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Old 11-17-2002, 10:51 PM
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wouldn't the cell phone be a tax deduction at the end of the year? being it's for business and all.

Yes, it is. Just like if you have your office in your home, you get to claim a percentage of your home and utilities, and internet.
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Old 11-18-2002, 08:53 AM
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Yes, it is. Just like if you have your office in your home, you get to claim a percentage of your home and utilities, and internet.


Tax tip direct from my accountant. Save your self a lot of grief and don't do that. The Infernal Ripoff Service has that red flagged for a much more likely chance of an audit. Also if you ever sell your house you have to pay a different tax on that percent.
I decided the possible headache of an audit was some thing I could do with out by reducing the risk I took and do not claim any of this for taxes.
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Old 11-18-2002, 10:04 AM
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I've used my cell phone as my one and only business line for several years now.

I've never lost a customer to static or service dropping out in a given area. I don't think I've ever had any customers view me as a vagrant lawn care guy, but rather see me as being more attentive by being able to respond to calls even while out in the field.

There have been many, many times when a customer would call and I just happened to be a few blocks away and could swing by and take a look at a new property. That kind of response time is impressive to new customers. The same thing has happened when a customer with a problem. And I was close enough to run over and solve it.

Also, as a general rule of thumb, I've found that I need to run my business only during certain hours. If I don't, I never get any down time to myself. That's when I can just turn the cell phone off and everything rolls over to voice mail.

My phone is with Cricket. I pay $35 per month and it's unlimited local calling.
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Old 11-18-2002, 10:04 AM
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Apparently I've clicked on post response twice in quick succession.

One of these days I'll have this thing figured out. :blush:

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Old 11-18-2002, 01:20 PM
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Thanks again for the input. I've tried having the wife handle calls, but she's a much better wife than secretary.

It seems that so many people procrastinate calling for a clean-up and then want an immediate response. I'm hoping it will work out like MowerDude said in his post.

The cell phone is definitely a business expense, and I treat it as such.
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Old 11-18-2002, 02:53 PM
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On my cards and other info I have the cell phone # in large print.
I also list the hope # with the mailing address in small print at the bottom.

I also have voice mail on the cell phone and a machine at home.
The cell phone lists my buisness name , but not the home phone.
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Old 11-18-2002, 08:00 PM
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Brickman
[B]Tax tip direct from my accountant. Save your self a lot of grief and don't do that.

True Brickman, most accountants advise against this, including mine. But, for the last 6 years i've used a home office deduction. We (accountant & I) make sure we do it right, no 'fudging' of numbers. Never been audited, and if I am, its all legal. Red Flags from the IRS should only scare those who cheat.
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Old 11-19-2002, 04:58 PM
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I have instructed my wife who also works from home on how to answer the phone, set up appts. etc. She is great at it and it lends an air of professionalism to the business. If there is a question she can't answer she will give them my cell number or call me herself.

One thing I can never understand is how do you hear the cell phone with a backpack blower? Vibrate mode? With the backpack or mower Iam already vibrating! :-)


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Old 11-19-2002, 09:10 PM
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Yeah, I use the vibrate mode when operating equipment. Sometimes I won't feel it, or sometimes I'll think I have bees in my pants, but it works pretty well. I do have voice mail and check to see it there are messages pretty frequently.
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Old 11-19-2002, 10:20 PM
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One thing I can never understand is how do you hear the cell phone with a backpack blower? Vibrate mode? With the backpack or mower Iam already vibrating! :-)


Keth
I put mine on vibrate, it works well, except when I am running the bp, I can't feel it vibrate.
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