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4 Legal Landmines to Avoid When Launching a Business

The whirlwind of excitement and activity surrounding the launch of a startup can feel overwhelming. You’re so focused on managing the day-to-day logistics of getting your business up and running, you often don’t have time to focus on the bigger picture. Because of this, it can be easy to overlook some perilous legal pitfalls that […]

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How to Save Big Money on Your 2018 Taxes—Part 2

In the first part of this series, we discussed the initial steps to take to save big on your 2018 taxes. Here, we continue with the next steps in this process. Taxes are a thorn in just about every entrepreneur’s side. Indeed, taxes are your single biggest business expense. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to reduce […]

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How does estate planning help my business?

Q: How does estate planning help my business? -Curious Company Owner A: Dear Curious Estate planning is absolutely crucial for business owners. When you die or if you become incapacitated, not having a plan can not only be disastrous for the company, but also cause major expense and conflict for your family. Your plan will […]

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How to Save Big Money on Your 2018 Taxes—Part 1

Realizing that your biggest personal and business expense, bar none, is taxes can be quite a shock. Indeed, seeing so much of your hard-earned money end up in the government’s hands can feel like a shakedown. Fortunately, focusing just a little time and effort on strategically reducing your taxes can pay huge dividends. The first […]

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The Dirty Little Secret of Business Ownership No One Wants to Talk About

As an entrepreneur, you’re no doubt extremely talented and driven when it comes to your core product or service. Whether you develop smartphone apps, provide healthcare services, or brew craft beer, without a high level of confidence and passion for your particular trade, you probably never would’ve gone into business in the first place. On […]

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What Happens to Your Company’s Facebook Page When You Die?

While Facebook has recently developed user-friendly options for managing your personal profile in the event of your death, the company has yet to develop any streamlined way to handle your business accounts once you’re gone. Indeed, a Google search of “what happens to my Facebook account when I die” turns up tons of hits related […]

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Start Accepting Cryptocurrency Payments in 3 Easy Steps

There’s currently more than 1,300 different forms of cryptocurrency like Bitcoin traveling through cyberspace, with a total value of more than $575 billion. While some people buy and hold crypto as an investment opportunity, many consumers use it just like other forms of currency—to purchase good and services. From lower fees, enhanced security, and the […]

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Secure Your Financial Future By Focusing on Cash Flow Instead of Accumulation

The typical formula for financial planning is to earn enough income, so you can invest a portion of it with Wall Street in hopes that one day you’ll accumulate enough wealth to retire. The plan is to sock enough money away over 30+ years and pray these investments eventually grow ample enough for you to […]

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Q: Are there any tax benefits to hiring my minor children to work for my business?

Q: Are there any tax benefits to hiring my minor children to work for my business? -Pondering Parent A: Dear Pondering There have always been numerous tax benefits to hiring your children, but the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made those benefits even more valuable. By hiring your children to do legitimate […]

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How California’s New Test to Classify Workers Impacts You

Correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors has always been tricky. Depending on the regulatory agency involved and whether you’re dealing with state or federal law, there are numerous different factors and tests that can apply to your decision. In April 2018, a ruling by the California Supreme Court added a new test to […]

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How to Protect Your Trademark in Foreign Countries

Globalization and digital technology have made the world seem like a much smaller place. And though the enhanced ability to reach international markets can be a major advantage for your business, it also opens up new complications with intellectual property rights. This is especially true when it comes to foreign trademark infringement. Trademarks are used […]

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