Business Essentials

Q.: I’m starting up a children’s art class business in my home and would like to know how to protect myself from being sued in case of injuries to children. I can’t afford to pay for insurance at this time and although I don’t have anything dangerous in my studio, I would rather be safe […]

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Q.: What type of small business insurance is needed for a virtual office situation that spans more than one state?  My small business is an S-Corp with employees in Florida. A.: Regardless of your form of business entity, having small business insurance provides another important level of protection. There are various kinds of small business […]

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A DBA – or Doing Business As name – will keep your business in good legal standing, so it’s a good idea to file a DBA as soon as possible after launching your company. The DBA or Fictitious Business Name designation was created as a form of consumer protection, to prevent business owners from operating […]

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As I channel-surfed the other night, a VH-1 documentary on disco reminded me of 8-track tapes. When all of my friends had them, I absolutely, positively had to have them, too. But very quickly, I realized that they didn’t meet my needs (I couldn’t rewind and replay my favorite parts of the Star Wars soundtrack), […]

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Way before we get to the legalities of a joint venture, it’s important to start with a mindset of knowing why we want to get into one in the first place.  As with romantic relationships, to get into one “because everyone else is,” tends to be a lousy justification which produces lousier results.  In his […]

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Q.: I recently got laid off from my full-time job. My small business only makes enough to cover my business expenses. Can I still collect unemployment from my full-time job even if I have a sole proprietorship? A.: Generally, you cannot get unemployment coverage if you are a small business owner.  The purpose behind unemployment […]

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Q.: Am I required to have workers compensation coverage if I am the sole employee/owner? A.: Generally, if you are self-employed, you are exempt from the requirement to have Workers’ Compensation coverage to cover yourself.  However, the minute you add an employee, get that in place – pronto! Some states do allow you to “opt in” […]

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Q.: I will be providing a maid service as an independent contractor and will start with one or two maids but don’t know how surety bonding works. If I am an independent contractor for a maid service, do I have to bond each maid, or just have one bond for the company? Also where, and […]

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Q.: I wanted to start an automotive maintenance course to teach people how to change a flat tire, do their own oil change, etc. However, the downfall here is I am concerned that I could be held liable for any mishaps. Do I actually need to have business liability insurance? I know it is probably […]

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The Associated Press reported that there was little sign (from its analysis) that former New York state Gov. Elliot Spitzer used taxpayer money or campaign funds to subsidize his visits with prostitutes. His state-issued credit card also showed no outward sign of having been abused for extracurricular pursuits. I can’t say whether he used public […]

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