Entrepreneurs

Business Startup Deductions to Take in 2018

What startup tax deductions can your business take in 2018? This post covers the types of startup business expenses and discusses which may be deductible.

Do You Need Annual Meeting Minutes for Corporations and LLCs?

What business owners should know about annual meeting minutes for corporations. What are they, who must have them, and how do you create them?

Five Marketing Ideas to Grow Your Business When Stuck in a Seasonal Rut

Are sales in a seasonal slump? There's no need to worry! Here are five marketing ideas to grow your business during slow times.

5 Steps to Start a Business By Year End–A Guide for Startups

What do you need to do to get your startup off the ground before next year? These steps to start a business will give you the direction you need.

2018 End of Year Business Compliance Checklist

Finish 2018 right with all of your business compliance requirements in order. This end of year business checklist will help.

Use a Home Address to Incorporate a Business–What to Consider

s it OK to use your residential address as your business address, too? Here's what to consider before you use your home address to incorporate a business.

How to Start an Amazon Business

Entrepreneurs and startups have recently become very unclear about how to start an Amazon business because the responsibility of online sellers to collect and remit sales tax has been an issue under debate for quite some time. Entrepreneurs who have brick-and-mortar stores in jurisdictions that have enacted sales tax clearly must add state (and sometimes local) sales tax to customer’s bills when selling taxable goods. And then send they must send those funds to the proper tax authorities. But what if you sell your products online to customers in other states? The rules haven’t been completely clear in [...]

Start a Business Checklist for a Home Based Business

Knowing your how to start a business checklist for a home based business may sound simple to most people. With no need to rent or buy office space and worry about setting up workstations for employees, how tough can it be, right? Well, although setting up shop at home offers some degree of simplicity, business owners who work out of their homes still face some of the same legal considerations companies with dedicated places of business do on how to start a business from home. If you’re contemplating about launching a business and how to start a business [...]

How to Incorporate a Nonprofit Organization Checklist

Some aspects of starting a nonprofit are similar to starting a for-profit business, but nuances exist. How to Incorporate a Nonprofit Organization can be confusing and complicated and it can be helpful to have a checklist of what you should address to incorporate a business as a Nonprofit Organization. Before I go any further, let's first chat about what being a nonprofit business means. The information that I'm about to provide you in this article on How to Incorporate a Nonprofit Organization is not intended as legal, tax, or financial advice. It's for general knowledge purposes to give [...]

2018-11-15T12:54:09+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How to Legally Start a Food Truck Business

You’ve likely seen them on busy city streets or at the town fair. They’re also popular sitting outside breweries and concert venues. Schools often hire them for fundraising events. We’re talking food trucks, of course. According to Food Truck Nation, food trucks brought in an estimated $2.7 billion in revenue in 2017, and this industry is not done growing. The road to success with a food truck business is one paved with growth and opportunity, as long as you know (and follow) the rules of the road. Whether you’re adding a food truck to your existing brick-and-mortar restaurant [...]

2018-08-14T04:49:19+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , |

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? [...]