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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Rhonda & Frank Duffy, DUFFY Realty

ByAtlanta Small Business Network -September 11, 2019 On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host Ted Jenkin catches up with Rhonda and Frank Duffy, founders of DUFFY Realty. DUFFY Realty has been for over 17 years, and their success and longevity stems from their ability to continually disrupt the real estate industry. Rhonda says that they approach the industry from a different angle, and look to the values of people that they serve. Frank too realized that there seemed to be a lot of waste and unnecessary costs associated with buying and selling property. According to Frank, the business didn’t require a huge leap of faith, it was very calculated and he was confident they would succeed. Rhonda and Frank decided to adopt a flat-fee pricing structure and a smaller commission when buyers close. This is significantly different than the traditional models that people are familiar with. However, neither Frank nor Rhonda were fearful that their ...

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The October 1st Deadline For Small Businesses

After an owner makes heads or tails at the end of the year, they will usually determine whether or not money is left behind for setting up some sort of long-term retirement plan within their business.   Since there are so many people setting up individual LLC’s or home-based side businesses, you need to keep a close eye out this time of year for setting up one kind of retirement plan, a SIMPLE IRA.   The deadlines are just around the corner in the next few weeks, so could this be the right type of retirement plan for you? A SIMPLE IRA (Savings Incentive Match Plan For Employees) was first available to small business owners in 2001. A SIMPLE IRA plan is an IRA-based plan that gives small employers a simplified method to make contributions toward their employees’ retirement and their own retirement. Under a SIMPLE IRA plan, employees may choose to make salary reduction contributions and the employer makes matching or ...

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Fight back against hidden fees

Don’t you hate when companies advertise items for one price, but when you go to pay fees have driven up the price!! So why are Americans paying billions of dollars in unexpected fees? Ted Jenkin is breaking that down. ...

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Green Eggs and Van

When my son was a small child, he loved when I would read him Dr. Seuss books.  Stories like ‘Oh the Things you can Think’, or ‘To think I saw it on Mulberry Street’ were some of his favorites.   Maybe it was the funny stories.  Or maybe it was the made-up words.  But he kept asking me to read them again and again.  What he did not realize was that he was learning some important lessons about money, math and being an entrepreneur from the books.  Here are a few of the Dr Seuss lessons that I love. ‘Horton Hears a Who’ has great lessons for business owners, who can find it a challenge to delegate work.  Entrepreneurs realize that there are no small rolls in a company.  And successful companies need good leadership and management. “A person’s a person, no matter how small”.  My favorite point in the book is where the smallest suggestion can be transformed into something ...

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Here’s The #1 Reason People Cheat On Their Taxes

Cheating.  It’s a morality question we talk about with our kids, our work colleagues, and even with ourselves.  It is OK to cheat.  In a recent poll, 10% of Americans say it’s OK to cheat here and there on your taxes and the number of people that say it’s OK to cheat is up 3.5% versus one year ago.  In fact, in a Credit Karma survey that interviewed 2,000 people, only 6% of the people actually confessed to the fact that they have cheated on their taxes in the past.  So, what’s the number one reason that people cheat on their taxes? Let’s talk first about what cheating really means.  There is a big difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion.  Tax avoidance is perfectly legal.  These are strategies such as using your 401(k), tax deductible IRA’s, pension plans, health savings accounts, and many other legitimate legal tax strategies that you can use under the current tax code.  Tax evasion ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Brandon Lewis, Strategic Claim Consultants

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host and small business expert Ted Jenkin sits down with CEO of Strategic Claim Consultants, Brandon Lewis. ’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host and small business expert Ted Jenkin sits down with CEO of Strategic Claim Consultants, Brandon Lewis. During his college years, Brandon had always been fascinated by commercial real estate, and through a friend, started his career in claims advocacy. Strategic Claim Consultants is Atlanta’s most comprehensive public adjuster, and they know that suffering a catastrophic loss of property is overwhelming and difficult, even under the best circumstances. Brandon’s team at Strategic Claim Consultants specializes in claims from hurricanes, fires, and other environmental disasters. So, clients can rely on their knowledge and expertise to make the claims process run as smoothly as possible. To find out more about Brandon and Strategic Claim Consultants, be sure to watch out our entire interview above. ...

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How To Save $2000 Per Year

This past month we finally had enough after receiving our cable bill that again crept up to over $280 per month from our local cable provider which was littered with equipment, taxes, and random unexplained charges. For years the cable companies operated like the monopolies that earned them that moniker, yet every year we would call in to the service line playing as good of an Oscar role as we could muster to bluff like we were calling into cancel. We would say that we had some place better to go, while knowing there was someone on the other end laughing their ass off, mocking us while hitting the mute button thinking we were full of shit, as there was no other island we could travel to.  Until now! It went something like this: Me: “Ya, our cable bill is now $280.00 again, we are thinking of canceling. We don’t need 270 channels, you made us get a house phone, ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Dave Walens, Exploring Inc.

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, small business expert Ted Jenkin speaks with Dave Walens, President and CEO of Exploring Inc. Back in 1983, when Dave first started the business, he never thought he would one day be building large installation pieces like giant baseballs for the Atlanta Braves stadium or larger than life props for the traveling Hamilton Exhibition, but that is precisely what Exploring Inc. specializes in today. As a scenic development company from the construction side of things, Exploring Inc. works on intricately designed projects like the Great Wolf Lodge Locations to create immersive environments and experiences. So, next time you’re out and about in Atlanta, look for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty figures around the CNN Center or the friendly African penguin statues near the aquarium. To find out more about Dave and Exploring Inc., be sure to check out our entire interview above. ...

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