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The all-in-one business law book
Whether you’re just starting a small business, or your business is already up and running, legal questions crop up on an almost daily basis. Ignoring them can threaten your enterprisebut hiring a lawyer to help with routine issues can devastate the bottom line.
The Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business has helped more than a quarter million entrepreneurs and business owners master the basics, including how to:
- raise start-up money
- decide between an LLC or other business structure
- save on business taxes
- get licenses and permits
- choose the right insurance
- negotiate contracts and leases
- avoid problems if you’re buying a franchise
- hire and manage employees and independent contractors
- attract and keep customers (and get paid on time), and
- limit your liability and protect your personal assets.
The 15th edition is completely updated with the latest legal information and tax rules for small businesses. Whether you’re a sole proprietor or an LLC or corporation, or a one-person business operating out of your home, or a company with a large staff leasing space, this book will help you start and run a successful business.
|Edition description:||Fifteenth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Attorney Fred S. Steingold practices law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. HIs main practice areas are real estate law and business law. He is the author of several Nolo books, including Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business and The Employer's Legal Handbook, and serves on the advisory panel for Nolo's Essential Guide for Buying Your First Home.
Table of Contents
Your Legal Companion for Starting and Running a Small Business
1 Which Legal Form Is Best for Your Business?
2 Structuring a Partnership Agreement
3 Creating a Corporation
4 Creating a Limited Liability Company
5 Preparing for Ownership Changes With a Buyout Agreement
6 Naming Your Business and Products
7 Licenses and Permits
8 Tax Basics for the Small Business
9 Raising Money for Your Business
10 Buying a Business
11 Franchises: How Not to Get Burned
12 Insuring Your Business
13 Negotiating a Favorable Lease
14 Home-Based Business
15 Employees and Independent Contractors
16 The Importance of Excellent Customer Relations
17 Legal Requirements for Dealing With Customers
18 Cash, Credit Cards, and Checks
19 Extending Credit and Getting Paid
20 Put It in Writing: Small Business Contracts
21 The Financially Troubled Business
22 Resolving Legal Disputes
23 Representing Yourself in Small Claims Court
24 Lawyers and Legal Research
A Appendix: Checklist for Starting a Small Business
What People are Saying About This
"An unusually helpful approach to the start-up process covers a lot of basics, from negotiating a lease to representing yourself in small claims court." Inc. Magazine
"Get a basic understanding of small business legal issues... [with] this excellent resource...." The Wall Street Journal
"Pick up a copy of Nolo's Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business.... It's a great resource." Seattle Post-Intelligencer