Nellie Akalp

Nellie Akalp

About Nellie Akalp

Nellie Akalp is an entrepreneur, small business expert, speaker, and mother of four amazing kids. As CEO of CorpNet.com, she has helped more than half a million entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Akalp is nationally recognized as one of the most prominent experts on small business legal matters, contributing frequently to outlets like Entrepreneur, Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, and Fox Small Business. A passionate entrepreneur herself, Akalp is committed to helping others take the reigns and dive into small business ownership. Through her public speaking, media appearances, and frequent blogging, she has developed a strong following within the small business community and has been honored as a Small Business Influencer Champion three years in a row.

Do You Need a Corporate Veil?

What Is the “Corporate Veil”? When a company is formed as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or corporation, it is regarded as its own legal entity. Therefore, the business—rather than its owners—is held accountable for its debts and legal responsibilities. “Corporate veil” (also called a “corporate shield”) is a business term that refers to the legal distinction between an LLC or corporation and its owner(s). It is the legal separation established by keeping a company’s activities, assets. and liabilities independent from those of the business owner(s). Is it Necessary? The corporate veil, when kept intact, helps protect a [...]

2018-08-28T16:28:05+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

What Is a Reseller License?

If you’re starting a retail business (whether online or at a brick and mortar location), you’ll want to apply for a reseller license. A reseller license certifies you don’t have to pay sales tax when buying products on a wholesale basis for the purpose of reselling them to customers. In some states, a reseller license might alternately be called a reseller permit, resale license, resale certificate, sales tax permit, or some other term. Regardless of its name, its purpose is to identify your company as a reseller. Reseller License and Sales Tax In the United States, a business [...]

2018-08-14T12:22:16+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Do Uber Drivers Need an LLC?

Uber drivers, even those doing rideshare driving as a side-gig, are considered to be earning income through self-employment. Just like other self-employed independent contractors, they face some critical startup decisions—including what business entity type to choose for their business. Should Uber Drivers Form an LLC? After signing the Uber contract to designate themselves as a self-employed private contractor, Uber drivers face the decision of what type of business structure they should operate under. They shouldn’t take this lightly, because the business structure chosen will affect their tax obligations and degree of personal liability. When Uber drivers don’t establish [...]

2018-08-07T05:54:44+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

What Is the LLC Tax Rate?

Before forming an LLC, many entrepreneurs ask about the standard LLC tax rate to see if this form of entity is a solid option for their new business. This is an excellent question and one that can be best answered by exploring what an LLC is and how it is taxed. The LLC (limited liability company) business entity type is one of the most popular selected by small business owners. It shields the owner’s personal assets from the liabilities of the business and may result in some tax savings to boot. The LLC is an entity formed according [...]

2018-08-02T13:34:10+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , , |

Do I Need a Business License to Sell on Amazon?

Entrepreneurs who want to sell their products through Amazon’s marketplace face many of the same opportunities and challenges as brick-and-mortar stores. Naturally, they have a lot of questions about launching and running an online business. It’s exciting to think of the possibilities but often daunting to figure out where to start, what to do, and where to turn for help and direction. One of the things these business owners want to know is, “Do I need a business license to sell on Amazon?” Regardless of whether an Amazon seller has formed an LLC or corporation or is operating [...]

2018-07-24T11:43:07+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

CorpNet Partner Program: How It Helps Accountants and Other Professional Firms Increase Revenue Without Adding Overhead

CorpNet has always been focused on helping entrepreneurs in all industries succeed. We not only offer services to help them save time and money in forming their own businesses, but we also provide a program for accountants, attorneys, and other professionals to enable them to expand their client services and increase revenue. I recently presented two webinars about the CorpNet Partner Program: Increase Revenue & Client Satisfaction Without Increasing Overhead or Staff – Which explains the Partner Program and how it enables accountants to expand their services quickly and with minimal effort. How to Maximize Your Revenues as [...]

2018-07-17T06:57:37+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Partner Program|

Do Amazon Sellers Need an LLC?

Amazon sellers, like other entrepreneurs that sell products online, should think about how their business structure affects them professionally and personally. The business entity type chosen has an impact on income tax obligations, ongoing business compliance requirements, and the financial and legal liability of the business owner. So, you’re asking a valid question if you’re wondering “Do Amazon Sellers Need an LLC?” While it doesn’t appear that Amazon requires sellers to form their businesses as any particular business entity type, it’s wise to consider the potential advantages of operating as something more than a sole proprietorship or general [...]

2018-07-11T07:32:59+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

Four Small Business Freedoms That Make Every Day Like Independence Day

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 celebrates this holiday, I 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 [...]

2018-07-02T11:09:43+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Trademark vs. Service Mark

Trademark vs. service mark? What's the difference? Both are issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to distinguish a brand's products and services from those of other businesses. Trademarks distinguish a company's products, whereas a service mark relates to the services a company provides. Both fall under the category of intellectual property. Why Apply for a Trademark or Service Mark? When you're building a brand, it's important to differentiate yourself from your competition. Moreover, the last thing you want is for another company to hijack your company name or logo and confuse customers about with whom [...]

2018-06-27T14:06:34+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

10 Ways to Take Care of Your Kids and Your Business This Summer

School’s out! Chances are your kids are celebrating right now because weeks of summer vacation beckon. But, if you’re starting a business or running a business, and you have school-aged children, you’re likely feeling a little conflicted. Entrepreneurs like you and me struggle a bit in the summer—trying to balance our desire to be great business owners—and great parents. While I love (and truthfully look forward to) having my kids at home during the summer months, I confess it’s getting increasingly harder to keep them occupied while I’m hard at work. I know this is a struggle we all face—how [...]

2018-06-13T06:30:35+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

What an LLC Statement of Information Is and Why You Need One

What is an LLC Statement of Information? No matter which state your Limited Liability Company is located in, you will need to file documentation with the Secretary of State to establish your company and keep it legally compliant. A Statement of Information is one of the standard reporting requirements that many LLCs across the United States must adhere to. A state may require a Statement of Information as an "Initial Report," due shortly after registering a business. Moreover, many states mandate LLCs to submit a Statement of Information (also sometimes called an "Annual Report") each year, every other [...]

2018-06-05T11:55:00+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

How to Apply for an EIN Number

One of the essential steps new business owners must take when launching their companies is to apply for an EIN Number. An Employee Identification Number (also known as a "Federal Tax ID Number" or "Tax ID Number") is a nine-digit number assigned to a business for filing taxes, submitting reports to the state, applying for business licenses and permits, and completing other documentation. Similar to how a social security number serves as identification for an individual, an EIN serves to identify a business. The IRS issues EINs at no charge. EIN Number Eligibility Requirements The IRS accepts EIN [...]

2018-05-22T13:48:19+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , |

What is a Certificate of Incorporation?

When forming a corporation, business owners need to file for a “certificate of incorporation” (sometimes referred to as “articles of incorporation”) to register their company with the state. What is a certificate of incorporation exactly? It is a legal document serving as a formal record of a company’s formation. Who Needs to Submit a Certificate of Incorporation? Entrepreneurs who want to operate their company as a corporation—a legal entity that is separate from and that provides personal liability protection for its owners—must file a certificate of incorporation form. They must have their certificate of incorporation approved by the [...]

2018-05-09T06:39:37+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Hit Hard With 2017 Taxes? It’s Time To Change Your Legal Structure for 2018

It seems like you just got your business taxes handled for 2017, and now you must start worrying about 2018 taxes. That’s because the tax reforms signed into law last December under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will most definitely affect your business taxes—and possibly your company’s legal structure as well. And you might be wondering how to avoid a hit like that in the future.  Maybe it’s time to change your business legal structure. If you’re self-employed and operating as a sole proprietor, I suggest exploring if a change in legal structure might provide some tax relief [...]

2018-05-09T06:15:45+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , |

How to Start a Home-Based Business

If you’re thinking of starting a home-based business, you’re probably wondering, “Where do I begin?” It's a question many entrepreneurs who plan on having an office outside of the home ask, too. When you launch a business from home, you don't have to worry about things like looking for affordable office space, finding a place to park, etc., but you do have to pay attention to many of the other startup tasks that all businesses do. An at-home company still needs to follow certain steps and rules to operate legally and successfully. Let's explore the following steps: Set [...]

2018-04-25T05:19:05+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Business Name Restrictions: What to Know Before Registering Your Business

One of the most exciting initial tasks to tackle when starting a business is brainstorming names for your company. It’s also one of the most critical to-dos; your company’s name will be the foundation of your brand, so you need to consider it carefully. As you embark upon the process of deciding what you will call your company, there are some business name restrictions you should be aware of. Every state has its own set of rules regarding what is and is not allowed in business names. Most states will not allow a business to: Include business entity [...]

2018-04-11T07:08:28+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Can Accountants and CPAs Help Clients File an LLC?

This weekend there was a question posted on Facebook asking this very question. Can accounting professionals, like CPAs or staff accountants, help their clients file LLC formation documents? Is this considered "practicing law" or is it part of a firm's standard accounting services? Here is the Original Question   Here is an answer from a group member:   This woman hits the answer spot-on. Since this is such a great question, I believe it deserves exposure outside of Facebook so I wanted to cover it on our blog as well. Here was my answer inside of the Facebook [...]

2018-06-05T06:16:01+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

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. [...]

2018-06-05T06:16:05+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |

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 [...]

2018-06-05T06:16:05+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Events & Announcements|Tags: |

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 [...]

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