Ongoing Management and Protection

CorpNet’s blog posts offer a wealth of information for navigating through the ongoing management and protection of startup and business operations. Our articles are written by industry experts who have the experience to help you avoid common and unnecessary mistakes.


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|

Fictitious Name Registration: Know What It Is and Why You Need One

Why You Might Need to Process a Fictitious Name Registration As a small business owner, it’s important to able to pivot quickly if the marketplace isn’t buying what you sell. That was a lesson I learned immediately after I started my business in 2008. Initially, our business planned to connect small and midsized business owners with companies that wanted to market to them. But did I mention it was 2008? As the economy crashed, big companies cut their budgets and the costly services we’d planned to sell were a no go. We had to start over, including using fictitious [...]

2018-06-12T07:51:17+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

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: |

Protecting Your Business from Personal Injury Claims

Whether you are running a two-man grocery shop or a fifty strong supermarket, small businesses can readily become a victim of personal injury claims. Very few personal injury claims are legitimate. Most are born out of greed. As a result, workers or customers may sue a business for millions, even if the case is trivial. Unfortunately, a personal injury claim not only makes your business suffer financially but also ruins your reputation resulting in long-term consequences. Though a personal injury claim can threaten your business, there are ways to prevent it from happening. However, sometimes when preventive measures [...]

2018-04-19T09:04:02+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

How to Apply for a Trademark Application

Every now and then a trademark application case hits the headlines that makes you cringe at its arrogance (Apple’s fight to stop any sort of apple symbol being used in a logo) or just makes you laugh (Taylor Swift attempting to trademark the phrase “this sick beat”). And then there’s the outright scary—Facebook wanting to stop any business name from using the word “face.” These are extreme examples, but because brand recognition plays such a vital role in today’s business world, companies have become very aggressive when it comes to protecting their names and identities. So, what are [...]

2018-05-10T05:49:32+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

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: , , , |

CPA Burnout is Real: Take These 5 Steps to Push Through

Are you distancing yourself from relationships, feeling a loss of personal accomplishment or just overall suffering from emotional exhaustion? You could be on the dangerous road to CPA burnout. Whether your accounting firm is just starting out or growing by leaps and bounds, running your own business can be extremely stressful. You may never have imagined that your entrepreneurial dream could turn into an entrepreneurial nightmare, but CPA burnout is real. Running your own CPA business means being all things to all aspects of your business. Not only are you the boss (the buck does stop with you), [...]

2018-05-03T05:03:12+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

7 Expenses You Can Save On by Working from Home

In the past, it seemed pivotal that an entrepreneur have a brick and mortar or office location for their business. If they were unable to afford or secure one, many people would abandon their business dreams altogether. Luckily, this has changed, as more and more entrepreneurs are opening or moving their businesses to their home. In fact, there are as many as 38 million home businesses across the U.S.! Although there are many perks of running a home business, such as having a flexible schedule and improved work/life balance, one of the most notable is that you can [...]

2018-04-19T09:42:47+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Five Ways to Optimize Your Accounting Firm Operations

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you frequently get the urge to change the way you do things and replace them with new systems and fresh ideas. After all, spring is the time for new beginnings, and your accounting firm operations could probably use a bit of a refresh. As you well know, your operations are the crucial activities of your business, from sales and accounting to marketing and customer service. It’s important for all parts of your operations to balance and support each other. Keep reading to learn how to optimize your accounting firm operations and boost your [...]

2018-04-19T08:48:41+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

The Top 10 Mistakes Freelancers Make

Freelancing. It’s hard work! I see mixed responses on the faces of people when I tell them that I earn money as a freelance writer. Most people appear impressed and assume that I jet around the world from assignment to assignment. But the truth is, it’s a real job that takes a lot of effort. From marketing my own services to delivering content to clients, I own the process from start to finish. It’s a big responsibility. I often have new freelancers ask me how I’ve made a living in this crazy industry. It really is a lot [...]

2018-04-12T06:20:12+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Pre-Employment Screening Helps You Get to Know Your Candidate

An application is the first step to getting to know a candidate. The next step is when you are able to have an in-person interview with the candidate and see what they’re like in person. Interviews are usually an opportunity to get a deeper look at the candidate- analyze their mannerisms, learn about their personality and ask them questions that weren’t on the application. While you may feel that you know a candidate after an interview, do you really? Or do you just know what they told you? While your default reaction may be to just take a [...]

2018-03-07T07:59:29+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

6 Tips to Improve Employee Appreciation Programs

The secret to creating a work environment employee’s want to work is to recognize their hard work in creative ways that will be appreciated. Employee appreciation programs need to be researched before implementation, and the conversation starts with employees. It is one of the best ways to retain top talent in a workforce of professionals that often feel disengaged at work. Start a Conversation The best source of information to enhance the employee experience starts with, employees. It can be achieved with one of the following strategies: A survey with open-ended questions Town hall meeting: Invite all employees [...]

2018-03-07T07:59:52+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

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: , |

Symptoms and Remedies for 13 Common Entrepreneurial Pitfalls

It seems that everyone on Instagram is an Entrepreneur or CEO. What used to be a high risk and scary choice, has now been glamorized into fast money, luxurious lifestyles, and ready-set-go businesses. A picture is worth a thousand words, but the stories behind the glossy pictures are anything but fancy. I know the true stories of self-doubt, self-sabotage, and business burnout. Over the years I've seen the same 13 challenges and entrepreneurial pitfalls in myself, my clients, and other entrepreneurs: Not Having a Clear Focus/Mission Trying to Be All Things to All People Lack of Revenue Diversity — [...]

2018-01-26T07:47:16+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

How Will 2018 Tax Reform Affect Your Small Business?

It seems like you just got your business taxes handled for 2017, and now you have to 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. Sole proprietorships are the most common form of business organization in the United States because they are easy to form and offer the owner complete control of the business. Profits are passed through to the owner, and business income and expenses are reported on the individual’s [...]

2018-03-07T05:11:31+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

Why All Home Businesses Need Professional Indemnity Insurance

Professional indemnity insurance, also known as errors and omissions insurance, is a policy that covers the legal costs and expenses during your defense against a client. If a Client has accused you of inadequate services, designs or advice they may want to take you to court if they felt they have lost money in the situation. Working from home can be a great experience in life but if you aren't fully protected and a problem escalates, you can be left vulnerable with no one to turn to. People can put off getting professional indemnity insurance especially whilst starting [...]

2018-03-12T11:16:00+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

7 Steps to A Healthier Workplace

It’s no secret that working a desk job comes with its share of health risks. According to The Washington Post, working at a desk can result in elevated risk of heart disease, over-productive pancreas, colon cancer, a strained neck, poor circulation, degenerating abdominal, hip, and glute muscles, and softer bones (among others). So what can you do to combat the negative health impact of sitting all day in an office setting? Good news: there’s plenty you can do to make your workplace healthier. Whether you’re a concerned employee, or a small business owner looking to do right by [...]

2018-02-26T09:28:49+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Tax Preparer

Since Donald Trump took office just over a year ago, there have been few major legislation that have passed. One that did squeak through was the GOP tax reform, and with mixed reporting on who the tax cuts will benefit, when, and how long for, individuals and businesses may feel swamped by the conflicting information they have been reading and hearing about in the last few months. With dire consequences for incorrect filings, the biggest shake-up to taxes in thirty years has left many feeling anxious about what these changes mean for them. The Tax Cuts and Jobs [...]

2018-02-15T03:30:09+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |