With 25 years of professional experience in the fields of taxes and finance enable Mr. Battersby to write on unique and topical subjects. Although no reputable professional should ever render specific advice at arm's length, he does craft unbiased, interesting, informative, and accurate articles. Mr. Battersby currently writes for publications in a variety of fields. His topical columns are syndicated in many publications each week. He also writes columns for trade magazines and has authored four books.

Pond Business | 2015 Tax Season Coming

By Mark Battersby / October 26, 2015 / 0 Comments

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s late-June decision in King v. Burwell, many garden pond professionals will escape at least some of the sharply escalating costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That Court decision should, however, be a wake-up call for all retailers, distributors, builders, installers and manufacturers to get their ducks in a row […]

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Contractor Crackdown: The heavy cost of misclassified workers

By Mark Battersby / May 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

Many pond companies use independent contractors to cut down on labor costs and get projects finished. But thanks to new legislation, the IRS has much different standards for what constitutes a “nonemployee” than you might realize — and miscategorizing your workers could cost you a pond-load. Is worker misclassification putting your company at risk?

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Buying for Business: Making smart capital purchases

By Mark Battersby / November 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

Do you understand the nuances of capital purchases? Are you using these nuances to your advantage? If not, you may be making critical mistakes that cost you money each time your company buys equipment. In this must-read, in-depth article, Mark Battersby explains the many options and tools that could make a huge difference for your business.

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The Not-So-Affordable Care Act

By Mark Battersby / September 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

The full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is just months away. Is your pond business ready to weather the change? Find out how this new law will impact your small business — and how to use it to your advantage.

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Basic, Necessary, Affordable Insurance

By Mark Battersby / March 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

Natural disasters and on-site accidents can destroy companies overnight. Is your pond business protected against unexpected loss? No matter the size or value of your business, insurance is an essential precaution you can’t afford to be without.

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Basic Business Entities Explained

By Mark Battersby / January 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

Quickly learn about the different business entities that are available to the businesses in the pond industry. You have heard them before – Sole Proprietor, Partnership, LLC, and Corporation. There are tax benefits/detriments to each of them. What will fit your business best? A 25-year veteran will wade through each of the choices and help you confirm your current status, or consider a change.

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Better Business Credit

By Mark Battersby / September 1, 2012 / 0 Comments

Ever wonder how you can improve and increase the credit for your business? Here is an in-depth article including nine steps on how to Establish Business Credit. Learn what trade credit is and four ways to get more of it. Build your business credit now so you don’t have to rely on just your personal credit when you need that financing.

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Can You Afford Discounts

By Mark Battersby / March 1, 2012 / 0 Comments

Should you provide discounts? What are the Pro’s and Con’s of discounting? You may even be able to profit by offering discounts. When a discount is offered to you by a manufacturer do you take advantage of it, and why you should or should not. Do you know what “2/10 net 30” means? Accounting may not be your forte, so learn from a 25 year accounting professional to help you make informed decisions.

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Tax Deductions – Advertising, Marketing, Entertaining and Deducting

By Mark Battersby / November 1, 2011 / 0 Comments

Who wants to pay more taxes then they have to? Take a look at critical tax information compiled specifically for the pond industry. Learn from a 25-year tax veteran to take full advantage of available tax deductions. Learn how calculating things such as Web site development costs, mail list, marketing, and entertainment expenses can have a bonus impact on your bottom line.

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Dealing with Theft in Your Business

By Mark Battersby / March 2, 2010 / 0 Comments

‘Fidelity’ Losses: Prevent, Protect, Insure & Recover – Read expert tips on preventing theft and embezzlement. Plus – how to deal with insurance and taxes if it happens. Learn the steps you should take when there is a problem, including the need to prepare and submit a “proof of loss.” Also included are important tips about the tax rules covering your loss. A must read for every business owner.

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