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Phil Akalp runs with his wife Nellie. A web marketer at heart, Phil has become a “Do-it-yourself through automation” evangelist. He is a pioneer of online legal self help, with an unrivaled passion for providing small business owners with legal assistance they can afford. Phil’s last document filing business was acquired by Intuit.

Back to School and Back to Business: Legal Checklist for Entrepreneurs

This time of year is a rite of passage for any student and parent, but it also signals that we’ve entered the home stretch of the year. We want to make sure that small businesses end the year with success! That’s why we put together a back-to-school legal checklist for entrepreneurs. Instead of hitting the books this fall, small business owners should take the time to make sure their legal and administrative obligations are in order.

The Legal Checklist for Entrepreneurs

1. Incorporate or Change your Business Structure

Many small businesses start out as a […]

2019-09-03T05:41:48-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

Leveraging the Profit Centers in Your Business (and Junking the Rest)

Give some thought to your small business for just a moment. You probably offer several different products or services. Which bring you the most money? Which hardly bring any new business at all? By focusing on the profit centers in your business, you can boost sales and become known for doing one or two things really well. Anything else, you don’t need. Here’s how to cut the crap.

2019-09-03T05:44:11-07:00September 9th, 2015|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

4 Tech Trends That Will Affect Your Small Business

I’m a big fan of technology that makes my work running CorpNet with my wife, Nellie, easier. Whenever there’s a new tool or app, I jump on it to see if I can incorporate it in my workflow. Some I’ve adopted, while others, not so much. Here are 4 tech trends I think will make my (and your) work a lot easier in the not-too-distant future.

2019-09-03T05:45:24-07:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

5 Tips to Smarter and More Efficient Business Meetings

Nobody likes business meetings. So why do we have so many? Unfortunately, they’re a necessary evil when it comes to running a business. Having led my fair share of meetings at CorpNet, believe me: I hate it as much as my employees when I see them glaze over and stop listening to what I think is essential material. So I’ve devised my own strategies for waking them up and making the meetings more productive.

2019-12-09T08:08:27-08:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Why You Don’t Need to Be Your Employees’ Friend

I get it, I really do. You spend 40 or more hours a week with the people you hired, so it’s understandable that you’d start to form friendships. But once you start a business, you’ve got to draw a line between being friendly with your staff and trying to be their friend. The difference between the two is where the respect you need from them lies.

2019-12-09T06:50:50-08:00March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

How Does Your Small Business Generate New Ideas?

When you first start a business, every day can bring something new and innovative to your business. But what if you run a more established small business? Wouldn't you benefit from some new ideas as well? Here are four ways you can bring innovation back to your brand.

2019-09-03T05:45:45-07:00March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

6 Ways to Lead by Example

Running a company — and therefore being in charge of people — is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it’s fulfilling in so many ways. But it can be a challenge because every day, regardless of how you feel, you have people looking to you for guidance. You’ve got to be on your toes and ensure that you’re doing your best to lead by example so that your staff emulates what you do and works their hardest for your company. Here are 6 tactics I’ve found effective in my leadership strategy.

2019-09-03T05:45:46-07:00February 25th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|