If you're like most people, you most likely own numerous digital assets, some of which may have significant monetary value and some which have purely sentimental value. You may also own digital assets which hold no value for anyone other than yourself or have a certain digital property that you'd prefer your family and friends not access or inherit when you pass away. To ensure all your digital assets are passed on according to your wish, you must adapt your estate planning strategies.
Recent advances in digital technology have made many aspects of our lives exponentially easier and more convenient. But at the same time, digital technology has also created some serious complications when it comes to estate planning. Without the proper estate planning, just locating and accessing your digital assets can be a major headache—or even impossible—for your loved ones following your incapacity or death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Establishing and running a successful small business is an extremely rewarding experience. For small business owners, deciding when and how to sell your business is arguably even more consequential, but if you're guided by the right factors that should be considered before putting up the proverbial for sale sign, you can smoothly transition ownership of the small business you spent your lifetime building —and you can begin the next chapter of your life.