HR on Demand Service by Incorporation Attorney

On the site now we’ve added this HR on-demand program. You were driven to add this to your services for several reasons. And as I understand it, one of the main reasons is some problems that some of your clients had. Maybe could you share with us a couple of examples of what got you to this?

We’ve set up hundreds and hundreds of companies for micro and small businesses. What we’ve seen over time is that problems that people run into tend to fall into three big buckets. One is that they will mess up the formation of their business entity and the maintenance of the business entity. Two, they will use poor contracts or not have any contracts or run into contractual problems with people they do business with. And then three, they run into problems with their own employees. Kind of the internal problems. The employee internal problems become really challenging because larger companies solve this problem by hiring a full-time HR person or an HR department. And they can cost three, four, five thousand dollars a month. And my clients who are frequently single owner, or a partners, or a family-owned business. They don’t have the resources to hire an HR person to take care of all their employees. This has really been a struggle for a while that we’ve gone through is how do we get that HR department for a micro or small business? Or do they all just have to stumble through and pray to God that they don’t run big problems? Over time what we thought is that there’s a service that we could create that would be a little bit of self-serve, a little bit of when you really need to speak to an HR person, you’ve got access to him. We could take that three to five thousand dollar cost and reduce it by 90%, and get the small micro business kind of exactly what it is they need and yet it’s their budget.

Sounds too good to be true!

Well, I’ll tell you. I mean if we hire a full-time HR person, they’re down the hallway. And they will cost you three to five thousand dollars because you can’t just get your secretary and say these days, “Hey I need you to read up on what’s happening on the new changes in employment law, what’s happening with sick leave, how do we track our meal time breaks, and what do we do on payroll?” It’s overwhelming! And it’s a subspecialty within the law.

The sense I get is that a lot of business owners don’t understand how important that is or the implications of getting that little wrong.

The people who understand it are those people who fall into the bear trap and just get that trap slammed on their leg, and then all of a sudden it comes home crystal clear. You understand that ones the trap snaps on your leg, how bad this thing is? Right?

In other words, you’re saying a lot of business owners learn the hard way.

That’s how you become an experienced business owner. What we try to do is provide a service where you don’t necessarily need to stick your hand into the fire to figure out that you’re going to get burned. I’ve worked with a lot of accountants, and accountants tend to be pretty smart people and deal with a lot of small businesses. And they’re a small business themselves. So I had an accountant that I was working with that ran into a problem with what he considered to be a rogue employee.

So the accountants owned business and the accountant staff as a small business that you’re talking about?

Exactly.

Not their client but actually them.

Actually them!

And you would think that an accountant would be all over this.

Well, you would think who would know better than a guy who deals with lots and lots of small business.

Yeah.

Because accountants tend to be the most trusted business adviser for small business. And so small business owners call their accountants about everything. Some things accountants can help with and other things they can’t but they hear a lot about employee issues, because the accountants are working with their clients on payroll issues, filing of payroll taxes, and things of that kind. So they can be the more knowledgeable than the average guy. Right?

You’d think.

So I got an accountant who was running his practice. It’s a small business. And you would think, who would know more about this than a guy that hears these stories all day long, plus runs his own small business. However, the situation came up with him where he had this rogue employee. And what had happened was that once the employee left his company, the employee went down to the labor department and he filed a claim. And he said that the accountant had worked him more than he should have and didn’t give him breaks for his meal times, didn’t give him the morning and afternoon break, and furthermore, worked him more than eight hours in one day and didn’t pay him overtime. California is very aggressive with these kinds of claims. So the employee goes down to the labor department. The labor department helps him basically go out their claim. And then the accountant receives a letter from the labor department, “Greetings! You now going to come to a hearing with us and you got to explain yourself whether or not you did or did not mistreat this employee. Because if you did, we’re going to pound the hell out of you!” So we get this letter and now we’ve got to see the labor department.

Now, I take it you’re adding your own subtext there?

Yes. I am. I’m adding my own subtext, my own prejudice of kind of how the system works.

Right.

And I think a lot of small business owners will see it somewhat the same. This conversation is looking at it from the perspective of this little guy that owns his business. And frankly, it’s a challenge. I mean, it’s a challenge to run your business. It’s a challenge to figure out how to get customers. It’s a challenge to deal with all of the administration that goes on with running a small business, and this is a real significant component. So when we went into the labor hearing, the labor commissioner says, “Okay, here’s what I’d like to see. I’d like to see all your payroll records relating to the breaks that you gave this person., your payroll records that show the breaks in the morning and the afternoon, that showed the mealtime breaks, and furthermore, your payment or not of overtime. And by the way, I want to see your employee handbook, which would outline the company policies.” Well, the accountant did not have an employee handbook. So, we got nothing in writing, which would typically be signed by the employee that they’d received the handbook and that they were familiar with the policies. So I’ve got no written policy created in advance of this hearing that shows that the employer and the employee are on the same wavelength. So I don’t have that. The records that the accountant kept rather than doing it with an offsite service, they did it internally. And this employee, before t they left, grabbed their own records and took them. So we didn’t have any records of what breaks that they’d had. We didn’t have any records of what mealtimes that they’d taken. And we had very just rough records of how they were paid overtime. So I asked the accountant, since we didn’t have the records, we suspected that the employee took them. I said, “Just recreate for me your record-keeping process and we’ll go in an explain this is the process to the labor commissioner.”

So was the record-keeping process physical or was it computerized?

Theirs was done by hand. Today, payroll companies are pretty sophisticated. You can pay a small amount of money and you can set up your system like a system we use in our office is that it’s one where an employee will come into our office. They get on to the computer. They login in the morning. When they go to lunch, they logout. When they come back for lunch, they login again, and they logout at the end of the day. And it’s all captured on a computerized basis, so there’s no question in terms of the record keeping that we kept. But a lot of people don’t do that. A lot of people just keep it on a piece of paper, on an Excel spreadsheet, on some form that they’ve grabbed from the Internet, because they don’t understand what the problem is until they find themselves sitting in front of the labor commissioner. Really, it’s the employer’s responsibility to keep these records. If there’s a tie in terms of the story, the employee says one thing and the employer says another thing. Just anecdotally, my experience is the tie goes to the runner. In this case, it’s the employee. And the claims that they’re making are found to be true and that the employer ends having to pay for that. So what they did not have in this situation was the records of the breaks and the records of the mealtimes that they took. And the employee basically said that, “I arrived at work. I worked for 10 hours straight and that they wouldn’t even let me take a bathroom break.” Which was ridiculous. There were witnesses in the office that would say, “Hey look, she would goof around on the computer all day. I saw her get up regularly and go to the bathroom.” But the problem was without the records, without that documentation, in this case, the employer was in a very vulnerable spot. So at the end of the hearing what happened was that we were able to substantiate part of the employer’s position and that was that she actually did take breaks, that she did actually go to lunch, that she was spending a lot of time goofing off on the computer. So instead of winning the whole case, which they should have done with good record-keeping, they ended up splitting the difference. That is, the employee claimed that they were owed 20,000 dollars. The employer legitimally owed nothing. And in order to avoid a further prolonged extensive hearing, the employer ended up spending 10,000 dollars when they should have spent nothing. It was their own fault. It was due to poor record-keeping. The learning from that experience was all employers should have an employee handbook, which is given to each employee when they’re on-boarded to work for the company, which the employee will sign that they’ve received it and read it. They should also have good records of if they’re giving mealtime breaks to their employees, have them memorialized. If they’re giving lunch breaks to their employees, have that memorialized. And certainly, when the employee works beyond an eight-hour day, that also has to be memorialized. With the payroll keeping services available, all of this is a very simple process, but had we gone into that hearing with an employee handbook and with the records that we’re describing here, the employer would have paid nothing. Well, what happens sometimes, when there’s a little bit larger company and they’re sort of one rabble rouser employee from the employer’s perspective, they start talking to one another and sometimes it’s not one leaves but it might be five leaves. And when you have five do this thing in this particular case, it could have gone from a 10,000 dollar loss to a 50,000 dollar loss, which could have put the guy out of business. It’s a very serious problem and you don’t really quite realize the magnitude of it until you go through one of those kind of hearings. So the solution of the problem is getting access to someone who has got a lot of HR experience. And these days, there are people out there who will go through training programs and they actually become certified in HR. Then further, if you can get access to that kind of person and not spend three to five thousand dollars a month. But instead, pay 300 dollars a month or 400 dollars a month, then you’re getting the best of both worlds. You get someone who’s certified, especially to know what all the rules are, what are the forms you should have with your employees, what does your employee handbook look like, how frequently should you have the handbook updated, things of that kind. You can basically call this person, say this is my situation, they know your company, and they can tell you, “Here’s the form you need. Here’s the update that you need to make to your employee handbook.” So it’s really important to have that component. And then finally, that’s what we’re starting to now deliver to our client as access to that expertise on an as-needed basis.

And having done through the program ourselves, what we’ve discovered is that the way it actually works is much better than we anticipated. It’s not a whole term administration. They’re an HR consultation on-call, so that they can guide us through how to set these handbooks up properly fofr our business specifically. So what we’ve got is we’ve got now a recording of the conversation that we’ve had with our clients inside of our business where they talk about how they actually experienced the program and what they got out of it and how it’s helped us to make our business safer. So what we should do is switch over to that and that will give you more insight into the actual use case, the usage nature of the program and what the benefits are.

 

When Does a Corporation Need to File a Fictitious Business Name?


When we help our clients incorporate their businesses, one of the things we know from having done hundreds and hundreds of these things, is that the work that the small business lawyer does for the client doesn’t stop when we hand over the corporate book and say, “Here’s your brand new corporation.” That’s really just sort of the beginning of things. Frequently, once we’ve incorporated a business, our clients will get correspondents from the federal government, from the internal revenue service, from the State of California, frequently from scams. And they just don’t really know what to do with the paperwork. So we offer a service to our clients and it runs like this. We call it “I’ve just got a quick question”. Once you’ve incorporated your business with us, what we will do is make ourselves available over the course of the next year to answer any questions that you might have about your corporation. An example of a quick question would be one that I received this morning. We’ve got a client that’s just formed his corporation. We formed the corporation and gave it a name that was similar to the business that he wanted to run. Things have been going well for him, and he’s developed through the process of getting his one main business going. A kind of a sideline activity, which is sort of a specialized niche of his main business. And what he wanted to do was develop that second business and have it appear to the general public as though it might be a business completely separate from his corporation. So his question was really how could he do that? Will he need to setup a second corporation to run the business? And the answer is no you don’t necessarily have to do that. The way he that he could handle that situation, and really pretty smart thing to do for a small business owner, is actually use a fictitious business name. And the way you would do it would be this: is that you could go down to the county where the business is being conducted, and you can file an application with the county recorder. You would tell the county recorder, “Hey, my corporation wants to do business not in the original corporate name, but in a second name.” And the county recorder for a small amount of money will allow you to file that application, and give you that name to use in the county for your business, so long as some other business does not already have that name. The process is filing an application, and then what you will do is you will publish the application, or you will publish the name in a newspaper of general circulation over the course of a number of weeks. And once you’ve gone through the application filing stage, one you’ve gone through the publication stage, then your corporation can use that name to do business. So you could do business as ABC Incorporated or you could do business as the Happy Balloon Company, and you could actually hold yourself out to the public under the names of both of those businesses. Then what you can do is if you’re actually generating cash under the new fictitious name, you can go down to the bank, you can open a banking account using your fictitious business name paperwork along with your other corporate paperwork. And that way you can essentially run two companies. If the fictitious business name company actually takes off, then it’s a very good time for you to consider as a small business owner, whether or not we should actually split our two companies. That way we would have the original corporation, and then we would have a second company also a corporation now using the name that we selected with the fictitious business name statement. So hopefully that kind of explains the process just a little bit more. And if you’ve got a question about how best to use a fictitious business name when it comes to small business corporations, my name is Andy Gale. I’m a small business attorney. I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have.

 

Spray Foam Application for Commercial Buildings

This is a transcript of the video above. 

The Difference Between Residential and Commercial Spray Foam Job

What’s different about doing a commercial job with spray foam?

Well, typically, on commercial work, it’s a lot more industrial, meaning the specs are usually a lot more robust than residential.

When you say robust, what do you mean? I’m not sure I understand.

Well, the job in Culver City that we did.

So this is the one… oh that’s the video.

The tip like this one right here.

That looks like our work.

Yup. It’s 4 inches on the walls where typically, residential has 2, at the most 3.

So, why more? Why 4 inches?

Because commercial buildings typically build them in a way that they can handle a lot of people. They’re just built a lot more sound. Typically the specs on commercial work are a lot more intense. This is the nature of the business on commercial work. More money spent.

I imagine there’s a lot more surface area on a commercial building to…

Typically, yeah. I mean I’ve done some small commercial jobs as well. A lot of commercial jobs we insulate on top. They’ll want me to roof system and foam roofs are very typical on a commercial.

So when you say insulate on top, you’re talking about the top layer of the roof would be insulated.

On top of the roof, yes.

So what does that do to people being able to walk on it.

They can walk on it. There’s no problem with that. It’s very durable.

Is spray foam let just at the top surface area or is something put over on top of the spray foam?

No, there’s an elastomeric roof coating that’s sprayed on top of the foam.

Is that part of what you do?

Yes.

What’s it called? Elasto-something?

Elastomeric roof coating.

What is that? What does it do?

It’s an acrylic coating that has a reflective value, preserves the foam. The foam can’t tolerate direct sunlight. It just fails or burns up. You have a protective coating on top of that, which is a water-tight seal. A lot of times depending on the building that, let’s say like it’s a restaurant or something, and they want to do a lot of woodwork on the ceiling. We’ll insulate the roof on top. We’ll put, for instance, 4 inches of foam on the roof, and then we’ll coat it with the elastomeric roof coating. So not only they got an insulation job, but they also got a new roof system as well.

So this would be an example of that in process.

Yeah.

This doesn’t look like it’s spray foam.

That’s spray foam. Yeah.

So how come it’s got squares like this if it’s spray foam?

The light colored material over what the guys are standing on, that’s the foam.

Oh, I see!

What the squares are, what that is, it’s called DensDeck, which is a fire-rated material, so you can have your fire rating and it’s screwed down with plates. That picture there though, it happens to be a residential roof.

Oh, I’m confused. This doesn’t look like a residential building because it’s flat.

It is. It’s residential.

So do you have any pictures of where you applied spray foam to a commercial project?

Yes. 7 Gables Real Estate building.

So this is a commercial one?

Yes.

Right. So what are we looking at? Is this spray foam?

That is spray foam with the white coating on it.

So the white coating reflects the sunlight, UV, which stabilizes the spray foam underneath.

Yes, it protects the foam from the ultraviolet rays, and it’s a reflect coating which makes the building cooler inside.

So that’s a different one to this? So it’s kind of like a wall around it. This is the actual building. And that the…

That’s the port building. That’s a car port. And all those posts that are sticking up, they’ll have solar panels on them. So those are the stands to the solar panels.

So why would you apply spray foam to a car port? That’s not intuitive.

With all those penetrations going in, they needed a new roof system, so they hired me to do the building, so they just had me do the car port as well.

What’s the process? Is this something that goes down before the spray foam?

This is not new construction. This is an existing built-up roof system on there. Which is the hot tar roofing, and they have the rolls of roofing. And those rolls of roofing, you see those things every 3 feet. That’s the old roof underneath it.

Right. So you applied the spray foam directly to the black tar?

Right over the existing roof system.

First of all, that’s a layer of spray foam. And that’s how thick?

Yes. That’s 1 inch thick.

Oh, just 1 inch?

Minimum of 1 inch. And 1 inch is very typical now. When you do residential roof, 1 inch is common. When you do commercial roofs, an inch and a half is very common.

So if somebody was to ask about having spray foam applied to a commercial building like this, what would you recommend as against what is common?

I would recommend an inch and a half. It all depends on the condition of the roof system that’s on there. You have to inspect that early. A lot of times there’s rotten plywood in different roof systems, you have to take different things into consideration. What is very typical also, we have here, it’s called a cap sheet roof on top. And what you do first thing is that you first clean everything. Make sure that the existing roof is as clean as possible. And then after it’s clean, you spray apply the foam. And after that you get 2 layers of the white elastomeric coating.

Why an inch and a half? I mean down here you talked about 3 or 4 inches for commercial or 2 inches for residential. Why is it an inch and a half on the roof?

On commercial buildings, they typically want a more heavier duty system. Even when it comes to roofing or insulation. They typically go a step further and get a little better system in there, because you have a lot of people coming in and out of there. So they want something that’s going to last a little longer and do a little bit more for them.

Right. But I’m confused, because an inch and a half is less than 3 inches or less than 4 inches or less than even 2 inches when you do an insulation in a home. So it sounds like an inch and a half is not as good.

If you’re talking just the roof system, you have to have a minimum of 1 inch. That gives you a little bit of R Value, but if you’re looking for an insulation system and a roof system, now you’re talking something different. You have to have your R value on top of your roof. Then you’ll have to add 3 inches or 4 inches if you want to have your R Value in the insulation. If you just want a roof system, and that it, and it’s insulated underneath, you have to a minimum of 1 inch.

Right. Now I understand. So when you say a roof system, it’s just an alternative surface that’s going to repel water and keep the roof intact.

Exactly.

So what you’re doing when you’re saying 1 inch to 1 and a half inches is okay if the requirement is just to keep the roof sound. But if you want the R Value to be improved, then you need to go to 3 or 4 inches.

Correct.

Got it!

Glendale Commercial Spray Foam Project

We did a job out of Glendale Boulevard in L.A., and it came out really nice. It got 5 inches. It’s a good example. It’s a sound studio. So they needed extra insulation, but they wanted to show the wood ceiling. So they insulated it from the roof. So they needed a roof system plus they needed insulation. That’s what you call a summer bell roof system. That’s the shape. It looks like a dome. It’s called a summer bell. What it does is all the water rushes towards the air pit walls and then it drains towards the corner there. It’s a sound studio in Los Angeles, and they wanted to see the stained wood underneath. So they had me do the insulation. They wanted to insulate it from the roof, on top of the roof, and they needed a roof system at the same time. So I put 4 and 3 quarter inches, which is an R30. Now they meet code. And they don’t see the insulation underneath. They see all the natural wood.

Okay. Let me just try and understand. So what you’re saying is that on the inside of the sound studio, they can see all the wood that is the underneath the roof. So that they’ve got something that looks visually cool… by insulation… the look of the roof. So what they’ve done is they’ve applied insulation to the outside of the roof. And in order to get the R value and meet code for the roof system itself, in terms of its integrity and waterproof-ness, to get all of that you’ve gone to 4 and 3 quarter inches to get R30.

Correct.

So again, on this one, the process is the original roof is there, and you just went straight, oh you cleaned it up and you just went over it with spray foam, or did you do something else to it first.

That’s it. We cleaned it up. Cleaned it up really good. And we sprayed it on top of the original roof system, and then one layer of coating. Let that dry for 36 hours. And then we put a second. We’d do a total of 3 gallons per hundred square feet of coating.

So I imagine compared to a black tar style roof, going to white, reflective white like that, on top of insulation, must make a huge difference to the insulation value of the roof.

Huge! Huge! On top of the R value and the air ceiling of the foam, the reflective value you get off this white roof system is tremendous.

So this is open cell or closed cell?

This is closed cell foam. The roofing foam is a little bit different blend.

Oh is it?

It’s a different blend. It’s the closed cell foam for insulation that’s a 2 pound density. The density on this is 2.8.

So that makes it strong enough to walk on?

Yes.

So where’s regular closed cell strong enough to walk on?

Yes.

That’s an example of a commercial project where spray foam is applied to the outside surface of the roof. So roughly what, how big is that roof? What kind of scale are we talking about?

10,000 sq. feet.

Roughly, how long does a job like that take?

I think it took us a week to do from start to finish. If you look at it Tim on top of the purple wall, see that metal coping that’s attached to the top of the wall. Right there. That grey, looks like a cap on top of that wall. Goes all the way across. This is an example because we’re a construction company with a general contractor’s license, we’ll take on other trades. Typically, that is a sheet metal contractor’s job to come behind us and put this coating on. We wanted to have that fabricated and we install it for them.

So 10,000 sq. feet about a week to do. So that’s a roofing system. Can we look at some of the commercial jobs where you’re putting the spray foam to the inner walls?

Target Distribution Center Spray Foam Insulation Project

Let’s go to Target. This is the Target distribution center for Southern California. Huge building in Colton. Out in the inland empire there. And this is a loading dock. A metal siding. The sun would hit that thing and that metal, that whole loading dock inside there, which is cook. The loading dock itself is outside of the conditions space. They needed somehow to make that thing cooler in the summer time. So we sprayed 2 inches. All they wanted me to do was to knock down some of the heat that’s penetrating that siding. So we went along and did the entire side of the whole loading dock.

So that’s regular closed cell foam?

That’s regular closed cell 2 pound foam. He’s applying it off a scissor lift. You know that loading dock is a huge building. 45 feet tall.

So in this case that we’ve got 2 inches of spray foam to lower the cost of the wall that’s in direct sunlight. To lower the heat transfer on a metal wall that’s in direct sunlight. Kind of trade-off between the heat and the cost and doing 2 inches and getting good insulation value in return.

Right.

What would be the R value of that then?

Well the R value is a 13, but you’ve got to remember Tim, the spray foam is not about R value. It’s about air sealing. Because what R value is… you have different… like R 13, you have R19, and you have R 30, and so on. And more R value you have… what that means is that heat transfers from the outside of the building… it transfers into the insulation. And the longer it takes to get that insulation to work, it’s 100% all of the heat load. Then that heat transfers inside of the building. So the longer it takes for the insulation to get a 100% heat load is a higher rating. Like if it takes 2 hours as opposed to 4. 4 is a higher R value. It takes longer for the heat to penetrate the insulation. When you’re talking spray foam. If you have a minimum of 2 inches, you have air seal so R values… in a penetrate. It doesn’t load up and enter the building. That’s why R value isn’t important in spray foam. It stops the heat from coming in.

So let me say it if I understood it correctly. Another way of saying that might be, although the R value is important and helps with insulation, one of the secondary benefits of spray foam is possibly more important than the R value, is the fact that it seals the building so that you don’t get air coming through, and being transferred directly into the building.

Exactly.

Regular forms of insulation don’t do.

Correct. Yeah. It stops the heat from coming in. So the reason why we have our different R values is because the city inspectors and the city codes aren’t up to speed with spray foam. If you ever tried to change a code, especially in California, it’s next to impossible. So they have these tidy codes that are in place. For instance, in a wall they say, the inspectors have to see an R19. That’s 3 inches of foam. Even though 2 inches would be more than enough. 2 inches would probably perform like an R38 or R50. It just does not enter the building. There’s no way you’re going to be able to change the code.

 

 

Asking Tough Questions to Avoid Divorce

McNamee Mediations is a small business in Orange County, California owned by Colleen McNamee. They offer premarital workshops as one of their services. This is a transcript of a video where Colleen talks about how to prevent divorce

Premarital Counselling with a Divorce Mediator

You brought up the church, the religious premarital counselling. And I know there’s a lot of churches that offer that, and it seems like a really good service. But do they touch upon or hit upon these really difficult points. I don’t know if you know what they go through or not. But it sounds like yours is very much in-your-face and very direct about things. A lot of times counselling in various things, you’re just trying to get you to, it seems like to me, talk about things, and either create problems or you don’t get to the bulk of what the problem really is. In your case, was this written by you?

Yes.

And did you just take kind of these that I’ve chose from all your past clients. Because you could have seen in real life what it really is.

Right. Because I have been practicing for a long time, and I’ve had just my mediation practice for almost 15 years now. So you can imagine, especially in the mediation, when I’m working with both parties, I get to see the dynamic on both sides regarding each issue that’s kind of caused the breakdown of the marriage. And they’re usually related to religion, money, affairs (so anything kind of sex related). And sometimes it’s also the role in the relationship. Like they don’t talk about, “Are we going to both have careers when were married?” or “When we have children, do we want one of us to stay home, does one of us even want to stay home, would we want to go part-time, can we afford to do this?” And those really aren’t things that people necessarily talk about prior to getting married, because they feel like it’s kind of jumping the gun. Or if they do, they talk about it very loosely. And I think it’s really important to make sure when you’re starting something like marriage together, that you’re on the same page. Because that just makes you this power couple moving forward, instead of two individuals who could potentially have friction moving forward when issues come up. And again, we’re not going to hit on everything that’s going to come up, but there are some core issues that are the leading causes of divorce these days that I address. And you’re right, it’s a little bit in-your-face. And the purpose isn’t to cause problems and convince the couple not to get married. Because what I’m trying to do is kind of salvage the potential for breakdown later in the marriage by addressing these beforehand. And so it usually doesn’t incite problems with the couple because there’s no hot topic that’s readily apparent. We’re actually just working through them before, and they probably think some of the stuff I ask them as sort of silly. But it’s good, and the couples that I’ve done it with have come back and said later, “Gosh, it was so good that we talked about this, because something came up about it 9 months into our marriage, and we wouldn’t have known where the other one stood had we not been in your workshop.

Click the link below to watch the full video:

**Avoiding Divorce** by Asking TOUGH Questions on Core Issues BEFORE Marriage 

Corporation Name: Tips On How To Choose a Name for your Business

Are you planning to put up a business in Orange County? Choosing a name for your company in Orange County, California is one of the most important things to do when starting a business. You must choose the company name carefully, because it is so tedious to change it later on. Moreover, the name you choose might give you an extra edge on your competitors.

The following are tips on choosing a name for your company:

1. A Company Name Must Stand Out

All businesses should strive to rise above their competitors. A common mistake made by many businesses in California when naming their company is making it sound like the names of other companies. Usually, this is because they are worried whether their business will be taken seriously by customers or not.

For a business to rise above its competitors, it should have a name that stands out. When you choose a business name, use the names of your competitors as examples of what to avoid.

2. A Company Name Should Not Have Generic Surnames

Some businesses use their owner’s full name for the corporation name. If so, make sure the family name is not generic. Only those who have a truly memorable or unique family name can get away with this. Generic surnames will not make you stand out from your competitors.

3. Do Not Use Descriptive Names for your Corporation Name

In the past, many companies used business names that were descriptive of their brand. Even corporate attorneys in California used to advice this. Although it was good advice at that time, it is not as applicable today. In fact, it may hurt your company more than it can help.

There is no need to have descriptive names these days, because there are many ways customers can figure out what you do. Customers can search you on Google, scan your QR code, or look your company up in the local phone book.

It can be a burden to think of a name that will describe everything you do at once. There are other things you can do to explain the nature of your business to your customers, particularly through your website and your business card.

4. Avoid Using Acronyms for your Business Name

These days, many corporate lawyers in CA would advise business owners to do away with acronyms for a business name. The fact it, there are already many businesses in the world that use acronyms. Stand out by avoiding them.

5. Do Not Use Faux Latin for your Company Name

A lot of people are fascinated by Latin words and that is why businesspeople like to use Latin-like words to name their corporation in California. Latin-like names (e.g. Accordis, Nutiva, Valero, Abertis and Veriton) are easy to trademark, because you can always make one up that no one has used before. But the problem is that so many companies have leaned toward using faux Latin that if you use this for naming your company, you still won’t be able to stand out.

Seek The Help of a Competent Corporate Attorney in California

Choosing a business name for your company can be tedious. You can make it easier for you by seeking the help of a corporate lawyer in Orange Company in California.

The Difference Between an S Corporation & C Corporation

S Corporations and C corporations are two of the most popular business entities when a company decides to incorporate. Once you have incorporated your business, you might want to be an S corp or a C corp. If you are choosing between the two, tax concerns are usually the major basis for making a decision.

Just like a partnership business structure, S Corporations do not pay any federal income taxes. The profits and losses of an S corp are passed through to the stockholders. These people will then report the income and losses on their personal tax return. This process is called single taxation.

C corporations, however, face double taxation. Double taxation means that the C corp pays federal income tax. All dividends paid to the stockholders are also taxed.

It is always best to have a corporate lawyer in California to assist you in deciding what business entity is most suited to your company.

Learn more of the differences between S Corps and C Corps by reading through this article:

Advantages of Being an S Corporation

A major advantage of being an S Corp is that income and losses are passed through to the shareholders of the company, and taxes are paid only once. Thus, double taxation is eliminated. It is important to check the laws and regulations of your state regarding this, because some states do not recognize S Corps and will tax the company just like a regular C corp. There are states that charge S Corps as state tax, even if the company will not have to pay federal income tax.

If your business becomes an S Corp, you as the owner are protected from liability. With S Corps, the personal assets of the owner and the shareholders are separate from the company’s assets.

Accounting is also easier with S corps, because you can simply use the cash method of accounting. It’s perfectly alright if you do not have any inventory. Moreover, with S corps you will have more room for investors. In fact, S corps can have up to 100 stockholders!

Disadvantages of Being an S Corporation

S Corps , just like other business entities, are required to file a number of official and federal documents, including the Articles of Incorporation. The company must also hold regular meeting with their stockholders, and the minutes of these meeting be filed. There are also a number of government fees that have to be met regularly.

There are also shareholder restrictions with S corps. In a C corp, shareholders are taxed only when they receive their dividends. But with S corps, the shareholders are taxed for any income that the company has, even if they have not received any portion of that income. Another restriction is that S corps shareholders are only allowed to issue one class of stack. Many investors can get discouraged by this.

Again, in order to know more about what you’re getting into when it comes to choosing a business entity for your company, it is always best to have a corporate attorney in Orange County, California to assist you.

You Need a Business Attorney to Handle Common Legal Issues in California

All businesses in California will face legal issues; if not now, then eventually. This is why all businesses, whether big or small, should have a corporate lawyer. Corporate lawyers make sure that your business is protected from various kinds of legal troubles. Here are a few of the most common legal issues faced by businesses in Orange County, California.

1. Complaining & Unsatisfied Customers

Dissatisfied customers is one of the most common legal issues faced by businesses in California, and this can be a huge problem, because they can file lawsuits against your company. What’s worse is that most complaining customers gather consumer groups and make a single issue larger than it is. They will sue you over almost anything, from incompetent service to faulty products. Moreover, dissatisfied customers tarnish your company’s reputation, especially if they approach media outlets for their complaints.

You need to have a corporate attorney to handle issues with unsatisfied customers. You are already busy running a company and you cannot overburden yourself by handling legal issues. Have a business attorney in California deal with issues like these, while you focus on running your business.

Wrongfully Terminated Employees

The law provides that you cannot let go of an employee without any final termination forms. Before you terminate incompetent employees, you need to make sure that he signs the necessary documents carefully drafted by your corporate lawyer in Orange County. Your corporate lawyer will make sure that the terms of his dismissal are communicated clearly.

Patent & Copyright Lawsuits

The business world is a very competitive environment. Sometimes it gets too competitive, because other companies will do anything they can to put down their competition. They will look for loop holes in your business and when you do make a mistake, they are quick to file a lawsuit, which will destroy your reputation and ultimately to shut you down. One of the common lawsuits that companies are quick to file are those regarding copyright and patent.

Besides having a business attorney in CA protect you if lawsuits do arise, you also need to make sure that your product development team researches the patents and copyrights of your products thoroughly, so that you can avoid unnecessary problems with your competitors.

The Need for A Corporate Lawyer

All companies, whether big or small, need to have a corporate attorney in California contracted. Not only will they be able to help you when legal issues arise, they also serve a lot of purpose in the company. Corporate lawyers in CA help in preparing contracts, keeping corporate records, and they assist in various legal aspects of a business. Having a corporate attorney in OC, CA contracted will protect your company form potential legal problems in the future.

 

Small Business California – Nikita Restaurant’s Commercial Wine Displays Malibu California

The restaurant industry is not only a very profitable business, but also a highly competitive one.  A small business California restaurant can gain a competitive advantage by providing consistently delicious and freshly prepared dishes that tantalize the palate and through creating an aesthetically appealing space that attracts the visual sense.

Nikita Restaurant in Malibu California

                                Nikita Restaurant in Malibu California

Nikita, the latest dining hotspot in Malibu, combines avant-garde cuisine, Zen-inspired décor, breathtaking scenery, and custom commercial wine displays to create a truly memorable gastronomic experience.  Located along the Pacific Coast Highway, Nikita Restaurant features expansive glass windows that provide a spectacular view of Carbon Beach and a spacious rooftop patio for alfresco dining.

The addition of commercial wine displays Malibu California in an upscale dining establishment such as Nikita Restaurant is a great way to spruce up the interior, which enhances both visual appeal and dining experience.  Commercial wine cellars are climate controlled commercial storage applications that double as showcase rooms, wherein wine offerings are tastefully displayed.

Commercial Wine Cellars - Nikita Restaurant

     Commercial Wine Cellars – Nikita Restaurant

Commercial wine cellars are carefully designed and constructed in order to create the best possible environment for cellaring wines, and to provide the most efficient storage and display solutions that will promote ease of inventory and product recognition.  Eye-catching commercial wine displays can potentially improve the image and stature of a small business California restaurant in the industry.

Commercial wine displays Malibu California provide wine racking solutions that allow restaurateurs to maximize the storage capacity of their custom wine room and attractively display their house specialty to patrons.  The designer for the commercial wine cellars Nikita project utilized Vintage View metal wine racks with black finish, as the material blends well with the Zen-like ambiance of the establishment.

Vintage View commercial wine displays have label forward features that allow for the horizontal placement of wine bottles with the labels facing forward.  The horizontal, label forward aspect of the racking solution promotes full visibility of bottle labels, which makes it easier for customers to peruse the wine collection and select a particular wine brand.

Commercial Wine Displays in Nikita Restaurant

Commercial Wine Displays in Nikita Restaurant

The commercial wine  displays Malibu California Nikita project has a total bottle capacity of over 1500 wine bottles.  Three-foot and four-foot tall metal wine racks dominate one area of the storage space.  These racking solutions were custom cut to fit within the finished walls and wood shelving.  Down below are X-cube bins for storing wines in bulk, as well as large format bottles.

Nikita Restaurant's Commercial Wine Racks

Nikita Restaurant’s Commercial Wine Racks

Custom floor to ceiling wine racks were installed next to the glass wall in front of the front wall and entryway in order to provide an unobstructed view of the different types of vintages available in a visually enticing way.  This type of racking solution creates a mosaic of bottle labels that not only pleases the eyes, but also makes it easier to find a specific bottle at a glance.

Small business California restaurants that invest in a custom commercial wine storage enhance the overall design and appearance their space.  A commercial wine room is the embodiment of the so called wine lifestyle that influences old and new wine aficionados to experience it to the fullest.  Striking wine cellar interiors and strategic bottle placement are profit generating additions, as they can greatly improve the sales of high margin products.

Wine Cellars by Coastal designed and built this commercial wine cellars for Nikita Restaurant.

Tips To Remember When a Business Incorporates

Many businesses in Orange County have incorporated. If you are a small business in California and you want to incorporate, there are a few things you need to know. Here are basic tips regarding incorporating a business:

1. Corporate & Personal Matters Should Be Kept Separate

When a business incorporates, it becomes an entirely separate entity from its owners. The law views a corporation as an entity that should pay taxes separate from its shareholders. Therefore, it is very important that you maintain a sound business process, in order to preserve the benefits and protections of the corporation’s legal status.

2. Carefully Decide On Your Company Name

It is imperative that you get the name of your company right the first time, because if you do need to change it later, you will have to make a lot of amendments to your articles of incorporation. Articles of Incorporation are the documents filed when a company decides to incorporate. If you decide to change your company name, you will have to work on these other details too: getting a new domain name, getting a new listing on the telephone and in other directories, and obtaining new stationary and other business documents.

3. Website Domain Name & Company Name Should Be The Same

If not the same, the domain name should at least bear some similarity to the name of your corporation. This will help a lot in your marketing strategy, as having the domain name the same or similar to your company name increases your business’ presence online. This also implies that, before you choose a name for your company, it is best to go online and check whether there is a domain name that will match your company name or not.

4. Business Lawyers Can Help You Incorporate

It is best to entrust the process of incorporating a business to a competent corporate attorney in Orange County, California. They not only complete and submit paperwork that is necessary for incorporation, they also make sure that processes in general are done right. Entrusting the process of incorporation to a good corporate lawyer ensures that you will avoid unnecessary legal issues in the future.

5. Deciding on a What Type of Business Entity

There are various kinds of structures of business to choose from. Of course, it is better to have a business attorney in California assist you in deciding what business structure is best for your company. If it is a huge, publicly traded company that you intend to put up, a C corporation would be a good choice of business structure, because stocks in this type of structure are easily transferred. Some entrepreneurs want an S corporation for tax reasons, but this structure is limited to no more than 75 stockholders, and each should be an individual. For a small business, a Limited Liability Company (or, LLC) is the best type of business structure. Other common kinds of business structures include limited partnership and single proprietorship.

Fat Burning Diet and Weight Loss as a Lucrative Small Business Niche

A weight loss business is a profitable small business enterprise that enables you to help people develop healthy eating habits (such as going on a fat burning diet) and lifestyle, in addition to providing lucrative small business earnings.   Entrepreneurs in the diet industry can promote a range of weight loss solutions, ranging from meal plans to workout routines.  Some even venture into publishing books and creating videos on proper weight loss management, following the right fat burning diet, and the facts behind hunger and body fat.

Why Weight Loss Solution is a Potential Small Business Niche

Fat Burning Diet and Weight Loss - Small Business Niche

Fat Burning Diet and Weight Loss – Small Business Niche

The growing obesity market is rife with opportunities for weight loss entrepreneurs to tap into and build a successful small business niche through.  The number of adults with growing waistlines has increased over time and shows no signs of slowing down.  In the United States alone, nearly 150 million people are considered overweight or obese.

Obesity has become a major global health concern in the last decade.  It is a health condition characterized by the accumulation of large amounts of fat in the body and has been observed in both children and adults.  Being overweight can adversely affect the overall health and well-being of an individual, thus increasing the chance of disease and/or reducing life expectancy.

Obesity - Major Health Complications

Obesity – Major Health Complications

Obesity can lead to various health risks and consequences, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.  Excessive body fat accumulation can be attributed to increased food intake and a lack of physical activity.  Metabolic rate and genetics are also said to have a significant influence on weight.

Regulated food intake and physical exercise are considered as mainstays for attaining and maintaining a healthy physique and lifestyle.  Weight loss entrepreneurs should tailor their products and services around these two precepts.

Fat Burning Diet as a Weight Loss Solution for Potential Clients

Fat Burning Diet

Fat Burning Diet

The success of your diet business depends on the products and services that you offer clients.  Develop specific fat burning diet programs and fitness routines that will encourage weight-challenged individuals to adopt in their daily lives and at the same time provide a more advanced regimen for people who are accustomed to an active lifestyle.

There are various weight loss solutions that can be incorporated into your weight loss management programs, such as the baseline diet solution, which implements fat burning foods in its weight loss program guidelines.  The fat burning diet model focuses on food that helps burn fat efficiently.  Fat burning foods have a high thermogenic effect that requires the body to work harder during digestion, thus reducing the amount of calories that the body absorbs.

California Diet Coach on Diet Facts

California Diet Coach on Diet Facts

The Baseline diet solution is founded on basic medical science that shows the significant relationship between carbohydrates, body fat, and weight loss management.  It aims to stimulate hormones that stop hunger pangs.

California diet coach groups recommend the baseline diet solution because of its natural and healthy approach to encouraging healthy habits that can improve the overall health and wellness of an individual.  This weight loss solution focuses on maintaining a high M&P fat and low carb diet that will lead to the elimination of constant hunger and body fat percentage reduction.

Baseline Diet Solution - Weight Loss Help

Baseline Diet Solution – Weight Loss Help

You should also create adaptable weight loss exercises that can be integrated into your diet plan for the optimum health and well-being of your clients.  Providing additional service, like one-on-one counseling with clients, can potentially help distinguish your diet business from the already crowded weight loss market.

Basics Trade Show Events & Trade Show Marketing Strategies

If you are planning to market your small business in California through a trade show event, you must know the basics of how to set up a successful trade show marketing strategy. In a trade show exhibit, there are booths that stand out and others that do not. You marketing strategies will determine if your trade show booth will stand out from competition. Here are tips on what to do before, during and after a trade show event.

1. Things To Do Before the Trade Show Event

Make The Public Aware That Your Business Will Be Part of The Trade Show. Way before the trade show event, people should know that your small business will be participating. One way to do this is to use banners on your business website that includes your booth number. You may consider promoting your presence in the trade show event by announcing it on newspaper ads, radio announcements and other local events.

Let Your Existing Customers Know Of Your Upcoming Trade Show Exhibit Participation. Most of the time, small businesses in California already have customers who are very loyal to them. Invite these existing customers to the upcoming trade show event though special invites, company catalogues or a simple email. Include the special offers that they might get during the trade show event. Also, since most of these customers have already tried and tested your products and services, encourage them to bring along their friends and relatives to the event. That’s free marketing for you already!

Make Use of Free Marketing Through Social Media. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools of promotion. What’s more is that you need not spend to announce your participation in the trade show event.

2. Things To Do During The Trade Show Event

Plan and Make a Good Trade Show Booth. The design of your trade show booth matters. You need to be creative in making your trade show display because your aim should be to make your display stand out from the competitions’. Your competitors will work hard to make a good trade show booth, and you should too if you want to stand out.

Select Your Trade Show Booth Staff Well. The staff you assign to be at your trade show booth should have pleasing personalities, should be enthusiastic and should be knowledgeable about your company. They should not only be able to entertain guests well, but also answer their questions appropriately. A beautifully designed booth will be of no use if the staff is incompetent.

3. Things to Do After the Trade Show Event

Follow Up is Imperative!  All your efforts before and during the trade show exhibit will be put to waste if you do not follow up your potential clients and business contacts that you met during the trade show event. There are many ways to follow them up. You can email them, call them or even organize a corporate dinner for you to gather them.

Legal Issues are Common for All Business Owners

Starting a business can be both exciting and challenging. Those who want to venture into starting a small business should be prepared for the challenges that may come their way. A few of the most common problems faced by businesspeople are legal issues. A lot of business owners tend to overlook the potential legal pitfalls that they may encounter. Legal issues can shut down an entire business faster than the business owners can react. If you plan to start a small business, you need to avoid all these legal pitfalls in order to preserve a lot of time and money later on. Of course, having a corporate attorney contracted is one of the wisest ways to make sure that you get assistance in all the legal aspects of your business. Here are a few other things that you should do in order to protect your business from damages cause by legal pitfalls:

Know Your Intellectual Properties and Protect Them

Generally, businesses have their own intellectual property, this includes trademarks, patents, trade secrets, domain names and copyrights. These things give a business an identity; they make the company different from the others. In order to protect the value of a business, a business owner should protect all intellectual property. Early in the start of the business, a business owner should build a portfolio that contains the rights to all intellectual properties and create an agreement stating that everyone in the company who has access to this private information must commit to not use these outside of the business.

Have A Good Understanding About Employment Law

Many businesses encounter a lot of problems simply because they do not understand employment law. Employment law covers various issues that need to be understood well, such as fair salaries and different kinds of discrimination towards employees. Problems between employer and employees can be avoided if you know the law and adhere to it faithfully.

Have A Competent Corporate Attorney Contracted

All businesses will face legal concerns, and most entrepreneurs are not lawyers, nor do are they very knowledgeable of legal terminologies and regulations. This is why it is very important to have a corporate lawyer contracted for the company. You, as a business owner, can focus on running your company while you let your corporate attorney handle the legal matters.

Strive To Maintain Customer Satisfaction

There are different kinds of dissatisfied customers. There are those who would talk bad about your company, there are those who would simply not go back to you and there are those who would file lawsuits. This is why it is imperative that your products and services deliver what you promise, and if anything goes wrong, be sure to address the issue promptly. Ensure the quality of all your products and services to avoid unnecessary lawsuits that can destroy your company’s reputation.

Ensure Proper Licensing

The law requires that all businesses have the necessary permits and licenses for operation. Each business differs in permits and licenses, depending on the state where that company is in. Know what your state requires and obtain the necessary permits and licenses before starting your small business. Your corporate lawyer can assist you in this.

 

Marketing Tips for Small Businesses in California

Good marketing is the secret to the success for any small business. Marketing is something that needs to be planned well, because without planning, you will simply be wasting resources on little to no results. Here are a few tips on how to be successful in your marketing endeavors:

Good Communication is Personal and Authentic

Marketing involves a lot of communication. A good business is able to communicate its message clearly to its potential customers. In the world of marketing, social media is at the forefront when it comes to communication. Because of this, it is very possible for entrepreneurs to communicate with their customers at a personal level. People respond better when they know a real live person is talking to them.  If you opt to use newsletters, write them in a personal tone because customers are inclined to respond when they feel that you actually care for them.

Use Your Existing Network

Use your existing network: your friends, workmates, social network contacts, and so on, to your benefit. Utilize these people in gathering potential customers. One way you can do this is by providing incentives to people willing to refer your products and services to others. Incentives may be deals, discounts, and rewards related to your products and services. Encourage those who have tried your products and services to post testimonials about your business as well.

Make the Most of Google Ranking

Being ranked on top of Google can benefit your business a lot, but it takes a lot of effort to get there, not to mention a lot of money. Luckily there are many affordable ways to get to the top of Google ranking. One method is to put your small business in California on Google Maps. Also, set up a blog or website for your business. Don’t forget that being active on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter, as well as posting links that drive traffic to your blog or website are highly effective marketing techniques.

Photos and Videos Are Your Assets

People share interesting photos and videos on social media. Consistently post photos and videos on your website or blog and social media pages so that people may be drawn to then share them on their pages and thus increase traffic to your site. Photos and videos do not necessarily have to be created by your small business. They can be of other things that are related to your business or to your products and services as well.

Small Furniture Business in Orange County, California

There are many people who put up small businesses, and a few of them become very successful. One of the most successful small businesses is the furniture design store, Robert Westley Designs. This family-run business is located at South Coast Collection (SOCO) shopping center in Costa Mesa, California. Andy Gale of Incorporation Attorneys was one of the people who helped Robert start this business and has witnessed it progress into the robust business that it is now.

The Struggles Of Robert Westley Designs Furniture Business

The road to success was not a smooth one. Robert recalls that their family business went through a lot of challenges, and one of the toughest was in 2007. In that year, the country’s economy kept rising and falling unstably. Many businesses suffered losses, including those in the furniture design trade. Interior designers were losing jobs back then, because capital spending towards home improvement was on a freeze. If they were lucky, interior designers could get a job designing items within homes, but rarely more.

Good Management and Effective Marketing Strategies are Keys to Success

It took good management for this family run business to survive all these years. One of the things that Robert did to keep this business running was create effective marketing strategies. One marketing strategy that he employed was to give out incentives and discounts to interior designers who used and promoted their line of products.

Robert understood the importance of having a good location for any small business as well. Robert Westley Designs is located in the SOCO shopping center in Costa Mesa, Orange County, for a very good reason. The SOCO strip is a lifestyle center because it has elegant wine bars, classy tea cafes, beautiful coffee shops, delicious pastry stores and so on. Putting up a furniture business here is a wise choice because many people frequent this place. When people are looking for furniture, they would rather go to a lifestyle center than to a furniture shop that stands alone. This way, they can go to the other stores before or after they purchase their furniture. SOCO is also a good location because there are now very few furniture shops in San Diego, and so people choose to go down there.

Small Businesses Can Be Run Your Way

Small businesses can be personalized. In other words, you can run it in any way you want. Robert Westley Design is made to be a family run business. The entire family plays a role in running and promoting the furniture business. Robert, the father, designs the furniture and manages the store while his son, Westley, markets the business online. Since the family is the one running the business, it can be passed down from one generation to another.

Small Business – Wine Retail & The Ideal Wine Storage Option

Wine Storage and Wine Retailing

Wine Storage and Wine Retailing

The small business of wine retailing is a great opportunity for wine lovers to make money off of their favorite pastime.  It also allows them to impart their knowledge of wines to budding wine connoisseurs while earning a living doing what they love most.  Opening up a wine store is an excellent small business venture because of the considerable demand for all types of wines.

 Things You Will Need

The three main things needed in establishing a wine retail business are a liquor license, store location, and furnishings and racking systems.  Securing a liquor license for this small business is required before you can sell your first wine bottle.  Keep in mind that the process for obtaining a liquor license is different in every state.

Scout the best location for setting up your wine business.  Choose a facility that has enough space to accommodate your wine inventory.  Parking availability and the amount of foot traffic in the area should also be considered.  Most importantly, review the zoning of your business location to ensure that selling wines is allowed in the area.

Custom Wine Racks for Wine Storage

Custom Wine Racks for Wine Storage

Select the right mix of furnishings and wine racking systems for your wine store to create an elegant ambiance.  Furnishings provide comfort and convenience to your clients, while wine storage racks are essential to the preservation of the quality of your wine stock.  Racking systems also allow you to organize and display different types of wine bottles for customers to see.

You have the option to sell local wines or vintages from around the world.  Whatever varieties you have on hand, proper wine storage is required in order to maintain their taste and quality over time.  Aside from storing them in climate controlled conditions, the safety and security of your stock should also be taken into account, considering that their value increases over time.

 The Ideal Wine Storage Facility

Check out this Commercial Custom Wine Cellars Miami

Commercial Custom Wine Cellars Miami

A commercial wine storage facility provides storage services to private collectors and wine retailers.  It is a rented space located off-site, where wine bottles are stored.  This wine storage facility has two types: the self-service locker and the full-service facility.

The self-service wine storage locker offers convenience and privacy because it provides separate storage spaces for each renter.  On the other hand, the full-service facility is a shared storage space wherein all renters have access to the site.

These commercial wine cellars Fort Lauderdale Florida are designed to keep wines in an environment wherein the  temperature remains at 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity level stays at 70%.  Installing commercial wine cellar cooling units allow storage facilities to properly maintain the conditions inside the facility.  These cooling units are engineered for commercial use and have cooling capacities ideal for any cellar space.

Off-site wine storage can hold larger collections.  Most of these facilities offer 24 hour access to the storage area.  They have backup power systems to ensure that the right conditions are maintained under any circumstances.  Wine storage facilities have security measures in place to protect against theft and burglary.

If you need a space to house your investment, whether you are a wine collector or a wine retailer, commercial wine cellars can provide consistency and stability in terms of storage conditions for storing and aging your wines long-term.

To better promote your business, it is recommended that you invest in putting up a website and create an online shopping option for your future customers.  This way, more people will have easier access to your store and the products you offer. Making use of the internet traffic will definitely offer your business increased visibility.

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Hiring a CEO For Scaling Small Businesses, Better Than Promoting the Founder?

As an Orange County California small business experiences business growth, the question that often comes up is: does the company need to hire a CEO?  Managing the company is important, so hiring the best man for the job is integral to a company’s success when you’re scaling small businesses.  The reason that many companies hire a new CEO, instead of making the founder into the CEO, is that the founder usually isn’t as good at managing and taking care of everything.However, there’s another way to get the best management and keep the passion and vision of the founder at the head. What you need to do is build a team around you that complements you. You don’t need to be the perfect CEO, you just need to acknowledge your weaknesses and strengths and build a team that will help you and make you into a better CEO yourself.Hire people with skills and experience in areas that you don’t have as much talent and experience in. If you don’t feel you have very many strengths in any aspect of a CEO then you might want to consider hiring one but remember, you have lots of room to grow.

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A Board of Directors isn’t necessary for a small business, but may become necessary as a company grows.

To be successful you have to know and criticize yourself and learn from those who have more experience than you. That doesn’t mean that you adopt the same strategies and thinking that they do, you still need to keep your creativity and passion for the company. Keeping an open mind is the important point to remember here.

H2: Assessing Yourself as a Small Business Owner and a Potential CEO

Honesty is important in your self-assessment. It’s also important that you get objective assessment from outside sources to help give you a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.

Consider finding an experienced entrepreneur who has gone through CEO transitions and has an idea of what traits are necessary for a great CEO. Choose someone who will give you a brutally honest assessment rather than focus on being polite while still giving you support.

You should also build an experienced inner-circle that will also help you to determine what the company needs. Challenge your own view and hire people that will also challenge your view and make sure all members of the group add their own unique insight rather than just taking on the view of the group.

Reward your employees who give you constructive criticism and don’t necessarily reward employees who merely agree with everything you say. Creating open discussions and taking input from anywhere is important.  It’s very uncomfortable to be criticized and to spend long hours debating over the needs of the company but it’s important to push your company to new heights.

Ask yourself if you are really interested in being a CEO. Maybe you’d be a great CEO but you don’t want to spend all your time managing the company. CEOs spend tons of time with all of their responsibilities and you might want to spend your time working on other parts of the company. You might want to take a step back from your company so as to have some time to yourself. As a business grows, a CEO will have more and more responsibilities.

As a small business owner, you may not have a board within the company yet but you probably have people you can talk to about the needs and risks your company may face. Consider replacing people or building a board that can discuss every facet of the company with you or just hiring one person who can balance out opinions or who has the right perspective.

If you’re having trouble with members of your board, spending some time alone with them to discuss what they’re thinking and what’s bothering them is a great way to remove the political dynamics of a board and make your personal relationship with them better. Resolving a disagreement in your small business as quickly as possible is important so it doesn’t get out of hand.

A board should not be the one to make decisions, they should be a group who can assist the founders, or the CEO, and give them honest advice.

Have them push their point of view as far as they want, but don’t allow them to make any of the decisions because if they aren’t able to convince the managing staff of what is needed to ensure business growth and development, then their point of view may not be the right one.

The managing staff will be the one to actually follow out these orders, and if they are doing something they don’t agree with they won’t do it nearly as well.

Incorporating Your Scaling Small Business for Growth

When your small business goes through business growth you’ll want to prepared for the changes your company will have to make in order to grow it into a bigger business. One of the main things you need to do is incorporate your small business development so you aren’t held liable for it if it goes under or for its debt. Even if your company is still a small business you could benefit from incorporating it.

Growing into a Large Enterprise is the Dream of Many Small Businesses; Incorporating Can Help Make That Dream a Reality

Forming an LLC or a Limited Liability Corporation is a great plan to make your business last for the long haul. One major reason for you to form a corporation is to remove your liability. That means that if your company tanks you won’t have to take the hit in your personal assets such as your house, car or personal belongings.

Credibility is another big reason that companies incorporate. Rather than just having a simple name like ‘Bob’s Refrigeration’ it would become ‘Bob’s Refrigeration LLC’ or ‘Bob’s Refrigeration Inc.’ Not all customers prefer to do business with a corporation, but there are plenty who do.

If you’re planning on selling your business in the future incorporating your small business development is a great idea. If you don’t have your business incorporated when you leave your business or die, the business will just end. Scaling small businesses often end up being sold to larger corporations and making sure the company is transferred to the buyer is important.

Tax flexibility is another great part of incorporating. A corporation or LLC can avoid double taxes from corporate dividends and profits as well elect to be taxed as a corporation.

Choosing between whether to form a corporation or an LLC can be a difficult choice but luckily there are some clear cut differences that make it easier to decide. An LLC can choose whether or not to file as a corporation or an individual, which is a great flexibility that corporations don’t offer. To form a corporation you need to be a legal US resident but with an LLC you don’t need to be. An LLC doesn’t have to schedule an annual meeting or minute book. A disadvantage to an LLC is that they cannot issue stock, they aren’t able to engage in corporate splitting.

Some advantages to a corporation is that you can issue stock, and you can split the corporate tax liability. You’ll run into some double taxation of corporation profits and shareholder dividends. You have to hold annual meetings and record minutes. There’s a limit on number of owners you can have in an S Corporation.

Forming an S Corporation is a better idea over a C Corporation. With an S Corporation you won’t be doubly taxed on your profits and your shareholder dividends which can attract a lot more shareholders. Both S Corporations and C Corporations need to file their taxes yearly and pay taxes quarterly.

Another option if you are a non-profit organization is to apply for non-profit corporation status. There are a whole slew of advantages to this. The biggest advantage is that you can become tax-exempt and not have to pay any taxes on your profits. Another one is if someone donates money to your certified non-profit corporation they can write it off as tax deductible, a great way to encourage people to donate to your organization.

Some taxes on property will be exempt with your non profit corporation. Non-profits are exempt from paying property taxes under state law in all 50 states to help them accomplish their goals.  Applying for a non-profit corporation status helps appeal to donors who are unsure if they should donate.    A small plus is that you will pay less in postage, which can potentially save you a fair bit of money because USPS offers a discounted rate of postage for non profits. It doesn’t apply to all non profits, and checking with your local postal office is the best way to find out if you’re eligible.

Sometimes choosing which type of corporation you should apply for can be a little bit hazy. Working with a good California Small Business Attorney Services firm to help you understand every advantage and disadvantage to each corporation is a great way to decide. They can run the numbers for you and see what would benefit your small business the most.

Preparing for the Future: Scaling and Small Business Development

Scaling a Small Business is a lot of Hard Work but is Necessary for Business Growth

Having a scaling small business plan in place for your small business is important if you want to make the transition from small business to corporation or big business. Not many small businesses have scaling in mind, but when dealing with business growth, building your business around scaling is important.

It’s much easier said than done but small business scaling and business development generally is not impossible if you’re smart about it.

The first thing you should do is document everything. Whether you’re training an employee, or documenting a business procedure it should be done as soon as possible. This way you’ll have access to all the transactions and training you’ve ever done. When you become a large enterprise you can simply give access to the transactions to your accountants and the training to your new employees. Training can be done either through written documentation or by filming it. In the case of the procedures, you can review them and see what needs to be changed to streamline the procedures.

An Accountant Can Give You the Best Insight for Scaling Small Businesses

Hiring an accountant early on in your business is another great idea to help you scale your business. You don’t need to hire an accountant full time, but have one run your numbers and figure out how exactly to scale your business. Scaling small businesses is a lot easier with someone who can help you understand the numbers and give you the ability to make the best choices as you’re moving on. Basically, if you’re going to restructure or expand your company, discuss it with an accountant.

Finding out if your company is doing well will help you make the transition to a larger enterprise as you can modify your procedures and strategies, but figuring it out is a lot more than just sales numbers. There’s a lot of trial and error to determine what to measure. It might be the number of people who called or walked into your store, or an assortment of other factors.

 Incorporating Your Scaling Small Business to Protect Yourself

When you become a big business, you are going to have a lot more liability. When you’re making the transition you’ll probably want to incorporate your Los Angeles California small business. Protecting your business and yourself is important, and you can do it with many legal entities such as an LLC, corporation, or S Corp. It does cost a bit of money to incorporate but it’s very important to your scaling small business. Some partnerships will still make sense, but you don’t want to stay a sole proprietor or a partnership for too long.

What incorporating does is remove your personal liability from the company. That means you won’t lose money from your personal bank account or lose your home if your company fails. There are also some significant tax benefits and advantages when you become a corporation.

Information runs throughout your whole business and keeping as little information in your head as possible is the best strategy. You’re only human so you’ll likely forget things from time to time which means having it in a database where it’s not going to get lost is an important strategy. Have your employees keep their information written down or stored so they don’t lose it as well.

Remembering everything can make dealing with clients and firms a lot better and even bring in more sales. Even if you have an amazing memory, as you experience business growth you’ll have a harder and harder time keeping track of everything.

Find out what all of your responsibilities are, and create job positions along with detailed descriptions that take care of those responsibilities. That way, when you can no longer handle everything by yourself, you can hire someone easily and not have to worry about that responsibility anymore. It’s a lot better to plan ahead for jobs rather than hire someone and try to figure out which responsibilities they should take on.

In order to plan for all of these bumps in the road, plan some growth management meetings to figure out exactly how you’re going to handle your business growth. That way you’ll be completely prepared for scaling small businesses.

Finding Funding For Small Business Development & Startups in California

When you’ve created a grand idea for a small business in Los Angeles California or elsewhere, you don’t want to be limited by how much money you have starting out. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to get funding for your company if you know where to look.

Grants and Loans as Ways to Fund Your Small Business Start-up

Grants are possibly one of the best ways to get started because they’re basically loans that you don’t have to pay back. However, grants are only given out to certain companies and have many different stringent policies that determine if you’re eligible. A lot of it depends on where your business is starting up and what your business is doing.

Some places will give you a grant if you are starting up a renewable energy company, because people don’t mind trying to help those types of businesses. Some areas need to expand their tourism industry, so if you’re in the tourism industry you might get a grant. The last grant you can receive is for a child care center and it all depends on where you are. To get the grant, you will probably have to match the grant with a loan or with other funds. It varies depending on which business and who is giving you the grant. Grants are usually for start up business development or small business growth and are extremely competitive.

Loans are another great way to get some startup capital. Take out as small of a loan as possible, and try to get as low of an interest rate as possible so that you’ll eventually break even with your revenue. A lot of the time it’s hard for a start up business to get a loan as banks usually don’t want to invest in something risky.

Signing a Loan is Relatively Simple if Your Small Business has Assets

However, the SBA, or the Small Business Association can help get you a loan with a bank. The way this works is that banks usually will not loan money without some type of collateral. Since small businesses usually don’t own buildings or other assets they usually have no collateral to use. Sometimes a small business will have to use personal assets as collateral, which is extremely risky because you run the risk of losing your house. The SBA will agree to cover 75% of the loss, which will help reduce the risk that the bank is taking in giving you the loan which will help you get that loan. It’s important to note that the SBA won’t lend you any money themselves, so it’s still possible you won’t be able to get the loan. Another way to space yourself away from the company and negate the risk of losing your house if the company fails is to incorporate your small business.

The Many Sources of Equity Financing for Your Small Business Development

Equity financing is still a very popular way of finding funding for a company. Several business developments will look towards friends and family members as a source of funding, but sometimes that can be a difficult move. If your business fails it can sometimes ruin relationships so make sure to weigh how important those relationships are to you compared to how sure you are your company will do well. That being said, these types of funding are usually very convenient and don’t require many contractual strings.

Equity financing doesn’t only come from your family though, but finding an investor is hard to do. There are several ‘angel’ investors out there who invest in start up companies and small businesses. They’re called angels because they are generally very patient and friendly towards their investments. They also have been known to give business training and tips towards their investments and help them out in general. They can be pretty hard to find though, so don’t hold your breath.

Venture Capitalists are a lot more common than ‘angel’ investors, but they usually don’t deal with start ups. If you’re a little bit further along and have a good track record, finding a venture capitalist is a good idea to expand your business growth. The problem with them is that they have pretty high standards and scaling small businesses usually face problems with handling their business growth. The thing with this is that you’re going to have to share control, and you might be selling your company in 3-5 years so be prepared for that. If you get involved with a venture capitalist, you are probably going to see your business development incorporated and learn more about incorporating before you pursue funding from venture capitalists: http://www.incorporationattorney.com

Funding shouldn’t come from a single source, and if you can combine a fair number of these funding sources you should be doing pretty well. And remember that you aren’t required to give up control of your company if you don’t want to, just remember that without an investor’s help you probably won’t experience business growth as quickly.

Doing-It-All-Yourself – Small Business Development California – The Myth

 

Multi-Tasking in Your Small Business Development

Orange County California small business owners often think that if they can do it their selves, it will save them money and help out business growth. Business owners don’t want to waste money outsourcing any of the work they need to do in marketing, delivery, incorporation attorneys, accounting, or sales. While some of the work you can do yourself and end up just fine, such as accounting and delivery, marketing and sales are an entirely different game.

You might have read a few books on marketing, or think that you know everything about marketing to be able to do it yourself, but there’s quite a bit of information that you don’t know that you don’t know. A qualified marketing team knows everything there is to know about marketing and can create a better marketing strategy than you could ever make if you did it yourself. There’s a reason that there are countless firms and people that specialize in marketing, because not everyone can do it easily.

You are Biased and Subjective About Your Business Development

Besides not being nearly as good as a specialist, you’ll also tend to be a lot more subjective. Great marketing strategies have always needed to come from unbiased, objective people. A business owner will usually be incredibly passionate about their business development, and while passion is a good thing in general, it will make a person subjective. You need to see everything that you’re doing wrong in your marketing, which a lot of business owners are unable to do–simply because they’re subjective. Great CEOs have benefited from having a marketing team instead of doing it their selves.

Even if you had all the know-how with marketing in the world, you’d be at a disadvantage to marketing specialists. Most of them have a knack for marketing, and know how to sell a product, something that you can’t hope to match no matter what classes you go to or what books you read.

Going along with the talent required to create great marketing, you need to remember that marketing is a lot more than just a formulaic process that you can follow to a tee and pull out great marketing. You’ll need a lot of creativity to make a great marketing strategy. Using the same marketing strategy of thousands of different companies might help bring in some sales, but it’s nothing compared to a unique and custom built strategy based on your product and company.

Specialists will also have a better grasp of what types of marketing strategies you should focus on, whether you should invest more into SEO content, or content marketing, or even just improve the design or readability of your sites or blogs. Be sure to avoid business development scams and don’t believe everything you hear from a ‘magic marketing company’.

Another thing to realize is that you physically cannot do everything yourself, business development is already very demanding. You are human, and have limited capabilities. There is only so much time in the day to get everything done, and as you have more business growth, you’re going to have to cram more and more things into your day. It’s a lot of hard work, and even if you’re able to squash everything into one day with a few hours of sleep, it’s definitely not sustainable, and at some point you’re going to crack.

It’s Not Only Wasting Your Time, but It’s Ruining Your Business Growth

Doing it all yourself is not as cost effective as you think. Sure you’ll save a few bucks on marketing, but you won’t get nearly as much money out of it as you would if you went to a professional marketing firm or hired a professional marketing team for your company. The key to making the best out of marketing is to find the right person for the job. There are great marketers that you can find to add to your company, and don’t just hire the first person you find for the job.

Don’t feel you are making enough revenue to hire a marketing person? Remember, there are options, there are a lot of good marketing people out there that are willing to work part time, as 1099 employees or work just on specific projects. Remember it’s about working smarter not harder!

And also remember to factor in what your time is worth. If you’re spending countless hours on a marketing project and can’t focus as well or put as much time into other projects, you’re going to make a lot less money.You’re going to create work that someone who’s taken a few courses or read a few books could make, and hiring someone like that is a lot cheaper than wasting your time–time that is worth a great deal of money for what you do.