Limited liability company operating agreements

Here are the basics every LLC owner should know about operating agreements.

Choosing a name for your business

Choosing a business name is an important step in the business planning process. Here are some tips to help you pick, register, and protect your name.

An easy, cheap way to file a trademark

If you choose to file your own trademark without the assistance of an attorney, you don’t necessarily need to hire someone else to do it for you. Skip the fees and go right to the source.

If you’re self-employed, what’s a disregarded entity?

A “disregarded entity” is an important tax status for self-employed sole-proprietors. In a nutshell, it means you can form a LLC for your business, but…

Protect your big ideas: Patents, trade secrets & copyrights

Successful entrepreneurs turn big ideas into successful business opportunities, but how should they protect those ideas?

Get your tax EIN online: It’s easy & free

If you’re setting up a business bank account or need a business license, there will probably be a space on the form for your EIN. Fortunately, it’s simple to apply for your own business tax ID number via the web.

How to register your DBA business name

Naming your business is an important branding exercise, but if you choose to name your business as anything other than your own personal name, then you’ll need to register it with the appropriate authorities.

Copyright, trademarks & patents: What’s the difference?

Here are a few basics about the three main forms of intellectual property protection.

What is a work for hire?

Only the author or those deriving rights from the author can rightfully claim copyright to a work, with one exception: works made for hire.