Your Team

Can you force someone to sign a confidentiality agreement after you’ve disclosed sensitive information? Or after they’ve already done the work for you? No. To use an old farm expression, that’s like “closing the barn door” after the horse is gone.” I discuss a colleague’s tale in the video, below. She was a subcontractor on […]

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If you haven’t figured it out by now, you’ll learn that there’s no way a busy small business owner can accomplish everything you need to in a given day.  So you have two choices: leave things unfinished, or expand your capacity by developing a team. But creating a team–one that works effectively–is both art and […]

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“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” said my colleague, Joe Harris, Esq. of White Harris PLLC. “That’s what small businesses need to understand about interns.” Joe reaches for the check (“Ironic,” I think, “… seems I am getting a free lunch!”) as we chat about the trends and challenges we’re seeing for small […]

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When I first started my business, getting my website up and running was more than just a “cross this milestone off my list” experience for me. It’s also a celebration of ending over a year of playing “ostrich”.  I had run into roadblocks in getting the original site up and running, and I responded – […]

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How many times have we run afoul of film producer Samuel Goldwyn’s famous maxim: “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on”? (I’ve certainly done it). And yet, isn’t life nicer, simpler when you don’t have to worry about creating a paper trail? Why not just trust the people you’re doing business with? […]

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As a lawyer, “put it in writing” is my mantra. I believe that having written agreements is sound business practice. But it’s not illegal not to have one. Without one, you simply increase your risk of getting burned . . . exponentially. (See my article “The Single Most Important Thing to Know about Verbal Agreements”. […]

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You’re a gun for hire. No, not in the “John-Wayne-with-spurs-clinking-down-a-tumbleweed-path” kind of gun for hire…more in the “you’re-brought-in-to-handle-the-tough-stuff” vein. For example, Epiphany, an up-and-coming clothing company based in Taos, New Mexico, needed consistent branding and attention, in order to attract the kinds of customers they wanted. They could design clothing, but designing a solid marketing […]

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The alarm goes off at 6:00am. Fifteen minutes later, coffee in hand, you walk into your office and turn on your computer. You are clad in a Boston Red Sox T-shirt, your husband’s Fruit of the Loom® boxers, and a pair of AniMules fuzzy giraffe slippers. Is this the perennial nightmare that you’ve shown up […]

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From my colleague Stephen Furnari comes this intelligent article on how to make employment non-compete agreements “stick.”  Courts are generally loathe to enforce an agreement that would keep someone out of gainful employment; companies are loathe to employ people who will walk away with their customer base and trade secrets. So a delicate balance needs […]

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The quick and simple answer is yes, especially if you want to protect your small business from any legal trouble. If you are a small business who hires contractors, it’s quite possible that you can be found liable for any mistakes they make—mistakes that can often far exceed the amount of the original contract to […]

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