What do you need to do to get your startup off the ground before next year? These steps to start a business will give you the direction you need.
Finish 2018 right with all of your business compliance requirements in order. This end of year business checklist will help.
s it OK to use your residential address as your business address, too? Here's what to consider before you use your home address to incorporate a business.
Entrepreneurs and startups have recently become very unclear about how to start an Amazon business because the responsibility of online sellers to collect and remit sales tax has been an issue under debate for quite some time. Entrepreneurs who have brick-and-mortar stores in jurisdictions that have enacted sales tax clearly must add state (and sometimes local) sales tax to customer’s bills when selling taxable goods. And then send they must send those funds to the proper tax authorities. But what if you sell your products online to customers in other states? The rules haven’t been completely clear in [...]
Knowing your how to start a business checklist for a home based business may sound simple to most people. With no need to rent or buy office space and worry about setting up workstations for employees, how tough can it be, right? Well, although setting up shop at home offers some degree of simplicity, business owners who work out of their homes still face some of the same legal considerations companies with dedicated places of business do on how to start a business from home. If you’re contemplating about launching a business and how to start a business [...]
Some aspects of starting a nonprofit are similar to starting a for-profit business, but nuances exist. How to Incorporate a Nonprofit Organization can be confusing and complicated and it can be helpful to have a checklist of what you should address to incorporate a business as a Nonprofit Organization. Before I go any further, let's first chat about what being a nonprofit business means. The information that I'm about to provide you in this article on How to Incorporate a Nonprofit Organization is not intended as legal, tax, or financial advice. It's for general knowledge purposes to give [...]
Should you incorporate year end or next year? It may depend on the state where a business is located and if the option of a delay effective date exists.
Do You Need to an MLM LLC for Your Network Marketing Business? MLM entrepreneurs are considered independent contractors. By default, they’re sole proprietors, but forming a legal business entity offers potential liability protection and tax benefits. Also sometimes called “network marketing” companies, MLMs offer income opportunities to folks who want to set their own schedule and work at their own pace—without having to build a business from the ground up. Many people who want the flexibility of being their own boss have chosen careers in working as agents for multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, so I regularly field questions [...]
If you’re the sole owner of a business, you may have pondered the question: “Should I operate as a sole proprietor or a single member LLC?” Decisions, decisions! So what else is new when running a business, right? There are always choices to make—and deciding which business entity type will be right for your company is one not to be made lightly. The type of business structure you choose will have legal and financial implications. It will also affect the time you spend on efforts to keep your business compliant with whatever rules must be followed for the [...]
You’ve likely seen them on busy city streets or at the town fair. They’re also popular sitting outside breweries and concert venues. Schools often hire them for fundraising events. We’re talking food trucks, of course. According to Food Truck Nation, food trucks brought in an estimated $2.7 billion in revenue in 2017, and this industry is not done growing. The road to success with a food truck business is one paved with growth and opportunity, as long as you know (and follow) the rules of the road. Whether you’re adding a food truck to your existing brick-and-mortar restaurant [...]
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 [...]
Choosing the best state to start a business is an important detail in your overall business plan. When it comes to launching a small business, “Location, location, location” is part of the formula for success. If you’re wondering if a specific location would give your startup an extra advantage over the competition, you should check out WalletHub’s latest report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business. With a bad location ranked as one of the top reasons for business failure, choosing where to launch your business can be almost as important as choosing what business [...]
Want to buy an existing business? You’re not alone. BizBuySell.com, a marketplace for business buyers and sellers, reports continued strong business-for-sale activity in the second quarter of 2018. Small businesses sold for a median sale price of $239,000 in the second quarter of 2018. BizBuySell.com predicts 2018 will be a “recording-breaking year when it comes to small business transactions.” As a result, more sellers are putting their businesses up for sale—adding to the already sizeable number of baby boomer entrepreneurs who are selling their businesses in preparation for retirement. You probably have good reasons of your own for [...]
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 [...]
Coming from the corporate world, leasing office space seemed like the obvious choice when I started my own company. But after 18 months of commuting to an office and paying rent and other overhead expenses, my two partners and I realized the cost—and time—savings of transforming into a virtual business. Luckily, we all had space to work from our homes, and with the right equipment, we made the transition to being a virtual business without a hitch. If you’re just starting out or, like us, tired of paying for office space, there is another option: Become a virtual [...]
Throughout my career, I’ve managed all kinds of people with all kinds of living situations. Out of all my employees, I’d have to say single moms are among the hardest working and most dedicated — no matter what life challenges are thrown at them. Making enough money to support yourself and your children as a single mom while still handling all of the childcare duties yourself is one of life’s biggest challenges. For some single moms, the traditional 9-to-5 job may not fit their schedule (nor sufficiently pay their bills). One way around this: Start a side hustle [...]
Choosing the appropriate form of business for your company is complicated—and if you are an attorney, physician, accountant, architect or other licensed professional, there are some extra factors to consider. As a professional, you may want to opt for the liability protection and flexibility that a limited liability company (LLC) offers, as opposed to forming a corporation or partnership. But in many states, professionals whose jobs require licensing by the state aren’t legally allowed to form an LLC. Instead, they must form a professional limited liability company (PLLC). In this article, we’ll look at the difference between an [...]
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 [...]
How much do you value your accountant? If you answered “plenty!” then you’re in good company. According to a survey* by Wasp Barcode Technologies, small business owners ranked accountants as the most important professional to their businesses. Not surprisingly, when asked how familiar the business owners are with accounting functions, most answered in the middle range. Most business owners would never attempt to file their business taxes without the help of an expert accountant, so why wouldn’t you turn to your accountant for help with business formation, too? Most business owners hire an accountant for taxes and accounts [...]
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 [...]