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Business Formation – The Bigger Picture of Business Location Decisions

In my previous business formation article, I discussed a Thumbtack Survey on the best States for a small business. Today I would like to follow up on that theme of business location decisions with another look at what makes one State more or less attractive than other States to business owners. I would like to first discuss a report from the Manhattan Institute concerning the Great California … [Read more...]

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Business Formation – Best States for a Small Business

A question that I often get from current or potential small business owners is "What are the best States for a Small Business?" This question is often asked with two focuses in mind - financial/accounting (tax and fee expenses and friendliness to small businesses), and legal reasons. To the legal reasons and risks of setting up your business in one State over another, I will defer to the lawyers … [Read more...]

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Business Formation – Choosing a Business Entity

In the process of going through your Business Plan, you will need to begin thinking through how you want your business set up and what business entity you will be using. This post is designed to give you an overview of choosing a business entity that is right for your business. This is not specific advice that I recommend you going forward with without first consulting an accountant, lawyer, or … [Read more...]

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Before Payroll Part 4: Employee Payroll Documents

Last week I helped you get your payroll account applications set up for your business. Today I want to review the employee payroll documents you will need to have your employees fill out in order to process payroll correctly and be in compliance with regulations. The forms that you are required to keep on file are the IRS W-4 Form, the USCIS I-9 Form, and State W-4 Form. Optional documents that … [Read more...]

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Before Payroll Part 3: Payroll Account Applications

Last week I talked about considering the cost of an employee before you begin payroll. If you didn't quite catch everything in that post, don't worry because the first time you file a quarterly payroll tax return you will understand. This week I am getting beyond trying to work without employees and am assuming from here forward that you are going to or have begun paying employees. Today I will … [Read more...]

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The Schedule

Hello Again! So I have had 1 week of introduction, but now its time to get down to the sum of business... got to love a good double entendre... ok, here we go: My plan for building content and creating a framework of information to help you build and manage your business from the ground up will include 1 topic on each of the 5 days a week I will be posting. The topics each day will be as … [Read more...]

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