How to Budget as a Freelancer

Creating a budget as a freelancer shouldn’t be any harder than it is for any other small business. And yet, the rollercoaster ride of finding and keeping clients, collecting invoices, marketing your business and juggling all of this yourself can create major budgeting headaches. Income predictability is a challenge unique to freelancers, according to a recent survey by Upwork and Freelancers Union. Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can take better learn how to budget as a freelancer. Step 1: Keep Business and Personal Finances Separate Even if you used personal assets to start your freelance business, [...]

By | 2018-01-18T06:19:50+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to Use Google Analytics to Improve and Measure Your SEO

One of the most effective tools that you can use to boost SEO is Google Analytics. This vital resource can give you copious amounts of data that are linked to your website and how well it is doing as a whole, in addition to how well your SEO strategy is doing. One of the main reasons that website owners and SEO consultants swear by Google Analytics is because it can be so useful for discovering areas of your website that need improvement. With that in mind, the question is how can you use Google Analytics to improve and [...]

By | 2018-02-07T06:31:03+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|0 Comments

How to Start a Successful Bookkeeping Business

Good accounting software, a few clients, high-speed internet and a passion for being your own boss…what else does it take to start your own bookkeeping business? As with every small business startup, it’s important to do some research, and take care of the basics before you actually open for business. If you start your business on the right foot, you won’t stumble when you’ve grown and had so many clients you need to hire help. Increasing Your Chances for Business Success Get training or real-world experience. Working at an accounting firm or bookkeeping business can give you some [...]

By | 2018-02-07T07:22:29+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|0 Comments

Increasing Client Satisfaction in Accounting Firms

What if you could increase customer satisfaction, while also increasing your revenue and profits? What if you could accomplish both objectives without changing your existing workload or staff? In a recent webinar, we walked through the benefits moving towards a more proactive mode with clients by helping them manage the burden of incorporation, LLC filings, registered agent services, and annual compliance management. We also explored CorpNet’s partner program and showed how CPAs, accountants, and bookkeepers can easily add these services to their existing advisory offering. At the end of the webinar, I held a live Q&A session for attendees. [...]

By | 2018-02-12T06:10:36+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|0 Comments

Online Brand Guidelines for Small Businesses

Establishing an online brand is essential. A brand, according to the American Marketing Association, is a “name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.” Ranchers put a hot iron on their cattle to affix a unique symbol—their brand. From a marketing perspective, the idea of a brand is much broader. Your brand is your identity and is the underpinning of your business. Creating Your Online Brand Recognize That a Brand Means Money A brand is a type of intellectual property that can have significant [...]

By | 2018-01-09T06:15:13+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

10 Best Cloud Based Apps for Small Business in the Year 2018

With so much business technology today, it's hard to know the good from the bad. With cloud computing, you don't need to worry about this a lot because you can replace your business' hardware with a monthly subscription that lets you check out a variety of apps to see what works best for your business. These Software as a Service (SaaS) tools are available to fit all your business' needs while also improving collaboration, power, and cost-effectiveness. Considering that more people use their smartphone than their computer today, it's important to allow your employees to always work on [...]

By | 2018-02-05T13:17:51+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|0 Comments

Use Your 2017 Client Base to Grow Your Accounting Business in 2018

Right about now, your accounting business is probably up to its eyeballs in tax returns. You may be so busy you’re forgetting that your New Year’s resolution for 2018 was to grow your accounting business by making better use of your existing client base. No matter how busy you are, set aside some time each week to work on marketing to your existing client base. Here’s how to do it: Get to Know Your Clients Better You may think you already have a great relationship with your accounting clients, but how well do you really know them? Do [...]

By | 2018-02-05T12:50:55+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|0 Comments

Closing a Business Checklist: Ten Steps From Our Experts

All businesses go through ups and downs, and many will suffer cash flow crises. After some tough times, you may be tempted to walk away from your business - but closing down a business is not a decision that you should make in a fit of frustration. Starting a business is so exciting, but the day-to-day grind of running a small business can wear down even the most intrepid entrepreneur. That said, if you decide this path is the right decision, here is a comprehensive closing a business checklist that will highlight some of the big issues that [...]

By | 2018-01-09T06:14:57+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Maturity and Exit|0 Comments

Independent Contractor vs. Employee: Differences, Wage Reporting, and More

Hiring workers to help you achieve your business dream can lift a huge weight off your shoulders. But if you don’t know how to correctly classify them, you might face even bigger problems. Understand the difference between independent contractor vs. employee, find out how to report wages, and learn how to decide worker status to avoid legal issues. Independent Contractor vs. Employee Knowing whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee can be difficult. Before you can decide between the two, learn what sets them apart and how the difference impact taxes and wage reporting. Independent Contractor [...]

By | 2018-01-30T05:06:57+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |0 Comments

Creating a Press Release: How to Write, Edit, and Proofread

Creating a press release can be great for marketing, but you have to make sure you are writing it correctly. Whether you're creating a press release for your own company or that of a client, you must plan, edit, and proofread to make your news shine. In addition to being interesting and newsworthy, you also need to make sure that it’s free from any errors and mistakes; admittedly a writer’s least favorite task since it can feel tedious and guarantees to be time-consuming. Today, we’re going to explore how to create and perfect the ideal press release so [...]

By | 2018-01-25T06:18:22+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|0 Comments

Internet Sales Tax Rules for Small Business

Whether you’re just starting your e-commerce business or adding an e-commerce store to your existing brick-and-mortar, it’s crucial to fully understand internet sales tax rules. In the United States, sellers are only required to collect sales tax from buyers in states where they have “sales tax nexus” or a significant presence in a state. You always have sales tax nexus in a state if it is your home state and/or if you have an office, store, warehouse, sales representative, or employee located in that state. The government also considers you have nexus if you sell products in a state’s [...]

By | 2018-01-24T04:32:53+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |0 Comments

Increase Accounting Services Revenue With Business Formation and Compliance Monitoring

Accountants are critical to the success of any small business. In fact, Accountants and CPAs are the most important professionals for small businesses. Yet given this level of importance, only 67% of small businesses are only satisfied with their accountant. What if you could easily increase that rate of satisfaction? Your Clients Are Already Struggling with Paperwork As accounting professionals, you already have clients who are struggling with business formation and compliance paperwork. A recent survey by Wasp Barcode Technologies reported that 33% of small businesses listed managing paperwork as a top accounting challenge. Some are struggling so much that [...]

By | 2018-01-22T11:54:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Events & Announcements|0 Comments

Benefits of an S-Corporation

Incorporating is one of our favorite services, not only for the tax savings it provides those who are self-employed, but also for the asset protection it offers those with passive real estate investments or one-off productions in the entertainment industry. Before we dive into the benefits of an S-Corporation, let’s first understand each type of business entity: S-Corporation: Entity used to assist self-employed individuals transition from small to medium sized business structure. Only entity that allows the self-employed to reduce social security and Medicare tax (SE tax). An S-Corporation can also be an LLC electing to be taxed [...]

By | 2018-01-09T06:13:59+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Finding the Best Marketing Channels to Acquire Website Traffic

Congratulations! You’ve secured your new business name, formed your company, and launched your new website. Now what? Naturally, your first instinct is to drive traffic to your website in hopes of converting them into paying customers. After all, that’s how we scale. Right? You sign up for one, or all of these – Google AdWords, Facebook, LinkedIn (great platforms to advertise on) – but realize the ad costs to drive traffic from these advertising platforms is more than you have budgeted for. This is a typical scenario we run into with startups. Between the excitement of launching a [...]

By | 2018-01-16T11:09:56+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |0 Comments

Making Mastermind Groups Work for Your Business

Making mastermind groups work for your business takes a little bit of courage, an open mind, and strong commitment. The benefits to you and your business, however, can be great. Napoleon Hill is credited with the idea of the mastermind group, which he defined as “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.” More colloquially, mastermind groups are typically thought of as business owners that come together to share best practices, solve problems and help each other to work on their businesses and grow [...]

By | 2018-01-09T06:13:43+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|0 Comments

Can I Change My Registered Agent?

If your business is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or corporation, you must appoint a registered agent to accept service of process for your company. Assigning an authorized registered agent is necessary for keeping your business legally compliant and maintaining good standing in the state(s) in which you operate. Your registered agent is the entity—an individual or business in the state(s) in which your company conducts business—that will receive legal documents on your behalf. Examples of the types of mail that goes to your registered agent include: Tax notices Federal and state correspondence Notice of lawsuits Summonses to [...]

By | 2018-01-09T06:13:17+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Other|Tags: , |0 Comments

Top 9 Changes From the 2018 Tax Code Updates

As the 2017 year comes to an end, we enter into a new year with a new tax code for both individuals and corporations. In fact, the recently signed the tax reform bill represents the most significant tax changes for the United States in more than 30 years. Many clients have reached out to us with questions and concerns as to how this new code would impact them at both the personal and business level. To make these changes easier to understand, we’d like to highlight the main points and changes we can expect in 2018. The most [...]

By | 2018-01-08T07:57:31+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |0 Comments

Do I Need a Startup Advisor?

A startup advisor can be invaluable to help you navigate through startup pitfalls, structure your company, find funding or scale up your business for profitable growth. I recommend a startup advisor -- provided you can devote the time to make the most out of your advisor’s expertise, talents, and connections.   If you just go through the motions without leveraging what your startup advisor has to offer, then it will be a waste of time. But if you are committed to accepting advice and mentoring, and you pick the right startup advisor, you can accelerate your business’s success. [...]

By | 2018-01-22T12:02:27+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |0 Comments

Developing a Business Plan That Anyone Can Execute

Developing a business plan, securing financing, and putting together a winning team—all are key components of getting your new business on the right path from the start. But without a business plan, you may not stand a chance of recruiting your dream team or landing the financing you need. The Ins and Outs of Developing a Business Plan We’ve all read the stories of million-dollar businesses that started with a few ideas jotted on a scrap of paper or a bar napkin. But in reality, how many of those businesses grew to million-dollar sales without developing a business [...]

By | 2018-01-09T14:11:16+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Seed and Development|Tags: |0 Comments

6 Business-Boosting Benefits of Incorporating Your Company

One of the most critical decisions you will make as a business owner is choosing the business entity type for your company. Sole proprietor or partnership? Limited Liability Company (LLC), or corporation? Decisions, decisions! For many of the entrepreneurs that I work with, incorporating offers a variety of advantages legally and financially over operating as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or LLC (Limited Liability Company). You should talk with your attorney and accountant or tax advisor before you select a business structure because it’s important that you fully understand the pros, cons, and your compliance responsibilities. To get you [...]

By | 2018-01-02T04:52:49+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |0 Comments