It’s no surprise that over 60 percent of all searches are now happening on mobile devices. To keep up with the times, Google has recently made changes to its search algorithm causing sites with mobile friendly experiences to be ranked higher when searched. MyCorporation recently debuted our new site to comply with the Google’s announcement and to create a more user-friendly experience. We asked our small business experts what their thoughts are on Google’s algorithm change, and how they’ve been adjusting… Continue reading
Payroll can be tricky for small business owners. It’s a lot to learn if you want to tackle payroll on your own, and it can be costly to hire on a new employee or use an outside service. We asked our small business experts how they handle their payroll:
“We are a small organization with anywhere from 4 to 6 employees. In spite of the higher overhead, we use Paychex because of the ease of use and because of the clarity they provide while filing taxes.” –Denise Castronovo, Castronovo Chocolate Continue reading
Each 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
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. 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
Protecting 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
The short answer – yes. But, regardless, it may still be a good idea to hire someone else to be your registered agent. Registered agents exist because of due process. When you turn your business into its own, separate legal entity by forming an LLC or incorporating, you’re effectively giving it a right to due process. That means, before a lawsuit can go forward, your business must be properly notified. A registered agent, then, is the point of contact for notifying your business about impending lawsuits.
However, many states use a business’s registered agent as a contact point for other important matters. They’ll send state documents, franchise tax forms, and other reminders to the company’s registered agent, rather than to the company itself, since reaching an established point of contact is a pretty reliable way of getting in touch with the business.
For a nominal fee, you can appoint someone to be that point of contact.
So why wouldn’t you want to be your own registered agent? Acting as your own registered agent will save money, but there are downsides to that choice. For one, a registered agent must have a physical address within the state the company was formed in. So if you formed and do business in a state other than your own, you have to designate someone in that state as a registered agent.
Further, registered agents are the contact point for sensitive matters like lawsuits or summons. Having a registered agent outside your company keeps the office from panicking, like they would if you were served in your own office.
And finally, your registered agent is going to get a lot of important paperwork. It’s their job to keep track of what they receive, and send it along to you. When you run a business, it’s easy to overlook or forget about things like annual reports and fees. A registered agent will really help you from losing track of that important paperwork.
You – or in some states, your business – can act as the registered agent. Or you can hire an outside agency. Just be sure, regardless of what path you choose to follow, that your registered agent is dependable and discreet.
Last week we talked about the most hated small business taxes among small business owners. This week, we’re asking our small business experts what they’ve learned about taxes since opening up shop. These were our ten favorite answers:
1. “As a mobile pet sitting business, one of my favorite write-offs is mileage. Most people forget to keep track of their miles and just guess, but often they are getting less credit than they should. I keep a notebook in my car to keep track of mileage, then when I get home at the end of the day I transfer it to a spreadsheet. This way I have all my mileage ready for tax time, and have it in both paper and digital form.” -Chris Herath, Atlantic Pet Sitting Continue reading
Benjamin Franklin said it best when he uttered the very true, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Love them or hate them, taxes are just a part of life, and a very big part of small business. We asked some of our small business experts which small businesses taxes they hated the most. These were our 18 favorite answers. Continue reading
This is easily one of the most commonly asked questions we get. Each state has different rules and regulations when it comes to income tax. Most have both, some don’t collect personal income tax, and a few don’t college corporate income tax. And to a new business owner forming a corporation, forming in a state without a corporate income tax might sound awesome! After all, who likes paying taxes?
Unfortunately, things aren’t that cut and dry, and there are good reasons why so many business owners opt to stay in the state that they do business.
You can form a corporation in another state
Owning a franchise is a completely different experience than owning your own, independent business. For this segment of “Experts Weigh In,” we asked our franchise experts what they’ve learned about the franchise experience and what they would tell potential franchise owners. Here were our 14 favorite answers:
1.“As a franchisee with Brightway Insurance, I learned about the incredible support available to me within the Brightway system vs. the support I would have had if I struck out as an independent insurance agent on my own. From technology to telephony to business analytics to marketing, it’s like working at a large corporation with a terrific infrastructure but still being my own boss and responsible for building my own business.
If someone is interested in getting involved in a franchise, I’d tell them to ask a lot of questions about the support available to them and the track record of the model. In most cases you should find something that has been thought out, tried, tested, and proven so all that is left is to leverage it.” -Billy Wagner, Brightway Insurance, Inc. Continue reading