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3 Steps to Avoid Getting Taxed or Sued for Misclassifying Your Independent Contractors

With the rapid rise of the “gig economy,” which primarily relies on independent contractors instead of W2 employees, there’s been an equally steady climb in the number of Independent Contractor (IC)  misclassification cases filed against businesses. Most misclassifications are not the result of intentional violations of federal and state law, but rather, unintentional mistakes made […]

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Protect Your Intellectual Property With Copyrights

Just about every business owner—whether they know it or not—has created some form of intellectual property (IP) during the life of their company. IP is an extremely important part of your business. Indeed, valuation experts estimate that IP makes up 40% to 90% of the total value of some companies. When it comes to IP […]

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The Ins and Outs of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners

It’s a simple fact of entrepreneurship: Small businesses fail all the time and for many different reasons, some of which are outside of the owner’s control. If you’re falling deeper and deeper into debt by keeping your company open, sometimes the best business decision you can make is to shut down the business and cut […]

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Corporations and LLCs Don’t Always Provide Personal Liability Protection

One of the primary reasons business owners set up corporations and limited liability companies (LLC) is to shield their personal assets from debts and other liabilities incurred by the business. Indeed, corporations and LLCs exist as separate legal entities from their owners, meaning the business itself can acquire assets, enter into contracts, and take on […]

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What Business Owners Should Know About Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements are commonplace in today’s workforce. According to reports from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, roughly 19 percent of American workers, or 30 million people, are currently covered by non-compete agreements. While non-compete agreements are fairly widespread, they’ve come under fire lately in the courts as being unfair to employees and imposing overly […]

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Litigation vs. Arbitration: Know Your Strategy

Civil disputes between two parties can be settled in litigation (i.e., court) or through arbitration. The two processes are quite different, so thoroughly understanding them both is essential when facing a business conflict. Going to Court In litigation, two parties resolve their conflict in court with the assistance of a judge and/or jury. Litigation is […]

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Avoid Business Litigation With These Six Steps

Business litigation is an expensive use of both time and money and should be avoided whenever possible. Even the most favorable of settlements can cost a business months—if not years—of productivity and focus. To avoid the high costs of litigation, follow these six preventive steps:   Don’t skimp on contracts. Instead of spending a fortune […]

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Business Conflict: Tips for Settling Business Disputes Part 2

In part 1, we discussed the importance of knowing how to negotiate business deals and mitigate conflict whenever possible. Besides being a financial drain, business disputes can also create conflicts that require precious time and energy to resolve. Setting clear boundaries and realistic expectations when making professional agreements is essential in setting yourself up for […]

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Business Conflict: Tips for Settling Business Disputes Part 1

A large part of being a successful business owner is knowing how to make deals and facilitate conflict when it arises. When in a dispute over a deal or an agreement that has been made, the potential costs are endless. The potential cost of litigation, the potential cost of loss of reputation, the potential cost […]

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Entrepreneurial Anguish: The Cost of Doing Business

Building a business empire, enterprise, or even just a start-up has its price. The image of the confident and charismatic CEO often falls short of reality. Before, during and after public visibility often comes personal self-doubt, anxiety and mental anguish. Many business owners don’t readily divulge the distress they feel because they don’t perceive it […]

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Trade Secret Law Reform: The Basics

Many businesses maintain an industry advantage through control and utilization of trade secrets. Be it a formula, a design, or a process, trade secrets can provide advantages over the competition. Not surprisingly, trade secret misappropriation is a serious concern for many businesses. Until recently, it’s been state law at the forefront of regulating and protecting […]

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