by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 31, 2014

Sisterhood (and Women’s Entrepreneurship) is Global

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It’s not only in the U.S. that small businesses are recognized as a major contributor to the economy:the European Union is getting on that bandwagon as well, with its efforts to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They are also taking steps to encourage entrepreneurship among women. What I found interesting was their list of […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 30, 2014

Customer Service 101: How to Keep Your Clients Happy, Part 1

[Although I originally wrote this article as “Customer Service 101 for Lawyers” [GP/Solo Magazine (American Bar Association), Jan/Feb 2008], there are a number of lessons that apply to small businesses in general.  Read this 5-part series to find out what they are .…] “Haresh” arrived at my law office, visibly agitated.  He thought he had […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 29, 2014

Partnership Q&A: Time to get out . . . or get more $$?

Q. I am a founding partner in a 15-year business.  All 3 partners work in different capacities at our business. We have had financial struggles along the way. Recently, my 2 partners have infused capital to keep going; I didn’t have the money to make a contribution.  We also have not received salaries for over […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 29, 2014

Want a turnkey business?

“When you’re not fishing, be mending the nets.” ~ Irish proverb I look down at my Staples® five-subject spiral notebook, slowly filling with notes and ideas and jottings about how I run my business. Summer is usually a quiet time for my business. It gives me time to “mend the nets.” To look carefully at […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 28, 2014

An Independent Contractor Agreement Alone Does Not a Freelancer Make

You want to hire an independent contractor. Or a freelancer. Mostly because you don’t want to get involved in the red tape and extra costs involved in hiring an employee. So you put together an independent contractor agreement, and the freelancer signs it. Are you in the clear? No. In this segment of MSNBC’s Your […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 27, 2014

Barter exchanges: Do you get what you pay for?

A while back, I looked at whether a barter exchange made sense for your business. In essence, when it comes to barter exchanges, do you get what you pay for? For those just starting out, it seems like a lifesaver: you can get good services without having to shell out precious cash—all you give in […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 26, 2014

Free Online Brand Reinvention Summit Starts Tomorrow, 10/1

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Beginning tomorrow, award-winning global brand analyst Mary van de Wiel (aka Van) and nine other creative visionaries (including moi) will share their insider strategies with entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and startup CEOs through a FREE online Brand Reinvention Summit.  This innovative summit is designed to help struggling businesses rethink, revitalize and repackage their brands to get […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 25, 2014

Take Your Brand From Blah to ZING!

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If you’re an entrepreneur, startup CEO and small-business owner, you know how important your brand is to your success. That’s why I’m thrilled to be speaking at the upcoming Brand Reinvention Summit on October 1 and 2. It’s an interview series that you’ll be able to listen to online and learn about the greatness that […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 24, 2014

When Is A Freelancer an Independent Business?

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Ummm, virtually all of the time . . . ! However, they tend to operate as sole proprietorships, which has its dangers, not the least of which is unlimited liability in the face of lawsuits. There’€™s also a tendency not to see oneself as operating a business, but more like an employee in search of […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 23, 2014

Can You Keep a Secret?

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As a lawyer, I’m always dealing with companies’ confidential information. So keeping secrets is a core part of my business. You may be surprised to find that it’s part of yours, too.  They may be buried in various places–or dug up by your employees or independent contractors.  And if exposed without permission, you can find […]

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