Growing your small business can be tricky. In fact, rapid growth can actually harm your company if you don't plan properly. And, even if you've implemented processes, technology, and outsourcing to deliver your core product or service and maximize growth efficiently, your company is still at risk if it doesn't have effective legal, insurance, tax, and financial (LIFT) systems. In fact, without solid LIFT systems, your business is just one accident, audit, or lawsuit away from ruin.
Remote work offers a number of benefits for both you and your team. Without a physical office, startup costs and overhead are significantly lowered. But running a remote workforce also comes with its own unique challenges. This is especially true when it comes to managing your team and keeping them engaged and motivated. With this in mind, adopt these three strategies to engage better and manage your remote workforce.
As more and more businesses take advantage of the benefits of using independent contractors (ICs) in lieu of full-time employees, the line between worker classification can get easily blurred. Though independent contractors can give your company an edge in today's "gig economy", but misclassifying your workers can cause you big-time in penalties, including fines, back taxes, and unpaid benefits.
Every business has its own unique risks and assets, so business insurance is your first line of defense in protecting your company from a wide variety of different potential threats. Without the right insurance—or with too little of the insurance you do need—you could be at great risk from the costs of a lawsuit, judgment, or in the event of an unforeseen emergency or disaster. There are many types of business insurance available, so make sure to know the type of insurance your business needs.
If you've always dreamed of running your own business but find the thought of building an entire company from scratch too daunting, you might consider investing in a franchise. When you purchase a franchise, you get an already proven business model and brand, which can make the startup phase significantly easier. Also, most franchises come with turnkey operating systems, extensive training programs, and ongoing support from the franchisor. However, no business is without its risks and drawbacks.
Whether it’s with an employee, client, a vendor, or a business partner, going to court to resolve a dispute is something you want to avoid at all costs, since even if you wind up winning your case, getting caught in the court process is time-consuming, expensive, and almost never good for your company’s reputation. To this end, the next time you find yourself in a dispute, you might consider attempting to resolve the matter through alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
Choosing the person to take over your business after your exit isn't about selecting someone who's exactly like you or even selecting someone you like. The most important thing is that you choose someone who's not only well-qualified for the role but also has the vision and skills to lead your company into the future. With so much riding on your decision, you should be careful to avoid these three common mistakes business owners often make when naming successors.
Coming up with a solid concept for a new business and working to get your operation off the ground can be an expensive undertaking. But the good news is that you can write off several expenses involved with the startup process. However, the rules for deducting startup expenses are different from those for writing off general business expenses incurred by an existing company. Here are some of the basic rules for writing off startup expenses that will benefit your business.
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.