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I had a post from “Explorer,” who is starting a new venture (Congratulations!). Explorer was wondering if it’s OK to do business without a company name at the start, as she hasn’t registered one yet. For anyone else who might have the same question, here’s how I responded: In the U.S., there’€™s generally no requirement […]

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When I have writer’s block–or just need a change of pace–I have a favorite cafe that I like to go to.  Free WiFi, a vast selection of teas (hence the name of the place: SubtleTea), delightful servers, cool Sirius jazz music wafting gently in the background. Until today.

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It’s coming up to that time of year again. The time that most business owners dread. Tax season. Most entrepreneurs would rather have root canal surgery without anesthesia than go through the nightmare that is tax return preparation. Where are my documents? What can I deduct? Given everything going on with the economy, am I […]

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by on January 28, 2018

Finding Independence in Union

When the American Colonies declared their independence from the British crown on July 4, 1776, they also came together as the “thirteen united States of America.” So when times comes to declare your independence from the tyranny of unsatisfying work, will you join forces with another? If your thinking of forming a partnership, here’s a […]

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by on January 25, 2018

The Declaration of Independence

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The significance of the July Fourth holiday tends to get lost amid travel plans, a short work week and the desperate need for relaxation in our increasingly frenetic world. Our Founding Fathers also felt a need to be released from tyranny . . . of a different sort. They wrote: When in the Course of […]

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Following Marian Banker’s webinar on “How to Grow Your Business Using Partnerships,” I provided her with some comments that bear repeating.  They concern the words and language we use to talk about partnerships.  I know, it sounds like a lawyer splitting hairs over words . . . but whether we like it or not, certain […]

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You may have plenty of opportunities to get it (legally) right . . . but not as many to hear me speak on the subject!  🙂 For those of you near Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 15, stop by the Brooklyn Creative League, where I’ll be talking about everything you need to know about business law […]

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Just in case you needed a list, here’s one of 50 ways that joint ventures can add a boost to your business.  Among the highlights are the ability to: Increase your credibility by teaming up with other reputable, branded businesses Gain new leads and customers Offer existing customers a wider range of new products and […]

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Technology is a wonderful thing – sometimes. But, as one of our clients (“Samantha”) discovered, technology can create its own pitfalls. It’s a nasty surprise when the document you thought you negotiated doesn’t say what you had intended. Last year, Samantha independently negotiated the sale of her business to a multinational, publicly traded corporation. Within […]

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Such a saga!  Here’s how it ended: Grace finally confided that had changed her mind and she didn’t want to be involved with the network marketing organization.  But, if I still wanted to go forward with it, she’d do so, because she promised me that she would. I told Grace that if she really wasn’t […]

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