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Ask Entrepreneur - Legal Basics For Startups

Legal Basics For Startups

Is workers' compensation required for my small family business?

I have a small catering business, but I only use family members as part-time help for the day of the event. Am I still required to get workers' compensation?

Can applying for social security hurt a 63-year-old small-business owner?

My father is 63 years old and a small-business owner. He retired from Vought Aircraft last year and receives a pension after working there for 23 years. He also makes a fair profit from a gas statio...

How can I find an importer and distributor for products produced overseas to sell in the USA?

These skin-care products have been successfully manufactured and sold in Germany for more than 50 years. I want to sell them through a distributor with accounts such as CVS, Walgreens, etc. Or is it b...
Starting a Business

What business ideas would you suggest for a small town in a developing country?

The town is in Cambodia and is very popular with tourists. It is very hot most of the year, and there is a rainy season. The town is developing rapidly, and I'm looking for a good business to take max...

How do I market my company's philanthropic associations?

I sell compression bras with slim pouches that adhere for hot and cold relief. Ten percent of each purchase goes to breast cancer research, and I wonder how I could use my philanthropic associations t...
Human Resources

How do I know when to hire?

We are a software licensing company that is growing quickly. We need an easy way to determine when it's time to hire. Is there a formula showing how much it costs to hire someone new.
Human Resources

Can I pick and choose which employees I offer health insurance to?

We're a small business with fewer than 10 employees, and we're interested in attracting some new, higher-paid talent. I realize to do so we have to offer health benefits, but we don't want to have to...
Grow Your Business

How can I get rid of a small business that I don't want to be in?

My father-in-law has willed me his small business where I am to own 49% of the business. His widow owes 51% of the business. I do not want to be in this business partnership, so what do I do?
Starting a Business

What are the pros and cons of a product-based business?

I am an engineer and I've designed a machine and got it patented. I am struggling between selling my patent or starting my own business. I am trying to balance out all the pros and cons of a product...
Starting a Business

How can I sell business ideas or investment ideas without becoming an entrepreneur myself?

I believe that I have ideas that can make great money in the hands of real entrepreneurs. I do not want to be the one who spends my whole life applying them, writing the business plan, looking for mon...

How much of our personal experience should be shared with the customer?

My husband and I have triplets and have started a business of handcrafted rocking horses built for twins, triplets and other multiple combinations. We are seeking advice on how much of our own person...

How do I find an executive instead of an angel for a financing and working partnership?

I have enough to bring to the table when requesting a working investor. I do not want an angel that will sit back and collect checks for just putting up money. I had many offers for that but declined....

What is the average contact to sales success ratio in direct brochure mailings?

We're a new startup corporation and are wondering what the most cost-effective method is to market our new products. It seems that our trade magazine marketing did very little, but our website and bro...

How do I keep in contact with customers without being annoying?

I've got a commercial photography business and I'm not sure how to keep in touch with them without constantly asking if they have anything new to be photographed. You can only ask that so many times a...
Grow Your Business

What is the appropriate structure for international expansion?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the following structures for a United States-based retail clothing business when selling products to other countries (Canada being the first point of...


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