Nellie

Last September,  I turned 40 and in about 2 months I will be celbrating my 41st birthday…which once seemed like a pretty HUGE milestone…now its just another day for me. When I turned 40 and now that I’m about to turn another year older, i don’t get sad about growing older, don’t dread it, and I have no attempts to forget the day. I realized I’m not just at peace with myself and my age, but I’m actually happy. And granted I have my health and a fabulous family (including a 9 month old baby girl!), but another key thing is that I absolutely LOVE what I do. And that’s a good thing, because I’ve now done it twice and wanted to share this message with you today…seemed like a great day to share!!!

Let me explain. Shortly after law school, I launched a business with my husband. We provided online legal filing services to entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. Basically, that means we helped companies incorporate, form LLCs, and start their businesses the right way without having to pay an arm and a leg in attorney fees.

In 2005, we had the good fortune to sell that company to Intuit. We now had plenty of capital. We had the freedom to travel, spend time with our children, and dream up other business ideas. I had a great time during this interim, don’t get me wrong. But, the other ventures just didn’t carry the same spark for me. So, in 2009, we started all over again with CorpNet.com, our latest (and last?) document filing service. And every day since, I’ve been so grateful we made that decision.

First and foremost, I love helping other entrepreneurs. I love the concept of the small business. And I love giving small business owners access to resources they might not be able to afford otherwise.  Because every business, no matter how small, should have the right legal protection to help them thrive. Over the course of my career, I’ve helped form more than 100,000 corporations and LLCs across the U.S.

Running our own business has proved to be more challenging today than our first time around, but it’s this tough economic climate that makes what I do all the more rewarding. In today’s economy, I want to give everyone a shot. I want to help as many Americans as I can start their own business and feed this economy. For full disclosure, I can get a little teary eyed when I hear the president talk
about the power and potential of the small business and American entrepreneur.

Every day, aspiring entrepreneurs call our office. We talk to brilliant workers who have been laid off, can’t find other work, and have decided to take matters into their own hands by launching a business. We see busy moms who want to supplement their family’s income and make their own mark on the world. We see career professionals who are finally ready to put the 9-5 way of life aside and
follow their dreams.

Each and every story touches and inspires me. And this entrepreneurial passion is contagious. I might be CEO of the company, but I will never stop fielding customer calls. Talking to business owners and potential business owners is why I started this company, and it’s what keeps me going.

Yes, the economy is difficult, but in these tough times, people are doing some incredibly remarkable things. They’re showing just how determined, creative, and courageous human beings can be. And if I can help these individuals get the ball rolling on their ideas and make their dreams come true, I can’t imagine anything better…AND that’s why I love what I do each and every day and I live by the mantra of “Do what you Love and Love What you Do each and every day because you ONLY live once!!!!!

What do you love about what you do each day?  Please share!