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The Guide to Ecommerce Tax Deductions: 19 Business Expenses You Can Write Off

The Guide to Ecommerce Tax Deductions: 19 Business Expenses You Can Write Off

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If you run an online store, putting some of your profits towards tax-deductible business expenses can help your business grow and give you a break come tax season.

Even day-to-day expenses—car trips to the post office, or the electricity bill for your home office—could be saving you money, so long as they’re recorded and reported.

Read on to learn about the write-offs you may be missing, and some ideas on how to use them as a means to reinvest in your ecommerce business.

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Home Office Ideas: Brilliant Hacks to Maximize Productivity

Home Office Ideas: Brilliant Hacks to Maximize Productivity

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: your family’s living space needs have swelled into every square foot of your 2 bedroom house, edging your home office into your drafty attic or dungeon-like basement – spaces that suit a vampire just fine, but aren’t ideal for mere mortals.

It’s sacrifice you gladly make as an entrepreneur. But dark, cramped, and unappealing spaces could actually be doing harm to your business, not to mention your psyche.

Investing in yourself, via a space that inspires you, is an investment in your business. Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro, we've gathered some creative home office ideas for every budget.

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6 Free Online Tools Every Business Owner Should Know About

6 Free Online Tools Every Business Owner Should Know About

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Often short on time, sleep, and money, new business owners need all the help they can get.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of free online tools designed to help streamline and simplify day-to-day tasks. By taking advantage of these resources and improving your workflow, you’ll get more done, and spend less while you do it.

Below is a list of our favorite free tools for new business owners.

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The 10 Best Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas

The 10 Best Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas

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Coming up with a great idea for a product to sell online will occasionally strike when you least expect it. Many times though, it’s something you need to be proactively on the lookout for. The internet contains a wealth of ideas and inspiration, but as a new entrepreneur, where do you begin? Aimlessly searching online will only get you so far so we have compiled a list of the best resources to give you direction and get you started.

 

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How to Start a Business Before You Graduate (10 Kidpreneurs to Inspire You)

How to Start a Business Before You Graduate (10 Kidpreneurs to Inspire You)

How to start a business before you graduate

A 12-year-old pitches his business on Shark Tank. I’m watching it now on YouTube. At three times his age, hand plunged halfway into a bag of Cheetos, I realize: I am an underachiever.

Have you ever wished that you could break the space-time continuum and deliver wisdom from the future to your teenage self? What life lessons, learned the hard way, would you impart?

I’ve consulted some pretty bright young people to help me. These amazing kidpreneurs, both present and former, share their stories and advice for Generation Z.

Here’s what I wish I'd known 25 years ago.

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The Art of Reinvention: One Couple's Secret to Keeping Their Seasonal Business Thriving

The Art of Reinvention: One Couple's Secret to Keeping Their Seasonal Business Thriving

Nick Worsley stealthily hunts flies, bringing down the swatter in quick, deft strikes, punctuating the conversation I’m having with his wife and business partner, Amanda. We’re sitting behind the counter at The General – the couple’s new store in the bustling wine county of Prince Edward. The door is propped open, inviting out-of-town visitors, locals, and the unwanted buzzing guests.

It’s a Monday afternoon in the heart of the region’s bustling tourism season. Only a month earlier, Nick and Amanda opened the doors on The General’s first permanent location.

Meet two seasoned entrepreneurs who continue to reinvent their business to survive a dying industry, meet local needs, and combat seasonal lulls.

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5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make While Working From Home

5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make While Working From Home

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Since many ecommerce entrepreneurs don't have a traditional office, we've been publishing a series of blog posts on how to work best from home. The first article gave five strategies to boost productivity in your home office. Then we showed you how set up a comfortable and effective workspace. 

Today, we're going to tell you five of the most common mistakes that entrepreneurs make when working from home, along with some easy-to-adopt tips that will stop you from falling into these sticky traps.

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How One Mother Uses Pinterest to Grow Her Online Business (And How You Can Too)

How One Mother Uses Pinterest to Grow Her Online Business (And How You Can Too)

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Pretty Presets was created to solve a pain point that many photographers experience: editing takes a long time. Pretty Presets solves that problem with pre-made alterations for Lightroom that cut photo editing time in half. 

Because the business is so visual, Pretty Presets quickly turned to Pinterest as a marketing tool. Over the years, Pinterest has become their number one traffic source, accounting for 10% of sales.

In this customer spotlight, we chat with founder Laura Thomas about how she uses Pinterest to drive traffic—and revenue—for Pretty Presets.

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The Business of DIY: 10 Things to Make and Sell Online

The Business of DIY: 10 Things to Make and Sell Online

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Commerce has evolved in the past few hundred years. As far as we’ve come—think same day shipping and chat-based selling—the roots of commerce remain firmly planted.

Today, thousands of Shopify merchants still produce made-by-hand goods—some with traditional and primitive methods—selling them at craft shows, pop-up shops, and through their online stores worldwide. 

Over the past year, we’ve been diving deep into DIY businesses to help you turn your handmade passion into a living. But maybe you’re not quite sure what to make and sell. Or maybe you’re not crafty at all.

We’ve compiled a list of things to make and sell, something to appeal to everyone from the advanced craftsperson to the creatively-challenged.

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How to Make the Most of Your Weekends to Grow Your Side Business

How to Make the Most of Your Weekends to Grow Your Side Business

Building your business on the side is not easy. You come home after a long day of work, you spend the little time you have with your family and friends, and you try to jam in a productive session, working on your side business before going to bed.

Your weekends allow you to get much more done in much larger chunks. They’re usually where you’re most capable of growing your business or having the most impact on your business when you’re working a day job.

I’m going to share my action plan, exactly how I structure my weekends, and what I do every weekend that has helped me grow my side business and maintain a great work/work balance.

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