The Launch Blog: Expert Advice from the CorpNet Team

What Is a Registered Agent?

Many business owners will ask themselves what is a registered agent and then question if they really need one. The answer to both questions is yes! A registered agent is a person or company with the authority to accept service of process (legal documents and government notices) on behalf of a business. When selecting a registered agent, the business must designate one who has a physical location within the state where the business is registered to operate. What Does a Registered Agent Do? Some examples of the documentation a registered agent (also sometimes referred [...]

August 30th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

5 Tips to Help You Manage Your Books

Bookkeeping is a big concern for small business owners as many don’t have past experience managing the books. However, being smart about how you deal with it will save you a lot of time, effort, and headaches. In this article, we’ll cover 5 tips to help you manage your books. Manage Your Books With These Tips 1. Keep all of your business records organized. If you want your business to run efficiently and smoothly, you need to keep a record of every part of your business. Imagine if a client refuses to pay and [...]

August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Is A Real Estate LLC Really Necessary?

A Real Estate LLC (Limited Liability Company) business structure has become a preferred entity of real estate investors for holding title to investment properties. That’s not too surprising considering the advantages of forming an LLC: It limits personal liability. It provides tax treatment flexibility. It’s relatively simple to establish and maintain. It’s less costly to set up and maintain. It offers more flexibility in how you distribute profits. It makes it easier to pass real estate investments to your loved ones. An individual or a company beyond the United States can own it. Let’s [...]

August 16th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

How To Stay In Good Standing

What Is Good Standing? While definitely not the most glamorous aspect of running a business, complying with applicable rules and regulations is a must. Business compliance (known as “corporate compliance” for incorporated businesses) is critical for keeping your company in good standing with your state. The specifics of what you need to pay attention to depend on the legal structure of your company and where you’re registered to operate your business. The compliance requirements Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and corporations have to meet can vary from state to state (and sometimes even from one [...]

July 26th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

10 Ways to Create a Successful Small Business Brand

One of the key steps to starting a new company is creating a strong small business brand. Do it right, and you’ll have a memorable brand that customers line up to do business with. How can you get your brand off on the right foot? Here are 10 steps to creating a business brand.  1. Understand the basics of a small business brand To craft your brand message, start by asking yourself (and answering) these questions: What does your company do? Can you distill that down to a few sentences or bullet points? Why [...]

July 19th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |

How to Legally Structure Your Business To Secure Financing

All the pieces of your entrepreneurial dream are finally falling into place. You have a name for your business, a product or service that makes you super excited, and you’ve even started noodling designs and logos. Before you can go much further, however, you’re going to need funding. And in order to get funding, you will need to decide what type of structure is best for your business: a sole proprietorship DBA (doing business as); a C corporation or S corporation; a professional limited liability company (PLLC) or a limited liability company (LLC). Let’s [...]

July 14th, 2017|Categories: Seed and Development|Tags: , |

Employer Identification Number: What is an EIN and How do I Get One?

At CorpNet, we field a lot of questions centered on what aspiring entrepreneurs need to do from an IRS-standpoint to start a business. Almost daily, I see inquiries arrive about obtaining an EIN (Employer Identification Number). I’m glad people ask about that because it is indeed an important item to check off a startup’s to-do list. What Is An Employer Identification Number? You may see EINs also referred to as “Federal ID number,” “Tax ID Number,” or Federal Tax ID Number.” It is a nine-digit number used for tax filing and reporting and for [...]

July 12th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , |

How Much Does It Cost To Incorporate Your Business?

So you’ve decided to either form an LLC or incorporate your business. Kudos to you for thinking about the benefits of liability protection and possible tax advantages that come with formally establishing your company as a separate legal entity. Like many small business owners, you may now be wondering how much does it cost to incorporate your business and in what state should register your company. Some entrepreneurs opt to incorporate or form a limited liability company within the state they live in. Others look around for a state with the most cost-effective fees. [...]

June 7th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|

How To Choose And Legally Use Your Business Name

The name you choose for your business will be one of your most powerful and valuable assets. As one of the primary ways customers distinguish you from your competitors, your business name wields a lot of power. The right name can help propel you to success; the wrong name can put you at a disadvantage. Besides choosing a business name that: Projects how you want people to view your business (e.g., edgy, professional, high-tech, academic, approachable, etc.) Make it easy for customers to identify what you do. Is also simple enough to be memorable. [...]

May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

What Can Employers Not Discriminate Against?

As a business owner, it’s exciting to hire employees and watch your company grow. But there are legal risks if you give job candidates and employees reason to believe your staffing decisions and policies are discriminatory. The first step in avoiding a job discrimination lawsuit is to have a basic understanding of what you can’t discriminate against and the nature of the laws that prohibit employment discrimination. You need to comply with all applicable federal and state (even some local) laws that protect people from job discrimination. So, in your employment ads, job applications, [...]

April 28th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

Avoiding A Job Discrimination Law Suit

Hiring the right people to be part of your team can greatly affect your business’s ability to succeed. It’s an important process—and a tricky one! When considering job candidates, you need to be careful or you could find yourself facing legal problems. If at any point during the hiring process you don’t comply with the federal and state (and even some local) laws that protect people from job discrimination, you risk having a lawsuit filed against your company. When hiring employees, you must comply with all anti-discrimination laws. Even an unintentional misstep can cause [...]

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

Best Practices For Interviewing Job Candidates

Hiring the right people requires a sure-fire interviewing process. To effectively interview job candidates, you need more than a little dedicated time and a list of questions; you need an understanding of how you can draw out the information you need about an individual’s knowledge and capabilities. You also need to tune into character nuances that might indicate how well a candidate will work with your team. And, of course, you need to do all of that without breaking any anti-discrimination laws. Interviewing can be intimidating, for not only prospective employees, but also for [...]

April 7th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

Six Tips To Help Business Leaders Gracefully Handle Adversity In The Office

In an ideal business world, everyone working at a company would always get along famously and harmoniously collaborate day in and day out toward shared objectives they all believe in passionately. Sounds nice, right? Unfortunately, it’s not very realistic—neither for the entrepreneur starting a business nor the business owner running an existing business for years. In all companies, leaders face adversity within their ranks at times. Adversity isn’t usually fun, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating either. How can you manage adversity gracefully so it doesn’t hurt your business? Below are some ways [...]

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Should Your Company Use a Professional Employer Organization?

Small business owners may be new the phrase professional employer organization, but PEOs have been around now for several years and changing the face of human resources management. A PEO provides comprehensive outsourcing for all tasks and functions typically performed by an in-house human resources department. This may include employee job descriptions, benefits, payroll, insurance, and regulatory requirements. PEOs act as a "co-employer" with your company so that they share contractual obligations with your employees. Management decisions, however, remain with your company. You continue to guide the daily job duties and responsibilities of your [...]

March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , , |

Four Ways Busy Entrepreneurs Can Show Their Loved Ones They Care

Although Valentine's Day has passed, it doesn’t mean the time has expired for us busy business owners to show our family and friends we love them. Building and nurturing relationships never goes out of season. And now more than ever, with the divide among people getting wider as the political and social climate becomes ever more heated, I believe we all need to step up our efforts to show we care. But when you’re an entrepreneur bogged down with countless tasks and multiple concerns on your mind, how can you mange all that AND [...]

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|
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