How to Start a Business in Massachusetts

How to Start a Business in Massachusetts

by Julia K. O'Neill, Mark Warda


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572484665
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Series: Sphinx Legal Series
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark Warda received his BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois in Chicago and his JD from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He has studied at the University of Oxford, England and in Barcelona and Cologne.

He has been a lawyer for over 25 years and has written or coauthored more than seventy self-help legal guides. He has recently returned to actively practicing law full time in addition to continuing to write from his Florida home.

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 Of Counsel to The Feinberg Law Group, LLC in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she specializes in business, corporate, and securities law.

Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law BooksIX
Chapter 1Deciding to Start a Business1
Know Your Strengths
Know Your Business
Do the Math
Sources of Further Guidance
Chapter 2Choosing the Form of Your Business9
Basic Forms of Business
Massachusetts S Corporations versus Massachusetts LLCs
Start-Up Procedures
Required Contacts
Business Comparison Chart
Business Start-Up Checklist
Chapter 3Your Business Name23
Name Searches
Fictitious Names
Corporate Names
Professional Corporations
The Word "Limited"
Domain Names
Chapter 4Financing Your Business35
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 5Locating Your Business43
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 6Licensing Your Business49
Home Businesses
State Regulated Professions
Federal Licenses
Chapter 7Contract Laws55
Traditional Contract Law
Statutory Contract Law
Preparing Your Contracts
Chapter 8Insurance61
Workers' Compensation
Unemployment Insurance
Liability Insurance
Hazard Insurance
Home Business Insurance
Automobile Insurance
Health Insurance
Employee Theft
Chapter 9Health and Safety Laws67
Hazardous Material Transportation
Additional Regulations
Chapter 10Employment and Labor Laws73
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 11Advertising and Promotion Laws99
Advertising Laws and Rules
Internet Sales Laws
Home Solicitation Laws
Telephone Solicitation Laws
Pricing, Weights, and Labeling
Email Advertising
Chapter 12Payment and Collection111
Credit Cards
Financing Laws
Chapter 13Business Relations Laws117
The Uniform Commercial Code
Commercial Discrimination
Restraining Trade
Intellectual Property Protection
Chapter 14Endless Laws123
Federal Laws
Massachusetts Laws
Chapter 15Your Business and the Internet135
Domain Names
Web Pages
Legal Issues
Financial Transactions
FTC Rules
Chapter 16Bookkeeping and Accounting149
Initial Bookkeeping
Computer Programs
Tax Tips
Chapter 17Paying Federal Taxes153
Federal Income Tax
Federal Withholding, Social Security, and Medicare Taxes
Federal Excise Taxes
Federal Unemployment Compensation Taxes
Chapter 18Paying Massachusetts Taxes159
Sales and Use Tax
Corporate Excise (Income) Tax
Unemployment Compensation Tax
Chapter 19Out-of-State Taxes163
Business Taxes
Internet Taxes
Canadian Taxes
Chapter 20The End...and the Beginning165
Appendix ASample Filled-in Forms175
Appendix BTax Timetable & Ready-to-Use Forms187

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This book is an excellent guide on starting a business in Massachusetts. It answered all my questions and more.