Entrepreneur: Latest from Nina Kaufman http://www.entrepreneur.com The latest small business tips and advice from Entrepreneur.com. en-us Copyright 2014 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved. Entrepreneur.com webmaster@entrepreneur.com (webmaster) 5 Business Tue, 04 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT Why Business and Personal Funds Should Be Separate Attorney Nina Kaufman explains why mixing your money can lead to legal issues. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224658 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224658 Attorney Nina Kaufman explains why mixing your money can lead to legal issues. How Not to Get Burned When a Partnership Goes Bad Attorney Nina Kaufman on why a written agreement can be a critical asset for keeping partners accountable. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224655 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224655 Attorney Nina Kaufman on why a written agreement can be a critical asset for keeping partners accountable. 3 Reasons Sole Proprietorship Might Not Be Right for You Attorney Nina Kaufman on when entrepreneurs should steer clear of this business entity. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224664 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224664 Attorney Nina Kaufman on when entrepreneurs should steer clear of this business entity. Legal Tips for Setting Up a 'DBA' Attorney Nina Kaufman on establishing a new name under which your company can do business. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224654 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224654 Attorney Nina Kaufman on establishing a new name under which your company can do business. What You Need to Know Before Taking on Investors Attorney Nina Kaufman explains the legal precautions business owners need to take. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224657 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224657 Attorney Nina Kaufman explains the legal precautions business owners need to take. 3 Critical Elements of Client Agreements Attorney Nina Kaufman outlines what's needed before you begin working with a client. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224656 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224656 Attorney Nina Kaufman outlines what's needed before you begin working with a client. 3 Steps to Avoiding Late Payments Attorney Nina Kaufman offers advice on collecting payments from customers in a timely and efficient way. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224390 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224390 Attorney Nina Kaufman offers advice on collecting payments from customers in a timely and efficient way. Why Written Agreements Are Critical for Doing Business Attorney Nina Kaufman on why the days of 'doing business on a handshake' are over. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224392 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224392 Attorney Nina Kaufman on why the days of 'doing business on a handshake' are over. 3 Reasons to Consider a Legal Exit Strategy Attorney Nina Kaufman explains how an exit strategy can be useful if unexpected situations arise. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224388 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224388 Attorney Nina Kaufman explains how an exit strategy can be useful if unexpected situations arise. 3 Reasons to Incorporate Your Business Attorney Nina Kaufman on when it makes sense to incorporate your startup company. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224126 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224126 Attorney Nina Kaufman on when it makes sense to incorporate your startup company. How to Know If a Business Partner is Right for You Attorney Nina Kaufman on making sure you and your partners have what it takes to start a successful business together. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224127 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/224127 Attorney Nina Kaufman on making sure you and your partners have what it takes to start a successful business together. 3 Reasons Why Your Website Should Include Terms and Conditions Attorney Nina Kaufman outlines why you should have the right policies in place online. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 06:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223931 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223931 Attorney Nina Kaufman outlines why you should have the right policies in place online. When to Take Legal Action Over Late-Paying Customers Consider these three issues before suing a client over unpaid fees. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223932 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223932 Consider these three issues before suing a client over unpaid fees. The Biggest Legal Mistake to Avoid in Partnerships About to strike a business partnership? Attorney Nina Kaufman shares advice on how to do it right. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223934 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223934 About to strike a business partnership? Attorney Nina Kaufman shares advice on how to do it right. How to Stop a Competitor from Using a Similar Business Name Attorney Nina Kaufman explains the steps you can take to protect your name. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223933 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/223933 Attorney Nina Kaufman explains the steps you can take to protect your name. How Attracting VCs Online Can Attract Legal Headaches With&nbsp;Foursquare landing $20 million in a recent venture capital funding deal, entrepreneurs are starting to ask, "Why not me, too?" Increasingly, they&#039;re turning to internet sites to attract investors who otherwise might never have heard Tue, 06 Jul 2010 07:56:35 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218831 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218831 <img alt="attracting-vc-online-headache.jpg" src="/blog/images/attracting-vc-online-headache.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />With&nbsp;<a href="http://kara.allthingsd.com/20100629/location-location-location-foursquare-nabs-20-million-in-vc-funding-at-95-million-pre-money-valuation-plus-blog-posts-of-course/">Foursquare landing $20 million</a> in a recent venture capital funding deal, entrepreneurs are starting to ask, "Why not me, too?" Increasingly, they&#039;re turning to internet sites to attract investors who otherwise might never have heard Summer Interns: Are Small Businesses Flirting with Disaster? Unpaid summer internships can be a rite of passage for many college students. But for the companies who offer them, unpaid summer internships could start them on a trip down the labor law rabbit hole. Unpaid internships used to be all about "the experience"--an opportunity for young students to break into a new field, to gain contacts, to explore new career possibilities. But with the current administration&#039; Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:43:49 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218824 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218824 <img alt="summer-internships-small-biz.jpg" src="/blog/images/summer-internships-small-biz.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />Unpaid summer internships can be a rite of passage for many college students. But for the companies who offer them, unpaid summer internships could start them on a trip down the labor law rabbit hole.<br /><br /> Unpaid internships used to be all about "the experience"--an opportunity for young students to break into a new field, to gain contacts, to explore new career possibilities. But with the current administration&#039; Will the Commercial Real Estate Bubble Burst Your Small Business? Small businesses are already besieged by the prospect of rising taxes, health care costs, and tightening access to credit. A recent report by the Congressional Oversight Panel indicates that there may be more troubles in store. Small business may get another punch to the gut when commercial real estate mortgages come due over the next three years. As noted by Rieva Lesonsky on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 09:46:23 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218792 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218792 <img alt="comm-real-estate-costs.jpg" src="/blog/images/comm-real-estate-costs.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />Small businesses are already besieged by the prospect of rising taxes, health care costs, and tightening access to credit. A recent report by the Congressional Oversight Panel indicates that there may be more troubles in store. <br /><br />Small business may get another punch to the gut when commercial real estate mortgages come due over the next three years. <br /><br /> As noted by Rieva Lesonsky on <a href="http://smallbiztrends.com/ The Hard Truth about Preventable Data Privacy Breaches More and more states have enacted legislation concerning data breaches . . . but the rogue hacker is not the only way small businesses gets breached. It&#039;s tempting to think that firewalls are the only security protection your computer data needs. But increasingly, data gets into the wrong hands for more prosaic reasons. It&#039;s not the lone hacker, toiling away through lines of code in a basement, or the foreign vir Tue, 01 Jun 2010 08:11:39 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218779 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218779 <img alt="security-breach-protect.jpg" src="/blog/images/security-breach-protect.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />More and more states have enacted legislation concerning data breaches . . . but the rogue hacker is not the only way small businesses gets breached. <br /><br />It&#039;s tempting to think that firewalls are the only security protection your computer data needs. But increasingly, data gets into the wrong hands for more prosaic reasons. It&#039;s not the lone hacker, toiling away through lines of code in a basement, or the foreign vir Employment Audits on the Rise Whichever side of the coin you&#039;re on--service provider or service requester--it&#039;s important to know that employment audits are on the rise. Let&#039;s leave aside my cynicism about the government&#039;s use of this tool as a revenue-generation activity . . . The fact is that the Department of Labor, the IRS and numerous state labor authorities have stepped up audits of the employment status of independent contractors. If yo Wed, 12 May 2010 10:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218744 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218744 <img alt="employment-audits.jpg" src="/blog/images/employment-audits.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />Whichever side of the coin you&#039;re on--service provider or service requester--it&#039;s important to know that employment audits are on the rise. Let&#039;s leave aside my cynicism about the government&#039;s use of this tool as a revenue-generation activity . . . <br /><br />The fact is that the Department of Labor, the IRS and numerous state labor authorities have stepped up audits of the employment status of independent contractors. If yo TODAY @ 4pm: Avoiding Legal Headaches When Branding Your Business You&#039;ve poured your heart and soul (and $$) into launching the Next Great Thing and unleashing it upon the world. Have you made sure that no one can take it away from you? Join me as I lead this webinar for Office Depot--TODAY!--May 11 at 4 p.m. (ET)&nbsp; Through this fun and interactive session, you&#039;ll learn: Tue, 11 May 2010 09:08:42 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218741 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218741 <img alt="webcafe.jpg" src="/blog/images/webcafe.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />You&#039;ve poured your heart and soul (and $$) into launching the Next Great Thing and unleashing it upon the world. Have you made sure that no one can take it away from you? <br /><br /> Join me as I lead this webinar for Office Depot--<strong><em>TODAY</em></strong>!--May 11 at 4 p.m. (ET)&nbsp; Through this fun and interactive session, you&#039;ll learn: Across The Pond: The Politics of Fear You may have heard by now that the Lib Dems got trounced at the polls, despite promising predictions to the contrary. Apparently, fear tactics got in the way of voting for a change. When times are tough, what do your customers want? The comfort of what they know (even if it may not be what they need)? Or something new? One last post on lessons learned from the UK general election. Mon, 10 May 2010 09:19:41 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218738 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218738 <img alt="hung-parliament.jpg" src="/blog/images/hung-parliament.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="250" height="183" />You may have heard by now that the Lib Dems got trounced at the polls, despite promising predictions to the contrary. Apparently, fear tactics got in the way of voting for a change. When times are tough, what do <em>your</em> customers want? The comfort of what they know (even if it may not be what they need)? Or something new? One last post on lessons learned from the UK general election. Across The Pond: Leave It to the Gods When striving for a business goal, when is enough . . . enough? We were having dinner the other night with Lib Dem candidate Ron Beadle and his friend Eileen. Ron has been running himself ragged with this campaign, and we were talking about the toll it has taken on his health and his family life. (Ron&#039;s wife and children were at the table listening avidly). Ron and I were on one side of the de Sun, 09 May 2010 14:20:20 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218734 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218734 <img alt="ron-beadle.jpg" src="/blog/images/ron-beadle.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />When striving for a business goal, when is enough . . . enough? <br /><br />We were having dinner the other night with Lib Dem candidate <a href="http://ronbeadle.org/" target="_blank">Ron Beadle</a> and his friend Eileen. Ron has been running himself ragged with this campaign, and we were talking about the toll it has taken on his health and his family life. (Ron&#039;s wife and children were at the table listening avidly). Ron and I were on one side of the de Across the Pond: Where Can I Get an Umbrella Hat? It&#039;s all fine to automate and be online, but sometimes, success requires a personal touch. More lessons from the UK campaign trail. Got four hours of sleep last night and have been pounding the pavement with "Good Mornings" (the name they give leaflets they hand out on the morning of election day) since 6:15 a.m. It&#039;s raining harder today than yesterday, and I&#039;m definitely not dressed warmly enough. Who knew it would be late win Sun, 09 May 2010 13:01:19 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218733 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218733 <img alt="umbrella-hat.jpg" src="/blog/images/umbrella-hat.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />It&#039;s all fine to automate and be online, but sometimes, success requires a personal touch. More lessons from the UK campaign trail. <br /><br />Got four hours of sleep last night and have been pounding the pavement with "Good Mornings" (the name they give leaflets they hand out on the morning of election day) since 6:15 a.m. It&#039;s raining harder today than yesterday, and I&#039;m definitely not dressed warmly enough. Who knew it would be late win Across the Pond: Efficiency Leafleting Any number of factors can slow down your business processes. Are you delivering your product or service to your clients as efficiently as possible? Here&#039;s what I encountered while leafleting on the campaign trail. It&#039;s 8:15am, and I&#039;m trying to focus on about 5 hours of sleep. Thankfully, my first task of the day doesn&#039;t require higher-order brain cells: I&#039;m leafleting on behalf of the Sun, 09 May 2010 11:39:51 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218732 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218732 <img alt="leafleting.jpg" src="/blog/images/leafleting.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />Any number of factors can slow down your business processes. Are you delivering your product or service to your clients as efficiently as possible? Here&#039;s what I encountered while leafleting on the campaign trail.<br /><br /> It&#039;s 8:15am, and I&#039;m trying to focus on about 5 hours of sleep. Thankfully, my first task of the day doesn&#039;t require higher-order brain cells: I&#039;m leafleting on behalf of the <a href="http://www.libdems.org.uk/hom Across the Pond: What Do Small Businesses Want? It&#039;s deja vu all over again. Or nothing new under the sun . . . ? If you read the political manifestos from the three major parties (Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats), you&#039;d Fri, 07 May 2010 03:17:42 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218729 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218729 <img alt="federation-small-biz.jpg" src="/blog/images/federation-small-biz.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="152" />It&#039;s <a href="http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/1304" target="_blank">deja vu all over again</a>. Or <a href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+1%3A9&amp;version=NIV" target="_blank">nothing new under the sun</a> . . . ? If you read the <a href="http://www.fsb.org.uk/electionpartymanifestos2010" target="_blank">political manifestos</a> from the three major parties (Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats), you&#039;d Across The Pond: Question Time The British excel in verbal fisticuffs. Could our political debates benefit from their seemingly transparent and direct approach? Maybe it&#039;s something in their educational system, but the British (and yes, I&#039;ve noticed this with all of the English, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish people I&#039;ve met) love a good political discussion. They gnaw on it like a dog with a bone. Chomp, chomp, chomp, drink a little water (or beer) and then go back to Fri, 07 May 2010 03:12:39 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218728 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218728 <img alt="tony-blair.jpg" src="/blog/images/tony-blair.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />The British excel in verbal fisticuffs. Could our political debates benefit from their seemingly transparent and direct approach? <br /><br />Maybe it&#039;s something in their educational system, but the British (and yes, I&#039;ve noticed this with all of the English, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish people I&#039;ve met) love a good political discussion. They gnaw on it like a dog with a bone. Chomp, chomp, chomp, drink a little water (or beer) and then go back to Across The Pond: Two's Company, Three's A . . . Like the animals in Noah&#039;s Ark, bicameral legislatures (lit. "two chambers") come in twos. We have Congress, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate for federal issues. The UK has Parliament, made up of the House of Commons and House of Lords. Fri, 07 May 2010 03:03:01 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218727 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218727 <img alt="british-parliament.jpg" src="/blog/images/british-parliament.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="259" height="167" />Like the animals in Noah&#039;s Ark, <a href="http://www.thefreedictionary.com/bicameral">bicameral legislatures</a> (lit. "two chambers") come in twos. We have Congress, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate for federal issues. The UK has Parliament, made up of the House of Commons and House of Lords. Basic Training: Vendors Who Want to Bind Your Heirs It&#039;s bad enough that the fine print in agreements often comes in microscopic font.&nbsp; But what if your vendors want your heirs to be responsible for your debts? <b>Q:</b>&nbsp; I want to sell my product online. One of the credit card processors has in their contract a paragraph for me to sign an acknowledgment which will bind my heirs, administrators or representatives, payment upon my demise of any outstanding debts, etc. Is th Thu, 06 May 2010 14:07:02 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218724 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218724 <img alt="responsible-debt.jpg" src="/blog/images/responsible-debt.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" />It&#039;s bad enough that the fine print in agreements often comes in microscopic font.&nbsp; But what if your vendors want your heirs to be responsible for your debts?<br /><br /> <b>Q:</b>&nbsp; I want to sell my product online. One of the credit card processors has in their contract a paragraph for me to sign an acknowledgment which will bind my heirs, administrators or representatives, payment upon my demise of any outstanding debts, etc. Is th FREE Webinar: Avoid Legal Headaches When Branding Your Business <p>You&#039;ve poured your heart and soul (and $$) into launching the Next Great Thing and unleashing it upon the world. Have you made sure that no one can take it away from you? Join me as I lead this webinar for Office Depot on May 11th at 4:00pm (ET).</p> Wed, 05 May 2010 11:05:33 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218720 http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218720 <img alt="webcafe.jpg" src="/blog/images/webcafe.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0pt 20px 20px 0pt;" width="208" height="208" /><p>You&#039;ve poured your heart and soul (and $$) into launching the Next Great Thing and unleashing it upon the world. Have you made sure that no one can take it away from you?<br /><br /> Join me as I lead this webinar for Office Depot on May 11th at 4:00pm (ET).<br /><br /></p>