Start a Business in Massachusetts

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Starting your own business can be overwhelming and intimidating. Start a Business in Massachusetts is a comprehensive aid to starting and running your own business. This book explains everything from choosing the type of business you will form to filing your state and federal taxes properly. It provides an in-depth description of how to insure your business against liability and how to draw up contracts for your transactions with both customers and vendors.

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Overview

Starting your own business can be overwhelming and intimidating. Start a Business in Massachusetts is a comprehensive aid to starting and running your own business. This book explains everything from choosing the type of business you will form to filing your state and federal taxes properly. It provides an in-depth description of how to insure your business against liability and how to draw up contracts for your transactions with both customers and vendors.

Written by attorneys, Start a Business in Massachusetts contains the framework you need for opening your own business without unnecessary hassle, and will guide you through creating a business with ease and success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572486225
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Warda has been a Florida attorney for over thirty years. He received his BA with Honors from the University of Illinois in Chicago and his JD from the University of Illinois in Champaign.

He is the author of over seventy self-help law books. Today Mark is continuing to update his books and running Land Trust Service Corporation. He lives in Lake Wales, Florida with his wife Alexandra and his three year old son, Mark David.

Julia K. O'Neill earned her JD degree cum laude at Boston College Law School and her BA degree in Economics at Yale University. She has had her work published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal, and Banker and Tradesman, and has been a guest on the nationally-broadcast radio program Observations About Law. She is a partner with Feinberg Hanson LLO in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she specializes in business, corporate, and securities law.

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Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books
-
Introduction -

Chapter 1: Deciding to Start a Business -
- Know Your Strengths
- Know Your Business
- Do the Math
- Sources of Further Guidance

Chapter 2: Choosing the Form of Your Business -
- Basic Forms of Business
- Massachusetts S Corporations versus Massachusetts LLCs
- Start-Up Procedures
- Required Contacts
- Business Comparison Chart
- Business Start-Up Checklist

Chapter 3: Your Business Name
- Name Searches
- Fictitious Names
- Corporate Names
- Professional Corporations
- The Word "Limited"
- Domain Names
- Trademarks

Chapter 4: Financing Your Business -
- Growing with Profits
- Using Your Savings
- Borrowing Money
- Getting a Rich Partner
- Selling Ownership Interests in Your Business
- Using the Internet to Find Capital

Chapter 5: Locating Your Business -
- Working Out of Your Home
- Choosing a Retail Site
- Choosing an Office, Manufacturing, or Warehouse Space
- Leasing a Site
- Buying a Site
- Check Governmental Regulations

Chapter 6: Licensing Your Business -
- Home Businesses
- State Regulated Professions
- Federal Licenses

Chapter 7: Contract Laws -
- Traditional Contract Law
- Statutory Contract Law
- Preparing Your Contracts

Chapter 8: Insurance -
- Workers' Compensation
- Unemployment Insurance
- Liability Insurance
- Hazard Insurance
- Home Business Insurance
- Automobile Insurance
- Health Insurance
- Employee Theft

Chapter 9: Health and Safety Laws -
- OSHA
- EPA
- FDA
- Hazardous Material Transportation
- CPSC
- Additional Regulations
- Smoking

Chapter 10: Employment and Labor Laws -
- Hiring Laws
- New Hire Reporting
- Employment Agreements
- Independent Contractors
- Temporary Workers
- Firing Laws
- Discrimination Laws
- Sexual Harassment
- Wage and Hour Laws
- Pension and Benefit Laws
- Family and Medical Leave Law
- Child Labor Laws
- Immigration Laws
- Hiring Off the Books
- Federal Contracts
- Miscellaneous Laws

Chapter 11: Advertising and Promotion Laws -
- Advertising Laws and Rules
- Internet Sales Laws
- Home Solicitation Laws
- Telephone Solicitation Laws
- Pricing, Weights, and Labeling
- Email Advertising

Chapter 12: Payment and Collection -
- Cash -
- Checks
- Credit Cards
- Financing Laws
- Usury
- Collections

Chapter 13: Business Relations Laws -
- The Uniform Commercial Code
- Commercial Discrimination
- Restraining Trade
- Intellectual Property Protection

Chapter 14: Endless Laws
- Federal Laws
- Massachusetts Laws

Chapter 15: Your Business and the Internet
- Domain Names
- Web Pages
- Legal Issues
- Financial Transactions
- FTC Rules
- Fraud

Chapter 16: Bookkeeping and Accounting -
- Initial Bookkeeping
- Accountants
- Computer Programs
-Tax Tips

Chapter 17: Paying Federal Taxes -
- Federal Income Tax
- Federal Withholding, Social Security, and Medicare Taxes
- Federal Excise Taxes
- Federal Unemployment Compensation Taxes

Chapter 18: Paying Massachusetts Taxes -
- Sales and Use Tax
- Corporate Excise (Income) Tax
- Unemployment Compensation Tax

Chapter 19: Out-of-State Taxes -
- Business Taxes
- Internet Taxes
- Canadian Taxes

Chapter 20: The End...and the Beginning-

Glossary -

Appendix A: Sample Filled-in Forms -

Appendix B: Tax Timetable & Ready-to-Use Forms -

Index

Julia K. O'Neill earned her J.D. degree cum laude at Boston College Law School after graduating from Yale University with a degree in economics. She is the coauthor of The Entrepreneur's Internet Handbook, and has been published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal, and Banker and Tradesman. She is Of Counsel to The Feinberg Law Group, LLC in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she specializes in business, corporate, and securities law.

Mark Warda received his J.D. from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He has written or coauthored over sixty self-help law books, including How to Register Your Own Copyright and How to Form Your Own Corporation.

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