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 [...]
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 [...]
The start of 2013 has brought a whole new crop of women who want to follow their passion and start their own businesses to my virtual door. I love the excitement and energy behind each and every one of them. Mostly because it is filled with heart. There is nothing but pure, unadulterated passion behind their motives. This is more than likely behind both men and women who are ready to jumpstart their lives with a new business venture. For me this holds special significance because just a few short years ago, that was me. Eager as a [...]
With the beginning of each New Year, many people take stock in their lives and what changes they may or may not want to make. We set out to lose weight, improve our careers, spend more time with family and friends, and probably take up a new hobby or two. A few years back, the New Year goals included growing my own business for me.
Rachel Blaufeld provides tips for packing up your tote to leave home or the office as a woman in business.
The holidays are a wonderful time of togetherness and celebration. Make sure to enjoy them all while feeling peace of mind about your business....Then, there is the wonderful prospect of the new year and new projects on the horizon! Here is a quick list of ways to keep both your business and apple pie from getting burned during the holiday season.
As small business/startup people,we MUST keep our "stuff" backed-up. For many of us, our business practically resides on our computer. If we lose that, we lose everything for good more often than not.
I know that business can present with a whole new forecast daily just like the meteorologists, but I also know that we can help control how we adjust to our startup's temperature fluctuations. It is by being calm, cool and collected ourselves.
eptember 22 is American Business Women’s Day – a day founded by the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) to celebrate the contributions that women have made to the economy. As the (female) CEO of a small company that helps entrepreneurs start a business (Whether it's incorporating a business, fomring an LLC or simply setting up a sole proprietorship/DBA) and get their businesses off the ground, I have the incredible fortune to work with countless budding and talented business owners. Here are my thoughts on this important day…
Rachel Blaufeld gives her top 5 tips for staying refreshed while working at home as a small business person who's kids just went back to school.
It's possible to create a separate business entity for each venture you start. However, this can result in excess paperwork and legal filings. And in many cases, each business may not be earning a significant amount of revenue individually, making the paperwork seem especially tedious. To save some headaches and paper, this article provdies you with great tips to consider when dealing with multiple business types.
Rachel Blaufeld provides some tips on maintaining boundaries while working from home as many startup business people do. I am guessing that if you set treat your home office like a 'real' office, your productivity will go WAY up!
Over the course of my career, I’ve helped over hundreds of thousands of small business owners incorporate a business or form and LLC. But I’ve also found there can be just as many questions after incorporating a business or forming an LLC. In this post, I’ve put together some of the more commonly asked questions to help you navigate life after the incorporation or LLC formation process.
Just as important as filing for a Trademark on our businesses, it is crucial to remind ourselves what is trademark-able about the ‘us.’
As a mom in business, getting and staying organized is an ongoing theme. From planning my week on Sunday night to scheduling in fitness to making sure everyone gets home from school to planning for an upcoming conference, my daily life runs like an airplane flight plan. During the summer, hyper-planning and knowing where everything is located IS even more critical otherwise life begins to looks like one big circus. When summer hits, our lives as mom (dad) - preneurs and professional women (and men) get turned upside down, and we adjust our routines to allow for different pickup and drop off times along with wanting to enjoy some summer fun with our kids. Unfortunately, somewhere in between basketball camp, swimming, and a myriad of important conference calls, my home office took a turn for the worse. I put into effect my very own tips for taming a home office in order, especially during summer: Being able to work from home is such a luxury for moms, but can also driag us down a boundary-less road. Don’t let that happen to you this summer. Make the most of every minute with an organized office and schedule, so you can enjoy a few extra minutes splashing around with your families!
The economy is difficult, the jobs numbers aren’t improving, and the stock market is pretty shaky at best. But in these tough times, people are doing some incredibly remarkable things. They’re showing just how determined, creative, and courageous human beings can be. And if I can help these individuals get the ball rolling on their ideas and make their dreams come true, I can’t imagine anything better...AND that's why I love what I do each and every day and I live by the mantra of "Do what you Love and Love What you Do each and every day because you ONLY live once!!!!!
We’ve reached the mid-way point of 2011, it’s the perfect time to review the financial and tax picture of your business. Too often small business owners wait until it’s time to file their returns to start thinking about taxes. Tax planning is an ongoing process and taking actions now can help lower your 2011 taxes, and for years to come with the following mid-year tax planning checklist.
Running a business from home is a great way to get started as an entrepreneur, but make sure you keep in mind some of the possible pitfalls and productivity traps. You owe it to yourself and your business to be able to close the door and go away for awhile, and you also owe it to your family to be able to leave work at work - even if "work" is "upstairs in your home office."
What's in a name? Selecting the right business name for your company is important — and it should be followed by taking the right legal steps to make sure the name is yours to use for years, and decades, to come. A prudent approach to naming entails three important steps: brainstorming, investigation and registration.
While incorporating a business may be straightforward, small business owners often make a few common mistakes that can have a significant impact on their business. Of course, the biggest mistake of all is never forming an LLC or Corporation in the first place and putting your personal assets (savings account, retirement fund) at risk. Even if you’re putting in 80-hour weeks to drum up new business, make some time this year to incorporate. You’ll be able to scale far more smoothly and securely for years to come.