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Steps to creating a successful startup venture

Almost anyone can start a company in California. The first step in creating a successful venture is to come up with an idea that works. Usually, this happens by creating a unique solution to a problem that consumers can latch onto. It is important to understand that the idea only has to be better than what currently exists.

Signed term sheet a good sign, not a guarantee

For entrepreneurs and business owners in California, securing a term sheet is a major step in the fundraising process. Once the term sheet is in hand, potential investors may speed up their evaluation processes and the next stages of the deal are set in motion. Following the receipt of the term sheet, legal review and due diligence can begin in earnest.

Issues that cause VCs to say no to funding start-up companies

The entrepreneurial ambitions of business people in California often depend on venture capitalists and VC firms investing in start-up companies. Entrepreneurs typically strive to make their best cases when asking for money, but their efforts might be sabotaged by overlooked issues or even rivalries among VCs that are beyond their control.

Some businesses may change structure after tax reforms

As California businesses grow after their formation, they may find that they want to change their type of corporate registration. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, made it a profitable choice for many S corporations to become C corporations instead. The tax reform bill cut the highest tax rate for C corporations from 35 to 21 percent. In addition, pass-through businesses like S corporations also received a limited 20 percent tax deduction. In order to change from an S corporation to a C corporation, a majority of shareholders must consent to the change.

Online presence still important for small businesses

When people in California go into business for themselves, they may be so focused on improving their product that they do not want to focus on keeping up a social media presence. Many people are starting new enterprises, especially as a Wells Fargo and Gallup poll revealed that optimism among small businesses is the highest it has been in 15 years. Indeed, 78 percent of small business owners said that their financial situations are good, and 69 percent said that their cash flow was positive in 2017. Another 77 percent also expected positive results in the coming year.

Founder of LLC University outlines basics of company formation

Entrepreneurs in California need to establish a business entity, often a limited liability company, to separate business operations from their personal finances. To aid people confronted by this process, one web designer built the website LLC University. The online resource guides people through the process of forming an LLC, and the founder has explained the general steps for company formation.

Forming a new business in California

When California entrepreneurs are thinking about starting a business, the formation process can be particularly important for its future success. For example, you could create a corporation, a partnership, or a limited liability company, depending on the particular needs of your business and the structure that will be put in place. It can be critical to understand exactly what each of these choices can mean for your business and its operations.

Using social media to raise venture capital

For determined entrepreneurs in California searching for business startup funding, the traditional ways of securing venture capital have proven difficult to say the least. Fortunately, social media platforms have emerged as a viable solution to those looking for funding and those looking to invest. However, finding money to support the next big idea in business is not as simple as making a post every now and then. Based on a study by the Wharton School of Business, there is a science to using social media to attract the right investor for a business opportunity.

Why some cloud startup founders are competing against tech giants

Anyone in California looking to carve their own niche among businesses based on remote storage capabilities in the cloud is going to find a lot of competition from some big and well-established names. However, some enterprising startup founders, like those who were in attendance at an annual cloud tech gathering, are convinced there is room for newcomers in this crowded space. In fact, three of the speakers at this event shared stories about their own successes with cloud-based enterprises.

Differences between startups and small businesses

Entrepreneurs and business owners in California might use the terms small business and startup interchangeably, but there are some key differences between the two. Startups differ from traditional businesses in how they think about growth, how they are funded and how they plan to exit the business. According to a co-founder of business seed accelerator Y Combinator, the difference between small business ventures and startups is that startups are designed to scale.

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