Ask Tax Dad: Disabled Veterans, Commuting Actors, And Depreciating Dishwashers

Ask Tax Dad: Disabled Veterans, Commuting Actors, And Depreciating Dishwashers

Historically, our staff Certified Tax Cat has handled readers’ questions about taxes, but he took feline early retirement and hung up his oversized eyeglasses. Filling in for him is Laura’s dad, a retired accountant and real live independent tax preparer. Exclusively on Consumerist, Tax Dad answers your questions. [More]

I Can't Shut My Business Down For 3-4 Weeks While HP Repairs My Only Computer

I Can't Shut My Business Down For 3-4 Weeks While HP Repairs My Only Computer

Here is the lesson that everyone who telecommutes or runs a computer-based home business learns at some point: you need more than one working computer. Otherwise, when something goes wrong with that computer, you will be stuck the way that Meredith is right now. Her HP laptop needs repair for two relatively minor problems. Wanting to get it fixed before the warranty is up, she inquired about sending it in for service. Of course! She would just need to wait 15-20 business days to get her computer back. Shut down her business for a month, that’s all. [More]

Be Aware Of The Pitfalls Of Self-Employment

Be Aware Of The Pitfalls Of Self-Employment

Just as cubicle drones envy their freelancer friends who make their own hours and seemingly take vacations at will, self-employed folks sometimes long for the regular paycheck and built-in benefits of a day job. [More]

Hire A Hipster Housecleaner On Craigslist

Hire A Hipster Housecleaner On Craigslist

Phil is a hipster and will totally clean your house and make it sweet. ” You can rest easy with the fact that a sweet dude in skinny jeans is totally taking out the garbage and cleaning your toilet,” says his rad Craigslist ad. [More]

Are You A Pro-Sumer? Let Bill Quain, PhD, Show You How!

Are You A Pro-Sumer? Let Bill Quain, PhD, Show You How!

Amway! There, we just saved you the trouble of reading Pro-Sumer Power!, Bill Quain’s riveting get-rich-quick book from 2000, which Alan Scherstuhl found in a thrift store recently and recaps for your amusement over at the Village Voice. You see, producers make money. Consumers spend money. And Pro-sumers make money while they spend. Still not clear? You’re a banana when you should be some sort of banana-gorilla hybrid.

Inspiration: Go From Unemployed To Entrepreneur

Inspiration: Go From Unemployed To Entrepreneur

One thing I’ve certainly learned is that great ideas really do need to start somewhere. If I don’t pull the trigger and take some fliers based on nothing but faith in my own ability, great dreams won’t ever be realized