The Launch Blog: Expert Advice from the CorpNet Team

Eight Must-Haves To Include In Your Freelance Work Proposals

As a freelance professional, establishing a solid working relationship with your clients often hinges on mutual understanding and clear expectations. New entrepreneurs learn that very quickly upon starting their businesses! That’s why having a proposal that covers all the bases can be one of your best business assets. Proposals that provide clarity and detail help to ensure you and your clients are on the same page. That’s important for both “one-off” transactional projects and ongoing assignments. What should your proposals include? At a minimum, I recommend you make sure they have the following pieces [...]

March 29th, 2016|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

What To Do When The Luck Of The Irish Isn’t On Your Side

  With certainty every year, the celebrations of all things Irish in honor of St. Patrick’s Day go into full swing on March 17. But when you’re starting or running a small business, nothing is ever completely certain. Sometimes all things go according to plan and it’s smooth sailing. And then there are times of challenge when you’re wondering what else could possibly go wrong. Yeah, it’s no fun to face circumstances of adversity and feel like the luck of the Irish isn’t with you. For example: Slow sales periods when the pot of [...]

March 17th, 2016|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Should You Convert Your Business Structure to an S Corp?

  You’ve been chugging along as a sole proprietorship for a while now, but you’re beginning to realize that might not be the best idea to protect your business. So you’re considering converting your sole proprietorship to another structure, specifically the S Corporation. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if now is the right time to convert your business structure. 1. Do You Want to Bring on Investors? Maybe you bootstrapped your business, but now you’re ready to take the company to the next level, and to do that, you need investors. This [...]

March 1st, 2016|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

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 don’t know what they don’t know—and busy entrepreneurs often find it tough to carve out time to research what’s required, let alone follow through on it.

February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Five Reasons To Fall In Love With The LLC

If you’re starting a new business or revisiting your decision to operate as a sole proprietorship, you may want to give the Limited Liability Company (LLC) some attention. The LLC legal structure offers advantages that attract entrepreneurs running small businesses in virtually every industry: retail, restaurants, graphic designers, technology, and attorneys. That’s right, even lawyers choose to form their businesses as LLCs.

February 4th, 2016|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

4 Gifts You Give Every Day as an Entrepreneur

While your focus this time of year might be on giving your clients gifts, don’t overlook yourself. This year, you don’t need to put a bow on a present and put your name on it under the tree; you’re already reaping the benefit from some pretty fabulous gifts to yourself.

December 16th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Small Businesses & Retirement: What You Need to Know

Did you know that 68 million employees don’t have a retirement savings plan at all? This is often due to the fact that their employers — often small businesses — don’t offer employer-sponsored retirement plans. And small businesses aren’t eager to offer retirement plans for employees, either because they don’t know how to go about doing it or they can’t afford to.

December 14th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

Where to Start a Business if You’re a Millennial

Have you ever noticed how some cities seem younger than others? Some seem to offer more entertainment and opportunities than others, and therefore appeal to the Millennial generation. And when it comes to entrepreneurs, Millennials are ahead of the pack: more than 25% of them are self-employed.

November 16th, 2015|Categories: Seed and Development|

Articles of Organization: Does Your S Corp Need One?

If you’ve spent any time on this blog or researching how to incorporate your business online, you’ve probably found some terms you weren’t really clear on and had questions. What’s the difference between an LLC and a corporation? What paperwork do I need to file annually? What are Articles of Organization, and do I need them?

November 11th, 2015|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Where to Start Your Business? Look at the Fastest Growing Economies

When it comes to determining where you want to start a business, you want to choose a city that has a thriving economy and plenty of potential for you to corner the market in your industry. If you’re not planning to open a business in the town you live in, consider one of these, from WalletHub’s 2015’s Cities with the Fastest Growing Economies list. (And if you’ve already started your business, see how your city stacks up).

November 9th, 2015|Categories: Seed and Development|

Incorporation Before Year End? Avoid Issues With Your Secretary of State Office

Think you’re the only business owner who wants to incorporate or form an LLC before the end of the year with your Secretary of State? Think again. Registering a business at the end of a calendar year can take longer than any other time of the year. Because everyone waits until the end of the year to change their business structure for the New Year, there's a lot of competition. What might normally take just a few weeks to get approved can take a lot longer.

October 26th, 2015|Categories: Startup and Launch|

5 Ways to Lower Your Risk When Starting a Business

It’s important to understand when starting a business: there is no 100% guaranteed way to eliminate the risk that entrepreneurship brings. You can’t be sure your customers will pay you on time. Your employees can quit without notice. Your vendors might deliver damaged products. All of these, among other risks, make it difficult for you to know what’s going to happen tomorrow, much less next year.

September 24th, 2015|Categories: Seed and Development|

10 Tips to Making Startup Funding Work for You

Whether you plan to create a crowdfunding campaign, pitch venture capitalists or investors, take out a small business loan, or use your own savings, there are strategies to succeeding in your efforts. Here we have 10 tips guaranteed to make your startup funding a success.

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Seed and Development|Tags: , |

Did You Overlook Trademarking Your Brand?

You probably didn’t come up with the perfect business or product name overnight. Most likely, you brainstormed. You sought the advice of colleagues and friends. You tested out a few options, and checked what domain names were available. In short, you’ve invested a lot of time to create and build the brand. How well are you protecting this valuable asset? Do you know if you’re legally allowed to use the name you picked, and what will prevent someone else from using the same name? Whether you just launched a business, have been running one [...]

August 30th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |
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