10 Last Minute Gifts For The Entrepreneur In Your Life

christmas gifts for the entrepreneur

We all know and love someone who is just cut from a different bolt of fabric. That kid we knew who actually found a way to make real money from her lemonade stand or the big picture guy who actually loves talking to everyone he meets about that weight loss product he discovered in college or the grandma who is supplementing her income selling cell phone plans! Having trouble choosing a present for your entrepreneur? Have no fear, I made a list for you:

1. For the newly minted (or firmly established) network marketer in your life , might I suggest the book  Your First Year in Network Marketing: Overcome Your Fears, Experience Success, and Achieve Your Dreams!

2. Entrepreneurs are naturally  motivated people and they stay that way by focusing on personal development,  but they don’t always sit still long enough to read a book. Give them one that they can listen to in the car, on the bus, or wherever they happen to be. Try one of Jim Rohn’s audio books such as his Jim Rohn’s 2004 Weekend Leadership Event or UPDATED Building Your Network Marketing Business 10 Copy CD Pack

3.  For direct sales entrepreneurs (bearing in mind that we are all always selling something) I love Brian Tracy, practical advice delivered in a straightforward way. I  have personally listened to this one about 50 or so times just this year alone The Psychology Of Selling: The Art of Closing Sales

4. Entrepreneurs love books  because they always want to know what the other guy did to be successful! You can’t miss with a good autobiography like who doesn’t want to know how Bill did it (not Clinton, the other one) Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime

5. Network marketers and those in direct sales guys always need fresh blood/ new people to talk to. A leads subscription is a  practical and useful gift that keeps on giving all year long! LeadOverage.com offers packages that start at just $9.99 per month, or check out Freesurveyleads.com for less than $100 you can get 400 leads every Monday morning.

6. If your little entrepreneur is always on the move doing presentations in supermarkets, coffee shops and parking lots then they will absolutely love a mobile internet package. This will allow them to stream video and audio presentations or   go paperless and sign up prospects on the fly by accessing their websites from anywhere. CLEAR offers a great package as do other companies. If you’re interested in Clear call me (814) 422-5327, or see what your local providers are offering this month (here in Atlanta they are all trying to compete with Clear and that’s good for you).

7. The on-the-go marketer needs a way to organize all of their advertising materials (flyers, brochures, postcards, business cards) , I like this Melie Bianco W9-330 Messenger,Blue,one size but am sure you can find something more fitting for your male or female entrepreneur

8. Speaking of advertising, hop on over to vistaprint.com and bag some free business cards, brochures, glossy postcards etc. All you will have to pay is postage!

9. Even entrepreneurs need to relax (I know it’s hard to get them to do it, they are so focused on that goal) at some point. For the gamer in your life might I suggest a gift card from GameFly.com. I got this for my son three years ago and have saved tons on video games, while he has been able to play hundreds of games fo rjust 14.95 per month!

10. This present can serve double duty – your entrepreneur can use it personally or as a give away in their marketing package. Restaurant.com offers discounted restaurant gift certificates – a $25 gift certificate for example for only $2-$4. There are some minimum purchase requirements and restrictions (like it doesn’t cover alcohol) but I use them and love them. They have a special today: GET $25 GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR ONLY $3!
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Well I could go on and on but I won’t. What would you add to this list?

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Lower Your Tax Tebt or Increase Your Tax Refund Via a Home Based Business

One of the top reasons why you should get into network marketing now (today even) is to be able to have additional deductions when tax time rolls around. Whether you still have a job or you are one of the millions who have lost their job this year and are living off a severance package or unemployment, this is the time to invest in a home business. You can save money at tax time just because of the major tax benefits that are provided to home based business owners.

Frankly, if you have been thinking about going back to work to help your spouse out with the bills or taking a second job to supplement your income then you need to know that you would be foolish not to consider a home based business instead – not just for the tax break that it would provide, but the increased quality of life for you and your family.

As long as you maintain good documents (receipts, mileage log, maintenance log) about your business activities, as a home based business owner you can deduct:

  • your house (including home improvements)
  • your spouse and children (hire them to help with your business)
  • your car (put a magnet on it advertising your business and every time you drive it you are officially doing business with it)
  • your vacations (drop some business cards at Disney World, talk to prospects on the road)
  • meals with colleagues (even if the colleagues live n your house!)
  • business losses
  • your electric, gas, phone, cell phone, and internet bills
  • any computer equipment used to conduct business including printers, routers, laptops etc.
  • pens, pencils, paper, business cards, postcards
  • any costs of doing business such as start up fees and monthly fees paid to your network marketing company

This could add up to thousands of dollars in tax savings and refunds!

Of course you should research the laws in your state to verify that I am telling the truth here. For more tax saving tips and how-to’s pick up a copy of Sandy Botkin’s “Lower Your Taxes Big Time!”, it will be money well spent.

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