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Category Archives: contracts
In the start up of a business, it’s common for some people to contribute money and others to contribute time and effort with “an understanding” that they will share in the future success of the business. Sometimes “equity earn-ins” are … Continue reading
Finding a space is half the battle, the second half is negotiating the terms of the lease. First — define your space requirements. Make a list of your key requirements: location, size, parking, access to transportation, security, price, as well … Continue reading
When you receive a contract from a prospective client or for a contractor role, you’ll want to read it and compare it with your checklist. Sometimes, the legal boilerplate is dense and difficult to read – so keep a checklist … Continue reading
Web-based services are cost effective – and legally complicated. The “Cloud” refers to computing services performed in the Internet – and it is morphing and evolving every day. From simple email and remote backup services, to processing on-line transactions of all sorts, transmission … Continue reading
Want to own your own business? Don’t want to start from scratch? Is a franchise right for you? Franchises are a way to get into business quickly, with a brand name, proven methods of operation and a support structure. Franchises … Continue reading
Negotiating is complicated. No one style is effective in every situation. The ideal situation is when both parties are clear and collaborative and work towards a win-win solution. Sometimes, the other party does not play by the same rules or behave in a … Continue reading
Confidential business information is the most valuable asset for most businesses. Safeguarding it is a lot more complicated than locking the door when you leave. Confidential information is being used every day in your business. Hence, it’s a real challenge … Continue reading