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Join Nellie Akalp at the Entrepreneur Success Seminar in February

426_2989695If you have the goal of starting a business in 2015, get off to a great start by attending the Entrepreneur Success Seminar in Westlake Village on February 5, 2015. Nellie Akalp will be one of three guests of honor that will help attendees Find, Start, and Market a new business.

 

In Nellie’s presentation, you will:

  • Get motivated and inspired by Nellie’s personal story to go after your own entrepreneurial dreams
  • Discover the key ingredients for true success and running a successful business
  • Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
  • How to Start a Business: the nuts and bolts.
  • Learn all about business structures from the most popular structures to what is best for which type of business
  • Learn about business licenses and permits and find out what you may need for your venture
  • Find out the importance of keeping your business compliant after you launch to avoid late fees and penalties
  • See what the next steps are to Start It and make those dreams a reality whether it be DIY, using an attorney or a reputable Document Filing Services.

Continue reading “Join Nellie Akalp at the Entrepreneur Success Seminar in February” »

The 5 Best Gifts any Entrepreneur Should Give Herself

775_4714108While it’s great to give your clients and staff gifts, don’t overlook another important person this holiday season: yourself. You work hard all year long, sometimes with little recognition. After all, who’s going to pat you on the back when you do a good job? Use this season to give back to yourself. Here’s what you should ask Santa for.

1. Time. Ah, were it that easy to add a few extra hours into each day. It is…but not how you think. You can give yourself the gift of time by delegating more work to others. If you already have staff, hand over more from your own plate. If you’re a solopreneur, hire a part-time employee, a freelancer, or even an intern to lighten your load.

2. The Right Tools. You’ve been using unwieldy spreadsheets to keep track of clients. Or trying to make do with the free version of software. But it’s time to admit: you need more. You don’t want to spend a lot; I get it. But some of the best small business software costs no more than $10 a month. You can afford that, if it makes you more productive, right? Here are a few affordable tools I recommend:

  • Customer Relationship Management software (Insightly makes a great one)
  • Email marketing software (I like MailChimp)
  • Social media management platform (I prefer Hootsuite)

Continue reading “The 5 Best Gifts any Entrepreneur Should Give Herself” »

4 Ways to Show Your Employees You Care During the Holidays

775_4506103Your employees are the lifeblood of your business. Without them, you couldn’t move forward! And they like to hear from you that you know how important they are to your business.

While I try to let my staff know how much I appreciate them throughout the year, the holidays just provide even more opportunity to do so, and in a fun way.

1. Give Them a Bonus

 

If your company can afford it, the end of the year is the ideal time to share with your team a little of the wealth your staff has helped generate. Even if you can’t afford much, any monetary gift can be appreciated.

You can give your sales team bonuses based on their sales numbers, or spread the joy around to your entire team. Consider setting up a scale so that the bonuses are in line with how long each employee has been with your company. Continue reading “4 Ways to Show Your Employees You Care During the Holidays” »

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Giving Business Gifts

185_2592505If you’re planning to give your staff, vendors, or your clients gifts this season, think twice before you do. Many businesses make these blunders, which are completely avoidable.

 

  • Giving an Inappropriate Gift

 

You may not think there’s anything inappropriate about giving a fluffy robe and bath oils to your client or employee — of the opposite sex —but he might raise an eyebrow. If the gift can in any way be construed as inappropriate, avoid it like the plague.

Instead…aim for “safe” gifts. Candles, Starbucks gift cards, food…these are all generally well-received and won’t put you at risk of losing a client or have a sexual harassment case brought against you!

 

  • Giving a Gift to Someone Who Doesn’t Celebrate Christmas

 

It may be easy to assume everyone celebrates Christmas, but there are plenty of Americans who instead celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or nothing at all. Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, don’t celebrate Christmas, and may be offended if you try to give them a gift. If possible, make sure your gift will be well received.

Instead…don’t center your message around “Christmas” but rather “Season’s Greetings.” This will serve as a better blanket for all holidays celebrated this time of year. Continue reading “5 Mistakes to Avoid When Giving Business Gifts” »

Why You Should Consider a Delayed Filing Option for Your Business Structure

83_3230618I’m a neat freak. I like starting new endeavors right at the start of a new year, rather than 5 weeks in. That’s why I love CorpNet’s Delayed Filing Option. If you’re considering forming an LLC or incorporating your business, you can actually do so and be up and running as your new business structure on January 1.

How it Works

You submit your application for whichever business structure you’ve decided on now and delay your actual incorporation date until the new year. This gives you control over your date of incorporation or LLC formation. Maybe you want to launch it at the start of Q2 in 2015. You can do that with delayed filing.

If you’re approved for a January 1 start date, you avoid having to file more than one business income tax statements (your personal statement from when you were a sole proprietor for part of the year, then the tax paperwork under the new structure) come tax time.

Another benefit is that you mark filing your business structure paperwork now off your list. Who doesn’t want to kick off the new year with one less task to do?? Continue reading “Why You Should Consider a Delayed Filing Option for Your Business Structure” »

5 Signs That Your Hobby is Ready to Be a Business

488_3054905You’re passionate about your hobby, whether that’s hand sewing baby clothes or creating terrariums. And maybe you’ve started to make a little money selling these items. So when should you take your hobby to the next level and build a real business?

Here are five signs that it’s time to take your hobby up a notch.

 

  • You’re Super Busy Filling Orders

You might have started out just making products for friends and family, but now you can’t keep up with demand. If your hobby is taking over your world, it might be time to consider doing it full time.

Continue reading “5 Signs That Your Hobby is Ready to Be a Business” »

10 Holiday Content Marketing Ideas You Can Use Today

775_4777198While your broader holiday marketing campaign may have been planned weeks or months ago, you may still be looking for last-minute holiday-themed content ideas for your blog, or for ebooks or whitepapers. Using the holidays for some of your content can attract more readers, as well as help you find more customers before the end of the year.

Ready for the list? Take notes!

1. Highlight Your Top Products

While you don’t want all your blog content to be promotional in nature, a few product-centric posts this time of year may introduce blog readers to your products and give them gift ideas. Link to your top sellers, or make a list of “Top Gifts for {insert person here, like Boss/Mother in Law/Precocious Child}” to make it even easier to cross everyone off their shopping list.

2. Create Free Giveaways

Content is a wonderful gift for your audience, and is relatively inexpensive (especially if you write it yourself). Write an ebook or whitepaper chock full of useful statistics or tips that your audience will be eager to give you their email address to get their hands on. Use those email addresses in your email campaigns. Continue reading “10 Holiday Content Marketing Ideas You Can Use Today” »

Our Customers Love Us…and You Will Too

285_2930001Customer feedback is essential for any business to truly ensure it’s on the right path in providing what its clients want. That’s here at CorpNet, we pay close attention to what our customers say about us in online reviews. We’re pretty proud of our track record, and look forward to adding you as our next customer.

Here are a few of our favorite newest customer reviews.

Thank God For CorpNet!

“When I started with Corpnet.com I was wondering if this was going to be like all the other companies out there, once you start something they keep wanting more money and more money to do things that need to be done when you picked what you wanted done in the first place and thought you paying them what was due to complete all of the above. I have to tell they are not like the rest they did everything I ask for and even did some more. Thanks Corpnet.com and Amanda you guys are great!!!

—Orlando Emig (via TrustPilot)

Incredible Company Ran by Excellent Staff!

“My business partner and I have just started on our business and had no idea where to begin in terms of legalizing our business. I am so grateful and appreciative that I came across CorpNet because they made the experience so much easier than I could’ve imagined. We had so many questions and they were always so friendly and helpful when we would call them. I never once felt like I was heckling or bothering them. I would most definitely suggest their company to anyone who was looking to start their own business and needed some help in the process. Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this experience and easy one for us! Continue reading “Our Customers Love Us…and You Will Too” »

New Year – New You? Win $500!

590_3197516There is no better time than RIGHT NOW to become that business owner you have always wanted to. A new year brings new motivation to make those dreams a reality.

We want to know: what are your new year resolutions? Starting that business you’ve dreamed of? Finally incorporating a business? Maybe finding an accountant or adding a new product to your offerings?

Share it with us for the chance to win $500!

From December 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015 simply fill out the form below and share your New Year’s business resolution with us. We will contact the winner early February.

Happy Holidays!

What is your New Years Resolution?

Your Name *

Your Email *

Phone *

-The CorpNet.com team

*Prize awarded once 50 entries are received*
View the “New Year New You?” Sweepstakes Official Rules here.

The Shark Tank Formula For Startup Success

Is it your dream to turn your creative idea into a profitable business? ABC’s hit reality TV show, Shark Tank, gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to turn their dreams into a reality.

Since the beginning of Shark Tank, there have been 93 episodes. Over the course of these episodes, there have been 377 business pitches and only 186 deals. In addition, only about a third of these deals actually close!

Now you’re probably wondering many startups don’t reach success after Shark Tank. Well, there are a number of factors to consider when launching a startup. Regardless of how much funding your startup receives from investors, if you don’t have a goal or a business plan, it’s very likely your business will fail.

Thankfully, Shark Tank has provided a variety of lessons entrepreneurs should know about launching a business. In this infographic that National Debt Relief contributed to, we learn some things every entrepreneur should know about launching a startup:

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