Nellie Akalp

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Nellie Akalp is an entrepreneur, business expert, speaker, author, wife, and mother to four. Her first business was started with $100 and sold eight years later for $20 million. Today she is the founder and CEO of, an online legal document filing service, where she helps entrepreneurs incorporate, form LLCs, file DBAs and keep their businesses in compliance. Akalp is nationally recognized as one of the most prominent experts on small business legal matters, contributing frequently to outlets like Entrepreneur, Mashable, The Huffington Post and more. Through her public speaking, media appearances, and frequent blogging, she has developed a strong following within the small business community. Nellie has been named a Top 100 Small Business Influencer by Small Business Trends the last five years and has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies in America in 2015 and 2016.
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Legal Questions: Where to start when launching a business

Choosing the Right Business Structure, Where to Launch, & Other Legal Questions Starting a business creates a lot of questions for you as the owner. What should you sell? Who are your customers? Will this even work? But there are other essential questions that you need to find answers to before you even open your...
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Business Partner: Do You Really Need One?

The right (or wrong) business partner can make (or break) a business This time of year always brings a lot of talk about dating, relationships, and meeting that special someone. But a relationship with the right business partner can be just as meaningful, if not more so. If you have a good business idea, you...
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Incorporating a Business

Things you should know about incorporating a business Do you plan to incorporate your business this year? There are plenty of reasons you should, including protection of your personal assets. But here are five things you likely don’t know about incorporating a business that you should know. 1. You Don’t Need a Lawyer Don’t be...
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8 Things I’m Thankful for as a Business Owner

Being Thankful as a Business Owner As an entrepreneur, there’s quite a lot to be thankful for, if you think about it. Sure, sometimes you’d rather bury your head under a pillow than wake up and deal with the problems that lie ahead at your company, but in the end, it’s worth it. Here are...
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10 Things to Consider When Starting Your Own Business

10 Things to Consider When Starting Your Own Business It’s time to stop talking about starting a business and begin to do it! Now, don’t get me wrong: starting a business is challenging, and requires plenty of work. But with a little organization and planning, as well as the following list, you’ll be off on...
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7 Mistakes To Avoid & Help Your Business Grow

Let’s face it: none of us are perfect. While we might have been smart enough to start a business, that doesn’t make us immune to making mistakes. But I always say, mistakes are in the eye of the beholder. You can hang your head in shame every time you make an error, or you can...
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4 New Sales Realities After the Recession

The  financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession that followed have  created a “new normal” in the U.S. economy. In addition to the  widespread de-leveraging in the consumer economy, B2B sales  professionals are facing a new reality of selling to businesses as  well. Businesses are more cost-sensitive than ever before, and  procurement managers are...
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What Your Business Could Learn from American Idol

You know dawg...I'm a HUGE fan of American Idol. And judging from its weekly Nielsen ratings, I'm not alone (although I know not everyone likes to admit it). I love the amazing voices. I love the amazing stories. I'm not always a fan of the heartbreaking rejection, but I know it’s a part of the...
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Avoid the Top 4 Startup Mistakes When Incorporating

During the initial months of the year, savvy entrepreneurs rush to incorporate their businesses. And with good reason, a corporation or LLC is essential to protecting one's personal assets from any liability of the company. After all, if you're sued as a sole proprietor or partnership, you're sued personally - and that puts your personal...