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Category : 50 Business Tips

LED Adjustable Light

Business tip 17.  Looking for the perfect light?  Try this new LED adjustable light.  It is close to daylight, dimmable, and very adjustable.  Perfect for my art studio, leather work, and office!  I just purchased one and it is so nice I am buying another one!

Click here to see this incredible light.  https://amzn.to/2QZ6qBV

Just got this great smoke / Fume Absorber with Adjustable Table Clamp.  I do pyrography art which is woodburning and it creates smoke.  I had one of these fans with a filter but it was just on legs and could not get it to keep the smoke away from me.  Since this one has an adjustable arm, I can position it perfectly to take the smoke away.  It would also be helpful for soldering crafts to take the fumes out of your face.

Removes noxious fumes and comes with easy to replace filter. It is ESD safe and works great. It also comes with adjustable arm and table clamp.

  • Removes Noxious Fumes
  • Easy to replace Filter
  • ESD Safe
  • Come with adjustable arm and table clamp
  • Works Great

Click here to see the smoke/fume extractor.  http://amzn.to/2ezc8Wi


Most small businesses that sell a product need pictures. Those pictures must be good high quality photos to show off the product in the best way possible. For smaller items under 24 inches I found the perfect Product Photo Light Tent.

I had previously bought the old white version that folded flat but when you tried to unfold it you could sometimes get hit in the head when it sprung to life. Then you needed a set of lights to put on the side and over the top. All of this equipment took up a lot of room, the lights were hot, and it seemed I could never get them adjusted correctly and still had shadows. Then there were the flimsy cloth backdrops that seemed to always get a smudge on them and you could not clean them easily.

I found the perfect light tent with it’s own pre installed LED lights and 4 heavy backdrops. I have to take pictures often and this will be a timesaver for me. I received it today and set it up in about 2 minutes, inserted the very nice quality backdrop from a selection of 4 that attaches with Velcro, plugged it in and turned the switch on, put my item in and took a perfect picture. The self-contained LED’s are perfect! No more dragging lights around and trying to get rid of shadows. The backdrops are also a heavier and cleanable rather than the old thin white cloth. I was also happy the cord had an off on switch so I did not have to unplug but just turn the switch off. Click on the link below to take a look at the one I bought:   http://amzn.to/2mQEGy1

Protection of your personal information is important whether you are a small sole proprietor business or a corporation.  The solution to  this problem is to apply to the IRS for a Employer Identification Number (EIN).  In place of giving someone your social security number, give them your EIN.  There are instances where you are required to give an identification number if you do more than $600 per year of business with other businesses.  This dollar amount is subject to change by the IRS.  For example, if you do any work over a set dollar amount for a nonprofit, they are required to have your ID number which they have to report on their tax return or they may lose their nonprofit status.  Consultants are also required to give their ID number to employers.  Your EIN number can be used in place of your social security number for all business purposes which protects your private information.

Use the link below to apply for an EIN with the IRS.  If you have multiple businesses or change your business name, the IRS does not require multiple EIN’s.  Your original EIN is tied to your social security number for IRS purposes.  You can apply and have your number to use within minutes.  Be sure to print out your confirmation page with your EIN number.  You can also apply by mail but it will take considerably longer.


This IRS page will answer any questions you may have.  Press the “Apply for an EIN Online” link to apply.  It is free, simple, and you will get the number quickly.