"My wife and I are looking to buy a small business.
"We were looking for a very specific type of business, but we're a little nervous because there's a good chance the business model will be affected by Covid-19 and any future economic shutdowns.
"We've found a fairly healthy business in our area. The seller is willing to sell, and ...Read more
"My wife and I started a business a couple of years ago. We formed a limited liability company (LLC) to run the business, and split the ownership (and the work) 50-50.
"My wife and I are currently ... divorcing. We have agreed to continue running the business as joint owners (frankly, we both need the income), but unbeknownst to my wife I ...Read more
It's hard to believe, but summer is here already. Thanks to COVID-19, this summer is likely to be a staycation for most folks -- binge-watching television series from the 1960s (seriously, watch every episode of the camp 1965 "Batman" series with Adam West and see if you have a cerebellum afterward), mastering the art of Kiribati cooking and, ...Read more
Last week's column on the new small-business bankruptcy law (known as Subchapter V) generated a ton of email responses, most of which asked for guidance on whether a small business should consider a bankruptcy filing under the new law as opposed to toughing it out and negotiating with creditors.
When it comes to bankruptcy, every situation is...Read more
It should come as no surprise that many small businesses will be going under as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the government restrictions that have virtually shut down the U.S. economy.
Many of those small businesses will be thinking about bankruptcy and might not be aware that the government has -- believe it or not -- come to ...Read more
Once you have crunched the numbers and decided there's no point in negotiating with your creditors -- either because there are too many of them or they refuse to negotiate -- you have to consider whether a bankruptcy filing is the only way out.
Here are your options:
Dissolution. If you are a corporation or limited liability company and you ...Read more
"My business has been shut down the past couple of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"My state is just beginning to ease things up a bit, and I may be able to open up again in the next couple of weeks.
"But there is no way I can catch up on all my debts. I owe three months' back rent to my landlord, three months' missed payments to my SBA...Read more
As a lifelong student of history and philosophy (my two college majors), I always look for the bigger picture when following events in the news.
While many history-minded commentators are comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to previous epidemiological disasters, such as the bubonic plague pandemic, which devastated Europe in the 1350s, or the ...Read more
"I operate three hair styling salons as a franchisee of a big nationwide franchise. My state government has shut down our operations because of the coronavirus pandemic as we are considered a 'nonessential business.' As the projections for our state to reopen get pushed out further and further, is there a case for me to present to my three ...Read more
"I read with interest a column you did a while back on whether or not you can legally spy on what your employees are doing on the Internet. I have a 'virtual company' with one or two full-time employees, but work with several independent contractors who work out of their homes. Occasionally, we have meetings at the office, and the contractors ...Read more
One outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic shutdown is something I never would have thought possible 45 days ago.
I have developed sympathy for politicians.
Politicians of every stripe: federal, state, local, Republican, Democrat -- makes no difference. I feel sorry for these people.
They may or may not have seen this ...Read more
"Dear Mr. Ennico: I am a junior in high school, and I have an interest in business. I have seen a multitude of your YouTube seminars, and appreciate the insight you share through them. During this upcoming summer, I want to start my own lawn service business. I do a lot of sports during the summer, so I want my business to be more part-time, ...Read more