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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
Before you utter these famous last words, find out what you can do
now to save your business from an early demise. September 22, 2003
Don't get left out in the cold when one of your corporate customers experiences a major company shift. There are ways to keep your business intact.
September 2, 2003
If your staff is heavy on the over-40 crowd, here's how you can be ready when they start leaving the nest.
August 11, 2003
Deciding on a city for your business's location isn't easy. Here are some pointers to help with your decision.
August 5, 2003
With a few tips from this "sub management" expert, you can create strong relationships that help your company grow.
July 28, 2003
After selling his first company, this entrepreneur founded his next company based on what business owners need most: sales help.
July 21, 2003
Find out what provisions in the recently passed Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act will directly benefit small businesses.
July 14, 2003
Smart start-up tips to help you when buying a business or presenting a professional image as a homebased entrepreneur
June 17, 2003
How to set up an earn-in agreement to the benefit of both you and your co-owner
June 2, 2003
Don't go too high or too low, or customers won't buy what you're offering.
June 1, 2003
Answers to some of your most pressing questions about how to pay your own salary and how to compensate independent contractors
May 27, 2003
Your property/casualty insurance probably won't cover you in the event your high-tech equipment goes haywire.
May 19, 2003
Your Business Plan
Tapping an underserved niche, this business plan was the one that most impressed the judges of the annual Wharton Business Plan Competition.
May 12, 2003
Legal Basics For Startups
Sometimes, divvying up everything equally in a business isn't in everyone's best interests.
May 5, 2003
Want to work with a non-U.S. citizen? Investor? Or obtain an entrepreneur visa? Here's what you need to know.
April 28, 2003
A new look at the classic question of whether you are cut out to be an entrepreneur
April 21, 2003
Franchise Buying Guide
If you're thinking of buying a franchise, you need to ask yourself these questions before jumping in.
April 7, 2003
Franchise Buying Guide
What to do if your franchise company merges with another and you're left to cozy up with a former competitor
March 24, 2003
The legal and tax implications of doing business in more than one state
March 17, 2003
If you want to leave a legacy with your business and also help out your community, establishing a CRT could be the way to go.
February 24, 2003
Who gets a 1099? Who gets a W-2? Here are questions and answers to your most common tax-form dilemmas.
January 27, 2003
Want to impress a potential investor quickly? Here's exactly what to say.
January 20, 2003
Answers to some common questions that may arise when dealing with a lawyer
January 6, 2003
Get in touch with an angel, says one entrepreneurâand we don't mean angel investorâand you might find the help you need in starting and growing your business.
December 23, 2002
How to deal with the unique challenges involved with bridging the generation gap
December 16, 2002
Everything you ever wanted to know about forming your company as an LLC--and then some
December 9, 2002
If your hot new product or service is a sure path to big-company success, these strategies will help you get there.
December 2, 2002
Get the low-down on the legalities of paying active and passive investors in this business structure.
November 25, 2002
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