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Dec 8, 2017

Parent Company Announces Launch of Tax Filing Solution

Today our parent company SPAN Enterprises announces the launch of its latest product, TaxBandits. This product is a comprehensive tax filing solution specially designed to fit the needs of your businesses and nonprofit organizations.

TaxBandits provides unique tools and features for the specific needs of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Take control of your tax filing and IRS compliance today with one easy-to-use cloud-based product!

Parent Company Announces Launch of Tax Filing Solution

Available Forms:

TaxBandits offers the simplest e-filing software process on the market today, keeping your business moving in the right direction. Provided IRS forms include Form 990 series, Form 94x Series, Form 1099 Series, W-2 Forms, ACA Forms, and Extensions.

MK Directors and TaxBandits:

If you employ an assistant for your MK business, you are required to file IRS Form 941. As an employer, you are responsible for withholding federal income tax, social security tax, and Medicare tax from your employee’s paycheck. This information must be reported by filing Form 941 to calculate your portion of social security and Medicare tax. At the end of the year, you are also required to submit Form 1099 for an assistant who earns more than $600 a year.

As an MK Director or NSD, we understand you did not start your business to be consistently filing IRS forms which is why we are sharing TaxBandits with you today.

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You can quickly take care of your quarterly and annual tax obligations online using our sister product, TaxBandits. Thousands of business owner trust SPAN's array of tax products as an IRS-authorized integrated solution for generating and transmitting tax forms. If you need to e-file any 94x Series Forms or 1099 Series Forms, TaxBandits provides you with a step-by-step, interview-style process with built-in error checking. Sign-up for a free account and see how to see how easy it is to file the right tax forms for your MK business!

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Dec 5, 2017

5 Easy Ways You Can Prepare For a Stress-Free Tax Season

It is tax time, and I know it is hard to contain your excitement! You may find this hard to believe, but, some people are not ready for tax season….shocking, we know. But, have no fear, UnitWise is here and available to help you make your tax season a breeze. Here are five easy ways you can prepare for a stress-free tax season.

5 Easy Ways You Can Prepare For a Stress-Free Tax Season

You might consider this post slightly premature but let's think back to last tax season? Did you wait until the last possible moment or were you prepared? Well, thankfully you have UnitWise on your side helping you prepare invoices, track sales, expense reports, and more.

1. Update Account, Expenses, and Income

As a UnitWise member, you have access to tons of accounts and reporting features that keep up with all your expenses. We offer premade accounts and reports that calculate your commission and saving, but at any time you can create additional reports that fit your needs.

For example, you can create reports based on your checking, credit amounts, or monthly bills. Within your account click edit in the action tab and enter the new expenses or change the balance of each account to manage your bills, expenses, and income.

Our Trip Logs feature allows you to track your travel expenses making it easier to manage tax information. Enter the details of your trips by clicking Account then Trip Logs within your UnitWise account.

2. Sales Receipts and Invoices

When a customer pays in full for an order, a receipt is created, and an invoice will be generated if a customer places an order without paying. UnitWise users can generate an invoice by clicking on invoices within their account. Here you will be given a list of your customers with all their information. Once the customer has been selected, enter the product names, quantity, and sales total. From here your inventory on hand will automatically be updated to reflect.

3. Manage Inventory on Hand

Import your inventory orders directly from InTouch using your UnitWise account. You can import orders up to 45 days after shipping. This transfer will take place in the background of your UnitWise account so you can continue to manage other aspects of your MK business.

As you update or create invoices or sales receipts, your inventory levels will automatically update based on your products sold.

4. Personal Use and Demo Products

Track your inventory items under the Customer Center. Here you can view the purchase history of each of your clients. In addition to customers, you can create an account labeled Personal Use or Demo Products. You can then generate an invoice for that specific statement and view the total amount of products used.

5. Year-End-Tax Report

After you have reviewed your account information for accuracy you can then go to your account Home > Reports and run all reports in the Year End/Tax Section for your fiscal year. Remember that your Personal Use/Demo/Donations can be used as tax write-offs.

Your Heroes at UnitWise Are Here to Help

While we are not professional tax preparers, we will be here for you every step of the way. We want to ensure that your upcoming tax season is as stress-free as possible. If you have any question about our features or how they work, don’t hesitate to contact us.

*Content found in the UnitWise blog is for informational purposes only. UnitWise is an independent business with no affiliation to Mary Kay®.

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Nov 30, 2017

How to Capture the Corporate and Business Market

Have a holly jolly Christmas--it’s the best time of the year! The holiday season is officially here! ‘Tis the season to contact people who will help to maximize your MK holiday sales. You will quickly increase your Christmas and holiday profits by reaching out to small to medium size companies and corporations. Suggest MK products and gift baskets for both their employees and top clientele! Here is how to capture the corporate and business market this holiday season to boost your sales volume.

How to Capture the Corporate and Business Market

There are several advantages to selling to Businesses.

Larger Sales Quantities:
  • Corporate offices and businesses tend to place much larger orders.
Reach New Prospective Clients:
  • Be sure to include your business card reminding the receivers about MK’s 100% satisfaction guarantee. This will open the door for them to contact you after the holiday season.
Repeat Business:
  • By providing quality gifts and fantastic customer service, these businesses will continue to purchase from you year after year.
Additional Purchases:
  • When you deliver your products to the business be sure they are wrapped and ready to present. Staff members may wish to purchase additional items for their friends and family. Be sure to bring additional business cards, MK catalogs, and products.

Facts about Holiday Corporate and Business Sales:

Larger businesses spend between $20-25 on average on gifts for staff members and $30-40 on gifts for top clients. Additionally, most businesses in your local area are never contacted about providing holiday gifts to staff members. The IRS even allows businesses to deduct $25 per gift!

Contact these types of businesses this year:

  • Banks 
  • Churches
  • Clinics
  • Car Dealerships
  • Contractors
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Hotels
  • Insurance Companies
  • Local Start-Ups
  • Realtors
  • Restaurants
  • Social/Civic Groups
  • Veterinarians

Ready Set Go!

Now until December 25th is the biggest holiday sales season of the year. Your Heroes at UnitWise hope you have found this blog useful and informative. Like, comment, and share this information with members of your unit!

Use UnitWise to schedule consultants, business orders, and so much more! Don’t have a UnitWise account, yet? Click here to sign-up for your free 15-day trial and see how we can help improve and simplify your MK business year round!

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Nov 29, 2017

Learn How to Prepare and Care for Winter Skin

Winter is coming! And let’s face facts, it's not good for your skin. Between harsh winds, frigid temperatures, and dropping humidity levels your skin can be sap of its natural oils, leaving it dry and scaly. Use this season as an opportunity to educate your clients! As they start to pull out their winter wardrobes, encourage clients to adjust their daily skin care regimens to prevent seasonal beauty blunders. Help your clients learn how to prepare and care for winter skin.

Help your clients winterize their skin by taking some needed precautions:

Learn How to Prepare and Care for Winter Skin

1. Adjust Your Routine

Remind your clients that their summer skin care routine will not cut it during harsh winter months. Typically, lightweight lotions are suited for summer month while richer creams are a better option in winter to help create a barrier against the elements.

Recommendation: MK’s Intense Moisturising Cream (Dry); this product locks in hydration for up to 10 hours.

2. Change Cleansers

Cleansers are made to strip your skin of makeup, but it also removes natural oils. This can cause dry skin and lead to visible lines and wrinkles. Recommend a gentle cleanser for your MK clients.

Recommendation: MK’s Botanical Effects® Cleanse Formula 1 (Dry Skin): This cleanser will gently clean your client’s face without stripping natural oils.

3. Exfoliate

Because of the cold temperatures outside and dry indoor heating, skin cells are left dehydrated and die faster during winter months. Exfoliating is important to buff away those dead skin cells so new cells can come in. It is recommended that your clients exfoliate once or twice a week depending on their skin type.

Mk’s TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Refine is an advanced exfoliator recommended and used by dermatologists.

4. Protect

Even during winter months, it is important for your clients to remember sunscreen. While it may appear less sunny, UV rays are still harmful to the skin.

Recommendation: Mk’s CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15*; this foundation offers lightweight coverage for a natural and flawless look but also contains needed sunscreen.

5. Lip Scrub

A common issue is cracked dry, lips. Help your clients fight back with a sugar scrub.

Recommendation: Mk’s Satin Lips® Shea Sugar Scrub; it will gently exfoliate your client’s lips and leave them conditioned, soft, and smooth.

How Do You Prepare Your Skin For Winter Weather?

Your Heroes at UnitWise wish to provide you with expert makeup, beauty, and MK business advice. We hope you found this blog informative and helpful as you encourage your clients to learn more about #MK Skin Care.

We suggest sharing this blog post with your unit members as they advise their clients. For more beauty advice click here, we're always ready to help you grow your MK business.

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Nov 28, 2017

Encourage Your New Holiday MK Recruits

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone for those of us in the US. Now we can all look forward to Christmas and the New Year. While the holiday season is a peak time for sales, it is also an opportunity to build your team. Share this step-by-step guide with your recruits and show them how easy it is to get started with MK this holiday season.

Step 1: Where Do I Start?

  • Make a list of everyone you know with skin; you should aim for a list of 75 or more people. Be sure to complete this step before you do anything else.
  • Use your datebook or your cell phone to schedule 8 - two-hour windows when you are free to hold appointments. These can be spread out over several days, or however, it works best for you.
  • Take advantage of the holiday season by helping your friends and family finish their shopping.
  • Use your list of possible clients and calendar to start booking your first party!
  • Sign-up for your free 14-day trial with UnitWise!

Step 2: How to Set/Hold an Appointment

  • Contact your recruiter and schedule a time to shadow her at two parties within your first month.
  • Create a business website with UnitWise
  • Contact your Heroes at UnitWise are assistance setting up your account
  • Open your business Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram account
  • Practice your pitch with your friends and family
  • Purchase business cards. Remember you are a business owner and every experience is an opportunity to recruit fellow consultants and/or clients.

Step 3: How Do I Accept Payments?

  • Most of your clients will want to pay with a credit or debit card, so it is well worth your while to invest your time and money into Propay
  • Sign up for Propay for $39.95 a year.

Step 4: Become an Expert in All Things Beauty!

  • MK provides amazing training programs for all sorts of product and colors.
  • Complete training programs.

Step 5: Get Your Mind in the Game and Pat Yourself on the Back!

  • You have taken an incredible step toward a gratifying career. You’re no longer shackled to the endless rat race. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can accomplish, but you know that there is no limit to where or what you can do.
  • You are heading straight to the top!
  • Keep your priorities in line this holiday season, remember your family and relationship with God should always come first.

If you are not a member of the UnitWise family now is the perfect time to join the thousands of MK ladies already benefiting from our innovative features. Sign-up for your free 15 day-trial with zero obligations today!
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Nov 25, 2017

The Time Has Come Remain Calm and Keep Your Sanity

The Time Has Come Remain Calm and Keep Your Sanity

The decorations are up, commercials are everywhere, and Christmas music is streaming from every home. That's right, after so much talk the time has come…. Remain calm and try to keep your sanity… ♬♪♫ ヾ(*・。・)ノ ♬♪♫ IT IS CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!!!!

What better way to kick-off the holiday shopping season than Small Business Saturday! As an MK Director or Consultant, you are a small business owner. Encourage your clients to shop locally in addition to purchasing all of their skin care and beauty needs.

You offer personalized services without the hassle of the mall plus you can deliver right to your client's door and provide in personal tutorials. Let your clients know! No more parking lots, long lines, or crazy holiday shoppers. Unlike most stores, you offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Tis the season! Shop and support your local small businesses! You and your clients cannot buy happiness but you can buy local, and that is kind of the same.

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Nov 23, 2017

What Are You Thankful For?

What Are You Thankful For?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you have an absolutely amazing day celebrating with your family and friends. It is the perfect time to remember all those you are thankful for this year.

Thanksgiving is a very special time of year for all of those within the MK community. It was MK’s founder Mary Kay Ash’s favorite holiday, and we reflect on her legacy by giving thanks for our many blessings.

Today I will be cooking and eating up a storm today, but I wanted to take a moment to tell you that the whole UnitWise family and I are so grateful for all of you. I feel so lucky to be writing for such a wonderful, Christian, and kind community such as MK. You inspire me each and every day to be and do better.

How will you be celebrating today?
What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

P.S. I am always excited for my Mom’s sweet potato pie…..
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Nov 21, 2017

Packing Tips and Tricks That Will Change Your Life

Are you looking forward to a special getaway and/or family get-togethers this week?! Traveling over the next week might be slightly stressful…. I can already see your eyes rolling in agreement. Wednesday is supposedly the busiest travel day of the year. While I cannot help you get home faster or make your kids stop fighting in the backseat, I can share packing tips and tricks that might very well change your life!

Packing Tips and Tricks That Will Change Your Life

1. Roll Your Clothes

Instead of folding your clothes roll this for faster packing and maximizing your space. Only fold your delicate and easily wrinkles clothes.

2. Cover Your Footwear

No one wants his or her dirty shoes (Or foot smell) on his or her clean clothes. Keep your shoes off your clothes by placing them in a bag or a shower cap.

3. Try Two for One

Pack two tops for every bottom. You are much more likely to re-wear a pair of pants then a top. So avoid over packing and pack two different tops for every bottom. This holiday season packs a light and dark pair of denim jeans to go with any occasion.

4. Inside Out

Another great way to avoid wrinkles and prevent statins is to pack your clothes inside out. This way if there is any debris or dirt in your bag your clothes will be safe.

5. Heavy Items on Bottom

Pack all of your heaviest items closest to the wheels of your bag. When you are packing a rolling bag, you must consider how your items will react to that position and motion. The number one rule for keeping everything in place and keeping it upright without holding it is keeping all heavy items near the wheels, so the weight is evenly distributed.

6. Laundry Freshness

Don’t you just love the smell of fresh laundry out of the dryer? Well, this holiday travel season pack a few dryer sheet in the bottom and top of your suitcase. This will keep your clothes smelling clean like they came fresh out of the dryer.

7. All Liquids in a Plastic Bag

I honestly can not tell you how important this is. I have learned from personal experience more than once to pack all liquid makeup bottles, lotions, shampoo, and anything else in plastic bags to avoid leaks. Trust me the last thing you need to worry about on Thanksgiving is your favorite shirt being ruined before meeting the in-laws. Plus you will be able to see everything in one place without digging through your suitcase.

8. Recyclable Tote

Pack a recyclable tote for a day trip or to separate your dirty laundry from your clean clothes for the trip home.

9. Control Your Cords

Completely avoid the tangled mess of various wires by rolling them up tightly in a sunglass case. It is super easy to open/close, pack and they will not be going anywhere. This is also a great way to pack your jewelry.

10. Car Trash Can

This trick is especially perfect for those of you traveling with young children or long distance trips. Use a plastic cereal container as your car’s trash can and avoid scattered trash. The last thing you want is bottles and fast food bags falling out of the car when meeting the family.

Safe Travels From Your Friends At UnitWise!

Whether you are going home for Thanksgiving or meeting your significant other's family, there is traveling involved-- and in extension the ever-daunting task of packing. Use these tips because every inch of space in your suitcase is valuable real estate.

Please drive safe, no matter where your holiday travels take you! Your Heroes at UnitWise hope you have enjoyed this informative blog! Like, comment, and share this post with friends, family, and clients traveling this Thanksgiving.

If you are not a member of UnitWise now is the perfect time to join the thousands of MK ladies already benefiting from our innovative features. Sign-up for your free 15 day-trial with zero obligations!

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