Is your small business stuck charging low prices for your products or services? The problem might not be what you're selling. Here's how one business raised prices by changing its name. More »Could You Charge 70% More With a Better Business Name?
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There's a fine line between excessive damage and normal wear and tear when you're dealing with rental agreements. Here's how your small business can walk it successfully. More »Rental Agreements: The Difference Between Damage and 'Normal Wear and Tear'
If you find yourself in the unfortunate, but common, situation where a customer or client has not paid you for services rendered or for merchandise already delivered, you have several options: Make a final demand for payment; Take legal action by filing a lawsuit in small claims court if the amount owed to you falls within the limited amounts allowed; or Take legal action by filing a lawsuit in civil trial court. Any legal action you take against a customer would typically be filed i More »Suing a Customer for Nonpayment
Leases and rental agreements sound like the same thing, but they aren't. Here are the key differences every small business should understand. More »What's the Difference Between a Rental Agreement and a Lease for a Rental Property?
Making it easier to claim the home-office deduction could ensure self-employed Americans $13.5 billion in tax savings. Kristie Arslan says that's why Congress won't bother. More »Why Congress hasn't simplified the home office tax deduction
Franchisors need to understand the value of strategic trademark protection and the importance of swift trademark enforcement. This article takes a look at what franchisors need to be taking away from two recent (mostly) successful trademark infringement lawsuits. More »Trademark Infringement Headlines Offer Franchisors Important Lessons
If you have ever developed metatags or researched pay-per-click keywords to help your company's website rank for search results, you may have felt the urge to use the names of of your well-known competitors. If someone starts out looking for a competitor and ends up coming to you instead, not only is it good for your business, but it's one less loyal fan for the competitor. As it turns out, however, this might not be the best idea-at least not right now.In the early days of commercial use of the Internet (remember those days? They weren't that long ago. ... More »Can I Bid on a Competitor's Trademarks on AdWords?
I've seen enough cases of a former franchisee not de-branding after termination as required by their Franchise Agreement to know that this is a serious problem for franchisors. I've also seen more than enough cases of startups and, shall we say, "enterprising" individuals adopting domain names and "repurposing" content in ways that directly infringe on larger brands' intellectual property rights. Some do this intentionally; others do it unintentionally. ... More »Protecting Your Image and Intellectual Property Online