Want your customers to be bound by your terms of service?

Do you want your customers to be bound by your terms of service agreement when they buy a product off your website? Here’s a quick tip to make that much more likely.

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Question: “Should I Incorporate in Delaware or Nevada?” Answer: Probably Not.

About half of my new clients wonder if they should incorporate in Delaware or Nevada, probably because they’ve read something online or heard from a colleague one of these two myths. Myth #1: If I form my corporation or LLC in Nevada, then I can avoid income taxes. Nope. This only works if you’re physically […]

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What’s the Difference Between ® and ™?

Wonder why sometimes the trademarked name of a product, a tag line, or logo will have a ® afterwards, and sometimes a ™? In this 2 1/2 minute video, I explain the difference between ® and ™ and why you might want to use one versus the other to protect the trademarks of your small […]

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What’s the Difference Between a Copyright and a Trademark?

It’s very common to be confused about the difference between a copyright and a trademark, so if you’re asking that question, you’re not alone! Copyrights and trademarks have very different purposes in the law, even though they both end up being important assets of a business. The purpose of a copyright is to protect the […]

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Can a Disclosure on Your Blog Protect You from Copyright Infringement?

Recently, I came across this disclosure: All images on [domain name] are either a) photographed by the blog author(s) or b) readily available in various places on the Internet and believed to be in public domain. Images posted are believed to be posted within our rights according to the U.S. Copyright Fair Use Act (Title […]

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How are LLCs taxed? (Hint: You Can be an LLC and an S-Corporation, too!)

If you’re thinking of forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC), one consideration is how forming the LLC will change your tax status as a business and as a business owner. Here’s the deal: Default Rule is that LLCs are Taxed as a Sole Proprietorship or a Partnership If you don’t do anything to change it, […]

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What is a LLC?

There are many “experts” out there writing about how forming a LLC is an important step in having a real business. But what is a LLC, really, and what does it do for you? While some one-person businesses are better off as sole proprietorships, forming a Limited Liability Company, or LLC, is one tool you […]

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How to Think Big

This blog post was supposed to be “127 Things I’ve Learned from 10 Years in Business,” to have been published on April 1, 2014 (my Ten Year Anniversary of starting a business). It would have been all comprehensive and meaningful and buzzfeedviralesqueish. But … it didn’t happen. The Comprehensive Summary of 10 Years of My […]

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Get Biz Legal: Do This for Your Biz Once a Year

It’s not fun or sexy, but here’s an easy little form you need to file each year to keep the government happy, and your company in existence.

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Get Biz Legal: Where’s Your Website?

Protecting yourself isn’t just about forming LLCs and drafting contracts. Here’s a quick DIY tip for you to lower your risk of something going wonky with your website (or at least make the wonky easier to handle).

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