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Why Books Make Kick-Ass Gifts: Portability

There are many reasons that books make great gifts, but we’re highlighting this one today: Portability.

Being able to take a book with you (whether it be a hardback, paperback, or e-book) is great for all those times during the average day when we are simply…sitting.

 

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For instance, when you’re waiting for a train or bus, you could be reading. When you’re holding a table and waiting for the rest of your party at a restaurant, why not squeeze in an extra chapter or two? If you aren’t in the best of health and spend lots of time in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals, books can literally help keep you sane while you deal with the stress of having the condition and the irritation of having to engaged in so much waiting.

 

So, the next time you’re looking for a gift for a work anniversary, Secret Santa exchange, or “just because” don’t underestimate the level of awesomeness that books have to offer!

Volo Press 1000 Subscribers

Volo Press Hits 1000 Subscribers!

Just taking a moment out to recognize and thank all 1,000 (+) subscribers to Volo-Press.com!

By doing so, you support independent business, small business, woman-owned business, minority-owned business, and US-based business! Looking forward to serving you and your fellow bookworms and authors in the future!

 

 

Writer’s Tax Deductions

There are many tax deductions currently available to independent contractors. Make sure you’re not missing out on any of these as a self-publishing author. __________



When you work for yourself, you are often considered an independent contractor. This means that you are responsible for managing your own tax payouts and keeping track of your own expenditures and revenue. When tax time rolls around, besides just knowing what you made and what you spent in general, take a closer look at your finances and try to find possible tax write-offs, credits, and cuts for you / your business. Here are some basic categories with examples to get you started.

Equipment and Supplies

Equipment Warranties and Insurance
Printers
Ink
Computers

Laptops, desktops, tablets, etc.

Smartphones
Notebooks
Pens
Pencils
Styluses
Reading Lamps
Book Lights
Books

To read to create content for a website, observe the craft to inform your own, or even non-fiction that helped you find writing gigs, tighten up your marketing, or learn how to promote your book more effectively.

Binders
Binder Clips
Paper
Paper Clips
Staplers
Staples
Tape Dispensers
Tape
Tables
Chairs
Desks
Cameras

For taking photos to go inside your book, creating covers for a book, for PR and marketing purposes while you’re at an event, etc.

Bookshelves
Dry Erase Boards

For organizing your plot, describing your characters, outlining your story, planning publishing, or keeping meeting dates.

Dry Erase Markers, Erasers, and Cleaning Sprays
Stamps

Postage stamps for mailing out orders, along with logo or name stamps for the company.

Envelopes
Postal Scale

 

Overhead

If you have a home office or just a small space that you rent, you may be able to get deductions for some of the following expenses.

Rent
Renter’s Insurance
Gas
Water
Electricity
Extermination Services
Signage
Furniture
Magazines

For a waiting area or for your professional development (or both).

Landline Telephone
Internet Services

 

Travel

Cars
Car Registration and Taxes
Bikes
Car Insurance
Gas
Car Maintenance and Repairs
Car Washing
Car Tires
Airplane Tickets
Hotels
Meals on the Road
Rental Car Expenses
Public Transportation Fares

Taxi, Uber, Bus, Subway, Streetcar, etc.

 

Services

Equipment or Office Repair
Marketing
Advertising
Training / Education
Cover Production
Illustration
Ghostwriting
Copy Editing
Promotional
Bookkeeping
Legal

 

Any categories or items you think are missing? Leave a comment!