Startup and Launch

Are you considering launching a new business? If so our startup and launch articles are an ideal resource for you to dig into and educate yourself. Our blog posts cover everything from selecting the best type of business entity to knowing what state you should incorporate in. Don’t make unnecessary mistakes! Let our startup experts get you headed in the right direction.


How to Foster a Culture of Communication and Trust Within the Startup Environment

Much has been said about how it takes equal parts hard work and dumb luck to turn a good idea into a viable business. However, when it comes to startups, there’s no set or specific recipe for success — there’s no “secret sauce” that you can pour into a business incubator and end up with a fully-functional startup, especially considering how even the most well-thought-out startups can crash and burn for seeming any reason. By the same token, however, there are some things that are universal when it comes to successful startups. For any organization to flourish, a [...]

2018-04-24T14:21:28+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|

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|

What Is a 501c3 and When Do You Need One?

Have you always dreamed of starting a nonprofit organization so you can give back to your community? Maybe you have a charity that’s close to your heart, such as research for autism or helping the homeless, and you’ve always wanted to have the same kind of impact through your own nonprofit. Whatever your vision, making your nonprofit organization a success starts the same way as any other business—by staying in compliance with government regulations. Your nonprofit organization is accountable to state and federal agencies, including the IRS, which is where 501(c)(3) (also referred to as a 501c3) status [...]

2018-04-17T07:19:56+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

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|

Simple Business Tips That Can Lead to Startup Success

When your business is still in infancy, it is difficult to make major moves that can take your company to the next level. After all, big moves often require resources that you just do not have at the moment. However, this does not mean you can just stand pat and do nothing to improve your business. Sometimes, little things can have the biggest impact. In fact, here are 5 simple business tips that can lead to more success for your startup. 1. Turn to the Cloud for Technology One of the fastest ways to increase efficiency and productivity [...]

2018-03-21T16:41:04+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

2018-02-22T06:03:48+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

How to Start a Trucking Business

If you’ve always wanted to start a trucking business, now could be the perfect time to put your plan into action. In the third quarter of 2017, e-commerce accounted for 9.1% of overall retail sales—almost double the figure from 2010. Online retailing’s popularity is just one reason the amount of goods hauled by truck is projected to grow by more than 3% annually for the next five years, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Demand for trucking will be so great that the ATA predicts the industry will need to recruit almost 100,000 new drivers per year. [...]

2017-12-18T10:36:23+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

Finance Your Business With These Low Stress Options

Today’s business owners have more options for business financing than ever before.  But some methods to finance your business may cause you to toss and turn at night more than others. Of course, stress can be subjective. One person’s definition of stress may be different from another’s.  But this list can help you sort through the different ways to finance your business that are less likely to cause you stress -- or at least allow you to choose what YOU consider to be low stress. Here are some lower-stress financing options for your small business. Low-Stress Ways to [...]

2018-02-19T06:49:10+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|

What is the Best Time of Year to Form an LLC?

Have you been thinking of launching a new business or changing your existing sole proprietorship to a formal business entity type? Are you concerned that you might not be selecting the best time of year to form an LLC? So When Really is the Best Time of Year to Form an LLC? There's never a bad time to register your business as a legal entity—doing so helps protect your personal assets and might offer some tax advantages, as well. But filing your paperwork to make it effective before the New Year has its perks! So if you are [...]

2017-12-20T04:01:00+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , |

Is a Farm LLC Really Necessary?

Starting and running a farming business provides opportunity and the freedom to forge your own professional path. There’s hard work involved, of course—farming is a 24/7 commitment. And an agricultural business comes with many of the same risks that other types of companies do—and some that other types of businesses do not. A farming business faces many uncontrollable threats such as economic downturns, droughts, floods, accidents related to the use of large equipment, unseasonable freezing weather, and even food trends that may put certain ingredients on the outs. Farming, while it can be fulfilling and financially sustaining, comes [...]

2017-12-06T15:12:20+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , |

Ten Tips for Creating a Business Name

Creating a business name is one of the most exciting and important startup tasks that entrepreneurs must tackle. The name you choose for your business will serve to distinguish you from your competitors and give customers insight into the experience they will have with your company. You will want to get it right and follow the necessary steps to ensure you have legal rights to use your name before you start publishing it on all of your documentation and marketing materials. Tips to Help You Create and Protect Your Business Name 1. Consider the Brand Personality You Want [...]

2017-11-20T11:02:42+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

Choosing an Effective Planning Strategy for Your Startup

How the right framework for planning can help you consistently reach your goals and grow your business. Gone are the days of the traditional “business plan” (thankfully!). Startups and newly formed small businesses move fast, are flexible, and make decisions on a shorter timeline than businesses did years ago. By the time you finish formatting a business plan, your business could have pivoted two or three times to capitalize on an opportunity or avoid a disaster if you were focused on those realities instead of burying your head in a document. But, that doesn’t mean that startups should [...]

2017-11-20T05:27:40+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

Do I Need Articles of Organization For a Michigan LLC?

If you're considering forming a limited liability company (LLC) in Michigan, you're probably wondering what paperwork the state requires. For example, do you need Articles of Organization for a Michigan LLC? That's one of the common questions we field here at CorpNet—for Michigan and the other 49 states in the U.S. Articles of Organization – Michigan: Does Your LLC Need Them? The answer is yes. In the state of Michigan, an LLC must file an Articles of Organization form with the Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The Bureau [...]

2017-11-14T03:54:21+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , |

Get the Lowdown on Wyoming LLC Fees

Thinking of starting a business in Wyoming? Or maybe you already have one there, but want to change your business structure to an LLC. Either way, you need the scoop on how to form an LLC in Wyoming, as well as what it’ll cost you. Why Form an LLC in Wyoming The LLC — or Limited Liability Company — is a smart choice for your business structure. It protects your personal finances, home, vehicles, and other assets from being seized to cover your business’ expenses. It can also make it easier to position your business to borrow money [...]

2017-11-10T10:16:46+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , |

Foreign LLC Registration and Management

Registering your business as a foreign LLC (also known as “foreign qualification”) is required under certain circumstances when you operate your business outside of the state in which you've formed your LLC. Despite the term "foreign," a foreign LLC operates domestically within the United States. Your LLC isn't considered foreign in the state in which you initially registered it, only in the states where you've expanded its operations. Breaking Down the Need for a Foreign LLC A few hypothetical scenarios of when you may need to file as a foreign LLC include: Your retail home decor business is [...]

2017-11-06T12:45:57+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

Expert Advice for Registering a Business in Oregon

Have you been thinking about making your dream of starting your own business in the beautiful Pacific Northwest a reality but not sure how to begin?  This post will help guide you through the process of registering a business in Oregon – one of the most scenic and culturally diverse states in the region. Registering a Business in Oregon - What You Need to Know Before we begin, realize the information going forward assumes that you have already decided that operating your business as a sole proprietorship or general partnership (if you will have multiple owners) is not for [...]

2017-10-25T10:18:48+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , |

20 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

There's a neverending debate on whether entrepreneurs are born or made. I don't claim to be able to make the call one way or another, but I have noticed several characteristics that the most successful small business owners seem to share. Here they are. Whether entrepreneurs are made or born, they all share similar characteristics. How many of these do you possess?

2017-10-04T09:26:29+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

Breaking Down Business Entity Types

One of the most important steps you’ll need to make when starting your business is reviewing business entity types and deciding which one you should choose for your company. The structure you pick will affect your business from legal and tax obligation standpoints. That’s why it pays to understand the various business entity types—and the potential advantages and downsides of each. I recommend talking with a business attorney and accounting professional for guidance. In the meantime, I’m going to share some information about the most commonly used business structures to give you a head start in furthering your [...]