The Launch Blog: Expert Advice from the CorpNet Team

How I Make Time for Myself After the Stress of Tax Day

Thank goodness tax time is over, right? I, like most small business owners, find this time of year a bit stressful. So after April 15 passes, I’m all about rejuvenating and recharging my battery. When you run a business, whether you’re the only staff or you manage a team of ten, it is essential that you make time for yourself. Otherwise, you’re a stressed out ball of tension that puts your business —and your health — in jeopardy. We’re all in the same boat here, so I thought I’d share how I decompress.

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Women In Business|

Businesses Incorporated in Texas Need to Fill Out an Annual Report By May 15

Before you form an LLC in Texas or incorporate a business in Texas, it’s important that you know what your responsibilities will be in reporting on your business in future years. If you’ve already formed an LLC or corporation, you need to be aware of an important deadline on May 15. That’s the date your Annual Report — also called Franchise Tax Report — is due. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that you stay compliant with the state of Texas.

April 24th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Paying Small Business Taxes: Three Options to Consider

If you’re like most small business owners, you groan when April rolls around. You know you have a hefty tax bill waiting for you, and it’s one you despise paying. What’s your plan for paying that tax bill? Did you know you had options? Let’s look at three smart ways you can get your taxes paid with minimum stress or fees.

April 15th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

Small Business Taxes and How Incorporating Affects Them

This time of year, most business owners are thinking about their small business taxes: how much they owe, what they need to do to file them, whether they have enough to pay what they owe. But did you realize that if you incorporate a business, how you file your small business taxes and how much you pay can sway in your favor (depending on the corporate structure you choose)? Let’s take a look at how incorporating affects your taxes.

April 6th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

How To Find Motivated Employees for Your Small Business

When you first start a business, you may not need to hire, But as you grow, you start looking for people to help you take your business to the next level. But where can you find the right motivated people? Sure, you can post your job on a job board, Craigslist, or career site, but you can’t always know that you’re getting quality applicants. So where DO you find the right people?

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

Starting a Business: What Roles Do You Need to Fill?

When you first start your business, whether you are set up as a sole proprietorship, partnership, a corporation, or a Limited Liability Company (LLC), you may take on all the work yourself. After all, you consider yourself a great multitasker, so why not do it all yourself? You’ll learn this lesson sooner than later, but I’d rather you do it now and save yourself a lot of headache later: you’ve got to delegate to be an effective entrepreneur. That means that from Day 1, you should have the right people on your team that will help you skyrocket to success.

March 20th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

Reducing Business Risk Through Technology

You run a tight ship. The "i's" are dotted, the "t's" are crossed, everyone knows their roles, and everything is in its place. There is one thing, however, that even the most conscientious business leader can fail to anticipate--risk. Thankfully, the marketplace is teeming with technology designed to combat potential peril and keep your company safe and secure.

March 5th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

6 Ways to Lead by Example

Running a company — and therefore being in charge of people — is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it’s fulfilling in so many ways. But it can be a challenge because every day, regardless of how you feel, you have people looking to you for guidance. You’ve got to be on your toes and ensure that you’re doing your best to lead by example so that your staff emulates what you do and works their hardest for your company. Here are 6 tactics I’ve found effective in my leadership strategy.

February 25th, 2015|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

The Two Most Important Words In Franchising

Forget the “hottest” franchises. Ignore suggestions from franchise brokers on which franchises are “a possible fit” for you. Take articles that rank franchises from 1-100 with a grain of salt. Consider them to be “light reading.” Forget what you’ve learned about franchising up to now. Empty your mind. Clean your slate. I’m about to teach you about the two most important words in franchising. Ready?

February 24th, 2015|Categories: Startup and Launch|
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