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Sunlight
Hannah Cole

Making money isn’t usually the top priority for big vision creators — making a difference is. But without financial power, the diverse and... more

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Episodes

Why I Hate TurboTax Part 2

Today’s episode is the 2nd part of my 3 part series where I’m sharing an article published by ProPublica that... more

16 Jul 2024 · 15 minutes
Why I Hate TurboTax Part 1

Today, I’m starting a 3 part series where I’m sharing an article published by ProPublica that exposes some of the... more

09 Jul 2024 · 21 minutes
My Tips for Focus, Plus A US Debt Revelation

In today's episode, I’m talking about the importance of voting and my research into tax policy and deficits and how... more

02 Jul 2024 · 28 minutes
A Solution for Fairer Taxes

This week, I’m chatting about a topic that’s important to me: how we can create more fairness and equity in... more

25 Jun 2024 · 11 minutes
Marketplace health insurance PSA: Update your Income

In this week’s episode, I’m giving you some guidance on marketplace health insurance as a self-employed individual and sharing why... more

18 Jun 2024 · 12 minutes
5 Invisible Things in My Business

This week on the podcast, I’m sharing some of the invisible aspects of running my tax business and some of... more

11 Jun 2024 · 16 minutes
My Hidden Agenda

The Sunlight Podcast has made it to 100 episodes and for this special episode I’m celebrating by sharing what I... more

04 Jun 2024 · 33 minutes
The FTC Non-Compete Ban: What It Means for You

This week, I’m chatting about the new ban on non-compete agreements by the Federal Trade Commission and how it could... more

28 May 2024 · 20 minutes
Deliver your Best Work with this Magic Tip

Today, I’m sharing one of my best tips for providing great work and the importance of setting clear expectations and... more

21 May 2024 · 26 minutes
How to Deduct Business Meals When You're Self-Employed

In today’s episode, I’m sharing how you can deduct business meals on your taxes as a self-employed individual including what... more

14 May 2024 · 24 minutes
How to Deduct Business Travel

Today, I’m talking about an important topic for entrepreneurs: business travel and deducting business travel on your taxes. I’m highlighting... more

07 May 2024 · 31 minutes
Startup Expenses: A Perk for Your New Business

In today’s episode, I’m diving into the topic of startup expenses, the deductions available for new businesses and some of... more

30 Apr 2024 · 21 minutes
Business vs. Hobby & the IRS 9 Point Test for Profit Motive

Today, I’m talking about the tax laws related to distinguishing between a hobby and a legitimate business when you’re a... more

23 Apr 2024 · 44 minutes
New Rules for LLCs: Update

In today’s episode, I’m revisiting an important topic and giving you an update about the Corporate Transparency Act, which aims... more

16 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Why It Matters Who You Listen To

Today, I want to talk about why it’s so important who you take advice from when you’re an entrepreneur. I... more

09 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
4 Cases Where Done Beats Perfect

In today’s episode, I’m sharing my story of struggling with perfectionism and how I was able to overcome that and... more

02 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
How Taxes Can Unlock Your Financial Health

Today, I’m giving some guidance on how you can use tax time as an opportunity to improve your finances and... more

26 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Thoughts I’ve had About Money

Today, I’m sharing some thoughts I’ve struggled with when it comes to my finances, taxes, and financial knowledge so I... more

19 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
1099 vs W2 Income and Why it Matters

Today on the podcast, I’m going over the key differences between 1099 freelance income and W-2 employee income when filing... more

12 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Insider Deduction Tips

Today, I’m giving you some insight into deductions and details on categories when it comes to your schedule C deductions.... more

05 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
How to Deduct Fees, Bandmate Payouts and Gallery Commissions

Today, I’m talking about deducting education expenses and explaining how fees and reimbursement works when it comes to reporting your... more

27 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Tips to Make Your Taxes Better Right Now

In this week’s episode, I’m giving you some of my best tips when it comes to tax preparation and financial... more

20 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Can a Massage Therapist Deduct Massages? Education Expenses Explained

Have you ever wondered what you can deduct when it comes to business expenses?   Today, I’m deep diving into... more

13 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
Discomfort Means You're Growing: Estimates and Investments

This week, I’m talking about embracing discomfort for your personal growth and financial success and how seeking out discomfort can... more

06 Feb 2024 · 36 minutes
1099s Deep Dive: Listener Questions

Today,  I’m going over some listener questions about 1099 tax forms and clarifying some issues that might arise for you... more

30 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
What Are Receipts Actually For?

In today's episode, I’m explaining and going into detail about receipts and bookkeeping for self-employed creatives, including why keeping receipts... more

23 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Issuing 1099s

Today, I’m chatting about the importance of filing 1099 forms if you’re self-employed. I’m explaining who needs to file a... more

16 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
Open House for Money Bootcamp

I’m having an open house to answer all your questions about Money Bootcamp. If you’re curious about it, and curious... more

11 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Respect Your Work, Then Get Organized

Today, I want to talk about the importance of believing in your work and why it’s so important for creative... more

09 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
The De-Stress Your Taxes Checklist

This week on the podcast, I’m giving you a checklist so you can get organized for this upcoming tax season... more

02 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Tax Credits and Law Changes Not to Miss

This week, I’m sharing a year-end review of past episodes from 2023 that covered new tax laws and legislation so... more

26 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Lower your Taxes at Year End, Prevent a Cash Crunch

As we approach the end of 2023, I want to talk about end of year tax planning and some strategies... more

19 Dec 2023 · 20 minutes
New Rules for LLCs: How The Corporate Transparency Act Affects You

In today's episode, I want to talk about a new law that goes into effect in January of 2024 and... more

12 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
Understand Your Tax Rate

Has calculating your income tax rate in the past been overwhelming?   Today, I’m going into detail about income tax... more

05 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
FU Money for the People

On today’s episode, I’m talking about an important topic that I’m very passionate about: saving for retirement. I’m sharing why... more

28 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Donating Your Work isn't a Charitable Deduction

As we approach the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to chat about an important topic that comes up often: donating... more

21 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
Set Up Your Calendar for Tax Success

Today, I’m sharing with you how you can set up your calendar for success as an entrepreneur so you never... more

14 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Your Personal Finance Attitude Adjustment

Today, I’m sharing another article I wrote in 2017 for the art blog, Art F City, where I focus on... more

07 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
Money Cheat Sheet for the Overwhelmed

Today, I’m sharing an article I wrote where I give a practical financial overview and is a personal finance cheat... more

31 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
The Right Step at the Right Time

Are you an entrepreneur who has wondered if it’s time for you to form an LLC or an S Corp?... more

24 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Your Business Already Started

In today’s episode, I’m going over when your business actually starts according to the IRS, the importance of profit motive... more

17 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
How to Reduce Tax Overwhelm

Today, I’m sharing how you can reduce your tax overwhelm and get some relief when it comes to filing your... more

10 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
How I Got Here: Interview with Kelly Bennett

This week, I’m sharing an interview I did on the Emerging Brands Podcast with Kelly Bennett.    Kelly Bennett is... more

03 Oct 2023 · 48 minutes
Farnoosh Torabi: When Financial Fear is Good

Farnoosh Torabi is an Iranian-American personal finance expert, journalist, author and the host of the So Money podcast.     Today,... more

26 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
My top 4 ROIs (Returns on Investment)

Today, I’m talking about some of the best things I’ve invested in during my time as a business owner that... more

19 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
Mistakes People Make When Working with an Accountant

Have you ever wondered what questions you should ask when you’re hiring a new accountant?   Today, I’m explaining some... more

12 Sep 2023 · 36 minutes
Your Complete Guide to the New Student Loan Forgiveness

In today’s timely bonus episode, I am sharing some information on student loans, the new SAVE program and how this... more

07 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
3 Secrets to Extra Money in Your Tax Deductions

Today, I want to talk about 2 areas of the tax code where you can get more money as a... more

05 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
LLCs & Why You Need to Separate Your Accounts

  Today, I’m sharing an article I wrote about why it’s so important to keep your personal and business bank... more

29 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
The Child Care Tax Credit

Today, I’m sharing important details about the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and how you can use it during... more

22 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Taxes Should Be Part of Civic Education: a Story of Hope

  Today, I’m sharing a civic oriented article I wrote back in 2018 that I hope will inspire you to... more

15 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
10 Minute Tax Fix: Do a Paycheck Checkup

In this quick and easy episode, I’m talking about something practical you can do in just 15 minutes to make... more

08 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Oops! How to Fix a Tax Mistake

Have you ever wondered what happens when you make a mistake on your taxes?    In this episode, I’m talking... more

01 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
What is a schedule? Capital Gains, Self-Employment Tax and Itemized Deductions

Today, I’m sharing some tax basics and diving into tax schedules including what tax schedules are and why they exist.... more

25 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
What I do With My Money

Today, I’m sharing the details of what I do with my money, how I got interested in personal finance and... more

18 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
How to Have it All

  Have you ever wondered how you can have it all in your life and business?   Today, I’m talking... more

11 Jul 2023 · 49 minutes
Why I'm Patriotic (Proof of Real Progress)

For this July 4th episode, I wanted to go over the top reasons that I’m patriotic and talk about some... more

04 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
The One Thing You Must Do in Your Business

It’s my 50th episode of the Sunlight Podcast and today, I wanted to share with you the one thing I... more

27 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
Medical Expense Deductions: When it's Worth Tracking & How

Have you ever wondered how medical expense deductions work and if you could potentially qualify?    Today, I’m giving you... more

20 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
The Business Advantages of Creatives

Artists and mission-driven people make natural entrepreneurs.    In today’s episode, I’m going over all the reasons why I think... more

13 Jun 2023 · 48 minutes
BTS: How I Structure My Day for Better Focus

Have you ever felt like you have more work than time in the day?    Today, I’m sharing some of... more

06 Jun 2023 · 46 minutes
BTS: Creative Career Advice from Architect John Cole (aka My Dad)

Today, I have my dad, architect John Cole, joining me to talk about his successful career in architecture and to... more

30 May 2023 · 43 minutes
Tips for Your First Hire

In this week’s episode, I’m talking about everything you need to know about hiring as a small business owner, including... more

23 May 2023 · 36 minutes
S Corp Mistakes That will Cost You Thousands

In this week’s episode, I’m diving into the topic of S Corps and sharing the most common misconceptions and the... more

16 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Tips to Ensure You Pay Yourself

In this week’s episode, I’m sharing some of my biggest tips to make sure you prioritize paying yourself first and... more

09 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Re-Framing Finances for Creatives

This week, I’m sharing an episode that aired on the Creative Baggage podcast where I was recently a guest.    ... more

02 May 2023 · 40 minutes
What Counts As Taxable Income?

It’s easy to get confused when it comes to figuring out what you need to report as income on your... more

25 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
3 Tips for Easier Taxes

Today, I’m sharing my 3 quick and easy tips to make taxes easier for you as an entrepreneur.     Join... more

18 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Bonus: Making your Estimated Quarterly Tax Payment

This week, I'm giving you a quick mini bonus episode to share the details about my training video that teaches... more

13 Apr 2023 · 2 minutes
Is it Ok to Get a Tax Extension?

Do you need a tax extension and you’re freaking out about it?    Today, I’m sharing the details about tax... more

11 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Aggressive Means "High Growth"

Today, I’m sharing more about the word “aggressive” and what it means when you’re setting up investments as an entrepreneur. ... more

04 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
How to Stash More FU Money: The SECURE 2.0 Act Expands Your Retirement-Funding Options.

Today, I’m sharing with you some information about the recently passed Secure 2.0 Act and how it can help you... more

28 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
The Mental Load of Financial Fear

Are you feeling judgement or fear when it comes to your taxes and finances?    Today, I’m talking about the... more

21 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
Do I Need an LLC?

One of the top questions I get asked in my one to one consultations as a tax accountant for creative... more

14 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
The Home Office Deduction

Today, I’m explaining the home office deduction including how you can calculate your own home office deduction when you’re filing... more

07 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
How to Fund your IRA: Pay Yourself First

In today's episode, I’m talking about a very important topic: how to pay yourself first as a creative entrepreneur and... more

28 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
When do you Actually Need an Accountant?

Are you a creative entrepreneur who’s been wondering when you should hire an accountant or if you’ll be able to... more

21 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
Estimated Quarterly Taxes: How to Calculate Your Payments

Today, I’m diving into the second part of paying estimated quarterly taxes and sharing how you can actually calculate what... more

14 Feb 2023 · 33 minutes
Estimated Quarterly Taxes: Breaking it Down

If you’re a creative entrepreneur, chances are that you might be confused with the idea of paying your estimated quarterly... more

07 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
1099s: Your Top Questions

This week, I’m giving you a quick and practical episode answering some of the common questions I’ve received about 1099’s... more

31 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
Tips to Set Up for Easy Taxes

Preparing for tax season can be overwhelming especially if you’re a business owner.    In this week’s episode, I’m sharing... more

24 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
How to Issue 1099s

In this week’s special bonus episode, I’m breaking down any confusion and explaining all of the details you need to... more

19 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
10 Reasons Self-Employed People Get Stuck with Money, and How to Fix It

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about why it’s so hard for creative entrepreneurs and ethically aligned people to get well... more

17 Jan 2023 · 37 minutes
What Small Business Bookkeeping is Actually For

Bookkeeping and accounting are topics that can intimidate and confuse a lot of entrepreneurs so in today’s episode, I’m deep... more

10 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
Taxes, Democracy, and the Largest Climate Bill in US History

In this first episode of 2023, I’m sharing some of what the Biden administration has accomplished and the incredible strides... more

03 Jan 2023 · 51 minutes
Taylor Smalls: Taking the Leap from Architecture to Full Time Art

Taylor Smalls is a contemporary painter who runs her own studio practice based in California.     In today’s episode, Taylor... more

27 Dec 2022 · 37 minutes
Phrases to use for Boundaries & Pricing with your Clients

Today I’m talking about a subject that can trigger people and bring up a lot of emotions: pricing.    In... more

20 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
Tax and Year-End Planning

As year-end approaches, I’m sharing how you can create a financial end of year strategy for yourself as a creative... more

13 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
Pricing and Business Lessons

In today’s episode I’m reflecting on my business and some of the lessons I’ve learned while being a creative entrepreneur... more

06 Dec 2022 · 42 minutes
Imagine (Sneha Shrestha): Street Art, Authenticity, and Connecting Savings to Creative Freedom

Imagine (Sneha Shrestha) is an artist, educator and social entrepreneur from Kathmandu, Nepal. She established Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum... more

29 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
Gretchen Carder: Prestige is Not Payment: Textiles, Covid Pivots + Bookkeeping as Self-Care

Gretchen Carder is the owner of Good Quilt and a member of Money Bootcamp. Gretchen has a background in graphic... more

22 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Waiting Costs you Money: Money School

In today’s final episode of the Money School Bonus Series, I’m sharing why waiting costs you money when it comes... more

17 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Don't Hustle, Don't compromise, Just Maximize: Money School

Don't Hustle, Don't compromise, Just Maximize: Money School bonus series   Today, I’m rounding out the Money School Bonus Series... more

15 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Why Deductions Save More than you Think: Self-Employment Tax: Money School

In today’s episode of the Money School Bonus Series, I’m explaining what self-employment tax is, why tax deductions are so... more

10 Nov 2022 · 28 minutes
Receipts & Bookkeeping Demystified: Money School

Receipts. Your tax return. Bookkeeping. In this week’s episode and part of the Money School series, I’m sharing three different... more

08 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
How to Cancel your Student Debt: Money School

In this week’s bonus episode, I’m giving you all the details about how you can take advantage of President Biden’s... more

03 Nov 2022 · 21 minutes
What Accountants Get Wrong About Creative People: Money School

If you’re a creative professional and entrepreneur, you’ve probably had a negative encounter with an accountant before where they didn’t... more

01 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Vision: Running for Office

Today, I’m interviewing 2 candidates running for office here in Western North Carolina. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is a North Carolinian, Christian... more

25 Oct 2022 · 48 minutes
Itemizing vs. Business Deductions: Ending the Confusion

If you’re a creative entrepreneur, you may be confused about itemizing vs business deductions, and whether to itemize or take... more

18 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Perfectionism as a Creative Entrepreneur

Most creative people are motivated to make incredible work. We might even strive for perfection. In this episode, I’m talking... more

11 Oct 2022 · 28 minutes
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If you’re a creative entrepreneur, you may be confused about itemizing vs business deductions, and whether to itemize or take the standard... more