Business Legal Fundamentals
Whether you’re starting a new business or launching a product or service, it’s essential that you take the right steps early on to protect yourself.
Don’t worry: nobody completes all the initial steps on Day 1, but successful entrepreneurs learn how to properly set themselves up for future growth.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Consider what type of entity your business is going to be. These may include a solo business, a partnership, a corporation, an LLC, or a non-profit.
- Be sure to consult with both a qualified attorney and a business-focused CPA before getting started. You will benefit from surrounding yourself with a knowledgeable team that will help you avoid legal issues and minimize your tax burden.
- Engage an attorney to do a full trademark search for your business name and brand name. Too many businesses fail to take this step. They often end up receiving “Cease and Desist” letters right when their sales are taking off. This results in unanticipated legal costs, in addition to the huge burden of having to create a whole new brand.
Business Building Blocks
Here are some of the key concepts to understand when you’re getting ready to launch:
CORPORATIONS, LLCS, AND PARTNERSHIPS
These are among the variety of forms that your business may take. Sometimes this is referred to as the “type of entity.” These include:
Solo Businesses (also known as Sole Practitioners)
This is the default status if you’re working on your own and you haven’t filed the paperwork to form any other type of legal business entity.
Sole practitioners and partnerships are less costly to form than corporations or LLCs, but they don’t provide the same level of liability protection. As a sole practitioner or partner, your personal assets may be subject to attack in the case of a lawsuit.
An LLC is a limited liability company. LLCs operate in a manner that’s similar to a corporation, but usually require a bit less formality, which can translate into cost savings.
Anything that identifies your brand. This may include your brand name, business lame, logo, or tag line.
Legal protection for valuable creative works produced by an individual or a business.
This term covers a broad range of agreements, such as:
ONLINE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
ENTERTAINMENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA LAW
What do these have to do with businesses that aren’t in the “entertainment industry?” In today’s business environment, almost every business is heavily involved in online marketing. The principles of Entertainment and Social Media Law have been applied to any business that is public-facing.
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