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.

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Frequently Asked eBay Tax Questions

If you're running an eBay business, read on to find out if the following tax situations apply to your online business.

Do You Have a Business or Just a Hobby?

When it comes to taxes, knowing the difference could mean the difference between complying with the law--or breaking it.
Startup Basics

10 Things to Look Out for When Buying a Business

If you're thinking about purchasing a business for sale, this legal expert tells you what you need to be wary of to protect your investment.

Frequently Asked eBay Tax Questions

If you're running an eBay business, read on to find out if the following tax situations apply to your online business.
Management & Operations

Negotiating Your Shopping Center Lease

Before you sign on the dotted line, find out just what you need to watch out for--and have included--in your retail location lease.
Tax Center

The ABCs of Online Sales Tax

Find out exactly what you should be charging--and paying--when conducting business online.
Home Based Business

How to Make Sure Your eBay Biz Is Legal

Online retail is not a free-for-all. Get your business off to a smooth start--and stay out of trouble--by understanding some basic legal and tax rules.
Tax Center

Is Your Hobby Really a Business?

Even if you think of your new pastime as a hobby, the IRS and your city and state tax authorities might disagree. Find out if there's more to your "hobby" than meets the eye.
Management & Operations

Avoiding the Zoning Trap

Even if your neighborhood's not zoned for business, you can still run a legal e-commerce or mail order business out of your home. Find out how.
Legal Basics For Startups

Can Non-Residents Own Businesses in the U.S.?

This legal expert offers a breakdown of the immigration laws every non-resident entrepeneurial wannabe should know.

Recent Changes in Subchapter S Laws

Thinking about forming a Subchapter S corp? Find out how the changes made last year in the American Jobs Creation Act can affect your decision.

eBay Made Easy

Ready to start an eBay business? These 5 simple steps will get you on your way.
Tax Center

Start Planning Now for Next Year's Tax Season

Make filing your taxes next year a breeze with smart advice from a tax-planning pro.
Legal Center

Should I Dissolve My Partnership?

Find out what your options are if you decide to break up a business partnership.
Business Management

Do You Need an Auction License for eBay?

Even if you don't consider yourself a professional auctioneer, you may still need a license to offer your goods to the highest online bidder.

10 New Year's Resolutions for 2005

You've made them for yourself. Now's the time to develop a few resolutions that will help you create a stronger business this year.
Business Management

Getting in Your Deductions Before December 31

There's still time to make some moves that will help lower your 2004 tax bill.

Franchise Detective

If you really want to know the dirt on the franchise you're interested in, put your ear to the ground and start listening.

How to Hire an Attorney

Hiring a good lawyer is crucial to any successful business. Here's everything you need to find, interview, and hire the best.

Famous Last Words

Before you utter one of these doomed sentences, find out what you can do now to save your business from oblivion.
Managing Employees

The Goldilocks Theory of Employee Management

How can you get your employee relationships "just right"? Tips from this experienced business owner will show you the way.
Researching a Franchise

Investigating a Franchise's Reputation

If you really want to find out the dirt on the franchise you're interested in, put your ear to the ground and start listening.
Management & Operations

Finding Space for Your Franchised Business

Before you sign a lease for a commercial location, read these tips from a legal expert to protect yourself and your new business.
Business Management

Don't Let Spam Hurt Your Business

Helpful advice for screening your e-mail to keep the messages you want and dumping the rest

When It's Time to Raise Prices for Your Service

Tread carefully with your faithful customers, or you could end up losing their business.
Tax Center

The ABCs of Tax IDs

A legal expert answers a host of perplexing tax ID questions.

10 Ways to Improve Your Business Now

While you're working on goals for your business, why not take a look at these suggestions from an entrepreneurial expert?

Getting Out of a Franchise Business

Find out what options you have when you're unhappy with the results of your franchise purchase.
Cash Flow & Money Management

Choosing the Right Financial Professional

With advice from an expert, we can help you figure out just who you need to assist you with the financial side of your business.
Your Business Plan

Smart Tips for Writing Your Business Plan

8 ideas for creating a plan that'll help you successfully reach your business goals

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