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How to Hire the Right Business Attorney

How to Hire the Right Business Attorney

When you run your own small business, one of the people you have to rely on is a small business attorney to help you navigate confusing business laws, business formations, intellectual property protection, contracts and agreements, and the like. Here are a few tips to help you hire the right small business attorney the first […]

How to Know If Your Small Business Requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

How to Know If Your Small Business Requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Many small business owners get confused as to whether they need an EIN. The secret is in what the acronym stands for – employer identification number. Clearly, this number, which is acquired from the government for tax purposes, is primarily for businesses with employees. With that in mind, a sole proprietorship falls into one of […]

Three Ways to Protect Your Images as a Photographer

Three Ways to Protect Your Images as a Photographer

When it comes to the protection of intellectual property, there is no career where this is more important than being a professional photographer. You don’t want people to be able to use your photos without your permission. So how can you make sure that you get paid, especially when you often have to post images […]

Don’t Hire Employees for Your Small Business Until You Read This Article

Don’t Hire Employees for Your Small Business Until You Read This Article

The federal government and the state of California both have laws that protect employees. If you run a small business, there are some things that you should know about before you end up doing something that could cost your company a big fine. Eligibility – There are massive fines for hiring someone who is not […]

What’s in a Business Contract Anyway

What’s in a Business Contract Anyway

Business contracts are very important for small business owners. When drafted properly, they can protect your assets while helping you to determine the scope of much-needed business relationships. From lease agreements to employee contracts, here are a few things to look for in a business contract. Termination clause – If there are going to be […]

Three Types of Patents for Small Business Owners

Three Types of Patents for Small Business Owners

Intellectual property (IP) is one of the most important things that a small business owner needs to protect in order to stay competitive in the modern business world. How can patents help you? We’re going to look at three types of patents that can keep your competition from offering the same product or service as […]

Avoid Infringing on Copyright of Digital Content

Avoid Infringing on Copyright of Digital Content

You know that you can’t use a competitor’s trademarks or infringe on their patents or copyrights. However, the digital age has brought about a shift in thought. Some business people seem to forget that copyrights apply to digital content. Here are three common online practices that amount to stealing someone else’s intellectual property (IP). Not […]

Read These Important Reminders Before Entering a Business Partnership

Read These Important Reminders Before Entering a Business Partnership

There are many ways that you can structure a business. When two people are going into business together, the first structure that you may think of is a partnership. What do you need to know before entering into a business partnership? Here are a few considerations. Is a partnership the best business formation for us? […]

Primary Considerations When Your Intellectual Property Gets Leaked

Primary Considerations When Your Intellectual Property Gets Leaked

Your brand’s trade secrets are the competitive advantage that you need when it comes to doing business in a world of corporate mega-giants. So what should you know if a disgruntled employee shares your IP with a competitor? This is what employment contracts are for – If you had a good employment contract, you can […]