How to Budget as a Freelancer

Creating a budget as a freelancer shouldn’t be any harder than it is for any other small business. And yet, the rollercoaster ride of finding and keeping clients, collecting invoices, marketing your business and juggling all of this yourself can create major budgeting headaches. Income predictability is a challenge unique to freelancers, according to a recent survey by Upwork and Freelancers Union. Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can take better learn how to budget as a freelancer. Step 1: Keep Business and Personal Finances Separate Even if you used personal assets to start your freelance business, [...]

By | 2018-01-18T06:19:50+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Benefits of an S-Corporation

Incorporating is one of our favorite services, not only for the tax savings it provides those who are self-employed, but also for the asset protection it offers those with passive real estate investments or one-off productions in the entertainment industry. Before we dive into the benefits of an S-Corporation, let’s first understand each type of business entity: S-Corporation: Entity used to assist self-employed individuals transition from small to medium sized business structure. Only entity that allows the self-employed to reduce social security and Medicare tax (SE tax). An S-Corporation can also be an LLC electing to be taxed [...]

By | 2018-01-09T06:13:59+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Can I Change My Registered Agent?

If your business is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or corporation, you must appoint a registered agent to accept service of process for your company. Assigning an authorized registered agent is necessary for keeping your business legally compliant and maintaining good standing in the state(s) in which you operate. Your registered agent is the entity—an individual or business in the state(s) in which your company conducts business—that will receive legal documents on your behalf. Examples of the types of mail that goes to your registered agent include: Tax notices Federal and state correspondence Notice of lawsuits Summonses to [...]

By | 2018-01-09T06:13:17+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Other|Tags: , |0 Comments

6 Business-Boosting Benefits of Incorporating Your Company

One of the most critical decisions you will make as a business owner is choosing the business entity type for your company. Sole proprietor or partnership? Limited Liability Company (LLC), or corporation? Decisions, decisions! For many of the entrepreneurs that I work with, incorporating offers a variety of advantages legally and financially over operating as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or LLC (Limited Liability Company). You should talk with your attorney and accountant or tax advisor before you select a business structure because it’s important that you fully understand the pros, cons, and your compliance responsibilities. To get you [...]

By | 2018-02-22T06:03:48+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |0 Comments

The CPA’s Guide to Assisting Clients with Business Compliance Issues

As a CPA, you probably sometimes find that clients inquire about more than just their business’s taxes and finances. With the strong connection between their money and all aspects of their companies, they may toss you questions about a variety of business compliance issues that aren’t in your normal area of focus. You need to exercise caution in responding because your insight shouldn’t take the place of proper legal counsel or human resources guidance. But having a working knowledge of diverse compliance topics can help you aid your client’s understanding of certain issues and steer them to the [...]

How to Start a Trucking Business

If you’ve always wanted to start a trucking business, now could be the perfect time to put your plan into action. In the third quarter of 2017, e-commerce accounted for 9.1% of overall retail sales—almost double the figure from 2010. Online retailing’s popularity is just one reason the amount of goods hauled by truck is projected to grow by more than 3% annually for the next five years, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Demand for trucking will be so great that the ATA predicts the industry will need to recruit almost 100,000 new drivers per year. [...]

By | 2017-12-18T10:36:23+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |0 Comments

What is the Best Time of Year to Form an LLC?

Have you been thinking of launching a new business or changing your existing sole proprietorship to a formal business entity type? Are you concerned that you might not be selecting the best time of year to form an LLC? So When Really is the Best Time of Year to Form an LLC? There's never a bad time to register your business as a legal entity—doing so helps protect your personal assets and might offer some tax advantages, as well. But filing your paperwork to make it effective before the New Year has its perks! So if you are [...]

By | 2017-12-20T04:01:00+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Is a Farm LLC Really Necessary?

Starting and running a farming business provides opportunity and the freedom to forge your own professional path. There’s hard work involved, of course—farming is a 24/7 commitment. And an agricultural business comes with many of the same risks that other types of companies do—and some that other types of businesses do not. A farming business faces many uncontrollable threats such as economic downturns, droughts, floods, accidents related to the use of large equipment, unseasonable freezing weather, and even food trends that may put certain ingredients on the outs. Farming, while it can be fulfilling and financially sustaining, comes [...]

By | 2017-12-06T15:12:20+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The What, Why, and How of LLC Insurance

Does your LLC need insurance? LLC insurance coverage is a measure you can take to help protect your business assets in the event of a legal claim against your company. While forming an LLC creates a separation between your personal assets and those of your business, having insurance for your LLC helps guard your company against losses as a result of circumstances in the course of doing business. How Do You Know What Kind of LLC Insurance You’ll Need? The type and amount of LLC insurance coverage will depend on a variety of factors including the level of [...]

By | 2017-11-27T14:18:37+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |0 Comments

Do I Need Articles of Organization For a Michigan LLC?

If you're considering forming a limited liability company (LLC) in Michigan, you're probably wondering what paperwork the state requires. For example, do you need Articles of Organization for a Michigan LLC? That's one of the common questions we field here at CorpNet—for Michigan and the other 49 states in the U.S. Articles of Organization – Michigan: Does Your LLC Need Them? The answer is yes. In the state of Michigan, an LLC must file an Articles of Organization form with the Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The Bureau [...]

By | 2017-11-14T03:54:21+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Get the Lowdown on Wyoming LLC Fees

Thinking of starting a business in Wyoming? Or maybe you already have one there, but want to change your business structure to an LLC. Either way, you need the scoop on how to form an LLC in Wyoming, as well as what it’ll cost you. Why Form an LLC in Wyoming The LLC — or Limited Liability Company — is a smart choice for your business structure. It protects your personal finances, home, vehicles, and other assets from being seized to cover your business’ expenses. It can also make it easier to position your business to borrow money [...]

By | 2017-11-10T10:16:46+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Foreign LLC Registration and Management

Registering your business as a foreign LLC (also known as “foreign qualification”) is required under certain circumstances when you operate your business outside of the state in which you've formed your LLC. Despite the term "foreign," a foreign LLC operates domestically within the United States. Your LLC isn't considered foreign in the state in which you initially registered it, only in the states where you've expanded its operations. Breaking Down the Need for a Foreign LLC A few hypothetical scenarios of when you may need to file as a foreign LLC include: Your retail home decor business is [...]

By | 2017-11-06T12:45:57+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dissolve an LLC With These Six Easy Steps

For a variety of reasons, entrepreneurs may decide to close the business they worked so hard to start and grow. Situations change and the need to dissolve an LLC or corporation may need to be addressed. An entrepreneur can grow tired of small business ownership or may simply want to retire. Possibly the business has been losing money or it isn't as profitable as it needs to be. Regardless of the reasons, an LLC needs to be dissolved in a formal and methodical manner. This task doesn't have to feel daunting. Our six easy steps will provide a guide [...]

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-25T10:18:48+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

LLC vs. S Corp vs. C Corp

Yes, operating a business as a sole proprietor or general partnership offers simplicity, but that comes at the cost of not having separation between you as an individual and your company. Are there other options? What about the LLC vs. S Corp vs. C Corp? For entrepreneurs who want to protect their personal assets and have tax flexibility, registering as a type of legal business entity—such as LLC or S Corporation or C Corporation—is well-worth exploring. LLC vs. S Corp vs. C Corp - What’s the Difference Anyway? Continue reading because I’m going to break down the basics of [...]

By | 2018-02-19T06:49:57+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-02T14:34:05+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-27T09:26:05+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What Is a Fictitious Name?

What Is a fictitious name? A fictitious name is a name other than your proper legal business entity name that you formally get permission from the state (or county) to use when conducting business. You may also see a fictitious business name referred to as a “Doing Business As” (DBA), “assumed name,” or “trade name.” Throughout this post, I will use the terms “fictitious name” and “DBA” interchangeably. At CorpNet, we help business owners throughout the United States file DBAs. Fictitious names can benefit businesses of all types—from sole proprietorships to LLCs to corporations. At CorpNet, we help [...]

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.

By | 2017-12-20T11:31:41+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]