Entrepreneurs

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: , , |

Four Ways Busy Entrepreneurs Can Show Their Loved Ones They Care

Although Valentine's Day has passed, it doesn’t mean the time has expired for us busy business owners to show our family and friends we love them. Building and nurturing relationships never goes out of season. And now more than ever, with the divide among people getting wider as the political and social climate becomes ever more heated, I believe we all need to step up our efforts to show we care. But when you’re an entrepreneur bogged down with countless tasks and multiple concerns on your mind, how can you mange all that AND show your people some [...]

2017-11-22T14:42:02+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

There’s no shame in being just a great entrepreneur or just a great player

I coach kids sports. I started when my oldest son was playing basketball at the YMCA. I didn’t know much about the game as a coach, but luckily I had another dad to help me and we figured it out. It was so new to me and I wanted to do a great job. They were only 6 years old, so we got by. As my son grew, more and more coaching opportunities arose. I always got involved, one way or another. Sometimes my company would sponsor, other times I would help coach. He loved basketball and I [...]

2017-09-08T10:19:31+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

You Can’t Put Your Heart Into Your Business If You Don’t Show Yourself Some Love, Too.

With Valentine’s Day finally here, February is perfect for reflecting on and celebrating how committed you’ve been to your entrepreneurial endeavors. It’s also an ideal time to assess how well you’ve been taking care of yourself. As a small business owner, you likely work long hours, eat many meals on the fly (if at all!), regularly forfeit a good night’s sleep, and pass on countless invitations to enjoy activities outside of work. While those sacrifices may seem as though they’ll make you more productive and your business more successful, ultimately they can have the opposite effect. I urge [...]

2018-02-23T07:08:41+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|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: , , , , , |

What Every Small Business Should Know About 1099s

Every year when tax time rolls around, I field questions from business owners about whether or not they need to send 1099s to their vendors. As common as 1099 forms are, they remain one of the most misunderstood Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements. To make sure you understand the circumstances under which the IRS requires issuing 1099-MISC forms to vendors, I’m going to provide some basic “must-know” information here. What Is A Form 1099-MISC? You must issue an IRS Form 1099-MISC to each person you’ve paid $600 or more in services (including parts and materials), prizes and awards, [...]

2017-09-25T10:39:02+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|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: , , , |

How Job Titles Can Help You Hire Great Talent

So it’s a new year, and you're looking to hire new talent. You start off by posting a job online, but you’re not finding many candidates, at least not the great ones your company needs. How come? You may not realize this, but the job titles on your postings might be the reason. Professionals care about the job title a company will provide them with (as well as one they’ll be proud to boast on their resumes in the new year). If you spend enough time looking at other job descriptions and titles, you’ll begin to notice a [...]

2017-09-08T10:34:27+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , |

Should You Buy A Business Or Start One From Scratch?

Hope your New Year is off to a great start! As you’re looking to make 2017 a year of prosperity, have you set your sights on becoming a business owner? If so, you’re probably wondering whether buying an existing business or starting your own company will offer the best chances of success. Both have their advantages and challenges, so how do you choose? I wish there were an easy answer, but I’m afraid you’ll need to do some research and put some serious thought into your decision. As you explore your options, consider the following pros and cons [...]

2017-12-13T10:23:59+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Categories: Seed and Development|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: , , , , , , |