Cliff Ennico

Cliff Ennico is a syndicated columnist and author of several books on small business, including Small Business Survival Guide and The eBay Business Answer Book. This column is no substitute for legal, tax or financial advice, which can be furnished only by a qualified professional licensed in your state.

30 Recent Stories

Don't Let Sweat Equity Create 'Phantom Income'
Legal Center

Don't Let Sweat Equity Create 'Phantom Income'

How to set up an LLC without creating taxable income for your sweat-equity partner
Tapping Friends and Family for Startup Funds
Borrowing Startup Funds From Friends and Family

Tapping Friends and Family for Startup Funds

Make sure you cover your bases before accepting a loan or investment from a friend or family member.
Business Management

Caught in a Customer Disappearing Act

In today's economy, no one can predict how much atttition will take place.
Business Management

Keep Lawsuits off Your Back

5 ways to reduce your liability risk.
Social Media

Mind Your Posts

You want your blog to attract a lot of search engine traffic, but if you go too far there's a risk that someone will sue you.
Starting a Business

Before You Buy That Small Business

Buying an existing business is often safer than starting one on your own. But watch out for these red flags.
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

The Best Option

Can a startup on a budget use stock rather than cash as a hiring incentive?
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Three-Ring Circus

What you need to juggle several startups at once.
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Corp Values

So you've got a business idea and a plan, but what kind of company do you want to own?
Websites

Help Wanted

How to find and hire employees who can take your business in the right direction.
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Site Standard

Launching a content-driven site? Protect yourself against lawsuits with these 4 must-have features.
Websites

Tripped Up by Taxes?

Selling on eBay makes you subject to taxes, just like a retail store. Be sure to avoid these 10 tax errors.
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Web of Lies?

Investigating potential employees online can hurt your business if you're not careful.
Business Management

Start the New Year Off Right

The 10 commandments of business success you need to take to heart this year
Compensation and Benefits

Should You Fight Your Ex-Employee's Benefits Claim?

If an employee you fired "for cause" is now claiming benefits, is fighting the claim in your best interest?
Building a Website

The Domain Name Dilemma

If the domain name you'd like to use is taken, as it likely will be, you still have plenty of available options.
Technology

What's New in the Digital Media Game?

At Digital Life 2006, this small-business expert got a look at some of the new tech products you'll be hearing about in coming months.
Management & Operations

The Basics of Real Estate Leases

That retail lease may seem simple, but there could be more to it than meets the eye.
Finding Customers

Taking Customers With You When You Start a Business

If you've decided to break off on your own and launch a business that's competition to your former employer, heed these words of wisdom from a business law expert.
Managing Employees

The Right Way to Fire Someone

Firing an employee may be the hardest thing you'll have to do, but if you follow these tips, you can get the job done right.
Ads by Type

The Legal Issues of Advertising Online

Make sure your online ads are legally protected.
Online Marketing

Pulling Your Customers on the Internet

Traditional marketing is all about "pushing" products. Find out why internet marketing is all about the "pull" and how you can learn to do it right.
Tax Center

A Quick Guide to Tax Extensions

This legal expert shares the facts when it comes to filing for a tax extension.
Online Marketing

Using Podcasting to Promote Your Site

Here's everything you need to know about the latest technology to hit the internet.
Exploring New Markets

Breaking Into the Big Boxes

Here's a strategy that'll help you expand your distribution channels in a way that makes sense to your bottom line.
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Permission Slips

Before startup, find out if you need a license or permit to operate your business.

You Know You Have an eBay Business When...

If you're not sure whether your eBay "obsession" is now a full-fledged business, take this quick 20-point test to find out.
How to Hire an Attorney
Legal Basics For Startups

How to Hire an Attorney

Hiring a good lawyer is crucial to any successful business. Here's everything you need to know about finding, interviewing and hiring the very best.
Tax Center

Year-End Tax Tips for 2005

Listen up as this small-business expert offers some 2005 tax advice you can still take advantage of.