I was recently involved in a day of meetings with small business owners in the American Midwest. It was both encouraging and sad at the same time.
What I Found First
Overall, I found a large room full of productive human beings. It was uplifting. Most of these people were between thirty and seventy years old, more men than women, and they were all productive people, the kind who get up early every day, make sure that complex systems are producing properly, fix anything that is broken or near breaking, plan for the future, cooperate with large numbers of other people, and then go home at the end of the day and love their families.
If all the world lived like these people, we’d be halfway to a paradise by now. And that was a thought that made me sad.
Why? Because these people – by any standard of decency – should be left alone to create their better world. But instead, they are forcibly tied to wasteful, parasitic, and destructive systems. Half or more of their earnings are taken from them every year. Their actions are restricted by their moral inferiors. They live less than half the rewarding lives they should be enjoying, and for no defensible reason.
How do you live as a spiritual being and create your life from that space? How do learn to navigate one of the most notoriously shallow and cut throat industries, like the music business, and not only retain the integrity of who you are, but also effect change by modeling spiritual principles in everything you do?
What happens when you decide to divest yourself of all material assets – bank accounts, credit cards, car, home, money, and career identity – and set out on a four-year walkabout to understand what enlightenment might or might not be in your life? And then how do you use what you learn in a meaningful way that enriches your life and the lives of others? Jim and Lenedra will discuss these issues and more…
The percentage of Americans that are economically independent has dropped to a stunningly low level. In order to be economically independent, you have got to be able to take care of yourself without any assistance from anyone else. Unless you are independently wealthy, that means that you either have your own business or you have a full-time job. Unfortunately, as you will see below, the percentage of Americans that are self-employed is at an all-time record low and the percentage of Americans with a full-time job has declined to a level not seen in about 30 years. As a result, more Americans than ever find themselves forced to turn to the government for assistance. When you add it all up, about half of all Americans get money from the government each month these days. And yes, there will always be poor people that cannot take care of themselves that need help, but when you have more than half of the population dependent on the government that is a major problem. You see, the truth is that our independence is systematically being taken away from us and we are steadily being made serfs of the state. And once you become a serf of the state, it is very hard to resist anything the government is doing in a meaningful way. After all, the money that you are getting from the government is enabling you to survive. In essence, your allegiance has been at least partially purchased and you may not even realize it.
Of course this is not how the United States was supposed to operate. We were never intended to be a collectivist nation. Rather, we were intended to be a country where liberty and freedom thrived and where most people would be able to independently take care of themselves.
Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be economically independent in America today. One reason for this is that the environment for small businesses in this country is the most toxic that it has ever been before. The federal government, our state governments and even our local governments are constantly coming up with new ways to oppress small business.
And just this week we learned that the IRS is specifically targeting small business owners and sending them threatening letters.
Yes, you read that correctly. Despite all of the trouble that the IRS is currently in, they are still choosing to specifically go after small businesses with both barrels. As a recent Forbes article explained, the IRS plans to send threatening letters to 20,000 small businesses all over the country. Continue reading →
If you’re a small business owner and unable to hire a full-time accountant you’ve either experienced considerable frustration preparing payroll taxes, or exhausted yourself trying to figure out the software you bought to assist you. The solution lies in finding an easy-to-use payroll software product that can manage business details and streamline routine tasks.
It’s important you invest in a product that facilitates quick input of required information (e.g., employee address, salary, deductions, marital status), issues checks, runs reports and automatically tallies taxes and withholding. In addition, check to ensure any product you buy seamlessly converts financial information into a check format that looks exactly like what you’d expect to see in a traditional paycheck.
At minimum, get something that offers:
Free direct deposit
Automatic tax calculations
Federal and State tax forms completed
Ability to file and pay taxes online
Run payroll anytime, anywhere
Get reminders when taxes and forms are due
Offer free live support from payroll experts
Provides free year-end W-2s
Handles both regular employees and contractors
Allows you to test drive for at least 30 days at no charge
Make sure whatever payroll tax product you get comes packaged with quality customer service and no onerous strings attached that prohibit you from moving your data elsewhere should the need arise.
As the Earth turns on her axis, the tides come and go, regulated by a mechanism that is as yet not completely understood by humans. You see the movements of the waters on your planet, but you do not see the same thing happening within. Let us explain.
You are inhabiting a very complex structure dear ones, and it is mostly composed of the selfsame liquid component you see around you, namely water. This will come as no surprise, but what may come as a surprise, is the role this water has, not only within you, but also in your surroundings.
You tend to look upon it as a necessary liquid, and without it, your Earth would be a scorched and desolate place, devoid of life. Well, that is the role of water indeed, as all life on you planet is relying on this in some form or the other. Hence, the quest to find this precious liquid on other planets as well, as this would give a significant meaning in the search for extra terrestrial life. And the water is a life giving force indeed, but not only in the regulation of your metabolism. It is also a very important source of information, and this is what we wanted to share with you today.