By David Nilssen, CEO & Co-founder, Guidant Financial
Before you make the leap into business ownership, it’s a good idea to ask yourself some tough questions to make sure you’re up to the job:
1) Are you self-motivated?
2) Are you organized?
3) Are you proficient in finance, accounting, sales, marketing and customer service?
4) Are you willing to put your business first?
If your answer to any of these questions is a firm “no” you may want to re-think your plans for entrepreneurship. If not; keep in mind there is more to starting a business than enjoying the excitement and joy of potential success. Continue reading
That April 17th tax deadline is just four weeks away! Most small business owners know how important it is to get their taxes finished early, but we want to make sure the small businesses we’ve helped create aren’t simply just sending in the necessary forms and hoping for the best.
We want you to know how to maximize every single deduction, decrease any chance of an IRS audit, and keep as much of your hard earned money as possible. With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with 1800Accountant.com to give everyone reading our blog and using our services a free business tax consultation. There are no obligations to stick with 1800Accountant if you do not want to, and you won’t regret setting up a consultation with their team of licensed CPA and accountants to help make sure you’ve followed a sound tax strategy.
If you’re interested, simply click here or on their logo above to access the webpage where you can sign up for your appointment with 1800Accountant.com. As we said before, it’s completely free, there are no obligations and it is a great way to get some professional advice regarding your small business’s tax obligations. If you’d like, you can also call them at 1-800-822-6868; just be sure to mention MyCorp!
Don’t miss this opportunity for free tax help, and remember to sign up as soon as possible to make sure you get an appointment slot that will fit your schedule.
As retirement plan sponsors, small businesses assume many responsibilities regarding their employees’ path to retirement, often acting as fiduciaries. Over the next year, any employer offering such plans faces new regulations from the Department of Labor. The rules, known as 408(b) (2), were originally scheduled to go into effect this past July, but have been postponed until April 1, 2012. The rules aim at providing greater transparency to the retirement industry as a whole, through documenting the fees participants pay brokers and retirement plan contractors for managing their accounts.
Retirement plans can be a burden to small business owners. This is due to the fact that upon becoming a plan sponsor, owners become a plan fiduciary and therefore must act in the sole interest of their participants. Owners cannot make a profit off of retirement plans. Any gains must be reimbursed to the plan.
Financing a start up is daunting for many entrepreneurs. While hunting for cash, many find themselves sucked into flashy gimmicks promising “Free Money!” and “Fast Cash Now!” from websites and hiring consultants. Unfortunately, most of these promises are empty, leaving many small business owners searching for cash.
As difficult as it may seem, small business funding is available. For qualifying businesses, there really are opportunities to land free money from state, county and city governments, as well as private foundations and corporations. Continue reading
Welcome to March, the month of… nothing really. The year always starts out with so much promise, so much enthusiasm! Then fast forward three months and you’re missing the holidays already and summer just can’t come fast enough. In case this has been your attitude lately, cheer up! The truth is that the economy is looking better and better as the days pass and consumer spending is increasing as a result. This means that businesses of all kinds are finding themselves with more customers and more profit. Many businesses aren’t necessarily feeling the improvements yet but 2011 is predicted to be one step further on the road to economic recovery. Here are some forecasts that economists and analysts alike are making about the economy and finances in 2011. Also included are some tips on how to make the improvements we are seeing work for you. Continue reading
Starting a business is fun and exciting for most entrepreneurs. However this feeling of euphoria will quickly retreat if your business is sued. The court room is the obvious enemy of the small business owner. However, fear not! By following these five simple rules you can avoid facing the courtroom so you can focus on the success of your business.
1. Be very cognizant of your business image. Owners and employees should avoid making any public announcements or conducting any business that might be considered questionable. Avoid things such as making slanderous statements or having unnecessary contact with customers. This includes limiting possible conflicts of interest. Situations such as these can damage the integrity of your business and land you in legal turmoil. To avoid legal action, do the job your business was created to do in a professional and neutral manner. Continue reading
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
As Valentine’s Day approaches, let MyCorporation help you give your business the love and attention it deserves. Let Mycorp help you love your business! On February 14th, MyCorp is offering a FREE corporation or LLC from 7am to 7pm in honor of “Love Your Business Day.” In addition, MyCorporation also offers all the products your business needs – free Quickbooks, business cards and a domain name!
On February 14th, love your business by incorporating or forming an LLC to save on taxes and protect your personal assets. As a sole proprietor, your liability for business debt is unlimited. Personal assets such as your home, personal bank accounts, and other valued assets may be at risk. What does this mean? It means that if your business experiences severe financial difficulties, creditors can take away your personal property such as your home, retirement savings, or any other asset you or your spouse own. Continue reading
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
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