NISSAN COMMERCIAL VEHICLES - NEWSLETTER - FALL 2018
WHEN TAX TIME COMES, BE READY[]
It’s easy to see why some small-business owners might consider bookkeeping and taxes to be the worst part of owning a business. Frankly, it can be a nightmare for even the most responsible and organized person. But take heart: There are ways to make tax season a little less stressful and potentially far more rewarding.
The first thing you can do to make 2019 really pay as a deduction is to purchase either a new TITAN®, NV® Cargo, NV® Passenger or Armada® by December 31, 2018, for your business. Then, you could potentially deduct up to 100% of the purchase price for those trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles as defined in the Internal Revenue Code with a GVWR over 6,000 lbs! What’s more, you could also deduct up to $18,000 per vehicle on a new NV200® Compact Cargo or a brand-new Frontier®.[]
HERE ARE A FEW MORE WAYS TO HELP MAKE TAX TIME MORE MANAGEABLE:
1) Don’t wait until the last minute to tally your expenses or review your financial records or receipts. Instead, try to keep close track of all business expenses throughout the year and enter them into your accounting system in a timely fashion. This includes recording expenses like meals, entertainment or gas mileage and keeping any receipts. If it helps, keep a daily diary so you know exact information about the expense and why it was business related.
2) After keeping track of all your expenses and receipts, take the time to gather all the financial documents you’ll need to complete your return. Here is a list of some of the most common documents that small-business owners should track down before filing:
• Bank and credit card statements
• Payroll documents
• Last year’s business tax return
• Partnership agreements
• Accounting documents
By making sure all this information is on-hand before beginning, business owners can make the tax preparation process less time-consuming.
3) Even if you’re not using tax software to help with filing, it’s good to know what’s out there. After all, you probably didn’t start your business because you love accounting. So, if your budget allows, it could benefit you to take advantage of tax software that helps you prepare and file your returns – and usually for less than you might pay a CPA.
Whichever type of tax software you choose, it should help make filing a much easier and more intuitive process. Not to mention, much more affordable, too.
4) Ensure your business complies with all tax filings. Finally, it’s a good idea to double-check that your business complies with all tax filings. Companies need to make sure they’re compliant with all tax filings, specifically payroll tax filings. Make sure all Forms 940 and 941s have been filed and W-2 statements issued. Forms 1099 and 1096 should also be completed and sent to the IRS for any independent contractors who were paid $600 or more during the year.
We hope these tips will make tax time a better time for us all.
The deduction referenced is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute tax or legal advice. All persons considering use of available deductions should consult with their own tax or legal professional to determine eligibility, specific amount of deductions available, if any, and further details. The deduction is not within Nissan’s control and is subject to change without notice. Interested parties should confirm the accuracy of the information before relying on it to make a purchase.
CONQUER THE WORKDAY, EVERY DAY.
When you work as hard as you do, it’s tough not to feel some stress, and perhaps, from time to time, a bit overwhelmed. But by implementing a few steps in the beginning and end of each workday, you might see your productivity increase and your stress levels diminish.
Now by just incorporating a few of the following steps into your day, you can gain more efficiency and be the best professional possible.
STARTING THE DAY
Plan: Make a list of the tasks you wish to accomplish throughout the day in order of importance. You’ll be surprised by the feeling of accomplishment you’ll feel as you check each item off your list.
Reflect: Take a few deep breaths and think about the big picture to get centered.
Hydrate: Start your day off with hydration to increase productivity throughout the day. It’s always a good idea to bring some water with you as you’re going about your day-to-day activities.
Prioritize: Start attacking your biggest challenges first. If possible, schedule your toughest jobs for the day first thing when you’re the freshest.
ENDING THE DAY
Finishing: Be sure to wrap up small projects. Send quick emails and take care of small clerical tasks. In the morning, you’ll be glad you did!
Organize: Put your tools and equipment back where they belong so you can easily find them tomorrow.
Ideas: Some of your best ideas might come during the day while you’re driving from job to job. Don’t let them disappear. Take the time to write them all down.
Disconnect: This one might be the toughest. But try to put the smartphone and laptop away. Make time for the things that bring you pleasure. You’ll find yourself more refreshed and, hopefully, happier.
HANDY ITEMS TO ORGANIZE YOUR TRUCK BED
It’s never a bad time to take stock of the tools of your trade and keep them organized. Sure, the durable construction of your Nissan Frontier allows it to take more than a few hits from wrenches and such that you might toss in the back. However, there are ways to make your truck work even more efficiently. With a few simple accessories, you can keep the bed in a tidier state, which can save you time when rummaging around to find the right piece of equipment for your job. Genuine Nissan Accessories available from your local Nissan dealer are custom-fit, custom-designed and durability-tested to work seamlessly with your Frontier. They even come with up to a 3-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) limited warranty if installed by your Dealer at the time of purchase.[]
LAY IT ON THE LINE®
Organization, like any business or job, starts with a great foundation. A Genuine Nissan High-Density Polyethylene Bedliner fits perfectly around the contours of your Frontier, affording protection from drops and spills. Its non-slip surface offers greater stability when walking in the bed, and it can prevent loose items from sliding around. The available Bed Rail Caps give a finished look and provide another layer of protection.
Whatever the size or shape of your cargo, secure it in a snap with your Frontier’s available Utili-track® Cargo System, with the Most Bed Rails in Its Class.[] The set of channels and cleats can slide, move and tighten down, allowing you to transport awkwardly sized equipment or tools. The cleats are made of heavy-duty aluminum and can support a load capacity of up to 200 lbs. Extras are available from your local Nissan dealer.
ON THE SLIDE
Bring your tools to you with an available Sliding Tool Box. It slides forward when you’re heading to the jobsite, then back toward the tailgate for easier access when you get there. It’s lockable to keep your valuable gear out of sight, and it can carry up to 200 lbs.
EXTEND THE POSSIBILITIES
Expand your list of cargo-carrying options with the available Bed Extender. The rugged aluminum tubing looks great and can pivot forward or backward. Whether you need to haul lengths of wood to the worksite or a set of skis on the weekend, this item further enhances your already-capable truck.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Frontier models equipped with a Utili-track® System can have an available Sliding Bed Divider added that can lock anywhere along the channels. Move the divider out, put the gear you want in the space it creates, then slide it back to secure. It stores against the back of the cab or can be easily removed when you don’t need it.
No matter how you use your Frontier, these bed accessories can help you save time by keeping your stuff neat and organized. To learn more, visit https://parts.nissanusa.com/ or see your local Nissan dealer.
TIPS FOR MAKING SAFE DELIVERIES
NV200® Compact Cargo
Everyone prefers their deliveries to be safe, efficient and successful. That’s why to help keep your employees safe and your customers happy, we provided a list of tips to assist you in making safer deliveries and getting prepared ahead of departure.
Implement this list into your delivery or jobsite plan, and it will help predict hazards and minimize your risk.
1) First step is to make sure you’re driving the right vehicle. And congratulations — you already are! With its smooth-shifting XTRONIC CVT®, dual-sliding side doors and 122.7 cu. ft. of cargo space,[] the NV200 Compact Cargo is ideal for making deliveries
2) Map out your flight plan to avoid congestion, one-way streets, narrow roads and more. One great way to do this is with NissanConnect®[] with Navigation and Mobile Apps. It combines navigation, security and more ways to stay in touch with a dash-mounted system.
3) Upon arrival, you will need to decide where to park your vehicle safely without inconveniencing other drivers, residents, etc. or interrupting other work being conducted on site. Ideally, you should park away from busy roads or streets. You may want to reference a parking app to guide you to a safe location to park your vehicle.
4) Compile procedures for the driver and other employees to follow, to ensure:
a. Completing delivery safety checklists
b. Identifying the equipment required, lifting capacity, etc.
c. Wearing protective equipment (safety vests, goggles, gloves, etc.)
d. Reporting vehicle accidents and other safety concerns
5) Make sure that you and the rest of the team involved in the delivery have read and reread the full delivery plan and make it clear who’s in charge right away so there’s no confusion in the chain of command. Now, you’re off to the races!
GET YOUR SIDE HUSTLE ON WITH YOUR NV CARGO
Fall is a season that can bring a change in the weather as well as a change in demand for your small business. Fortunately, this time of year also provides plenty of temporary small-business opportunities as well as the potential for added profits year-round. And, with the NV Cargo as your partner, the possibilities are endless. Here are just five ideas to get you started.
1) MOVING STUDENTS
If you live in a college town or near a university, moving students could be a profitable short-term business. This is an especially great time of year for this side hustle since thousands of students make the move each fall from their parents’ homes into dorms.
With its trucklike design, excellent maneuverability and spacious cargo area,[] the NV Cargo is built to handle challenges just like this. Plus, the 243° rear doors help make light work of loading and unloading for you. And, speaking of loading and unloading, if you do decide to go this route, purchasing a dolly and some ratchet straps could be a wise investment — especially if you offer your services to a wider group with needs after the fall.
2) SMALL-BUSINESS DELIVERIES
As a small-business owner yourself, you know how hard it is to do it all on your own. Assisting other small businesses with their deliveries can help save them valuable time and bring in extra income for you.
With 234 cu. ft. of cargo space[] and 84.9" of overall height, the NV Cargo Standard Roof is the ideal delivery partner. And, if a delivery ever takes you out of familiar territory, the available Nissan Navigation System[] can help you take the most efficient route and avoid traffic jams. With available 3D maps, real-time traffic alerts and more, you’re sure to get where you’re going with minimal delays.[]
3) PICK-UP/CLEAN-OUT SERVICES
People are always looking to clear out their basements, attics and spare rooms. Offer your services to haul off their unwanted items to donation centers or disposal facilities. Sometimes people discard items like furniture that they no longer have use for, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. If you have an eye for quality, or even better, if you’re any good at refurbishing items, this side business can offer you double the opportunity to earn.
4) YARD CLEANUP
In many places around the country, autumn means falling leaves and other yardwork that folks don’t have the time, energy or inclination to do themselves. Start a small business focusing on fall yard cleanup, such as trimming hedges, clearing lawn debris and fallen leaves off lawns and putting gardens to bed for the season.
5) VAN SHARING
Believe it or not, your NV Cargo can actually earn money for you even when you’re not even using it. Fluid Market is a truck/van peer-to-peer lending program that enables you to rent out your van to neighbors and businesses who need it when you don’t.
Fortunately, these seasonal opportunities are just the tip of the iceberg for you and your hardworking NV Cargo. Whatever you pursue, be sure to do your research and always ask your insurance professional about any additional coverage they recommend.
TIPS FOR HIRING THE PERFECT DRIVERS
One of the biggest concerns for any business owner is safety. So, you never want to overlook the importance of hiring safe drivers for your NV Passenger.
But how do you go about finding the best drivers to command your fleet of company vehicles? It’s definitely not enough to hire someone based on their word. That’s why we are providing you with a list of tips on how to hire the safest and most capable drivers to keep your business running safely and efficiently.
CREATE CONSISTENT STANDARDS FOR ALL DRIVERS
It’s important to establish your own company’s safety regulations when it comes to driving vehicles. It’s even more important to educate your employees on those rules so there’s no spread of misinformation or confusion regarding them.
PERFORM A DRIVER’S LICENSE VERIFICATION
It’s a good idea to note if the candidate has an active driver’s license. A suspension of said candidate’s license will tell you everything you need to know.
PERFORM A REFERENCE CHECK AND A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
Again, this is mostly standard protocol, and you should be doing this for all employees regardless.
CONDUCT EMPLOYEE TESTING
Once their personal and driving backgrounds have been checked and cleared, you will need to administer written and road tests for all potential candidates. This way you will have firsthand experience and knowledge when it comes to determining how safe and effective this candidate will be when driving your vehicles.
Make sure their certifications are valid and up to date.
RETEST YOUR EMPLOYEES
Upon hiring a candidate as a company driver, it’s important to retest them every year to ensure they remain a safe and effective driver and to update them on changing company rules and regulations.
Remember to follow these guidelines when hiring drivers for your company fleet because it’s not just your company you’re trying to protect. You have to protect your employees, your equipment, your customers, your vehicles, other drivers and yourself.
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