Deborah Sweeney

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is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best.

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MyCorp FAQs: Can you recommend a good business school?

TarkentonSchoolBadgeSometimes entrepreneurs come to us and say, “I have an idea for a business, I just want to gain a better understanding of running a business before I dive in. Is there an educational institute you can recommend?” While every small business owner opens their first business at different times in life and with varying amounts of education under their belt, there is one particular business school that’s caught our eye.  Continue reading

MyCorp Preguntas frecuentes : ¿Necesito un servicio de nómina afuera?

Accounting_Items_CalculationUna de las preguntas que recibimos de los nuevos propietarios de pequeñas empresas es “¿Qué hago sobre nómina?” Sí, usted puede manejar la nómina a ti mismo, pero más y más estos días los empresarios están optando por un servicio de nómina exterior. Propietarios de pequeñas empresas están haciendo esto por un par de razones: Continue reading

MyCorp FAQs: Do I need an outside payroll service?

underwriterOne of the questions we get from new small business owners is “What do I do about payroll?” Yes, you can handle payroll yourself, but more and more these days entrepreneurs are opting for an outside payroll service. Small business owners are doing this for a couple of reasons:

To save some money. 

When you choose to handle your payroll yourself, it becomes a full-time job. Most businesses that do their payroll from the inside hire on a new employee. Between the hiring, training, pay, and bonuses, hiring on an employee to do payroll becomes a huge expense. Not to mention the training and the software that will need to be purchased to actually do the payroll. By using an outside service, you get to avoid the hoops of hiring on a new employee and you save some money in the process.  Continue reading

Experts Weigh In: How much education did you receive before starting your business?

6 Leadership Lessons We All Learned in KindergartenEach entrepreneur has a different path. Some realize their business dream a little later in life, and, others, as early as high school. We asked our small business experts how much education they received before starting up their businesses, and how they think that decision has played out for them.

“I started my business right after I graduated from college. In fact I graduated from college, moved to a new city, got married, and started my business all in the same month. I always knew that some day I would have my own business and by the time I was in my final year at LSU I realized that the best time to do this was right now, so I began doing freelance website development and Internet marketing. I signed a major client my first month so that made the transition to full time self employment much easier. 18 years later I’m still in the same business and glad that I ventured out on my own.” –Charles Ogwyn, My Internet Marketing Partner, Inc.  Continue reading

MyCorp FAQs – What do you need to know about payroll?

Payroll may seem like a straightforward topic, but there is a lot more to it than just tracking hours and cutting checks. Unfortunately a lot of small business owners don’t realize that and, before they know it, they’re up to their ears in tax forms and reports they’ve never even heard of. Calculating, and staying on top, of payroll can actually be pretty complicated, especially if you don’t have a background in accounting. payroll system So what do small business owners absolutely need to know about setting up a payroll system?

You must withhold taxes

The federal, state, and local governments can all levy tax on income, and it is your responsibility as an employer to withhold the necessary amounts from your employee’s paychecks and send that into the proper agency. Continue reading

Experts Weigh In: How did you build your brand?

office chatterBuilding your brand is a huge step in starting a small business. Once you’ve gotten all the funding you need, hired your staff, and done the paperwork, the next step is getting the word out! Your brand tells your customers who you are as a business, which is why it’s so important to take the necessary measures to protect your brand once established.

We asked our small business experts how they got the word out about their brands. Here’s what they had to say…  Continue reading

Experts Weigh In: IP Horror Stories

How to Deal With Work Related StressProtecting your intellectual property is so important. Your name, logo, and business creations tell your customers who you are. So making sure that no one can steal your company’s brand is one of the first steps you should make when starting a business. We asked some of our small business experts if they had any IP horror stories from when they were first starting out. Here’s what they had to say…  Continue reading

MyCorp FAQs: Do I Have to Send in Estimated Tax Payments?

Estimated tax payments are a pretty straightforward topic. You probably remember that, back when you worked for someone else, you had your taxes taken out of your paycheck. You don’t get out of having to pay tax when you start your own business – the IRS still expects you to pay what you owe. But what if you’re just starting out and not making much money? estimated tax paymentOr you’ve had a bad quarter and don’t have the money to cover what you normally send in? Do you still have to send in your estimated tax payment?

If you expect to owe more than $1,000, then you very likely have to pay estimated taxes. Continue reading

MyCorp FAQs: Do I Need an Employer Identification Number?

An Employer Identification Number, also called an EIN or a Federal Tax Identification Number , is a unique set of digits assigned to a business by the IRS. With it, tax agencies can easily track the financial activity of your company, and make sure that you pay your taxes. employer identification numberBut, if you run a sole-proprietorship, the IRS can already do that using your personal social security number. So in what cases do you need an Employer Identification Number?

When you hire someone

The only time you can really get away with using your social security number is when your business is considered a sole-proprietorship, and you’re the only employee. The IRS figures, in cases like that, the company’s profit flows directly to you, and you pay your taxes from that. But that changes the minute you bring anyone on to help run the company, and that includes a business partner. Once you start hiring, your company must have an EIN.

When you form an LLC or Incorporate

Incorporating or forming an LLC separates you and the business. Continue reading