Q: What do I need to do to protect myself from any wrongful termination claims or unemployment claims against my company? From a general business perspective, the basic ways to protect a business and owner (and management staff) from employee claims and other labor law issues are identification of the applicable federal and state laws, effective recruiting procedures, written company personnel…

Read More

Q. What is the optimal way to structure an organizational chart of business processes? Are there commonly used modern tools that I can use for this? Flow charts are still the common tool to illustrate business processes and related employee jobs in a graphical or textual view. The following are example product comparisons and explanations…

Read More

Question: What is workers’ compensation insurance and how does it work? Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system designed to provide benefits to employees injured as a result of their employment activities and to limit the liability of employers. Because it is a no-fault system, the employee does not need to prove negligence on the part…

Read More

Q: I’m a photographer and videographer in Atlanta. How do I determine how much I should charge? There are several factors that potentially influence wedding photography prices, including hours of service, number of events, locations(s), photo format (album, digital file, video, etc.), and photographer experience and name recognition. Due to the variables, a form of…

Read More
Business_Entity_Selection

Question: “How should I go about choosing a business entity type?” Many small businesses are structured as unincorporated sole proprietorships and General Partnerships due to their formation and maintenance simplicity and costs; however, the primary disadvantage with a sole proprietorship or General Partnership is that it is not a separate legal entity, even when it…

Read More

Q: How do I improve my business credit score? To establish and build a separate credit history and rating apart from the credit history and rating of its owner(s), a business must establish a separate credit file with the credit bureaus or rating agencies. For example, a sole proprietorship (with or without a Doing Business…

Read More
Working_With_Volunteers

Question: I own a small pet store and want to begin working with volunteers and a local non-profit to hold weekly pet adoptions. How should I do this to protect myself and my business? It is unusual for individuals to volunteer their services to for-profit businesses. It is more common for nonprofit organizations to utilize…

Read More
Registering_a_woman_owned_business

Question: What are the benefits of registering my business as a woman-owned business? How do I register on a national and state level? As a woman, of course, if you own your business, then it is a woman-owned business; however, whether any type of minority or women-owned business certification would possibly be an advantage for…

Read More
Consultants_Corner_Consolidating_A_Business_Loan

Question: Can I get a loan for consolidating business loans together, and how do I go about applying for them? Checking with your current lender or lenders would be the first place to inquire about the availability of and requirements for a consolidation loan. Provided that your business is financially stable and generating sufficient cash…

Read More

Q. I’m looking for ways to measure my customer service. What do I need to look for, and where should I look? A. Managing and measuring customer service varies by type of business products and services and can include counting customer calls and inquiries, measuring response time, customer surveys, improving written customer policies and procedures, product…

Read More