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How to Increase the Chances of Your New Business Succeeding

Everyone who starts a new business or takes advantage of a franchise opportunity hopes that once the decision is made, the business will succeed. This optimism is a good thing, but it’s important not to approach business ownership in a naïve manner.

The sad fact is, not every new business succeeds, and, in fact, many don’t. In some sectors, such as restaurants, most actually fail. Success is not guaranteed, but there are some things you as a new business owner can do to dramatically increase your chances of success: (more…)

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Funding to Jumpstart Your Business Idea

For entrepreneurs in all stages of the business lifecycle, finding funding to jumpstart your business is an integral part of the journey. Not having access to enough capital can quickly derail even the most well laid-out plans, and it’s a problem many entrepreneurs still face, in spite of improving consumer and business confidence. According to the Federal Reserve’s Joint Small Business Credit Survey, 50 percent of small businesses received none of the financing they had applied for in the first half of 2014. (more…)

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Reflecting Back on Six Years in Business

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…)

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Business Basics: Establishing a Web Presence

A 2014 study by Google found that a little over half of small businesses have a website, though it’s likely that number has gone up since the survey was done. Still, the fact that a little under half of small businesses don’t even have a website it appalling – without one you are losing customers every day. Over 50% of people surveyed said they look up a business online before making a purchase, and that same study found local searches are twice as likely to lead to a purchase. Creating a solid web presence, though, is more than just parking a site under ‘yourbusiness.com’ – you’re going to have to put in a bit more effort to see any real returns. (more…)

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How I Came to be an Entrepreneur: Part 1

I never set out to be a business owner, or any sort of entrepreneur for that matter.  In fact, I never even thought I would see the kind of success I have. It was well over 17 years ago, right around the time I turned 30, that I realized just being in sales was not enough for me.  I started a family, had my first home, a couple of nice cars, a bit of money in my pocket, but found myself losing interest in sales.  (more…)

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Business Basics: What does it mean to qualify as a Foreign Corporation?

In this week’s Business Basics we’re going over what it means to qualify as a foreign corporation. Let’s say you form a corporation or LLC in one state, but you’ll be doing business in another state. This is pretty common for a lot of business owners. All it means is that you may be required to qualify for a foreign qualification. Filing a foreign qualification allows you to legally operate your business in another state other than the state of formation.  (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: Why do customers choose your business?

A question every small business owner should ask himself is, “what gets my customers in the door?” There are lots of reasons a customer could choose your businesses, but we found it often boiled down to three main options: customer service, competitive pricing, or the product/service itself. Of the entrepreneurs we asked, 50% think their customers choose their business due to their customer service. Product comes in at second at 43%, and price was dead last at .06%. We asked our small business experts to elaborate on why they think their customers choose them over competitors. Here’s what they had to say…  (more…)

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