Make It Legal
A good business lawyer gets your company off to a strong start.
Perhaps the most challenging part of starting a small business is covering all your legal bases. "The law increasingly affects every aspect of small-business operation, from relationships with landlords, customers and suppliers to dealings with government agencies over taxes, licenses and zoning," says Fred S. Steingold, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, attorney and the author of Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business (Nolo Press, two volumes for $24.95 each, 800-992-6656 or http://www.nolo.com
The best way to ensure you've got everything covered is to hire an attorney with small-business expertise who can give you advice in these key areas: