I know, when you’re working at home or juggling conference calls around carpools and play dates or setting time aside for your spouse or significant other, it’s hard to feel like a true part of the workforce. But to be a successful owner, you have to act like one. Here are some simple steps that can dramatically change how you feel about yourself and your business. You’ll be exuding greater confidence and purpose in no time ¾ which can all lead to more business, larger contracts, and higher rates.
1. Create an ‘office’ space: No matter how small or creative may be, you should carve out a dedicated area for your business. This will help you reach a better life-work balance. In addition, you can look for nearby collocated or collaborative office space, where you can rent a desk, office, or conference room by the hour or day.
2. Incorporate your Business or Form an LLC: A Corporation or a Limited Liability Company (LLC)protects your personal assets from any liability of the company. If your business happens to be sued, your personal assets (i.e. property, savings accounts) are shielded from any judgment. Adding an Inc. or LLC after your company name boosts your company’s credibility in the eyes of some customers and partners. And in some cases, it can even reduce your overall taxes.
3. Open a business checking account: If you formed a corporation, you’re legally required to keep your personal and business finances separate. But even if you’re a sole proprietor, it’s good practice. All business expenses and income are automatically organized, and who couldn’t use that come tax time?
4. Invest in things what will help you do your job better: Don’t hold the purse strings too tightly when it comes to those expenses that could help you be more productive and satisfied from day to day. Upgrade your technology. Attend a conference or networking event where you can make valuable contacts or learn new skills.
5. Hone your elevator pitch: The waiting room at the pediatrician or the line at your local café can offer potential networking opportunities. Be sure you’re ready for any opportunity that comes your way by having a straightforward, compelling, and confident answer to the inevitable question…and what do you do? You never know where your next big client, customer, or partner might be.
Most importantly, believe in yourself. Believe in your creativity. Believe in your determination. You can make wonderful things happen, for your community, your family, and the economy.
CorpNet.com can help right from the beginning, with a Starting a Business Checklist that lists everything you need to know in order to get your company up and running. Our Free Corporate Name Search lets you be sure that the name you’ve chosen for your company is available, and we can help you to reserve the name for your own use. CorpNet.com’s Free Incorporation Guide or Free LLC Guide to get all the details about the distinctions between the two structures. You’ll learn that overall, an LLC is the less formal entity. Of course, details may vary based on your specific circumstances, so take some time to educate yourself on these two business structures.
Let CorpNet.com apply for your Employer Identification Number (also known as a Federal Tax ID Number), the first step in incorporating your business. If you aren’t sure whether you need a business license, CorpNet will advise you, and file the application for you.
Once your business is incorporated, CorpNet.com can continue to provide valuable services. If you make any changes to your corporate structure, our staff can file the appropriate Articles of Amendment. Take the worry out of filing your annual report with our service. CorpNet.com can provide filing services in all 50 states. Our staff is professional, courteous and reliable, and all services are fully guaranteed.
Contact CorpNet.com today, and cross all of those business filings right off your list. We look forward to incorporating your business for you and getting your business off the ground!
This original content by Nellie Akalp was written and originally published on themogulmom