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Archive for November, 2008

PostHeaderIcon Rollercoaster Rates for Mileage

The IRS announced the 2009 mileage rates on Monday.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2009, the standard mileage rates will be:

  • 55 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The new rates for business, medical and moving purposes are slightly lower than rates for the second half of 2008 that were raised by a special adjustment mid-year in response to a spike in gasoline prices.

For the short & sweet rundown, read the accountingweb summary.

For the long and governmental, get the details straight from the IRS.

PostHeaderIcon Online Resources

A lot of our readers are VAs. and other work-from-home professionals. Whenever we run across a resource the we find useful, or think our readers might find useful, we like to share.

How about 101 resources? Check out’s list of 101 online resources to make running your online business a little easier. The list includea a litte bit of everything, from Backup services to VoIP options and a ton in-between.

PostHeaderIcon Which Wiki?

Are you thinking about adding a wiki to your business toolbox? There are tons of options out there now. How can you decide which one is right for you?

Here at OffAssist we favor a combination of Google Docs and BackPack.

For good advice and feature comparisons, check out Answer their handy questionnaire and let them help you find the right Wiki for your (or your clients’ for you VAs) needs.

PostHeaderIcon Soocial – Cross Platform Contact Management

Have I mentioned that I lurve Lifehacker. Even now, working for the man as I do most of the time, they still have great tips I can put to use in my own life. A nifty example is Friday’s post about Soocial.

I’ve had my smartphone for 6 months now, and I still barely use a fraction of its capabilities and one of the reasons is because the syncing process drives me nuts. Soocial could help. At the very least, now that I’ve added a gmail account to my already lengthy list, it would keep me from having to recreate my existing contact list.

Oh, yea, and my favorite part, Soocial is free.

My second most favoritest bit? The visuals they use to convey that it is “Hassle-Free” (think Hassel(hoff)-Free)

PostHeaderIcon JP Morgan Chase Moratorium on Foreclosures

It got a bit lost in all the election hubbub, so I thought I’d mention it now. JP Morgan Chase, the bank who bailed out/bought Washington Mutual, has changed how they are handling mortgages, particularly those inherited from the banks that failed. In the meantime, they have issued a 90-day moratorium on foreclosure while they implement the new plan.

The cynic in me can’t help but notice the great PR for JP Morgan Chase:

We may have to foreclose down the line, but it’ll be after the holiday season so we’re not kicking anyone to curb at Christmas/Hanukkah/the Winter Solstice/Kwanzaa, et al. Go us!

More details from JPMC (can these merged banks please pick just ONE name! lol) at, here.

For a real-world explanation that boils it down for homeowners, check out this recent NPR interview.

PostHeaderIcon Goodnight Sweet GUI…

Do you remember the first time you encountered Windows, specifically a 3.x version?

When all of a sudden you could navigate your computer visually instead using a bunch of commands–although those still worked for those who needed time to adjust.

For better or for worse, no matter what you think of Windows, it was a HUGE moment in user-driven computing. And now the early versions are finally gone for good. As of November 1, 2008 Microsoft stopped issuing licenses for all Windows 3.x products. For more details, check out BBC News’ article on the subject.

Am I the only one surprised that this just happened? I haven’t actually SEEN a computer with Win 3.x since, uh…. 1999.

PostHeaderIcon Getting It Together

No, this is not a new article, but with the holiday season creeping up on us faster than we might like (or maybe that’s just me?), a few productivity tips can’t hurt, right?

Check out the LifeHacker article above, from motivational speaker John Womack. After all, getting back in the groove is hard, no matter what time of year…