WKW 11: Nellie Akalp Sold Her Company to Intuit and Then Founded CorpNet
Nellie Akalp is the co-founder of CorpNet, an online legal document filing service that helps entrepreneurs incorporate their businesses. She founded CorpNet.com in July of 2009 and it is her second document filing company. She is a mother of four, as well as a jack-of-all-trades businesswoman. She loves helping entrepreneurs and small businesses.
As a mother of four, Nellie takes one day at a time and emphasizes the importance of going with the flow. She is very organized and finds that it is the key to not only getting through her day but also to staying in business. Nellie’s organization tips: 1. Start your day with a routine. 2. Take care of things such as emails and paperwork immediately. 3. Leave with a clean desk and an empty inbox. 4. Make a to-do list for the day.
Brief history of CorpNet
After Nellie graduated from law school, Nellie and her husband launched an online legal filing service to help entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses incorporate, form LLC’s and start their businesses. In 2005, she sold her first company and received enough cash to retire. However, after her non-compete agreement was up she decided to start all over and create another online legal document filing service company. Because Nellie loves helping people make their business dreams become a reality, retirement wasn’t an option for her.
“There is plenty of business to go around for everybody.”
Nellie actually did not enjoy her CorpNet business at the beginning, but for her the key was to react and make changes quickly. Conflicts between team members were draining her, and she made the decision to change the dynamics of her team. She emphasizes the importance of spending your time doing the tasks you love to do, and delegate the tasks that you do not enjoy to other people who enjoy doing those things.
Nellie’s husband and business partner Phil is her greatest supporter as well as her greatest critic. He pushes her to pursue her interests and continue to improve in every area.
Nellie’s Book recommendations
Tips to find a job that you love
Find what you’re passionate about and then ask yourself whether you would enter into that business if you would work for free. Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant. Success flows from passion. You make your own successes and failures.
What she’s working on today: Nellie has developed the CorpNet BIZ business information zone, which allows businesses to store corporate documents in the cloud and sends compliance alters when information needs to be filed or updated.
How to get in touch with Nellie