Business Essentials

The quick and simple answer is yes, especially if you want to protect your small business from any legal trouble. If you are a small business who hires contractors, it’s quite possible that you can be found liable for any mistakes they make—mistakes that can often far exceed the amount of the original contract to […]

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You don’t need a law degree to navigate common legal issues as you grow your business—if you pay close attention to this radio show, where I participate in a roundtable discussion with attorneys Nance L. Shick and Renee L. Duff. There are many important things to keep in mind as a business owner – particularly […]

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Women entrepreneurs are one of the fastest growing segments of business owners in the country. How can you allow yourself to grow and scale your business, while making sure to avoid any legal pitfalls? I sit in a roundtable discussion with attorneys Nance L. Shick and Renee L. Duff to share legal lessons that you […]

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Many entrepreneurs have law questions about small business insurance.  Small business insurance provides a vital layer of liability protection against claims foreseen and unforeseen … regardless of whether you were at fault or not. From my Ask Entrepreneur column, here are law questions about small business insurance that other entrepreneurs have had—and maybe you do, […]

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As Seen In Collaboration.  Leveraging resources.  Alliances.  The new business model in tough economic times is all about “partnering,” and nowhere do those issues get played out with greater intensity than with business partners.  Millions of entrepreneurs have started – or joined — a company with more than one owner.  But according to AssociatedContent.com, up […]

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As Seen In Online businesses have a great advantage for customers:  they make it so easy to purchase whatever you want, whenever you want. Here’s the downside: you’re less likely to have a “personal” relationship with an online business.  You don’t know the owners, have no clue who’s providing the service or product, and might […]

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As seen in… “You build personal wealth with a multi-million-dollar exit,” says Terena Bell, who sold her translation company, In Every Language, just over a year ago. “If you don’t build your business to sell,” she cautions, “you can end up closing your doors, with nothing to show for it.”  No wealth there. That happened […]

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As seen in … Does “play time” or “me time” seem sinful luxury? An informal survey of women business owners indicates that play time isn’t just essential to your health—it can boost your bottom line. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 99% of all small businesses have 20 or fewer employees, which often means owner-controlled. […]

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As seen in … “Clever people and grocers weigh everything.” So do service business owners when it comes to growing revenues.  “Do I want more?” they ask themselves. “Of course!  There’s the mortgage. The kids’ college fund. Mom’s medical expenses. And that bucket list trip to Tahiti!” Yet surely as the sun sets over Bora […]

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Q.:  My friend and I are trying to start a construction cleanup business. We’re wondering: Do we have to get small business insurance if we are the only ones working? Are there any other legal factors we should consider? A.:  Yes, yes, a thousand times YES!  Any business that deals in high-risk and related activities, […]

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