by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 22, 2014

The Nuts and Bolts of Running a Business–on 9/23

They say that when it rains, it pours.  After a quiet summer, I find myself with 4 speaking presentations taking place within a single week!  In addition to #smallbizchat, a roundtable on buying a business, and teaching a class on protecting your IP for the Levin Institute, I’ll be a panelist at the NYT Small […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 21, 2014

How a Shortcut Can Lead to a Long Road

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Life is short. Time is limited. So when you see that someone has phrased something “just right,” can you take it?  Even just a wee snippet? Aw, c’mon! I came across the example of a consultant who wanted to use song lyrics in publishing her book. The U.S. Copyright Office said “ask for permission.”  A […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 20, 2014

10 Boneheaded Reasons to Get Sued for Breach of Contract

You provide your services 7 weeks late without explanation You don’t have the expertise to do what the client wants You share the client’s confidential information on Twitter You overcharge the client for “miscellaneous expenses” You filch someone else’s digital photos and upload them to your client’s website You don’t listen to what your client […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 19, 2014

Business Partner Disappears. What Now?

From the Department of Business Partnership Nightmares comes this plea for help from LordMJ: Here’s the skinny: Partner 1 and Partner 2 met in corporate America and started a venture together when both had full-time jobs Partner 1 left the corporate job and entered grad school, ostensibly to help the business (and supposedly by mutual […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 18, 2014

Business Partnerships with #smallbizchat on 9/22!

Join me on September 22nd as I share my thoughts, lessons, and humor on business partnerships with the Twitterverse!  Yes, it’s a brave new world I’m entering, thanks to Melinda Emerson, The Small Biz Lady, and her #smallbizchat show.  Every Wednesday, she hosts a weekly Twitter chat – focusing on everything that small business owners need […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 17, 2014

RESCHEDULED: Avoiding 'Business Divorce'–TH, 8/5 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Sorry for the inconvenience–my segment on “Avoiding Business Divorce” has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. (ET) If you can’t listen in live to our business partnership discussion, make sure you check back in for the replay. Have questions about business partnerships you’d want to “Ask The Business Lawyer”?  Listen in–on 8/5 […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 16, 2014

Paying Back Private Investors

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Any time you accept money from someone else to help your business grow, you should put that relationship in writing. Many a lawsuit has been brought because of misunderstandings about (1) how much would be provided, (2) when the money would be provided, (3) whether there were benchmarks that needed to be achieved in order […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 15, 2014

Partnership Q&A: Foreign business partners

Q.:  What should I be aware of while creating an LLC with a foreign partner?  My potential partners are in Taiwan and mainland China. What issues should I be careful of before moving forward with my overseas partnership? Read on to find out . . .

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 14, 2014

An Independent Contractor By Any Other Name . . . .

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In light of our just-celebrated Labor Day, I thought I’€™d share a little something about the dangerous games that small business owners play when, in essence, they hire employees and pay them as independent contractors. From Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1594: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 13, 2014

Customer Service 101: How to Keep Your Clients Happy, Part 3

We noted in the previous post on competency why you need to resist the temptation to be all things to all people.  Another element of keeping customers happy is communication. By the time clients reach your firm, they’re nervous.  Maybe they’re in a jam and need help (they’ve been sued); or they see the writing […]

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