You’ve felt that glimmer of the Divine impulse – that insistent idea whispering in your ear saying: “start a business . . . start a business . . . .” You have experience in your field. You’ve done your homework on determining the right clients for you, where you’d want to locate the business, who […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 10, 2018

25 Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship

In her post, “The 25 Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship,” Holly Reisem Hanna raises a curious point:  When we look at, or think to create, a “Best” list, why do so few women appear?  [Except, of course, situations like her list, where she specifically sought out women].  And nu? The Peer Index of several […]

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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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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 1, 2018

The New Small: Innovations in Small Business Technology

I love it when people are able to demystify really technical stuff. Phil Simon does a great job of that in his recently-released book, The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technology. The New Small profiles a number of companies who have creatively and intelligently used […]

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by on March 29, 2018

Getting F!&@$%#!d with a Franchise

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A sad tale of woe crossed my desk.  Seems that, a couple of months ago, an unsuspecting entrepreneur from Mexico bought into a U.S. franchise to import products to Mexico. She sent her 25 percent deposit (many thousands of dollars) to reserve the franchise for her city, but the franchisor cannot get the documents that she requires to […]

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This isn’t just business divorce, it’s “real” divorce.  The business divorce is the icing on the cake and people fight over it the way they do over children, favorite pets, or heirlooms. There are two main ways a family business can be owned.  (1) One spouse owns the business.  In that case, the non-owner spouse […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 23, 2018

Is “play” a four-letter word in your small business?

“SPEAK!” PROFIT!” “ACTION!” filled my computer screen in rich tones of red and blue and green. A fellow speaker had wangled me a free—FREE!—ticket to a 4-day high-ticket workshop, and I was invited. Normally, I’d jump on the opportunity like an eager puppy. Scheme a way to attend and explain to my husband why I […]

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by on March 20, 2018

Making It Legal Makes the Top 30!

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Gotta toot my horn on this one:  Making It Legal made SheTakesOnTheWorld’s list of the Top 30 Business and Entrepreneurship Blogs by Women!  I’m joining illustrious company such as Escape from Cubicle Nation, Sparkplugging, Ali Brown’s Blog and Diva Marketing. Now you’ll excuse me while I go do my “happy dance” in the living room.  […]

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I received a query from “Cee” about using confidentiality agreements: Q.: I have every person i deal with sign confidentiality. but i have found that it does not really protect you because unless you are willing to pour tons of money into a lawsuit, and most small people dont have tons of money, then what […]

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