EZ Lead Capture is a system that I have used over the years to promote my business. I use this EZ Lead Capture System in two big ways:
1) As an Online Advertising System including Lead
Capture Pages (also known as Squeeze Pages), and
2) As my solution for staying in touch with my customers
EZ Lead Capture is everything I need to publish my products in a professional Lead Capture System for advertising.
My customers and partners appreciate how I easily keep in touch with their needs for information without being bombarded with well-intended informers bombarding their privacy. Maybe this is part of why I have a large customer/partner base of people that love to work with me over the years.
I also appreciate the fact that EZ Lead Capture System Owners do not feel that they have to “dominate the internet.” I personally do not care for all of the hype of people trying to slam me into their super duper system that will make me millions.
So EZ Lead Capture is for beginners to learn how to market online as well as seasoned professionals who want to focus on their business and let their marketing system be a tool to that end.
In addition to all of the great features that EZ Lead Capture subscribers enjoy, we can experience a very fair priced subscription that can be paid monthly or on an annual basis and not be a financial burden as you aspire as an internet marketer.
EZ Lead Capture has an Entrepreneurs Lead
Generation Handbook that is yours for FREE
Claiming Tax Deductions for START-UP COSTS for a New Business
According to Ronald R. Mueller, MBA, Ph.D., on a webinar that I attended, “Costs incurred during the START-UP PHASE of a business are generally deductible over a 15-year period” (i.e., each $1,500 in start-up costs would be deducted at a rate of $100 per year for 15 years).
What is the “Special Deduction” for 2011?
Any taxpayer who begins operation of a new business in 2011, may deduct ALL start-up costs (up to $5,000 maximum) on their 2011 tax returns–no need to spread the deduction over a 15-year period.
EX: $5,000 in Start-Up cost deductions, for a person in a 28% tax bracket, would generate a $1,400 tax Refund.
If Start-Up Cost deductions exceed the amount of money earned this year in the home-based business itself, most or all of the additional deductions may be applied against any other source of income such as a W-2 job, which could possibly even drop the taxpayer into a lower tax bracket.
This one-time write-off provision in the tax law is valid only during 2011, and therefore will set to expire permanently at midnight, December 31, 2011. Even IF Congress reinstates this provision in 2012, a business begun after Jan. 1, 2012, will not be able to claim those deductions until April 2013 — when 2012 Tax Returns are filed.
Not activating a new home-based business by December 31, 2011, will delay tax-deductions for Start-Up Costs by at least 15 months.
What Are “Start-Up Costs?”
The term includes business-related costs you incur prior to actually beginning to offer goods or services for sale–i.e., the costs of getting ready to open your business. They are generally the same types of expenses that will be called “business operating costs” once you are actually operating a business.
Q: When does the start-up period begin?
A: When you begin thinking about starting a business
Q: What are some examples of tax-deductible “start-up costs?”
A: Seminars, Workshops, Courses and Books on how to run the business
Investigating or Researching one or more business opportunities
Travel for meetings, conventions or interviews or to obtain
education from experts
Telelphone and cellular phone costs related to new business start-up
Office supplies and some business tools (briefcase, iPad, business
DOES NOT INCLUDE vehicles, furniture, computers and other
Caveat: Money spent qualifying to begin a certain type of business, generally are not deductible. This includes getting a degree, obtaining a license to practice (doctors, real estate…), etc.
The IRS “default setting” for start-up expenses is to deem that the taxpayer made a decision to amortize the amounts over a 15-year period. To keep that from happening, and claim your deductions immediately, you should take two actions:
1. Claim your Start-Up Expenses on IRS Form 4562 (“Depreciation and Amortization)
2. Attach an “election statement” to your tax return, stating specifically that you wish to claim all (or the first $5,000) of your Start-Up Expenses in 2011, “the year in which your business became active.”
By the way, since Start-Up Expenses are deductible in the year in which the business begins active operation, if the business you are investigating never gets off the ground, you will not get any deductions.
The above information, provided by Home Business Tax Savings, Inc., is for illustration purposes only, and should not be taken as tax advice. Always consult with a tax advisor with expertise in Home Business Tax Law prior to using this, or any, tax deduction information. For more information about Special Home-Business Tax Deductions, see www.HomeBusinessTaxSavings.com
Ten Tips for Time Management for Your Home-Based Business
Time is money, and no one knows this better than home-based business owners. You work, you get paid. And if you don’t work, well, no one will magically deposit a paycheck into your bank account.
For most home-based business owners, that’s plenty of incentive to manage their time effectively. But how can you make the most of each work day? Start with these 10 tips:
1. Plan tomorrowtoday. Even the most successful and conscientious small business owners need help handling all they need to accomplish. Planning tomorrow’s schedule today is a great way to get ahead. At the end of each workday, jot down a to-do list of things you want to accomplish tomorrow, in order of priority. That will get you prepared for tomorrow, and you’ll avoid wasting time deciding or worrying about what should come next.
2. Get your priorities straight. Prioritize your tasks. All your activities can be broken down into categories in order of importance. If you need to be networking and finding new business leads, set a time frame for that task. Then set aside time for growing and expanding current business. Then check off all the other tasks that need to be completed by the end of the day.
3. Maximize downtime. Keep a notepad or tape recorder with you whenever you’re away from the office. Jot down or record good ideas whenever they occur to you. Your cell phone also is a great tool. Call yourself and remind yourself of what you need to get done. If you’re traveling, bring your laptop and cell phone with you to the airport, and catch up on email and calls while you wait.
4. Emulate the early bird. Set your alarm clock for an hour before the rest of the family is due to get up. Get up and get an early start crossing off to-do items on your checklist.
5. Take breaks. Set aside time for breaks during the day to recharge and reenergize. It’s amazing how much something as simple as a half-hour walk or lunch (not at your desk!) can do to clear your mind and help you refocus on your goals.
6. Strike a balance. The key to time management is balancing your activities so that your life is not all work and no play. You have to make time to do the things necessary to keep your business growing, but don’t do it at the expense of the things you need to do to keep yourself growing.
7. Pay attention to the little things. It’s the little things that can trip you up and waste time. For example, using dial-up for your computer instead of a high-speed connection to the Internet costs you time. Connecting a fax machine to your main phone line every time you need to send or receive a fax costs you time, as does going back and forth to a printer set up in a different room. Each of these items may only take a few seconds here or there, but in aggregate they can add up and cost you big chunks of your day.
8. Delete trash. Throw away everything you don’t need as soon as it lands in your mailbox. This will keep junk email and snail mail from piling up and becoming a major distraction.
9. Stay focused. Yes, the laundry is piling up, and the dishwasher needs to be emptied. But the truth is there will always be things that you could be doing instead of working. But to run a successful home-based business, many times you’ll just have to ignore these distractions and stay focused on the task at hand.
10. Separate family time and work hours. To manage your time working at home efficiently, you have to delegate what hours are for what. Explain to family — especially children — that you aren’t choosing work over spending time with them, but that you have to work during work hours. Once the workday is over, focus entirely on your family, and don’t let business intrude on your time with them.
Note: This post is a compilation from various sources, which are unknown at this time.
Starting your own business can be a lot of fun, satisfaction, and freedom. And starting your own business can be the scariest career move of you life–probably because there is no guaranteed formula for success.
So what are the qualities that bring about success? Ask the experts, and while there is a common thread, each one will suggest a little different quality or process that needs to be taken.
Entrepreneurs must have the right mindset. Mindset means that one must make a mental shift from that of being an employee to becoming that of an Entrepreneur. It is a life-changing decision–one that is full of great potential risk as well as great potential reward.
I believe that a new Entrepreneur needs a well developed Action Plan. To get to the Action Plan, one needs to start with a Business Plan. This initial Business Plan does not have to be extensive; but from a Business Plan, the Entrepreneur can then form a Plan of Action from which to get started. One of the suggestions I learned a long time ago is if you ever dreamed of owning your own business, then get right out there and get started.
Entrepreneurs–let’s hear your ideas. What qualities or actions offer the best chance of success? What has been key in your success, and what quality or action would you recommend to the person making the shift into the great world of Entrepreneurship?
Find an Entrepreneur in action, and Entrepreneurs can learn great lessons, as is the prime example of Mrs. Tracy ‘Power Gal’ Monteforte. Thursday evening Tracy packed her webinar with enthusiasm and precision as she trained on the subject, “The Fortune is In the Follow-Up.”
Tracy trains that business is all about building relationships. She is grateful to her mother for insisting that she send thank-you notes even at the age of seven. Tracy feels that this skill has helped her to this day, both personally and professionally, as she maintains a lot of friendships. Tracy says that it takes six times more effort to gain a new customer than it does to retain one you already have.
Tracy shared the following statistics:
48% of sales people never follow up with their prospect
25% of sales people make a second contact and stop
12% of sales people make three contacts and stop
10% of sales people make more than three contacts.
Only 2% of sales are made during the first contact
3% of sales are made on the second contact
5% of sales are made on the third contact
10% of sales are made on the fourth contact
80% of sales are made on the 5th through the 12th contact
On average, it takes six weeks to have someone join your program.
Tracy strongly recommends the “Pipeline” method, which is a way of disseminating information so a prospect can make an informed, intelligent decision.
Tracy recommends the following tools to grow your Pipeline and Follow Up:
Tracy feels that a Contact Manager is essential to stay organized. Her company, WTPowers offers a robust contact manager, which is available at www.wtpowers.com She says there are other contact managers available such as Outlook Express, for example.
This is another tool that Tracy would not be without. The dialer that Tracy uses is located at www.speedialer.net
Tracy offers weekly trainings using both of these tools. Her trainings are on Monday evenings, and one may get on her invitation list by contacting her at http://www.dialingfordollarslive.com
Some of the subjects that Tracy trained on include:
How many times should I follow up with a prospect?
What do I say on the Follow Up call?
How do I prevent no-shows on my Follow-Up call?
How do I prevent myself from seeming too pushy or annoying when I do my Follow Up?
How do I keep track of prospects so no one falls through the cracks?
Tracy says that one does not have to be a “sales person” to apply the sales process. With a little training, which she is always happy to expertly assist, and the right tools, anyone can achieve whatever goal they want for themselves; and remember, “The Fortune is in the Follow-Up!”
The PeopleString Homepage is like a Dashboard to the Internet, and I use it all the time. It is free to use, and as Darin explains in the above video, it helps me organize all of my social networks in one place. Whether you perform syndication or just like to have your internet experience organized into one place for efficiency and effectiveness, I highly recommend the PeopleString Homepage.
PeopleString is a technological company that is evolving very quickly with many patent-pending innovations. PeopleString is a fully traded public company and the symbol is PLPE.
Following is a recently published Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PeopleString Corporation Shares to Commence Trading On OTC Bulletin Board
Under Symbol: PLPE
RED BANK, N. J., January 21, 2011: — PeopleString Corporation (OTCBB PLPE), operator of the social portal PeopleString.com, today announced that it will commence trading on the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) under the symbol PLPE on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The Company also announces that it has been granted eligibility status by the Depository Trust Company (DTC).
PeopleString Corporation owns and operates the PeopleString.com’s Social Portal that features its patent pending “Insta Portal” technology. Insta Portal allows users to put pieces of their favorite websites on their own PeopleString homepage. The PeopleString Social Portal allows users to organize their favorite sites and pieces of their favorite sites as tabs, bookmarks or Insta Portal previews. PeopleString also provides a Social Group Selling platform that rewards users for creating social affiliations by referring friends and businesses to PeopleString. The social network created generates rewards for the user each time any other user in their social network earns them. For more information, visit http://www.my-awesome-homepage.com
Statements about the future expectations of PeopleString Corporation, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. PeopleString Corporation intends that such forward-looking statements shall be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Since these statements involve certain risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, PeopleString Corporation’s actual results could differ materially from expected results. ###
ETCO Incorporated was founded in 1947 as Electric Terminal Corporation. The original company produced wall plug blades in strip form for attachment by the customer on a patented air operated machine. ETCO still produces wall plug blades, although the production speeds have increased from 175 parts per minute to as fast as 3,000 parts per minute.
As the years went by, the company expanded the product line into thousands of different products, both catalog and custom-designed products tooled for their customers’ individual needs. The proprietary products now represent approximately half of their sales. Later, the company was divided into several divisions representing distinct product areas. The reason for the divisional structure was to allow the divisions to act as responsively to customer needs as would a smaller manufacturer with the resources of a larger manufacturer. This formula has worked well and it is still the management’s philosophy.
At ETCO we believe that old values and customer service should still be the rule. The mergers of today seem to have created companies that operate as if their needs supersede those of the customers.
At ETCO no one will put you into voicemail unless you request it.
At ETCO you will not be put on hold for more than 15 seconds without our checking back with you.
At ETCO we won’t take an order unless we can guarantee on time delivery and exact conformance to your requirements.
At ETCO all managers, (including the Chairman, himself) are accessible and will call you back.
The founders of ETCO had very basic values based on integrity. Today we still live by those values. Please feel free to call us if you have a question; we promise you–a human will answer.
While Darin has taken his prior company public previously, he says that it has become much more difficult to do so at this time. He is very brave to have accomplished this. Even Facebook as huge and powerful as it is, has decided to hold off going public for a couple more years.
Entrepreneurs everywhere should unite in the celebration of this great feat, and know that business is solid on the PeopleString!
This PeopleString story is explained in my previous post; and it is quite lengthy, so following is a summary about the innovation at the social network, PeopleString.
PeopleString is the Social Network that is also a complete Web Portal. This means that users can access everything they do on the web from this Homepage, or Web Portal. The reason that people would want to do this is that 70% of the PeopleString company revenues are paid to the users! And PeopleString is FREE to join–people who use it do not have to spend a dime.
The concept is that as the organization grows and you have a “String” of thousands of people using the site, you will get paid based on the activity of people using the site. This is no different than accessing MSN, Yahoo, Google, FaceBook, AOL, etc., except that the Users get paid for doing what they are already doing on the internet.
Because PeopleString is a technological company, it is continuing to be lead by innovation:
1) The current PeopleString Web Portal (behind the scenes) is currently in redesign. The new customizable home page with a new look and feel will be released in October.
2) The company has a Gaming Division, which is called Reward String. This is where Gaming Developer Companies can Reward their players for using their App or Game, and is also a powerful tool for making sure their App is actively used, and not just installed.
The first game, which is by App Genius, is now available on FaceBook, called My Mad Millions. Players who would like to get paid to play this game need to first sign up with PeopleString. PeopleString has brought 40,000 users to the game to date. Another new game is coming soon.
3) PeopleString also has a Products Division. This Division is where another innovative technology will be soon released. This new technology will allow businesses to advertise at a local level and will be efficient and cost effective.
This is an exciting time at PeopleString. It is still only the beginning, yet the vision and technology are ready to explode. Stay tuned, as PeopleString is on the brink of becoming a publicly traded company any day now.
Entrepreneurs, heads up! Stock options are available for a very limited time. Learn more about the options available and how to secure them in my previous post. Best of all, just join PeopleString for free, and I will connect with you personally! http://Entrepreneur44.com