50 States of Incorporation: Georgia

Georgia boasts one of the fastest growing populations, and economies, in America. 15 Fortune 500 companies call Georgia home and, if taken alone, Georgia would have the 28th largest economy in the world. Despite its reputation as the Peach State, Georgia also produces pecans, soy, corn, and poultry. Tourism and culture also make up a major part of the Georgian economy, and a flat corporate income tax of 6% continues to attract new businesses to the state. In fact, according to the Tax Foundation, Georgia’s state and local corporate, income, and sales tax are all low enough that Georgia falls below the national average tax burden. But what does it actually take to form a business in Georgia? And what should you know before incorporating in the Peach State?

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50 States of Incorporation: Colorado

From Pikes Peak to Rocky Mountain National Park, coming to Colorado means getting a little bit of every kind of landscape under the sun from the aforementioned mountain areas to forests, deserts, canyons, mesas, and high plains. It also means meeting and greeting with an abundance of entrepreneurs starting up their own small businesses! Former technology and aerospace firm employees have branched out to Colorado to start up their own IT, manufacturing, and home-based consulting companies, as mentioned on CNNMoney with the 2011 numbers ranking in 420 new businesses per 100,000 adults.

What brings entrepreneurs in? Outside of the fact that there’s plenty to do and see and sites to ski on, starting up a business in Colorado means a lower cost of living all around, affordable worker’s compensation rates, and state-funded training programs made available. Before you decide to form an LLC or corporation in Colorado, however, keep the following advantages and rules in mind:

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MyCorporation How To: Branding Your Small Business

Separating your small business from its competitors is crucial, especially in the current economy. Learning how to successfully brand your business will help you achieve this goal. However, with so many new forms of social media, creating a strategy can be difficult. Consider the following questions and answers to learn branding tips that will help you navigate the sea of online communication and effectively develop a branding strategy.

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Common Tax Deductions Part 2!

In case the first five tax deductions weren’t enough (and let’s face it, you can never have too many tax deductions!), here are five more deductions that can save you a lot of money come tax time.

6. Professional Fees and Classes Deductions. You may have already known that you can deduct certain office equipment, your home office supplies, and health insurance, but did you know that you can also deduct many of the other costs of having a job? Any professional fees that you pay to continue in your career are deductible on your tax return, as well as much of the costs of attending classes, seminars, and training sessions. Subscriptions to professional journals, newspapers, and books are also included as tax deductions. Finally, don’t forget any membership fees you pay to trade organizations, professional groups, or chambers of commerce! All of these things will earn you quite a large deduction on your tax return as long as you keep track of what you spend and save your receipts. Continue reading

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Maintain Your Business: Common Tax Deductions

January is winding down meaning that tax season is officially upon us. Gone are the carefree days of the holiday season and now the inevitability of taxes is looming ahead. Don’t lose heart though! Paying taxes is a requirement but paying too much in taxes is not. 2011 presents new opportunities to excel at preparing your taxes by using the allowable deductions to your advantage. Here are five of the most commonly missed tax deductions. Learn them. Love them. Use them on your tax return this year. Continue reading

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Expanding Your Business by Building Business Credit

Once your business is up and running, expanding is the next logical step! A business can never have too many customers, but as the old saying goes, it takes money to make money. Finding the financing for more advertising or creating new products can be tricky and in many cases, an entrepreneur has already tapped into all the usual (and easy!) sources- family, friends, and personal credit cards. Fortunately for the wise entrepreneur, there’s still one major source left: business credit.

1) What is Business Credit? Business credit is very similar to personal credit. It allows a company to get financing under the business entity’s name and is based on an assessment of the business and its finances by established business credit bureaus. Continue reading

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How to Finance Your New Start-Up

Once you have an idea for a business, the next step is trying to raise money to make your dream a reality. One of the biggest challenges facing a prospective business owner today is financing. Where do you find the money? How do you get it? For the business savvy owner, there are many different options for finding the money you need to start your own business.

1) Friends and Family
This is the most obvious place to look for financing options. Many loyal friends and relatives are more than happy to put some money into a start-up business when asked by someone they love and trust. Remember, though, to expand your friends and family circle, and don’t just look to your immediate family members and best friends. Make a list of everyone you know, including acquaintances that you see infrequently, and then follow up with those people too. You never know who shares your interests and might want to put some money into a business they believe in. Continue reading

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Maintaining a Corporation or LLC

Starting a new business can be confusing – many people do not know what to do to maintain a corporation.  While it’s not complicated, when you don’t know what do to, corporate maintenance can seem like a daunting task.

Once your corporation or limited liability company has been formed, MyCorporation can help you manage the future of your new entity with MaintainMyBiz. With this corporate maintenance package, you select the filings you need for your business and we file them whenever you’re ready. With 18 products and services to choose from, you can customize your package to meet your business needs.

What’s Included? You can select up to 4 filings every 12 months from the following list of 18 products and services: Continue reading

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Annual Reports – File on Time

Annual Reports – Do You Know When to File? Now is a good time to review corporate compliance for corporations and LLCs. Stay compliant with state regulations by ensuring a timely Annual Report filing. Most states require each corporation or LLC to file an informational report, known as the Annual Report, to confirm things like business address, officers, directors, etc. Because requirements vary by state, it can be difficult to remember when the Annual Report needs to be filed. MyCorporation knows the filing deadlines for each state. Some states require Annual Report filings by a specific date each year (like March 1st). While other state filing deadlines can be based on the anniversary of the corporation or LLC formation. In addition, while most states require this report each year, some only require it every other year. Continue reading

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