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4 most common types of business entities

Starting a business is no easy undertaking. Though you may have a strong business idea and feel that you could bring value to the business world, you also likely know that most individuals looking to start their own companies feel this way. Additionally, you certainly also know that many small businesses and startup companies do not find the success their owners were hoping for.

Create and enforce non-disclosure agreements for your company

Being a business owner in California or elsewhere can be tough. You go through a lot to keep your company going. Sometimes, this requires taking measures to protect your company secrets, your investors and your clients. This is where non-disclosure agreements come into play.

Protecting the intellectual property of your business

Starting a California business is not an easy task, and there are several steps you would be wise to take as you get everything settled. In addition to choosing the right business entity and drafting employment contracts, you would be wise to take the appropriate steps to protect your intellectual property. Depending on the nature of your business, this could be an integral part of the business formation process. 

Contracts could help parties understand business relationships

When you first started your business, you may have had the ability to complete the majority of the tasks yourself. However, as your company grew and your success provided you with additional opportunities, you may have found yourself needing to bring in extra help. When hiring employees, you may feel a certain apprehension because you likely hold your business dealings close in order to prevent potential issues from arising.

What to include in your partnership agreement

With any business venture, having the right paperwork in place could help lessen the likelihood of issues. If you hope to enter into a partnership in order to start a new business, creating a partnership agreement could better ensure that you and your future partners understand each other's expectations. With everyone on the same page, your operations may have a better chance of running smoothly.

Is litigation the only way to resolve breach of contract issues?

Contracts are the lifeblood of the business world. They outline obligations between two parties, they protect the interests of everyone involved and they help avoid various types of legal complications. Contracts typically work well, up until the moment that they do not. If you are dealing with a breach of contract matter, you may be wondering what your next step should be.

Contract disputes: A threat to your business' well-being

Conflict is a common part of doing business. No matter the nature of your business, it is possible that you will at some point find yourself facing a dispute or disagreement over a contract. Any type of legal dispute is a threat to the financial well-being of your California business, and it is beneficial for you to work on a way to resolve these issues in a timely manner.

Is a limited liability company right for your new business?

With all of the choices and decisions you need to make when starting a new business, you could feel overwhelmed. Choosing a business structure may be at the top of your list since that structure will dictate numerous factors, situations and aspects of your company.

At-will employment still has its limits

Small business owners face many uncertainties. Unpredictable factors like the economy, competition and personal issues will always keep you guessing. However, every small business owner who has employees will most certainly face one thing in common: firing someone.

Is your company following the law for religious rights?

Governor Edmund G. Brown signed into law the California Workplace Religious Freedom Act that became effective in 2013. The law prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace. If you are a business owner, you have probably had to rewrite company harassment and discrimination policies to suit.

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