Track Income and Expenses to Improve Personal Finances

Track Income and Expenses to Improve Personal Finances

With the fourth quarter of the year just starting, I’ve heard a lot of chatter about planning and goals. Today, I wanted to share another way you can use your planner—to track your income and expenses to improve personal finances.

I started tracking my income and expenses at the beginning of this year as a way to keep an eye on the mountainous pile of debt I’d been accumulating. I like using Google Sheets, but you can easily do a quick tally at the bottom of a daily planner spread to record your income and expenses for that day. 

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Help Me Choose the Cover for My First Planner!

Help Me Choose the Cover for My First Planner!

So, I may have gone a little overboard creating covers for my first planner. I’d love it if you would share your opinions in the comments below. Don’t worry, I have some larger pictures coming right up. But first, a little about this book . . .

This is a planner first and foremost, so while I was creating these covers, I kept that in mind. Most planners don’t include the authors name or a sub-title. However, there is going to be a bit of a self-help element to the book as well. I will be sharing my story with debt and my “TREE” method for keeping it under control and managing my finances.

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Do You Need an Accountant?

Do You Need an Accountant?

It depends!

I know that’s probably not the answer you were hoping for, but like most things when it comes to taxes, the answer to the question, “Do I need an accountant?” isn’t a simple one.

Because most people hire an accountant to do their taxes, let’s look at taxes first. Taxes can be grouped into two broad categories: personal and business.

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The Role of an Accountant in Your Business

The Role of an Accountant in Your Business

Some entrepreneurs feel like working with an accountant is expensive, but when you think of everything a professional accountant can do for you, they’re actually priceless! Some of these things include staying current on tax changes so you can save the most tax, filing paperwork on time so you don’t get charged unnecessary penalties, and analyzing your business income and expenses to help improve your bottom line. In this post, you will learn how to find an accountant who will become your trusted business advisor.

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Is Your Writing Hobby Actually a Business?

Is Your Writing Hobby Actually a Business?

Is your writing hobby actually a business? And does it really matter? Absolutely! Especially if you want to save a bit of tax while you’re getting your business up and running.

So you’ve been earning a bit here and there with your self-published books or maybe bloggers have been paying you to write posts for them, but when you look at the money you’ve spent to publish those books or the tools you’ve paid for to run your freelance writing business, you realize you haven’t broken even, so you decide not to include your writing “business” on your taxes.

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Successful Money Saving Strategies

Successful Money Saving Strategies

This post was originally published as Chapter 12 in my book Keep More Money. While the book is about finding the perfect accountant for you and your business, this chapter focuses on personal finance and tips for saving money. Enjoy!

I hope I've shown you how having an accountant is not really expensive when you think of the value you receive for what you pay. If you're still feeling like you can't afford to have an accountant, I hope that some of the money-saving strategies in this chapter will help you find the money to be able to hire yourself an accountant that you can work with to reach your business and financial goals. 

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What You Need to Know About Profit and ROI

What You Need to Know About Profit and ROI

As a former accountant, I get really annoyed when people use terms like “profit” and “ROI” incorrectly, especially in their marketing material. As I research different methods to market my books, I have been bombarded with emails to join courses. This is all well and good, I signed up to learn more about these courses, but lately, one of the course providers made the claim that I would only have to sell 20 books at $10 each to recover the cost of the course.

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September is the New January: How to Earn a Full Year's Income in Only Ten Months

September is the New January: How to Earn a Full Year's Income in Only Ten Months

I LOVE September! For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved September. I love the cooler temperatures, hitting the books, meeting new friends, and taking in the beautiful fall foliage. This year, I’m excited for my kids to go back to school. I love spending time with my kids, but this past summer was very stressful for me.

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