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Small Business Technology Solutions That Offer Growth

As technology continues to reshape the way we do business, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that powerful tools - such as artificial intelligence and the IoT – are only an asset to bigger companies. But this isn’t true. In fact, the ubiquity of connected devices is driving more opportunities for small business owners to shine than ever before. Things move fast, and for small businesses, the only choice is to embrace digital change and learn how to reap the benefits of various new technologies. To get started, here are six small business technology solutions that companies [...]

By | 2017-12-19T09:51:25+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Fail Proof Process for Incorporating in California

Have you considered incorporating in California but you're just not sure where to begin? As a California business owner, I’m excited to help guide other entrepreneurs get their companies up and running in this fine state. In this post, I’m going to walk you through the process of forming a corporation in California. But first, let’s take a look at the various kinds of corporations the state recognizes. Types of Corporations in California General For-Profit Corporation (General Stock Corporation) - A General For-Profit Corporation is a legal entity, separate from the shareholders who own its stock. It can exist [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:37:43+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Is A Real Estate LLC Really Necessary?

A Real Estate LLC (Limited Liability Company) business structure has become a preferred entity of real estate investors for holding title to investment properties. That’s not too surprising considering the advantages of forming an LLC: It limits personal liability. It provides tax treatment flexibility. It’s relatively simple to establish and maintain. It’s less costly to set up and maintain. It offers more flexibility in how you distribute profits. It makes it easier to pass real estate investments to your loved ones. An individual or a company beyond the United States can own it. Let’s dive deeper into each [...]

Firing a Client: Why, When and How

When you’re starting a business, it’s hard to imagine a time when you would actually turn away business or find yourself in a situation where firing a client is required. In the beginning, of course, beggars can’t be choosers, and even if the client isn’t a big spender, every penny counts. Plus, at the beginning, you’re more concerned about getting experience and building your reputation, in your industry and community. But eventually, as you get more established, there will likely be a situation when you have to decide whether a particular client is worth the hassle or whether [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:37:43+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |0 Comments

6 Ways to Improve the Security of Your Small Business

When starting a business, entrepreneurs have a lot to think about. Often, the owner is responsible for sales, marketing, accounting, merchandising—the list goes on. While all that is important, don’t forget that you’re also head of security. And unfortunately, this is often a full-time job in itself. However, you can take steps to make your security role easier if you know what threats you face. What Are the Threats? If your business has a brick-and-mortar location—and especially if it’s a retail operation—you’re probably very familiar with the need for physical business security. Burglary is extremely common for businesses, [...]

By | 2017-10-04T08:46:33+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Business Compliance: How To Stay In Good Standing

What Is Business Compliance? While definitely not the most glamorous aspect of running a business, complying with applicable rules and regulations is a must. Business compliance (known as “corporate compliance” for incorporated businesses) is critical for keeping your company in good standing with your state. The specifics of what you need to pay attention to depend on the legal structure of your company and where you’re registered to operate your business. The compliance requirements Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and corporations have to meet can vary from state to state (and sometimes even from one municipality to another), so [...]

10 Ways to Create a Successful Small Business Brand

One of the key steps to starting a new company is creating a strong small business brand. Do it right, and you’ll have a memorable brand that customers line up to do business with. How can you get your brand off on the right foot? Here are 10 steps to creating a business brand.  1. Understand the basics of a small business brand To craft your brand message, start by asking yourself (and answering) these questions: What does your company do? Can you distill that down to a few sentences or bullet points? Why does your company do [...]

By | 2017-11-20T11:17:26+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Filing an Amendment: 7 FAQs to Keep You in Compliance

This month, we answer all your thought-provoking questions about filing an amendment. July marks the middle of the year and a great time to make changes within your company! When do I need to file an amendment? Articles of Amendment are required if any of the information included in your incorporation or foreign qualification paperwork changes. For example: Changes to the company name Changes to the Registered Agent Information Company Business Address Director or Member Information Number of Authorized Shares Business Activities of the Company Do I need to notify the state if the nature of my business changes? [...]

How to Legally Structure Your Business To Secure Financing

All the pieces of your entrepreneurial dream are finally falling into place. You have a name for your business, a product or service that makes you super excited, and you’ve even started noodling designs and logos. Before you can go much further, however, you’re going to need funding. And in order to get funding, you will need to decide what type of structure is best for your business: a sole proprietorship DBA (doing business as); a C corporation or S corporation; a professional limited liability company (PLLC) or a limited liability company (LLC). Let’s take a look at [...]

Employer Identification Number: What is an EIN and How do I Get One?

At CorpNet, we field a lot of questions centered on what aspiring entrepreneurs need to do from an IRS-standpoint to start a business. Almost daily, I see inquiries arrive about obtaining an EIN (Employer Identification Number). I’m glad people ask about that because it is indeed an important item to check off a startup’s to-do list. What Is An Employer Identification Number? You may see EINs also referred to as “Federal ID number,” “Tax ID Number,” or Federal Tax ID Number.” It is a nine-digit number used for tax filing and reporting and for other business documentation purposes. [...]

By | 2018-02-06T07:14:55+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

What Drives Social Sharing? The Psychology of Viral Content

Social media can be tricky to understand. What people share, like, and comment on often seems random or irrelevant. However, new research into the science behind social sharing is helping us better understand the factors of viral content. No longer are the “how” and “why” of content engagement a mystery. By better understanding the psychological gears behind social sharing, you’ll be able to use them to create content that will inspire and entice your readers to share that content through their networks. Psychological Factors That Drive Social Sharing Emotions are heavily involved in the reasons why certain types of content become popular. In fact, i-SCOOP [...]

By | 2018-01-11T04:43:24+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

5 Inspiring Small Business Quotes from Top Olympians

We all have hurdles to jump and far distances to go. This is true of every business owner. Oftentimes, the grind is tough and it seems too difficult to go on, like our goals are unreachable. However, it’s important to remember that a little inspiration and plenty of determination can take us farther than what we’ve even dreamed. While the determination is up to you, you can find inspiration anywhere. We’ve compiled 5 quotes from top Olympic athletes to keep the torch of motivation burning inside you. Every champion was once a contender that didn’t give up. – [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:16:41+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Professional LLCs – FAQs

Happy June! Summer is fast approaching and with new beginnings, we bring you a new post in our FAQ series! This month, we discuss the Professional LLC, or "PLLC" and the ins and outs of filing them. What is a PLLC? A Professional Limited Liability Company is a special type of LLC that’s designed for licensed professionals, such as accountants, lawyers, and doctors (typically, professions that require a license). Some states do not allow licensed professionals to form an LLC since they don’t want them to escape personal responsibility for professional malpractice by “hiding behind” the personal liability [...]

By | 2017-12-13T14:16:24+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Local SEO for Your Local Business: Get Listed Where It Counts Most

Local SEO, the art and science of optimizing your business website for local search, has a few more steps to it than your general SEO practice. After you’ve identified your general keywords and optimized your content for them, you still need to take a few more steps to make your local business stand out from your competition. Most local search is performed with the intention of an immediate visit, so you want potential customers to be able to find you as they drive around town and in emergency situations, if that is relevant to your product or service. [...]

By | 2017-12-27T11:18:46+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Use a Blog to Boost Your Business

Nowadays, a business website is considered incomplete if it doesn’t have a blog. Blogging started out as a mere hobby, an online journal where individuals would share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and opinions. However, businesses have found that blogging is also a valuable resource for lead generation, customer service, boosting search engine rankings, and brand marketing and promotion. Today we give you a number of ways starting your own business blog could give your business a much needed boost in the right direction. 1. Get More Online Exposure Businesses devote entire departments to marketing, where the only goal [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:34:26+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Registered Agents – FAQs

Happy May! This month, we will be going over the requirements for being or maintaining a registered agent and what the registered agent does for your business. Q: What is the purpose of the registered agent? A: The registered agent is the person named to receive important legal and tax documents on behalf of a business in a given state. This includes important mail sent by the state (annual reports or statements), state tax documents, as well as any Notices of Litigation. Virtually all states require corporations, LLCs, LLPs, LPs and nonprofits to appoint a registered agent in [...]

By | 2017-11-28T11:01:40+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What Can Employers Not Discriminate Against?

As a business owner, it’s exciting to hire employees and watch your company grow. But there are legal risks if you give job candidates and employees reason to believe your staffing decisions and policies are discriminatory. The first step in avoiding a job discrimination lawsuit is to have a basic understanding of what you can’t discriminate against and the nature of the laws that prohibit employment discrimination. You need to comply with all applicable federal and state (even some local) laws that protect people from job discrimination. So, in your employment ads, job applications, job interviews, background checks, [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:16:42+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Can An Employer Ask About Your Age?

If a job candidate is googling this question after a job interview at your company, you may be headed for trouble. At both the federal and state level, anti-discrimination laws exist to prevent businesses from hiring or not hiring based on personal characteristics that are not relevant to an individual’s ability to do the job. Age is one of them. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects people who are age 40 and older from being treated unfavorably because of their age during the hiring process—and when employed. In 2016, 20,857 age discrimination charges were [...]

By | 2017-12-22T10:44:23+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Avoiding A Job Discrimination Law Suit

Hiring the right people to be part of your team can greatly affect your business’s ability to succeed. It’s an important process—and a tricky one! When considering job candidates, you need to be careful or you could find yourself facing legal problems. If at any point during the hiring process you don’t comply with the federal and state (and even some local) laws that protect people from job discrimination, you risk having a lawsuit filed against your company. When hiring employees, you must comply with all anti-discrimination laws. Even an unintentional misstep can cause major issues for your [...]

By | 2018-01-10T12:02:30+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Registering a Trademark – FAQs

Registering a trademark can feel like a massive undertaking, but it doesn't have to be daunting. We'd like to get you pointed in the right direction, so let's run through some common questions we receive on trademark registrations. What is a trademark? A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design (or a combination of any of these) that identifies the source of a product or service and distinguishes it from competitors. What can be trademarked? Trademark registration can be granted on distinctive names, logos and slogans. You might want to seek a trademark for a product name, [...]

By | 2017-10-04T07:08:16+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments