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Working at Home Successfully: What Does It Take?

Many people fantasize about working from home. Just imagine: How amazing would it be to roll out of bed, get to work, and have time to enjoy the things that really matter in life? Working at home isn’t for everyone. To be successful, you must set boundaries and establish a support network, both personal and […]

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Employee Handbook Guidance from the National Labor Relations Board

As union membership continues to fall nationwide, the NLRB seems to be more closely monitoring company employment practices and policies. The Board is on the lookout for policies that could deter non-union employees from engaging in activities protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. What is Section 7? Section 7 protects employee […]

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Lessons from Oprah on How to Protect Your Brand

When you hear the name “Oprah,” you think of one person.  Not only because the name itself is so unique, but also because billionaire entrepreneur and media mogul Oprah Winfrey has done such an outstanding job of protecting and promoting her brand. A recent article at Entrepreneur.com examined the legal strategies Oprah has employed to […]

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Your Most Valuable Resource and How to Reclaim It Now

As a business owner, you likely spend most of your time thinking about money, profit margins and cash flow. But, your most valuable resource is actually your time and it’s time for you to invest a lot more of your energy using money, which is infinitely renewable, to free up what’s nonrenewable, your time, energy […]

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7 Items That Should Be Included in Every Contract or Letter of Agreement

Whether you are creating a written contract or letter of agreement to formalize a business deal, there are certain items that must be included in order to minimize risk in case of litigation as well as clarify the terms of the business relationship. These include: Official Names of the Parties – Be sure to sign […]

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10 Essential Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Business Entity

If you are starting a new company or have an unincorporated entity that has grown to the point where protection of your personal assets may be desired, the selection of the proper business entity can be critical to the future success of your business. There are 10 essential questions you need to ask as part […]

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How to Improve Your Cash Flow with Good Invoicing Practices

Many business owners encounter cash flow problems at one time or another, primarily due to slow collection on past due invoices.  However, the way you invoice can help you avoid late payments.  Here are six tips to good billing practices: Identify each service or good being provided along with its cost. Be sure to include […]

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How to Have an Office Holiday Party with No Legal Hangovers

Holiday parties that had fallen victim to the economic recession are now back at many offices across the country, and are a wonderful way to show your appreciation for your employees and their hard work during the year. However, business owners are also wary of hosting parties that could leave them with a legal hangover.  […]

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How to Create a Bulletproof Independent Contractor Agreement

One of the most common issues facing small businesses is how to govern relationships with independent contractors (ICs). Which is not really surprising, since many small businesses use ICs to perform critical work functions like website development, marketing, bookkeeping and other important functions that keep your business functioning and growing. To protect your company’s future, […]

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The Best Time to Update Your Employee Handbook is Right Now

If business owners realized the role a good employee handbook can play in protecting their company from employee litigation, keeping it up to date would be a bigger priority. Alas, many employers neglect these documents until a glaring error decides a case in an employee’s favor. Historically, employee handbooks were used primarily to educate employees […]

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Asset Protection Strategies for Female Business Owners

Female-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, with the number of women-owned businesses doubling over the past 17 years, according to a recent Forbes article. Many women who run their own companies often do double-duty as CEOs of their families as well. The tendency for many is to leave […]

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