Ghost & Darkness: What Scares You?

Ghost & Darkness: What Scares You?

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One of my favorite movies is Ghost and Darkness, it is about two man eating lions that slow down the building of a railroad in Tsavo, Kenya in the early 1900’s. The movie stars Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. I’ve watched it many times. In 2016, I went to Kenya and visited the famous area of Tsavo. I missed the …

4 Tax Planning Ideas to Keep More & Reinvest in 2019

4 Tax Planning Ideas to Keep More & Reinvest in 2019

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Small business Owners put blood, sweat and tears into their business every day.  Fall is the time to plan to minimize your tax bill for 2019, legally.  Get informed and in control of your tax situation.  These are general year-end business tax planning tips.  It is critical to consider your personal and business circumstances before implementing any ideas.  Business Opportunities Cash …

Act III - Focus CPA

Act III

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The curtain is rising, but the play has not been written yet.  I just celebrated my 60th birthday and 15 years at FOCUS CPA.   I read about a concept of dividing your life into 3 Acts.  Our life expectancy is about 90 years – so each act lasts 30 years.  This month I am starting my Act III.  Act I …

Protecting Your Small Business from Fraud

Protecting Your Small Business from Fraud

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Every business, both big and small, is at risk for fraud. It can start with a trustworthy employee that runs into financial trouble. While they are working, they pocket cash from the till, they pay themselves extra hours or pay their personal bills with company funds and no one sees it. They rationalize their actions by telling themselves that they …

Relaxing at Mission Beach in San Diego - Mary Guldan Lindstrom | Focus CPA

Relaxing

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Ahhh. I just got back from San Diego, CA. I attended a conference and learned some new things. I also took time to relax touring the city and visiting with family. They say that all work and no play is not good for the soul. Taking vacation is a great time to revive your soul and spice up life. I …

How to Avoid a Tax Disaster with Hobby Income

How to Avoid a Tax Disaster with Hobby Income

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For many people hobbies are a source of income. From crafts, eBay sales, soap making, playing in a band to selling Mary Kay, these activities can be sources of both fun and finances. It is a great way to test your ideas and determine if you have a business opportunity. Whether you have a hobby or business, the IRS wants …

The Underdog by Mary Guldan-Lindstrom | Focus CPA

The Underdog

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The definition of an underdog is “a competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest.” A person starting a new business is a perfect example of an underdog. Statistics show that a new business has a 50% chance of survival. Fifteen years ago, I started Focus CPA. My passion for what we do and my vision …

Why We Are Here by Mary Guldan-Lindstrom, CPA

Why Are We Here

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I am a strong believer in the American dream of owning your own business. I believe that those who want to be successful business owners can be. Our mission at Focus CPA is to improve the lives of small business owners.We do that by removing stress and bringing the fun back.Our tax, accounting and advisory services go beyond staying in …

Picture of my Garden from Life is Good by Mary Guldan-Lindstrom, CPA

Life is Good

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People who have good health have many dreams; those that are struggling with their health have only one – to be healthy. My life is good so I have many dreams. Each summer one dream comes true every year. It starts in spring then summer arrives and my backyard comes to life. In the morning and evening, I survey my …