Making Your Business Legal

Written by Brett Krkosska

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5. Pay Self-Employment Tax

You must pay self-employment tax on income over $400 using Schedule SE. Why? Because you are required to pay your fair share into Social Security and Medicare. Oh joy!

6. Get a State Sales Tax Certificate

Contact your state treasury office for information on obtaining a sales tax certificate. This certificate obligates you to pay applicable sales tax on goods you sell. If your product is to be sold wholesale, or if you are buying materials wholesale, inquire about a resale certificate to avoid paying taxes twice.

7. Obey Zoning Regulations

Be sure to check with your city and county offices about zoning regulations for your business location. You don't want to be inrepparttar position of having to shut down later because of zoning violations.

8. Get Free Advice

Your local Small Business Administration office is a good place to learn more aboutrepparttar 119302 nuts and bolts of legally operating a small business in your area. This office can answer many, if not all of your questions about doing business locally. Another important resource isrepparttar 119303 Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) at This organization provides personalized and free counseling to assist you in makingrepparttar 119304 right decisions for your business.

Attending torepparttar 119305 above steps will put your business on a firm footing. Forrepparttar 119306 average home business, doing these things is enough to let you charge full speed ahead. However, no two businesses are alike, and it's not a bad idea to consult with a lawyer and accountant for additional information pertaining to your type of business. Doing so may prove valuable for you, both before startup and later on as your business becomes more complex.

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Flying The Unfriendly Skies

Written by Greg Hickman

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Let’s lightenrepparttar tone by reviewing a few goofy lawsuits filed againstrepparttar 119301 airline industry.

A man, traveling aboard U. S. Airways, was taking a snooze whenrepparttar 119302 plane landed in Birmingham, Alabama. Somehowrepparttar 119303 crew managed to leave him onrepparttar 119304 plane. When he awoke from his slumber,repparttar 119305 man claimed it was really dark and he didn’t know if he was dead or alive. He sued for fright and other harms.

A Delta Airlines passenger won $1.25 million for “landing trauma” after a terrifying emergency landing en route to Cincinnati. Her lawyer contended thatrepparttar 119306 episode caused her to suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome (there’s another one of those syndromes again) and aggravation of her pre-existing depression. The judge ruled that her terror during landing led to physical changes withinrepparttar 119307 brain and that “could” be defined as an injury.

A government employee sued Air Canada for more than $500,000 because he could not order a 7-Up in French. During a flight,repparttar 119308 man ordered a 7-Up in French andrepparttar 119309 flight attendant couldn’t understandrepparttar 119310 order. Eventuallyrepparttar 119311 man ended up with a Sprite. After a heated argument that ultimately requiredrepparttar 119312 local police to meetrepparttar 119313 plane upon arrival,repparttar 119314 passenger sued overrepparttar 119315 language dispute (I’m not quite sure howrepparttar 119316 argument went since communication appears to have beenrepparttar 119317 problem inrepparttar 119318 first place). Afterward,repparttar 119319 man said he wanted Air Canada to apologize for not offering services in French and to toss him some pocket change for his trouble.

A judge ruled that Southwest Airlines did not unlawfully discriminate against one of its passengers whenrepparttar 119320 airline requiredrepparttar 119321 passenger to purchase a second seat on one of its flights. The passenger tippedrepparttar 119322 scales at over 300 pounds.

A few days earlier, an official agency in Canada recommended that airlines be forbidden to charge their highly obese passengers for a second seat if a excessively corpulent passenger required one. This recommendation was based onrepparttar 119323 grounds that an highly overweight condition should be counted as a disability entitled to compensation. Twinkie anyone?

If you’re a member of American Airlines’ frequent flyer program, you may have received a class action settlement notice inrepparttar 119324 mail. The brouhaha centers aroundrepparttar 119325 airline’s decision to raiserepparttar 119326 point level requirement for a free coach class ticket fromrepparttar 119327 previous 20,000 mile level to 25,000. Good grief, doesn’t anybody have something better to do with their time? Byrepparttar 119328 way, whilerepparttar 119329 class member may receive a 5,000 mile discount on a frequent flyer award or up to $75 offrepparttar 119330 purchase of a ticket (minimum ticket price of $220),repparttar 119331 attorneys are looking to pocket fees “not to exceed $25 million.”

When a lawyer is looking to make a fortune, it seems likerepparttar 119332 sky’srepparttar 119333 limit these days. Look out below!

A straight forward, enthusiastic, shoot from the hip style coupled with his twenty five years of management, leadership and speaking experience makes Greg a much sought after motivational speaker. Greg's electrifying and energetic passion for helping others become the absolute best they can be helps powerfully deliver his dynamic and positive message to his audience. Greg connects with his audience by speaking to them straight from his heart.

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