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.

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
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Tapping Friends and Family for Startup Funds
Starting a Business

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.
Growth Strategies

Caught in a Customer Disappearing Act

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

Keep Lawsuits off Your Back

5 ways to reduce your liability risk.
Marketing

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.

Privacy Matters

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.

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?
Technology

Help Wanted

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

Site Standard

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

Taxing Matters

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

Web of Lies?

Investigating potential employees online can hurt your business if you're not careful.
Growth Strategies

Start the New Year Off Right

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