LYNDSEY GARBER

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New Mexico Based - Est. 2010

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Hey there! I'm Lyndsey.

To simplify, I'm a cowboy's wife, ranch-kid mama, rural living home-maker (hallelujah Amazon Prime!) and traveling photographer capturing the love & life stories of our western culture. Welcome to my blog!

There are few things I hate less than staying on top of the large amounts of paperwork it takes to run a small business. And it’s an area where, if there’s room to procrastinate, then I will procrastinate. 

So me keeping a hand written log of my business mileage was a joke. I cover a lot of country as a photographer. And by a lot I mean YOU HAVE NO IDEA! 

I really had no idea either.

While I knew it was a good idea, try as I might, I couldn’t keep track of my business miles! I would promise myself to make a note of it at the next gas station. But all memory gets erased when I gotta go to the little girls room after 4 hours of driving and coffee. Then five days later when I’m pulling back into the ranch at 12:43 AM with my eyelids propped open with toothpicks, the ONLY thing I’m thinking about is making sure I don’t run into a black cow (trust me, they are practically invisible at night).

Then MileIQ entered my life one app browsing day!

It was love at first worktrip! 

 

Imagining a mash-up of his business credit card and the Fitbit®, [Dan Bomze] believed his smartphone should be able to automatically log his drives, calculate their value, and sync his mileage reports with his tax, expense, and accounting software.

— https://www.mileiq.com/about

 

This faithful little friend does all that it claims! I haven’t the slightest clue how it works, but oh glory be to taxes it does all the work

It doesn’t matter how bad I have to go to the bathroom, my mileage is ALWAY logged and in a way far more accurate than any chicken-scratch efforts I’ve had before! 

Take a peek at how much I drove JUST for photography last month…and what I can potentially deduct from taxes! And I’m all about those deductions! Because I have a home office, every mile I drive from the ranch to photoshoots, client meetings, trips to the post office (thats 75 miles right there), rental cars, etc etc can all be effortlessly tracked and deducted! 

 

 

 

 

 

MileIQ – Photography Mileage Tracker | Photographer Tools & Resources

November 4, 2015