March 13th, 2018

business certificate

Obtaining and filing a business certificate in New York much less any other state is important when starting a business if you do not want to incorporate. Every county requires anyone operating a profit-seeking business, in a name other than their own, to acquire a business certificate. Each county clerk’s office files forms for particular cities. Check with your local county office before filling out the proper form.

Prior to going to the county clerk’s office, get hold of “form X-201 for…

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February 15th, 2018

Commercial Lease

Free legal assistance for small business owners is hard to find. New York City business owners just got a break on this for the negotiating of commercial leases or any lease matter. It’s better than nothing since locking in to a ten-year lease or more can be a daunting task. The new program will provide up to 40 hours of legal services to a qualifying small business owner involved in a lease-related legal issue, including:
Signing a new commercial lease
Amending, renewing, or terminating an…

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February 2nd, 2018

sales tax test

Sales tax assessment test can show you where you are at risk if any concerning your sales tax processing. As your business grows you might be subject to more state compliance requirements. One such area that is complex for a lot of businesses is sales tax. This 5-minute survey is a good starting point for the conversation about ‘where’ and ‘when’ to collect sales tax.

This survey doesn’t have every answer about sales tax but will put into perspective which questions need to be…

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November 15th, 2017

pay increase

5 things that will keep your team satisfied without a pay increase is just to get your attention and start a conversation. Recently there was a survey that showed small businesses are not giving their employees pay increases and if an employee wanted a pay increase it was highly suggested they need to find a new job. As a small business owner, it hurt to hear that. So I’m guessing some business owners took to heart never issuing a pay increase and that is not the case. You should definitely…

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July 20th, 2017

Online reviews can make or break you. I know some business owners who actually try not to be on any reviews websites and that’s crazy! Reviews can actually help business owners fine tune their customer service and hone in on what customer like or dislike so you can change your product or service offerings and customer service.
Why I like this article …

It provides clear ideas how to leverage your reviews
It touches on negative reviews and how to deal with them
It shares how to go…

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