Small Business Management

Do I Need a Startup Advisor?

A startup advisor can be invaluable to help you navigate through startup pitfalls, structure your company, find funding or scale up your business for profitable growth. I recommend a startup advisor -- provided you can devote the time to make the most out of your advisor’s expertise, talents, and connections.   If you just go through the motions without leveraging what your startup advisor has to offer, then it will be a waste of time. But if you are committed to accepting advice and mentoring, and you pick the right startup advisor, you can accelerate your business’s success. [...]

By | 2018-01-22T12:02:27+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |0 Comments

Year-End Closing Checklist: Get Your Business Ready for 2018

With time of the essence, I won’t delay getting right to the point of this blog post: Now is the time to get your company’s ducks in a row so your business will have a happy New Year. And by happy, I mean being prepared so you won’t suffer from the headaches and frustrations of falling behind on mission-critical responsibilities. So, without further ado, here’s a helpful year-end closing checklist to guide you in closing your 2017 on a joyous note. Your Year-End Closing Checklist to Make the New Year Merry and Bright 1. File to Change Your [...]

By | 2017-12-18T13:13:50+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Categories: Other|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why a Business Mentor Can Impact Your Business

As a business owner, you want to use every advantage to help ensure success. One opportunity to consider is a business mentor. A business mentor is an entrepreneur with more experience than you and who’s there to help you achieve your goals. It’s someone with no stake in your company that you can trust to keep you moving ahead. Unlike business coaching, which usually is a limited engagement focused on specific business problems, with mentoring you can develop a relationship that lasts indefinitely and is personally and professionally rewarding to both parties. Why You Should Seek Out a [...]

By | 2017-10-09T14:50:05+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|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 [...]

8 Efficient Business Practices To Start Now

The modern business must take advantage of useful tools to run at peak efficiency. Some tools improve productivity, while others remove excess downtime among employees or lower the risk of human error. If you're looking for efficient business practices to streamline your venture, the following eight options offer excellent places to start. Efficient Business Practices to Focus On Virtual Phone Systems According to a Gallup survey, as of 2016, 43 percent of employees work at home at least part of the time. When managing remote employees, you need a way to keep them connected to their offices, especially if they [...]

5 Ways to Improve Your Online Business Reputation

If you don’t have a good online business reputation, you can easily lose customers to your competitors. This is why big businesses hire consultants to help improve their reputation online. Most shoppers gauge the reputation of a company before committing to a purchase. They look at various sources such as social media and review sites to see how people are talking about you.  Small businesses and startups can also improve their online reputation without breaking the bank. In this article, we’ll cover 5 tips to give your business’ online reputation a healthy boost. Boosting Your Online Business Reputation [...]

By | 2017-10-23T10:35:24+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Is a Trademark?

What is a trademark? A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design (such as a business name or logo) that identifies the source of a product or service and distinguishes a brand from its competitors. Trademarks give owners of their marks protection from other businesses in the U.S. using those marks. Preventing confusion in the marketplace is the primary purpose of trademarks. To obtain a trademark, you must file an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Details: What is a Trademark? If you're still asking "what is a trademark?" read on for more [...]

By | 2017-12-05T04:26:26+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mars Cafe and the Ultimate Small Business Marketing Compliment

Mars Cafe is a fun success story of how a business can take on a life of its own that is bigger than any individual. I look forward to working and socializing there for many years to come. Ready to start a business and build up your dedicated community of customers? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.

By | 2017-12-20T10:24:39+00:00 October 26th, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , |0 Comments

3 Ways to Boost Your Small Business Marketing Beyond Order Taking

Small business sales and marketing doesn’t have to be complicated. Making bigger profits for your company is often just a simple matter of learning how to ask good questions, listen closely to what people say, and look for ways to deepen your conversations and build deeper relationships with your customers. But it does require a spirit of generosity, conscientiousness and attentiveness that goes beyond simply “taking orders.”

By | 2018-01-10T12:00:58+00:00 October 23rd, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

One Simple Question That Can Help You Keep Customers

What do you do when a customer tries to leave your business? Whether you’re a freelancer who wants to avoid getting “fired” by a long-time client, or a retail location that wants to keep up steady traffic of repeat business and referrals, it’s important to maintain your customer relationships. But sometimes, what happens when a customer decides to no longer do business with you can be one of the most important ways to keep making your business better. If you learn from it, even going through the experience of losing a customer can help you gain more customers in the long run.

By | 2017-12-20T10:04:53+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |1 Comment

Small business management lessons from Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is the “fastest man alive” after winning Gold in the 100 meter dash at the London Olympics. The Jamaican sprinter is a legend in his own time after winning his second Gold medal in one of track’s most recognized events. What are some lessons that entrepreneurs can learn from this remarkable competitor?

By | 2017-12-22T10:48:10+00:00 August 20th, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |0 Comments

Entrepreneurial inspiration from Olympic champions

Now that the Olympics has come to an end...It's time to reflect and see what are some ways that entrepreneurs can take inspiration from these Olympic athletes? One of my favorite parts of watching the Olympics this year was not just the competition or the emotional stories, but the feeling that that comes from seeing people who have worked so hard, for so long, to reach the ultimate pinnacle of their sport. Every Olympic champion who stands on the medal podium is the undisputed best in the world at what they do, and that's an achievement that no one can [...]

By | 2017-12-26T07:43:06+00:00 August 15th, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |0 Comments