Monday, February 17, 2014

Surprise Valentines Day Trip To FLorida!!!

So A long time ago and in a galaxy far far away, I had the best boyfriend ever.




Heres some pics of our trip to Florida




and yes, they let me fly in the cockpit!!! Boeing 767-300!!!



Sunday, January 19, 2014

How to literally pay next to no income tax, with a small business in the USA


            Dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or the IRS is never a fun time. Depending on the reasoning, audits and high tax penalties can make all of the tax codes confusing and intimidating. One particular tax code, however, was put in place by the Internal Revenue Service and may substantially assist small business owners in the United States. Section 179 has numerous advantages and disadvantages that help facilitate understanding into its business saving importance. These benefits will be explored as well as contrasted against their disadvantageous elements. In respect to businesses that purchase equipment for on-site usage, such as furniture or industrial spray booths, hundreds of thousands of dollars can be saved in income tax if Section 179 is used properly.

Benefits of Tax Code 179
           
            The IRS to assist small businesses and taxpayers created section 179 of the IRS tax code, which enables its recipients to reap larger income deductions when filing for taxes. In the past years, with the arrival of recent economic woes in the United States, the stimulus’ that have been pumped into the economy also affected this tax code. For 2012 and 2013, the dollar amounts for money spent on purchases that can be deducted from a taxpayer income were increased to $500,000 previously up from its initial $25,000 amount. Up to $2 million dollars can now be spent on equipment, which includes a 50% bonus depreciation deduction if more than two million is spent on equipment used for business purposes. Depreciation bonuses also apply to the depreciation level of new and old machines, which present further benefits from section 179. Businesses that do not have the capital to purchase expensive equipment can also take full tax deductions on lease and financed equipment. This means that even though payments must be made over the life term of a loan, the entire amount can be deducted for tax year 2013, up to the previously mentioned limit.


Disadvantages of Tax Code 179
            While most companies would enjoy using a vehicle as a write off for business deductions, strict rules in the tax code forbid against the use of private vehicles. Large vehicles averaging more than 6,000 pounds can only be deducted from business expenses. Numerous businesses tried to work around this rule by purchasing a Hummer or SUV and deducting it as a business expenses. The IRS has since caught on to this and made special regulations also prohibiting the use of these vehicles from businesses expenses deductions. In addition to luxury vehicles being prohibited, the purchase of land, office space and buildings are also forbidden from being used in business deductions. One of the most disadvantageous components of tax code 179 is that it is subject to change any year. The large income deducting benefits were only added as a result of the recent stimulus packages and therefore can be rescinded at any time.

Types of Qualifying Equipment and more benefits

            Business vehicles over 6,000 pounds, computer software and professional equipment such as office furniture are among some common deductions listed under code 179. Any companies that have equipment that is so large it must be contained in a separate unit or warehouse such as large printing press or industrial spray booths can include these assets in their deductions. Some equipment manufacturers have begun placing stickers confirming their appropriate for tax code 179 deductions to help sell more units.

There are many advantages and disadvantages to IRS tax code 179 which can help or hurt a businesses success. Some of its revenue enhancing benefits have been elevated as a result of the recent recession. Although its policies are subject to change at any time, many businesses are taking advantage of this phase and benefiting from larger cash flows and enhanced expense reductions to off set the cost of expensive equipment. Take advantage of this irs code by learning more about it today.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Customer Service and the Netherlands

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Why do Companies with Great Customer Service Succeed?
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I've had some unfortunate customer service run ins, ever since I moved to the Netherlands last May 2013. I know its a different country, and I shouldn't have the same expectations, however coming from sucha  service minded country, I can't help but want to share the reason for business success will always come down to customer service. the GWB, The BelastingDienst, anyone who tries to speak english on the phone in the netherlands(especially to an american) and wonder why we get so mad when we don't have a good service experience. We aren't crazy, we are just customer serivce oriented maniacs. Please take a look at this info graphic if you own a business in Netherlands, on why GREAT customer service( even when your employees have a comfy year contract, health insurance, and long vacation times, in contrast to american's who are treated like shit, could lose their job any day,and usually function without health insurance and are forced to be nice to keep their jobs) gives you more money as a business, and makes everyones life (especially the business owners) just a bit happier!!!




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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fitness Tips for 2014!!!

Hope you guys enjoy!



            “Top 10 Fitness Tips for 2014”
            Getting into shape usually stands at the top of everyone’s New Year resolution list. Boring workout routines and ill faded work out trends end up staying in the closet with last year’s holiday decorations. This year, instead of slipping back into bad habits, and large waist pants, its time to clear out the old and come in to the new you. All new natural protein supplements, diet schedules and workout routines give fun new ways of achieving your fitness goals. Take advantage of the following top ten fitness tips to help you stay focused in the New Year.

Tip 1
            You are WHEN you eat. Experts agree, the first key to maintaining a healthy fitness plan this year starts with the diet. Eating breakfast has always been considered the most important meal of the day and here’s why. Having a balanced breakfast in the morning supplies your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to complete all tasks. That means giving energy and stamina to function in the home or office.  Eating breakfast also helps support weight control.
Tip 2
Get your butt moving! The only way to reach your fitness goals is to stay active. Research has shown that those with a sedentary schedule are at significant risk for weight gain, heart disease and some types of diabetes. Any physical activities, from taking a walk, to yoga are considered good enough to prevent your body from gaining fat. For those who want to tone and build muscle, joining a gym is a good idea!
Tip 3
Don’t Do it Alone! Most gym trainers encourage their clients to find a friend who also has the same workout or fitness goals. Having another person hold you accountable to your fitness goals increases your chances of sticking to your plans. Also having a friend at the gym can give you something fun to look forward to other than just a grueling work out.
Tip 4
Write it down! Keeping a fitness journal is easy as 1-2-3. By writing it down you have a visual representation of your intangible goals. It helps you figure out where you are, and track your progress or lack thereof as you go along. Keep track of your feelings, things you can improve, and what you ate. It will help keep you focused.
Tip 5
Take your supplements! When achieving fitness goals, attention to nutrient supply is key. Any deficiency can derail your energy or put a wrench in your health plans. Taking vitamin or all natural supplements ensures your body gets the energy it needs to make the changes you want.
Tip 6
Cut the Coffee Drink Green Tea! Green tea is shown to have immune boosting antioxidants that will keep you healthy and boost your metabolism. Boosting metabolism allows you to burn your calories faster and shed the pounds immediately.
Tip 7
Pineapple eats your fat! Start adding more pineapple to your diet.  Food researchers have found powerful enzymes present in pineapple that literally start breaking down any fat. Pineapples have been proven to help with digestion, and are filled with immune boosting vitamin C nutrients.
Tip 8
Eat your protein! Studies show that diets heavy in protein rich foods help give you energy to stay active and focused. Proteins are the building blocks of all life forms. Its primary function revolves around building and repairing muscle. All natural whey protein powders are essential in order to fuel your muscles, rebuild tissue, secrete hormones, and other immune boosting effects that will keep you on track for your fitness goals.
Tip 9
Stop being guilty! Being guilty will actually hold you back from achieving your goals. If you failed in the past, or if you had a cheat day, forgive yourself, and give yourself a positive mind. That’s the only way to achieve success.
Tip 10
Never give up. Commitment is the only way to make your dreams come true. Staying focused, and pushing in the face of failure, rebuilds your self-esteem and sets you up for further successes.

2014 is bound to be a year filled with new discoveries experiences and possibilities. Take advantage of all 2014 has to offer you by giving yourself the gift of a great body 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Tour Guide Profile!

If you , a group, or anyone you know is coming to Amsterdam and would like to get around without getting lost, contact me!

VIP private and professional tour guide only available by private request only. Check out my profile below!

thanks and Just walk!


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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOW TO MAKE/SAVE MORE MONEY! Guest Finance Blog


All you need to know about personal finance

            Creating financial freedom can seem like only a dream. Movie stars and CEO’s of large corporations have an advantage that seemingly can never be accessed. This isn’t true. There are many easy fixes and simple steps everyone can take to create financial freedom. The key to knowing everything about personal finance can be condensed in just one page

What is the big picture?
The big picture is to create a picture. Take stock of everything that is already apart of income is the first step in creating a big picture. Assessing salary amounts, or other extraneous sources of income, combined help gain a stable footing on where to being with ones financial picture. After creating a big picture, with the knowledge of how much money is earned, its then time to figure out how much has to go to important expenses or bills.
What exactly is a bill?
 A bill can be described as many things, however sometimes a fundamental error in human judgment can be the incorrect assessment of what indeed is a bill. Anything that adds to a better quality of life, and must be paid every month can be called a bill. Simply these are housing cost, food expenses and other necessities of maintaining a comfortable life.
When Fun Becomes Costly
Sometimes it’s easy to get in-between in wanting to experience the joys in life and financial responsibilities. These desires can lead to improper assessment of money that needs to be spent now, as opposed to money, which can be spent later. These are the fun things in life, such as bars, clubs or eating out at restaurants that can lead to higher credit card limits and payments. Living frugally is key when engaging in fun activities. Temporary delay of joy will only reap larger financial benefits later in life, leading to bigger and more extravagant activities, because of proper monthly money management. 
What’s the bottom line?
            Once the financial picture is created, and a consumer understands how much money is being earned per month, and how much money is left over after actual bills are paid then the goal is at hand. The aim of personal finance is to make the money left over after expenses are taken care of, or ones disposable income, larger. Using financial instruments such as low interest saving accounts are proper for low risk investors. Taking advantage of gaining more information on stocks and bonds are easy and fun with Internet games and apps. Correctly analyzing high interest stock indexes and margins can easily make the disposable income larger at the end of the month. This means having a larger bottom line to start paying down debt, have fun without putting extra on credit cards, and thus creating financial freedom.

Personal finance can seem overwhelming with all of life’s necessities. However, once a visual list is created using any number of tools available today, creating a carefree and exciting financial life is possible and easily accessible. Acquiring knowledge, creating big picture and focusing on the bottom line can easily liberate everyone who desires a debt free life. 

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