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Megan Hyman
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Can you give an example of who is an affiliate of Amazon or “affiliate sales” …Just out of curiousity

Also, last summer, my intent was to jump in and start my own business. I didn't have any of these tools, but had some help from sources around me as regards to business. I ordered business cards, purchased a domain for a fitness website..basically I didn't really have a business plan, but I was informed that I could just operate as a sole proprietor, rather than go through all the paperwork. A couple of months later, I got offered a position as a personal trainer at the gym I was training out of, and I accepted the job. The marketing for clients came mainly from me, I had to redo my business cards, create my own brochure, I even had a “meet the trainer” and supplied food and drink (at the gym). (hindsight is 20/20) I also had to invest in “appropriate attire” to wear even though the gym owner told me that he'd supply a polo shirt but never did..
Prior to starting my job at the gym, any money I spent on business related expenses, can or cannot be considered tax deductible? ( Because I didn't earn an income, and it wasn't for the length of time Natalie mentioned, correct?
Pertaining to the expenses (voluntarily) that incurred as an employee under a corporation (I'd assume the gym was a corp.) I'm pretty much at a loss over that too or no? Sorry if this sounds confusing, don't know the proper language?