This post includes our comprehensive starting a business checklist for you to follow as you launch your startup.  It includes the various steps you should take to protect your assets and income when launching a startup, how to streamline your record keeping and to organize your new responsibilities as a business owner in the first year.  We

Starting a Business Checklist

In this post we will be addressing how to protect your business name and whether filing for a DBA, registering a trademark or copyright, creating a URL, filing a patent application, and registering your business in your state of operation is appropriate, and most importantly why. Understanding the differences between the various methods used to protect your

DBAs, Trademarks & Other Tools To Help You Protect Your Business

A business entity is the separate legal business structure under which a business operates which is distinct from the individual or individuals who own the business. In the eyes of the law, a business entity exists in isolation from its owners.  This offers its owners the ability to separate and protect their individual, personal assets and income

Choose the Best Business Entity for your New Business

Everyone in business understands how important branding is for the success of your company. Originally, branding meant a way to tell one person’s cattle from another’s.   Nowadays, a brand defines the identity, or the personality of a product, a company, a service, or even an individual.  Businesses want to make their brand something that becomes familiar to

When Does a Descriptive Mark Supplemental Registration Improve Branding?

Business debt and equity are central to the operations of any company. The amount of debt and equity a business carries has a major impact on how the business operates, and on how it is positioned for success. Business capital is the money a company uses to purchase assets, maintain operations, and grow (learn about the differences

Business Capital Structure

Understanding the differences between a sole proprietorship and an LLC (Limited Liability Company) is essential for any business owner – but especially important for a business owner trying to decide the best structure for their startup. Understanding the pros and cons of a sole proprietorship versus a Single Member LLC can be confusing, so we’ve created a

Sole Proprietorship vs LLC

Your business’s corporate structure will significantly impact a number of issues – including exposure to liability, financing and growth, the number of shareholders, the rate and manner in which you and your business are taxed, and general business operations.  The LLC vs S Corp comparison can be confusing to many.  We want to simplify it for you.

LLC vs S Corp

Protect Business Intellectual Property when you start your business and as you are growing your business! Learn about DBAs, patents, trademarks, copyrights and more in our business intellectual property infographic. Protecting the IP you develop in your business is one of the best ways to reduce the risks associated with selling your business.  Savvy business buyers will

How to Protect Your Business Intellectual Property [Infographic]

The effective annual rate – also called the effective interest rate, the effective rate, or the annual equivalent rate – describes the amount of interest paid or earned on an investment or loan as the result of compounding over the period of a year or some annual timeframe.   Typically, the interest given for an investment or

Effective Annual Rate

A lifestyle business is created and typically operated by its founder to serve the purpose of sustaining a particular level of income, and no more. Often founded by an individual, lifestyle businesses creates a foundation for enjoying a particular lifestyle, bringing in just enough revenue to meet the owner’s personal needs. Today, lifestyle businesses are becoming more

Lifestyle Business