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A Tax on Toilet Paper? Really?

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Christian Brim

‍I know that no one likes taxes, and it would be a major coup to have 100 people agree on what is the best taxation method, but we’ve truly gone through the looking glass folks.

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Pigs Get Fat and Hogs Get Slaughtered

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Christian Brim

‍Sometimes for the fun of it, I read Tax Court cases. In a recent case, the IRS prevailed against a taxpayer who was trying to game the system and avoid payroll taxes by taking out little salary and a lot of dividends.

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Growing from “Start-Up” to “Grow-Up”

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Christian Brim

I recently wrote about determining why you want to grow your business.  In this article, I want to go a little deeper into the idea of changing to grow.  As I stated before, what brought you initial success in your business will not grow you to the next level.  I have had it explained to me as, “What got you here, won’t get you there.”

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The Monster in Your Closet: Local Tax Codes

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Core Group

As a child, you fear the monster in your closet. There are dark shadows peeking out of the cracked door. As soon as you turn on the light you see what you thought was a big one eyed monster was actually just your winter coat. The fear of the unknown does not disappear when you become an adult. Now you fear your finances and tax season, which without guidance, can be just as dark and scary. 

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Taxes and the Grand Canyon

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Core Group

Everyone says you have to see the Grand Canyon before you die. It is a life changing experience and photos do not do it justice. You hire a travel agent to book the trip for you and your spouse. Would you trust the travel agent to write your itinerary without ever meeting with you? The next thing you know you have tickets to take a helicopter tour around the Grand Canyon which is perfect except for your spouse’s fear of helicopters. It is important that you are a part of the planning process because you could have quickly informed the agent that it might be better to see the canyon from the observation deck instead. 

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Don't Quit

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Christian Brim

Originally this post was going to be on the need for continued Personal Growth.  It was going to be about how I choose to stretch myself by completing an Ironman Triathlon (half) and a marathon at age 50 in the same year.  But a funny thing happened along the way.

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Why Profit First Fails

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Christian Brim

The Profit First System makes a bold claim. It is 100% successful when implemented. So how can a small business fail with Profit First?  In a word, behavior.  The process is full-proof, changing human nature, not so much.

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Small Business Culture

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Core Group

You’ve certainly heard of business culture before. You’re savvy enough to know that corporate cultures like you’d find at Apple or Trader Joes play a significant role in those companies’ success.

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How I Overcame My Persistent Ignorance

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Christian Brim

According to Merriam and Webster, Ignorant and Ignore share a root Latin word which meant “to ignore, be ignorant of”.  So the Latin word really included both definitions of our words Ignorant and Ignore.  Why the etymological lesson?  Let me tell you a story.

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Cash vs. Accrual

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Core Group

We’ve got a present of sorts for you! 

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