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Why Everyone Needs a Home Business
By Sandy Botkin

This may be a decade of tremendous corporate profits and economic growth, but for the vast majority of North Americans, the `90s were a dismal, uphill climb. And many economists believe that this next, new millennium won’t be getting better any time soon.
Why?

Changing business and government attitudes are the reason. There has seemingly been more anti-business legislation in the last decade than in any other this century. Stronger employment and labor laws, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, safety laws, much tougher laws for discharging workers, more liabilities for lawsuits, Disabilities Act (which is creating immense numbers of lawsuits), along with higher minimum wages and fringe benefits.

Just reading this list is exhausting.

While these acts have beneficial and protective aspects, they have also encouraged businesses to move their facilities. That “sucking sound” popularized by Ross Perot is not just down to Mexico, but elsewhere as well. The result has been a dramatic loss of heavy industry in Canada and the US.

The young and the middle-aged alike are realizing that their dream of “having a job with a company forever” is an illusion. Companies have been downsizing, rightsizing and capsizing for some time now, and they continue to do so–more now than ever before. Even the federal and provincialgovernments are getting into the act with layoffs and attrition of jobs.

In addition to all this uncertainty and mutual lack of loyalty between companies and employees, even the workers who do keep their jobs have no guarantee of promotions due to the shrinking number of management positions. These circumstances aggravate the already tryingly long commutes in rush hour traffic and increasingly typical frustrated boss–spelled backwards, that double S-O-B.

Finally, if all this isn’t bad enough, under recent tax laws employees are shafted more than ever with limits and thresholds for their employee deductions and higher social security tax limits. This results in more couples working than ever before and, on many occasions, working at more than one job. It is now almost impossible to have only one job in the family and make ends meet! Today, many households need three incomes just to survive.

Sadly, even having more than one job does not produce any major positive effect on most people’s bank accounts. Why? Because of tax laws. This was well illustrated in 1994 by Jane Bryant Quinn in her Woman’s Day article on “How to Live on One Salary.”

Where The Money Goes

Ms. Quinn’s example assumed that a man was earning $40,000 per year. His wife (we will call her Lori) wasn’t working. They had more month than money. (Sound familiar?) Lori subsequently got an administrative job for $15,000 per year. You would think this would improve the family’s financial situation, but when Ms. Quinn examined the economics of getting this extra income, the results were startling!

Lori had to pay federal and provincial taxes on her new income. Since they filed jointly, the family’s combined income was what established their tax bracket. She paid $4,500 in new taxes, most of which was non-deductible, for federal and provincial income tax.

Lori had old age security withheld from her paycheck at the rate of 7.65 percent, which amounted to an additional nondeductible amount of $1,148 being extracted from her salary. She also had to commute to work 10 miles a day round trip, which is probably conservative for most people. This resulted (in 1995) in nondeductible commuting costs of $696.

Lori also had some child care expenses, which give a partial tax credit. Ms. Quinn figured that the amount spent over and beyond the tax credit was $4,250 per year.

Lori also ate out each day with colleagues, spending an average of $5 per day, five days a week. This results in a nondeductible expense of $1,250 a year. (I would love to know where she ate for only $5.)

Now that Lori has a job, she has to have professional clothing–this means a hefty dry cleaning bill. Ms. Quinn assumed that Lori’s increased expenses here amounted to an extra $1,000 per year, nondeductible, of course.

Finally, with both spouses working, Lori wasn’t in the mood to cook dinner every night. They bought more convenience foods and ate out more frequently. This resulted in increased food costs of a nondeductible $1,000 per year at minimum.

Add it all up and Lori’s take-home pay was a paltry $1,156 a year, for which she had to put up with a daily commute, an unpleasant boss and corporate hassles. (See the following summary of all these numbers, so you can do the math for yourself.)

Gross Income $15,000
LESS
State and Federal Taxes -4,500
Social Security Taxes -1,148
Car Expenses – 696
(at 29cpm-50 miles a week)
Child Care -4,250
Lunches at the Job -1,250
Business Clothing & Drycleaning -1,000
Higher food expenses (eating -1,000
out, snack foods, etc.)
Net take-home pay: $1,156

No wonder more and more people are starting home-based businesses. In fact, there are currently an estimated 30 million people working from their homes. This number is expected to more than triple, to 97 million, by the year 2000, and to keep on growing. This has become and will continue to be one of the greatest mass movements in the U.S.

Why a Home-Based Business Makes So Much “Cents”

There are many reasons why so many people are favoring home-based over traditional business.

There is no commute (unless you have a really big home), no boss, little if any chance of lawsuits, much lower overhead, no employees (or few), and far fewer government restrictions. In fact, many of the laws previously cited don’t apply to small firms with few or no employees. It is for these reasons, according to Entrepreneur magazine, that 95 percent of home-based businesses succeed in their first year and achieve an average income of $50,250 per year with many earning much more.

If everyone in the U.S. who is employed full-time got a part-time business and used the strategies I suggest, each employee could easily reduce his or her taxes from $2,000 to $10,000 each year.

There are really two sets of tax laws in this country. One is for employees, and it allows deductions for individual retirement accounts, 401(k)s (if you have one set up by your company), interest and property taxes on your home (which some in Congress want to do away with), and charity. Then there are the laws for home-based business people who conduct their business either full- or part-time. They can deduct, with proper documentation, their house, their spouse and even children (by hiring them), their business vacations, their cars, and their food with colleagues. They can also set up a pension plan that makes any government plan seem paltry by comparison.

For Lori–and for you–the meaning of all this is simple: Lori earned $15,000 in salary as an employee, but took home only $1,156. She could have netted the entire $15,000 had she earned it in a home-based business! This is an increase of almost 13 times her take-home pay as an employee.

Notice that Lori is not spending dramatically more money than she is currently spending. She would eat out anyway, go on trips and drive her car the same as before. By having a home-based business, however, many of her expenses become deductible. This concept is known as “redirecting expenses.” With a home-based business, she can now deduct some of the expenses that she is incurring anyway.

Renegade Strategy: If you don’t have a home-based business, start one!

In addition to all the benefits mentioned above, Congress will subsidize you while you are growing your home-based business. If your home-based business produces a tax loss in the first year or so, you can use that tax loss against any other income you have. It can be used against wages earned as an employee, dividends, pensions, or interest income–or you can use the loss against your spouse’s earnings if you file a joint return.

If the tax loss exceeds all your income for this year, no problem. You can carry back the loss two years and get a refund from the IRS for up to the last two years of income taxes paid, or you can carry over the loss twenty years. You read it right: You can offset up to 20 years of income!

Here’s an example:

Mike earns $50,000 in a job with the government. If he starts a home-based business that generates a tax loss of $10,000, he only pays tax on $40,000.

Renegade Tip: You can never lose a properly documented business deduction.

In fact, if everyone in the U.S. who is employed full-time got a part-time business and used the strategies I suggest, each employee could easily reduce his or her taxes from $2,000 to $10,000 each year. If all employees in the U.S. did this, the tax bite of the IRS would be reduced by a whopping estimated 300 billion dollars annually. Of course, Congress would have to change the laws for this to occur.

Renegade Strategy: Get LUCK–Labor Under Correct Knowledge.

Can You Succeed In a Home Based Business?

Research has constantly shown that it is rarely the business that determines success or failure. It is usually the business owner. Why does one person succeed and another fail at the same business?

Two words–Knowledge and Action.

Some people want the benefits of having their own business, but they don’t take action. The result is business failure.

Then there are the people who are always working. They take action all day but still fail. The reason is that they are not taking the correct actions, the knowledgeable actions, that will bring the desired results. Again, business failure.

It’s like drilling for oil. If you set up a drilling rig in your back yard, it is going to fail at producing oil unless your back yard is in Texas or Alaska. The same rig in a good oil field will produce a gusher, because it was placed where oil was known to exist.

The point is that most people who get excited about starting their own home-based business do so without all the necessary knowledge. Consequently, many people quit before they acquire, through experience, the knowledge they need, without realizing that they are getting substantial tax breaks. This leads to another strategy. . . .

Renegade Strategy: Learn to duplicate the success of others.

Duplicating the strategy of others is much quicker and more effective than going to the school of hard knocks. It is also known as modeling, which is well-illustrated by the way The McDonald Corporation blazed a trail to success that many have since followed.

In the early 1950s, McDonald’s and other start-up companies discovered that they could grow many times faster than the conventional firms through franchising. Instead of the company investing millions of dollars to build new stores, they let independent franchisees do it for them.

It seemed like a great idea, but at first no one figured out how to make it succeed on a consistent basis; therefore, the media attacked relentlessly and continually. News articles featured destitute families who had lost their life savings through franchising schemes. Virtually every state attorney general in the U.S. condemned the new marketing method. Some congressmen even tried to outlaw franchising entirely.

Over the years, however, Ray Kroc and his management team at McDonald’s developed a turnkey franchise business system that produced consistent results for virtually anyone who bought a McDonald’s franchise. The newfound success–from the system–turned public perception of franchising around. Today, virtually every franchise business models–to some extent–the franchise business system created by McDonald’s, making franchising one of the most respected ways of doing business in the world.

Modeling is simply learning what other successful people have done to achieve success in a specific area, and then doing the same thing. Someone said that “education is the shortcut to experience.” With modeling, you literally leverage your own learning with the collective years of learning through experience of many others. Modeling the success of others saves both time and money and reduces frustration and stress.

The light at the end of the tunnel, for you and millions of others today, is the financial opportunity that starting your own business offers. If you have one going already, then make sure you are enjoying the many financial advantages to which your smart choice entitles you. The tax advantages alone can make a home-based business the single best financial move you could ever make.

Summary

Job prospects are declining and will continue to do so. Promotional opportunities to management within major companies are also shrinking.
Traditional businesses have higher risks than those associated with home-based businesses.
You will never get rich unless you reduce your taxes to the legal minimum.
Everyone should have a home-based business immediately!
You can never lose a properly documented business deduction. If necessary, you can always carry business losses three years or carry forward all business losses twenty years.

One of my new team mates sent me this e-mail. I thought it was so sweet that I wanted to share it.  I think it also show’s why people why want to work from home too. LBB rocks!

“Hi TaVona! Thanks for e-mail. I really would like to talk to someone that is currently doing this, and how they like it.

First off, congrats on the baby! My son just turned 1 on Aug. 5th – aren’t they the best? My fiance and I both don’t want to work away from home; I hate missing out on all those special childhood memories! I happened upon this site, and immediately thought of about 10 people that I know would utilize this around holidays and birthdays, and it is so affordable! I think the 20$ a month fee is very do-able in this economy…

I really wanted to get involved in something that would allow me to (eventually) stay at home with my kids. I absolutely HATE my job I have now, but it pays the bills, so if I can get involved in something that does that for me, why not jump right in?

How long have you been involved with LBB? What kind of advertising do you personally use that you find works well? I was thinking about just posting fliers at Cub, Caribou, my laundromat, etc. Have you tried these ways to do outside advertising, and if so, have they worked for you? Any additional info would be helpful in starting out 🙂 I guess at this point, I am so overwhelmed with all the information, that I don’t know where to start, and what would be the most productive. Hope to talk to you soon!”

Working from home doesn’t solve all your work life balancing issues, and learning how to generate income without sacrificing family time is important. Now more than ever, you have to make sure that your work doesn’t take control of your life and prevent you from doing what you probably came home to do in the first place: spend more time with family.

Here are some proven ways that moms have been able to keep their commitment to putting family first:

Set Proper Working Hours

Work time should rarely spill over into family time. If that’s happening more often than not, you’ve got a problem and you need to make some adjustments. Start by looking at your work hours. They need to revolve around your family’s schedule as much as possible, and not the other way around. For example, if you have an infant, your working hours should be during naps and sleep time. If your spouse works a night shift and is home during the day, then your working hours should be primarily at night when he’s working, or during the day when he’s sleeping for his night shift.

Adjusting your work hours may take sacrifice on your part, especially if you’re not a night person or a morning person, but your body and mindset will adjust to it. Like many moms, you’ll learn to generate income during times that don’t conflict with your ability to be available and of service to your family on a daily basis.

Choose the Right Job or Switch

A major reason why you may not be able to generate income without sacrificing family time is due to the work at home job you’ve chosen. For example, launching as a home based answering service is not a good idea for a mom with toddlers or an infant. That mom must be available during business hours to answer calls, which means she will most often have to sacrifice family time. Jobs that require you to be at your desk during certain work hours are in general not the right fit for work at home moms.

If you’re looking for a business idea, choose one that allows you the freedom and flexibility to tend to needs of your family. It’s never too late to change what you’re already doing. Learn how to generate income by working differently, doing the same work at home job you’re used to. If that doesn’t work, then consider making a switch.

Work Together as a Family

Family time is not restricted to games and other recreational activities. There’s value in spending time together, learning new skills and training your children to work. Make a list of all the business tasks you accomplish daily and assign some of them to your children. You’ll need to train them in it, but in time, they’ll be your most loyal helpers. Families who launch a family business spend an incredible amount of time together and are strengthened in the process. Perhaps it’s time to consider an entire family venture, with you running it, if and until your spouse decides to participate full time.

Make the decision to generate income without sacrificing family time, no matter what. Use your creativity and entrepreneurial drive to make it happen, using some or all of these suggestions.

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