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Infographic: 4 Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/15/2014)

Here’s how to protect your Intellectual Property… Read More

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7 Legal Tricks Every Self-Employed Person Should Know

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 10/14/2014)

Discover cheap, valuable strategies and legal solutions for making your freelance or self-employed business life easier… Read More

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Top 3 Reasons Why the Self-Employed Should Incorporate

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/13/2014)

When someone starts a business, he or she almost always begins the venture as a sole proprietorship, legally speaking. It is not hard to understand why that is: A sole proprietorship is the easiest, quickest, and least expensive way to get started…. Read More

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Ask an Expert: Small Business Burnout

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 10/07/2014)

Small business owners deal with job burnout just as much as everyone else. And maybe more…. Read More

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PRIMER: Small Business Guide to The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

By: Jayson Law Group (Published on 09/29/2014)

A Small Business Guide to The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) … Read More

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The Secret to Keeping Your Business Safe and Secure

By: Richard Davis (Published on 09/12/2014)

Online threats are real and distressing but so are the ones offline, but there are ways you can get yourself out of the danger zone…. Read More

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When Is a Verbal Contract Enforceable (and Not)?

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 09/09/2014)

The basic rule is that a verbal contract is just as enforceable as a written one, but then again, sometimes it’s not. The difference is . . …. Read More

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How To Negotiate a Great Lease

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 09/09/2014)

When you run a business, negotiating a lease can be intimidating. It need not be. The key is to… Read More

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3 Simple Steps to Getting a Patent for Your Invention

By: Team TSE (Published on 09/09/2014)

How do you patent your great idea or invention? Here are three simple steps… Read More

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Getting Out of Debt For Less Than You Owe

By: Team TSE (Published on 08/30/2014)

When your business is in debt can you get out of debt for less than you owe? Yes…. Read More

Selling Your Business

How to Find Qualified Buyers When Selling Your Business – 7 Must Know Tips

By: TSE Guest Blogger (Published on 08/25/2014)

There are many options and resources for you when selling s small business. Here are 7 must know tips … Read More

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The Friday Funnies

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 08/15/2014)

The Friday Funnies… Read More

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When Can I Legally Breach a Contract?

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 08/13/2014)

Are there times when you actually can legally breach a contract? You bet…. Read More

Workplace Laws

Workplace Laws You Need to Know

By: Team TSE (Published on 08/02/2014)

A little legal knowledge can go a long way. Here’s what you need to know before you hire or fire someone…. Read More

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Why No One Is Going To Steal Your Big Idea

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 07/31/2014)

Get over yourself. No one cares as much as you do about stealing your big idea… Read More

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9 Ways Small Businesses Attract Lawsuits

By: SCORE (Published on 07/16/2014)

Lawsuits filed by disgruntled employees or independent contractors against small businesses are one of the most vexing problems that business owners continue to face. Here are the top mistakes that small employers make that lead to lawsuits…. Read More

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2 Psychology Tricks To Use In Your Next Negotiation

By: Team TSE (Published on 07/15/2014)

So what to do when you are put in a tough negotiation situation? Use a little bit of psychology to turn the tide in your favor, that’s what. … Read More

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4 Disastrous Pitfalls For The Self-Employed

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 06/26/2014)

Just because you believe an idea to be great, that doesn’t mean it is … Read More

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It’s Sometimes Way Too Late to Make a Great First Impression

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 06/17/2014)

You better not make these mistakes… Read More

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In Praise of Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 05/26/2014)

Honoring the people who not only sacrificed themselves physically and mentally for this country, but who didn’t let that stop them…. Read More

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Buying a Business With (Almost) No Money Down

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 05/21/2014)

Is it possible to buy a business with no money down? You bet. Here’s how… Read More

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Success Strategy: Getting Government Contracts

By: SCORE (Published on 05/08/2014)

Want to grow your business? Getting bigger clients is one way, and the government is the biggest there is. Here’s how one small business got in on the game… Read More

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The Secret to Working with Millennials

By: SCORE (Published on 05/02/2014)

Is there a secret to the Millennial mindset? You bet, and it’s this . . . … Read More

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Our Get Rich Slow Scheme

By: Spencer Strauss (Published on 04/30/2014)

Want to get rich? Invest in real estate – moderately priced, medium real estate. Here’s how and why… Read More

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Options Besides Bankruptcy

By: Team TSE (Published on 04/08/2014)

What are your choices if your business is in financial trouble but you don’t want to file bankruptcy? Here are a few viable options… Read More

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5 Ways to Protect Your Business Against Financial Fraud

By: SCORE (Published on 03/18/2014)

Financial fraud is a rising concern for many companies. Not sure how to protect your business? Here are a few tips… Read More

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10 Steps to Dissolving a Business

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 01/23/2014)

If your business venture has not worked out as planned, here are the steps one needs to take to formally (if sadly) close a business… Read More

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5 Things You Need To Consider When Starting Your New Business

By: SCORE (Published on 01/07/2014)

Ready to take the entrepreneurial plunge? Here are the most critical items to consider when selecting your business structure… Read More

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VIDEO: Check Out Our First Google+ Hangout – Get Your Legal House In Order!

By: Team TSE (Published on 12/11/2013)

Missed Steve’s LegalZoom hangout? Here’s what you missed and what you need to know to get your legal house in order before the end of the year… Read More

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How Do You Protect a Business Idea?

By: Team TSE (Published on 12/06/2013)

Ever wondered how you can go about protecting your business idea to make sure no one steals it… Read More

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The Legal Implications of Starting A Business Out Of Your Apartment

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/02/2013)

According to the SBA home-based businesses make up roughly half of all U.S. businesses. Learn about the ins and outs of setting up shop from your apartment… Read More

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How To Amend A Contract

By: Team TSE (Published on 09/26/2013)

Find out exactly what a legally binding contract amendment should look like when you’re self-employed…. Read More

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Get More from Your Interns: 5 Ideas That Really Work

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 09/19/2013)

If you think an internship program is an easy source of free labor, you would be both right and wrong. Find out the legal way to take advantage of help from interns… Read More

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Choosing the Right Business Structure for Your Entrepreneurial Style

By: SCORE (Published on 09/12/2013)

Whichever entrepreneurial direction you choose, selecting a business structure that works for you and your family is a high priority… Read More

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Contract Basics for the Self-Employed

By: Team TSE (Published on 09/09/2013)

Learn about the importance of having a contract when you’re self-employed – from contract basics to the value of the agreement between parties… Read More

Legal Mistakes

5 Legal Issues That Could Cost Your Business Money

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 07/10/2013)

Are you making one of these legal mistakes? Failing to comply with these laws could cost you thousands… Read More

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The 60-Second Guide to Retaining Business Records

By: SCORE (Published on 06/28/2013)

Don’t get caught in the business records runaround. In just 60 seconds, we’ll give you some guidelines for culling that plethora of paper down to the essentials… Read More

Verbal Contracts

Dealing With and Enforcing Verbal Contracts

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 05/23/2013)

If you want to enforce a verbal contract, then you’ll need to prove that it existed in the first place. Find out what to do when you failed to get it in writing… Read More

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The 60-Second Guide to Letting An Employee Go

By: SCORE (Published on 05/22/2013)

Letting an employee go is a difficult and emotional task for most small business owners. In just 60-seconds, you’ll learn how to conduct a tactful termination… Read More

Workplace Laws

Workplace Laws Anyone Who Is Self-Employed Should Know

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 04/15/2013)

Where do you go to get informed, legally speaking? Are there some common legal issues of which you need to be especially aware? Find answers to these questions here… Read More

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Are You Protected From A Third-Party Lawsuit Disaster?

By: Dan Cook (Published on 03/02/2013)

Do work with group projects? Make sure to protect your company and avoid getting dragged into litigation over an issue you had nothing to do with… Read More

Startup Act

Foreign Invasion: The Startup Act 3.0 Benefits More Than Just Entrepreneurs

By: Karen Donnelly (Published on 03/01/2013)

Officials recently introduced the Startup Act 3.0 to the Senate floor. Find out what implications this potential law could have for your business… Read More

Digital Storage

Are Your Digital Documents Legal Ready?

By: Dan Cook (Published on 02/21/2013)

Here are five tips from attorneys who specialize in litigation readiness on how to manage your digital data so that you can find and produce what you need… Read More

Workplace Conflicts

5 Dynamite Ways to Resolve Workplace Conflicts

By: SCORE (Published on 02/15/2013)

Workplace conflicts can sap energy from any small business. However, smart business owners can turn a negative into a positive using these five keys to resolving workplace conflict… Read More

Fighting Fraud

5 Tips for Protecting Your Business Against Financial Fraud

By: SCORE (Published on 02/13/2013)

“Back office” and other types of financial fraud are rising at U.S. companies, and are hitting small businesses especially hard. Here are some tips to help you fight fraud in your business…. Read More

Selling Your Business

6 Legal Tips to Keep in Mind When Buying A Business

By: SCORE (Published on 01/31/2013)

In order to ensure that you are protected under the law when buying a business make sure you have your attorney take care of these items
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Patent 101

Intellectual Property Rights and Patents 101

By: SCORE (Published on 01/19/2013)

To help you get on the right track of protecting your next great idea take a look at the following breakdown of intellectual property rights and patents… Read More

Protect Your Idea

10 Steps to Protect Your Great Idea

By: SCORE (Published on 01/08/2013)

Got a great idea? Follow these steps first to make sure it’s protected… Read More

Avoid Check Fraud

7 Ways to Help You Avoid Check Fraud

By: SCORE (Published on 12/19/2012)

Business owners face a growing risk of check fraud as computers make it easier to create phony checks and banks allow customers to open accounts via telephone and the Internet. Here are some tips that will help combat check fraud… Read More

Legal Blogging Tips

5 Legal Tips Every Freelancer Should Know About Blogging & Social Media

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 12/12/2012)

To help you avoid some of the more common pitfalls, take a look at these five legal tips every freelancer should know about blogging and social media… Read More

Firing 101

Firing 101: 5 Tips to Keep in Mind to Protect Your Business

By: Dan Cook (Published on 12/06/2012)

No one likes the firing process. What’s worse, however, is when a termination has been mishandled. Here are five tips that will go a long way in protecting your business from a firing gone wrong… Read More

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10 Self-Employed Businesses You Can Start Today With Little or No Money

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/19/2012)

There are all sorts of micro-businesses you can start when you don’t have a lot of dough, To get you started, here are 10 that you can start today… Read More

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3 Things Every Soloprenuer Should Know About Contracts

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 11/10/2012)

When you are self-employed, entering into contracts is part of the game of business. Some contracts are really nothing more than simple oral agreements and some are, of course, far more complicated. Learn the ins and outs here
Read More

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Using Small Claims Court for Freelance Business Disputes

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 11/09/2012)

Courts have recently increased the dollar limit for disputes, making it more attractive for small business owners to take their grievances to court. Learn more now…. Read More

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8 Legal Tips That Will Save Your Business Time & Money

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 11/02/2012)

There are a myriad of factors that self-employed individuals need to confront when running their business. Here are some simple legal tips and business strategies that can help give you an edge and make your everyday life easier
Read More

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INFOGRAPHIC: Courting Disaster – Small Business Lawsuits

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/01/2012)

To learn more about the most common lawsuits that small businesses face, how much it may cost you, and how to protect yourself take a look at our featured infographic… Read More

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Creating An LLC When You Are Self-Employed

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 10/24/2012)

AWhen you are self-employed, you need to both look and act professional. Forming an LLC accomplishes both of those goals. Here’s how… Read More

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How to License Artwork for Websites: Royalties or One-Time Payments?

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 10/20/2012)

Licensing artwork on the web can be difficult to negotiate, and payments can be difficult to monitor and audit. Learn about royalties and 1-time payments…. Read More

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The Keys to Staying Within the Law as an Independent Contractor

By: Team TSE (Published on 09/25/2012)

Being your own boss as an independent contractor is a great way to get ahead. But to do it right your first need to fulfill some important legal and financial requirements. Learn how here…. Read More

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You and Your LLC: Doing it Right From the Very Start

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 09/12/2012)

The corporate veil: Act in good faith and follow the rules, and expect that your personal assets will be safe from any debts associated with your business…. Read More

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Creating A Tax Preparation Business For Little or No Money

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 09/07/2012)

Tax preparers earn their annual income during the 1st quarter of the year, maximizing job flexibility. Learn how to create a tax preparation business for little or no money, now…. Read More

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I Have A Business Problem; Do I Really Need A Lawyer?

By: Team TSE (Published on 09/03/2012)

When your business is confronted with a complex legal problem, you need to hire a professional. Learn more about hiring an attorney when you own your own business…. Read More

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Getting A Commercial Lease – Without Signing A Personal Guarantee

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 08/01/2012)

Is it possible to get a commercial lease without making a personal guarantee? Possibly. What you do is … Read More

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How to Easily and Affordably Start a Notary Business

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 07/31/2012)

Looking to make a little extra money or to build a stable, lucrative small business? Starting a Notary public for almost nothing may be the way to go…. Read More

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5 Website Legal Landmines Every Freelancer Should Know About

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 07/24/2012)

if you’re using social media, a blog, or your website as a platform for marketing, understand the legal and financial risks of posting content…. Read More

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How to Find and Take on a Partner

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 07/16/2012)

A good business partner shares your vision and enthusiasm, as well as your values, but a great friend can still turn out to be a lousy partner. Learn more now…. Read More

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Freelance Job Spotlight: Legal Transcription Training and Work

By: Rick Klaras (Published on 06/30/2012)

Want to start a business with little or no money? Become a legal transcriptionist. Find out why and the skills you need … Read More

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How To Buy A Business With No Money Down

By: Team TSE (Published on 06/11/2012)

Is it possible to buy a business with no money down, with 100% selller financing? Yes, but you have to be careful when doing so. The trick is… Read More

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VIDEO: 4 Easy Legal Tips For the Self-Employed

By: Admin (Published on 06/04/2012)

Want to know four simple legal ideas you can implement to protect your business, right now? Watch!… Read More

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Retirement Plans For The Self-Employed

By: TSE Guest Blogger (Published on 05/11/2012)

What retirement plan options are available for the self-employed? Probably more than you think. Here are your choices… Read More

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How to Sell Your Business

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 05/10/2012)

Selling a business is never simple, but with the right knowledge and resources, you can make the most of any opportunity to sell. Here’s how… Read More

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Are You An Employee or Really an Independent Contractor?

By: Team TSE (Published on 04/13/2012)

Don’t let an unscrupulous company mislabel you for their own benefit. Which are you – an employee of an independent contractor? Let’s find out…. Read More

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How to Get Out of a Commercial Lease

By: Team TSE (Published on 02/28/2012)

If you’re self-employed or a freelance or independent contractor business, is it possible to get out of a commercial lease? Yes. Find out how…. Read More

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To Sue or Not to Sue, That is the Question

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 02/28/2012)

Had a bad experience with a vendor? Think your business has been defrauded? Find out when it’s time to sue…. Read More

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