Mentoring, Business Services

Get Advice On Starting a Startup

Kirkland, WA
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About Melissa

I am originally from Santa Cruz, CA and moved up to the Seattle area about five years ago. I love helping connect people to the resources they need to get ahead and I also have a weird obsession with paperwork and handling bureaucracy. I am a mom to five amazing sons and a wife to a wonderful husband. Lastly, I am vegan and a business owner and it is my mission to help as many people and animals as I possibly can! BLOG: FACEBOOK: LINKEDIN: TWITTER:

About this service

Ever wanted to start your own company but don't know where to start? In the last two years, I have gone from just an idea to incorporating, building a team, and bootstrapping my way to a functional website/product. There were many things that I struggled with and I'd love to help someone else learn from my experience! This service is perfect for a beginner as I am only two years in myself. Below is a list of the things I have done that I may be able to shed some light onto:

-Incorporating in both California and Delaware

-Registering my business locally with the state of WA and the city of Kirkland

-Filing corporate income taxes

-Issuing stock to myself

-Filing form 83(b) to reduce the amount I may owe in taxes once my stock becomes valuable

-Hiring, firing, interviewing interns, contractors, and employees

-Getting a work permit set up so that I can hire minors

-User experience interviewing that led to informed product development

-Writing small amounts of code (HTML, CSS)

-Getting business email addresses and phone lines set up

-Finding affordable office/co-working space

-Figuring out "who's who" in the Seattle startup scene

-Knowing which panels and meetings are worth your time

-How to get connected to the various angel investor groups in Seattle

Additional details
  Price: $15.00
  Helper is available: Flexible
  Duration of this service: Up to 1 hour(s).
   Accepted payment in points: 100%
This helper is able to travel up to 20 miles from 98033
This service is virtual and can be performed remotely and anywhere.

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Megan R
I was very happy and satisfied with the business advice that Melissa had given us on and the business aspects on getting our startup up and running. She thoroughly answered all of our questions and concerns appropriately and to the best of her knowledge, thank you so much Melissa, it was a wonderful and informational meeting. :)