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Developing a Strategy: The Business Plan A little red tape never hurt anybody, but after you’ve wrapped up your corporate bylaws, your business entity and all the other business startup nuts and bolts, you’re probably itching to get back into the fun stuff. A business plan is more than just words on paper. It’s a way... View
Protect Your Secrets: The Non-Disclosure Agreement Businesses are founded on ideas. And considering the competitive nature of entrepreneurs-- and the business world in general--ideas can be more valuable than money. For this reason, you might want to think about a non-disclosure agreement or NDA. This legal form helps keep your business’s... View
Keeping Records: Why You Need Corporate Minutes As any business owner knows, it’s always good to have stuff down in writing. And in some cases, the law requires it. As your business starts rolling, the state asks that you hold regular meetings for directors and shareholders. Whatever official actions are taken or decided upon at these... View
Managing Expectations: The Employment Agreement Whether you have one employee or 1,000, people make your business run. If they’re not working behind the scenes to keep the process flowing, they’re out in the field engaging with customers as the face and heart of your company. An employment agreement protects everyone--the employee... View
Drafting a Will: Estate Planning for Small Business Owners If you own a business, there’s a good chance it’s one of your most valuable assets--if not the most valuable. Not just a major source of income, your business is also the culmination of a dream and in some cases the livelihood of others. For this reason, it makes good sense to put... View
Opening Shop: Commercial Real Estate Leases Location is everything, as they say in the world of business. Whether your company provides services, sells products or receives clients, your commercial property--even if it’s simply a desk, a watercolor painting and a plant--is where you draw your inspiration and energy, in addition to... View
Protecting an Idea Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains how and why business ideas may or may not be able to be protected. View
Business Contract Rules Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains what makes a business contract valid and gives tips for entering into one correctly. View
How to Avoid Being a Chargeback Chump Merchant account chargebacks are a dreaded event for any business that accepts credit or debit cards. Chargebacks are basically transactions that are disputed by cardholders, resulting in a reversal of original amount that was credited to your business. They are expensive, time consuming, subject... View