Are you Ready for Small Business Saturday?

Turkey, family, and an inordinate amount of shopping all define the end of November, but there is one more thing that should be tacked onto that list – Small Business Saturday. American Express has been putting on Small Business Saturday since 2010, and for three years they have helped promote local and internet-based small businesses by providing free marketing, free ads, and support for the entrepreneurs and small business owners that drives our economy.

Shop Small on November 24th

And, of course, we couldn’t let Small Business Saturday go by without offering our own support to all of our customers and friends who have made MyCorp the successful business it is today. All day on November 24th, anyone who purchases ANYTHING from our site, whether it be an incorporation package or a simple ‘Doing Business As’ name, gets free access to our MyCorp Vault document storage service, a $50 value. And we are offering free business consultations over the phone from 9 am to 1 pm PST. Just call us up at 1-877-692-6772, and we will help you help your business. Continue reading

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5 Employment Perks That Need to Happen Everywhere

We’re a pretty close knit bunch here at MyCorp. Everybody knows everyone pretty well and gets along. But our team is also pretty small and since we aren’t a large corporation, sometimes a couple of us wonder what our lives within a more global company might be like…

There are two different first impressions that come to mind. The first is Google headquarters based. Picture bright colors, ping pong tables, free food and drinks, and flip flops. Laidback and interactive while still getting the job done. The other comes from the film Office Space. Hours of sitting in traffic, hours of sitting in a cubicle, a copy machine that doesn’t work, and a mountain of pointless “TPS reports.” The worst case scenario, as we all voted and agreed on. Continue reading

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Incorporate for Free! Today (January 17th) Only!

To help ring in the New Year, and help everyone save a bit of money, we are offering one of our popular incorporation packages for free!

One of the best ways to help kickstart the economy is by starting a business, and we would love to help you get your business started right. Incorporating is one of the smartest business moves you can make as it simultaneously protects your personal assets and helps you save on taxes. Just for today, we are offering free articles of organization along with a free name search to help you on your way!

Now, to get the coupon code for our promotion you HAVE to like our Facebook page, which you can easily access by either clicking here or the image above. This promotion ends 11:59 PM PST, so be sure not to miss it!

Feel free to give us a call at 1 (877) 692-6772, a tweet @MyCorporation, or write us a message on our Facebook wall.

We look forward to helping you get started.

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Kindle Your Passion with MyCorporation!

November is a great month to be a reader! In the spirt of NaNoWriMo, and our own theme of “Reading” for this week, we are announcing a new sweepstakes for November and December.

We are giving away a brand new Kindle Fire!

Just like our iPad giveaway, all you have to do is head over to our Facebook page, click Like, and you are immediately entered to win! Plus becoming a fan of our page is a great way to hear about our other promotions and follow any newsworthy stories we post.

We will do the drawing at the end of the year so be sure to like us and check your Facebook pages at the end of December. Thank you all for your continuing support and good luck winning the Kindle!

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Free Day is Almost Here!

Be sure to use coupon code "MYFREE"

If you haven’t heard (and I’m not sure how you’ve gotten away with that!) we are going to be having our “Free Day” on September 20th. By using our coupon code “MYFREE” you can partake of our free incorporation or LLC services, a copy of Quickbooks and a free domain name. Our promotion will be running all day, starting on 12 AM on the 20th and ending at 11:59 PM PST the same day. So be sure to take advantage while you can. And if you have a family member or friend who is always going on about having the next big idea, be sure to send them some information about the promotion as well!

You can reach us at 1 (877) 692-6772 or tweet us @mycorporation with any questions or concerns. Finally, thank you everyone for all of your support, we look forward to talking with you and supporting all of your business endeavors!

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The Five Worst Freebies and Promotions

Promotions can be a great boost to business and sales if done properly. However, nearly every company tries to hold some sort of promotion, and not all of them can be winners. One of the most controversial promotions to come up recently is from a RadioShack in Montana offering a free gun (the customer’s choice of a Hi Point 380 pistol or 20 gauge) to anyone who both buys a Dish Network contract and passes a background check. While it apparently has increased his subscribers, the blowback against Radio Shack, and Montana, has been quite noticeable. In the end, it is always up to the business owner as to whether they choose to assume the risk in the hopes of a great reward by the promotion’s end. But business owners can, and should, educate themselves, so here are our five worst promotional items and why we think marketing should think twice before incorporating them into any campaign.

Another present to put in your closet and never ever see again.

1. Restaurants and Promotional Food

Going to a restaurant to take advantage of a deal makes sense, and will increase a restaurant’s customer base, but two things suffer during these promotions; the restaurant’s reputation and the employee’s satisfaction. A lot of restaurants make the mistake of offering too many coupons far too often. What ends up happening is customers simply wait with the e-mail inbox open as they end up expecting some sort of deal and won’t even think about going to that restaurant without one. The second biggest problem with these promotions is the toll it takes on the employee. One anonymous Red Lobster employee posted quite the riveting explanation as to why Red Lobster servers, chefs and dishwashers all dread the Free Shrimp festival. According to them, all this promotion means is two months of soul crushing torture as they run shrimp back and forth all while enduring lower table turnover, and thus less tips. So when laying out a plan for your promotion, remember to ask yourself two questions; what will this do for repeat customers, and how will my employees handle it? A few days or a week of extra exertion on your employees is one thing, two months may be more than they want to handle. Continue reading

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The 5 Benefits of Freebies for Small Businesses

Mmm…donuts.

Today is National Donut Day and all throughout the country, the scent of glazed and sprinkled deliciousness is flooding our nostrils. These lighter than air confections are available from tasty donut shops like Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme for the low, low price of zero dollars today. As in, FREE! On a Friday?

Now wait just one minute. Why is today free donut day? Why did companies decide June 3rd was the best day to give away free donuts? And how late is my Dunkin’ open till again? Continue reading

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