Got a call from a non-business-lawyer colleague about a potential referral.  It went something like this: “Do you handle business formation issues?” he asked. “Sure,” I replied, “Corporations, LLCs–what’s the issue?” “Do you do more than just the buy-sell stuff?” he asked, this time more hesitantly. “What do you mean?” I asked, starting to woder […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 17, 2019

Life Outside Your Sweet Spot Ain’t So Sweet

How many times do you need to hit yourself in the head with a hammer before you get the lesson? Over the years, it took me several times (with different types of hammers) to learn to identify my niche market (“sweet spot”) and stick with it. I remember a landlord/tenant matter that my then-law partner […]

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by on January 14, 2019

Hiring without the Headaches

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Even small businesses need a hiring process. Making the leap from business owner to employer takes a combination of faith, a strong stomach and smart planning. After all, once you decide to become an employer, you agree to take on a bushel of issues above and beyond just paying a regular salary. There are taxes […]

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Ready to chase your dreams of being an entrepreneur? Yes, I mean you. Why not you? Listen in to this lively and informative interview of Robert Tuchman, author of YOUNG GUNS: The Fearless Entrepreneur’s Guide to Chasing Your Dreams and Breaking Out on Your Own. Robert talks about why the theme of “why not you?” […]

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by on January 5, 2019

A Little Levity

I’ve seen this joke in many guises.  There’s the information technology specialist and the businessman; the politician and the scientist.  Here’s one for lawyer and client (and, yeah, they were all written as “he”). Enjoy! “Business Partners” A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 2, 2019

Do you want to Hangout … or hang yourself? [VIDEO]

The clock is ticking … I have to be on a Google® hangout call in 30 minutes. Here’s the problem: every time I try to either host or participate in a hangout, I run into technical snafus. I’m stressed beyond belief, not just because I can’t figure out how to get onto the damn call […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 30, 2018

Should you invest in your dopey nephew’s business?

Ever been hit up to invest in a friend’s or family member’s business? Is it wise to do so—given that you know them so well? What steps should you take when asked to invest (or lend money for) a loved one’s business? Tune in to Wall Street Journal Radio, where I sit down with Veronica […]

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by on December 27, 2018

Basic Training: About Presidents

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In light of this week’s national “activities,” here’s a question about presidents–of corporations, that is. Q.: Can you change the president of a corporation? And if the president dies, who takes over? A.: Sure you can change the president of a corporation. But, like our national government, you have to have an election. And if […]

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Entrepreneurs approach the business planning stage differently.  Some need to cross every “T” and dot every “I” — not a bad approach if you’re seeking financing from sources outside yourself.  Others find are a little more relaxed about it.  As Harry Karanja, a web cafe entrepreneur in Nairobi, Kenya, described his thought process: My preferred […]

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After a couple of weeks of strategic planning, I’m once again ready to put first things first. Good thing, too, as the New Year is upon us. It was a conversation with Joyce Bone, Founder & COM (Chief Operating Mom) of MillionaireMoms.com, a few months ago that made me realize that I had gotten off […]

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