Dear Inland Empire Business Owner, Let’s Talk Before Tax Season

tax season

In light of the festivities last week surrounding the 4th of July, I asked you a simple question: Are you achieving the independence you want in your Inland Empire business? But there’s another side to this question that you should consider, and it is this: Have you considered paying yourself more out of your business?  In some cases, it actually might make … Read More

Ursula GarrettDear Inland Empire Business Owner, Let’s Talk Before Tax Season

Is a C-Corp or S-Corp Right for Your Inland Empire Business?

C-Corp

With our nation celebrating its 242nd birthday, and all of this talk about “independence” flying around, I have a question for you — one that I think you should think hard about: Are you achieving the independence you wanted in your Inland Empire business? As you know, it is hard — and it is LONELY — to be a Inland … Read More

Ursula GarrettIs a C-Corp or S-Corp Right for Your Inland Empire Business?

IRS Audit Process – What Inland Empire Businesses Should Know

audit process

If you sell goods online, you are probably aware of the “sales tax earthquake” that rumbled forth from the highest court last week in Washington. In South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., the court ruled that states and municipalities could now require online retailers to charge customers sales tax, no matter where that retailer was itself domiciled. It is yet to be seen exactly … Read More

Ursula GarrettIRS Audit Process – What Inland Empire Businesses Should Know

Thinking Bigger About Your Inland Empire Business

thinking bigger

Beware of the “summer sloth”. Instead of falling into that trap, what if you take this season to clear away the garbage and focus on what’s really on your plate, and what you really need to grow? You see, running a Inland Empire business with success requires more than just protecting yourself against the mind traps of distraction.  Because what, … Read More

Ursula GarrettThinking Bigger About Your Inland Empire Business

Solving Problems in Inland Empire Businesses with Effective Solutions

solving problems

There’s this idea out there among many wannabe Inland Empire business owners that they have to come up with the next completely fresh idea in order to have a great business. Shows like Shark Tank (which I love) go towards creating this kind of mindset — although the sharks do a very nice job of bursting the bubbles of anyone … Read More

Ursula GarrettSolving Problems in Inland Empire Businesses with Effective Solutions

Sales Positioning For Inland Empire Freelancers And Small Businesses

Sales Positioning

Have you ever heard of Mary Meeker? Perhaps not. But for those who follow securities analysts, she’s a little bit like Michael Jordan. She’s been issuing an “internet trends” report since the ’90s — and she’s usually right. Which, I suppose, is rare for securities forecasters. For instance, in 2004, she predicted that online advertising was poised to explode (compared to … Read More

Ursula GarrettSales Positioning For Inland Empire Freelancers And Small Businesses

Financial Behaviors For Inland Empire Business Owners (Part 2)

Financial Behaviors

For many Inland Empire business owners, the Memorial Day weekend is sometimes one that can feel a little lonely. While many of those around you are floating on a boat with a fishing pole in the water, or firing up the backyard grill, there you are in the office or in the store, moving things forward while others play. Yes, … Read More

Ursula GarrettFinancial Behaviors For Inland Empire Business Owners (Part 2)

How Money Works For Inland Empire Business Owners (Part 1)

how money works

Sometimes it feels like all we face is turmoil. And this feeling is not restricted to those Inland Empire businesses who survive “month-to-month”. Even the best-capitalized among us can get trapped by the ever-increasing cycle of impending doom. This is especially true if we follow all the Facebook rabbit trails, or shiny object “gurus” — it seems like much of the … Read More

Ursula GarrettHow Money Works For Inland Empire Business Owners (Part 1)

Ursula Garrett’s Four Keys To Smarter Interview Questions

smarter interview questions

Firstly, with the advent of technology like Google’s new “Duplex” system, it’s going to reach a point (sooner than we realize) that Inland Empire businesses like yours — and mine — will have less use for employees that are mere “order takers” or who don’t engage in complicated work. Which means that all of us should be thinking a little … Read More

Ursula GarrettUrsula Garrett’s Four Keys To Smarter Interview Questions

Five Financial and Tax Strategies For Inland Empire Small Businesses

Tax Strategies

It’s increasingly clear to all of us that our present “cultural moment” can take a toll on any Inland Empire person’s mind who isn’t vigilant. Constant connectedness to those who are (by their very vocation) incentivized to highlight change, chaos and fear is more dangerous than I believe we realize. There are so many negative voices out there, that if … Read More

Ursula GarrettFive Financial and Tax Strategies For Inland Empire Small Businesses