Shelly Garcia is a veteran journalist and marketing professional who has worked with small- and mid-sized business owners for more than 25 years. As a journalist she had a front-row seat to the skills and strategies that successful business owners employ as well as the challenges they face. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Business Journal and Adweek magazine, among others.
Articles By Shelly Garcia
Ignore a DMCA takedown notice at your own peril.
Just because an agreement isn’t written down doesn’t mean a contract doesn’t exist.
Who pays the broker that helps you buy products and services? It all depends.
Learn how to conduct a business name search in your state.
You don’t always need a formal-looking contract or a lawyer to make a business agreement. But it’s a good idea to document your agreement, expectations, and each party’s responsibilities in writing, especially when a large sum of money is involved.
When it comes to advertising, you must look beyond the letter of the law. The overall impression your advertising gives is just as important as the words you use.
Learn the situations in which you can be held personally responsible for your business’s debts--and vice versa.
Both limited liability companies and corporations shield your personal assets from judgments and debts, but that’s where the similarity ends.
Many states hold the buyer of a business responsible for the seller’s unpaid taxes. Be certain you are protected from a surprise tax bill that can bump up your purchase price considerably by obtaining a tax clearance certificate.
Most businesses need to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN).