by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 20, 2015

What’s monkeying with your business growth?

“Every time I call, it’s a [expletive] debate,” Devon fumed. “And I gotta call every month to get paid. I can’t stand it!” My client, Devon, runs a tech support and solutions business. He’s been grumbling about this business customer for many months. How the company never pays on time. Or follows the “rules” in […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 19, 2015

Leaving a Business Partner

True confessions time:  the last few months have been very hard because, well, for all of my desire to be the Business Partnership Expert, my own business partner and I parted company as of December 31, 2007.  It was my decision.  There were things in the partnership that just weren’t working, and others that I […]

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Here’s the lowdown on taxes when it comes to home-based businesses. If you earn money on it, no matter how little, plan on paying taxes. Doesn’t matter that it’s for a little “walking around” pocket change, for the baby’s diaper fund or to help Grandma get her heart medications. Q.: I was thinking about doing […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 18, 2015

How to Choose a Business Partner Who Won’t [Bleep] You

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In my more than 15 years of practicing law and working with entrepreneurs, I can say there is at least one bright spot in the world of business partnerships. Now, I haven’t done a formal survey or hired a company to run focus groups, but I’ll say this based on what I’ve seen from working […]

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“Why can’t I handle my own patent/trademark/copyright filings?” you ask.  “I’m getting started on a shoestring–do I really need to spend the legal fees?” Go right ahead and DIY . . . but if you’re not on target about what you’ve done or how thoroughly you’ve handled your background research, you could find that you’ve […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 16, 2015

Where Women Entrepreneurs Go to Grow

10,000 women. 150 speakers. Eight speaking stages. Two days. One visionary. This is the recipe for dynamic business growth spearheaded by Michelle Patterson, Executive Director of the California Women’s Conference and founder/CEO of EventComplete. The California Women’s Conference is North America’s largest working women’s conference, taking place in Long Beach, CA on September 23 and […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 15, 2015

How to Prevent Others from Poaching Your IP

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Complaining about someone stealing your IP when you sat on your hands is like complaining that someone broke into your house when you left the front door wide open. If you have items at home that you value, you take steps to protect them. You put a lock on your door. You hire an alarm company. You […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 14, 2015

Have you earned the Brass Ring?

“I can’t reach it!” cried little Billy. He hung his head, embarrassed. His father, Jim, was standing outside the carousel, watching it circle. Billy was frozen stuck to his white horse. His knuckles white from gripping the pole so tightly. “C’mon, Billy—reach for it!” called Jim. Billy was feeling dizzy. “You can do it!” Jim […]

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Q: Just wondering if my kids can sell their Lego creations online? I’m mostly concerned about the “Lego” brand name infringements. That is, if my kids were to make their own original creations using Lego pieces and advertise them on the internet as, oh, I don’t know, “Jake and Joe’s original Lego designs”–and sell the completed creations–without implying […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 12, 2015

Business Partnerships — On Video!

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Thanks go to Lindsay Eisenhut for pointing me to Prendismo.com.  They have a number of short videos on aspects of business partnerships.  Topics include: Partnership benefits Challenges and pitfalls Friends and family Ownership Trust Check it out!

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