Regardless of what industry you're in, the reality of being a business owner is that you open yourself up to a number of unique risks that most people don't have to worry about—and the more successful your business is, the more risks you face. And because most business owners aren't fully aware of all the potential risks that can affect their company or the options available to protect their personal assets from the risks of doing business. This is where asset protection planning comes in.
Establishing and enforcing healthy professional boundaries with your clients is critical for all business owners, especially if you own your own business and work from home, where the lines between work and home life are easily blurred. If you need support establishing healthy professional boundaries, reach out to us, your Family Business Lawyer™.
As a business owner, it's inevitable that you'll face minor conflicts and disputes at some point. Whether it's a client who refuses to pay a bill or an independent contractor who fails to fulfill the terms of their agreement, dealing with such issues is a simple fact of doing business. However, given the time and expense involved, filing a lawsuit in civil court to resolve such minor disputes typically isn't helpful, so taking it to small claims court may be your best option.
When running a small business, every dollar counts, so it’s critical to keep a tight rein on your expenses, especially when you are just starting out and have limited revenue. If not monitored carefully, spending can quickly get out of control and put a serious strain on your operation’s financial health. With this in mind, here are five cost-cutting measures that can help your company stay in the black.
If you have not yet put in place an estate and succession plan for your business, you’re going to leave the people you love most—your clients, your customers, your team, and your family—in the lurch when something happens to you. We get it - there are plenty of reasons to put off estate planning, and as business owners ourselves, we truly understand the common excuses for why you probably haven’t created your estate plan yet. But as a family business lawyer, stop making excuses!
Whenever you have a partner or multiple owners in a business, one of the most important—but often overlooked—aspects of the relationship is planning for how it will end. It's crucial that you come up with a clear exit strategy, and do so at the start of your relationship when things are going well, and not wait until you encounter problems down the road. Indeed, the more thought you put into your exit plan ahead of time, the smoother things will be when one of you finally does move on.
The constant whirlwind of excitement and activity surrounding the launch of your startup can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You can get so focused on the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of getting your operation up and running that you neglect some of your company's most vital legal components. Because you're so busy and likely not generating much revenue during the startup phase, it may be tempting to try to handle everything on your own and not seek out the support of a business lawyer.
Many entrepreneurs structure their business as an 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. Although the administrative requirements for an LLC are far less strict than for a corporation, you’ll still need to abide by some operational formalities if you want to maintain your personal liability protection.
A large part of being a successful business owner is knowing how to consciously manage relationships and facilitate conflict when it arises healthily and productively. When business owners and managers find themselves in a disagreement or misalignment of expectations, the potential costs are endless. No one wants to end up in a dispute. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of conflict in the future. Learn more here!
You may be wondering why you need to hire a lawyer to help you run your company. This is true today when you can access just about every conceivable legal document online for cheap from the countless online do-it-yourself document services. But without the guidance and support of trusted legal counsel, you're likely not aware of all the ways your business is leaking money, putting yourself and your family at risk, and possibly limiting the positive impact you have on the lives of your clients.