The Launch Blog: Expert Advice from the CorpNet Team

Top 6 Places to Promote Visual Content

We all know that visual imagery draws people into a website or blog. Eye-catching images are typically the first part of a website that people look at. But once you’ve posted images on your site, your work isn’t done. You now want to drive traffic to your site. Using these hotspots to promote your visual content assets, you’ll attract even more visitors to your site or blog.

July 24th, 2013|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

Answers to Your Incorporation FAQs

Do you know the difference between an S Corp and a C Corp? Have you ever wondered if you should form an LLC for your business or where you should incorporate? Or maybe you’re not sure if you need to create a non-profit for your activities? These are just a few of the frequently asked questions about incorporation.

July 19th, 2013|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

How to Use Secret, Yet Shockingly Effective Local Listings to Get More Customers

For small businesses, local search is a way to turbocharge the growth of a customer base. When a person gets on the Internet to look for a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick maker, she wants one down the street or at least in the same city. As a business owner, you could be missing out on hundreds of prospective customers if you are not positioned to show up in local listings.

July 5th, 2013|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |

5 Tips for Being a Happier Entrepreneur

People are drawn to the entrepreneurial lifestyle for a variety of reasons. Some dislike having a boss or dealing with office politics. Others are tired of the cubicle monotony or feel like they can do it better on their own. And most entrepreneurs are driven by a passion for what they do and a desire to carve out their own future. Yet too often, that initial passion is dampened by the realities of running the show. Working for yourself or starting a business is difficult work. There’s no guidebook or map to show you the way. You might encounter a few bad customers, people who don’t pay their bills, competitors who undercut you, and business partners who don’t treat you fairly. With too much work, entrepreneurs can become tense, anxious, and unhappy.

June 24th, 2013|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Dawson and Associates Has a “Great Marriage” with CorpNet

Linda Dawson, owner and CPA at Dawson and Associates, works closely with CorpNet to help startup clients get up and running. She says CorpNet and her company have "a great marriage" in that they both work together to help small business owners start a business. In this video, Linda talks about why starting a business isn't always as scary as you may think, and shares why she loves our CorpNet Compliance Portal. Linda appreciates that CorpNet is there for her business, to assist her when clients need to incorporate a business or form a new LLC. [...]

June 19th, 2013|Categories: Women In Business|

Getting Your Business Legal

For people -- more specifically women -- who start a business, they’re adding more to their existing to-do lists. In addition to shuttling the kids to soccer, planning dinner, and managing the household you now have to register your business, choose a name, set up a site…the list goes on and on! I have made a career for myself out of helping entrepreneurs in their journey to starting a business. The biggest decision you’ll make in legalizing your business is choosing what type of business entity works best for your brand. Here’s an overview of your options:

June 17th, 2013|Categories: Startup and Launch|

Creating a Five-Year Business Plan

It may be hard to envision what your company will look like in five years, but smart businesses at least try to project where they want to be in the future. Having a five-year business plan can help you create a vision of where you want to take your business. Start with the End in Mind Have you ever considered what your exit strategy is for your business? Meaning: will you sell it down the road? Transfer ownership to a family member? Run it until you die? Even if you can't imagine ever stopping what you're doing, consider the question. Maybe you'd like to move on to a different type of business in a few years. Knowing how long you'd like to run your business and how you'd like to exit can help you in creating your five-year business plan.

June 14th, 2013|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

How to Start a Skincare Business

If you plan to start a skincare business, there are several things you'll need to do before you start scheduling customers to come in for facials, waxing, or consultation. Here's a checklist of what you need to know if you want to know how to start a skincare business. 1. Decide What Services You Will Offer. Some aestheticians focus on one area, like facials or botox. Determine what you're passionate about and build your business around it.

June 5th, 2013|Categories: Startup and Launch|

5 Ways to Ward off Entrepreneurial Stress

Entrepreneurs are notorious overachievers. They’re accustomed to pushing forward without a playbook, yet the exhilaration of starting and managing your own business also comes with a heavy price - stress. That’s because small business owners tend to work long hours, with little separation between work and play. If that sounds all too familiar, read on to learn several everyday tips to combat the stress of entrepreneurial life:

June 3rd, 2013|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|

Is it Time to Look at Your Business Structure?

Another tax time has come and gone. If you’re self-employed operating as a sole proprietor, tax time can be yet another reminder that you haven’t addressed your business structure yet. Maybe you started your business as a side project, and a sole proprietorship made sense. But is it best for your needs now? The end of tax time is a perfect time to reassess what’s next for your business and legal structure. Here are some things to consider.

May 31st, 2013|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

4 Vital Conversations for Any Startup Team

Countless startup ideas are hatched between friends, colleagues, college roommates, and family members. A late night discussion between two friends can turn into the next social network or mobile ad platform. These relationships can be great breeding grounds for new ideas and innovation, but navigating business management with friends or family members can also be tricky. It may be tempting to rush forward without anything in writing: after all, you know each other so well, you both want the same thing for your business, why waste time with the formalities?

May 13th, 2013|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |
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