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Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 13, 2007

Can you get benefits for maternity leave even if you are part-time?

A major company would certainly have an employee policy manual that explains eligibility for medical benefits. Most companies have specific rules about employees having to work over 25 hours per... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 13, 2007

Should I still pay an employee for holidays after he's used all his paid time off?

The vast majority of companies have a policy for paid time off that is for vacation, sick, and/ or personal use plus a policy regarding pay for declared "company holidays"---ranging from 6 to 9 or... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 13, 2007

If I hire people that aren't U.S. citizens, can they get a green card if they pay their taxes?

There is a great deal more involved in getting a “green card” than paying taxes! If hiring immigrants makes the best sense for your business, follow some good advice from SCORE: --Understand... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsSeptember 12, 2007

Is an exclusivity agreement enforceable by law?

While there are a number of different types of “exclusivity” agreements, I assume that you are referring to an agreement under which your client would agree to work exclusively with you or obtain... (more)
Question added to topic MoneySeptember 12, 2007

Do commissions from a sale get included in payroll taxes?

Yes -- if it is for an employee, then taxes need to be withheld on ANY compensation. (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessSeptember 12, 2007

How do I figure projections for a start up business?

You need to visit with your local small business development center to discuss the creation of a business plan. You also need to research your industry to help with information necessary for... (more)
Question added to topic MoneySeptember 12, 2007

What is the best refund policy for a small business that hosts events?

When I host events, I have a no refund policy as well. If you have to make the go/no go decision, then that should be implemented for your clients as well. There will always be reasons someone will... (more)
Question added to topic MoneySeptember 12, 2007

What is the best refund policy for a small business that hosts events?

When I host events, I have a no refund policy as well. If you have to make the go/no go decision, then that should be implemented for your clients as well. There will always be reasons someone will... (more)
Question added to topic MoneySeptember 12, 2007

What is the best refund policy for a small business that hosts events?

When I host events, I have a no refund policy as well. If you have to make the go/no go decision, then that should be implemented for your clients as well. There will always be reasons someone will... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessSeptember 12, 2007

What do I do when I have a possible business partner that does not have the skills and knowledge, but has the desire to learn?

Choosing a partner is one of the most important startup decisions you’ll ever make. There is no reason to have a partner unless he or she brings something to the table that you don’t – whether... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessSeptember 12, 2007

What do I do when I have a possible business partner that does not have the skills and knowledge, but has the desire to learn?

Choosing a partner is one of the most important startup decisions you’ll ever make. There is no reason to have a partner unless he or she brings something to the table that you don’t – whether... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessSeptember 12, 2007

What do I do when I have a possible business partner that does not have the skills and knowledge, but has the desire to learn?

Choosing a partner is one of the most important startup decisions you’ll ever make. There is no reason to have a partner unless he or she brings something to the table that you don’t – whether... (more)
Question added to topic TechnologySeptember 12, 2007

What basic forecast software would you recommend for my company?

There are many options available to you and it really depends on your specific needs and budget. Basic accounting software such as Quickbooks, Peachtree and Microsoft accounting have basic sales... (more)
Question added to topic Startup BasicsSeptember 12, 2007

Do you know of a web host that has a reseller program that supplies everything from a website to tech support to my end customer?

I know that Hypermart.com has a reseller program and does offer support. I use their services. Verio is also a very good web hosting company with a full suite of support options. I would be very... (more)
Question added to topic Startup BasicsSeptember 12, 2007

Do you know of a web host that has a reseller program that supplies everything from a website to tech support to my end customer?

I know that Hypermart.com has a reseller program and does offer support. I use their services. Verio is also a very good web hosting company with a full suite of support options. I would be very... (more)
Question added to topic TechnologySeptember 11, 2007

How can I be sure the asking price for a business is worth it?

You can never really be sure, but you certainly need to make sure you work with the right professionals including a small business attorney and business broker and possibly CPA, and you also need... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsSeptember 11, 2007

How do I get permission to use a product another company produces?

Simple question. In this instance you are the customer, so contact the sales department of the company and organize ordering their products (with or without your logo).  Most of us in... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsSeptember 11, 2007

How do I get permission to use a product another company produces?

Simple question. In this instance you are the customer, so contact the sales department of the company and organize ordering their products (with or without your logo).  Most of us in... (more)
Question added to topic MoneySeptember 11, 2007

How does one determine shareholding in a new business?

Here is a previously published answer to a very similar question:http://www.bplans.com/qa/article.cfm/381Tim (more)
Question added to topic MoneySeptember 11, 2007

How does one determine shareholding in a new business?

Here is a previously published answer to a very similar question:http://www.bplans.com/qa/article.cfm/381Tim (more)
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