Privacy and Security Rules for Every Online Business

You probably gather information from your website visitors, including their name & email, their IP address, cookies, and perhaps other contact information (phone number, mailing address) when they sign up for your list or join your membership site. You may also collect their financial information if you sell products and services directly on your site, or […]

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Should You Bootstrap Your Business?

When business owners have cash on hand, they typically look to their own bank account as a first source of financing. Lump-sum financing is when you have a fixed amount of money from the sale of a business or investment, an inheritance, personal savings, 401(k) cash-out (rarely a good idea) or other amount of cash that […]

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Review of Harvest: User-Friendly Time Tracking with a Dash of Counter-Intuitive

Harvest is a time-tracking SaaS with a simple and friendly interface that launched nearly ten years ago. We’ve been using it for the past nine months. Harvest integrates with browsers, and can be used via a desktop app and an iPhone app, which makes it easy to remember to use. When requesting help, they stand […]

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4 Reasons to Fire Your Attorney

Most people have a “bad lawyer” story. But if things are just *meh* with your current attorney, how do you know when it is time to let them go?

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Should You Sue for Breach of Contract?

They disappeared, delivered bad work, refused to pay you, or otherwise breached the terms of your agreement. You tried to negotiate, and the negotiations either failed or the other parties did not even respond to your emails or phone calls. Decision Point: Is this dispute worth your time and energy? You need to determine whether […]

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How to Do Your Own Legal Work

Is there a way to do your own small business legal work? Here’s my recommendation on the best resources to use, if you can’t yet afford an attorney. Book reviewed on the show: Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants (affiliate link)

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3 Tips for Traveling Light and Working Remote

My family and I are originally from Washington State, but we called Western Massachusetts home for many years. Every summer when I was growing up, we would make the long journey cross country to visit relatives in Washington. For about a dozen years, we drove–that’s right: 6,000 miles roundtrip every summer! What do I remember […]

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10 Points to Include in Any Licensing Agreement

One way to “rent out” intellectual property, such as trademarks and copyrights, is to license them under a freestanding agreement, or as part of another contract. You are probably already using licenses in your current contracts, such as if you hire someone to design your logo, if you buy stock photos or royalty-free music, or […]

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How to Pick a Lawyer

Yes, it is important that you hire a lawyer who has expertise & experience with your kind of business. But when it comes down to it, something else is much more important:

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Review of Insightly CRM / Project Management Software: an Intuitive Work-in-Progress

My first major task as a project manager at EPW was to get the company up and running with a CRM and a new project management tool. As a law firm and a small business watching our efficiency and overhead, we take due diligence seriously. Since there are numerous options in both fields, it took […]

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