Woman With Question Marks

Is Your Business in Compliance? Seven Questions To Ask Yourself


Maintaining a corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) is an ongoing process that requires constant attention. Unfortunately, most small business owners dont know what they dont knowand busy entrepreneurs often find it tough to carve out time to research whats required, let alone follow through on it.

Not maintaining compliance with all the rules and regulations might saddle you with fines and even expose your business to liability risks.

I don’t want that to happen to youand Im sure you dont either!so heres a quick checklist of questions to ask yourself to assess your compliance readiness.

1. Have I obtained the required business licenses and permits for my business?

You may need local and/or state business licenses or permits to legally operate your business. Some need to be renewed regularly.

2. Have I filed my initial or annual report & statement of information for my company?

Corporations and LLCs in many states must file these. Check with us here at CorpNet or with your state’s Secretary of State office if you don’t know what your annual report requirements and deadlines are.

3. Is my corporation or LLC going to be conducting business under a different name?

If you’ve incorporated your business, you’ve already registered your business name and don’t need a DBA (fictitious name). But you will need one if you want to conduct business under a name that’s different than the name approved for your LLC/corporation.

4. Will my company be conducting business in a different state?

If your corporation or LLC will be in a different state or in multiple states, you need to qualify to do business in each state in which you’ll be operating. That will require going through a registration process, much like when you formed your corporation or LLC.

5. Will I be using the business name nationwide?

If so, you may want to seriously consider applying for a trademark or service mark to protect it from being used by a competitor.

6. Do I need to make any changes to my company information?

You need to officially notify the state if you make any key changes (such as your business address, company name, board members, etc.) to your corporation or LLC.

7. Have I registered my company in CorpNet’s Compliance Portal, so I can start getting my tax and compliance alerts through the year?

In a way, this last question is the answer to the other six that came before it. Using CorpNet’s Compliance Portal is a wonderful way to get the peace of mind that your business is on top of all it needs to do to be compliant. It will keep you in the know about all your critical filings and due dates. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

As an entrepreneur, I understand the challenges of keeping up with compliance requirements. Its daunting for time-crunched small business owners who are responsible for all aspects of starting and running their businesses. But compliance is extremely important to avoid penalties, which could be financially and legally debilitating. It pays to make it a priority.  

Want to make compliance as uncomplicated and convenient as possible? Consider using CorpNets Registered Agent Services to handle processing all your registrations and filingsno matter which of the 50 United States youre operating.  

  • Business Licenses & Permits
  • Initial & Annual Report Filings
  • DBA/Fictitious Business Filings
  • Foreign Qualification Filings
  • Certificates of Good Standing
  • Amendments and Name Changes
  • Conversions
  • Reinstatements
  • IRS Forms & Filings
  • Dissolutions & Withdrawals
  • Trademark & Copyright Filings

Call us at 1.888.449.2638 now and get 10% off any CorpNet corporate compliance service using code Blog10!

<a href="https://www.corpnet.com/blog/author/nellieakalp/" target="_self">Nellie Akalp</a>

Nellie Akalp

Nellie Akalp is an entrepreneur, small business expert, speaker, and mother of four amazing kids. As CEO of CorpNet.com, she has helped more than half a million entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Akalp is nationally recognized as one of the most prominent experts on small business legal matters, contributing frequently to outlets like Entrepreneur, Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, and Fox Small Business. A passionate entrepreneur herself, Akalp is committed to helping others take the reigns and dive into small business ownership. Through her public speaking, media appearances, and frequent blogging, she has developed a strong following within the small business community and has been honored as a Small Business Influencer Champion three years in a row.

Related Posts

Does Being an LLC or Corporation Help Build Business Credit?

Does Being an LLC or Corporation Help Build Business Credit?

Establishing healthy business credit is essential to ensure a company can thrive and grow. If an entrepreneur doesn’t take measures to establish credit in their business name, they may miss out on opportunities and even pay more than they have to for goods and...

What Is Reasonable Compensation for an S Corporation?

What Is Reasonable Compensation for an S Corporation?

If you're considering taking an S Corporation election, it's important that you review what obligations are involved in keeping an S Corporation viable. An important part of this review includes an evaluation of the reasonable compensation requirement. What is an S...

Trademarks vs. Copyrights vs. Patents

Trademarks vs. Copyrights vs. Patents

From your company logo to your trade secrets, your business’s intellectual property has value. That’s why it’s important to take measures to protect it. What are the various types of intellectual property and how can business owners’ safeguard them?  Here’s a primer...

Subscribe to Newsletter

Practical business and financial insights, lessons, perspectives, and know-how brought right to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing!

100% satisfaction guaranteed or we will refund 100% of our service fees with no questions asked!