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Most Common Types of Business Contracts

The types of business contracts you’ll need depend on your business’s nature, size, and complexity. Contracts are a way to protect your interests. They also clarify what each party is obligated to do and their rights. You may not think a contract is needed until a business relationship goes sour and you’re left holding the bag. Rather than find yourself in this spot, consider using a business attorney to draft your contracts to ensure they fully protect your interests. What Makes the Types of Business Contracts You Should Be Using Enforceable? A contract is a legally binding agreement or promise between parties. Contracts can be powerful tools for your business. The attorneys at Lusk Law, LLC, can put together the recipe for your legally binding business contract. Basic elements of a contract include: Competent Parties:  Minors and those who lack mental capacity can’t be parties to an enforceable contract. Offer:…

Step-by-Step Guide to Business Formation

You have a spectacular idea for a business, but for it to be successful, you want to set everything up correctly right from the start. Before you plunge into running the operations, it makes sense to get assistance of an experienced business attorney, who can make sure everything is done according to the law and prevent you from making costly mistakes. Maryland business law attorney Rebekah Lusk and her associates are experienced in all aspects of the challenges facing business owners. We can make sure you get things done properly at startup, and then continue providing support to help you deal with both routine ongoing legal matters and problems that may unexpectedly arise. Contact the attorneys at Lusk Law, LLC to gain a long-term ally for your business. Call (443) 535-9715 today. Your Step-by-Step Guide to Business Formation Starting a business in Maryland can feel overwhelming, but our lawyers can…

New Insight for Women Entrepreneurs

If you’re a woman thinking of starting your own business, you’re not alone. According to SCORE, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses, women-owned businesses currently make up 39 percent of the 28 million small businesses in the United States. And, SCORE notes, that number is rising. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned businesses rose 45 percent—five times the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. SCORE recently released the results of a wide-ranging survey of more than 12,000 female entrepreneurs. The report, “The Megaphone of Main Street: Women’s Entrepreneurship,” contains several key insights on the unique opportunities and challenges these business owners face. Why did these women start their businesses? They reported many different motivations, such as open opportunities, family considerations, job changes, and financial necessity. One interesting detail is how the reasons differed for each age demographic. Most of the women surveyed under age…

How to make an effective strategic business plan

Most business owners in Maryland understand that strategic business planning is key to a company's success. However, understanding its importance and actually executing a strategic business plan are two different things. When a business plan just sits on the shelf, it becomes nothing more than a static document. Strategic business plans often fail to create change in an organization because they do not contain clear directions. To be effective, a business plan should set the trajectory for a company by outlining specific goals and articulating clear vision statements. A solid plan for how to reach the specified goals and achieve the company's vision should also be included in the strategic business plan. It is important for all of the executives to understand a strategic business plan so that they can work to achieve the goals that have been set. If the plan is too complex or vague, it could end…

Why small businesses fail in Maryland

Studies show that around 80 percent of small businesses fail within the first 18 months of operation. This is generally not due to major and obvious mistakes or lack of effort on the part of owners. Instead, things like lack of marketing, poor customer service and a bad location can be all that it takes to keep a business from doing well. No matter how great a product or service is, if people aren't aware that it or the business that offers it exists, the business will struggle and likely fail. It's important for business owners to determine what the best methods of advertising their goods and services are and to make sure that they are making potential customers aware of their existence. Customer service is another common issue for small businesses. Part of the problem is that people now expect great customer service, so if a business isn't ensuring…

Handling cash flow issues as a small business

Many small business owners struggle with cash flow issues. This can be a problem because a company might generate a good deal of business but be waiting on payment for its goods or services. In the meantime, bills come due and the business may be struggle with basic expenses regardless of the size of the future payout. Sometimes, a business owner may be able to forgo a salary for a few months until things even out. However, sometimes the cash flow problem is severe enough that this is insufficient. Obtaining a bank loan may take too much time, or the business owner might not have good enough credit to get the loan approved. The solution to cash flow problems is in part based on the source of the problem. To help avoid unpaid invoices, business owners may want to ask for a deposit up front. Customers can be encouraged to…

Small business disaster recovery plans

Small business owners in Maryland may want to consider developing a disaster recovery plan in case of an emergency. For a small company, the loss of productivity that could result from a broken server, a severed relationship with a supplier or damaged physical property could be devastating. A disaster recovery plan should be created that addresses the potential for both digital and physical losses. In most cases, much of the work that a small business does relies on technology and digital assets. The information that a company stores on one of its servers could be incredibly important to the way that the business is run. Therefore, a business owner should take vital steps to protect its servers. If preventative steps are taken, digital data recovery can be relatively simple and fast in the event that a server goes down. Even in the digital age, a small business may rely heavily…

Business planning plays crucial role in success

Maryland entrepreneurs and business leaders who want to expand may be interested in following a few tips. There are numerous ways companies can supplement their growth and ensure profitability. Many of the strategies focus on fiscal business concerns like accounting. According to business insiders, companies need to resolve to make payments easier to collect by sending invoices on time and accepting a wider range of payment types. In the same vein, businesses are advised to quantify and concentrate on the revenue streams that are more likely to generate positive income, such as repeat customers. Money management is also an important component of running a small business. Entrepreneurs are advised to routinely assess their fiscal situations and create reserve accounts so that they can survive cash flow fluctuations. Businesses need to consciously commit to their growth and manage their time. Entrepreneurs may be able to save resources by limiting their use of…

How to start a business plan

Many new business owners have trouble knowing how to write or even start writing a business plan for their new venture. Some then decide to just dive in without a plan. Business plans help owners and others to understand the direction in which the company should go. Trying to start a business without a plan may make it more likely to fail in the long run. New business owners may want to start by using a tool called a business model canvas. This tool includes suggestions on inventing, designing and strategic planning for new companies. It can thus help owners to get started by putting their main thoughts down on paper. After using the canvas, the owner should then have a better idea of areas that need to be fleshed out and should subsequently list these using bullet points or another simple format. After the main areas have been listed,…

Appropriate succession planning without violating the ADEA

Succession planning is an important part of the continued success of Maryland businesses. Planning how knowledge will be transferred when people leave the company is a vital part of such a plan, because a good plan can help minimize future costs during the transition period. The Age Discrimination and Employment Act of 1967 proscribes discriminatory employment actions based on age for employees who are aged 40 or older. Businesses should thus take this act into account when they are conducting succession planning to make certain they do not run afoul of its provisions. If they violate it, they may open themselves up to litigation. Proper succession planning should never include stereotypical assumptions based on an employee's age. Companies should avoid such things as retirement as a solution to poor performance. They should also avoid planning for a position's succession when they do not know when the employee holding it plans…