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This story appears in the July 1996 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Quick-what's the difference between an exempt and a non-exempt employee? It's a tough question, but getting the answer wrong could cost you big money. "We're often contacted by small businesses who should have called us long before they do and now have to pay much more than they should have, either in court or in dealings with state and federal administrative agencies," says Sandy Henderson, president of Human Resource Specialties Inc., a consulting firm in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

"A small business needs professional human resources help virtually from start-up. The better you set up your systems and paperwork at the front end, the more likely you will be able to avoid unpleasant and expensive situations later," adds Henderson. "Good HR can give you the help you need to not step in a mud puddle."

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