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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Should You Form Your LLC in Nevada?

I get this question all the time: should a new Limited Liability Company (LLC) be formed in Nevada, since that is (allegedly) the best state for a new business? The rumor is that forming your LLC in Nevada will save you money, but usually the opposite is true (except when it is not). Here’s why:

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The Right to Privacy and Why Apple Inc. Needs Permission to Use a Pic of Your Face

Do you ever take photos of clients, customers, attendees, friends, or colleagues, and use them on your website or blog? Do you have *express written permission* to use those photos for that purpose? Um, yeah. You may want to work on that. According to the Complaint, back in 2010, an employee of Apple, Inc. took […]

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Before You Launch, You Must Do This.

Did you just come up with a name for your new product, service, business, or website? Before you spend money, time, and energy on graphics, design, branding, and marketing … do this.

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3 Eye-Openers from Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of Thinking Clearly

While reading The Art of Thinking Clearly(aff. link), about the myriad ways we all engage in fuzzy thinking, don’t be fooled by the short and seemingly simple chapters. This is not a quick read and perhaps it is best spread out piece-by-piece over a few months and shared with others for discussion. After all, our […]

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When a Non-Lawyer Forms Your LLC

Did you have your CPA, bookkeeper, tax preparer, virtual assistant, or online business manager form your Limited Liability Company (LLC)? Um … there’s a problem with that.

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4 Local Legal Requirements Before You Open Your New Business

Your local county, city, or town may have rules about what you must do before you can open a business. Typically, they enforce these rules via requiring a business license, a DBA (doing-business-as) registration, compliance with zoning laws, or a permit. Even if you’re working from home or have an online business, your town probably […]

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9 Common Situations Where You Need a Written Contract

It’s tempting to fall into a romantic “shake hands” way of doing business, but there are certain situations where having a written agreement is important, if not required, both to protect yourself and to get the results you want. Here are nine situations where you should consider formalizing your agreement into a writing, signed by […]

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Do You Know the 5 Types of Intellectual Property?

“Intellectual Property” (IP) are those assets of a business that are intellectual–in other words, not physical–such as copyrights, patents, and trademarks. But many business owners mix up the different types of IP, which makes it difficult for them to ask the right questions & learn how to make decisions to protect their creations. Here’s an […]

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9 Questions to Answer Before You Start a Joint Venture

A “joint venture” is any time you are engaged in a project with another business or individual. Joint ventures can range from a short one-time project that doesn’t generate any money, to an ongoing venture that’s really an entirely new business. In many ways, this is a complex relationship, because it may be part partnership, […]

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