What Should I Charge My Client?

Fairly often, TaxAssurances meets with new business owners that aren’t sure what to charge their potential client and even more nervous about actually asking for it. After all, they’re new and they don’t want to overcharge and lose the potential client.

It’s always recommended that they research competitors in the industry for guidance. But more importantly, when they’re starting out, tell them to do what’s necessary to get the business and experience. The relationship can be a huge boost in terms of credibility and confidence. As well as in pay.

The best part about this experience has been when the new business owner has that horrible, “ah ha” moment. That moment when they realize they dramatically undervalued themselves and the client got away with murder.

TaxAssurances has its own horror stories. Ten seconds of advice saved a potential client millions in taxes and they never paid for the advice.

Those are breakthrough moments. It’s at that point the new business owner says, “oh, we’re not doing that again.”

So new business owners, just do what’s necessary to get as close as possible to what you should charge, but look to do the business. Over time, you’ll figure out what to charge and stand firm on it.

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How Do I Figure Out My Career Passion?

 

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Every so often, I’ll meet with a client looking to do something else with their life. Something more than their regular job.

The first and most important thing I’ll ask is, “what are you passionate about?” It’s a question that’s developed after having worked with many people over my career. Both business owners and employees.

If they aren’t sure what they’re passionate about I’ll ask two more questions. The first, what would they do for free? The second, what are they working on late at night because they love it?

I’ll even have a possible third question. That question, if someone gave you $10 million on the one condition that you got up and went to work every day, what would that work be.

Once they’ve honestly answered those questions, they’ve created a new potential path for themselves. It’s up to them on whether or not to follow it. But at least now they know what that passion is.

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You Cannot Deduct Your Commuting Expenses

SONY DSCEvery so often during tax season I get a client that wants to deduct the expense of going back and forth to work on their taxes. They cannot do it. Here is what the IRS says about it:

“You cannot deduct the costs of taking a bus, trolley, subway, or taxi, or of driving a car between your home and your main or regular place of work. These costs are personal commuting expenses. You cannot deduct commuting expenses no matter how far your home is from your regular place of work. You cannot deduct commuting expenses even if you work during the commuting trip.

Example. You sometimes use your cell phone to make business calls while commuting to and from work. Sometimes business associates ride with you to and from work, and you have a business discussion in the car. These activities do not change the trip from personal to business. You cannot deduct your commuting expenses.”

 

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