Too many new businesses go the ultra young, ultra modern route and have an office filled with fresh-faced just out of college graduates. On the other side of the spectrum will be an office filled with employees who have been with a company for over 10+ years. Both can absolutely work hard and will bring different things to the business table, but having a blend of both millennials and baby boomers can make for an ideal combination in the workplace.
What terms should I put in my dealer agreement with retailers? As a retailer, how can I avoid getting sued by my vendor?
If you sell goods to retailers which are then sold to the retailers’ customers, you need a good dealer agreement. The dealer agreement is a contract that defines your relationship with your customers. It sets forth what you will do for them, what they will do for you, how to terminate the relationship and the potential consequences of breaching the contract. An ideal dealer agreement makes your product the featured one in the retailer’s location, requires prompt payment and can be enforced in the courts of your home county.
We are no longer working within the era of manila envelopes and file cabinets, so what is the most effective way to keep business documents intact and safe? Some businesses keep all of their documents saved on one computer or on a hard drive, but the most recent, most effective way to store business documents is via a cloud-based storage system – and the company I own just created a new product, MyCorpVault, that does just that.
Paul Schroeder advises businesses on a wide range of matters. This includes contract drafting, advising on insurance related issues, regulatory compliance and planning so as to avoid litigation. Mr. Schroeder also litigates products liability, personal injury, employment, fraternity liability and commercial disputes nationally and internationally.
Mr. Schroeder has been admitted to practice in California. His office is in Walnut Creek, California, which is in the San Francisco Bay Area. His firm also has an office in San Diego, and provides its clients with statewide representation.
MO: What advice would you give to our readers when it comes to choosing a home insurance policy? What specific aspects do customers tend to overlook that can create issues when it comes to making a claim later down the line?
About halfway through law school, Andrew started thinking about opening his own law firm after passing the bar exam. He wanted to build a firm using cloud technologies and break the traditional law firm business model to offer a firm that’s more responsive, flexible, and cost-efficient. After plenty of researching and planning, the firm opened up as soon as Andrew was sworn in as a Louisiana attorney in October, 2011.
The firm is now known as Andrew Legrand Law, LLC. Using his website and blog, www.nolasmallbizlaw.com, Andrew’s goal is to attract the new, established, young, and old small business owners of the New Orleans metro area. By using cloud technology, the firm can serve clients who are anywhere in the world, and Andrew can serve clients whether he’s at his home office, a coffee shop, their place of business, or even if he’s halfway around the world. The ideal clients for Andrew are small business owners who need more help than they would receive from LegalZoom or other legal websites, but do not want to do deal with the hassle of a large, traditional law firm.
MO: Can you talk about the experience of breaking the traditional law firm business model and the challenges you’ve encountered along the way?
Fewer and fewer people are investing in their 401(k) plans, and are effectively jeopardizing their retirement due to a dangerous combination of little foresight and concerns about the current economy. 401(k) plans are seen as a luxury, and the only time anyone wants to sink their income into one is when the economy is rolling high and they are living out their champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
Tap any random person on the shoulder and I am willing to bet, dollars to donuts, that they have a terrible, excruciatingly painful story about when they dealt with an irate customer. Angry customers can shatter employee confidence and kill office morale. I have my office right next to my sales floor and I can always hear when one of my poor employees is dealing with a particularly difficult person on the phone. But, thanks to my many eavesdropping sessions and my own experience in customer service, I have found a few time-tested techniques for defusing customer anger and reaching an amicable solution that employers can share with their staff.
1. Don’t talk, listen.
Shpoonkle.com is an interactive free reverse auction web site that provides a marketplace where lawyers and potential clients can connect. Shpoonkle aims to help its users find more affordable legal assistance. It also provides a venue where lawyers can find casework and jobs.
Founded by Robert Niznik, the Shpoonkle model has become a successful and recognizable brand in less than a year. Focused on the Legal Services niche and making justice affordable, while helping legal professionals find work, Robert and the Shpoonkle Team has added many features to the model in the first year.
MO: How did you come up with the idea for Shpoonkle and more importantly, how did you come up with the name?
Jeff Unger is the founder and CEO of eMinutes. He is a graduate of the nation’s top school for entrepreneurship, Babson College, where he was awarded the Economics Letter of Achievement. Since founding his firm in 1997, Jeff has become best known as an expert on business organizations, including corporations, LLCs, and partnerships.
For nearly twenty years, the lawyers at eMinutes have formed corporations for A-list celebrities, musicians, and athletes. Now, eMinutes has embarked on a mission to help 500 first-time entrepreneurs form businesses for free. Free means free. eMinutes is even paying the filing fees.
MO: Where did your idea for eMinutes come from?
Written by William G Wysong, Legal Intern to MO.com Subject Matter Resource Deborah Sweeney, CEO
While it is still technically winter, the 85 degree weather here in Southern California can fool you otherwise with the smell of fresh cut grass and with kid’s soccer and baseball games starting up practice at local parks.
Just as spring is the start of new beginnings for sports, it can also be the beginning for a new business. It is the time to come out of the off season and get back into the swing of things.
The name is Entrepreneur, Serial Entrepreneur.
The scene goes something like this- flashlight in hand, a faceless figure is searching through the desk drawers located in a dark room. Headlights shine through the window; a car is approaching. It comes to a stop and a man gets out. He walks into the office where the intruder is and flips on the office lights. The intruder has vanished, leaving only an open window.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a scene in almost every James Bond movie. Although, it’s what happens next that makes Bond, Bond.
Bond scopes out the car that is left sitting outside while the bad guy is in the office. He opens the trunk of the car and finds a body. What does he do? Remove the body and take its place.