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10 Ways to De-Stress This Fall

438_3399755If the end of the year signifies a lot of work for you in your small business, you likely feel the stress mounting up this time of year. While stress is certainly part of being an entrepreneur, there are strategies to help you cope.

1. Get Out of the Office

I’m not asking you to shut down for the day at noon. A simple walk around the building or quick trip to the local coffee shop can be enough to reset your stress levels. And it’s great for creativity!

2. Meditate

Consistent meditation has proven to be beneficial in the office. And hey, if it can make your staff 120% more productive, imagine what it could do for you!

3. Take Care of You

What does self-care look like for you? Perhaps a massage or a girls’ night out. You’re no good as a business owner (or a parent or spouse, for that matter) if you’re low on the list of priorities. Continue reading “10 Ways to De-Stress This Fall” »

Why You Should Rethink the LLC

609_3576256While the first business structure many sole proprietors think of is the corporation, many simply aren’t aware of the benefits that the Limited Liability Company provides.

While both the LLC and the S Corp (the most common corporation structure for small businesses) protect your personal assets, offer tax flexibility, and make it easier to raise capital, there are a few ways LLCs differ.

Number and Type of Owners

While S corps must be owned by individuals (or trusts) that are U.S. citizens or residents, and there must not be more than 100 shareholders, LLCs have fewer restrictions on ownership. LLCs may be owned by other LLCs or corporations and the owners don’t need to be U.S. citizens or residents. There may be an unlimited number of owners in an LLC. Continue reading “Why You Should Rethink the LLC” »

Recap of Nellie Akalp’s GoDaddy Hangout: Are You Ready to Become an Entrepreneur?

If you missed our CEO Nellie Akalp’s Google Hangout, you missed some valuable advice, as well as hard questions that anyone considering starting a business must consider.

Some of the highlights of Nellie’s presentation include:

  • Let people know who you are. Knowing who’s behind a company makes potential customers trust you more and buy from you.
  • Be ready to fail before you can succeed. Starting a business isn’t overnight success, and is extremely risky. Be ready for it.
  • Marketing as an expert on social media channels and elsewhere will get you further than self promotion.
  • Keep your company fun, but keep accountability. There’s a balance.
  • Consistency and organization will keep people coming back.

Enjoy Nellie’s entire presentation here:

5 Must-Read Marketing Blogs

1157_4625760In my line of business, I read a ton of content online about marketing. But you probably don’t. So let me share five of what are, in my mind, the best places to get fresh content marketing and social media ideas for small business.

1. Social Media Examiner

Not only does this blog offer great listicles of the latest and greatest tools in social media, but it also puts out some great research and reports (and they’re free). If you’re wondering what’s happening in social media, check out their annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report.

2. Mashable

Over the last few years, Mashable has slanted a bit more toward entertainment and pop culture, but its Social Media section remains a great place for how-to tutorials on using every social channel successfully. If you’re hands-on and like following instruction, you’ll get a lot out of it. Continue reading “5 Must-Read Marketing Blogs” »

3 Must-Have Documents for Filing an LLC

564_3338813If you’re considering filing as an LLC (Limited Liability Company), it’s probably in part because this business structure provides business owners with liability protection and pass-through tax status, while minimizing the business formalities and paperwork you’re responsible for.

Before you dive in, there are several important documents you’ll need in order to file an LLC. Let’s take a look.

1: Articles of Organization

The Articles of Organization — also called Certificate of Organization — is the equivalent of the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation. Ir is the legal foundation for your LLC, and is required by every state. This mandatory document outlines the basic information for your business, including: Continue reading “3 Must-Have Documents for Filing an LLC” »

You Might be an Entrepreneur If…

379_3990259While every entrepreneur is as unique as a snowflake, we all do seem to share certain characteristics.

In the spirit of the old Jeff Foxworthy joke, “you might be a redneck if…” let’s look at the signs “you might be an entrepreneur if:”

1. You Fall Asleep with Your Smartphone Clutched in Your Hands.

We love what we do, and that’s why we’re unable to shut down at the end of the day. It’s not that we’re workaholics (ahem); we just want to work 24 hours a day doing what we love!

2. You’d Rather Invest in Your Business Than Buy a House.

Our companies come first, and that means sometimes those traditional life investments, like buying a home, come second. And that’s okay. Continue reading “You Might be an Entrepreneur If…” »

Join Nellie Akalp & GoDaddy on September 17 to Find Out if You’re Ready to Be an Entrepreneur

If you’ve been thinking about starting a business, but aren’t sure if you’re ready, you’ll want to attend this informative Google Hangout, “Are You Ready to Become an Entrepreneur?” The virtual event, put on by GoDaddy, will be held on September 17, 2014, at 9 am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern. CorpNet’s CEO, Nellie Akalp, will be the expert leading the conversation.

In the Google Hangout, Nellie will push you to think about questions like:

  • Can you work well without direction, set deadlines and sometimes even colleagues?
  • Can you juggle multiple tasks at the same time?
  • Do you have a savings account you can fall back on in case you have a slow month?
  • How well do you handle rejection and disappointment?
  • Can you deal with the unknown and do you have the stomach for risk?

Continue reading “Join Nellie Akalp & GoDaddy on September 17 to Find Out if You’re Ready to Be an Entrepreneur” »

10 Content Ideas That Will Boost Your Blog

1094_4451005If blogging is part of your marketing strategy (and it should be), you probably run dry from time to time when it comes to finding topics to write about. Here are 10 ideas to jump start your brainstorming.

1. How-to Posts

People search for articles on how to do just about anything: write a blog post, fix a sink, get a job. You can probably think of several topics that you’re an expert on. Break down activities into easy-to-follow steps so you can provide real value to your readers.

2. Industry Trends

You’re on top of what’s happening in your field, so write intelligent posts with your insight on the latest news and trends in your industry.

3. Other Blogs

Reading other people’s blogs will get the wheels churning. While you don’t want to copy their ideas, you can use them as a jumping off point for your own content. Continue reading “10 Content Ideas That Will Boost Your Blog” »

The Kids are Back in School…is it Time to Start a Business?

705_3492495Now that the kids are back in school and the summer is dwindling, you might be feeling a little aimless. This is especially true if you are now kissing your newly-minted kindergartener goodbye at the bus stop and are left with an empty house.

This might be the ideal time to explore that business idea you’ve had rattling around in your head for years. After all, now it’s time for you!

Is Your Idea Feasible?

It’s one thing to have an idea you think is pretty neat, but will people actually want to give you money for it? Do some research to find out if you have an audience for your business idea before you invest any time or money in developing it. Continue reading “The Kids are Back in School…is it Time to Start a Business?” »

Why You’re Not as Busy an Entrepreneur as You Think

609_3542843Let me guess. You’re too busy to have a cup of coffee with me because you’re swamped at the office. There’s no way you can possibly take time off with so much work piled up.  But have you ever considered that maybe you wear your busyness as a badge of honor? That, in fact, you don’t have to be as overloaded and stressed as you think you are?

Have I intrigued you? Read on.

Consider Why You’re Busy

There’s a reason you feel like you’re in a hamster wheel. Maybe you lack the staff to help you alleviate some of the pressure to meet deadlines. Or you’re a procrastinator. Maybe you have to have control over every situation, and that means you have your hands in far too many things. Continue reading “Why You’re Not as Busy an Entrepreneur as You Think” »