Should You Give Your Employees a Second Chance?

I’ve always believed that my business’s success hinges on the open and honest relationship I have with my team. I have to trust that my employees will do the job they were hired to do so I can focus on running and growing the company. However, I have unfortunately had to deal with members of my team breaking that trust in the past. And, while you should always consider giving people a second chance at the workplace, second chances also mean you should look at what they did, and determine whether what happened was a minor transgression, or a serious breach of trust. second chance

Look at the big picture

It can be really easy to focus too heavily on the employee when making this sort of decision, but you need to consider a lot of different factors. Firing someone can leave a long-lasting impact on your business, especially if other employees don’t agree with your decision. Was this betrayal of trust more personal, or professional? Occasionally we have to swallow our personal pride for the betterment of the company, and objectivity is key to making this sort of a decision. If this is an isolated incident, then maybe a second chance is in order.

Consider the impact on your business

If this employee has proven themselves to the company and has spent years working within it, firing them could hurt your business. So you need to ask yourself if the employee’s separation will actually be good for the company. Do they contribute to inter-office harmony? Are they replaceable? Will their absence help or hinder day to day operations? Being slighted by someone you trust is always a jarring experience, but it isn’t worth sacrificing your team’s dynamic to make a point. But if this employee did actually harm the company, it may be worth sending them out the door for good.

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Member-Managed LLCs Versus Manager-Managed LLCs

Traditionally, Limited Liability Companies are treated like partnerships. Two or more people get together, found a company, form an LLC, and then start running the business. But there’s more than one way to run an LLC. Member-Managed and Manager-Managed Limited Liability Companies are run very similarly, but there are also some key differences that anyone looking to form an LLC should know.Limited Liability Company

Member-Managed LLCs

Member-Managed LLCs are, by far, the more common choice. Each member of the limited liability company is treated as equal to every other member, and everyone shares responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the LLC. Continue reading

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50 States of Incorporation: New Mexico

This week we’re covering the Land of Enchantment – New Mexico! Though admitted to the union in 1912, New Mexico has, for centuries, been home to the native Navajo, Pueblo, and Apache people. With the fourth-largest native population in the United States, New Mexico continues to be an important center of Native American culture. This culture, along with New Mexico’s stunning natural beauty, are the two of the main drivers of one the state’s biggest industries – tourism.

Along with tourism, New Mexico has a rich deposit of fossil fuel and natural gas, and is home to multiple military bases. In fact, federal spending is one of the biggest sources of revenue for New Mexico. The government of New Mexico is always looking for ways to help small businesses grow, and there are loads of tax incentives available to entrepreneurs in the state! But what does it take to start a small business there? How do you form an LLC or incorporate in New Mexico? And are there any special rules you should be aware of?Incorporate in New Mexico

What is needed to start your small business in New Mexico?

Anyone that does business in New Mexico has to register with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, and be issued a CRS Identification number. Your CRS number is used to collect and pay tax on gross receipts. In addition to registering, all new small businesses should apply for a ‘Doing Business As’ name with the Secretary of State’s office so that they can advertise, collect checks, and open a bank account under their business’s name. If you’d like, we are happy to run a free DBA name search on your behalf!

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MyCorp’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

2013 was a great year for MyCorp, and easily the best year our blog has had yet. Did you know that, so far this year, we published 308 posts? 308! We’ve always been very proud of our little business blog, and are extremely grateful to everyone out there who has taken the time to click over and read our posts and become regular readers at our site. Since we had such a productive blogging year, we thought it would be fun to look back and pick out a few of our favorite posts from 2013 – here are our top ten:

Top Ten Posts

10. Starting a Business in 2013: An Infographic
Back in June we thought it would be a good idea to take some of the more frequently asked questions we get and spin them into an infographic. Starting a business can be a very confusing process, and we wanted to make our guide as easy to understand as possible. We pared the process down to six steps, and put out a very well-received infographic to help out our readers.

9. Tax Tips for America’s Entrepreneurs
This post was actually written by our friend David Nilssen, the CEO & Co-founder of Guidant Financial. We’ve done a few cross-posts with David, but this one stands out because of how useful it is. Tax season is stressful, but by following David’s advice, it can actually be a straightforward, productive time. You just have to know how to prepare!

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Business Basics: Delayed Filings

Delayed FilingDelayed filings aren’t the most popular business-related topic, but pursuing a delayed filing can actually be very beneficial to a new small business. When you opt for a delayed filing, you essentially put your business’s paperwork on hold. So if you, for example, have decided to form an LLC, you can actually ask the state to not start the approval process until later in the year. And while it may seem counterintuitive to ask the state to sit on your paperwork, and effectively put your business plans on hold, delayed filings can save you a bit of money and time when it comes to your start-up.

Money saved

‘Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes,’ and the minute your business springs to life, you are liable for all sorts of taxes and fees. If you opt to start your business before the end of 2013, you’ll have to collect, report, and pay taxes for 2013, even though your business was around for less than a month. Delaying recognition also means you could avoid the annual reporting fee for your state for 2013, possibly saving you hundreds of dollars.

Time saved

January is one of the busiest months for government agencies. It is when they begin to work their way through the backlog of paperwork that inevitably accumulates at the end of the year, and year after year I’ve received notices from state agencies all across America regarding a backlog that won’t be surmounted for weeks. A delayed filing will, however, help you avoid that backlog because most states place delayed filings in a priority queue. So after all of the time-critical filings are handled, the state moves directly into approving delayed filings. By opting for a delayed filing, you can avail of all of the benefits of filing in the new year, and avoid the January rush.

Should you opt for a delayed filing?

It really depends on the needs of your business. I’ve always recommended forming a Limited Liability Company or incorporating as soon as possible but, when you do so at the very end of the year, you could get stuck paying annual taxes and fees for the right to operate your business in December. Every state is different, but most will allow you to push your filing date at least thirty days into the future. If you expect your business to be around for a while, and I certainly hope you do, choosing a delayed filing will simply mean operating as a sole proprietorship for one more month before the protection of an LLC or Corporation kick in. If you want to save some time, and possibly quite a bit of money, consider a delayed filing when sending your paperwork into the state.

Would you like to learn more about delayed filings? Or are you ready to form your own LLC or Corporation? Give us a call at 1-877-692-6772 and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!

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50 States of Incorporation: Louisiana

Incorporate in LouisianaReady to incorporate in Louisiana this week in our 50 states of incorporation series? This southern gem is most widely known for its delicious comfort food, swinging jazz scene and vibrant colors (as seen in New Orleans), and for surviving hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The population of Louisiana comes in at about 4,614,500, and the capital is Baton Rouge.

Though the state comes in at number 40 on the Forbes “Best States for Business” list, the state office is generally very supportive of small businesses looking to incorporate in Louisiana. Any small business owner is welcome and encouraged to give the state a call with questions they might have, and their state website has also proved to be quite helpful with a checklist available to small business owners to help expedite the process. There are even incentive programs implemented for business owners in the research and development, manufacturing, and motion picture fields. Seafood and tourism are also two big industries that do well in Louisiana, the former of which features 90% of the crawfish eaten around the world coming straight from Louisiana. And as far as tourism goes, Bourbon Street, anyone?

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50 States of Incorporation: Illinois

Illinois has long been one of the strongest economic powerhouses in America. Not only is it home to the city of Chicago, which has been a major transport, shipping, and industrial hub for over a century, but the state is still a manufacturing leader and boasts a strong agricultural industry that continues to thrive off of Illinois’ rich soil.
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Illinois is the fifth most populous state, though it is only the 25th largest state in terms of area. Most people in Illinois tend to settle around either Chicago or Springfield; Illinois’ centrally-located capital.

Despite of the many booming industries in Illinois, the state placed 38th in a Forbes list of the ‘Best States to do Business In.’ Unfortunately, a fairly high corporate tax rate combined with hefty state fees and a regulatory government has made it a tad difficult to run a business in Illinois. However, when you factor in population, GDP, and the proximity of major shipping hubs, Illinois is still a great state for starting a business.

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How Managers Can Tackle Little Tasks Quickly to Focus on the Big Picture

The more you can have your employees working on assignments aligned with their skill set, the more productive your small business will be. Rather than have them stop every couple of minutes to work on a smaller task, it can help to find other methods to get simpler tasks done rather than have your employees stop everything they’re working on to do it. Here are a few great, efficient, and more affordable ways of getting the busy work out of the way so your team can focus on their assignments.

Outsourcing

It can be a bit of a dirty word these days, but outsourcing is an effective way to do business for not only large corporations, but smaller businesses as well. Your company should be focused on really doing one particular niche activity very well. Anything outside of the scope of that focus, or anything that your business may not be skilled at working on, could potentially be outsourced. Companies that emphasize their strength at writing code for websites, for example, could do things much better and faster.

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How to Build a Mobile App for Your Small Business

A June study by Nielsen found that more than 60 percent of mobile users in the United States owned a smartphone. People not only use their phones to surf the web and communicate with friends, but are conducting business that just a few years ago was reserved for notebooks and desktop computers. It is now more important than ever for businesses to optimize their websites for mobile technology.

While creating a mobile version of your website is a good start, an app is the most comprehensive way to ensure maximum exposure to potential customers. An app moves faster than a mobile website and can sync with other features on the phone. The problem is that most small business owners don’t have the technological wherewithal to code an app themselves. It isn’t as difficult as one might imagine, but also not as simple as printing business cards online. The following will help steer you in the right direction.

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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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