As a prospective business owner in Florida, there are a lot of things to do before you even get your foot in the door. At the Law Offices of Levi Williams, P.A., we're here to help guide you as you start working out your business plans, deciding where you need to go and what you need to do next.
In Fort Lauderdale, Miami and in communities all across Florida, people are carving out their niche in various markets every day. If you want to join them, you probably need to start thinking about the future legal ramifications of any small business you intend to open.
When Florida residents start a business, one decision they need to make is what kind of business they will form. Some people may be drawn to the benefits of C corporations and it is important for them to understand the details of this legal structure.
When starting up a new business, you may have designed a logo, slogan or catch-phrase that designates your business and makes it unique from other businesses. While you are not required to register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, there are benefits to doing so. If you do not protect your trademark, other businesses and/or brands can use your mark, or something quite similar, which may confuse your customers and lead to you losing money and business in the long run.
When Florida residents decide to start a business, they have many choices to make about their new company's legal status. One of the statuses people can choose is called an S corporation. Before people set up this kind of corporation, it is important to understand what it is and how it may be beneficial for business owners.
When Florida residents form their own business, they may sometimes realize they need to protect their idea. In this situation, it is important for people to understand what exactly can be patented and what they can do to protect this idea.
When Florida residents decide to start their own business, they may focus most on finding the perfect location and identifying their niche in the market. Running a business can be complicated, though, and it is important for first time business owners to consider all of the details.
Some Florida business owners have a simple need for their business, namely to finance it. However, traditional funding options, such as bank loans, may be too difficult to acquire or the business may not qualify for the financing. So an entrepreneur may decide to form a limited partnership as a way of financing a business. The key to a successful limited partnership is finding the right limited partner.
Business partnerships are like marriages. They are made up of people: people who are different; people who have different needs; people who have different working styles; people who have different life goals. If you are a partner in a Florida business, you may have the uneasy feeling that all is not “right” in your business. Maybe you cannot put your finger on exactly what is wrong, but the excitement, enthusiasm and thrill that you and your partner(s) had when you first started your business seem to have dissipated over time. You no longer greet each business day as a marvelous opportunity to gain new customers, produce more product, and earn more revenue. Now there are days when you would just as soon stay home, and you fear that your partner(s) may feel exactly the same way.
If you are a Florida resident who enjoys remodeling and renovating homes, perhaps even building from scratch, you may be considering becoming a contractor and going into business for yourself. While this is an exciting prospect, getting your new business up and running can be daunting.