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Archive for April, 2009

PostHeaderIcon Staying Motivated During Start-up

I just read an interesting article over at We’ve all heard reasons why businesses fail: poor economy, too much competition, the secretary was faxing out bids on the shredder. You know, all those “read reasons” that businesses fail.

But Jessica Livingston at Y Combinator has a different take on the reason start-ups fail,”They all fail for the same reason. People just stop working on their business.” While there may be different reasons for the lack of motivation that makes this happen, the eventual failure starts when the working stops.

Very interesting reading. Check it out:

How Hard Could It Be?: Start-up Static

PostHeaderIcon Tips for Facebook

Are you new to online networking and thinking of getting started on Facebook? Already using Facebook but want to make sure you are “doing it right”? Sally Kuhlman over at Virtual Simplicity has posted some great tips on getting started on Facebook.

Sally covers some of the important basics: Should you really throw that sheep? When is it ok to ignore someone? Should my profile picture be of my dog or of my inbox? (Answer to that last is: neither!)

So go check it out, definitely good “morning coffee reading”:

Facebook Facebook Facebook

PostHeaderIcon Get rid of those overflowing shoe boxes!

Kelly over at recently answered a pretty common question:

“I want to ask if scans of receipts are acceptable as proof for the IRS. I’ve got receipts that are only one year old and they are already unable to be read due to fading. If we are somehow able to scan the receipt and save a digital copy of the information, do we still need the physical receipt?”

Does this sound like you? Do you have old shoe boxes overflowing with receipts “just in case” the IRS decides you need a good ole fashioned audit?

Head on over to and take a look at the answer. You’ll be happy you did.

Ask the taxgirl: Scanned Receipts

PostHeaderIcon Tax info from the CNN Help Desk

Still haven’t filed your taxes? Still looking for advice or have questions that you can’t answer yourself? CNN personal finance editor Gerri Willis has compiled an article with answers to questions that viewers asked on “The Help Desk.”

Question 1: I am interested in the tax credit for first-time homebuyers. Does the home have to be purchased before I apply for tax credit? Can I apply for the tax credit now and get a home by the deadline of December 2009?”

The answer to this question and many more can be seen at:

Q&A;: Tax day, and you still haven’t filed?

PostHeaderIcon Buying your first house?

If your buying your first house, you may have some options on claiming your tax credit:

“taxpayers who qualify for the first-time homebuyer credit and purchase a home this year before Dec. 1 have a special option available for claiming the tax credit either on their 2008 tax returns due April 15 or on their 2009 tax returns next year.”

For more information, check out the full article on the website.

Expanded Tax Break for 2009 First-Time Homebuyers

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At OffAssist we love the guys at (we even featured them in a spotlight a few years ago, here). We’ve missed their free weekly business cartoon offering. So has the OA newsletter!

We are happy to tell everyone that the free weekly cartoon feature is BACK! Check it out if you have a newsletter, have a client with a newsletter, or just need a giggle.