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.
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.
One of the most exciting parts of owning a business is paying your own hard work. And yet, some business owners don't pay themselves or rely on inconsistent income to avoid owing taxes. But the right way to pay yourself from your business depends on the type of entity structure you use to establish your company. That's why entrepreneurs are advised to structure their business as an LLC. In this way, you can protect yourself from debts and lawsuits related to your company and save on taxes.
The staggering events of 2020 have greatly affected each person’s overall mental and emotional health. Faced with sudden changes such as sickness, loss, or unemployment it is difficult to stay positive. No pun intended. However, this may be an opportunity to invest in your most important asset—yourself. It is a time of unearthing your skills and talents that may have been stored away all this time. As each person is unique you surely have something to offer that nobody else could. You could be t
The coronavirus outbreak has most business owners on their toes. The constant emphasis on the slightest human interaction through skeletal arrangements results in taking in more tasks on your already full plate. From implementing safety measures to protect your employees, formulating strategies to mitigate the outbreak’s impact, to finding ways to generate more revenue — you feel the need to do it all. Here is some advice on how to navigate the volatile business environment in the new normal.
Keeping tabs on the latest developments in public health is vital in reopening your business especially during these dire times. Non-compliance and possible lawsuits are no-no in an already risky business environment. The EEOC's issuance of guidance on antibody tests is one of those developments you should take note of.
COVID 19 has complicated most things that have to do with business, and that includes the rules about granting sick leave to employees. While there are similarities between FFCRA and FMLA, there are certain conditions accepted only under FFCRA. Knowing these conditions can help you create healthcare policies that would best benefit your employees without compromising your "new normal" business operations.
The California Senate passed AB5 that addresses the “employment status” of workers when the hiring entity claims the worker is an independent contractor and not an employee. If you are an independent contractor in California, there are some steps you can take immediately to bolster your position as an independent contractor. Read here to learn more and understand its applicability to you, as either an independent contractor or a business owner who hires independent contractors.
As a business owner, one of your top priorities is to maneuver your business away from creditors' claims, litigation, and other factors that can put your business at risk. The protection and preservation of the wealth you create as an entrepreneur doesn't just happen on its own. It involves strategic planning and intentional execution - which a lot of entrepreneurs fail to focus and execute. To help you protect your wealth & assets, here are a few strategies you can use and include in your plan.