Friday, October 12, 2007

Corporations 101 for Small Business Owners

Having a small business can get complicated. It can get even more complicated if you incorporate your business. My husband has been considering doing this and we have been doing some research. One thing I almost missed was having a record of company minutes. Did you know that you must hold a meeting with the directors and shareholders once a year? If the IRS audits you, they will request to see your actual company minutes. When your corporation is first set up you need to have a meeting of directors and shareholders. You should adopt bylaws. When your LLC is set up you should adopt an Operating agreement. Then you have to hold meetings each year at the time you were formed. Sounds complicated doesn't it? helps people like us! First they give out free forms that are helpful. They also will prepare the whole set of documents for only $20-$25.

One thing I really like about this company, is that they are willing to work with their clients. For example: they give you the option of getting your own tax id or paying them $25 to do the work for you. I love that they give you the option to do part of it on your own and to help save money. They do seem to offer some of the lowest rates on corporation kits also. It is a big task taking your small business to the next level and it helps to have a knowledgeable person helping you along. Without I may have missed having documented those company minutes. In all my research up to date, I have never come across that before. Another thing they have is a nice FAQ section to help you decide on your best option.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Season of the Witch Book Review

I read Season of the Witch as my 2nd book in the RIP II Challenge (and my 3rd book for the fall reading challenge). At first I had a hard time getting into this book. I'm not really sure why, I think a lot of it was, I wasn't getting a quite time to read & was trying to read with people around me, etc. The prologue had me a bit unsure of the book, it wasn't what I was thinking. Once I get a few chapters in, I was starting to like it more. By a 1/4 of the book I was really getting into it & by 1/3 in, I was hooked!

From the book jacket:

Gabriel Blackstone is a hacker, information thief, and skilled “remote viewer”–he makes an excellent living stealing other people’s secrets. When a former lover asks him to look into the disappearance of her stepson, Gabriel’s investigations lead him to Monk House, a rambing Victorian home where time seems to stand still. Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners…

I highly recommend this book. It is very fascinating & a great read. If you are unsure, check out some of the reviews on Amazon!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Cleaning out the Garage

This weekend is going to be our big weekend of cleaning out the garage, yeah! Had planned on doing it last week, but it was so hot. Right now we use our garage for basically storage. We do have a '69 Camaro in there, but our regular day to day cars are in the driveway. We use the rest of the space for tools, outdoor toys, lawnmower, etc. There is so much stuff, it is getting unorganized. The other day we started looking at garage storage solutions. We are currently using an old dresser & some old shelving units. We totally need some new shelfs, maybe a cabinet. We have decided to pay the money & actually buy units made for the garage. Hopefully this will look nicer & help us store our things.

We are looking at some shelving units, and a cabinet or two with actual doors. We are also looking into some overhead storage solutions to get items off the floor that we don't always use like seasonal things, etc.

I found and they have some amazing things. They seriously carry everything including cabinets, workbenches, tool boxes, garage flooring, garage storage, garage cabinets, garage door openers, organization, garage heaters, garage floor tile, floor mats, garage floor paint, storage systems, gifts for him, laundry room cabinets, garage packages, attic storage solutions, and floor epoxy for your classic car.

After we get through with them, the 69 Camara will be show worthy instead of trying to hide in a mess of garage stuff!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Meap testing ~ Test taking tips

It is MEAP testing for my 5th grader. So far, she is not liking it. I heard that today's test was 1 hour & 45 minutes. The kids couldn't ask any questions, talk at all & had to sit in their seats the entire time no matter what. No wonder they hate it, ugh! I told her not to worry, I don't care how she does on it whatsover as long as she tries her best. I feel bad for the kids when even teachers are complaining about how hard it is to sit there for that long not being able to help or speak, etc. I wish they would eliminate these silly tests, maybe the kids would actually learn more?!? Anyways, here are ...

Some test taking tips:

  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Eat breakfast (our school is actually providing free breakfast every day of testing so that is a nice bonus)
  • Make sure your name is on the test
  • Read the directions carefully
  • Go with your gut, your first choice is usually correct
  • If you do not know an answer & it is multiple choice try eliminating what you know is wrong
  • Try your hardest & don't stress

Good luck to anyone out there taking MEAP's!


Well today was is a busy day. I help out in my 1st grader's class once a month & today was the day. It goes from 9:30 - 11. Of course today was the day she also had a dentist apt at 10:45 at an office about 45 minutes away. Isn't that how it always goes? I had been waiting a month & half for this apt too. Luckily it worked out & my group of kids was done by 10 & so was Cam. We headed off to the dentist & it was a really nice office. Flat screen tv w/ Nick Jr on, 2 different video games for the kids, plus a couple books. Remember when it used to be just books or a big old small tv with the soaps on, lol. It was this gorgeous blue color textured wall paper & then 2 walls were done in fish wall paper. Very nice!

We were late, took way longer then the 28 min that mapquest told me. We got in pretty quickly though & it went great. She had a cleaning at the end of August & the dentist had me freaking out. He told me she needed work done on 8 of her top teeth & would probably need to be sedated. This office said not that bad at all. She does need 3 apts though. And her work is on some teeth on the bottom & top. The problem is when she was 9 months old she fell into a wooden step stool & chipped her new front teeth. Then she ended up getting cavities right away in them. I think a combo of juice in the sippy cup & the chips. She had them filled twice & both times the filling fell out. The third time the dentist just sanded them some & left them. It always looks like she has food in her teeth & she hates it. We have been hoping they'd fall out sooner then later. I guess she still has a lot of root there & they this new children's dentist said it could be a year or longer. She just lost her first bottom tooth on Oct 2nd. He just said it could go quickly or it could go slow. I guess the issue with pulling it is, yeah she will look like everyone else, but it may take an extra year to grow the permanent tooth back in. I guess with pulling, it delays the process of the adult teeth coming down. He said since she does need some minor work done on the back teeth that we will wait to decide after that.

I actually have quite a wait too, the next apt is JANUARY 29th. Crazy huh? Hopefully that means this office is good. It is in a nice area of town & it seemed very nice.

Then I dropped her back to school & of course she missed lunch. I ended up taking her to the lunch room & staying with her. I was kind of irritated, the noon aide put her at the very end of a crowded table, so I had to kneel down next to her the entire time. Plus she was by some 2nd grade boys & was uncomforable. I don' think I ever seen her eat so quickly, lol.

Ok the bus just pulled up, off to feed & head on out to dance for 3 hours!!!

Busy busy busy

Monday, October 8, 2007

Baby it's hot outside

It is so hot in Michigan this past week. Today our high should be 84 & if it reaches that it will tie the record. It should be more like 65, crazy! I have been having to dig through my kids stuff for summer clothes. I have to say even though I am sweating, I am enjoying the nice weather! I know once it goes down, it will be cold, yuck. Last year though it stayed pretty decent until January. I am just hoping we have a really nice Halloween this year & the weather doesn't drop dramatically right before it.

I had planned on taking some fall pictures this weekend, let's just say that did not happen. I hope I can still get some & the weather going up & down doesn't mess up the pretty leaves changing & falling.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness month!

October is breast cancer awareness month! Check out The Breast Cancer site and click everyday to help provide free mammograms for women!

If you didn't know that you obviously have not left the house yet this month. I went to grocery shopping the other day & I was able to buy pink laundry detergent & pink crackers, FUN!

Please spread the awareness on your blogs and let’s hope that this disease can one day be put to a stop!!

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Tolkien/Lewis Mini-Challenge

Dates: January 1st through December 31st

Host: Becky

For details: Click here.

The Challenge (put simply): Read two books by J.R.R. Tolkien and two books by C.S. Lewis.

Reasons for joining:

1. I'm tired of being put to shame by my 10-year-old daughter. Annie has read The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Silmarillion by Tolkien, as well as the all the Narnia books. I have read none of these.

2. These books are so cherished by so many that I would be a fool not to get them read eventually, right?


The hobbit

The Chronicles of Narnia ( 7 books )

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