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December 13, 2016

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer.. 12/13/2016

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Enjoy The Holiday Season While Engaging In Year-End Strategies

At year-end, it is important to review the many facets of your business in order to ensure year-end profitability, recognize tax concerns, and plan for the new year ahead. Keep in mind that barter revenues are taxable in the year they are earned. For your convenience we have listed several ways in which barter might be used for business expenses. (Be sure to consult with your tax accountant.)
1) Holiday Expenses:
Client gifts. From fruit baskets, nuts and candies, to wreaths and holiday floral arrangements, it's the perfect way to thank your clients for their patronage.
Employee bonuses. Utilize barter to reward a hard-working employee. Give your employees gifts purchased with trade dollars, or holiday bonuses where the assignment of trade dollars can be used at their discretion.
Company party. From banquet halls and catering services to decorations, barter will enable you to host an event that is both enjoyable and affordable.
Entertainment scrip. Give the gift that everyone will enjoy, scrip that is redeemable at restaurants and hotels in your area.
2) Charitable contributions:
Barter income is taxable in the year it is earned. You might consider making a tax-deductible contribution of trade dollars to non-profit organizations who will accept your trade dollar donation. You may also designate a charitable group of your choice, and ask your trade broker to establish an account for them.
3) Future planning:
Every executive needs time to plan for the new year. So think about where you can host a management retreat to prepare for the upcoming year.
4) Future advertising & promotions:
Now is the time to plan and implement a comprehensive media campaign for the new year. You may opt to pre-pay for advertising and promotions, and expense it out in the present tax year.
5) Capital Expenditures:
Whether it is roof repair, office expansion, new office equipment, or items for the warehouse, it is a very costly yet necessary expenditure for business growth. Barter may be the solution to conserving your cash while improving your facility. You may also opt to pre-pay service contracts for the upcoming year.

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Don't Let Anger Take Over

Just as it takes time for a person to learn to become a hothead, it can take years to become skillful at dealing with anger. Although no one method works for everyone, experts offer these tips to keep frustration from turning into rage:
♠ Admit you have a problem.
♠ Try to witness your behavior. When you're driving, for example, observe how closely you follow other cars. What do you do that might be angering other people? Work on modifying your behavior.
♠ Learn new responses to behaviors that previously would have provoked you. Rather than yelling or making obscene gestures at a driver who has cut you off try singing. Or make a joke about it — "must have been that burned toast he had for breakfast!"
This alters your breathing pattern and slows the rush of adrenaline coursing through your body. Then start talking to yourself, saying, "This is so obviously not worth getting worked up over."
♠ Examine your relationship with the offending party, and question the amount of power you want the person to have over your emotions.
♠ Distract yourself from the frustration. By changing your mental focus, you can temporarily reduce your anger level — and hopefully keep from doing or saying things you'll regret.
♠ Count to ten. Take deep breaths to block your usual flash of anger.
♠ Watch caffeine and alcohol intake. Caffeine promotes anxiety and irritability. Alcohol and drugs can spur acting out.
♠ Take extra time for traveling and other activities, so you don't get upset by things slowing you down.
♠ Remind yourself of the impact anger has on health. Tirades increase the chances that someone will attack you; they can boost blood pressure, trigger premature heart attacks plus lead to ulcers, strokes, and digestive problems.
♠ Loosen up! Don't be so easily offended by another's actions. You can't control others, but you can control yourself.

♠ Lastly, seek help if the above suggestions don't work.


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