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Legally Terminating Employees

Most small business owners will occasionally have to face the unpleasant task of firing an employee. Small businesses rely heavily on each employee. An underperforming employee may not only lower the morale of other employees who have to pick up the slack, but may also jeopardize the success of [...]

By |2019-06-17T22:14:48-07:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment|Tags: , |0 Comments

Does Your Small Business Need a Social Media Policy?

According to 2018 data provided by SCORE, the largest provider of volunteer business mentors in the United States, 77% of U.S. small businesses use social media for their sales, marketing, and customer service. If you plan to usesocial media to promote your business, a social media policy is essential [...]

Steps to Protect Your Small Business from Non-Paying Customers

Unfortunately, most businesses must deal with non-paying customers at least occasionally. You can safeguard the time and money you have invested in your small business by taking several steps, both to lessen the likelihood of nonpayment and to obtain the amount owed once a customer has failed to make [...]

By |2019-06-18T08:12:39-07:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Contracts|Tags: , |0 Comments

8 Important Provisions Small Businesses Should Include in Commercial Leases

Are you considering leasing office or retail space for your small business? Your lease can have a huge impact on whether your business succeeds or fails. Several important provisions should be considered before you sign on the dotted line. Leases of a certain duration (usually one to three years, [...]

By |2019-06-17T19:57:54-07:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Contracts|Tags: , |0 Comments

Business Insurance: Protecting Your Business from Unexpected Losses

As a small business owner, you have invested large amounts of time and money to make your business a success. Business insurance protects this investment if unexpected damage to property occurs or lawsuits, which could otherwise devastate to your business. There are many types of insurance available depending upon [...]

What Counts as “Hours Worked” Under the Fair Labor Standards Act?

If your small business has non-exempt employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), you must pay those employees under its minimum wage and overtime requirements for all “hours worked.” This may seem like a simple requirement, but figuring out what is considered “hours worked” may be more [...]

The Personal Guarantee: 5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Reduce Their Liability

Small businesses make a huge contribution to the U.S. economy. Nevertheless, starting a new business is risky. Lenders view loans to small businesses, particularly start-ups, as among the riskiest they make, particularly when there is little or no credit history or business revenue on which to base their decision. [...]

By |2019-05-07T12:14:57-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Contracts|Tags: |0 Comments

Independent Contractor or Employee: It’s Very Easy to Cross the Line

Many businesses prefer to hire independent contractors because there’s often less overhead and fewer expenses (i.e. taxes). However, classify an employee as an independent contractor and you’re in big trouble. Here’s how to legally differentiate between the two. Who Controls the Worker?  This question is not always easy to [...]

By |2019-05-05T20:41:22-07:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment, Governments|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why Not Just Go on NoloⓇ and Create Your Own Estate Planning Documents Cheaply?

There are many software programs, and websites, that sell do-it-yourself estate planning documents. These websites and form tools seem to offer a convenient and cost-effective alternative to consulting with an estate planning attorney. But do they really meet your needs and protect your family? Is online, do-it-yourself estate planning [...]

By |2019-05-05T20:55:11-07:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning, Taxes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Are your LLC Interests Actually Securities?

Securities law is a complex minefield that terrifies even the most seasoned lawyers. As a small business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure you’re complying with all the securities laws, both federal and state, that may apply to your business. Most people think that only corporate stock [...]