Business Transactions

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If you don’t want to get stiffed, know ahead of time how you plan to collect on overdue receivables. In any economy, there’s only one thing worse than not having work to do. That’s spending the time and effort to do the work . . . and still not getting paid. Frankly, I’d rather be sitting around […]

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Satisfied customers don’t grow on trees, ripe for the picking.  Yet without them, your company is doomed.  Most businesses models rely on repeat customers, customer referrals, or at least, the credibility of satisfied customer testimonials.  If you want your business to succeed and grow, it must attract and satisfy customers. Repeatedly. Seems pretty straightforward, but […]

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Naomi’s t-shirt business, Chic Couture, has blossomed, and her inventory has outgrown all possible nooks and crannies in her studio apartment. Ned writes website copy for corporate clients, and, with gym socks all over the floor, there’s no way he want to meet with them in his studio apartment. Noreen wants to start a dance […]

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The first time it happened, I was shocked.  (Okay–naïve too, but shocked).  “What did I do wrong?” I wondered. “Wasn’t the client happy with the service I provided? After all, I swooped in, saved the day, and got them their pound of flesh. What’s going on?” It happened to me several times despite my best […]

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Moving from home office to commercial space is a big leap in the life of a small business. The obligations you take on in a commercial lease can become your largest single monthly expense…and your largest single exposure to risk. Patricia found this out the hard way. Her fragrance and cosmetics business was growing. As […]

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There’s more to doing business with your nonprofit organization than just the disclosure required for “interested transactions” and avoiding a conflict of interest when making decisions on the organization’s behalf. As a board member, your status is similar to a trustee. The organization’s money is not yours to spend as you please. You are a […]

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A common suggestion for effective networking is “Get involved.” So we join organizations and nonprofit groups with the hope that, as we serve in a leadership capacity, we are also piquing the interest of others who might want to use our services–or be willing to refer us to others who do. When the opportunity does […]

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Picture this: You’re sitting at your favorite watering hole with a gal pal (or guy friend) and are totally charged because you came up with an a-m-a-z-i-n-g new idea for a product. So amazing you cannot believe it. It fills a void in the market, it’s easy to ramp up, your brain is already brimming […]

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A simple solution? Who says there’s a problem with verbal agreements? As a lawyer who has had to litigate contract cases involving verbal agreements, I say, “I do.” Do you remember playing the game “telephone” as a kid? Where you are supposed to repeat the exact phrase that the person on your left whispers into […]

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Today, I feel vindicated. I just came across Laura Bell’s post, “Business Law Basics,” which reminds me of my apartment after it’s cleaned: neat, fresh and pleasant. Her point, delivered gently, is that too many entrepreneurs do deals without having a written contract. It’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight: You may be prepared […]

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