4 Resources to Help You Get Growing After Tax Season
We’re 2 for 2 on this whole quarterly client newsletter thing. True story: I wrote this in April following tax week, but I wanted to add a few extra goodies that ended up causing a delay. It’s the same pattern that happened last time and in previous touchpoints, so it just seems like that’s the flow.
Okay, so you’ve seen how Quarter 1 shook out and you might be looking for some resources to help you get growing or to help you do what you do better. Here are a few, some of which I’ve negotiated special deals just for you:
1. How last year’s tax bill may actually benefit you.
I asked Ninja Commander Kyle Durand — my go-to guy for legal and tax counsel, who’s now also our accountant — to explain the tax benefits of being taxed as an S-Corp over a partnership. He had the better idea of sharing how last year’s tax bill benefits us. You can read that here.
I’ll still bug him to answer the S-Corp thing or to clarify if the new rules make it less advantageous than it used to be, so be on the lookout for that next time.
And, in case you’re curious why I call him Ninja Commander, it’s because he was on American Ninja Warrior and he’s a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves. American Ninja Warrior Lieutenant Commander Kyle Durand is way too long, so Ninja Commander Kyle it is.
2. Tired of the headaches of taxes, FICA, and payroll?
Gusto is your best bet here. It’s fantastic for teams because it’s far more cost-effective than other payroll services, does a lot of the filing and paperwork for you, and even offers a benefits portal.
Something to consider, though, is that it may be worth using for just you and your independent contractors. It makes paying ICs pretty simple, and if you’re in an LLC taxed as an S-Corp or an S-Corp, it can run all of your FICA, Social Security, taxes, and other fees so you don’t have to monkey with all of that. Imagine being able to auto-magically pay yourself a set salary that’s correctly taxed and deducted. You can do that with Gusto — assuming that you’re an employee of your company.
This is how I got on the whole “I need someone with letters after their name to explain the S-Corp” thing, by the way. Again, be on the lookout for that.
3. Want to make sure your copy is landing and converting?
Snapcopy has you covered. Snapcopy is an on-demand copywriting service that helps tweak and shore up your words so that they sing and sell.
I’ve co-created a special deal for you with them: they’ll review a page and give five optimization ideas at no cost. External eyes looking at your stuff is great. External eyes that actually know what they’re doing and can fix it? Even better.
Go here and use the code Charlie in the check-out to get your free optimization ideas.
4. Need some extra hands on deck?
ResultsResourcing is my current go-to recommendation here. They have a curated pool of independent contractors and match them to your job profile. They do all of the hard work of vetting, selecting, and presenting you with three best picks for your job. All you then have to do is interview them, decide which is best, and get back to work.
ResultsResourcing shaves months of headaches and procrastination so you can get back to doing your highest value work. There is a finder’s fee for all of the work they do, but I’ve negotiated an additional 10% discount for you.
If you’re ready for some additional capacity and want to bypass the headaches of finding good independent contractors, go to ResultsResourcing and use the code CHARLIE in the cart.
What’s Happening at PFHQ
Folks always want to know, so here are a few quick updates:
- The book is coming along well enough. I’m not as far along as I’d like to be, but I’ve turned in the hardest 2 of 7 chapters and am making good progress on the third.
- Our website migration was really smooth. Last time, I mentioned that we were migrating PF from Rainmaker to WPEngine due to speed concerns. That happened really smoothly, thanks to Jo collaborating with BrandiD, who did all the heavy lifting.
- We’re in the final stages of getting some physical versions of our Momentum Planners ready for sale on Amazon. That’ll be a big push this fall — we think we finally have the platform and the scale to make it viable.
- We’re just about to cross 50k subscribers. We’ve been on a bit of a plateau for the last few months due to some changes we’ve added to our email marketing flow, with re-sends having the biggest effect on our churn. But we’re still close to this milestone and excited about it.
- We’re experimenting with two new ad channels — Pinterest and Amazon. It’s still too early to give any information, but we’re adding them to the mix to see what happens.
- Angela is close to fully booked. Angela started coaching last year and she’s either at her full point or close to it. As you know, when you’re starting out, it’s hard to tell what full looks like — you almost have to learn by figuring out when you’re overbooked. She’s not there yet, but very close.
- Socks is still alive and mouthy. That cat will be the end of my sanity — Angela’s has already set sail.
- Dad is in good health and ornery. He’s living with my sister and she’s taking good care of him. He’s healthy and in good spirits, though dementia is winning its slow war over him.
- I got a cappuccino machine. I love cappuccinos; I don’t love paying $5 for a cappuccino. Enter my $199 cappuccino machine, which has probably already paid for itself. The tricksy part is that my deep writing routine includes going to the coffee shop, but my compromise is that I get one cappuccino there and make the other one when I get home. (Yes, this is exciting enough for me to put as a bullet. It’s the small things, yo!)
That’s it! The next client update will be in August.