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Why Uncle Sam Wants You ...To Purchase a Home!
By Nef Cortez
One of the best tax breaks that the United States Tax Code allows for is the deduction of mortgage interest and property taxes paid on one=s personal primary residence. Over 66% of Americans enjoy Read more...

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Home Staging Can Help You Sell Your House Quickly
By Charles Essmeier
Real estate prices have hit record levels in the United States during the last five years. In some parts of the country, prices have tripled. For those selling houses in the first half of the Read more...

Stop Kidding - No Home Gyms Allowed
By Rolf Rasmusson
Home GymsNot long ago my wife went shopping for home gyms. No not for her but of all people for me. I was devastated. The idea, me exercise? I sit and work at the computer all day and Read more...

Your Home Business and Your Taxes
By Adam Heist
With the internet in its phase two of a bubble, the growth in home businesses has been large as well. Your home business is convenient to you, only involving going places through the internet, and Read more...

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Be Your Own Work from Home Boss
By Shannon Kietzman
Many people dream of becoming their own work from boss. The thought of never having to answer to someone else seems like a dream come true, as does the ability to be able to make your own decisions and to be in complete control of your financial future. But, is being your own work from boss as great as it seems to be? Or, are there cons that you might not have considered?

Being Your Own Work from Boss Means Taking Responsibility

Believe it or not, there are cons to being your own work from boss. For example, while it may seem desirable to be able to make all of your own decisions, that responsibility can also be a bit frightening. After all, the entire success of your business is dependant upon you and your ability to make the right decisions. The wrong decision can cause your entire business to fall apart. When you work for someone else, particularly a large and established company, one wrong decision may set the company back but, in most cases, you will still have a job and feel very little repercussion from the bad decision. With a work from business, you will feel the results completely.

Being Your Own Work from Boss Means Taking on Long Hours

In addition to having to holster the responsibilities of your business, being your own work from boss also generally translates into long hours. This is particularly true when you first start the business. After all, it takes time and

commitment to get a business started. In addition, if you are providing a service, you will have to spend time performing that service as well as taking care of the “behind the scenes” business aspects of the business, such as marketing, promoting, accounting, and other necessary paperwork. In fact, until you build up a solid client base, you will likely find the majority of your time is spent acquiring new clients.

As an employee of a larger company, you generally do not have to worry about these aspects of the business. You simply come in each day, do your job, and receive a paycheck at the end of the week. When you are your own work from boss, you do not necessarily know when the next check will come.

Being Your Own Work from Boss Means Accepting Responsibility

Another downfall to being your own work from boss is liability. When most people first start out, they form a sole proprietorship for tax purposes. This is because there is no extra paperwork involved and is, by far, the easiest business formation to follow. The downside to having a sole proprietorship as opposed to an LLC or corporation, for example, is that you and the business are considered to be one in the same. This means that, if someone sues your business, you are personally sued as well. In addition, any debt accrued by the sole proprietorship is your responsibility.

If you change your business formation to an LLC, you will not have to worry about you and your business being one and the same. But, most people do not realize these differences when they first start out. Or, they do not pursue alternate business formations because they are too costly or too confusing. When you are your own work from boss, you need to take the responsibility for pursuing these options in order to protect yourself and your business.
Shannon Kietzman is a Work from Home expert. Shannon’s views and ideas are published regularly on

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