7 Things Your Startup’s Brand Needs

Group of business associates looking and pointing at a chart put up on the wallWhen starting a company, it’s natural to want to shout your message from the rooftops. You not only want to spread the word about your new endeavor to family and friends, but it’s important to get noticed in order for your business to grow. According to Forbes, approximately 543,000 new businesses start each month. The struggle to stand out in this clutter can seem helpless, but there are several things you can do to maximize your potential.

Standing out and being well represented amongst the competition requires you to create a strong brand, something that resonates with your potential customer and gives you increased visibility. The following tips will help you understand all that your brand is made up of, and how to use it to maximize your business startup efforts.  Continue reading

10 Beliefs That Could Be Standing Between You and Success

shutterstock_107632895Succeeding in any area of your life is dependent on your beliefs, which can either be positive or negative. Positive beliefs are good as they reinforce a sense of self-worth and will ultimately help you build the confidence that you need to be successful.

Negative beliefs on the other hand hamper progress and should not be entertained. Below are some negative beliefs that you should root out if you want to experience growth and success: Continue reading

Why a Tax Lien Will Harm Your Chances of Finding Funding

Stick_Out_Tounge_at_PhoneHave you ever wondered what happens if you don’t pay your business taxes in full (and on time)? For starters, you will receive a Demand for Payment notice from the IRS. After receiving this, you have 10 days to either pay the tax debt in full (that includes any fees you’ve incurred), or make arrangements to pay it over time. Continue reading

How to Handle Your IRS Tax Liability In Three Easy Steps

gavel and hammerAs Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’. He was definitely right, as anyone who fails to pay his dues or pays less than what he is supposed to pay to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can face some serious consequences. The IRS is known to charge such individuals with not only penalties but also the back taxes along with interest. The letters that are often sent by the IRS are often confusing and downright scary, especially if you do not understand them. Avoiding your taxes or filing them incorrectly can end up to be a very expensive and stressful situation for you. There are ways to fix the situation without too much expense or headaches. Continue reading

Debunking the Myth of the Young Successful Entrepreneur

customerIt is always hard to dispute cold facts, especially when all odds are stacked against you. In business, this is even more pertinent because you are investing your hard earned money and you need to leverage numbers to evaluate your rate of success.

The Glaring Numbers

If you are a budding entrepreneur, the issue of age is one you can’t ignore. Take for instance some contemporary billionaires; Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg started off at only 18 years, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin were 23 years and Bill Gates was only 20 years when he set out to revolutionizing the computing world. Continue reading

How to Become a Successful Real Estate Broker using Social Media

shutterstock_95135899_smBeginning your own real estate business can seem daunting, but with social media at your fingertips, the task can become overwhelmingly simple and much different than the traditional real estate market. Many of the social media trends for business include making everyone knowledgeable about what you have to offer. Everything is at the fingertips of the consumer; as a successful realtor, you simply have to put it there. Continue reading

6 Things I wish I’d Known Before Starting my own Business

Couple standing in front of organic food store smilingStarting your own business is hard. I knew that going in, but I didn’t know just how tough the first few months were going to be. The initial setting-up jobs – the phones, the internet, the space (my living room) were simple enough, but it was when the actual work started that things began to unravel. With hindsight, there were things I wish I’d known before I started which may have helped the business settle down and begin to succeed more quickly.

I wish I’d known… Continue reading

MyCorp FAQs: How do I start collecting payroll taxes?

The IRS, nearly every state tax agency, and even some cities require employers to withhold a certain amount from their employee’s paychecks to cover income tax, social security, and medicare obligations. payroll taxesThese are payroll taxes, and it’s your responsibility, as a small business owner, to collect and send them in. The amount varies from state to state, and in some cases city to city, but there are three main steps to collection.

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Everyone you hire fills out a W-4, which gives you some basic information like family size and other deductions. Continue reading

4 Healthcare Considerations for Start Up Entrepreneurs

5 Ways Candy Hearts Can Help Show Love for Your Customers on TwitterStarting a new business can be extremely exciting and extremely terrifying at the same time. You have a great idea and are free and independent to conquer the marketplace, but every aspect of running a business rests on your shoulders.

After the mountain of preparation, state and tax filings, presentations and planning, many do not think about their healthcare finances until it’s too late. Continue reading

Four Benefits of Energy Project Finance for Business

Environmental IndustryEnergy Project Finance makes sound business and ecological sense. Any organization that strives to bring down non-renewable energy costs should seriously consider it.

Businesses Can Achieve the Following Benefits through Energy Project Finance

One of the biggest challenges of implementing a green energy project is the financial feasibility. It is no secret that all businesses compete with each other (energy sources notwithstanding) and calculate profits on the basis of returns earned on investments made. That is the ultimate litmus test.  Passing this litmus test results in the following tangible benefits: Continue reading