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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'

Don't Let Sweat Equity Create 'Phantom Income'

How to set up an LLC without creating taxable income for your sweat-equity partner
March 3, 2010 in Legal Center
Tapping Friends and Family for Startup Funds

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.

Caught in a Customer Disappearing Act

In today's economy, no one can predict how much atttition will take place.
June 5, 2009 in Business Management

Keep Lawsuits off Your Back

5 ways to reduce your liability risk.
May 13, 2009 in Business Management

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.
March 10, 2009 in Social Media

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.
June 18, 2008 in Starting a Business

The Best Option

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

Three-Ring Circus

What you need to juggle several startups at once.

Corp Values

So you've got a business idea and a plan, but what kind of company do you want to own?
December 1, 2007 in Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Help Wanted

How to find and hire employees who can take your business in the right direction.
September 1, 2007 in Your Website

Site Standard

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

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.
March 9, 2007 in Your Website

Web of Lies?

Investigating potential employees online can hurt your business if you're not careful.
February 2, 2007 in Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Start the New Year Off Right

The 10 commandments of business success you need to take to heart this year
December 28, 2006 in Business Management

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?
November 22, 2006 in Compensation and Benefits

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.
November 17, 2006 in Building a Website

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.
October 24, 2006 in Technology

The Basics of Real Estate Leases

That retail lease may seem simple, but there could be more to it than meets the eye.
October 10, 2006 in Management & Operations

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.
September 14, 2006 in Finding Customers

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.
September 11, 2006 in Managing Employees

The Legal Issues of Advertising Online

Make sure your online ads are legally protected.
June 1, 2006 in Ads by Type

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.
May 30, 2006 in Online Marketing

A Quick Guide to Tax Extensions

This legal expert shares the facts when it comes to filing for a tax extension.
April 10, 2006 in Tax Center

Using Podcasting to Promote Your Site

Here's everything you need to know about the latest technology to hit the internet.
March 27, 2006 in Online Marketing

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.
March 21, 2006 in Exploring New Markets

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.
January 23, 2006
How to Hire an Attorney

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.
January 20, 2006 in Legal Basics For Startups

Year-End Tax Tips for 2005

Listen up as this small-business expert offers some 2005 tax advice you can still take advantage of.
December 15, 2005 in Tax Center