away where you can safely ignore them.

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