Integrating social media into your WordPress site is easy, and it has the potential to help you grow your audience. One of your readers really appreciates one of your posts, and he or she would love to share that content with their friends who may also find it helpful.
By integrating social media, you’re making it easy for your readers to spread the word within their social circle. Before you know it, their social circle has become a part of your ever-expanding audience. All you need to do is use the right tools, and your posts will practically promote themselves.
Use a Profile Widget
Profile widgets show your readers your social media profile. These occupy a lot of space, so you won’t want to crowd your website with them. Pick the social network you use the most (usually Facebook) and display it with the widget. Your readers will be able to follow you on the platform of your choosing, or like your Facebook page without having to leave the page. It’s a one-click connection that’s easy for anyone to make. No one will have to go out of their way to find you on social media.
Add Some Buttons
Some WordPress themes already incorporate the option to add social media buttons to your posts. All you have to do is copy and paste your URLs and enable these buttons. You can even configure these buttons to open links in a new tab, so they won’t redirect users away from your WordPress site. If your theme incorporates this feature, you’d be a fool not to use it. It’s easy, and anyone can do it. If it doesn’t, you can manually input buttons or find a plugin that will incorporate the buttons for you.
One-click sharing is the ultimate convenience. Your readers won’t have to copy and paste a link onto the social media platform they want to use. They’ll click a button, get a popup, add some text to the top, and hit share. As long as you make it easy for them to spread the word on your behalf and provide content worth sharing, the content will practically move itself. There are many WordPress plugins that can place one-click sharing, and there’s no better way to grow your audience.
After you’ve posted content, you probably manually share all of that content on all of your social networks to inform your audience that you’ve added something new. Rather than following that process step by step, you can get an auto posting plugin. This plugin is designed to cross post all of your content to every social media platform of your choosing as soon as you publish it. It saves you time and informs your whole audience simultaneously.
Mobile Friendly Combo Plugins
There’s a WordPress tool for everything, and all of these tools make it easy to connect your website to your social media platforms. All it takes is a few seconds to set things up, and you’ve put yourself on the main grid.
With a background in Marketing, Jane Bolto currently works as a Content Specialist at Nybizdb.com.
With everything that small business owners need to do and take care of, filing taxes can be an overwhelming and time-consuming process. Of course, the specific steps you should follow as a small business owner vary depending on the type of business you own, but there are some general tips that can help all small business owners survive the tax filing process without losing your sanity.
Keep organized records
It may seem like an insignificant step, but keeping your records organized throughout the year will help you when it comes time to file your taxes. You may opt for a filing cabinet, an electronic scanner that digitizes all of your receipts, invoices, and tax forms, or computer program and spreadsheet to track all of your transactions, but whatever system of organization you use should be consistent throughout the year. When you have all of your documents together, filling out forms becomes a much simpler process.
Know which forms you need to use
If you plan to do your taxes on your own, you must determine which IRS tax forms you need to use. Sole proprietors and sole owners of LLCs may use a Schedule C attachment to your personal income tax return for recording income and expenses. Corporations must use a separate corporate tax return with Form 1120. If you have hired independent contractors or if you have employees, you will need to take care of W-2 and 1099 forms (there’s software that can help you immensely).
There are various tax software programs you can use to assist you in filing your taxes and knowing which forms to use. Some programs also include document management systems for your records so that you have everything that you need for tax season in one program.
If you wait to file your taxes, you risk paying steep penalties. Knowing the deadlines for your tax filing dates and various forms is key. If you use a Schedule C, it will become part of your Federal 1040 form and will need to be filed by the typical April 15 deadline. However, if you will be filing Form 1120, you will need to file by March 15, in most cases. If you have not been organized and have not yet chosen a tax preparation software or professional tax preparer, you should consider filing a tax extension. Keep in mind that you still may be subject to penalty and interest charges even if you file and are granted a tax extension, so it’s best to file by your deadlines.
Consider filing your taxes online
Some small business owners think that filing tax forms online is a service only for larger businesses and corporations, but that isn’t the case. Most small businesses are eligible for the E-File system, which makes submitting taxes much faster and easier and reduces the amount of paperwork and hassle for business owners. Filing online is another way to be sure to meet tax deadlines.
Remember your deductions
For many small business owners, deductions are a financial godsend. If you have a home office, you should consider taking the home office deduction. To qualify, you need a dedicated space in the home that is used solely for the business. There are two ways to calculate the deduction – adding up utilities, rent, etc. and multiplying that sum by the percentage of your home that is your office space, or taking a deduction per square foot of office space – so it’s a good idea to calculate using both methods and determine which will save you more money.
Office equipment and supplies used throughout the year also count toward deductions as do some insurance costs, travel expenses, and entertaining expenses. Be sure to check with a professional tax preparer to maximize your deductions.
The tax filing process can be daunting for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for small business owners. If you follow these five tips, you should have an easier time this year than in years past.
Jason Scott is a personal trainer and caregiver to his elderly mom. He enjoys sharing his fitness knowledge on his website.
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Learning WordPress will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to manage and update your company’s website with confidence. I am Emily Journey and I provide in-person WordPress training for San Francisco, CA businesses.
I help professionals master WordPress so they can take over the management of their company websites.
Have you ever felt frustrated by the unresponsiveness of a website developer or agency? I know I sure have. If you don’t have control of your website, it could take days (or even weeks) to implement small changes.
I provide customized training for business owners, administrative staff, and marketing teams on location in San Francisco. My approach is hands-on and interactive. No boring PowerPoints or generic handouts.
With just two 4-hour sessions, you’ll be up and running.
Worried you might struggle with implementing your new webmaster skills after the training? It’s a common concern. That’s why all of my students get continued support and consultation after taking this course. I make this commitment because my experience tells me that this type of support is valued by class participants.
Contact me for an initial consultation and to learn more about working with me.
WordPress training classes in San Francisco for individuals
My in person training is available in two formats: On-site at your place of business or we can train virtually using GoToMeeting screen sharing technology. Whether training is virtual or on-site, course participants receive customized attention.
With my individual classes for WordPress, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to run, maintain and update your company’s website.
Do you need a customized, one-on-one training experience? Then take a look at my one-on-one WordPress training. I’ll meet with you virtually or in-person to walk you through everything you need to know about building, managing and updating your WordPress website.
This training is perfect for:
- IT Managers
- Independent Business Owners
- The staff person who got tasked with managing the website–lucky you!
About the virtual training experience
If you choose the virtual class format, you see my screen, hear my voice, and are able to ask me questions. But, mostly, I’m viewing your screen because you are doing all of the work! You’ll get personalized class information in advance and no one else will be included in the training. If you are concerned in any way about the value of the virtual training experience, I will be glad to connect you with my previous clients who can tell you about their own positive experience.
Corporate WordPress Training Classes and Workshops
Do you need two or more people available to manage and update your business website? If so, my on-site corporate WordPress training will give your team the skills they need to be successful with this responsibility. I’ll meet with your staff as a group to teach them basic to advanced WordPress–customized for their specific needs and goals.
This training is perfect for:
- In-House Marketing Teams
- Your IT Department
- A Group of Top-Level Staff
Take back control of the company website.
Do your website change requests seem to have fallen into a black hole? Unfortunately, you’re not the only one. Too many business owners have too little knowledge about managing their website.
Lack of knowledge sometimes creates an uncomfortable dependency upon website developers.
Through WordPress training, I can help you remove the middle man. You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to run, maintain and update your company’s website–all without having to deal with poor communication from third parties.
What to expect from one-on-one WordPress training
If you’re looking for a lengthy PowerPoint presentation and generic handouts, this probably isn’t the best program for you. When you book WordPress training with me, be prepared for an interactive, hands-on experience.
- Get access to resources for a stronger foundation and preparation.
- Two intensive, one-on-one sessions with me lasting 4-hours each.
- Receive an additional 3 months of on-going support after your class.
Get started with one-on-one WordPress training
Step 1: Get in Touch
First things first. We’ll discuss your website goals and challenges. Understanding what you want to accomplish helps me customize your individual WordPress training for your unique needs. Already know WordPress basics? Great! Your training experience will be more advanced. This first conversation is also a great time to ask any additional questions you have about the process.
Step 2: Set a Date
We’ll get things off the ground by securing time on my calendar. Once we’ve have the training date(s) decided, I’ll provide a payment link via email. I will also send over some valuable resources based on your unique goals to tide you over until the big day.
Step 3: Learn by Doing
I’m a big proponent of kinetic learning – aka, learning by doing! And since you’re seeking some personalized training, it’s pretty safe to assume you’d like that kind of atmosphere too. We’ll meet in-person or via GoToMeeting as I guide you through the steps of managing WordPress.
Stop struggling with WordPress and unresponsive website developers.
Contact me today to get started!
Give your in-house team control of the company website.
Have your employees ever gotten frustrated or behind schedule due to an unresponsive website developer or agency? Unfortunately, you’re not the only one. Does your sales department consider your company website an asset in closing sales? Too many teams lack internal command of the company website, which can create massive tension and issues. This lack of control means your staff may have to wait days (or even weeks) to implement changes, updates or new campaigns.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it just doesn’t work.
With my staff WordPress training, I can help you remove the middle man and give your team the control it deserves. You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to run, maintain and update your company website – all without having to deal with poor communication from third parties.
Get started with WordPress training for your staff.
Step 1: Let’s talk about your goals
Before we begin, we’ll discuss your goals and website challenges. Understanding what you want to accomplish helps me customize your company’s WordPress training to your unique needs. This is also a great time to ask any additional questions you have about the process.
Step 2: Schedule the training
We’ll find the perfect times for your staff to get together for training. Once that’s settled, I’ll provide a secure payment link via email. After payment, expect to receive some valuable resources based on your company’s unique goals to prepare you for the training.
Step 3: Put it into action
During my staff WordPress training, we walk through your company WordPress site. First, we’ll identify the items that are common to every WordPress website. Then, we’ll get into the unique challenges and structure of your specific website. Come prepared to get involved, take notes and absorb a lot! Our interactive lessons will equip your team with exactly what they need.
What to expect during WordPress training
If you want your team to sit through a lengthy PowerPoint presentation and generic handouts, this probably isn’t what you want. I’m here to provide your staff with an interactive, hands-on experience every step of the way.
- Get access to resources for a stronger foundation and preparation.
- Your team gets two customized training sessions (4 hours per session).
- Receive an additional 3 months of on-going email and phone support after the class.
Contact me today to get started!