How the Internet Can Help to Increase Your Family Income

Are you finding it difficult to make ends meet or would you like to improve your lifestyle and the lifestyle of your family members? If so, the internet is the perfect platform to help you achieve these objectives. Millions of people have found ways to increase their family income using the net and you can do the same thing. Below are some of the most effective ways the internet can help to increase your family income.

Get an Online Qualification

Before you can run, you need to learn how to walk, and this is particularly true when it comes to educating yourself. Today, a wide range of online courses exist that will entitle you to apply for higher paying, better quality jobs. Initially, you may have to invest some money in your online education, but the rewards can be huge.

For example, if you would like to work in a senior health care role, you have a wide range of health care programs like the online master of healthcare administration in strategy and innovation program to choose from. An online MHA course like this can be accessed from any location and you can study at times that suit you.

Become an Online Freelancer

The internet has opened up countless possibilities when it comes to freelancing work. Every day, thousands of businesses look for people to help them complete all types of task. In many cases, you could start working immediately, even if you don’t have any qualifications or work experience.

In other situations, businesses and individuals are also looking for freelancers who can provide more advanced services online and they are willing to pay a premium price for these services. Web design, graphic design, consultancy and content creation are just some of the most popular services required online today.

Start an Online Store

Selling online is a much easier and more affordable proposition than setting up a brick and mortar business. It’s possible to set up an online store in a matter of days and you could be selling your products or services very quickly.

Once again, you must be willing to spend some money setting up your e-commerce store, as well as spend money on other components that are required to sell online. It will take time and you will also have to get the word out about your new business, but it could become a lucrative way to make a lot of money using the internet.

Teach, Train or Consult Online

Online training, teaching and consultancy are multi-billion dollar industries and each of these areas continues to grow and become more popular with people who want to improve certain skills and learn new things. In many instances, teachers, trainers and consultants are making substantial incomes by helping people.

If you have a unique skill or talent that’s in high demand, you could offer your services through the latest video conferencing technologies, or even create your own online courses that your clients can access on the internet.

Unfortunately, many people don’t use the internet to its full potential. However, if you are willing to make the effort, it has the potential to become your own little goldmine and dramatically increase your family income.

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Mr. Tax Man: 5 Questions to Ask About Getting a Business Tax Break

Everyone’s favorite time of year is finally here—tax season!

 

Having started a new business, you might be worried that you’re going to owe a lot on your taxes. As the business hasn’t taken off just yet, you have a real fear that the tax cost of running it is going to bankrupt you. Simply reading the word ‘tax’ sends you spinning into high anxiety mode. Shh, chill. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Do this a couple of times, at least until your stomach begins to unknot itself. Okay. Things are going to be okay. Your taxes aren’t going to end you and your business, how do I know this? Because by asking the right questions, you can get a tax break.

 

Here are five questions to ask to catch a break on your taxes and get yourself some money back from the government.

 

  1. Should I do my own taxes to save money?

 

A: In an interview with Business News Daily, marketing consultant and small business owner Kristel Yoneda tells business owners that they should hire a professional to help them do their taxes. “My tax expert helps me maximize my deductions, fills out all the necessary paperwork and even reminds me to pay my estimated taxes on time. This kind of help is invaluable. It allows me to focus my energy on producing quality work for my clients than stressing out about my taxes.”

 

Your staff and customers rely on you to do your job. Help yourself by hiring a tax expert to take the stress out of tax season and find you monies and tax breaks.

 

  1. What institutions do I need to file my taxes with?

 

A: Every American is required to file taxes with their state government and the federal government. The Huffington Post points out that what many new small business owners forget (or are unaware of) is that they will also need to file taxes with other jurisdictions, including their county and district. Another reason to hire a tax expert: they won’t overlook these areas!

 

  1. Does having insurance get me a tax break?

 

A: Health insurance will likely get you a tax break, especially if you run your company independently and pay for the healthcare of your staff. To help you and your business year-round, make sure to get a healthcare and general liability insurance plan. Though liability insurance won’t get you a tax cut, it will protect your business’ financial interests if a customer or employee tries to take you to court for some superfluous reason during the rest of the year. In essence, a general liability insurance plan makes sure that you’re able to pay your taxes should something unpredictable happen.

 

  1. What are your deductible expenses?

 

A: Ah, now we’ve come to the important stuff! Business-related expenses are usually tax-exempt. Deductible expenses include: office supplies, office equipment, cost of travel, employee training costs, office equipment repairs, health insurance, utilities and a host of extras. To take advantage of deductible expenses, keep a detailed ledger (and all of your receipts) noting the costs of each service.

 

  1. If I get a refund, how should I use it?

 

A: Put the refund right back into your business or in your business’ savings account. Money by your business is money for your business, spend responsibly.

 

With a little more understanding of how to look at and talk about taxes, you’re ready to get them filed!

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What Can You Do With a Computer Science Degree?

What can you do with a computer science degree? The answer is pretty much anything! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 74% of new jobs in the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and math) will be related to computing, and this sector produces some of the highest paying jobs in today’s economy. Let’s take a closer look at the trends for computer science related jobs, some of the positions available to holders of this versatile degree, and the typical salary associated with each one.

The Computing Industry Is Growing

The computing industry is very healthy, and the BLS predicts 18% job growth in the sector compared to a total of 11% for other occupations.

Currently, around 32% of computer science related jobs are in software development, 15% are in system’s analysis, 14% are in support roles, 7% are in network and systems administration, 3% of computing jobs are in security, database administration accounts for 2%, and other jobs for 1%.

Computer security is a booming field, and it’s expected to grow fast, with Forbes reporting that the global demand for computer security specialists is projected to reach 6 million by 2019 with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million specialists by that date. Given those figures, the salaries on offer for computer security specialists can only continue to grow.

A Computer Science Degree Is the Key to a Wide Range of Careers

When you hold a computer science degree you can pursue a career in almost any industry, which makes this degree a very valuable one to obtain.

At the lower end of the pay scale (with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and the relevant teaching credentials) you could take a job as a high school computer science teacher. Salaries range from $37,230 – $86,720.

Mid-range jobs include computer programmer, with salaries starting at $43,640 and reaching $123,490, and network administrators who make anywhere from $45,270 – $117,150.

Top paying jobs open to those holding a master’s degree, include data mining specialists with a starting salary of $61,300, reaching $158,800, and computer and information research scientists, who can also earn between  $61,300 and $158,800.

Types of Computer Science Degree

You have some choice when it comes to taking a computer science degree. You can opt for the standard bachelor’s degree in computer science, or you can take a more specialized degree, depending on the career that you want to focus on.

Higher level masters degrees give you the option of pursuing top level jobs, and you can study for your masters in computer science online while you work, which makes acquiring your advanced degree a more affordable option than going to school full-time. Some schools will require master’s students to already hold a relevant undergraduate degree, but others will accept you into their online MS computer science program with an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in another field.

While many degree programs leave students with a lot of debt and poor career prospects, a computer science degree is a wise investment in your future, and if you enter the computer security field, you will have the opportunity to work for some of the world’s biggest companies and earn a great salary.

 

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The BEST Travel Backpack On the Market!

If you’re shopping around for your next best travel bag, you might find the entire search to be rather intimidating. Considering there are millions of products on the market, it’s no wonder the idea of having to choose one specific bag seems to be more of a hassle than anything else. Well, we’ve just made it that much easier for you (and ourselves!) by finally finding the best of the best in travel bags available today. We searched high and low for this coveted bag, and rest assured when we say that this one from Standard Luggage really caught our eye. If you’re travelling soon, thinking of booking a trip, or simply need a cool bag to get you around town with everything you need, the Standard Luggage Carry-on Backpack is for you! Read on to find out more.

The Standard Carry-on Travel Backpack is the ultimate bag for international travel with a maximum capacity of 35 – 45L. It’s clever design allows for multiple compartments where you can stash away almost anything for your trip. There are also a select few interchangeable straps which allow for different looks, which might be useful if you’re planning on sharing this with your significant other. Personally, we think the best part of this bag happens to be the fact that the laptop and the luggage compartments are separate so it’s extra convenient when it comes to security checks at the airport.

 

Here’s a quick glimpse into what the backpack has to offer:

 

  • Clam-shell opening allowing for efficient packing
  • State of the art compression straps to keep your contents as secure as possible
  • Concealable backpack straps to transform the bag into a backpack right away
  • Zips which can expand to add up to 10L capacity immediately
  • Removable laptop sleeve for the easiest access to your electronic devices in an instant
  • Two easy to access front pockets – great for documents and more!
  • Speed handles which allow you to carry the bag in the most comfortable way possible for you
  • A safety whistle to bring you back to safety when you might need it
  • Water resistant in its entirety
  • Rain cover to keep all of your valuables safe and dry at all times
  • Premium shoulder strap which you can use to carry the bag on your shoulders when you see fit, or remove it when not in use
  • Two interchangeable leather covers so that you can switch up the look
  • A Lifetime warranty and satisfaction is guaranteed

 

It’s no surprise that owners of the bag are raving about its superb design. In fact, one reviewer claims that, “It has all the features we need – laptop compartment, clam shell design, enough space while staying carry-on compliant, and looks great too.” Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?

 

If you’re curious and want to find out for yourself, you can read on at the Standard Luggage Blog to find out more and view a demo! In order to place your order immediately, or see the whole line of bags from this reliable brand, you can visit the Standard Luggage Travel Backpack Store.

 

Happy Travels, Everyone!

 

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Coffee & Donuts: Need I Say More??

My family isn’t big into fancy restaurants or dinners – in fact, it’s like pulling teeth to get my husband to put on a nice shirt and go to dinner. So one thing we decided to do this Valentines Day to celebrate was to head out to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for some delicious coffee and donuts!

The kids had a blast picking out some sweet valentine treats – and I had some fun deciding on what type of yummy coffee I wanted to try. They had some pretty cute – I may have added another mug to my collection..you know, a Valentines gift to myself!


You have to go check Krispy Kreme out this month – they just announced an all-new freshly brewed coffee, designed to pair perfectly with its world-class donuts! It delivers a variety of flavor experiences – there are now two brews to chose from: smooth for subtle, easy drinking and rich for a more complex gourmet experience. Both are made from 100% Arabica beans and brewed fresh all day local at your local Krispy Kreme locations.

Beginning February 6, Krispy Kreme will offer customers a free Original Glazed® doughnut with purchase of any size freshly brewed coffee for a limited time only!

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