As business owners, you've likely presented with legal documents that contained terms you didn't fully understand. You may have even signed documents that you didn't completely read because you were intimidated by the confusing legalese. Unfortunately, such scenarios are far too common, but it doesn't have to be. Rather than creating confusion and anxiety, the agreement process should be your opportunity to create clarity on your relationships, policies, and delivery of your product or services.
The entity you choose for your business affects everything contracted by your company. Your business entity will determine the amount of taxes you pay, what kind of records you keep, and how vulnerable your assets are to lawsuits. Among the different business entities, all companies should be one of the following legal structures: a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company (LLC).
When starting a business, you have to make a ton of decisions. Deciding what to name your company and hiring employees, what kind of products or services you should sell, and how to fund your operation, getting your business off the ground comes with a nearly endless number of decisions. Of all these decisions, perhaps none is more important or has a more significant impact on your success (or failure) than your choice of business entity structure.
Taking your clients out to dinner or to a sporting event can be a great way to get to know the people with whom you are doing business and help you develop a closer relationship. Plus, it can be a legitimate business expense (with some exceptions) that you can deduct from your company’s income taxes. The rules for deducting meal and entertainment expenses from your taxes have changed quite a bit over the last few years, and these changes can be pretty confusing.
When it comes to your company’s identity, nothing is more vital to your company than your name and logo. By developing a catchy name and snazzy logo for your business, you can quickly get your company recognized, remembered, and respected. Rather than rolling the dice by trying to register your trademark on your own or with a DIY registration service, we recommend you save yourself the time, money, and hassle and hire us to support and guide you through the process.
Hiring independent contractors (ICs) can be an essential way to boost productivity and streamline your resources, especially during the startup phase, when you have limited access to capital and can't afford to hire a full roster of employees. Even after your operation grows beyond its fledgling period, contractors are often vital for completing one-off projects or rounding out your team during hectic periods.
To make certain that your business—and the income it generates for your family—would continue to run smoothly when something happens to you, you need to create a comprehensive estate plan, and it really needs to include a trust. Without such a plan in place, your business will be stuck in an unnecessary court process that could easily cause the loss of everything you’ve worked so hard to build.
Going into business with your spouse or romantic partner can be an amazing opportunity—but it can just as easily be an absolute nightmare if not handled properly. Regardless of how amazing your love life may be, there's no guarantee you'll be equally compatible in a working relationship. It can potentially wreck both your business and marriage if things don't work out. Make sure to clarify the potential problems, risks, and benefits before jumping into business together.
Starting your own business can be exciting and scary at the same time. You are bound to make numerous mistakes along the way, yet you'll often discover that some of your biggest mistakes will later become your greatest strengths. Most of the lessons we learn and the knowledge we gain are learned the hard way. But if you can learn the lessons before making the mistakes, you can gain the advantage that much earlier and free yourself from the struggle of getting it wrong.
Included within the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act passed on January 1, 2021, is the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) that requires certain small businesses based in the U.S. to report the identities of their owners and organizers to the Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. It's an update to the federal government's anti-money laundering laws and designed to crack down on shell companies created for illicit financial activities.