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Best Practices For Interviewing Job Candidates

Hiring the right people requires a sure-fire interviewing process. To effectively interview job candidates, you need more than a little dedicated time and a list of questions; you need an understanding of how you can draw out the information you need about an individual’s knowledge and capabilities. You also need to tune into character nuances that might indicate how well a candidate will work with your team. And, of course, you need to do all of that without breaking any anti-discrimination laws. Interviewing can be intimidating for not only prospective employees but also for employers! By following some [...]

2018-02-16T09:42:18+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

Should Your Company Use a Professional Employer Organization?

Small business owners may be new the phrase professional employer organization, but PEOs have been around now for several years and changing the face of human resources management. A PEO provides comprehensive outsourcing for all tasks and functions typically performed by an in-house human resources department. This may include employee job descriptions, benefits, payroll, insurance, and regulatory requirements. PEOs act as a "co-employer" with your company so that they share contractual obligations with your employees. Management decisions, however, remain with your company. You continue to guide the daily job duties and responsibilities of your employees while the PEO [...]

Nellie in the News: February 2017

What a start to 2017! January and now February have flown by and we’re looking forward to a spring filled with lots of sunshine after these rainy past few months. We have been busy in the office on the phones daily helping you incorporate a business, form an LLC, file a DBA and more across all 50 states! Our CEO Nellie Akalp has been busy as always sharing her expertise and knowledge across the blogosphere. Check out her articles and press mentions from February below. Want Nellie to speak at your next event or share her tips on [...]

2017-11-08T07:07:03+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: Events & Announcements|Tags: , , |

Foreign Qualifying your Business – FAQs

Happy February! With winter now in full swing, we will be talking about a way to get away from the cold with Foreign Qualifying! This month, we discuss the opportunities of Foreign Qualification into another state and what the requirements are for those states. Q: What is foreign qualification? A: A corporation or LLC transacting business in a state(s) outside of their state of incorporation is typically required to foreign qualify in those other states. Q: What constitutes transacting business in another state and when do I need to foreign qualify? A: As examples, your company is considered [...]

2017-11-28T11:59:13+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , |

2017 Small Business Financial Goals

If you are a small business owner, you should be setting business and financial goals as early as possible so that you are not caught behind the eight ball as the year goes by. Sweeping changes are expected in 2017, and you’ll need to be ready. For example, it’s predicted that 2017 will be the year that video finally overtakes text as the No. 1 form of communication on the internet. 2017 will also mark the rise of the independent mobile commerce culture, and, of course, virtual reality is on the immediate horizon. Here’s how to set some [...]

2017-09-27T08:39:54+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

Nellie in the News – January 2017

Another month has flown by - 2017 is off to a great start for us in the CorpNet office! Our New Year's resolutions are still going strong. How about you? Our CEO, Nellie Akalp has been busy as always in the press letting you know the best ways to start your business and how CorpNet can help! Call us today to incorporate, Form an LLC, file a DBA or for your other business formation needs. Here's a recap of what was published in January! Interviews & press Mentions Small Business Trends - 10 Essential Ingredients of a Successful Business [...]

2017-09-08T10:38:41+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Nellie in the News|Tags: , , , , , |

Five Steps To Becoming An Empowered Woman (Or Man) Business Owner

As a woman business owner, I’ve found that empowerment comes to us in two ways: 1. Access to external sources of inspiration and knowledge 2. Self-respect and self-confidence You can sit around and wait for someone to empower you, or you can take the bull by the horns and take action to empower yourself. I will always vote for the latter of the two because it gives you more control over your entrepreneurial destiny. Although women own nearly 30 percent of U.S. small businesses (according to the Status of Women in the United States website), I find that [...]

2017-10-06T10:14:33+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Categories: Women In Business|Tags: , , , |

Dos And Don’ts When Transferring Leadership Responsibilities

Changes in leadership don’t always happen seamlessly—or amicably. As is evident with the imminent transfer of leadership from President Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump, many factors influence how smoothly (or not) a change in authority will happen. Whether you’re taking over running a business or handing over the reins to your responsibilities to someone else, expect some bumps in the road. But be careful not to become a source of agitation and dissent through the process. This recent presidential election, which has been simultaneously entertaining and frustrating at times, can teach us some valuable lessons about what to [...]

2018-02-23T07:19:45+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

Starting a Part-Time Business

So you’re not ready to quit your “day job,” but you want to launch a business? Many entrepreneurs dip their toes to test the waters by starting a part-time business. In some ways, it’s the best of both worlds; you pursue your dream of business ownership while still bringing home a steady paycheck. 4 Steps for Starting a Part-Time Business Off Right Although there are some considerations unique to starting a business part-time, you’ll find other aspects are the same as when starting a company full-time. For example, you have to take the necessary steps to operate your [...]

2017-10-04T08:40:30+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , |

Business Information Zone (B.I.Z) – FAQs

Welcome January and 2017! With the holidays behind us and a bright new year ahead of us, it is a great time to start a business.  This month, we discuss the ways CorpNet can assist with our Business Information Zone or B.I.Z. in keeping your company in compliance! Q: What is B.I.Z.? A: Think of B.I.Z. as your business’ personal concierge service. Once you sign up, you’ll receive email reminders on tax and compliance alerts. You can also use B.I.Z. to store your business documents, and keep a personalized business profile that tracks important data about your company [...]

2017-11-28T10:25:43+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , |

Nellie in the News: December 2016

Happy December and Happy Holidays! With the new year only a few days away, it is time to re-evaluate your business! This month, our CEO, Nellie has been busy all over the internet with different informational articles that could help your business prepare for the fast approaching 2017! Interviews & press Mentions Monster.com - When Is it Time to Hire Another Employee? http://mnstr.me/2gQYfDn Feedspot - Top 100 Small Business Blogs On the Web http://bit.ly/2glhyry TenFold - 20 Experts Answer: What's Your #1 Sales Follow Up Tip? http://bit.ly/2gWB7m4 Small Business Advocate - When Is the Right Time to Change yor Business to [...]

2017-11-08T07:07:04+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Categories: Nellie in the News|Tags: , , , , , |

How To Use Live Video Chat For Your Small Business

In the past fifteen years, technology has transformed the way in which we communicate. In both our personal and professional lives, we have more channels available to us than ever: text messaging, instant messaging via social networks, and live video chat. The latter is a cutting-edge way for individuals to speak with others across the globe, and continues to become more valuable, with the video platform as a service (PaaS) market expected to generate $1.7 billion in 2020. Live video chat may be ideal for friends and family to communicate in an intimate way, but it also holds [...]

2018-01-11T04:49:53+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , , |

Ready Or Not – Is Your Business Prepared For 2017?

Congratulations on what I hope has been another prosperous year for your business! With 2016 coming to a close, now is the time to reflect on your successes and what you still need to do to make sure you’re set to make the upcoming year better than ever. Do you have all of your business’s end-of-year responsibilities wrapped up? Here’s a list of questions I recommend you ask yourself, so you can identify what you still need to take care of before the New Year begins: Have you organized all your accounting and tax records? Tax time can [...]

5 Ways to Keep On Top of Your Accounting

A small business lives or dies by its cash flow. If you’re not staying on top of your accounting, you could be making significant mistakes that can derail business growth. Failing to reconcile your business bank accounts, not keeping track of income and expenses, or waiting to apply payments to open receivables leads to incomplete or incorrect accounting information. Business accounting doesn’t have to be an onerous task. With the right mindset, tools, and support, you can stay on top of your accounting and keep accurate track of your business’ income and expenses. These five tips will help [...]

What Should You Do If Your Business Is “Inactive”?

Just because you’ve stopped working with customers, taken down your website, and aren’t making money from your business, it doesn’t mean your company is considered “closed.” Closing a business, whether an LLC or corporation, requires formally dissolving it with your state. If you don’t, you could be stuck with the responsibilities of filing your inactive business’s annual reports and state/federal tax returns. And you may be legally obligated to renew your business licenses and permits, too. All of that costs time and money. So if you’ve stopped doing business and are sure you want to retire your company, [...]

2017-12-22T10:46:41+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Categories: Maturity and Exit|Tags: , , , , , |

10 Steps to Starting an Email Newsletter to Market Your Business

If you are looking for an effective way to increase sales and keep your business in the forefront of customers' minds, email is the perfect solution. With an ROI of $38 to every one dollar spent, according to a survey last year, email marketing can pay off big for a small business. After all, we all get email, and most of us check it multiple times a day. Inundating prospective customers with daily emails about sales or discounts isn't the way to get their attention, however. Instead, try offering them something useful: an email newsletter. 10 Steps to [...]

2017-12-27T11:23:56+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , , , , |

Filing an LLC – FAQ

We are excited to bring you another post in our monthly FAQ series! This month, our CEO Nellie Akalp is answering questions about one of the hottest entity types for small businesses - the LLC. What are the requirements of filing an LLC? What are the benefits? Read on to find out! Q: What are the benefits of forming an LLC? A: In an LLC, the owner’s personal assets are shielded from business liabilities just as they would be in a corporation. In addition, the IRS views the LLC as a “disregarded entity.” Thus, an LLC does not [...]

2017-12-28T06:53:33+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , |

Will Your Business Need Financing in the New Year?

As you plan and set goals for your small business in 2017, one area to look at is financing. Will you need additional funding at some point in the New Year? If the answer is yes, how will you raise the money? Take a closer look at the two primary means of raising capital — equity financing and debt financing — and what you need to know about each. Equity Financing In equity financing, you give up a piece of your business (equity) in return for an investment of capital. Equity investors may be private investors, venture capital [...]

Nellie in the News: November 2016

Thanksgiving and November have come and gone and the holidays and 2017 are creeping up on us fast and we are here help prepare your business for the new year! CorpNet can help you incorporate a business or form an LLC right now or as a delayed filing in any state. This month, our CEO Nellie Akalp has been busy writing a ton of articles to help small business owners start a business, stay in compliance and prepare for the new year. Below are some highlights from the month of November! Want Nellie to speak at your next [...]

2017-09-08T10:48:58+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Categories: Nellie in the News|Tags: , , , , , |

Should I Incorporate Now or At The Beginning Of The Year?

So you want to change your business structure from a sole proprietorship to an LLC or a corporation? Great! But you might be wondering if you should incorporate now and make the change, or wait to file your paperwork until the New Year. If you’re one of those hyper-organized people, like me, you probably love the idea of having a neat and tidy January 1 effective date. After all, who wants to deal with filing two sets of tax forms—one for the period of time in this year when you operated as a sole proprietor and another for [...]

2017-09-27T09:40:52+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , |