Entrepreneurs

Four Small Business Freedoms That Make Every Day Like Independence Day

Picnics, fireworks, sparklers, and red, white, and blue-themed decorations every Fourth of July. Many of us pull out all the stops to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S.A — and rightly so! We have a lot to be thankful for. As my family celebrates this holiday, I thought about how fortunate we are to be small business owners. In a way, every day is Independence Day for entrepreneurs who have taken charge of their own destinies. So what better time than this week to take pause to reflect on your freedom as a small business [...]

2018-07-02T11:09:43+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Symptoms and Remedies for 13 Common Entrepreneurial Pitfalls

It seems that everyone on Instagram is an Entrepreneur or CEO. What used to be a high risk and scary choice, has now been glamorized into fast money, luxurious lifestyles, and ready-set-go businesses. A picture is worth a thousand words, but the stories behind the glossy pictures are anything but fancy. I know the true stories of self-doubt, self-sabotage, and business burnout. Over the years I've seen the same 13 challenges and entrepreneurial pitfalls in myself, my clients, and other entrepreneurs: Not Having a Clear Focus/Mission Trying to Be All Things to All People Lack of Revenue Diversity — [...]

2018-01-26T07:47:16+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Creating Your Own Business and Loving What You Do!

The entrepreneurs you read about or see on TV may seem like overnight successes—but in reality, creating your own business doesn’t happen overnight. Behind every successful business idea, months (or even years) of thought and planning have gone into launching it. After all, who wants to risk the money, time and effort required to start a new business on a mere whim? One of the keys to success is creating a business you’re excited about. Your passion will help you persist through all the obstacles. Here are three ideas for creating your own business and loving what you [...]

2017-11-13T05:06:36+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Seed and Development|Tags: , , , |

Ten Startup Podcasts for Today’s Modern Entrepreneur

It’s no surprise why today’s modern entrepreneurs like to listen to startup podcasts. Podcasts are portable -- a great way to get information when you can’t read but can listen.  Often podcasts contain golden tidbits that you might not pick up in a written piece. Many startup podcasts include interviews with experienced business experts who can offer invaluable insights to help you grow your business in ways you never considered before. And best of all, they are usually free.   Here are 10 startup podcasts to put on your listening list, along with a description of why each [...]

2017-10-12T14:29:11+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , |

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Asset Protection

Entrepreneurs put a lot of sweat equity into starting and running their businesses. They make sacrifices and have a lot on the line. Unfortunately, despite how much time and energy business owners put forth, there’s no such thing as guaranteed business success. When a business doesn’t make it, it’s distressing. But when an entrepreneur’s home, family vehicle, personal savings account, and other non-business property gets pulled into the fray due to their failing company’s legal or financial troubles, it’s even more devastating. That’s why you and every business owner should be aware of what you can do to [...]

2017-10-02T14:34:05+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|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: |

Top Real Estate LLC Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

With any property, there are inherent liabilities — from a broken balcony railing to old electrical wiring or mold. And with an LLC, your personal assets aren't vulnerable should you be sued by a tenant or property guest. Forming an LLC is a relatively quick and painless process. And while it may straightforward, there are some common mistakes that investors make that can impact the benefits of the LLC as dicussed and laid out wihtin this blog post.

2017-12-20T11:31:41+00:00 September 20th, 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 [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

National Small Business Week: What It Means For You

Sunday, April 30, 2017, marked the start of National Small Business Week. From that day through Saturday, May 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has organized a variety of events to celebrate small businesses and the impact they have on our national and local economies. According to the SBA National Small Business Week website, “More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.” I say that’s reason to celebrate! Don’t you agree? We're celebrating at CorpNet.com by [...]

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, [...]

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

Be Your Own HR Department with These 5 Tools

Small business owners wear many hats when running daily operations - especially when they are just starting to build their company. Their tasks include administrative work, client servicing, finance requirements and more. One of the most tedious tasks of running a business is taking care of HR requirements. Unfortunately, your HR responsibilities don’t end when an applicant signs the employment contract. This part of the business plays an important role in keeping the company running smoothly on a daily basis. However, small businesses don’t always have the luxury of hiring a dedicated team member to focus on these [...]

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 [...]

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

How to Start an Accounting Firm

If you’re a CPA or an accountant, the transition from working for someone else to being your own boss has probably crossed your mind. When you start an accounting firm, you'll soon see that self-employment offers an opportunity to have more control over your own schedule, allowing you to better balance your professional endeavors and personal life. It also enables you to manage your firm the way you want to manage it. But where do you start? How can you start an accounting firm and make sure you are checking all the boxes for compliance? Seven Steps to [...]

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 [...]

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

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, [...]

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

Partners and W3 – Choose Your Partners Wisely

I've written about partnering a lot in my life. I have not felt great about all the partners I've chosen. I've made some bad choices in personal relationships and in business. But today, I have the greatest partner I've ever had. I asked her to marry me last week. She said yes. Ok, so this post isn't about me and it's not about falling in love. It's about finding great partners. But if you can't find a great life or love partner, how will you know the right business partner? I have learned so much by my mistakes. [...]

2017-09-25T10:37:45+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |