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20 places to get low cost or free legal advice for your business
Small Business Trends
A contract dispute, a lawsuit from a customer, an employee filing an ADA complaint — these are a few of the legal issues you could face as a small business owner. Then there are the more routine matters, like forming a new LLC or putting together a commercial lease. One way or another there will be times when you need legal help. Of course a lawyer can be expensive. The American Bar Association reports that a recent analysis puts the average hourly billing rate around $536 for law firm partners and $370 for associate attorneys. Fortunately there are a number of places where you can get free legal forms and information, and even free legal advice for business. Twenty of these resources are listed below.
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How this entrepreneur reworked his business idea in the face of financial Armageddon
Entrepreneur
The financial crisis of 2008 changed everything. Michael Dorf, who founded legendary New York City rock venue the Knitting Factory in 1986, was just three months away from opening a combined winery and music club in Manhattan that would feature visible steel fermenting tanks and a refined dining experience. Dorf anticipated bankers buying wines by the barrel.
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The simplest, free customer service gesture that builds loyalty
Forbes
If the best things in life are free why not give your customer the best thing for free? It won't cost you a dime and it's likely to encourage your customer’s loyalty. "It" is a smile — a genuine smile. The keyword is "genuine".
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7 great tips on starting your own company this year
Essence Magazine
In August 2014, it seemed Deanna S. Walker’s whole world had come undone. At the age of 47, she was unemployed for the first time in her life: Her job of 17 years laid her off. A single mother of two sons, she was hurt and afraid. But, for the sake of her sons, Walker knew she had to move forward. She asked God, "Now what?" Her epiphany came. While she seeks full-time employment, she is considering starting her own business. The name is DCJ Creative Business Solutions and will specialize in finance and accounting.
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9 tax tips for the self-employed
USA Today
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were some 815,000 self-employed Americans at the end of 2014. One of the biggest perks of the job is the self-determination that comes from being your own boss.
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How to use the right photo to boost your brand
Small Business Trends
Pictures have the ability to tell our stories better than written word. A resume may list your volunteer work with a non-profit that creates urban gardens for low-income communities, but a picture of you, elbow-deep in earth, showing others how to plant vegetables is more likely to connect with future employers who value community-minded team members.
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App helps self-employed rent workspace
The Canadian Press via The Regina Leader-Post
Sarah Lazar, a self-employed graphic designer, can't afford to rent a workspace on a permanent basis. But the 26-year-old Montreal resident needs somewhere to meet with clients and her attempt at holding a business meeting in a coffee shop proved frustrating.
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Don't make my mistake. Here's what I wish I knew before starting a business
The Huffington Post
Deciding to quit my job in 2012 was one of the most exciting experiences I've ever had in my life. At the time, I was working in media relations — which entailed non-traditional work hours and plenty of traveling (holidays not excluded). On the side, I was moonlighting as a consultant, and had just launched my own agency.
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Business licensing: The first step in doing business
The Frederick News-Post
If you are an entrepreneur, no day compares to the day you start a new business. It is the intersection of one's dreams and accomplishments, an equally electrifying and daunting opportunity. In theory, starting up seems straightforward: you develop an idea, create a business plan, execute that plan and put the ideas into action.
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