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As you prepare to form your limited liability company (LLC), you’ve probably heard that the state where you file the paperwork makes a difference. Some states offer LLCs more financial advantages than others, and that means you should carefully weigh your options before filing. Here are some of the factors to consider.  more...

- - Starting Your Business

As technology continues to change the way we do business, many entrepreneurs have embraced mobile business opportunities—businesses that can be run from a vehicle, tablet or smartphone. Mobile businesses give entrepreneurs the flexibility to set their own hours and be their own boss, and they may save thousands of dollars annually in office expenses and overhead associated with a fixed-location business.   more...

- - Starting Your Business

Lots of cool start-ups allow employees to bring their pets to work. But what's good for the pet lover might not be so good for the company. more...

- - Running Your Business

No company that succeeds in today’s competitive business environment gets there on its own. True leaders rely on the expertise of others, and one of their favorite resources is blogs. Blogs are written by some of the most well-respected experts in their fields. They’re free. And if you post a question, you just may get an answer directly from the guru. more...

- - Starting Your Business

With nearly $200 billion in reported sales in 2011, e-commerce sales are expected to continue to grow over the next several years. In 2012, e-commerce sales in the U.S. topped $225 billion, up 16% from 2011, according to a U.S. Commerce Department estimate. more...

- - Intellectual Property Basics

When Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner started the company that became networking giant Cisco while working at Stanford University in the mid-1980s, the husband-wife team probably did not anticipate a messy breakup. However, the cofounders of the technological powerhouse had a very public falling out that forced Lerner to leave the company. Their nontraditional partnership illustrates the difficulties in breaking up with a cofounder and how this dissolution can be an unpleasant (and sometimes costly) process. more...

- - Starting Your Business

The apartment entrepreneur. If you aren't one, you probably know one. Everybody has a friend writing a screenplay or music, consulting, or trying to turn a hobby into a moneymaker…all from the comfort of residential rental property. This is not to mention the boom of tech start-ups begun out of living rooms and garages not only in Silicon Valley, but all across the United States. more...

- - Running Your Business

Social media has become a lucrative medium for marketing goods and services, whether it’s giving away coupons to potential customers who “like” a Facebook page, enticing users to “follow” your business on Twitter, or posting commercials and how-to videos on YouTube. However, a social media network that many business owners have not yet tapped is Pinterest. This site has millions of potential customers who may be interested in following your company’s new interests and branding techniques. more...

- - Promoting Your Business

As companies grow in size, the inevitable happens: Someone comes to work in attire that just isn’t right. Maybe it’s the party dress from the night before, or the "too short" cutoffs and flip-flops that are making you (and other employees) cringe. You decided to implement a dress code, but how do you go about enforcing it without looking like an ogre?

Remember: you do have the legal authority to regulate the way your employees dress. If you decide that a formal dress code is the way to go, then you need to be mindful of the following: more...

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Have you ever been asked to “Xerox” a document? Or asked a friend for a “Q-tip?” Both of these household words started life as “brands” that fell victim to their own overly successful marketing. These innovations achieved such widespread popularity, as competitors jumped on the bandwagon, consumers simply applied the brand names generically to any product in the category. This, of course, was not what Xerox Corp. and Cheesbrough-Ponds had in mind when they spent millions promoting their trademarked brands. more...

- - Promoting Your Business