If you run a startup, in the beginning, things will be tight. You may dream of all the things you could do with just a little more cash. While small business loans are great in the right situations, there are specific instances where they can be more of a drawback.
There may come a day when, after everything in your small business has been chugging right along for a while, that you start to wonder if the business structure you first chose is still a good fit.
One of the biggest challenges a startup faces is finding the capital to get off the ground. Traditional lenders want to see a track record of a couple of years, and even online lenders typically want to see at least a year. Nevertheless, there are more options available today than ever before for entrepreneurs looking to fund their fledgling companies. Here are a few of them:
The most common way to create an S Corp is to first form a limited liability company (LLC) then elect to be taxed as an S Corporation. But, the S Corp election can wait. And more importantly should wait. Why? $40,000 net income after expenses is the break-even point for an S-Corp. Not sure what you’ll earn? Not to worry, we can elect S Corp as far back as 3 ½ years using special IRS Revenue Procedures (as opposed to the 75 days provided in the Form 2553 instructions). Stay tuned for our next blog article on the late — as in super late — election.
As crowdsourcing evolves, brands are getting more creative about using it as a tool for marketing. For a small fee, businesses can rely on the power of large groups of consumers to make their campaigns successful. By working directly with customers, brands build real audiences for their products, with those audiences likely passing the word to their own friends and family members. Here are a few ways you can utilize the power of crowdsourcing in your own marketing campaigns.
Starting a business creates a lot of questions for you as the owner. What should you sell? Who are your customers? Will this even work?
But there are other essential questions that you need to find answers to before you even open your (physical or virtual) doors. Let’s look at a few of them and get you on the path to the right answers.
What’s the Right Business Structure for My Company?
This is a great question with no easy answer. Let’s review the primary structures for small businesses, and you can determine for yourself […]
There’s little you can do that’s more important than to protect your business by incorporating it. But so many entrepreneurs think the process of incorporating a business is complicated and so never bother with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here are six simple steps to help you incorporate.
Each month, approximately 543,000 new businesses launch with the hopes of becoming one of the few who survive long term. With so much competition, it’s more important than ever that entrepreneurs have the right combination of features in place from the start. Here are ten ingredients every startup needs to succeed.
Owning investment properties can be an exciting and lucrative decision. However if you're considering an investment in real estate (whether a vacation rental, long-term rental, or for re-sale), be aware that these properties can also create liabilities.
No matter how good your business idea, no matter how passionate you are about your new idea, no matter how thorough your marketing plan, there is one factor that can completely put a halt to you starting a business.