by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 26, 2020

The Sneeze That Shook a Small Business

Imagine: you’ve just purchased a new home with your beloved, and are planning to wed in a matter of months. He’s considerate–wanting you to sleep through the night, though he suffers from back pain and has to get up periodically. You’ve developed a robust small business consulting practice. Your sweetie, new to entrepreneurship (having parted […]

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It gives me the heebie-jeebies when I hear, “I went into business with So-and-Such because he/she is my best friend and really gets me.”  Not that it can’t work out, or that I’m trying to give them the evil eye.  But I’ve seen all too often how the desire for camaraderie and support quickly turns […]

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Inspirational, thought-provoking and handy is this list of 101 Tips from 50 Small Business Bloggers, compiled by Gregory Go.  I particularly liked fellow attorney Anthony Cerminaro‘s comment:  “If you don’t like what you’re doing, try something else.”  Kinda reminds me of the comedian Henny Youngman‘s comments:  “If at first you don’t succeed … so much […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 17, 2020

Need Help with Your Leadership Boards? Here’s Where To Get It.

Terror gripped me. The Summons and Complaint for a malpractice had my name in the caption. I’m stunned. The client was a whack job, yet just 2 years into my law practice, my license was on the line. What could I do? I’m no dope. As a lawyer, I could have figured out most of […]

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Don’€™t ask me where the past week has flown. It’€™s been a flurry of activity . . . and a flurry of comments on my post Why Women Entrepreneurs Don’€™t Get the Financing They Need. Seems it struck a bit of a nerve on all sides with some proponents in the “small-is-smart-not-weak” camp (and yes, I agree, […]

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When business partners go their separate ways, well, it’s a lot like divorce.  There’s the temptation to squibble over “Who gets the cat?” “Who gets the couch?” But unless you’ve clearly outlined in your partnership agreement which of your marbles you’ll get to take home with you when the game is over, you could be […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 8, 2020

From 1 to 150: Scale up your business with employees

  The dining room was a sea of Post-It® notes. All over the table. They flowed out into the foyer, onto the cabinets, into the kitchen. Such was the organizational state of Molly Mahoney Matthews’ newly-launched PR business. When Molly’s sister, Sharon, stopped by for a visit and saw the torrent of little yellow squares threatening […]

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by on April 5, 2020

Smart Tax Planning Webcast!

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Here’s an example of not-so-smart tax planning:  doing nothing. It doesn’t take a lot to sit down with an accountant to explore the deductions and credits you’re entitled to as a small-business owner.  For a great overview of the top issues, visit Wells Fargo’s newly released webcast on Smart Tax Planning for Your Business, part […]

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I came across a sad, but perhaps not surprising, post about how female lawyers are “dropping off the path to partnership.”  In my own experience (before starting my own partnership), I saw very few (if any) women either become partners by dint of their hard work, or stay around long enough to be considered at that […]

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More and more, courts are agreeing that email is a perfectly fine way to create a contract . . . or modify one you already have.  This 2008 case from New York, as reported by Brian Beckham, indicates that New York has certainly gotten on that bandwagon. “It’s about time,” some of you may say. […]

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