December 7, 2016
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More Resolutions for Small Business Owners

If you have been following this series, our lawyer in Raleigh NC has been talking about the things you should do as a small business owner in order to prepare for the new year. We talked about updates to make and a checklist of other things to do. Now we have even more resolutions that can help your business grow in the upcoming year.

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Look at your marketing plan.

If you feel you are just not getting enough new customers take a look at how you are marketing your business. Do you even have a plan? If you have relied on word of mouth to get business, you may need to start developing a strategy to get your name out there. It does not have to be a large investment, either. If you are tech savvy, you can easily set up a Facebook page for your company, or add a blog to your website.

If you can afford to spend money on advertising, reach out to a local media outlet to start placing ads in magazines, newspapers, websites, or on television. Most media account executives can offer guidance to help you choose what works best for your type of company.

Join an association.

Almost every industry has an association, and most are local to your state. Look for one in your industry that offers its members services that would be useful to you. They can range from networking events to educational seminars to industry research resources to lobbying representation. In most cases, the cost of the yearly dues is minimal compared to the services they offer you as a member.

Attend trade shows.

Look for trade shows or events where you can set up a booth. This is a great way to get prospects and be able to show people firsthand what your product or service can do for them. Check with the local civic or community center to see if there are any events coming up in the new year. If you joined an association, they probably have a schedule of events like these, and may even be able to offer advice on which ones to attend, what to expect and even how to set up a booth.

Invest in learning.

Budget for education for you and/or your staff. In most industries, it is important to continue to learn about the business so that you can adjust your products or services to keep up with the times. If you have salespeople on staff, regular training on sales strategies can keep them from falling into a sales slump.

Work on your product or service.

Getting feedback from customers can help you learn how to best serve them. Plan to send quick surveys to regular customers in order to see how they feel about your business. You can use a free service that sends out emails to your clients, or you can ask for feedback in person through comment cards at your business. When you’re meeting with clients, instead of only focusing on selling them your product, ask them what they really think about what you are offering and how you can improve. They will appreciate knowing that you want to serve them better and you may learn something new.

If you have questions regarding legal issues for your small business that you want to resolve before the new year, call Klish and Eldreth for an appointment with our lawyer in Raleigh NC. 

December 5, 2016
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Small Business New Year To-Do List

Depending on what type of small business you have, December can be a busy time or a slow time. Either way, do not forget to review the past year and look for ways to improve in the new year. Here is a checklist of things to review before the upcoming year.

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Starting a new year with any changes in policy or procedure will be easier to manage and will give you an easy start date to measure how well they are faring later on. Need help? Contact our lawyer in Raleigh NC.

  1. Review contracts.

You may have agreements with vendors or freelancers, leases for office space or equipment, or other types of business contracts on file. Even if the contract dates may not be up soon, you can review them and make note of when they expire so that the date will not sneak up on you in the new year. You can also make note of any changes you may want to make in the agreement, or decide if you do not want to renew it. Some may require a notice before the actual end date, so that leaves you with plenty time of to notify them. You can work with our lawyer in Raleigh NC on this to ensure all aspects are valid. 

  1. Review policies.

Check all of your insurance policies in your business, employees and even family to ensure they are accurate and up-to-date. If major changes have occurred within the business, such as adding or removing a business partner, then your policies need to reflect those. If you have added more employees or downsized, your premiums may change so be sure to update the information with your insurance agent. If your revenue has increased or decreased significantly, it can also change your policies, so check to make they reflect your current financial state. 

  1. Review procedures.

Now is the time to review your business policies to ensure they are meeting the needs of your business, customers and employees. If there have been significant changes in your business over the past year, some procedures may need to be modified. There are also federal guidelines that all small businesses must adhere to, so make sure you are following their policies correctly. If you are unsure, you can contact the U.S. Department of Labor for a consultation.

  1. Review employees and have them review you.

You may already have employee evaluations scheduled on their work anniversaries, but you can also conduct reviews on overall performance at the beginning of the year. This will allow you to recognize any achievements over the course of the previous year for individuals or for teams.  

You can also ask for feedback from them on company procedures and policies. This gives you a chance to remove any outdated information and update anything that has changed over the past year.

As a small business owner, you probably have a lot on your plate and may forget to touch base with employees for feedback. Making it an annual event can help keep you on track.

  1. Review the year ahead.

This is the perfect time to plan what you want to happen in the new year. Use the information you have gathered from reviewing items 1-4 to outline your plan. Make it manageable by giving yourself goals for each month. At the end of the year, you will have a detailed outline of what you wanted to accomplish to compare to what you did accomplish.

To learn more, contact our lawyer in Raleigh NC. We can help you with everything listed here. Take the beginning of this New Year as an opportunity to make updates and changes to better your business’s success!

December 3, 2016
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More New Year Updates for Small Businesses

Welcome back. We are here to offer you two mroe ways to pdate your small busienss in 2017. If you missed our previous blog, visit back. Also, contact our attorney in Raleigh NC with any questions.

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  1. Take a closer look at your taxes.

You are probably already in tax mode when the new year rolls around because you are preparing for the April deadline. When you do your taxes, whether on your own or with professional help, look closely for any tax breaks you may be missing so that you can save money next year. For instance, are there things you use for work that you are not writing off such as client lunch expenses or mileage for work-related trips? Have there been any changes in state or federal law that apply to small businesses or industries such as yours? Need help with this one? Contact our attorney in Raleigh NC.

  1. Look at your budget.

While you are looking at numbers, take the time to review your budget and expenses. You may be able to cut costs in the new year in ways that will not affect your business, the quality of your service or product, or the work environment for your employees.

For instance, do your employees use the bottled water service you pay to have delivered to the office? If not, stop the service. It will be a small savings that adds up at the end of the year. The money could even be used toward something your employees find more valuable, such as monthly birthday celebrations.

Are you paying insurance on a company car that no one uses? Get rid of it and let employees use their own car and expense the mileage, or use a ride service such as Uber.

Are you starting a small business? Get legal support from our small business attorney in Raleigh NC at Klish and Eldreth. We can help you get your business off to a strong start by ensuring that your legal needs are met.  We’re committed to your success and will do everything within our power to protect your company. In addition to business, consumer and contract laws, we can also handle intellectual property matters such as trademarking and copyrighting.

Klish and Eldreth, PLLC

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about estate planning. Also contact us to schedule a consultation if you have yet to start estate planning. It’s never too early to make plans for your wishes upon death. In addition, our lawyer is here to help you with all your legal matters, whether it be entertainment law, trademarking, copyrighting, or DWI issues.

December 3, 2016
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New Year Updates for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, it is important to take time at the end of each year to update your plans and goals. You may make resolutions in your personal life in order to be the best you can be, so do the same for your business so that you can start the new year ready for whatever may come. Our attorney in Raleigh NC is here to help you set a few goals for next year.

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Here are a few measures you can take that may help improve your business over the next year.

  1. Review your business plan.

When you first started your business, you may have created a business plan to help keep you on track. Whether you have been in operation for one year or 10 years, it is good practice to review that initial plan once a year. Sometimes running a business gets difficult and you lose sight of why you wanted to start your business. Reviewing your business plan can help keep you aware of your original goals. If your business has changed over the course of a year, you can modify your plan to show the changes. Every year you will have a blueprint for how your business is changing and growing.

  1. Check out the competition.

Often we are so busy trying to provide the best products and services from our own business that we overlook what the competition is doing. Taking time to research your competition is a great New Year’s resolution. See what they are getting right and take note of how you can use similar strategies. Also note what they are doing that you don’t approve of so that you can ensure you and your employees will not go down that road.

If you have a small business and need help with legal issues that you want resolved before the new year, call Klish & Eldreth. Our attorney in Raleigh NC can help with all of your small business needs. Also be sure to visit back with our next blog post to learn more ways to update your business in 2017!

Are you starting a small business? Get legal support from our small business attorney in Raleigh NC at Klish and Eldreth. We can help you get your business off to a strong start by ensuring that your legal needs are met.  We’re committed to your success and will do everything within our power to protect your company. In addition to business, consumer and contract laws, we can also handle intellectual property matters such as trademarking and copyrighting.

Klish and Eldreth, PLLC

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about estate planning. Also contact us to schedule a consultation if you have yet to start estate planning. It’s never too early to make plans for your wishes upon death. In addition, our lawyer is here to help you with all your legal matters, whether it be entertainment law, trademarking, copyrighting, or DWI issues.

December 1, 2016
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More Estate Planning Resolutions for the New Year

Welcome back. We are here to share more estate planning resolutions you might want to consider making this upcoming new year.

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Be sure to visit back with our previous blog for more information about estate planning in Raleigh NC and resolutions you can make before moving on.

Changes in your assets.

If you made a large purchase or sale that affects the amount of your assets and how they can be distributed, you will need to update your records to reflect it. For instance, if you purchased a business with someone, you will need to make arrangements to ensure that your part of the business does not go to your partner upon your death if you want to leave it to a family member.

If you added policies, such as life insurance or retirement accounts, check to make sure you have beneficiaries listed and that they are able to receive the benefits.

If you have a pension plan that requires you to take benefits at a certain age, and you are reaching that age, you may need to make adjustments to your estate plan to show the reduced amount.

Changes in state laws.

Your estate plan is subject to the laws in your state. If you have moved, you will need to make sure that your plan is valid in your current state. You can meet with a lawyer who has experience in estate planning to review your plan to ensure it meets state guidelines.

It is also wise to check for any changes in state law that may affect your plans and how your assets are distributed. There could be tax laws that change your distribution plans.

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Remember, if you don’t have an estate plan in place or haven’t reviewed yours in several years, now might be the best time to start. Our estate lawyer is here to help you get your estate planning in order and ready should you pass in an untimely manner or become incapacitated at some point. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an estate plan. Contact our office.

As always, feel free to contact us at our office to schedule a consultation with if you are looking for a lawyer to represent you in other legal matters. We are here to assist you with small business needs, trademarking, copyrighting and  DWI issues.