Business Licenses

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 [...]

2017-10-25T10:18:48-07:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , |

Is a Multi-Member LLC Right For You?

The multi-member LLC is a Limited Liability Company with more than one owner. It is a separate legal entity from its owners, but not a separate tax entity. A business with multiple owners operates as a general partnership, by default, unless registered with the state as an LLC or corporation. Would it make sense for you to form your business as a multiple member LLC? To arrive at that answer, you need to consider how choosing that business entity type will impact you legally, administratively, operationally, and from a tax perspective. I encourage you to speak with an [...]

2017-09-27T09:26:05-07:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , |

Flexible Staffing Options: Get Help Without Hiring Full-time Employees

At some point, growing businesses need more hands on-deck. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to invest the money to hire full-time employees—yet. Before you hire full-time employees, there are other staffing options you can explore. Bring on Extra Help With Our Six Flexible Staffing Options 1. Family and Friends Starting a business requires long hours and time away from family and friends. You can avoid the separation issue (and create new bonds) by hiring family and friends to help run your business. Family businesses account for 64 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and create [...]

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 [...]

2017-09-08T10:37:43-07:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , |

Back to School and Back to Business: Legal Checklist for Entrepreneurs

This time of year is a rite of passage for any student and parent, but it also signals that we’ve entered the home stretch of the year. We want to make sure that small businesses end the year with success! That’s why we put together a back-to-school legal checklist for entrepreneurs. Instead of hitting the books this fall, small business owners should take the time to make sure their legal and administrative obligations are in order. The Legal Checklist for Entrepreneurs 1. Incorporate or Change your Business Structure Many small businesses start out as a sole proprietorship or [...]

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 [...]

2017-09-12T11:30:43-07:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

2017-09-08T10:37:43-07:00 August 8th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

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. [...]

2019-04-15T10:34:42-07:00 July 12th, 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 [...]

2017-11-28T10:25:43-07:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , |

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, [...]

2017-12-22T10:46:41-07:00 December 13th, 2016|Categories: Maturity and Exit|Tags: , , , , , |

Fall Tips To Help Your Business Have A Strong End-Of-Year Finish

Although most of the year has already passed and we’re now into the autumn season, don’t panic if your business has fallen a little bit behind on its goals. It’s not too late make changes that can help lead to a strong finish in 2016. Whether you’ve just started your business or have been running yours for years, the key is to take action sooner rather than later—and to focus on efforts that will improve your bottom line now and into 2017. Nurture Customer Relationships If you’ve fallen out of touch with some customers, now’s the time to [...]

Is Fear of Failure Holding Your Business Back?

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins—oh my! While children clad in Halloween costumes may fear witches and zombies, many entrepreneurs are equally terrified of failure. But since failure is an inevitable part of launching and growing a small business, fear of failure could be holding you and your business back from success. Whether your business is already underway or just getting started, here are six ways to overcome your fear of failure: Go step by step. When we’re scared, it's easy for fear of failure to paralyze us and we end up doing nothing. Instead of taking an all-or-nothing approach, break [...]

How to Get an LLC License

Here at CorpNet, we are often asked how to form an LLC, also referred to as a Limited Liability Company, when wanting to start a business. To be clear, an LLC is not a business license; as one cannot obtain an LLC license. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a legal entity that bears similarities to both corporations and partnerships. An LLC is formed under specific state statutes that provide for the creation and regulation of this special type of entity that has come to be commonly used and respected in business. An LLC can be used to [...]

2017-12-26T08:17:53-07:00 August 31st, 2016|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , |

CorpNet FAQs – Business Licenses

As an online legal document filing service that helps entrepreneurs with an array of startup needs, we get asked a ton of questions from our clients about various topics. We decided to start sourcing these questions and create a new blog post series for our readers, as some of you may be wondering the same thing but haven’t found the answer elsewhere. Today we are launching our new FAQ series starting on the topic of business licenses. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions on the popular topic followed by answers from our CEO Nellie Akalp. [...]

2017-12-20T11:10:19-07:00 August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , |

6 Ways to Save Money on Your Startup

Are you worried about the high cost of launching your new business? Calm down: Starting a business doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Here are six ways to save big on your startup. Buy used. From restaurant equipment to retail fixtures and construction tools, just about every type of business equipment and furnishings can be purchased used. You can find used business equipment and furniture at resellers or auctions near you, going-out-of-business sales or searching for used equipment on eBay. You can even buy used computers—just make sure they've been reconditioned and come with some type [...]

8 Tips for Starting a Business After 50

If you are over age 50 and thinking about starting a business, you're not alone. In fact, entrepreneurs age 50 and up are one of the fastest-growing categories of small business owners, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). At 50-plus, you've got a lifetime of work experience to draw on — not to mention the wisdom that comes with age — in launching your new business. To help ensure your startup success, follow these tips: Tap into your experience. If you're not sure what type of business to start, think back to your past work and life [...]

Expecting A Tax Refund? 8 Business-Savvy Ways To Spend It Wisely

According to the IRS, it expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers will receive tax refunds this year. Last year, the average refund of the 109 million issued was $2,797. That’s no chump change! If you’re one of the fortunate taxpayers who will get a tax refund this year, how are you planning to spend that “bonus”? Decisions…decisions. While you may find it tempting to blow the cash on a Louis Vuitton handbag or put a deposit on a tropical vacation getaway, there’s something more fulfilling you can do with that money: Invest it into your business.  Yes, I [...]

2017-11-28T10:43:57-07:00 April 5th, 2016|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

5 Time Management Tips for Startup Business Owners

There are plenty of books about time management. But, as a startup business owner, chances are you're too busy to read them. Am I right? No worries, here are five quick tips to help you get a grip.

2017-12-13T14:18:27-07:00 February 24th, 2016|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , |

Is your Business in Compliance? Seven Questions To Ask Yourself

Maintaining a corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) is an ongoing process that requires constant attention. Unfortunately, most small business owners don’t know what they don’t know—and busy entrepreneurs often find it tough to carve out time to research what’s required, let alone follow through on it.

2017-12-20T11:24:04-07:00 February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |