Aug 31, 2011

How to Create a HubPages Article, Part 3

Aug 22, 2011

The Art of Looking into the Future: The Five Principles of Technological Evolution

It's not quite on the topic of writing online, but I've just read a fascinating book about how technology can solve some of our world problems in the future. I just wanted to share.

Aug 19, 2011

What you need to know about tax form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third-Party Payments

If you sell online or earn money through paypal you need to be aware of a new form that’s coming soon. Starting in 2011 many small business owners and online sellers will receive a new tax form, called a 1099-K. This form will report money received by debit cards, credit cards and online services like Paypal. If the total amount you receive through your Paypal account is over $20,000 then you will receive a 1099-K starting with the tax year 2011.

Up until 2011 the money received through these methods has not been visible to the IRS. Starting from the tax year 2011 the amount received through these methods will need to be recorded on the new form, 1099-K. The IRS is trying to encourage small business owners to report all their earnings by sending out the form.

If you currently report all your earnings then you really need not worry. It is not expected that the figure on the 1099-K will match the figures on the tax returns exactly. But if there is a big discrepancy, you need to be prepared to explain the reason why.

So, from the start of 2011 start recording not just your profit, but the total amount of money received in accounts such as your paypal account. I’m sure there will be an influx of accounting software you can link to your paypal account before the start of 2011.

This is a draft of what the form will look like

The service provider who makes the payment (eg paypal) will record the gross amount of third party payments on the new form, 1099-K. There will be no adjustments for chargebacks which some people are currently saying is a problem.

The 1099-K form is actually very similar to the 1099-INT and the 1099-DIV used by banks to report interest and dividends.

The form won’t be required until taxes for 2011 are filed, which is by April 15th 2012.

The IRS welcomes comments on this form. You can send an email to * and put the text "Draft 2011 Form 1099-K" in the subject line. Yes the * really is part of the email address. Or you can send a letter on paper to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-139255-08), Room 5205, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044.

Aug 16, 2011

200 Articles and 1 Year of Learning How to Write Online

Last February I wrote my 200th article at about the same time I celebrated writing online for a year. So I wrote this article. I must say though, I have learned so much since then.

200 Articles and 1 Year of Learning How to Write Online

Aug 15, 2011

Aug 13, 2011

Mechanical Turk

You can earn residual money, or you can earn money directly. Mechanical Turk is a way you can earn money immediately, although the rate of pay per hour is somewhat low.

Here is a blog about Mechanical Turk

And here are some articles on Best-Reviewer from people who claim to make money there and there are some good techniques too.

Aug 12, 2011

Ideas for Good Ways Kids can Make Money Online

They have seen mom or dad make money online and kids want to do it too. It's a little harder, but it is possible. Read this for more details.

Ideas for Good Ways Kids can Make Money Online

Aug 11, 2011

One Page Articles

One Page Articles is a new site for people to write unique and original articles online.

You need to write about what you know. If you have experience of something, or run your own business then you can write about it on One Page Articles. It's good to show your expertise with articles related to your business and then people know they can trust you.

This article directory is just beginning and anyone is welcome to submit original articles on any topic, but keep it G rated.

One Page Articles

Aug 8, 2011

Freelancing At Home

Here is a really good blog post about earning money at home, with a long list of different places to earn and different methods. Take a look at the other posts on this blog too

Freelance Writers Wanted: How I Work at Home

Aug 7, 2011

Seekyt - another good revenue sharing site.

Here's information about Seekyt from Simey's blog. Note in the comments Simey seems to do really well from writing articles on other people's sites.

Seekyt - another good revenue sharing site.