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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

It's Your Money

Selling Your Business - Five Steps to Success

By Jerry Stewart If you caught my last few programs, you know I've been talking about this idea of selling your business and getting the most for it. There's a lot of talk out there that the average American's most valuable asset is his home, and that may be true for most in America. But, if you are self-employed, you may very well have a business worth far more than your home. And here's the scary part... Most business owners have no idea what their business is worth. That's why the majority of small-business owners get less for their sole business then they should.

How to Value Your Business, Part II

By Jerry Stewart If you heard my report last week you heard my story of the man who almost sold his business for two low a price...way too low.... about $450,000 too low. And he would have never even seen the error of his calculation had he not solicited the service of a professional. But here's my startling opinion. I believe that most business owners left to themselves will underestimate the value of their business. Why? Well, there's a number of reasons I've seen, but the most glaring reason is tied to the old saying, "you can't see the forest through the trees." In other words, if you're too close to something, especially something need to built from nothing, it's very easy to not see its true value. So, just how can you know the real value of your business before you sell? And most importantly how can you get the most for your business?

How to Value Your Business, Part I

By Jerry Stewart I was listening to a TV ad last week and in the ad they stated that your single most valuable tangible asset is your home. Now, that may be true for most Americans, but for those of us who go in our own business, that statement may be all wrong.

How to Value Your Business, Part III

By Jerry Stewart For the past two weeks I've been speaking with you about how to value your business, and what is necessary for you to get the best price in that sale. Now, if you've missed the last two weeks, don't dismay, because I'm just about to get into the good stuff.

Saving Money At Christmas

By Jerry Stewart As we all scurry around with the hustle and bustle of Christmas just a few days away, I thought I would bring you a bit of Christmas cheer by giving you one big tip on how, believe it or not, your Christmas shopping can actually save you money on your taxes. That's what I said - save you money at Christmas!

Employee Agreement

By Jerry Stewart Its Hard to believe there was ever a time when a business deal could be made with the simple handshake. That a man's good word could be trusted completely and that was all you needed. Sad to say that those days are long gone.

Hobby Jobs

By Jerry Stewart In our quest to find more happiness in our lives, more and more of us are working to try and make some hobby we enjoy also our occupation. Think about it, if we can find something to do for a living and we also enjoyed doing, that's a real dream come true. Well, in our quest to find that perfect, happy job more and more people are failing in business because they failed to really see this hobby job as a real job.

Social Security Benefits

By Jerry Stewart Lately I've spent a lot of time talking to clients about Social Security benefits. These are mostly people who were not of retirement age yet and they're just wondering how Social Security works and most importantly how it will work for them. So, I thought I'd take a few minutes today and tell you what I've been telling them.

The IRS Dirty Dozen, Part II

By Jerry Stewart It was two weeks ago that I introduced you to the first of the notorious tax gain scams the IRS calls it’s "Dirty Dozen." In their report the IRS commissioner says this, "Don't be fooled by false promises peddled by scam artists. They'll take your money and leave you with a hefty tax bill." In my 35 years as a tax professional, I have seen a number of these myself. Unsuspecting taxpayers are duped into paying big money to attend a so-called "tax savings seminar," and they are given advise that, if taken, could cause that taxpayer to actually end up in federal prison.

S Corps Watch Out!

By Jerry Stewart Hello, I’m Jerry Stewart. If you listen to my weekly reports on a regular basis you know I talk a lot about the S Corporation, because it has certain distinct advantages over the other entity options you have. But, watch out. A directive was recently released by the IRS warning all S Corporation owners that the IRS is starting an investigation on any potential abuses by S Corp owners. If your business is an S Corp, listen closely to what they say in their announcement.

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