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How to Start a Tax Business While You're in College

By: Jamie Waggoner 


Are you in college and asking yourself how you can make a little bit of money while building up your entrepreneurial skills?


Have you ever thought about starting a tax business while you are still in college?   


Well you must have thought about it or you would not have found this blog post, right?!


Let's think through a couple aspects and see if it's a good idea to start your tax business while you're in college…

Is this Even Legal?                    

Now I know this must sound crazy, how can someone start a tax business while in college?  I mean don't you have to at least have two or three PhD's to do taxes for pay?

Believe it or not, you actually don't need to be a college—or even a high school—graduate to do taxes professionally.


Anyone age 18 or older who has done the proper steps can do taxes for money.

What Steps to Take

Step one would be to sign up for courses with Pronto Tax School, a company that has been around since 1965, and has helped people perfect their way of doing their taxes. 


They have online courses that you, a student in need of more spending money, can take and "go pro" to do your peers taxes. 

Students will jump at the fact that they know someone that can do their taxes at a reasonable fee instead of having their parents file for them. 

This could be your big break or just a side job depending on how you handle and like your experience. 


Now like any business there is no guarantee of success.


But guaranteed people will need to do their taxes so if you are a good option then you can attract attention with your service.

Marketing Ideas for Your College Tax Business

Now once you've completed Pronto Tax School's basic income tax course and gotten your PTIN from the IRS, you're going to wonder:

How do I start getting some clients?


Some tips that could help you on your way to this dream would be to start a club. 

Despite that sounds like the “nerd alert” group, who’s going to be the one laughing when you, the nerd, is getting paid to do people’s taxes? 


Starting a tax club isn’t hard, it all starts with a booth at the school interest fair, target the business majors, and have people come speak who are tax professionals. 


One tax professional is Mr. Andy Frye, the founder of Pronto Tax School that has been doing this for fifteen years!  Having this club ask to pair up with Pronto Tax School could

be a good opportunity.  Andy has spoken at numerous colleges and loves to see college kids like us showing the entrepreneurial flair. 

Andy Frye of Pronto Income Tax

Is It Free?

These days it seems like people want free lunches.


The course to become a tax professional is not free, it takes a small investment.


Luckily, you have some great benefits in return for your investment, including a NOT boring course, a 365-day access membership, more than 50 video tutorials, and a 14-day

money back guarantee. 


This allows you to decide if the course is for you.  Some people end up loving the tax business, some people don't.  You just never know until you give it a try.


Investing in your course rather than getting something free ensures that you get a quality product from a respected company that is here to help you.


In the same way, we HIGHLY recommend that you do NOT do taxes for free, always charge something even if it's your friends or family.  You don't have to charge a lot but if

you put in the investment in both time and money to become a professional then respect yourself and charge accordingly.  This way your tax business in college will be a

business and not a charity!

Extra Money Matters

Now some of your friends might claim, "Oh, so what?  You make an extra few thousand per year doing taxes.  Big deal."


But it actually is a big deal to make a few thousand extra per year.


In this economy, extra money matters.

The extra money that you can make while doing taxes in college can help in many ways, for example if you have student debt, which most students all do, you can save up to

get out of debt. The stress of college loans can be one of the biggest stresses in a young or older college student’s life. 


Becoming a tax pro won’t just help you while you are in college.  Knowing how taxes work and how to do them is a skill that you will have even after you graduate college.  


If you're ready to take the course and see if this is a business you'd like to get into, click here to view course options.


About the writer : 

Jamie Waggoner is a Communication Major at University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW).  Jamie's favorite course at the moment is Integrated Marketing, which shows how smart companies use storytelling and word-of-mouth to develop authentic and compelling relationships with their customers and the general public.  Jamie did not realize when she accepted an internship at Pronto Tax School that she would become a tax expert, but hey, life is full of surprises and that's a good thing.

Retired, But NOT Retired!

By: Jamie Waggoner

Seasonal Job for Semi-Retired Person

Are you "retired but not retired"? 


What I mean is have you retired from your previous job, but your mind, body, and soul are telling you that you aren’t done working yet?  


If you are thinking to yourself yes, I am bored, I miss working, and/or I miss getting a paycheck, then I just might have the perfect seasonal job for you…

Retail Jobs…Painful

There are plenty of store or retail seasonal jobs that come up during holidays, but what mature adult wants to deal with that kind of hassle and strain? 


You have to be on your feet all day, for one thing.


The job I am about to tell you is a job you could do easily in the comfort of your own home, or at least sitting in an office chair, if that's appealing then just keep reading…


Tax Preparation Companies Regularly Hire Seniors

For some seniors, being a tax preparer is a perfect seasonal job.


This job is for the retired-but-not-retired individual who wants to keep his or her mind sharp and help people and be a problem-solver.


Many of the big tax preparation chains and even smaller tax companies look to seniors when they want seasonal tax preparers because they know you have the wisdom that only comes from experience. 


If you look around at the tax offices in your area you will see that this is one career where having some gray hair is a good thing in the client's eyes!

Is It Difficult and Expensive to Become a Tax Preparer?

Becoming a tax preparer is easy and affordable with the help of Pronto Tax School, where you can sign up for a 365-day membership and buy a package with the only online courses you need to start your new career chapter. 


The courses are made to be easy to manage and not time consuming like other courses you may have taken in the past. No one has the time or attention span for certain things that’s why the way these courses are set up is perfect for everyone.   



These packages are $197 or $297, which is a miniscule investment to get started in a professional career. 


While making this your seasonal job, it is could end up saving you the money you may have been spending on someone else to be doing your taxes.  In that case, $300 saved would be $300 earned, right?  


Lifestyle Fit

Many seniors and second career folks enjoy working tax season because…well…because it ends!


Unlike jobs that go on and on and on, you have your quitting date not even halfway through the year.


Yes you can take on other work when it's not tax season but you don't have to work, and that's what most retired-but-not-retired people want, it seems, is to work some but not be obligated to constantly show up day after day with no end in sight.




Being a tax preparer allows you to make your own schedule, gain your own clients, and even work from home.



You can also become self-employed if you so desire.


The extra cash you make could be put towards whatever your heart desires whether it be for you personally, taking a trip with loved ones, or doing fun things with your grandkids.


It's all about flexibility and fitting with your lifestyle.      


Becoming a tax expert is a skill worth having at any age and many of our most successful Pronto Tax School students are people who have made this a second (or third, or fourth!) chapter in their lives.


If you have any questions about how the online course works or you are ready to take the plunge and get to work just click here to view course options.


About the writer:

Jamie Waggoner is a Communication Major at University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW). Jamie's favorite course at the moment is Integrated Marketing, which showshow smart companies use storytelling and word-of-mouth to develop authentic and compelling relationships with their customers and the general public. Jamie did not realize when she accepted an internship at Pronto Tax School that she would become a tax expert, but hey, life is full of surprises and that's a good thing.

How to Handle Tax Forms that Are More Confusing than Heiroglyphics

If you do any significant number of tax returns, you will, without a doubt, run into situations where you have little to no idea what you're doing.  Especially when you're just starting out as a tax preparer, this is a fairly common feeling.  In fact it's one of the main reasons why new tax preparers quit.

Usually this feeling of being completely lost comes about when you see a tax form you're not familiar with that has a bunch of obscure words, boxes, and other markings that appear similar to heiroglyphics. 

In this blog post, we'll give you a process for dealing with tax forms that you have no idea what the freak is going on with (that's a technical term)—the good news is that it's not as hard as it looks.

Ready to Be a "Real Adult"?  Prove It by Doing Your Own Taxes

By: Jamie Waggoner

Do you consider yourself an adult? Yes? Well that is great news, have you ever done your taxes on your own though?

become a full adult

No?  Well if that is the case maybe you shouldn’t be considering yourself a full adult.

I'm a college student myself and I would have to say that I view doing your own taxes as a major milestone on the road to "real" adulthood.  Hear me out.  Let's talk about it.







Best Ways to Motivate and Keep Your Tax Employees

By Tim Frye

There is no doubt that employee retention is paramount in maintaining customer relationships and keeping training costs down.  This is especially true when it comes to training tax preparers because that is a task that seems to continue for perpetuity, due to the circuitous nature of the tax code and it’s intricacies.  The keys to keeping employees satisfied and retaining them at the same time is based on strong leadership and efficient and proficient management practices.  If you can master these aspects of management, the result will be an employee team that is healthy and loyal and you will have a booming business to boot.  Let’s take a look at the best ways to motivate and retain your tax employees.

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