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Are you considering launching a new business? If so our startup and launch articles are an ideal resource for you to dig into and educate yourself. Our blog posts cover everything from selecting the best type of business entity to knowing what state you should incorporate in. Don’t make unnecessary mistakes! Let our startup experts get you headed in the right direction.


Tax Saving Features of Corporations, S Corporations, and LLCs

I regularly speak to business owners about entity types and their potential impact from a tax perspective. A while back, I created a webinar for accountants (and other professional services providers that work with businesses) on the topic of business structures and taxes. It is focused on the possible tax advantages and disadvantages of C Corporations, S Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). In this article, I’ll break down the important considerations that I discussed in that presentation.

  • Benefits of Business Incorporation
  • Overview of the C Corporation, S […]
2021-02-11T05:57:57-08:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: Startup and Launch|

How to Find the Right Niche for Your Business

How many times have you heard about a new business idea and said to yourself, “I wish I’d thought of that!”? We’ve all been there. But business ideas don’t just spring up out of the blue. Most successful business concepts are a result of months (or years) of thorough market research, financial considerations, and fine-tuning the idea.

Today, when consumers have so many options at their fingertips, a generic business idea has little chance of survival. If you want to build a unique business, you need to narrow your focus and look for […]

2021-01-04T11:52:09-08:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Startup and Launch|

10 Ways to Promote Your New Business

Excited to start your new business in the coming year? Whether you’re forming your company as a sole proprietorship or a Limited Liability Company (LLC), promoting a new business takes strategizing and fresh ideas. Otherwise, it’s challenging to get your new business noticed. Here are 10 ways to promote a new small business in 2021.

Business Name

Not to be overdramatic, but your business’s name could mean the difference between failure and success. You want to pick a name that not only tells consumers (whether B2B or B2C) what your company does […]

2021-01-04T11:35:58-08:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Incorporating a Business 101

As a business owner, the day will come when you inevitably will have to address the legal aspects of your business – and the sooner the better. And, fortunately, the process can be relatively painless and hassle-free. I talk to countless small business owners and freelancers who consider themselves too small to worry about incorporation. After all, you don't have mazes of cubicles…you may not even have any employees. However, incorporation can still be a smart idea even for the self-employed graphic designer or wedding planner and in this post we discuss the benefits of incorporating your small business.

2021-02-15T06:45:36-08:00December 27th, 2020|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Articles of Incorporation vs. Articles of Organization

If you’re thinking about starting a business, you’ll want to research which business entity type will be most advantageous to you. As you go through that process, you will discover that various documents and filings need to be submitted to the state to form a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation. Articles of incorporation and articles of organization are among them.

Articles of Incorporation

An articles of incorporation (sometimes called a “certificate of incorporation”) is a form that states require to set up a corporation (C Corporation). When a company’s articles of […]

2020-11-23T08:18:16-08:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Startup and Launch|

What are Articles of Organization?

Have you decided to operate your business as a Limited Liability Company (LLC)? If you answered yes, you must comply with your state’s requirements for registering your company. Those responsibilities include filing an articles of organization (sometimes called a certificate of organization or certificate of formation) with the state government.

The articles of organization is a legal document containing important information about the business. The Secretary of State office must approve the document for the LLC to be recognized as a legal entity.

Why Articles of Organization are Important for an LLC

Filing articles of […]

2020-11-16T11:21:40-08:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Startup and Launch|

What are Articles of Incorporation?

If you’ve decided to establish your business as a corporation, you’ll need to fulfill your state’s requirements for registering your company. Among those requirements is filing an “articles of incorporation” (sometimes called “certificate of incorporation”) with the state government. Articles of incorporation is a legal document containing important information about the company, and it must be approved by the Secretary of State office.

Why Articles of Incorporation are Important

Filing Articles of incorporation registers the company as a corporation (C Corporation) with the state. It makes the business a separate legal and tax-paying […]

2020-11-09T06:27:08-08:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Startup and Launch|

What Comes After Incorporation? 12 Steps to Keep You On Track

Congratulations! You have officially registered your Limited Liability Company or Corporation with the state. But now what? What happens next?

While forming an LLC or Corporation is a critical first step to operating a formal business entity, there’s more work to do to keep it legitimate and in compliance. The tasks and filings vary depending on a company’s growth objectives, type of business activities, and location.

In this article, I talk about what comes after incorporation and I’ll share some of the obligations that entrepreneurs must fulfill. However, keep in mind that your particular […]

2020-11-09T06:15:40-08:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Startup and Launch|

The What, Why, and How of Incorporating Out of State

A lot of entrepreneurs wonder what state should be used to incorporate a new business. Is it their own state or maybe another state like Delaware or Nevada? There is no easy answer to that question, however, there are definite benefits for some businesses to incorporate in states other than where they conduct business.

Some existing businesses may also consider registering out of state due to compliance considerations that arise from multistate business activities or employees.

These two different situations result in what is called foreign qualification. Foreign qualification is simply the process of […]

2020-11-09T06:17:33-08:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Startup and Launch|
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