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9 Ways to Show Your Employees You’re Thankful for Them

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to what we’re grateful for in life. As a small business owner, I know you’re thankful for your employees. After all, how would you run your business without them? In honor of Thanksgiving, here are 9 ways to say “thank you” to your employees.

  1. Give out bonuses. Let’s face it: Most people are highly motivated by money. There are a couple of ways to handle bonuses. You can set performance goals and give employees bonuses for meeting them—for example, giving a bonus to salespeople who surpass their quotas for the quarter. Or you can give out smaller, “surprise” bonuses, like handing a $25 gift card to a customer service person who goes above and beyond to make a customer happy.
  2. Show some PDA. (That’s “public display of appreciation.”) A thank-you means more when it’s shared in front of the whole team. Whenever you praise employees, take a moment to call everyone’s attention to what you’re doing. It not only makes the employee you’re praising feel great, but also shows the rest of the staff what type of behavior you want to see at work.
  3. Spread the word. Go beyond spotlighting your employees’ achievements in the workplace: Highlight your high-performing staffers on social media, on your website or in your marketing materials. Choose an “Employee of the Month” and profile him or her on your website or in your email marketing newsletter.
  4. Have a food fest. In my experience, one of the best ways to show employees appreciation is through their stomachs. Offer bagels or doughnuts every Friday morning or order pizza every Friday for lunch. Have a potluck where employees bring in their all-time favorite family recipes or dishes from their ethnic heritage. Holiday season? Hold a bake-off with different departments competing for a prize.
  5. Make it personal. Who wants to get an engraved plaque with their name on it? Yawn. Make employee rewards more meaningful by tailoring them to the recipient’s hobbies and interests. Get passes to a big game for a sports fan, or a gift card to a spa for a busy mom.
  6. Write a note. It’s easy to say “Thank you” in passing or send a nice email, but a thank-you note is something a recipient can save and savor. Take time to make your notes concrete and specific; this shows you’re really paying attention to what your employees are doing.
  7. Upgrade them. Having the latest equipment helps employees be more productive and do their jobs better—but, it also shows them how much you value their hard work. Update computers, provide mobile devices for work, spring for better-quality headsets or buy ergonomic office chairs.
  8. It’s about time. Comp time off is always a great way to thank employees for a job well done. Flexible work hours can also show employees how much you value them. Try offering different shifts, such as 8 AM to 4 PM or 10 AM to 6 PM, instead of the standard 9-to-5.
  9. Offer employee benefits. Beyond health insurance, there are tons of other benefits you can provide for your staff. For example, even the smallest business can set up a 401(k) plan to help workers plan for retirement. Life insurance, disability insurance, financial services and even pet insurance are other benefits that can show your employees you care.

 

                               

5 Qualities That Give Veterans An Entrepreneurial Edge

Veterans Day gives us pause to reflect on the sacrifice and service of our women and men in the military. We enjoy many freedoms because of their bravery and selflessness. Indeed, we owe them a debt of gratitude.

I admire and respect veterans for many reasons. Among them are the fine qualities that make them not only outstanding individuals but also seriously effective entrepreneurs.

What characteristics and skills do veterans bring to the table that can help them succeed in business?

  • Courage – Many veterans have faced adversity, danger, and fear most of us will never fathom. Their courage when confronted with risk gives them a competitive edge because they have learned to stay calm, cool, and collected when the pressure’s on and things seem uncertain.
  • Determination – “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Veterans embrace this and live by it, which can help them immensely as entrepreneurs. Although there’s no sure thing in business, the one thing you can bet on is that times will get tough now and then. Business owners need a heightened degree of determination to weather the storms and stay the course.
  • Commitment – With their strong sense of commitment to the cause, veterans put their all into achieving their goals. That’s a tremendous asset in the business world where not only is strategy important, but also is the drive to put forth the effort and energy to get results.
  • Resilience – Sometimes the rigors of entrepreneurship will knock down even the best of us. Because veterans have the strength of character to rise above challenges, they are well equipped to bounce back when facing tough circumstances.
  • Versatility – Along with resilience, veterans’ ability to roll with the punches and adjust strategy when needed can fuel their success in business. Their adaptability can help them pivot gracefully when market changes, competitive pressures, or the regulatory environment dish out unexpected challenges.

Veterans have traits we should all have and hone as entrepreneurs. So while we celebrate their contributions to our country on Veterans Day, let us also remind ourselves of what we can learn from them so we become more effective business owners.

Are you—or someone you know—a veteran who is thinking about starting a business? Check out CorpNet.com’s business filing services that simplify starting and running a business. Our Business Structures Wizard is a great place to begin as you decide on which business legal structure might be best for you.

 

                               

By | November 8th, 2016|Events & Announcements, Running A Small Business|0 Comments

CorpNet Reviews & Inc. 5000 Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that CorpNet.com has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list for the second year in a row!

Our business reached a 49% growth in the last three years ranking us #4856 on the list. See our Inc. 5000 profile here with more details: http://bit.ly/1TqIwLn

We take great pride in being a small business that helps other small business owners succeed. Being recognized on this prestigious list in 2015 and again 2016 shows that we are working as hard as ever and that we are a trusted resource to help you start, grow and maintain your business.

We’re thankful for our wonderful clients who take the time to share their experience with our service online. Here are some recent 5-star reviews on Trustpilot:

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Looking to incorporate a business, form an LLC, file a DBA or more? Call us today for a free business consultation. We look forward to helping your business flourish!

                               

By | August 18th, 2016|CorpNet Reviews, Events & Announcements|0 Comments

Event Recap – #GirlBoss & #DiversifyLA

One of my all-time favorite things to do as successful serial entrepreneur and the CEO for CorpNet is having the opportunity to share my insight with others. Recently I have had the honor of participating in some amazing and uplifting panel discussions. A few weeks ago it was a candid discussion from awesome #girlbosses for Ellevate Network LA. Last night it was an enlightening talk about diversity in entrepreneurship for Thunderbolt LA called #DiversifyLA.

#GirlBoss

A few weeks ago on July 26th I was delighted to join a group of amazing female entrepreneurs to share our journey of being a #GirlBoss with Ellevate Network LA. If it’s one thing I love – it’s discussing entrepreneurship with other successful female entrepreneurs!

We were all able to share the highs and lows in our careers which gave insight, laughter and above all, hope, to our audience. I shared my stance that being a woman entrepreneur can have it’s advantages because in general we can be nurturing which works well with team environments. We also can come up with out-of-the-box solutions when faced with an issue instead of making rash decisions.

I got my message across to new and aspiring entrepreneurs that they should find something they’re passionate about, have a vision, have a plan, and be determined to go all in. Starting a business is very fulfilling but it’s not for everyone and I wanted to be clear about the ups and downs that come along with the experience, especially as a #GirlBoss!

#DiversifyLA

On August 2nd I was a guest on the #DiversifyLA panel to talk about how I am an Iranian FullSizeRender-34immigrant and how I approach diversity as an entrepreneur and business owner.

The panel, which was made up of mainly immigrant entrepreneurs, shared similar and different stories from our experiences. We discussed how we approach diversity at our businesses in the hiring process and in general when running a business. For me, it was great to enlighten others on the obstacles and challenges I have faced throughout my journey as an Iranian Immigrant. For example, having English as a second language and also being a woman founder in the tech industry.

It was a fantastic event and evening where I was able to connect with other established entrepreneurs and even some who are just starting out to share our stories.

The most gratifying part of being a guest on these panels has been the amazing feedback and support I got from the audience after each event. It really validates that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing and where I exactly need to be in this stage of my life.

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Call CorpNet.com for a free business consultation and to incorporate or form an LLC!

 

                               

Four Small Business Freedoms That Make Every Day Like Independence Day

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Picnics, fireworks, sparklers, and red, white, and blue-themed decorations…every Fourth of July, many of us pull out all the stops to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S.A—and rightly so! We have a lot to be thankful for.

As my family celebrated this weekend, I also thought about how fortunate we are to be small business owners. In a way, every day is Independence Day for entrepreneurs who have taken charge of their own destinies. So what better time than this week to take pause to reflect on your freedom as a small business owner?

Small Business Freedoms Worth Celebrating

  • Autonomy to make your own decisions about the direction of your company – YOU steer the ship! As a small business owner, you decide which products and services you’ll provide. You also determine how small or large you want to grow your company and what type of business structure you want it to have. You might start out as a sole proprietor, or form an LLC, or register as an S-Corporation, or establish a C-Corporation. You have the freedom to pursue what makes the most sense for you.
  • Flexibility with your schedule – For me, this is among the biggest advantages of being a business owner. With our four children, having the ability to adjust my work schedule when needed—especially during the summer months when school is out—is invaluable.
  • Free will to create your own path to professional development – As a small business owner, you get to decide which skills and knowledge you want hone and perfect. Whether you opt to register for webinars, travel to attend conferences, or pursue an industry certification, you don’t have to ask permission to up your game.
  • Choice of whom you work with – Ah, this is a BEAUTIFUL thing. When you own your own business, you get to choose who will be on your team. That’s powerful, because you can work with people who have the right skills, work ethic, and attitude to propel your business forward and make work seem, well, less like work.

Starting and running a business may not be easy most of the time, but it gives you a lot to celebrate! As entrepreneurs, we have a lot of freedom to navigate where our companies will go and what our futures will hold. And that’s something to embrace and appreciate all year round.

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Making the Most of Small Business Week 2016

SmallBizWeekNational Small Business Week is here…a time to embrace and celebrate the importance of small businesses to our economic success and our communities.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, “More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.”

I’d say that’s something to be proud of. Don’t you agree?

This year’s National Small Business Week began on Sunday, May 1 and will wrap up on Saturday, May 7. That means you still have time to make the most of it.

Not sure how? Here are a few ideas…

  • For starters, take advantage of the various special events and learning opportunities the SBA is offering throughout the week. Even if you can’t attend the live events in person, you can watch them in real-time online. You can even join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz. And there are live webinars running all week, too. Tune in to take away knowledge you can use to boost your business. Topics include: Apps and services to grow and manage your business; best practices for getting access to capital and business loans; and tips for making your company financially fit.
  • Use your creativity and craft social media updates that encourage people to shop at the small businesses—yours included, of course—in their communities during Small Business Week and all year long.
  • Offer special deals or promotions throughout the week to grab customers’ interest and motivate them to do business with you. In fact, CorpNet.com has a special promotion running this week…more on that below!

National Small Business Week is especially near and dear to me. At CorpNet, my team and I have the privilege of working with small business owners from all over the U.S. each and every day. There’s nothing more gratifying than watching you make your dreams come true as you start and grow your companies.

A Small Business Week Special To Move Your Business Forward

image002In honor of this special time, I’m offering 10 percent off of any  Complete or Deluxe Corporation or LLC Formation Package. This offer starts today and is valid through the end of National Small Business Week (Saturday, May 7). Simply use promo code CNSMBW when you place your order online or call and give the code over the phone. If you’ve been thinking about starting a business or changing your legal structure, now is a perfect time to do it!

I wish you all a Happy National Small Business Week. I thank you for the significant contribution you make to our economy and communities. And I applaud you for your inspiring entrepreneurial spirit.

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Why Customers Love Us – CorpNet Reviews

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We get asked a lot how we are different from our competitors. Although we offer similar services, we take great pride in our stellar customer service which sets us apart from the rest!

You call us, use our chat feature or email us – one of stellar tenured business filing experts in our Westlake Village, CA headquarters will answer. We’re a small team who wants the best for you and your business! No outsourced call centers here!

Just to show how much our customers love us we are starting a new series on the CorpNet Blog sharing some CorpNet reviews. These clients took the time to leave us a great review and we appreciate every single one of them.

Here is a look at why customers love using CorpNet.com to incorporate, form an LLC, file a DBA and more! Check out all of our reviews on TrustPilot. Are you ready to get your business off the ground? Reach out anytime for a free business consultation.

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CorpNet’s CEO Nellie Akalp Awarded Woman Business Owner of the Year

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Given that it’s Women’s History Month, what better way to celebrate than to honor female entrepreneurs who have paved the way for other women in the business world?

We’re thrilled to announce that our CEO, Nellie Akalp, was recently awarded Woman Business Owner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County chapter. This honor is bestowed to one noteworthy female entrepreneur in the Ventura County area annually at the BRAVO Awards.

A Deserving Winner

NAWBO-1 The Ventura County chapter of NAWBO chose Nellie because of her hard work and dedication to helping business owners, as well as the fact that she has worked diligently to spread her business to all 50 states. To date, she has helped more than 100,000 businesses form corporations or LLCs in the US.

Nellie, the daughter of immigrants from Iran, grew up witnessing the tremendous amount of hard work that entrepreneurship requires, as well as the gratifying reward of creating something from nothing.

By the time she and her husband Phil started CorpNet in 2009, Nellie had a full resume of entrepreneurial experience: she had already worked in her grandparents’ many businesses growing up, and then launched and sold her first business filing company to Intuit in 2005. It’s clear that Nellie is not shy about digging in and rolling up her sleeves to get the job done.

“For me, entrepreneurship is the only way of life,” says Nellie, “I can’t imagine working NAWBO-2for someone else when being a business owner is one of the most satisfying things in my life, next to being a wife and mother.”

Nellie, along with the other 2016 NAWBO awardees, will be honored at a gala luncheon April 1 at the Serra Center in Camarillo, California. Purchase tickets to attend BRAVO 2016 here.

 

By | March 22nd, 2016|Events & Announcements|2 Comments

Join Nellie & Phil Akalp at Startup Weekend Ventura County March 11, 2015

If you live in or near Ventura County, mark your calendars for March 11-13, 2015. Startup Weekend Ventura County: Internet of Things, Healthcare and Agriculture  is a not-to-be-missed event for entrepreneurs and those considering starting a business. CorpNet.com’s founders, Nellie and Phil Akalp, will be speaking on Friday, March 11 on the topic: Why on earth would you want to start a company?

Who better to tell you why you want to start a business than two people who have successfully launched not one but two businesses, and who have helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses?

In addition to hearing the Akalps speak, you can also pitch your business idea and get help from other attendees on developing your idea and launching a startup over 54 hours. Tickets start at $49 if you buy them before February 22. Buy tickets here. We hope to see you there!

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Once you launch your business at Startup Weekend, let CorpNet help you set up a corporation for it. You’ll protect your personal assets and ensure the future success of your business. Get our free incorporation guide here.

By | March 3rd, 2016|Events & Announcements|0 Comments

Get Your Copy of the Start a Business in Delaware Guide

nevada coverIf you want to start a business in Delaware, you’ll want all the help you can get. That’s why we are offering

a free guide called The Guide to Starting, Protecting, and Running a Business in the State of Delaware. We’ve filled this guide with fantastic information on what you need to start a business in Delaware, how to register your business name, what business licenses and permits you will need in Delaware, and how to stay compliant with your Delaware business.

Got questions? We’re sure you do. You want to know how to incorporate in Delaware. How to form an LLC in Delaware. How to register your business. You’ll learn all this and more in the guide.

After reading this free guide, you will know:

  • How to start a business in Delaware
  • How to incorporate in Delaware
  • How to form an LLC in Delaware
  • Whether Delaware is the right place to incorporate or form an LLC
  • About Delaware filing fees and costs for corporations, LLCs, and annual reports
  • Other resources you’ll need and are available to you to start a business in Delaware

Don’t delay! Get your free copy of The Guide to Starting, Protecting, and Running a Business in the State of Delaware today!

By | November 17th, 2015|Events & Announcements, Starting a Business|0 Comments