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.
Finish 2018 right with all of your business compliance requirements in order. This end of year business checklist will help.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Should you incorporate year end or next year? It may depend on the state where a business is located and if the option of a delay effective date exists.
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 [...]
Throughout my career, I’ve managed all kinds of people with all kinds of living situations. Out of all my employees, I’d have to say single moms are among the hardest working and most dedicated — no matter what life challenges are thrown at them. Making enough money to support yourself and your children as a single mom while still handling all of the childcare duties yourself is one of life’s biggest challenges. For some single moms, the traditional 9-to-5 job may not fit their schedule (nor sufficiently pay their bills). One way around this: Start a side hustle [...]
How much do you value your accountant? If you answered “plenty!” then you’re in good company. According to a survey* by Wasp Barcode Technologies, small business owners ranked accountants as the most important professional to their businesses. Not surprisingly, when asked how familiar the business owners are with accounting functions, most answered in the middle range. Most business owners would never attempt to file their business taxes without the help of an expert accountant, so why wouldn’t you turn to your accountant for help with business formation, too? Most business owners hire an accountant for taxes and accounts [...]
Developing a business plan, securing financing, and putting together a winning team—all are key components of getting your new business on the right path from the start. But without a business plan, you may not stand a chance of recruiting your dream team or landing the financing you need. The Ins and Outs of Developing a Business Plan We’ve all read the stories of million-dollar businesses that started with a few ideas jotted on a scrap of paper or a bar napkin. But in reality, how many of those businesses grew to million-dollar sales without developing a business [...]
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 [...]
Creating a business name is one of the most exciting and important startup tasks that entrepreneurs must tackle. The name you choose for your business will serve to distinguish you from your competitors and give customers insight into the experience they will have with your company. You will want to get it right and follow the necessary steps to ensure you have legal rights to use your name before you start publishing it on all of your documentation and marketing materials. Tips to Help You Create and Protect Your Business Name 1. Consider the Brand Personality You Want [...]
If you’re wondering how to sell a product online, you will soon see that the world is your marketplace. Online shopping is now the preferred way to go for many consumers. For instance, 67% of millennials and 56% of GenXers prefer online shopping to in-store shopping, and even a significant number of older individuals buy online. Whether you want to combine online selling with a bricks-and-mortar operation or sell exclusively online, be sure you address all the important issues for success. The following is a checklist of the issues that will lead to profitability. How to Sell a [...]
How the right framework for planning can help you consistently reach your goals and grow your business. Gone are the days of the traditional “business plan” (thankfully!). Startups and newly formed small businesses move fast, are flexible, and make decisions on a shorter timeline than businesses did years ago. By the time you finish formatting a business plan, your business could have pivoted two or three times to capitalize on an opportunity or avoid a disaster if you were focused on those realities instead of burying your head in a document. But, that doesn’t mean that startups should [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.