May 17, 2008

Keeping Records for Tax Purposes

If you are a legitimate business or just sell on auction sites part time, it is always necessary to keep excellent records for tax paying purposes. Taxes can take a big chunk out of your income and by law; you must keep certain records in order to file for income tax each year. If you have amassed some income via online auction sites or ecommerce web sites, here are some tips on keeping excellent records.

Many people with auction sites and ecommerce site businesses usually have an easier time keeping records for tax purposes, due to the nature of the internet. Everything on the internet including logs, and files is easily downloaded and if you use a payment process or even Paypal, you can easily download logs of all your income, sales and purchases made quick and easy.

Auction sites such as Ebay already keep detailed records on all items listed and all items that have sold. Whether you have sold 10 or 10K items you can easily download this information to your computer where you can figure out your tax liability. So if you are doing business online, use these great tools in order to keep excellent financial records to file for taxes this year.
One of the essential small business marketing tools lies in a marketing plan, although most small business owners do not relish planning. They would rather spend their time in trying to bring in a few more customers by doing much simpler things than planning big. In any case, most of them do not think that drawing up a plan for their small business will be of any use. The plan need not be elaborate, however. It involves taking just a few simple steps. Proactive small business owners focus on understanding what their customers need most by interacting with them and then they gear themselves to fulfill such needs. They notice changes in the market trends and recreate their marketing materials as well as website content periodically. They put emphasis on the core areas of their business that bring the most benefits. A lot many customers come in to buy when they know that they get the best value for their money. Small business marketing is also about establishing individual contacts with your prospects as well as existing customers.

Email marketing
This can best be done through email, which has now become a very important means of promoting the small business. Emails reach the target audience directly. Small business owners and their customers or prospective customers get to establish an informal and continuous relationship, which will be good for their business in the long run. Being inexpensive and fast, emails are a good tool for promoting their business, especially because they have a wide spread and can reach, at once, a large number of buyers looking for products or services offered online. Best of all, emails can be used to encourage customers to give feedback, for improving sales as well as for modifying email marketing strategies.

Other inexpensive marketing tools
Owners of small businesses, in general, can't afford to invest in pricey advertisements in the media. Consequently, they are always on the look out for ad opportunities that cost next to nothing. No doubt, emails offer such an opportunity. Blogs can also be used similarly, provided they reach those people that evince some interest in the goods or services of the small business concerned. A well-written press release is another tool that can profitably be exploited without expense.

If advertisements are all about catching people's attention to promote business, you can get it by spreading information that highlights the line of your small business by word of mouth. People are ready to listen to you if you talk about how the various aspects of their life will change for the better when they choose to become your customers. What you say, of course, must be convincing and interesting. Power point presentation of your projects and products to small manageable groups will serve your purpose, although to a limited extent. Ads using Google AdWords do not need any initial investment, but if they work for you, you will be able to afford the overall expense of the effort, particularly since you are allowed to wait to pay till you receive successful results.

Strategies to promote the small business may not be totally different from those that work for the big business, except that there will be a shift in the emphasis.