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October 2016 Archives

Tips on working with investors for a startup

Entrepreneurs in Georgia must learn how to work with investors. To prevent mistakes that discourage potential funders, it is a good idea to start with tactics to avoid. This knowledge can strengthen a pitch and help secure the investment. Entrepreneur reported on the different things a person might fail to do that could turn away an investor. These things include attempting to start without a solid team, a business plan, or proof that the company can turn a profit. In addition, being unable to produce a unique angle, a solid marketing plan and an understanding of the industry makes a company look weak to lenders.

The basics of franchise royalty fees

A person who wants to start a business and is considering buying a franchise in Georgia needs to understand the concept of royalty fees. These are ongoing payments that he or she will have to make to the parent company, known as a franchiser. According to Entrepreneur, these fees allow the franchiser to make an income from the deal, and almost all companies of this type have them. They are typically a percentage of gross sales revenue for the specified period, which may be weekly or monthly.

What are common Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits?

The Fair Labor Standards Act, otherwise known as the FLSA, was put into place in order to keep employees like you safe from being mistreated at the workplace. Here at Kaufman & Forman, P.C., we understand that violations of the FLSA need to be dealt with swiftly and will provide you with information you need to handle the situation.

Is your employee classification wrong?

As a hard-working employee in Georgia, you deserve to have all of the protection available to employees under state law. We here at Kaufman & Forman, P.C., understand that wrongful classification can get in the way of this, and will work to help you determine how to right misclassifications.

Are you working a business or a hobby?

Georgian taxpayers like you have to follow a strict set of rules and guidelines in order to determine what sort of taxes you should be paying. If you are starting up a business, this can make your yearly taxes even more complex. For example, activities that you might consider hobbies may actually be businesses.

Keeping your employees happy with benefits

Business owners in Georgia should be looking out for number one – that is, the employees. It’s common knowledge that a better work environment will attract better and longer-lasting workers, but exactly how can a manager ensure that their employees are happy during their stay with a company?

Is your business in compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

Although the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was enacted by Congress over 35 years ago, many businesses continue to grapple with developing effective measures to comply with its guidelines. The FCPA regulates two areas: accounting and anti-bribery. While the legislation isn't new, 44.6 percent of the executives surveyed by the Deloitte Forensic Center revealed they were not confident in their company's anti-bribery programs. Those polled professed shortcomings in one of two areas: their businesses weren't improving in their attempts to detect and prevent corruption or the executives had no knowledge of the establishment of anticorruption measures.

How are Limited Liability Corporations taxed?

So you’ve decided to set up your business in Georgia. You know what you want to do with your company, and you’ve picked what type of business model you’ll be working with. Now, you need to look into the specifics of your model so you understand how it works from the ground up.

What are the main business structures?

Are you considering starting a business in Georgia? If so, you will need to decide on a business models to follow. Not only will this decide what sort of areas you will fall under in regard to legal matters and taxes, but it will change the way you interact with your company.

What are the steps of forming a Limited Liability Company?

Limited Liability Companies, also known as LLCs, are one of many options available to Georgian business owners like you. It is a hybrid structure that offers the best of other different types of business models, making it versatile and flexible.

Trademark infringement and brand confusion

We all know that companies have signature logos that are registered trademarks even if we don't consciously think about it every day. When we see a certain check mark, we recognize it as Nike. When we see a red bull's-eye with evenly spaced circles, we think Target and so on. But what happens if you want to register a certain word you believe brands your product or service? It depends.

What are some of the basics for handling shipments?

The topic of merchandise shipping is expansive and covers a lot of ground, both metaphorically and literally. Georgian business owners like you will have a lot of details to work out to make sure that your shipping and delivery system is as flaw-free as possible.

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