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Posted Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:14AM
So what is Joomla exactly? Is it a CMS system? I have been searching for a good CMS system to offer my clients. Most of the ones I have found severely limited my design possibilites. And a lot are very difficult to integrate. Anyone have any recomendations?
Posted Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:02AM
Yes, Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS).  It's the only one I've worked with, so I can't really speak as to how it might stand up against others.  But being the first one I've dealt with, it's been a god-send.  In regards to the limitations it may set on a design, there are certainly boundaries you must work within, but from what I can tell, it's very flexible.  Just gotta learn CSS if you want to do more than settle with templates that other's have built.
Posted Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:45AM
Now for Taxes: The Fun Stuff

This is directed mostly at folks in the US. As a designer, do you include any tax on your design services, as compared to reselling of print services?

For instance, I'll design a job for a client, and then have it printed as well. I give my client an estimate up-front that includes my estimated number of hours for the job, as well as a print-quote to have it produced. It's my understanding that I do not have to include tax on my hourly service, because it's just that, a service, and not a commodity.

However, my print quotes all do include taxes, passed on to me from the printer. So when formulating my estimate, I give my client a round number that includes my markup, shipping and my printers taxes. Just to keep it easy.

My accountant agrees that this is how to handle things, but I wanted to get some input from others in the field. When you resale a print service, do you include your local tax rate? Do you tax your design services in any way?

Any input would be great. Thanks folks.


(Edited on 2009-10-23 08:46:18 by ZimCreative)
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Posted Sun Nov 1, 2009 3:27PM
Thank you for posting the PDF – it is just what one needs to read to keep business back on track. There is a huge amount of valuable information here, thank you.
Just adding to the topic, in Australia, one has to include 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax) to every design and print quote, and invoices and payments have to clearly indicate this TAX has been collected on behalf of the Government as it needs to be paid to the Government on a quarterly basis. If one forgets to include it, one is forced to pay the 10% anyway, regardless if it has been collected or not, or fines are imposed. One is at fault if it is NOT included, and one automatically loses 10% on a job when it’s time to lodge your tax returns.
Note of caution: always include more than 10% to the total to cover cost when billing clients.
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