Should a Lawyer 'Sell' Legal Documents?

"I am looking for an attorney who could provide my business with a master form of client agreement. We understand that your services are not cheap, but would like to know how much you would charge for this kind of document. We were hoping you might offer a template agreement for this kind of arrangement. Unlike some people in this business, ...Read more

Should You Sign Up for a Nonprofit Board?

"A local nonprofit organization has asked me to join its board of directors. It's a real honor for me, and a cause I believe in, but I'm just a little nervous about my legal responsibilities. Could you tackle those at some point?"

A lot of nonprofit startups are looking to build their boards right now; I have even received some invitations. ...Read more

When Do You Sign Up for Income and Sales Taxes?

"I started an online retail business earlier this year, and have generated so much income already that I know I'm going to get a Form 1099 from PayPal this year.

"When do I need to sign my business up for federal and state taxes? I know I have to do this eventually but would prefer to hold off forming a limited liability company until after ...Read more

Report From the New York City Business Expo

As I bounce around this great country of ours giving talks at conferences and trade shows and discovering the finer points of airport cuisine, I was pleased to have the chance to speak closer to home at the New York Business Expo and Conference last week.

This semiannual event, hosted at New York City's Jacob Javits Center, is widely ...Read more

So You Want to Be a Real Estate Investor?

"I am really excited about becoming a real estate investor. I have read all of Robert Kiyosaki's 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' books, and he makes a compelling case that real estate investment is a great way to get rich!

"But I'm sure there's a lot more to that. Could you please offer some guidance on how someone like me with limited capital can get ...Read more

Report From ECom Chicago

I just got back from speaking at this year's eCom Chicago conference for online retailers.

A little history: About eight years ago, when eBay started cutting back on its popular outreach programs for eBay sellers, eBay sellers starting forming their own mutual support groups called "meetups" (for a complete list of all eBay meetup groups ...Read more

When the IRS Sends You a Letter

Few things in life are more unsettling than getting a letter from the IRS.

Especially, if you don't think you did anything wrong.

But don't panic. Millions of people get these every year, and most of the time, there's nothing to worry about. In the vast majority of cases, either:

--The IRS computers picked up inconsistent, incomplete or ...Read more

Some Tips for Private-Label Sellers on Amazon

If you were selling new merchandise on eBay 5 or 10 years ago (as opposed to antiques and collectibles), chances are you are now selling that merchandise on

Amazon has two programs targeting independent online retailers -- Fulfillment by Amazon and Fulfillment by Merchant. An FBA seller ships merchandise to Amazon, which ...Read more

Training College Students for Entrepreneurial Success

I was recently tapped to be one of several Entrepreneurs in Residence who are joining forces to develop a Student Entrepreneur Center at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

The Center is a first-of-its-kind program, designed to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship in all of the University's students, undergraduate and postgraduate,...Read more

What Really Motivates Your Customers and Clients?

Since the beginning of time, business owners have wrestled with the question: "Why are my customers buying?"

A lot of behavioral research and tons of your hard-earned tax dollars have been spent trying to figure this out, and the overwhelming consensus among business scholars is that there are two reasons, and only two, why anyone buys ...Read more

The Coming War Against Contract Employees [Part 2 of 2]

Slowly but surely, the courts and government regulators are taking the stand that there is no middle ground between employees and independent contractors. If you are directing and controlling a person's activities while they are working for you, that person is an employee. You must withhold federal and state income taxes from that person's ...Read more

The Coming War Against Contract Employees [Part 1 of 2]

It's amazing to me how many significant new legal and tax developments take place during the summer months. Each year, while most of us are baking on a beach, walking through the woods or treating ourselves to truffles at a trattoria in Taormina, lawmakers and judges are quite busy making disruptive changes to our world.

Two summertime ...Read more

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