The Launch Blog: Expert Advice from the CorpNet Team

Five Tips for Hiring Freelancers

As your business grows, so too does your payroll. Hiring can be one of the biggest struggles for growing business. The amount of time, money, and other resources needed to find, vet, hire, and train new employees are overwhelming. And, when these new employees don’t work out, you find yourself in an even bigger hole than before. Therefore, many successful businesses are turning to short-term contractors, or freelancers, to alleviate some of the bandwidth struggles they are experiencing. Using a freelancer can make sense if you want to mitigate the risks of new hires. [...]

December 21st, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |

Reviews Help Us Become the Best Online Formation Service for LLCs and Corporations

As the year closes out, there is a lot for us to be thankful for. At the top of our gratitude list is the wonderful group of customers we get to serve each and every day. Our goal has always been focused on providing high-quality customer service and for us to be the best online formation service for LLCs and corporations. Your reviews help us know what is working and how we can make our incorporation services even better. As five-star reviews are added to our TrustPilot profile, we are reminded of our pursuit [...]

December 20th, 2017|Categories: CorpNet Reviews & Customer Stories|

Year-End Closing Checklist: Get Your Business Ready for 2018

With time of the essence, I won’t delay getting right to the point of this blog post: Now is the time to get your company’s ducks in a row so your business will have a happy New Year. And by happy, I mean being prepared so you won’t suffer from the headaches and frustrations of falling behind on mission-critical responsibilities. So, without further ado, here’s a helpful year-end closing checklist to guide you in closing your 2017 on a joyous note. Your Year-End Closing Checklist to Make the New Year Merry and Bright 1. [...]

December 19th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Small Business Tax Tips to Grab at Year End

Before you let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season take over your business (and your life), now’s a good time to review your financial situation and explore some money-saving small business tax tips. Below is a list of my top ten tax tips entrepreneurs can still benefit from at year-end. My Top Ten Small Business Tax Tips 1. Deduct Startup Expenses Did you start your business this year? You may be able to claim some of your startup expenses on your tax return in the year you actually opened the business. To qualify [...]

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

Finance Your Business With These Low Stress Options

Today’s business owners have more options for business financing than ever before.  But some methods to finance your business may cause you to toss and turn at night more than others. Of course, stress can be subjective. One person’s definition of stress may be different from another’s.  But this list can help you sort through the different ways to finance your business that are less likely to cause you stress or at least allow you to choose what you consider to be low stress. Here are some lower-stress financing options for your small business. [...]

December 15th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|

What is the Best Time of Year to Form an LLC?

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! [...]

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

The Importance of Customer Reviews and Why You Should Encourage Them

Opening up your business to online scrutiny feels like under-dressing for harsh winter weather -  you’re not always prepared for the bitterness, and it can sting. Your business is both your passion and livelihood, something you’ve worked hard to create. The thought of a customer having anything but a positive experience with your brand seems bad enough. It’s even more daunting when the customer can easily post a scathing review where other prospective clients are sure to see it. But if you position yourself to not only manage but also leverage customer reviews, it [...]

December 12th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

Eight Office Essentials You Need to Have in 2018

The New Year is fast approaching, and many aspiring entrepreneurs are eager to turn their dreams into reality next year. With all the excitement that comes with starting your own business, it’s easy to overlook the basics. Most new entrepreneurs focus on the big picture, such as raising capital, business planning, and marketing. They have little head space left to think about small details like office supplies. If you’re in the same situation, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we put together a list of eight office essentials that you need to have [...]

December 8th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Keeping Small Businesses in Compliance is a Team Effort

Staying in compliance can be challenging for many small business owners. They often rely on - or even assume - their CPA or accountant manages the paperwork associated with the registration and maintenance of LLCs, S-Corps, and C-Corps. This assumption can lead business owners down a slippery slope of non-compliance. CorpNet would like to prevent such issues. Earlier this year the CorpNet team released a partner program specific to accountants and CPAs. This program provides a win/win opportunity that gives financial professionals an easy way to help clients maintain compliance, while also bringing in revenue. [...]

December 7th, 2017|Categories: Partner Program|

Is a Farm LLC Really Necessary?

Starting and running a farming business provides opportunity and the freedom to forge your own professional path. There’s hard work involved, of course—farming is a 24/7 commitment. And an agricultural business comes with many of the same risks that other types of companies do—and some that other types of businesses do not. A farming business faces many uncontrollable threats such as economic downturns, droughts, floods, accidents related to the use of large equipment, unseasonable freezing weather, and even food trends that may put certain ingredients on the outs. Farming, while it can be fulfilling [...]

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

10 Essential Tips for Successfully Marketing Through Social Media

As we approach year-end, there’s no avoiding the barrage of annual self-evaluation questions filling the small business owner’s busy brain: What could I have done to bring in more business? Did I do the right kinds of marketing through social media? And on and on! The good news: While you’re trying to figure out the best way to reach your audience on social media, the marketers at social networking platforms are working to help you accomplish the same goals. To make your next year in business even better (at least when it comes to [...]

December 4th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |

The What, Why, and How of LLC Insurance

Does your LLC need insurance? LLC insurance coverage is a measure you can take to help protect your business assets in the event of a legal claim against your company. While forming an LLC creates a separation between your personal assets and those of your business, having insurance for your LLC helps guard your company against losses as a result of circumstances in the course of doing business. How Do You Know What Kind of LLC Insurance You’ll Need? The type and amount of LLC insurance coverage will depend on a variety of factors [...]

December 1st, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

The Introverted Freelancer: A Survival Guide for Live Networking Events

In high school, when my friends and I would go to a restaurant, we'd give our name to the hostess as Papa. We'd clutch our stomachs with laughter when it was our turn to be seated and the hostess called out Papa-party of 5, your table is ready! Well, guess what? As a freelancer, you're a pa-pa-party of 1 and that means everything in your business falls on you. Your brand image, your sales, your work product, your marketing message. You're it! In order to find new business and generate leads, you've got to [...]

November 29th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |

Ten Tips for Creating a Business Name

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 [...]

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

How to Sell a Product Online: A Checklist for Success

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. [...]

November 25th, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , |
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