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I have a business in two states. What do I need to know about operating in multiple states?
QUESTION | BY Russell Knight | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/02/20

I have a law firm in Chicago, Illinois and one in Naples, Florida. Is there anything I need to know? Anything I'm forgetting about operating in multiple states?

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What Sole Proprietors Need to Know About Business Licenses
BY business.com editorial staff

If you conduct business, even as a sole proprietor, you have some municipal rules.

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Naming a Product: What You Need to Know
BY business.com editorial staff

Product names can make or break sales. Here's how to choose the right one.

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Intellectual Property Essentials
BY business.com editorial staff

Aggressive intellectual property protection allows a business to protect hard work.

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If I fire her, she will sue the company. I would like to fire us both, so we can both sue the company and owe each other the same amount of money. Will it work?
QUESTION | BY Jaime Taylor | 1 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/25/20

Currently going through a divorce as a majority shareholder. Trying to get rid of my business parter who?s also my ex-wife. She is an employee that draws a hefty salary because we set it up...

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Am I in the right to ask my business parter to review our % of shares?
QUESTION | BY Fata Lee | 2 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/21/20

Hi, my partner and I started a business 3 years ago. He is the 100% investor and I have the knowledge on how to run the business and also the idea with a share of 70% for him and 30% for me. He was...

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The TRACED Act: How to Protect Your Business
BY Rozanne Andersen

Passed into law in the final moments of 2019, the TRACED Act sought to limit robocall-related issues. The law has left many questions unanswered for businesses that automate their calling processes...

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Federal Wage Garnishment Rules and Procedures
BY business.com editorial staff

What to do if you need to garnish an employee's wages

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How to Dissolve a Partnership Agreement
BY Julianna Lopez

Dissolving a partnership agreement isn't always easy. Here's how to end your partnership amicably.

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How Can Businesses Better Protect Employees Who Drive For Work?
BY Chris Porteous

Learn how company driving policies help business owners protect their companies, their employees and everyone else on the road.

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What to Do if ICE Serves Your Business With a Form I-9 Audit
BY Sammi Caramela

Make sure you're prepared should Immigration and Customs Enforcement come knocking.

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Should I consider moving my existing business under another parent company with different owners?
QUESTION | BY Justin Arnoldi | 2 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/08/20

I've partnered with a new group of individuals that own similar businesses to mine. We've partnered in order to open another location together. I was presented by them yesterday with an opportunity...

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How to Apply for a Copyright Online
BY Julianna Lopez

Applying for a copyright online makes protecting your intellectual property easier than ever. Here's how to apply for a copyright online.

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Can a U.S. citizen create a start-up in India?
QUESTION | BY John BaRoss | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/24/20

As a U.S. citizen (currently with a valid Visa for business travel to India), am I allowed (per India's law) to establish a start-up business (i.e.: Consulting) based in India (on my own vs. with a...

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4 Ways to Protect Intellectual Property When Hiring Freelancers
BY Alejandro Uria

It is important to ensure your intellectual property is protected when working with freelancers.

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Here's a Card-Not-Present Fraud Prevention Checklist for E-Commerce Businesses
BY Rafael Lourenco

With the number of fraud attempts against US retailers tripling from 2017 to 2019, in this article, I look at some of the trends driving the increase in fraud, the basic best practices for fraud...

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Am I still liable to pay my partner if the company goes under?
QUESTION | BY Jayne King | 0 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/20/20

My partner and I each had 50% ownership of our LLC. We created an agreement where he would get paid $4,500 a month for 12 months as his share of the company. Now he is leaving the business. If the...

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Everything Employers Should Know About Payroll Withholding
BY Simone Johnson

Learn what payroll withholding is and what it means for your small business's payroll process.

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How to Preserve Evidence of Internet Defamation
BY Aaron Minc

Anyone and everyone is vulnerable to potentially defamatory online statements and attacks.

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What legal actions should I take against my ex business partner?
QUESTION | BY Kimberly Roman | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/25/19

I own an e-commerce company which is solely registered under my name. I had an oral business partnership agreement with a partner, which was my former boss. We became close friends and he decided he...