Category Archives for Business Planning

3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea

Your ideas aren’t worth anything if you don’t get them out there into the world. I come across a lot of entrepreneurs who are afraid that if they talk about their idea, it’ll get stolen

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Immigration Bill May Have Big Impact on Small Business

The immigration bill introduced by the “Gang of Eight” – a bipartisan collective of U.S. senators – contains recommendations on a number of measures, including the beefing up of

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Online Sales Tax May Soon Be Reality

A new piece of federal legislation known as the Marketplace Fairness Act has passed the Senate and is now awaiting a House vote that most politicos expect to pass as well. If the bill becomes law, and

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A Guide to the Disposition of Your Digital Assets

On April 11, Google introduced its Inactive Account Manager, which allows users to make a choice to either delete their data after a pre-determined length of account inactivity or to name heirs for the

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Is That a Real Employee or a Common-Law Employee?

The IRS and the Department of Labor are cracking down on businesses that use contractors but treat them like real employees – or, as the IRS calls them, “common-law employees.” Before

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Obamacare Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Hits Logical Speed Bump

A logistical speed bump is going to delay the number of insurance plan options for small businesses under Obamacare for at least a year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The U.S. Department of

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A Legal Checklist for Starting Your Own Business

Whether you are already a small business owner or the entrepreneurial spirit has grabbed you by the collar and you plan to get your startup off the ground this year, there are certain legal aspects to

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5 Tax Tips for Small Business

According to SBA data, more than 79 percent of small businesses have no employees – meaning that a majority of small business owners are doing it all. And when tax season rolls around, it can mean

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Small Business Tax Reform Proposal Contains Drastic Changes

Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and one of Congress’ top tax lawmakers, has released his proposal for small business tax reform and it contains a number

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10 Legal Tips for Starting Your Own Business

Whether the result of the recent recession or the desire by baby boomers to embark on a new professional path, new business startups are growing fast.  Here are 10 legal tips for entrepreneurs who are

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