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Does Your Business Need Commercial Liability Umbrella Insurance?

Nearly every week, the news is filled with headlines announcing that some big company lost or was forced to settle a lawsuit for mega millions. While big-name corporations may be able to survive such litigation relatively unscathed, for small and medium-sized businesses, just a single lawsuit could sink your entire operation. Even if your company […]

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What You Should Know About Rewards-Based Crowdfunding

The web has revolutionized business operations in numerous ways: email, social-media marketing, and online job recruiting are just a few of the biggies. But another innovation is dramatically enhancing your ability to obtain business financing via online crowdfunding. Whether it’s equity crowdfunding, rewards crowdfunding, donation crowdfunding, or lending crowdfunding, these methods allow you to solicit […]

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Can I form my LLC in a state other than where I live?

Q: Can I form my LLC in a state other than where I live? -Interested Entrepreneur A: Dear Interested With few exceptions, you can form a limited liability company (LLC) in whatever state you choose. Maybe you’ve heard that states like Delaware, Wyoming, and Nevada offer legal and tax advantages—and this can be true. But […]

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Should Your LLC Hold Annual Member Meetings and Keep Minutes?

Many entrepreneurs structure their businesses as limited liability companies (LLC) because like corporations, LLCs offer personal liability protection for their owners. But unlike corporations, LLCs are not legally required to adhere to many of the same corporate formalities required of corporations. Given that LLCs offer the liability protection of a corporation, without all of the […]

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8 Key Provisions to Include in an Employee Severance Agreement

At some point, it’s virtually inevitable that some of your staff will leave your employment. Whether they leave of their own volition or they’re terminated, it’s simply the nature of running a business that not all employees will be around forever. In some cases, it can be a good idea to offer departing employees a […]

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The Cost of Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

The rise of the “gig economy” has led to a dramatic increase in the number of businesses using independent contractors (IC) instead of traditional W2 employees. At the same time, there’s been a sharp uptick in the number of companies being penalized and/or sued for misclassifying workers as ICs. Indeed, within the past 10 years, […]

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New Tax Savings Available Using Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation

With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to think about taxes again. While tax planning might not be the most exciting part of your job, with the right strategies in place, you can keep a lot more of the money your company brings in. Without proper planning, taxes can be your biggest expense, […]

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Do I need a business license as a freelance graphic artist working from home?

Q: I’m a freelance graphic designer, who works alone from home. Do I need a business license? -Inquiring Entrepreneur A: Dear Inquiring: Home-based businesses are booming, but many entrepreneurs overlook the fact that such operations are still subject to license and permit laws. The type of licensing required will depend on your industry and location. […]

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The Tax Benefits of Limited Liability Companies

As its name suggests,  limited liability companies (LLCs) protect personal assets from debts and other business liabilities. But you may not be aware that LLCs can also offer tax savings. As an LLC, you have flexibility in choosing how you’ll be taxed. This allows you to reap a number of benefits unavailable to other business […]

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Choosing the Right Time to Exit Your Business

Like most entrepreneurs, you probably think about the many ways you can help your company take off and grow. But you should dedicate an equal amount of brain power to planning when and how you’ll sell what you’ve built. In fact, deciding when to sell your business can be just as important as deciding when […]

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Fund Your Startup With Zero-Percent Interest Loans Using Credit Card Stacking

Undoubtedly, many budding entrepreneurs have developed winning business concepts over the years, but have ultimately given up due to a perceived lack of funding. This may have even happened to you. Indeed, banks are primarily interested in lending to established companies. Dipping into personal savings or using home equity credit is much too high-risk for […]

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