Is This Partner Arrangement Fair?

I get these emails, summarizing one side of an argument, asking me to guess or comment on fairness. For example, in an email I just received, the one asking me has worked for 18 months "with significant intellectual contribution."

How to Know When You Need a Contract

Do you sometimes lie awake at night wondering what will happen if your biggest customer doesn't pay you? How about if the vendor handling your website upgrade takes off with your thousand-dollar down payment? These scenarios would be a nightmare for any bootstrapping entrepreneur—and they happen all the time.

7 Great Blogs & Websites for Your Law Practice

If you own a law practice or work in the legal field, you know how important it is to use the most up-to-date sources...

4 Ways the ACA is Helping Small Businesses

It goes without saying that the ACA (aka Obamacare) has taken a lot of heat. Politics aside, here's four ways Obamacare is actually helping small businesses.

6 Essential Steps to a Successful Workplace Investigation

At some point, complaints or internal problems will arise in the workplace. Many HR, compliance and business professionals don’t receive targeted training on how...

How to Successfully Hire the Right Attorney for Your Small Biz

Previously, I've written about how professional advisors are an ace in the hole for small businesses. Many of you have responded by inquiring how to choose and work with the right attorney for your small business.

Why Your Company Needs a Buy-Sell Agreement

Think about a buy-sell agreement as what you need in the event you want to buy out a partner or co-owner. Also, what will happen if a person who is part of the business heads off to what they think are greener pastures?

Top 5 Employment Laws Every Small Business Owner Should Know

For any business, especially a small one, hiring is not an easy task and there are a lot of areas that need attention to...

5 Ways to Keep Your Business Trade Secrets from the Competition

A trade secret is information that is valuable and unique to a business, and it is not accessible to people outside of the business. Federal and state law protects trade secrets, but business owners must follow a few rules to legally protect their documents.

How to Avoid Breaking Employee Break Laws

All work and no play makes for… a zombie workforce. It’s pretty much common sense that everyone needs breaks. But what are employee break laws...

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