With 2015 on the cusp of wrapping up, I’ve been reflecting back on the last six years of owning MyCorporation. It’s been a long road, but we wouldn’t be where we are today (thriving!) if we hadn’t experienced each and every twist and turn. It all started back in 2004 when I joined the MyCorporation team, not as the CEO but as the vice president of legal affairs. With years in law school and some time in a law firm partnership, I was happy to be applying my legal knowledge in an area that interested me. In 2005, the business was acquired by Intuit. The acquisition brought about a much-needed new perspective on running MyCorporation, but there was still untapped potential that I was wishing I could get my hands on. Then, finally, in 2009 I purchased the division. And now here we are- six full years later! (more…)
Happy New Year! 2014 was an awesome year full of growth and renewal here at MyCorp. It was also the best year our blog has ever had! And that’s largely thanks to the slew of guest-posters and small business experts who have been kind enough to contribute. While we could spend hours going over our favorite posts of 2014, we thought our time might be better spent highlighting some of the top posts from this last year.
The Most Viewed – “3 Keys to Crafting the Perfect Logo”
When you think of Halloween, you typically think about pumpkins, costumes, cotton cob webs, parties, and the mass amounts of candy being consumed. Though there’s another side to Halloween we often don’t think about: the numbers behind the whole operation! Have you ever wondered just what the percentage of Halloween celebrators visit haunted houses each year? Or how about just how much money is spent on candy in honor of the holiday?
In “Spooktacular Business Stats: Halloween by the Numbers” we break down Halloween by the statistics that make this holiday what it is! (more…)
Over half of the people in the world are women. There are so many women who I admire, including my two grandmothers, my teacher, and my aunts. There is one special woman who I admire most. That special woman is my mom, Deborah Sweeney. Some of the reasons I admire my mom include her intelligence, her kindness, her hard work and her great attitude.
My mom is a very smart person. She helps me with my homework when I am having trouble with it. My mom also helps me with my after school class, Kumon. Even though the questions that she helps with are hard, she makes it look easy. My mom also went to great colleges including UC Irvine and Pepperdine and she owns a big company.
If it’s April 15th, it must be Tax Day. Not exactly the most exciting day on the calendar. But what if we told you that, for today only, we would help you form your own LLC or incorporate FOR FREE!
Today marks MyCorporation’s third year running offering new entrepreneurs the chance to form an LLC or incorporate for free! All you have to do is use the coupon code MYFREE at checkout, and you’ll get our basic $69 LLC or Corporate Formation package for free – all you have to pay are the state fees!
As many of you may know, incorporating your business or forming an LLC comes with plenty of benefits. Not only can the right business entity help you save on taxes, but incorporation and LLC formation both add an extra layer of protection to your personal and professional assets, and gives your business an added air of legitimacy.
Normally priced at $69, our basic bundle includes an incorporation or LLC with a name check, document preparation and filing, a free domain name, annual report and registered agent services, and QuickBooks Simple Start! So if you’ve ever thought about starting an LLC or corporation, now is your chance to form an LLC or incorporate for free!
Remember that the coupon code for the Free Day promotion is MYFREE. Visit MyCorporation.com between 12 AM PST to 11:59 PM PST on April 15th and get started by answering a few simple questions about your business. MyCorporation customer care representatives will also be available from 6 AM PST to 6 PM PST on April 15th. Just give us a call at 1 (877) 692-6772!
*’Free Day’ offer only redeemable on April 15th, 2014, between 12 AM PST and 11:59 PM PST. Offer is solely for MyCorporation’s Basic Incorporation or LLC formation package, normally priced at $69. One offer redeemable per customer. Customer retains responsibility for paying any applicable state and federal fees.
Here we are in week four of the Magical Month of MyCorp! We had a good run this year, filled with lots of baked goods, champagne, toy-making, laughs, and decorating on decorating! And this week, we finished up strong.
On Monday we unwrapped, swapped, and bartered to find our perfect presents during the gift exchange.
We named Thursday Customer Appreciation Day (though for MyCorp that’s an every day celebration on our end!) and here is our own sales rep Tracy on the phone with a customer chatting it up.
And today we’re being treated with a catered lunch to celebrate such a fun, festive month.
Be sure to check out our Facebook page to follow along with us as we ring in the New Year next week!
I can’t believe there’s only a little over a week left of this magical month! But we’ve been making the most of this month – check out what our office was up to during the third week of the Magical Month of MyCorp!
We started the week off at our very own MyCreameration Ice Creamery, LLC with some yummy homemade ice cream!
On Tuesday we stuffed some special friends for children in need.
Happy holidays, everyone! Stay tuned for our final full week next week!
Our holiday spirits were at an all time high in week two of the Magical Month of MyCorp, especially as we gear up to head to our company Ugly Sweater Holiday Party this evening! We’ll be indulging in some karaoke, pool, darts, and bar nourishment all around!
We’ll be sure to document the evening with lots of photos, but until then, here’s a taste of our latest office festivities:
We kicked off the week by coming to work dressed in our bundled, winter bests!
On Tuesday we indulged in some gourmet hot chocolate.
Wednesday we tried our luck at the lottery (collectively we won $4).
We played a fun, festive, fast-paced ornament exchange game on Thursday!
And today we’re looking awfully dapper in our ugly Christmas sweaters in preparation for the party tonight – stayed tuned to our Facebook page for photos from our holiday party this weekend!
Congratulations to the winner of the “Show MyCorporation Your Business’s True Colors” photo contest, Melissa Wolf of Melissa Mae Photo! For this contest, we asked small business owners to sum up the heart of their business in a photograph. We wanted to see what your businesses are all about and what their true colors were like. Check out our interview with Melissa below on how she got her start with her business and her plans for her $1500 grand prize!
What prompted you to start Melissa Mae Photo?
My husband bought me a camera for my birthday the summer after we had our first daughter. He said he saw something in the photographs I had been taking. So my husband and biggest supporter bought me a camera and told me to go for it. I started off just taking pictures of my daughter and then little by little it turned into friends asking for pictures and then their friends asking for pictures. What eventually got me to take it to the next level was realizing the importance of preserving memories. An old college computer hard drive crashed that same summer. I lost about 7 years worth of photographs and memories on there. Wedding, births, our honeymoon, countless vacations, etc. I wanted to help people capture their memories and also more of my own. (Back up your files!!)
What’s the best part of owning your own business?
Getting to work with my family!!! 99% of the time my family is at the shoots (when it’s appropriate). My kids help get kids to smile or feel more comfortable. Incorporating people that are important to me makes it so much more fulfilling and FUN. My youngest is obsessed with taking pictures. She will set up little scenes with her and her sister and just go to town. It makes me happy that I get to share my passion with my family. That I am also home for homework, dinner and sports but that I also get to show my daughters what it’s like to follow your dreams. It’s so very important to me to be a Mom first, but I also try to be a good example of a strong, passionate woman. I’m happy that I get to do that everyday.
Do you have a favorite subject to photograph?
My own family. My two daughters are my muses. Their vibrance for life keeps me excited. Their ideas, Halloween costumes and summer beach days inspire me every single time. More and more though, I’m really enjoying photographing in the water. There is something so peaceful and calming about it. It’s definitely been a new avenue I have really enjoyed exploring.
It’s easy to see by looking at your website that your family plays a large role in fueling your inspiration. How does that inspiration affect your work?
Family is my life. My husband and my daughters are absolutely everything to me. I love seeing in other families what I see in my own. Capturing those little moments that I know are special to me for another Mother or Father is such an honor.
Finally, how will you spend the $1500!?
Oh my goodness – I am really excited to invest the money back into my business. Some new equipment being the first thing on my list. I am so in love with water photography, so, perhaps a wide angle lens for the ocean. Or maybe I’ll just get a jump start on paying taxes this year!
We’ve just entered the month of December, so you know what that means…. time for the “Magical Month of MyCorp!” Each day during the month of December, we do something special to keep the holiday spirit alive and well while we’re working away! This has been a tradition for a couple years now in the MyCorp family, and we’re ecstatic to get the ball rolling this year!
Here’s a recap of the magical happenings that went on this week:
On Monday, we welcomed Hanukkah with latkes, wine, and a lit Menorah.
Wednesday was for blind chocolate tasting – no peeking at the flavors!
We found ourselves at a yummy pizza party on Thursday.
And along with our usual Friday bagels, we enjoyed some challah this morning.
Happy first week of the “Magical Month of MyCorp,” folks! Stay tuned for another week of magic and a look at our holiday party next week!