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Picking the right name for your business

There are hundreds of important decisions that go into starting a successful business. While having a great idea and a reasonable amount of funding are crucial, picking the right name for a business is more important than some may think.

The success of a business rarely comes without great branding. Moreover, it is important to make sure that the logos and names chosen can be used without running afoul of someone else’s copyright.

Selecting the best business insurance for your company

Though you hope not to use it, proper business insurance can provide a peace of mind by covering your company in certain negative situations. In some cases, insurance can provide the saving grace to keep a business from going under. Therefore, it is important to have the right policy in place to cover a multitude of business disputes and issues.

Before selecting the insurance for your business, there are a few things you should consider. 

What is a founder agreement?

New companies are often launched in a dorm room or created over drinks with friends or colleagues. Perhaps one person had the concept, but it took bouncing problems off of someone else to come up with workable solutions. This subsequently led to a new company where they are partners. Despite this casual setting for the birth of the new endeavor, it is a good idea to get an agreement of ownership in writing at some point early in the process.

Terms to hammer out:

Employers and employees disagree on the impact of #MeToo

The year 2018 will be remembered for many things, including the rise of the #MeToo movement involving sexual harassment. To that end, there have been a number of high-profile allegations made in the worlds of business, media, politics and elsewhere.

Many business owners and HR departments may have recently reviewed their policies in effort to police the behavior and protect the company. And this may have led them to believe that they have a handle on the issue. They may be right, however, Bloomberg claims that employees feel differently about the matter. While 70 percent of leaders “strongly agree” that the company does not tolerate harassment, fewer than half of 1,000 workers polled agree with this assessment. Moreover, 25 percent say they heard about or witnessed an incident within the last year.

Taking a start-up to the next level

Some entrepreneurs are at their best when they are starting a new business or launching a new product. There is the excitement of creating something from scratch, bringing in those first employees and literally (or figuratively) opening up the door for business. The next phase is more like a reality check where the entrepreneur needs to run an actual business instead of selling the idea of one.

Now what?

Sears’ story a cautionary tale about picking the right franchise

Sears has made national news on a regular basis in recent years. The news was rarely good, with the storied retailer’s ongoing struggles to stay alive, the selling off of the company’s more profitable entities, the closing of stores (including three here in Georgia this year) and the sale or repurposing of stores in more desirable locations. The latest chapter is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October of 2018.

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How to get ready for a small-business merger

As an owner of a small business, you likely have high hopes for your enterprise. You may now find yourself facing the opportunity to merge with another successful company to the benefit of both.

There are many advantages of merging businesses, but there are many pitfalls, too, if you do not handle the process correctly. These tips will help you get ready.

Guarding against excessive absenteeism

There are a number of federal and state time-off entitlements that employees can utilize. This can make it difficult for even the most competent HR administrator to stay compliant with all the laws. Some administrators and owners may even be reluctant to terminate an employee on attendance-based issues because of complications and potential legal problems if they violate the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

However, employers and HR professionals can confidently protect the company if they pay careful attention to the number of absences and make note of the reasons.

Study: Many small businesses don’t follow the rules on background music

Among the things it can be very important for small businesses to avoid is running afoul of copyright laws. Such violations could land a company in legal hot water.

One area where small businesses may be prone to copyright problems is background music. A recent study suggests it is very common for small companies to play background music without getting a proper license.

Finding the right fit as a franchisee

When an entrepreneur decides to go the franchisee route for starting a business, a big decision that comes before him or her is which franchise to join. There are a lot of different franchises out there, each with their own unique characteristics.

When becoming a franchisee, finding the franchise that is the right fit for you is important. Ending up in a franchise that is a bad match could lead to a lot of difficulties and frustration.

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