Get Motivated to Do Your Taxes

January 27, 2015

Everyone needs a little pep talk once in a while so here are 5 quick tips to motivate you to complete your taxes:

1. Find out how rich you are
Knowing how much money you made last year provides reassurance for all your hard work. Essentially, you can see the fruits of your labor, and gain bragging rights along the way. Yes, those fruits may cause you to owe money to the government, but we won’t focus on that just yet.

2. Make spending adjustments early on
When you start assessing your finances, you may discover a lot of unnecessary expenses from last year. Once you’re aware of them, you can adjust your spending for this year and the future. (That means more money in your pocket!) You can also use this as a chance to budget for tax payments you may need to make, whether they’re from last year or predictions for this year.

3. Avoid the last-minute crowd
As we get closer to the due date, filing agencies are going to flood with procrastinating taxpayers. You can beat the rush now and get through the process a lot faster. If you do your own taxes, filing now will ensure they get in on time.

4. Hold a tax party
If you can’t muster the strength to file taxes on your own, make a party out of it. Invite other friends over who still need to file, and hang out while you finish the papers. Make sure that everyone stays focused, and you’ll be done in no time.

5. Set up a rewards system
Remember Mary Poppins? “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” You have to find your sugar. Set goals for yourself and take yourself out for a wee treat when you achieve them. Deprive yourself of seeing a new movie until you get things done. Think of something you really want, and use it as a motivational tool to conquer the tax season.

Think of how good you’ll feel when your taxes for 2014 are finally behind you, and get them done now. If you’ve already done your taxes, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, and please share a tip or two below to help motivate your fellow small biz owners.

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