DeadManEating.com Minding other peoples' business, of course. 2017-12-11T01:04:00Z http://www.deadmaneating.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Aaron Web <![CDATA[Siri Is Creepy, Man]]> http://iphone4walls.net/?p=7 2017-12-11T00:55:28Z 2016-01-07T10:46:10Z

Straight up freakay, baby.

I know that a lot of people are talking about Siri as if is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to technology. I can see why many people would think this is the case. I have been one of the early adopters of voice recognition, and has been using the Dragon NaturallySpeaking program for a couple of years now. I generally find that it provided me with a lot of productivity because I do a lot of blogging and other things that frankly benefit from me not having to type …

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Straight up freakay, baby.

I know that a lot of people are talking about Siri as if is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to technology. I can see why many people would think this is the case. I have been one of the early adopters of voice recognition, and has been using the Dragon NaturallySpeaking program for a couple of years now. I generally find that it provided me with a lot of productivity because I do a lot of blogging and other things that frankly benefit from me not having to type …

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[Newsletter Writers: Don’t Reinvent The Wheel]]> http://www.deadmaneating.com/?p=8 2017-12-11T00:56:18Z 2015-12-30T11:48:51Z How do you want to create your publication?

You could start your design from scratch, determining all the margin and column settings, type styles, ruling lines, text and image placement, and so on. Or you could use a prepared desktop-publishing template that poses the design question in a simpler, fill-in-the-blanks format.

A template is a ready-to-use publication file, with spaces for you to insert text and graphics into a prelab layout. Most page-layout programs today come with a variety of templates, and additional template files are available in several program formats, both commercially and as shareware.…

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How do you want to create your publication?

You could start your design from scratch, determining all the margin and column settings, type styles, ruling lines, text and image placement, and so on. Or you could use a prepared desktop-publishing template that poses the design question in a simpler, fill-in-the-blanks format.

A template is a ready-to-use publication file, with spaces for you to insert text and graphics into a prelab layout. Most page-layout programs today come with a variety of templates, and additional template files are available in several program formats, both commercially and as shareware.…

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[Point Of Sale Programs]]> http://iphone4walls.net/?p=32 2015-11-17T01:56:10Z 2015-12-15T14:25:27Z A point of sale software is a computer program which allows you to track inventory, which is a major concern of every business owner. Tracking your sales and making sure that your businesses inventory are kept at levels will not only help you to know when you need to reorder but it also helps you to carefully analyze each item at a time. Point of sale software records each item that is sold from your store, therefore ensuring that inventory systems are up to date. Apart from that, you get additional details about your sales than you …

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A point of sale software is a computer program which allows you to track inventory, which is a major concern of every business owner. Tracking your sales and making sure that your businesses inventory are kept at levels will not only help you to know when you need to reorder but it also helps you to carefully analyze each item at a time. Point of sale software records each item that is sold from your store, therefore ensuring that inventory systems are up to date. Apart from that, you get additional details about your sales than you …

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[Taxes, And Your Home Based Business]]> http://www.deadmaneating.com/?p=6 2017-12-11T00:58:10Z 2015-12-12T08:36:23Z hodWhen you take the home-office deduction, are you waving a red flag in the eyes of Internal Revenue Service examiners? And if you are, what does that mean?

For years, tax sages have warned that claiming a home office increases your chances of being audited, and the IRS has tacitly gone along with those stories (maybe even exaggerating them, some suggest, to scare home-office workers out of taking the deduction).

In truth, there’s good reason to believe that the home-office deduction flag is fading, as auditors target more fertile ground looking for hidden tax dollars. Self-employment income …

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hodWhen you take the home-office deduction, are you waving a red flag in the eyes of Internal Revenue Service examiners? And if you are, what does that mean?

For years, tax sages have warned that claiming a home office increases your chances of being audited, and the IRS has tacitly gone along with those stories (maybe even exaggerating them, some suggest, to scare home-office workers out of taking the deduction).

In truth, there’s good reason to believe that the home-office deduction flag is fading, as auditors target more fertile ground looking for hidden tax dollars. Self-employment income in excess of $100,000 can still get you a place on the IRS hit list, for example.

But, as the number of legitimate home-based businesses grows, and according to The Official MBA Guide, the IRS’s chances of finding fraud wherever it looks have slimmed. Recent rules and new forms have eliminated a lot of the gray areas that surrounded home-office claims at the same time that many more taxpayers have joined the ranks of home-office workers. If auditing home offices ever was like fishing in a barrel, the barrel has been washed away by the work-at-home tsunami. The IRS could waste a lot of energy and resources auditing the more than 20 million home-based businesses and find a lot of careful record keeping, a lot of legitimately deductible home offices, and not a lot of money owed the U.S. Treasury.

STOP THE PARANOIA

Many people (including my brother) have been so put off by the red-flag fear and the putative complexity of the home-office deduction that they have declined to take it, even though it can be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars in saved taxes. By some estimates, only about four million Americans take the tax break, even though five or six times that number may work at home.

Rumors (largely unconfirmed) about the pettiness of IRS auditors have increased those fears. My personal favorite is the one about the auditor who found personal mail in the waste basket of a home office and disallowed the office because it wasn’t used “exclusively” for business.

How realistic is this apocryphal story? Not very. Frederick Daily, a San Francisco home-based tax attorney and author of Stand Up to the IRS (Nolo Press), claims that in 20 years of representing small businesses, he has never had an auditor ask to examine one of his clients’ home offices. The two homeworkers I know who did undergo sustained home audits say the IRS examiner never questioned the legitimacy of the home offices once he saw that the rooms looked like bona fide offices. In other cases where home offices were questioned at audits that took place away from the home, a few pictures or a photocopied floor plan were enough to save the office deduction from the clutches of the IRS.

My favorite home-office audit story comes from Scot Ogle, a Boulder, Colorado, television producer. Despite the fact that Ogle drew an “auditor from hell” who tied up his taxes for four months and even questioned the exclusivity of his stapler, the questions about the home office were kept to a minimum. Ogle had taken pictures of his home office, which his accountant passed on to the IRS, but it was our magazine cover story that sold the auditor.

“The guy was very impressed by that,” says Ogle. “He said, ‘Oh, I guess we don’t have to question it.'”

THE EXCLUSIVITY TEST

The bugaboo for many home-based workers is the exclusivity test. If you take the deductions associated with having an office in your home, you are supposed to use the office exclusively for your business. It can’t be a family game room or the dining room when it isn’t being used as your business office.

Does this mean that you are not allowed to pay personal bills while sitting at your desk? Or should you not keep Tetris on your computer? A stickler would say yes, but a more practical person would note that even corporate employees sometimes bring their bills into work or play a quick computer game on their coffee break. “There is a certain blurring,” says Ogle. “I bought my stapler for my office. I keep it there and use it in my business. But who is to say my wife didn’t walk in one day and staple some papers together?”

Daily points out that even if you are the subject of a rare home audit, you’ll have ample time to “cleanse” your office of offending paraphernalia before the auditor arrives. “What kind of idiot couldn’t rearrange things to take the personal items out?” he asks.

This does not mean that you should run your home office out of an actively used family room or guest room, or that you should take a write-off for the kitchen table. The fact that it jeopardizes the legality of the home-office deduction is secondary; what’s more important is that it’s very hard to run a profitable business in a room that isn’t set up and available to you as a place of business.

RECAPTURE YOUR TAX DOLLARS

There’s a second reason why legitimate home-office workers sometimes decline to take the home-office deduction: They’ve been told that if they sell the house, they’ll have a greater tax burden.

Here’s the truth: If you sell a residence and buy another, you can roll over the gain you’ve made on the house you are selling into the house you are buying (that is, if you even have a gain–a lot of people are facing losses instead when they sell their homes). You won’t have to pay a capital-gains tax until you sell your last house or start down-sizing and buy a house worth less than the house you are selling. Furthermore, if you wait until you are over 55 to do that down-sizing, you may be able to exclude the first $125,000 of gain.

But if you have depreciated a portion of your house, condominium, or co-op as an office, that portion is considered business and not residential. So you can’t roll over the capital gain; you have to pay tax on the prorated portion of it that represents the home-office deduction you’ve taken.

However, there is a way around this, too. Move your office out of your home in the year that you sell your home and don’t take any deduction for your home office–neither depreciation nor utilities–in that year. At the same time, suggests Daily, rent an office elsewhere. Then you’ll have real documentation to show that you don’t have an active home office while you are selling your house, which is all that you really need to stay on the right side of the IRS recapture rule.

TAKE IT, IT’S YOURS

So stop worrying about the home-office deduction and start enjoying this one real break you get as a self-employed home-based businessperson. Follow these eight timely tips to keep your deductions clean and profitable.

Use fonn 8829, “Expenses for Business Use of Your Home.” This is an IRS income-tax form that first appeared in the 1991 tax package. It will walk you through every calculation related to the business use of your home and keep you from making mistakes. It may even remind you of related deductions you might otherwise skip. And for sole proprietors (those of you who file IRS Schedule C to report your income), it’s the only way to get the home-office deduction.

Measure your office. Your deductions will be prorated by the percentage of your home’s square footage that is used as office. Although the IRS instructions suggest you can use square feet, number of rooms, or “any other reasonable method” of comparing your office space to the total space available in your home, it’s the square footage that agents seem to feel most comfortable with. When Amherst, Massachusetts, musician Paul Kaplan’s brick-lined home studio was audited, the examiner knew at a glance that the dimensions claimed on the tax form were a little off. Why? It turned out the auditor’s father had been a bricklayer and had taught his son how to estimate space by counting bricks. (It also turned out that the auditor was himself an aspiring folk musician who took a more sympathetic approach to Kaplan’s guitar-strewn office than another examiner might.)

Take all the related deductions. Your home office entities you to depreciation or deducting a portion of your rent. The deduction also entitles you to prorate your utilities (except your phone service). If you own your home, you can prorate and deduct the business portion of your mortgage interest and property taxes. Although those two items are deductible elsewhere on your income taxes anyway, they are worth more on the Schedule C, where Form 8829 totals are reported, and where they can offset the 15.3 percent self-employment tax.

Consider remodeling. If you’ve been tempted to remake the attic into a real office complete with built-in shelves, new staticproof carpeting, and glare-free recessed lights, go for it. New construction to create a home office may be 100 percent deductible in the year you do the construction under Section 179 of the tax code. This section enables you to take up to $10,000 of your depreciable expenses in the year you incur them. (See my column in the November 1992 issue for more on the Section 179 deduction.)

Stake out your space. Having a room that is yours and yours alone is a luxury. However, you are allowed to take a deduction if your home office is only a portion of a room–a desk in the corner of your bedroom, for example. If that’s all the space you can spare for your home office, do all you can to keep it separate. If you don’t like the fabric screen approach, pile file boxes around you or stick a line of tape on the floor to keep other family members away from your office space.

Be too legit to hit. Even though you don’t have to police the wastebasket, the more exclusive your office is, the better. At best, you’ll avoid the problems of one work-at-home mother whose very young child got so used to playing video games on her computer, he kept putting quarters in the disk drive when she wasn’t around. Take pictures of your home office, or keep a schematic of your floor plan (with home-office dimensions) on file in case of an audit.

Think twice about incorporating. For some inexplicable reason, the home-office deduction is available only to sole proprietors and not one-person corporations. Any way you try to do it, including leasing space to the corporation, ends up banging into a regulatory roadblock.

Avoid computer games in the office. Don’t put Tetris or any other game on your business computer. Chances are, the IRS auditor will never even get a peek at your hard-disk drive. But the game will ruin your profitability nevertheless. Take it from someone who knows.

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[Office Design Needn’t Be Rocket Science]]> http://www.deadmaneating.com/?p=12 2017-12-11T00:59:24Z 2015-11-27T16:55:18Z odnrsThere’s no law against bad office design, but after a talk with Philadelphia-based graphic designer Allan Wright, you can’t help but think it’s a crime. After a recent visit to a client’s very corporate, very bland headquarters, he had this to say: “We found people stuck in little booths with no natural light. Everything was horrible.”

His colleague Michele Armstrong agreed: “I felt like crying when I left the place.”

Some may accuse Wright and Armstrong of holding non-artist types to lofty standards; after all, why does an accounting firm, for example, have to be pretty? How …

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odnrsThere’s no law against bad office design, but after a talk with Philadelphia-based graphic designer Allan Wright, you can’t help but think it’s a crime. After a recent visit to a client’s very corporate, very bland headquarters, he had this to say: “We found people stuck in little booths with no natural light. Everything was horrible.”

His colleague Michele Armstrong agreed: “I felt like crying when I left the place.”

Some may accuse Wright and Armstrong of holding non-artist types to lofty standards; after all, why does an accounting firm, for example, have to be pretty? How …

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[Get The Right Device By Reading Snoring Mouthpiece Reviews]]> http://www.deadmaneating.com/?p=70 2017-12-11T01:00:39Z 2015-11-24T12:15:15Z Even if you have been suffering from snoring, this does not mean that you have to deal with it forever because there is still a solution. You might have already been looking for the right product that can put an end to snoring but end up getting disappointed with false promises. One thing you can do so you can find the right product is by reading snoring mouthpiece reviews. The reviews are really helpful when it comes to giving you an idea which product is really effective for you. Aside from the features, you will also have …

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Even if you have been suffering from snoring, this does not mean that you have to deal with it forever because there is still a solution. You might have already been looking for the right product that can put an end to snoring but end up getting disappointed with false promises. One thing you can do so you can find the right product is by reading snoring mouthpiece reviews. The reviews are really helpful when it comes to giving you an idea which product is really effective for you. Aside from the features, you will also have an idea of the benefits you can reap from the product. They are indeed worth purchasing because of the positive reviews they gain from users.

Don't lose sleep over snoring!

Don’t lose sleep over snoring!

You might also be wondering which anti-snoring aid is really effective and snoring mouthpiece reviews can provide you solutions to your problem. The mouthpiece should be really popular and considered as the first choice of most snorers. This is the oldest type of anti-snoring device you can purchase in the market. It has several benefits but you must also take note that comfort is really everything sites like the British Snoring And Apnea Association recommend this. It is not enough that the product is effective because you also need to make sure that it is capable of giving you what you need. With the help of snoring mouthpiece reviews, you will surely find the product that is right for you.

Be A Keen Buyer

Snoring has already affected many people and if it already interferes in having a good night’s sleep, it is about time you consider a snoring mouthpiece. Based on snoring mouthpiece reviews, it is one of the effective devices you can use so you can get rid of snoring. If you are going to read snoring mouthpiece reviews, you will be able to discover a lot of things including the benefits of using the snoring mouthpiece. One of the benefits it highlights is comfort, as you no longer have to worry about snoring. You will also look forward to beautiful mornings as you are able to sleep soundly.

It is also worth reading snoring mouthpiece reviews because they provide you each and every feature of mouthpieces. The materials that the product is made of are also presented. This way, you will have an idea whether or not the product is really worth trying. You will also be informed of the disadvantages of your prospective snoring mouthpiece. There are also warnings and other options to consider. You will not be wasting your time once you read reviews as they contain all the useful information. You should take time to read reviews if you are planning to buy a snoring mouthpiece as they can serve as your guide to buying the product.

The Difference That The Product Makes According To Good Morning Snore Solution Reviews

Snoring is indeed a serious problem and it needs a sure-solution so you can finally say hello to a good night’s sleep. These days, there are plenty of options for you to choose from and this makes it hard for you to decide which brand is really worth every penny. By simply reading the reviews, you will be able to gauge the effectiveness of this product and help you make a wise decision. Like any other anti snoring devices, this one does not use mandibular advancement technique but the difference it makes is that this product provides comfort.

You can also check out various Good Morning Snore Solution reviews because they also highlight the benefits and features of this product. Although you might be thinking that tongue retaining mouthpieces are one and the same, you should also take note that this product does not follow a “one size fits all” principle. It can keep your tongue in place with only less suction needed. It is effective but does not overdo the process. Based on Good Morning Snore Solution reviews like this from a snoring mouthpiece expert, the product does not let comfort take a backseat. This is why it has higher success rates than other anti snoring devices in the market.

Make Your Snoring Problem A Thing Of The Past

You might already be familiar with the techniques used by most stop-snoring devices such as the mandibular advancement technique and you realized that it only caused facial pain. You do not have to bear such discomfort because Good Morning Snore Solution uses an entirely different technique. This oral appliance employs tongue displacement technology so you can solve your problems with snoring without compromising comfort. You will also experience minor side effects with Good Morning Snore Solution. This is indeed great news considering the fact that some oral appliances sacrifice comfort in place of effectiveness. You might feel awkward upon wearing the device the first time, but after a few tries, you will surely get used to it. Some great help is here.

Good Morning Snore Solution provides you a good night’s sleep. It has been clinically proven to put a stop on your problems with snoring. If you have been continuously having constant problems with snoring and you do not want to use some bulk mouthpieces, this is a good option for you. Not only is it easy to clean but very good in dealing with the problem as well. However, you need to take a few things into consideration. The device cannot be used by those with breathing problems but suitable for those wearing dentures.

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[Battery Time]]> http://iphone4walls.net/?p=15 2017-12-11T01:01:36Z 2015-11-19T04:29:33Z

Pretty and it lasts!

I do have to say that since I bought the new iPhone I have been very impressed with the battery life in general. For a long period of time I had been using an android handset because I thought that it was probably one of the better ones on the market. I have to admit I was a little bit afraid of joining the cult of Apple, which makes a lot of sense because there are a lot of weird old people in it. But, after I got over the fact that …

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Pretty and it lasts!

I do have to say that since I bought the new iPhone I have been very impressed with the battery life in general. For a long period of time I had been using an android handset because I thought that it was probably one of the better ones on the market. I have to admit I was a little bit afraid of joining the cult of Apple, which makes a lot of sense because there are a lot of weird old people in it. But, after I got over the fact that …

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[What You Should Know About Working With Lawyers]]> http://www.deadmaneating.com/?p=15 2017-12-11T01:02:08Z 2015-11-12T19:00:06Z wyskAmericans don’t like lawyers. Unfortunately, we need them. This is especially true if you own your own business, thanks to complicated laws, government red tape, technology issues and the proliferation of lawsuits.

Why don’t Americans like lawyers? (1) Lawyers are expensive. Depending on your locale, you may pay anywhere from $125 to $250 per hour for an attorney’s services. (2) Lawyers make people uncomfortable, sitting in their high-backed office chairs, behind huge mahogany desks and beneath a dozen framed diplomas. (3) A few lawyers are incompetent, unethical, or both, and thus many people are afraid of being …

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wyskAmericans don’t like lawyers. Unfortunately, we need them. This is especially true if you own your own business, thanks to complicated laws, government red tape, technology issues and the proliferation of lawsuits.

Why don’t Americans like lawyers? (1) Lawyers are expensive. Depending on your locale, you may pay anywhere from $125 to $250 per hour for an attorney’s services. (2) Lawyers make people uncomfortable, sitting in their high-backed office chairs, behind huge mahogany desks and beneath a dozen framed diplomas. (3) A few lawyers are incompetent, unethical, or both, and thus many people are afraid of being …

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[Fitness: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear]]> http://www.deadmaneating.com/?p=67 2017-12-11T01:04:00Z 2015-11-11T04:09:38Z America’s fitness craze goes on and on. Evidence can be seen every day on streets and paths across the country. The runners, walkers, bikers, rollerbladers (and more!) are reaping the benefits of fitness. They’re out to improve their appearance, lose weight, and tone their muscles. But in our quest for fitness, we’re sometimes vulnerable to misinformation. It may come from companies trying to sell products or fitness gurus trying to sell us a new training method, piece of equipment, or special powder or vitamin.

healthylifeUse the test below to see how fit you are factually when …

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America’s fitness craze goes on and on. Evidence can be seen every day on streets and paths across the country. The runners, walkers, bikers, rollerbladers (and more!) are reaping the benefits of fitness. They’re out to improve their appearance, lose weight, and tone their muscles. But in our quest for fitness, we’re sometimes vulnerable to misinformation. It may come from companies trying to sell products or fitness gurus trying to sell us a new training method, piece of equipment, or special powder or vitamin.

healthylifeUse the test below to see how fit you are factually when …

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Aaron Web <![CDATA[Zoning Issues: What You Need To Know]]> http://www.deadmaneating.com/?p=10 2017-12-11T00:54:54Z 2015-11-07T23:54:26Z hboAcross the country, millions of home-business owners are forced to lead undercover lives. They are justifiably fearful that if they operate in the open and inform their neighbors or local authorities of their business, they could run up against local zoning laws that prohibit such enterprises.

This was aptly demonstrated during a recent Home-Based Business Expo, at Elgin Community College, near Chicago. About 60 entrepreneurs chose to list only their phone numbers–not addresses–in the Expo’s directory. “Some of them are doing business in ‘no home business’ zoning districts,” said Hilma Nelson, a work-at-home graphic designer who lives …

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hboAcross the country, millions of home-business owners are forced to lead undercover lives. They are justifiably fearful that if they operate in the open and inform their neighbors or local authorities of their business, they could run up against local zoning laws that prohibit such enterprises.

This was aptly demonstrated during a recent Home-Based Business Expo, at Elgin Community College, near Chicago. About 60 entrepreneurs chose to list only their phone numbers–not addresses–in the Expo’s directory. “Some of them are doing business in ‘no home business’ zoning districts,” said Hilma Nelson, a work-at-home graphic designer who lives …

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