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.
Do you ever find yourself thinking you should show your clients some appreciation in the new year, but can never come up with any good ideas or plan of execution so you just give up? Or you start off strong at the beginning of the year only fizzle out by second quarter? Well, you aren’t alone. You are very much like most of our clients.
Don’t worry, we also have a plan for this too!
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
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.
The end of the year is the season of giving. What better way to keep your clients at the top of their minds than with a unique, thoughtful gift that will help you stand out amongst the crowd? Below are 6 gift ideas from various price points that will be sure to “wow” recipients of all types.
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:
Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? If your answer is yes, then YOU can be efficient. Being efficient means being intentionally as productive as you can without wasting energy or effort.
Below are 5 steps you can take towards being efficient.
(Adapted from When You Can’t “Do” - “Be” A Volunteer)
What can you do with a team? Practically anything. With the right people you can overcome difficulties, change perspectives to discover new paths and maybe move the finish line a little closer. This is a story of what happens when you find your team, assemble and cross the finish line together. Okay, so this isn’t a typical business blog….
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