INTRO TO 10 TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Many of my clients are individuals who own small businesses or are starting a small business. Some of my clients have been sued and need an attorney to defend them in an action. Other clients need an attorney to file a lawsuit, usually to collect money they are owed. But, the best case scenario for a client is when the client has the ability to call me before they get served with a lawsuit or get into a situation where they want to file a lawsuit. The reason this is the “best case scenario” is because then the client can hopefully avoid a lawsuit altogether. Lawsuits are costly endeavors, in both money and time. Keeping this in mind, I decided to write a series of monthly letters for those individuals out there who want to do their best to stay out of court and save money in 2013!
Over the next year, I will be sending out my monthly letter which will include a business/legal tip for those who own, or want to own, a small business. A small business owner understandably wants to “focus on business” and not have to deal with issues that are outside their area of expertise or what can be seen as administrative-type work. But, I have seen too many small business owners who wait until there’s a serious problem before calling for legal help. Maybe they don’t want to “waste time” or money having an attorney involved. For example, most small businesses don’t have an employee handbook. What happens when you want to fire a “problem” employee? Or what about a contract you signed – just so you could “get the job done”, but you never spent the time to read the contract until it was too late?
As anyone who has started a business knows, there is so much more to a business than just a “great idea”. You need to have all the nuts and bolts to make your business successful.