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Last week was a doozy. I presented at my first ever conference and worried myself into a tizzy preparing for my presentation. But in typical Josh fashion I waited until the night before to put together the actual presentation. When I say I’m a pro at procrastinating, it’s not an exaggeration. I’m the worst. I’ll admit it.

Talking about social media for an hour and a half seemed like a stretch. But about an hour into it I realized I could’ve used more time. Because it was barely enough to cover the basics. The sheer bulk of information to cover coupled with the abundance of questions from attendees meant I was rushing through my last couple of slides. Learn something new every day, right?

Speaking of learning things, I’ve learned a lot over the years, including things I don’t necessarily enjoy. Like keeping my books and paying taxes. I’ve teamed up with QuickBooks Self-Employed today to help y’all take control of your taxes. Because their self-employed accounting solutions make my life so much easier. And I honestly would have a few more grey hairs if it weren’t for them. 

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TurboTax Self-Employed incorporates seamlessly with QuickBooks Self-Employed  for a one of a kind tax preparation and expense tracking solution. This integration is the first and only year-round solution of its kind designed to meet the unique needs of the more than 55 million self-employed taxpayers. 

QuickBooks Self-Employed’s app comes loaded with handy features like receipt snap, mileage tracker, and effortless invoicing to name a few. My personal favorite? Expense tracking. Why? Because it integrates with my all bank accounts and credit cards. Aggregates my spending into an easy to digest format. And then allows me to denote each transaction as personal or business with just the swipe of a finger. 

 

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Filling taxes as a self-employed person can be daunting. But when you use TurboTax Self-Employed rest assured that you’re not alone. Because credentialed tax experts, who specialize in self-employed taxes, are there to answer all your questions. At no additional cost. Meaning you can focus on what you do best, running your business. Not driving yourself crazy trying to do it all.

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Crystal Ludwick Photography | Edits: Josh Johnson 

Tax Time Tips

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Running your own business is great, but it definitely comes with its fair share of challenges. For me the most daunting of those challenges is anything money related. Especially taxes. I’ve always been horrible at money management and budgeting. I thought it would get better running a business but not entirely. You live and learn though, right? 

I’m a pro at putting things off that frighten or intimidate me, especially if I have no idea what I’m doing. But with the help TurboTax Self-Employed I’m stepping up to the plate early to knock my taxes out before I have the chance to put them off. With helpful articles and tools, like SmartLook and Expense Finder they take the guess-work out of filing taxes and make it easy even for money-challenged folks like myself.

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There are plenty of tax time tips for those #selfmade bosses out there, but one that’s better learned now than later is working smarter not harder. I’ve used QuickBooks Self-Employed for a few years now, and it’s honestly made my life 100 times easier. It syncs with all my bank accounts and cards making the process of bookkeeping incredibly seamless. All you’ve got to do is swipe left or right to denote whether it’s a personal or business expense. Yes, it really is as easy as that – especially for you Tinder users out there.

Pro tip: don’t let your transactions pile up though. Sifting through hundreds of them is time-consuming and frustrating. Take my word for it. If you’re looking to make filing taxes even a little less painful look no further. It’ll change your life, I promise. 

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Looking for a few more tips before you go? 

  • Spend money to make money
  • Keep your receipts, make notes on them, and upload them to QuickBooks Self-Employed
  • Work hard, but not too hard – burnout is real
  • Ask for help if you’re unsure
  • Stay organized, I know it can be a pain, but it’s well worth it

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Crystal Ludwick Photography | Edited by Josh Johnson

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by TurboTax, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for continuing to support the brands that make this blog possible.