Money & Finance

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Q: I will be starting an online gift basket business in a couple of months and have a couple of questions: Although I will be operating a sole proprietorship business (and I was told that an EIN number is not required for sole proprietorship businesses), I do not want to use my Social Security number. […]

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There’s no use trying to find an accountant on April 14th and hoping that your issues will miraculously be resolved by tax deadline time. Like hiring other professionals and vendors for your business, you want to take your time to select them carefully. And you want to have them in place before you have an […]

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Q: Do I have to charges taxes on an online business, even though my business does not have an actual storefront location? A: You don’t really think that the federal, state and local governments would give up an opportunity to receive tax revenue, do you? 🙂  Generally, any time you sell goods to a customer […]

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Mark Susser, a VC at GRP partners (and guest blogger for VentureHacks), offers his two-part list of the top 10 skills he looks for in entrepreneurs and their companies before he’s willing to part with any cash for investment. Stay tuned for skills 8-10 . . . but for now, here’s 1-7 to get you […]

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In his post, “Startup Founder Equity Splits,” Ryan Roberts touches on an age-old dilemma faced by many beginning entrepreneurs: “how much equity should I give to the other founders to provide me with money, contacts, or other benefits in getting my brainchild of the ground?” It’s a dilemma because many entrepreneurs want to control the […]

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I’m often asked, “what’s a fair division of ownership between busienss parnters” and “how much equity should I give an investor?” The short and obvious answer is: it depends. In his short post by the same name, David Ronick, founder of UpStart Advisors, illustrates how one entrepreneur thought through the process when raising capital, after […]

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Today’s Basic Training question can be answered simply with a Sarah Palin-esque answer:  “You betcha!” Q: Are you required to add state taxes to online business? A: Even though online businesses don’t have the same physical “presence” as their bricks-and-mortar counterparts, they are still required to charge sales tax (and remit it to the local authorities) […]

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Entrepreneurs who want to raise capital from angel investors really need to consider the process from the angel’s point of view. Every audience you’re trying to sway needs to be able to see “what’s in it for them”.  I’ve heard people quip that the most popular radio station in the world is WIIFM–“What’s In It […]

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Q: Is there is a way for one to tell whether or not one is personally liable for a business credit card? A: If the card is in your name along with a company name and the credit card statements are addressed to the company, that c-o-u-l-d be an indication that the account is in the company […]

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Yet another handy Q&A from Forbes Small Business, and this one featuring my colleague, Marian Banker.  🙂  What do you do when your company has expansion plans, but one of the partners refuses to co-sign a loan for the necessary funds? Other than a long, hard discussion with your partner about being aligned on goals, […]

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