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How to Choose the Right Sized Storage Unit

By on February 5, 2019 in Moving, Tips

Ready to store your stuff, but asking yourself, what size storage unit do I need? If you don’t know what size storage unit to select, follow our helpful size guide below. Selecting the right-sized storage unit will give you the best overall value for your money. Too small, and you won’t be able to store all your items. Too large and you are paying for more than you need!

Prior to selecting the right sized storage unit, take some time to consider how your items will be packed and stored. Remember, many large items, like furniture, can be disassembled for easier storage. Disassembling items will help maximize your space and may allow you to pick a smaller storage unit. To see our recommendations for preparing and packing your items, check out this blog post.

The guide below uses standard storage unit sizes. You may find that your local storage facilities have some additional, custom size options that add or subtract a few square feet from the estimates here.

Small Storage Units – Only have a few items to store? Consider one of these smaller sized units. Perfect for people that fancy themselves expert real-life tetris box stackers.

  • 5×5 sq ft: This unit is the size of a small walk-in closet or a utility closet. It is ideal for a small amount of boxed personal items, seasonal sports equipment (when you need to swap you surfboard for yours skiis), business supplies or records, and small furniture.
  • 5×10 sq ft: This unit will offer you double the space of a 5×5 and is comparable to a large walk-in closet. When packed and disassembled, this size unit could contain the average contents of a small bedroom. This is also a good choice if you have a large piece of furniture that are too big for the 5×5.

Medium Storage Units – If you need to store several pieces of large furniture, appliances, or just a large pile of stuff, a medium sized storage unit may be right for you.

  • 5×15 sq ft: This unit size will give you a little more space than the 5×10. It could fit the contents of a large bedroom or two small rooms.
  • 10×10 sq ft: This size unit is the size of a small bedroom. It is appropriate for large furniture, appliances, boxes, and bookcases. With proper packing and stacking, this unit size could hold the contents of an average one-bedroom apartment. If you are looking to store a vehice, this size unit could house a motorcycle.

Large Storage Units – If you are moving or going overseas and need a storage solution for a whole apartment or household full of goods, you may want to look into these larger-sized units.

  • 10×15 sq ft: This unit is the size of a large bedroom. Appropriate for a two bedroom apartment, including several large appliances, furniture, and boxed personal items.
  • 10×20 sq ft: This unit is the size of a small one-car garage. If you are storing a vehicle, you could park a car in it. This unit could fit the contents of a 1-2 bedroom home or large apartment. This size of unit is also popular for commercial inventory and storage racks.
  • 10 x 25 sq ft: This unit is the size of a large one-car carage. It’s appropriate for the contents of a standard 2-3 bedroom home.
  • 10×30 sq ft: This large unit will be able to fit the contents of a 3-4 bedroom household. They can also be used for storing large commerical equipment and gear.

Need help getting your items to and from the storage unit?

Once you’ve decided which storage unit size to rent, you may need some help getting your items to their new home. GoShare provides an easy solution for storage facility drop-offs. Using the GoShare site or app, you can find local delivery and moving professionals with trucks and cargo vans to assist you in moving your items to a storage facility. Hire one or two professionals. They can be there within the hour, or be scheduled in advance. In addition to moving your items, they will also assist with the loading and unloading, making for an easy, quick trip!

Indoor Storage Facility With Climate Control

Do I need a storage facility with climate control?

By on February 3, 2019 in Moving, Tips

If you are considering putting some of your belongings in storage, you have a lot of decisions to make as you choose your facility. Cost, security, location, and reviews will all be a factor. But, one of the most important decisions you will make when selecting your storage unit is whether to choose a storage unit with climate control. Read below to understand what additional features climate controlled units offer, and what should be stored in climate controlled storage. For help on how to select a storage facility, check out our post here.

What is climate controlled storage?

Temperature controlled units have temperature control in the form of air conditioning and/or heating. Your agreement should include the acceptable temperature range for the storage facility. If a unit is climate controlled, it should have both humidity and temperature control. However, some storage facilities may mislabel or incorrectly advertise their units. So, don’t assume they have humidity control because they list “climate control” as a feature. It is always best to ask. Climate controlled facilities will use high-quality HVAC systems, dehumidifiers, thermostats and insulation to manage temperature and humidity levels. Because of the added cost of maintaining a consistent temperature in these units, they will cost more than a standard unit.

Why is climate control important for storage?

Depending on what you are storing in your storage unit, climate control may be required to help your items maintain their current condition and value. Remember, standard storage units have little insulation to keep them warm in the winter. In the summer, they will heat up and often be hotted inside than the temperatures out of doors. Items stored in standard storage units can be exposed to extreme hot and cold temperatures. Because climate controlled spaces tend are indoors and insulated, there is also a decreased risk of pest and insects.

What items should be stored in climate controlled environments?

Items that are sensitive to temperature and humidity should be stored in a climate controlled space. These can include luxury items, electronics, collectibles or antiques. Below is a list of a few of the most common items recommended for this type of storage environment.

  • Antiques – Older items and antiques, whether metal, wood or paper, are highly susceptible to fluctuations in temperatures and humidity. Extended periods of dry air can cause antique wood furniture to crack and split. Metal will rust in high humidity. Paper can yellow. Protect these items by keeping them in a consistent temperature range.
  • Fine Art and Paintings – Framed artwork and paints can shrink and expand in extreme temperatures. If a storage unit becomes too humid, mold or mildew can ruin a piece.
  • Collectible Paper Items & Memorabilia – Even without exposure to sunlight, comic books, magazines, baseball cars, family photos can all become dried and yellowed in extreme heat.
  • Delicate Upholstery or Fabrics – Luxury or antique furniture and clothing can suffer from mildew and mold in high humidity environments. Expensive, delicate items should be stored with acid-free, archival tissue paper. A cedar packet is also a good idea, to fend off moths.
  • Electronics and Tech – Humid environments may cause corrosion and mold. Extreme heat can also damage electronics. Even in climate-controlled environments, it is a good idea to include some silica gel packs when storing electronics.
  • CDs, DVDs, and Games – Any type of optical disc, from a CD to a video game, can be damaged in high heat. Store these items in cool, dry places to preserve their quality and ensure they do not become damaged or warped.
  • Vinyl Records – High temperatures may cause vinyl records to warp. Low temps can lead them to become brittle and even snap or crack. Always store records vertically, in their sleeves, and in a temperature controlled area.
  • Instruments – Wooden instruments will contract in the cold and expand in the heat. They are highly susceptible to volatile temperatures. In addition, humidity control is needed to prevent the mildew (too humid) or drying out and splitting (too dry).

Learn more about how to prepare your items for storage with our blog post here.

Is my storage facility liable for temperature related damages?

Unfortunately, no. Your contract will likely guarantee that the facility makes every reasonable effort to ensure your items remain in the promised temperature and humidity. However, nearly all contracts protect the facility in the event of mechanical failure, power outages, extreme weather events, and other unexpected challenges.

When putting your items in storage, call your insurance company to see if your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover your storage unit. If it doesn’t, find out how to add these items to your policy. You may also be able to purchase insurance from the storage facility.

Need help getting your items to and from the storage unit?

GoShare provides an easy solution for storage facility drop-offs. Using the GoShare site or app, you can find local delivery and moving professionals with trucks and cargo vans to assist you in moving your items to a storage facility. Hire one or two professionals. They can be there within the hour, or be scheduled in advance. In addition to moving your items, they will also assist with the loading and unloading, making for a truly easy experience.

Storage Units at Storage Facility

How to Choose the Right Storage Facility

By on February 2, 2019 in Moving, Tips

There are thousands of storage facilities across the country where you can rent a unit to store your items. But which storage facility is the best?

Choosing the best storage facility for you will depend on what you are storing and how long you are storing it. Follow the guidelines below to find the right storage facility for your needs.

Decided if You Need Climate Control

Climate controlled storage spaces agree to keep the temperatures between certain levels. They may also control for humidity. Not all facilities control for humidity, so be sure to inquire if this is important for your needs. Because these spaces require cooling in the summer and heating in the winter, they will cost more than other units. However, you should consider this investment if you are storing items that could be affected by humidity or heat. Learn more about facilities with climate control and which items are recommended for this type of storage in our blog post here.

Select the Size of Unit You Need

Storage units are often priced by size. The large the unit, the greater the cost. Estimate the size of unit you need by taking an inventory of your items. Remember that large furniture items can be disassembled, helping save space in your unit. Learn more about common storage unit sizes and what these units can hold in our blog post here.

Shop Around

The costs of storage facilities can vary widely, even for facilities with similar offerings in nearby locations. Many storage facilities are independently owned. This means that business owners can set their own prices. By making a few phone calls, you’ll be able to find the best deal on a storage unit in your area. Let the facility know if you are considering another location and see if they will match prices or deals. When shopping around, be sure to ask about more than price. Compare gate and office hours to make sure the facility will be conveniently accessible to you.

Read Reviews

Consumers are empowered with more information than ever before. Years ago, you might find a storage facility by flipping through a phone book or asking friends for recommendations. Now, using search sites like Google and Yelp, you can not only find storage facilities but access reviews from other consumers about the facilities capabilities, service, and features. Too many poor reviews may be a red flag that the facility is one to avoid.

Ask About Security

Most facilities offer security and safety measures of some kind. But, some facilities may offer more protection than others. If security is important to you, ask about security features. Do not assume they are in place. Security features could include security fencing, protected access, security locks, video surveillance, fire prevention equipment, and security guards. Security is important because thieves target storage units. If they can bypass facility security, their crime may go unnoticed for months depending on how often the units are accessed by the owners.

Look Outside of Town

When you are looking for a storage facility, you may want to consider a wide radius of options. Storage facilities in downtown areas tend to cost more than those outside of town or in less populated areas. If you do not need frequent access to your storage unit, you may be able to save a few dollars by selecting a storage facility that is farther away from your home. However, if you will visit your facility frequently, you may want to pick one that is close by.

Understand the Payment Policy

Some storage facilities have unusual payment policies. Make sure you understand payment schedules and late penalties up front. In some cases, storage facilities may be able to auction off your personal possessions if you are delinquent. So, it’s important to understand the expectations and risks in advance.

Visit in Person

Once you have your short list of storage facilities, consider visiting in person (if you are able). You should be seeking to answer these questions during your visit:

  • Does the facility look like it’s maintained in good condition?
  • Is it clean and tidy with no trash and litter? Lower maintenance standards can lead to fire hazards and other risks.
  • Are there any holes or cracks which might lead to leaks, pests, or water damage?
  • Is it well lit, so you can find your unit during the day and night?
  • Are the employees responsive and courteous?
  • Is there convenient parking?
  • Does the facility appear secure?
  • How many open storage units are there? Low occupancy can be a red flag.

Once you select your storage facility, you will need to prepare your items for storage. Check out our tips here to learn more about how to pack and prepare your items.

Need assistance moving or delivering your items to a storage facility? GoShare provides an easy solution for storage facility drop-offs. Using the GoShare site or app, you can find local delivery and moving professionals with trucks and cargo vans to assist you in moving your items to a storage facility. Hire one or two professionals. They can be there within the hour, or be scheduled in advance. In addition to moving your items, they will also assist with the loading and unloading, making for a truly easy experience.

GoShare Moving Truck at Storage Facility

How to Prepare Your Items for a Storage Facility

By on January 30, 2019 in Moving, Tips

There are many reasons you might need to place items in a storage facility. You may need to temporarily store households items due to a renovation or relocation. You might need a secure place to store your belongings while overseas for military service, travel, or a work assignment. You could be storing business inventory or archives. Or, you might have just run out of room!

Whatever the reason, there are thousands of storage facilities across the country available to help house your belongings. Prior to placing your items in storage, follow these steps to prep and pack your items and ensure they remain safe and sound.

Clean and Disinfect Your Items

Protect your items from becoming musty or even mildewy while in storage by ensuring they are clean and disinfected prior to packing them up. Wipe down all surfaces with an all-purpose cleaning spray or disinfectant wipe. Vacuum any upholstery, including couches and chairs, as well as carpets.

Use Plastic Bins for Long-Term Storage

For short-term storage, cardboard boxes may offer an easy and affordable way to contain your items. For long-term storage, use plastic bins with airtight lids. Insects, including silverfish, termites, and roaches like cardboard boxes. These insects do not eat plastic containers. Plastic containers are also less likely to be damaged by water. And, when sealed tightly, they can protect from moisture getting in. They are more durable and won’t crush from stacking. Plastic bins will last multiple moves, as well as being removed from and replaced in storage when you need to retrieve specific items. If you expect to be taking items in and out of storage frequently, consider using clear storage bins to help quickly spot your items. No matter what type of boxes or bins you use, don’t forget to label them.

Protect Your Items

Dust, mildew and even mold can develop over time, especially if your unit is not climate controlled. Small items may be put into plastic storage bins, but larger items could need extra protection. Large items of furniture should be covered with a sheet or moving blankets to keep dust and dirt off the fabric. Prior to covering it up, don’t forget to apply protective furniture spray on furniture and any leather goods you might be storing. Put mattresses in mattress storage bags. Use crates or cardboard to protect mirrors and picture frames. Never store damp or wet items. Make sure everything is properly dried before placing it in storage. If you are storing appliances, leave the doors slightly ajar to prevent mildew from moisture build up.

Take Apart Large Items

To maximize your storage space, you may need to disassemble large items such as furniture. Prepare these items in advance by taking them apart and properly storing any small parts on pieces needed for reassembly so they don’t get lost. In addition to offering moving and delivery services, GoShare’s delivery pros can assist with furniture assembly and disassembly. Get a quote here.

Create an Inventory List

It’s easy to lose track of what you have when it’s not readily at hand. Create an inventory list of the items you are putting into storage. Keep a copy with you and one in the storage unit. Not only will this come in handy when you can’t remember where Great-Grandma’s soup tureen ended up, but it will also be a useful reference in the case of theft or damage. While most facilities are very secure, there are cases of theft and even damage (for example, flooding or fire). Take pictures of the items before they go into the facility and keep copies of the images with the inventory list. Your list and images can be digital. If you ever have to file a claim with your insurance company or report a theft to the police, you will be glad you took the time to create these lists.

Check Your Insurance

Call your insurance company to find out if your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy will cover the items in your storage unit. Just like your home or apartment, storage facilities can be the victims of fire, theft, flooding, and other catastrophes. If your current plan doesn’t cover storage units, ask how much it would cost to add. Larger storage facilities may also offer insurance options for their facilities for a small fee.

Understand Facility Restrictions

Your storage facility should provide you with a list of restricted items. Typically, this includes items that are highly flammable, perishable, or illegal. Examples of items considered too dangerous to store in a storage facility include gasoline, fertilizer, cleaning chemicals, paint, fireworks, and propane tanks.

Find Moving Help

Once your items are packed and prepped for storage, you will need help with storage facility delivery. For storage facility moving help, you may find that the facility has a moving truck you can borrow. You can rent a truck on your own, or ask a friend for help. GoShare provides another solution for storage facility drop-offs. Using the GoShare site or app, you can find local delivery and moving professionals with trucks and cargo vans to assist you in moving your items to a storage facility. Hire one or two professionals. They can be there within the hour, or be scheduled in advance. In addition to moving your items, they will also assist with the loading and unloading, making for a truly easy experience.

Extreme Cold Ice Crystals

Protecting Your Pickup Truck From Extreme Cold

By on January 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

Extreme cold weather can damage your vehicle. If you live in an area where frigid winter temperatures are common, you will need to protect your vehicle from the cold. Various parts of your car and truck will begin to experience failure or performance challenges as the weather plummets. As the winter weather sets in, be aware of the stress the cold creates for your vehicle.

Follow the guidelines below for these frosty temperatures to protect your vehicle from cold and winter weather.

When the Weather is Below 40° F

Spark plugs will weaken below 40° F. If they are older or damaged, they may not start as easily. Make sure they are clean and replace any old or damaged parts. In addition, be aware that for every 10° F temperature drops, your tires will lose one psi (pounds per square inch). Once temps reach this temperature, it’s a good time to check your tire’s psi and make adjustments as needed.

When the Weather is Below 35° F

At this temperature, your transmission fluid begins to thicken. You will find your vehicle may not run at its normal pace. To maintain a stable transmission performance in cold weather, pressure and fluid levels need to be regulated well. Make sure all your vehicle fluid levels are full, including motor oil. Motor oil can also thicken and cause challenges with the vehicle starting. Be aware of your vehicles limitations to avoid challenges on the road. If you are having challenges changing gears, run the engine to warm it up, and it should improve performance.

You may also find at this temperature that your LCD screen starts to behave sluggishly. Just like the fluid in your vehicle, the molecules in the liquid crystal display behave sluggishly in the cold. The performance will improve as you continue your journey and the vehicle warms up.

When the Weather is Below 32° F

Below 32 degrees, car batteries can lose up to 35 percent of their normal strength. Meanwhile, it can take twice as much current to get your vehicle started in cold conditions. To avoid battery failure, replace your battery every three years, and get it tested before the cold sets in. If your battery has a weak charge, replace it. It will not be able to perform once the weather begins to chill. Consider purchasing a heavy duty battery, to get more power to work with during freezing or below freezing temperatures.

When the Weather is Below 20° F

As ice begins to thicken, windshield wipers are more susceptible to breaking. Make sure to have appropriate, winter-weather wipers installed on your truck, van or car. Keep an extra set around in case they break, so you can pull over and put the new wipers on. Do not drive with broken wipers during precipitation events, as this will affect your visibility and safety. In addition, extreme weather can overpower the freezing point of your wiper fluid and turn it to slush. Keep the windshield as warm as possible with your vehicle’s defroster or heater to help with this issue.

When the Weather is Below 0° F

According to AAA, a car battery will lose 60 percent of its strength once temps reach 0 degrees. If possible, park your vehicle in a garage where temps may remain warmer than out of doors. The gasoline in your fuel line will not freeze, but water moisture in the line can become icy. Keep the tank at least half full to help prevent a clog in the fuel pickup.

When the Weather is Below -20° F

At this low temperature, typical motor oil becomes so thick that an engine’s pump struggles to pick it up and circulate it. Switch to a low viscosity oil, such as a 5W-30. Your vehicle manufacturer may also have suggestions about the best motor oil to use in subzero temps.

Follow these cold weather vehicle safety tips to ensure your car or truck get you where you need to go all winter long. Check out our additional posts to see how to prepare your pickup truck for winter weather, and how to keep a pickup truck bed clear of snow.

Interested in hiring a GoShare Delivery Pro? Use the GoShare website or download our convenient deliver pro and mover app.

Do you own a pickup truck, cargo van, or box truck? Sign up with GoShare to earn money driving with your vehicle.

 

Customer Using the GoShare App for Delivery and Moving

How Service Professional Apps Are Empowering Consumers

By on January 27, 2019 in Moving, Technology, Tips

The advent of new technologies, including the internet and mobile apps, has led to a consumer revolution in the service professional space. Never has the everyday consumer had access to so much information and convenience as they do now. New technologies are empowering individuals to save both time and money.

Thirty years ago, if you needed to find a home service professional to assist with furniture delivery, junk removal, assembly or more, you might ask around among friends and neighbors for recommendations. If you are lucky, someone might have a brother-in-law that does that kind of thing or a business card in the back of their junk drawer from the last time they needed a plumber. If not, you’d have to turn to the Yellow Pages or another phone book listing.

The phone book listings for professionals provided little information about their quality, reliability or prices. So, you would need to go down the list, calling each professional gather quotes and do background research. If you had some free time, you could get several quotes before making a decision. If you were busy, you might be tempted to book the first person with availability.

Then, many of these listings moved online. Suddenly, consumers had access to user reviews and competitive pricing information. When using the Yellow Pages, you wouldn’t know if a moving company had a challenge with a high amount of damage claims. Online, those reviews are easy to find.

The internet put knowledge into the hands of the consumer like never before. And, now apps are bringing about similar changes for consumer convenience. A new suite of service professional apps are now available in the market, putting more power in the consumer’s hands than ever before. These apps allow consumers to not only locate high-quality service professionals, but hire, and pay them – all in one place.

GoShare is one such app, which allows users to quickly hire delivery, moving, or furniture assembly professionals. Using this moving and furniture delivery app is simple. Consumers enter the location of their project, the items they need moved or assembled, and the time they would like a delivery pro to arrive.

The project is instantly sent out to a network of thousands of pre-screened independent contractors. These professionals have passed comprehensive background checks, are fully insured, and must maintain a 94% perfect, positive rating among past customers to be eligible to accept the project. Once a delivery pro accepts the project, you can track the job and pay upon completion- all the in the app.

A process that used to take hours, and had no guarantee of quality, now takes minutes. All independent contractors must be top-rated professionals, and every project is fully insured.

So the next time someone asks you if you know any good moving or delivery companies, you can smile and say…. “You know, there’s an app for that.”

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Interested in hiring a GoShare Delivery Pro? Use the GoShare website or download our convenient deliver pro and mover app.

Do you own a pickup truck, cargo van, or box truck? Sign up with GoShare to earn money driving with your vehicle.

GoShare Web Site Demo Video

By on January 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

It’s easy to use GoShare to find same-day moving and delivery help. This quick demo shows how to use GoShare’s Web site to hire one or two delivery professions. Visit this page to see a similar demo for GoShare’s app. GoShare connects businesses and individuals with local truck and van owners. It is perfect for furniture delivery, small moves, junk hauling, and more. Every delivery pro hired on GoShare has been background checked and all projects are protected by a commercial insurance policy.

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GoShare App Demo Video

By on January 25, 2019 in Moving, Technology, Tips

It’s easy to hire a delivery pro with GoShare. Download the GoShare app from Apple or Android to get started, or use the GoShare Web site. GoShare connects individuals and businesses with local truck and van owners. Using the app, you can get a free estimate for your moving or delivery project, find one or two available professionals, and hire them for the job – all in less than two minutes. Delivery pros can be scheduled in advance, or arrive within the hour. In addition to delivery and hauling, pros can provide furniture assembly services. Get your free quote in the app by following the instructions in the video below.

How to Use the GoShare App

GoShare Furniture Assembly Chair

Top 5 Reasons to Choose GoShare for Furniture Assembly

By on January 25, 2019 in Moving, Tips

GoShare is your go-to for furniture delivery and small moves. But, did you know we can be your go-to for furniture assembly as well?

GoShare offers assembly services for a wide variety of items including dining room sets, tables, chairs, vanities, dressers, bookshelves, and more. Our delivery pros are background checked, insured, and carry their own tools.

Not convinced to give us a try yet? Here are the top five reasons to hire GoShare for furniture assembly:

GoShare is convenient.

No need to hire different people to deliver, then assemble your item. Have the same, reliable delivery pro that brings your furniture home from the retailer also assemble the item. You can book and pay online or with GoShare’s easy to use app.

Get it done the same day.

See a dining room table you love? You could be eating at your new table tonight! With GoShare, there is no need to wait several days for delivery and assembly. Find and hire one or two delivery pros in less than two minutes. They can arrive in under an hour to pick up, delivery and assemble your item or items.

Your stuff is protected.

All delivery and assembly projects are covered by GoShare’s comprehensive insurance policy. Our background checked delivery pros are the best in the business. But, on the rare occasion, something happens, you can feel safe knowing we’ve got you covered.

Get upfront pricing for your assembly project.

Pay a simple, flat fee based on the number of items you need assembled. It’s as easy as that. Visit GoShare online or use the GoShare app to get a free estimate for your next project.

Don’t lift a finger.

We mean it. Don’t lift a finger. You don’t even need to go to the garage to get your tool kit. Our pros will handle the loading, unloading, and assembly of your item. They’ve got their own tools. All you need to do is tell them where to put the finished product.

Thousands of app-users have left GoShare’s Delivery Pros five-star reviews. Will you be the next to be impressed by our delivery pros’ incredible service? Give GoShare’s furniture delivery and assembly services a try today. Get a free estimate online or through the app.

At this time, GoShare cannot provide assembly services for cribs, bunk beds, pool tables, gazebos, or outdoor play structures.

Best Apps for Tracking Mileage

Best Apps for Gig Workers Tracking Expenses and Mileage

By on January 24, 2019 in GoShare for Business, Tips

As a gig worker, you are likely filing your taxes as a self-employed, independent contractor. When filing, you can reduce your taxable income by reporting your business expenses.

In order to claim these deductions, you will need to provide proof of your expenses. This means collecting receipts, tracking vehicle mileage, and more. It’s a lot of effort and work. But, it doesn’t have to be. Read on to get our recommendations for the best apps for tracking expenses.

What are business expenses and why should I care?

When businesses file their taxes, they are able to deduct some expenses from their total earnings. If you are filing as self-employed, you can also deduct your business expenses, just like a corporation. 

As a self-employed gig worker, you have expenses associated with doing your job. A GoShare delivery pro needs to maintain and drive their vehicle. A freelance copywriter needs a computer and a workspace. These expenses are the real, out of pocket costs that are required to do your job. The IRS would define them as “ordinary and necessary” to complete your work.

A common expense for GoShare drivers is vehicle cost and maintenance. Drivers may be eligible to deduct a standard rate for “business” mile you drove in the past year. For miles driven in 2018, the standard mileage deduction is 54.5 cents per mile. For miles driven in 2019, this rate will go up to 58 cents per mile.

Other common expenses include:

  • Travel
  • Office Supplies
  • Utilities
  • Rent
  • Advertising
  • Legal and accounting fees

You can deduct these costs from your earnings when you file your taxes. For example, if John earned $40,000 in 2018, but had $5,000 in expenses, he could deduct or subtract that $5,000 from his original earnings. Instead of taxing him for $40,000 in income, the IRS would only tax him for $35,000 in income. If he was being taxed at 22%, that would be a savings of $1,180.

In order to be considered a business expense, your deduction must be a necessary cost of doing business. For example, the IRS will allow you to deduct the cost and upkeep of a uniform if it is required for your employment and not suitable for everyday wear. So, the IRS may accept the deductible of a clown costume, required to work at children’s birthday parties. But, you can’t deduct the cost of a suit to work in an office building, as this can be worn other places such as a wedding or job interview.

Consult a certified public accountant or tax filing professional when preparing your taxes. They’ll be able to help you catch any missing deductions, or let you know if any you wish to claim doesn’t apply.

The Best Ways to Track Business Mileage and Expenses

Now that we know what business expenses are, and why they are important for gig workers, let’s talk about the best app to track them. These apps make tracking miles for transportation, logistics, and rideshare drivers easy, ensuring you don’t miss an opportunity for savings when it’s time to file your taxes.

  • MileIQ – For gig workers that offer transportation or logistics service, mile tracking is essential. MileIQ tracks your drivers automatically. Classify your drives as business or personal with an easy swipe to the right or left. Track your business miles to report on your deductible miles. The app is free for up to 40 drives a month and $5.99 a month after that.
  • Stride Tax – This free app tracks your mileage and offers IRS-ready tax summaries to help with filing. In the free version of the app, you will need to start and stop recording your mileage manually. You can also use this app to log receipts so all your expenses are in one place.
  • Hudlr – Hudlr tracks mileage expenses, income streams and tax deductions with real-time reporting. The best part? This app is free. Some users complain of high data usage and lots of ads promoting the upgraded product. But, it’s a strong option at no cost.
  • TripLog – TripLog features mileage tracking, GPS tracking, and fuel management. This app is perfect for those getting started, as it’s free for single users. The free version offers manual mileage tracking. For $2 a month, you can upgrade to auto tracking.
  • Shoeboxed – Shoebox can be used to scan and organize receipts, create expense reports, and track mileage. The opening price for this app may be steep for those doing side gigs with monthly subscription fees ranging from $29 – $99. Full-time freelancers and small business owners may find the software a great way to manage expenses for one or multiple workers.
  • Expensify – Link your credit or debit card to your Expensify account and the app will place charges directly on an expense report. Or, you can take pictures of your receipts with your phone. Expensify will automatically scan for relevant information. Pull together reports and track your business-related purchases and expenses. Expensify is available for $5 a month.

However you choose to track your miles and expenses, don’t forget this important step. As a gig worker, you don’t want to miss out on important tax deductions, helping to reduce the impact of income taxes on your total earnings.

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