Do You Need to Purchase Registered Agent Service for Your Business?

Registered Agent services aren’t cheap. Many companies charge $100-125 per year to act as your agent. So it’s important for you to know 1. Do you need a Registered Agent and 2. Should you pay for one.

What is a Registered Agent

Every state requires that an LLC organized under its laws have a registered (or resident, in some states) agent at a physical location within the state. The purpose is for the government to be able to deliver official documents to the LLC. The most likely documents are tax forms and notice of lawsuits.

Basically, the Registered Agent is the place and person within the State’s physical jurisdiction on whom service of process can be done. The State wants a physical person and place within their borders whom they can go to with taxes and lawsuits.

If you are forming an LLC in the state where your business operates, you can simply use your business office address. In this case, you are your own Registered Agent. This is the most common arrangement. Even if you operate your business out of your home, you can use you home address for official service.

When do you need to pay for a Registered Agent service?

If you don’t have a physical location in the state where you formed your LLC, then you’ll need to appoint a registered/resident agent within that state to receive official documents.

Example: You live in Missouri, but you formed your LLC in Nevada (there’ll be another post later about why this may or may not be a good idea). Nevada is going to want a registered agent that is located in Nevada to be able to serve with official papers–a.k.a. lawsuits and tax notices (while Nevada has no state income tax, they do have business taxes, for example on gambling). If you don’t have a house or office in Nevada to receive these papers, you’ll need to hire someone who does to accept these papers on your behalf. This person is a registered agent.

Many incorporation companies will, for a fee, act as your registered or resident agent.

Small Business Debt Collection

Debt collection is important for all businesses, but it is much more important for small businesses.  A large business or corporation can better weather the ups and downs of economic cycles, because they have more financing options.  A small business on the other hand may not have as many options and one bad debt can send the company into bankruptcy.

It is extremely important that small businesses have an action plan for debt collection.  Without a written out plan, you are gambling with your business and its ability to stay out of bankruptcy.  Many businesses could have foregone bankruptcy during the financial crisis with a proper plan of action.

How do you decide what is the proper plan of action for collecting your old accounts receivables?  When is the time to start collecting and stop extending the terms?  This can depend on what type of business you have, but a general rule of thumb is the earlier you start, the better your chances of collecting the debt.  Take a look at the chart below to see the chances of collecting versus the age of the debt.

As you can see, the earlier you are to act, the better your chances for collecting the account.  The crucial time for debt collection is at 90 days past due.  The percentages drop by almost 25% and the debt becomes very hard to collect.

You should do all you can as a company to collect the debt before the 90 day mark, but make sure to turn the debt over for collections before the 90 day mark.  This will allow the collection agency to do their research and act on the debt before it gets to the 6 month time period.  It is very difficult to collect a debt if it goes past 6 months.  Most collection agencies will not waste their time with a debt this old.  It is hard for a collection agency to stay in business, because the odds of collecting are so low.

I wish you well in your small business affairs and I hope that you are able to collect all of your bad debts.  If there is one thing that you take from this article, make sure you act sooner than later, your business success might depend on it.

Why Soccer (Football) Live Betting is Such a Profitable Business

Sports betting is increasingly becoming an emerging online business. Billions of $$$ are wagered on every match day. Live telecast of matches further intensify the excitement.

Bookmakers’ statistics revealed that soccer betting is the most popular among sports betting. Soccer is the most watched, most played and the highest grossing sport on the planet.

Why Soccer Is The King Of All Sports

Soccer is the King of all sports because it is a simple game so easily understood.

It is No. 1 because it is a sport that can stir up so much passion.

Each game is loaded with suspense… fantastic or reckless finishes, players pushing their human bodies to the limit or playing like zombies. This cocktail of emotions can be experienced in every match – the sickening feeling in the stomach, the anger, the joy, the elation. Its pure entertainment, and it makes the adrenaline flows faster and more intense.

At its best soccer is considered magic, that is why names like Maradona and Pele resonate across the world.

Soccer carries the largest fan base in the world of sports. More and more games are being televised live which means more games are offered for live betting than in any other sports niche.

The Internet and live telecasting of soccer matches have made soccer live betting immensely popular. (*Live betting is also known as in-running betting, in-play betting, in-game betting and running ball).

There is a wide variety of live bets available for punting such as Asian Handicap betting, full time score, half time score, full time over/under, half time over/under, number of corners full time, number of corners half time, etc.

The Odds Tell A Story

Many savvy punters now recognize the main difference between live bets and normal bets. Before the introduction of live betting, punters used past data and analysis to determine their bets. But with live bets, punters can now know how the match unfolds as the odds tell a story. The movement of the odds is an indication of the performance of the teams playing at that time.

Bookmakers adjust the odds by minutes or even seconds according to the level of play of the teams. So the odds movements tell the “scenario” from the bookmakers’ point of view which cannot be far off.

From the odds changes, the punter must be able to identify the odds indicators on the exact time to bet, and also the time to exit the bet, that is, to cut loss when necessary to limit the financial damage.

The ability to ‘decode the odds and read the game’ is the recipe for live betting success.

Profitable Live Bets On Every Match Day

In every match, there are numerous punting opportunities. There are profitable live bets to be made in the first 20 minutes of play, during the course of the game, and the last 10 minutes of the match. You do not need complex technical analysis to find them and profit from them. The key lies in the ability to identify them and profit from these opportunities.

In card games, if you want to win, you have to win the game. But the beauty of soccer live betting is you can still WIN if you have betted on the losing team.

In live betting, the odds indicators are profit opportunities. But the punter must know how to spot them to take profitable actions. It’s all about timing.

Have A Slice Of The Lucrative Soccer Live Betting Pie

Soccer live betting is absolutely insane right now! There’s never been a better time for punters to get in on the live betting bandwagon and have a slice of the lucrative soccer live betting pie.

Think about how many games are being played on every match day during the soccer season. That’s plenty of games begging for your action.

If you have never engaged in soccer live betting experience, you really don’t know what you have been missing.

Betting is a Business – Gambling is For Idiots!

My question to you today is, how much profit are you really making from gambling? (And please be brutally honest with yourself when answering that question!)

I hope you are winning! If you are then well done to you, as that surely is the goal for most people, but even if you are a rare winning gambler, are you making as much as you could? However if you’re not a winner then don’t worry as your not alone. In fact you’re in very good company, as an amazing 98% of gamblers lose money long term.

So assuming you are not winning, do you know why?

Well I’m going to hazard a guess the reasons are something like this;

a) Betting in the wrong types of races,

b) Blindly backing favourites (especially odds on shots)

c) No sense of money management,

d) Undisciplined approach

e) Chasing losses

f) Maintaining a ‘gamblers mentality’.

However if 98% of people are losing money it stands to reason that 2% must be winning, so who are these elite 2% and what is it that they do differently to the majority?

Well the elite 2% are the professionals and semi-professionals like me and we approach betting as a business. The betting industry like to call us ‘professional gamblers’ but lets just make one thing absolutely clear here, one thing we are NOT are gamblers and this description couldn’t be further from the truth – we don’t bet for fun, or for the sake or thrill of it. We bet for one reason and one reason alone – TO MAKE A PROFIT!

I’ve said this many times before and I’m going to say it again – ‘Betting is a business and gambling is for idiots’ – So let me try and explain the difference between betting and gambling.

As I have already stated I am a professional and as such I am in the business of betting for only one reason – to secure slow and steady long term profitability. To achieve this outcome betting professionally has to be BORING and MUNDANE, from a psychological point of view the result of just one race becomes almost irrelevant to me, as in the long term I know I will make a profit from my betting strategies.

The point of running any business is to make a profit and to achieve this outcome I need the following three elements to work in my favour:

a) A betting bank,

b) A staking plan

c) A betting strategy which will deliver profits over the long term.

The betting bank needs to be big enough relative to my stake size to withstand the inevitable losing runs. It is also important that psychologically the betting stakes are well within my betting comfort zone, meaning that my pulse is never racing either before during or after a bet.

The moment your pulse starts to race should immediately alert you to the fact that you have stopped betting and are instead gambling, something has gone wrong with your strategy and you have become either uncomfortable with the size of your stake or have lost confidence in your chosen betting strategy. The inevitable result of this will be a breakdown of discipline and a desire to start chasing your losses, which is something I NEVER do. When I have a poor day then my attitude is always the same ‘cest la vie’, there will always another day.

I have many diverse and varied betting strategies within my betting portfolio but for the purposes of this exercise let me use my ‘Hughie’ Place Betting Strategy as an example of the above philosophy in action.

‘Hughie’ Place Betting Strategy

Here are the Hughie results for the six months to 01 June 2009. (I could use any 6 month period from over the past 9 years, in fact some previous half yearly figures would show higher profits. But these are the latest figures and emphasise the points I am trying to make.

The results are based on a betting bank of £400 and the stakes being used are as follows £2, £4, £8 and £12

Oct 1 + 77.63

Nov 1 +129.90

Dec 1 + 14.34

Jan 1 +179.83

Feb 1 +116.37

Mar 1 +169.58

Apr 1 – 3.62

May 1 + 13.81

Jun 1 + 77.78

The first thing you will notice is the relatively small and ‘boring’ size of the stakes I am using in relation to the size of the betting bank. By staking such a small percentage of the betting bank on the ‘Hughies’ takes all the stress away instantly, as the bank is never in any danger of going bust and the stake size is always well inside my betting comfort zone. Some of my members bet the ‘Hughies’ to much bigger stakes, however if the stakes are doubled or trebled then so must the bank.

As you can see you could comfortably follow this particular betting strategy to the advised stakes and at betfair sp safe in the knowledge that win, lose or draw over a long term period of say 6 months you would be comfortably in profit. You wouldn’t need to watch any races biting your finger nails praying that a particular horse hung on for a place, because you would be confident that the strategy works and one or two horses not placing wouldn’t make one jot of difference to the ability of the strategy to deliver a long term profit.

I keep using the phrase ‘long term’ because it is essential that you understand that it takes this long-term approach in order to succeed with any betting strategy. Just have another look at the ‘Hughie’ results above and you will clearly see that the months of March and April were not good months for the ‘Hughies’. At the time I remember saying regularly in my daily column that it was probably down to the transitional period of switching codes from the ‘jumps’ to the ‘flat’. For me though that’s just part and parcel of any strategy – we will have these bumps but will come away unscathed as all that matters is to maintain a long term strategy. The plan works, as it doesn’t require me to either lose faith or panic. That said any member who joined in March or April and followed my advice to concentrate on the ‘Hughies’ would have been pretty downhearted by the end of April as it would appear to them that the ‘Hughies’ are a poor bet. However any member joining last December enjoyed a terrific run and would have had a totally different opinion of both ‘place betting’ and me.

I think this point clearly demonstrates the importance of taking a long-term view of any betting strategy (12 months minimum I would argue)

Anyway this example of how safe, slow, steady, boring but consistent profits are generated month after month after month is just one aspect of a strategic and professional betting approach and hopefully demonstrates the difference between the excitement of gambling which is for thrill seekers and the boredom of betting which is my business.

Illegal Sports Gambling Is Big Business! Will It Finally Become Legal? Supreme Court to Decide

No matter what sports season we’re in, you probably have a favorite sport you relish following. Maybe March madness college basketball, the NFL, baseball, hockey, golf, or soccer. Perhaps you would like to make a little bet, but many sports fans in the United States are leery of the legitimacy and legality of internet gambling. If you live in the United States, your legal sports betting options at brick and mortar casinos are limited to Nevada, and to some degree at Delaware racetracks.

The Supreme Court has heard arguments on a New Jersey challenge which would permit sports gambling at its casinos and racetracks. If the court rules in favor of New Jersey, Gaming experts predict that most states will jump on the bandwagon to legalization, in order to fill state coffers with tax revenue.

If you’re unfamiliar with the particulars of how to bet on sports, the following describes how it all works:

Sports Betting Jargon

Before we get into the specifics, here’s a little jargon explanation to help you understand the process:

  • Action – A term for all the betting activity that happens during an event.
  • Handle – The total amount of money wagered on events.
  • Spread – Giving one of the two teams points to even out the betting action.
  • Sports Books – Establishments that take bets on sporting events.
  • Juice – A percentage of the win taken from a bettor that won an even money bet. Sometimes called the vig, which is short for vigorish.

Types of Bets

There are many different types of bets. By far, football draws the most action with the biggest handle. The Super Bowl alone draws over $100 million in legal betting activity, and over three billion (that’s billion with a B!) illegal wagers. Now you see why states want a piece of the action.

  • Even Money Bets – Players betting on only one team to beat another. The sports book takes the juice/vig from the winning payout amount. A common vig is $11 for $10. (Bettor wages $11, wins $10.) House keeps $1. Most bets will have a point spread (line). If the player is picking the underdog, S/he will take points. If the bettor is picking the favorite, S/he is laying (giving) points.
  • Parlay Bets – Betting on multiple (two or more) teams to win. Here’s a scenario on a point spread ticket. Let’s assume that on event #1, Tampa Bay is playing at Green Bay with GB favored to win by at least 3 points. In event #2, Buffalo is playing at Miami and BUF is expected to win by at least 7 points. Your game ticket would look something like this:

Event Visitor Vs Home

1. TB GB. -3

2 BUF. -7 MIA

This means that if you bet on GB they must win by more than 3 points. A bet on BUF would require them to win by more than 7 points. By choosing the favorites you are laying (giving) points. If you were to put your money on GB and MIA, you would be taking (receiving) the points.

One way to eliminate confusion is to jot down a spread score before the games start. for example on this ticket:

The score before the game starts is:

  1. TB 3 GB 0
  2. MIA 7 BUF 0

When the games are over just give the points to the underdogs. In most jurisdictions, ties lose for the player. In other jurisdictions the prize payout for one tie is reduced to the next lowest payout factor. A common play in casinos is a four team pick for 10X the bet.Bet $10, win $100, but you can wager from two to twelve games. The more games you play, the higher the winning payouts.

  • Over/Under – One scenario is betting that the final score ill be over or under a certain number a preset number.
  • Prop Bets – A proposition bet is where you predict the outcome of a preset number of props on a single ticket. Example: Total field goals over/under 4. Total interceptions over/under 3. Total sacks over/under 2. Total receiving yards, total yards, and the list goes on and on.

If you visit Vegas or other jurisdictions that permit sports gambling, Good Luck!

How To Start Your Own Online Casino and Poker Gaming Business

Did you know that online gambling business is currently one of the fastest growing business categories in the world? The popularity of online gaming is increasing rapidly and this year has seen significant growth in Europe and Asia. In China and Malaysia, there are twice as many online gamers as there are Internet shoppers. Around 43% of Chinese Internet users play games online, while just 16% report that they shop online.

Revenues in online gaming business rose from only $800 million to over $2 billion in 1999! By year 2010, it is estimated that online gambling industry will top over $16 billion in revenues! London-based Merrill Lynch analyst Andrew Burnett says online gambling could generate more than $150 billion in revenues by 2015.

Until recently small entrepreneurs had no chance of getting into the gambling industry, because of huge capital investments, gaming license acquisitions and legal red tape. The internet eliminated all the obstacles. You can now own and promote your own online casino, sportsbook and multiplayer poker room gaming business and generate revenues you’ve only dreamt about.

There are 3 ways to start an online gaming business:

1) Most Expensive – Design and implement all gambling software for an online casino, sportsbook and multiplayer poker room which could cost you millions of US Dollars. You will also need to obtain a gaming license to run your online gaming business, which requires approval from most governments. However, you will have full control of your gambling site, and full knowledge of the source code of your gambling software. In addition, no royalties are paid out to a gambling software development company.

2) Average – Become a Licensee of an Online Gambling Software Provider. This is a far less expensive option to start an online gambling business and you will receive all the gambling software and sometimes even the equipment necessary. It is also the most popular option for both licensed land-based establishments as well as entrepreneurs. Costs range from $30,000 to $350,000. The average licensing fees are around $150,000 (this usually includes marketing costs). In most cases a royalty is paid to the gambling software provider as a percentage of the monthly “take” or “drop” (gross profit). Usually the gambling software provider has payment processing (merchant account providers) already set up for a fully turnkey operation.

3) Most Affordable – Become a Sublicensee of an existing Licensee. This is the least expensive option to start an online gambling business. Costs range from $5,000 to $60,000. The sublicensee is responsible for all the marketing and receives a smaller percentage than a full licensee (2), because royalties paid to the licensee are much higher.

To legally operate online gambling businesses, online casino and poker room owners turn to sovereign governments in countries that permit online gambling and duly issue licenses for gambling operations. The casinos and poker rooms are registered as offshore gambling operations and in turn, the respective countries gain significant licensing fees and tax-generated revenues.

As Internet use spreads across the globe, online gambling business will continue to be one of most profitable online business opportunities of the 21st century.