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Professional LLCs – FAQs

Happy June! Summer is fast approaching and with new beginnings, we bring you a new post in our FAQ series! This month, we discuss the Professional LLC, or “PLLC” and the ins and outs of filing them.

What is a PLLC?

A Professional Limited Liability Company is a special type of LLC that’s designed for licensed professionals, such as accountants, lawyers, and doctors (typically, professions that require a license). Some states do not allow licensed professionals to form an LLC since they don’t want them to escape personal responsibility for professional malpractice by […]

2019-09-03T05:41:52-07:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , , |

Local SEO for Your Local Business: Get Listed Where It Counts Most

Local SEO, the art and science of optimizing your business website for local search, has a few more steps to it than your general SEO practice. After you’ve identified your general keywords and optimized your content for them, you still need to take a few more steps to make your local business stand out from your competition.

Most local search is performed with the intention of an immediate visit, so you want potential customers to be able to find you as they drive around town and in emergency situations, if that is relevant […]

2019-09-03T05:41:52-07:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |

How To Choose And Legally Use Your Business Name

The name you choose for your business will be one of your most powerful and valuable assets. As one of the primary ways customers distinguish you from your competitors, your business name wields a lot of power. The right name can help propel you to success; the wrong name can put you at a disadvantage.

Besides choosing a business name that:

  • Projects how you want people to view your business (e.g., edgy, professional, high-tech, academic, approachable, etc.)
  • Makes it easy for customers to identify what you do.
  • Is simple enough to be memorable.

I […]

2019-09-03T05:41:53-07:00May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , |

National Small Business Week: What It Means For You

Sunday, April 30, 2017, marked the start of National Small Business Week. From that day through Saturday, May 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has organized a variety of events to celebrate small businesses and the impact they have on our national and local economies.

According to the SBA National Small Business Week website, “More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.”

I say that’s reason to celebrate! Don’t you agree?

We’re […]

2019-09-03T05:41:54-07:00May 1st, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

What Can Employers Not Discriminate Against?

As a business owner, it’s exciting to hire employees and watch your company grow. But there are legal risks if you give job candidates and employees reason to believe your staffing decisions and policies are discriminatory.

The first step in avoiding a job discrimination lawsuit is to have a basic understanding of what you can’t discriminate against and the nature of the laws that prohibit employment discrimination.

You need to comply with all applicable federal and state (even some local) laws that protect people from job discrimination. So, in your employment […]

2019-09-03T05:41:54-07:00April 28th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

How to Start an Accounting Firm

If you’re a CPA or an accountant, the transition from working for someone else to being your own boss has probably crossed your mind. When you start an accounting firm, you’ll soon see that self-employment offers an opportunity to have more control over your own schedule, allowing you to better balance your professional endeavors and personal life. It also enables you to manage your firm the way you want to manage it.

But where do you start? How can you start an accounting firm and make sure you are checking all the boxes […]

2019-09-03T05:41:55-07:00April 19th, 2017|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , , |

Avoiding A Job Discrimination Law Suit

Hiring the right people to be part of your team can greatly affect your business’s ability to succeed. It’s an important process—and a tricky one! When considering job candidates, you need to be careful or you could find yourself facing legal problems. If at any point during the hiring process you don’t comply with the federal and state (and even some local) laws that protect people from job discrimination, you risk having a lawsuit filed against your company.

When hiring employees, you must comply with all anti-discrimination laws. Even an unintentional […]

2019-09-03T05:41:56-07:00April 14th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

Registering a Trademark – FAQs

Registering a trademark can feel like a massive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. We’d like to get you pointed in the right direction, so let’s run through some common questions we receive on trademark registrations.

What is a trademark?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design (or a combination of any of these) that identifies the source of a product or service and distinguishes it from competitors.

What can be trademarked?

Trademark registration can be granted on distinctive names, logos and slogans. You might want to seek a trademark for […]

2019-09-03T05:41:56-07:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , , |

7 Small Business Expenses to Account for in Your Monthly Budget

Budgets are essential to manage your costs and keep your small business expenses limited and your company profitable throughout the year. Due to the dynamic nature of any small business, you can’t just set a budget in January and let it sit unchanged until the end of the year. Every month, take stock of your business’ performance and expenses and use that data from the prior month to update your budget.

Your monthly budget needs to provide you with enough detail so that you can identify potential cash crunches in the near future […]

2019-09-03T05:41:56-07:00April 5th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , , |

Illegal Job Interview Questions Small Businesses Need to Avoid

As a small business owner, it’s important to which illegal job Interview questions you need to avoid asking your future hires. Laws at the federal and state level exist to protect people from being discriminated against during the hiring process.

As an employer, you need to carefully formulate the questions you ask during a job interview. In our office, anyone interviewing a potential job candidate must follow a standard set of best practices for interviewing job candidates. Such practices are critical for avoiding a job discrimination lawsuit that could tear down the business success […]

2019-09-03T05:42:21-07:00March 30th, 2017|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |