How To Avoid 3 Common Legal Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

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Legal help can be confusing if you run a small business, but in this video you"ll learn about three common legal mistakes small business owners make — and how to avoid them.

1. Business Structure. Should your business be an LLC or S Corp? Get legal help from a lawyer about what option is best for your business, since they can help you figure out what will be best for your taxes as well. Many people think that a lawyer is going to cost a lot of money, but most people would rather pay for solving a problem than preventing one.

2. Protect Yourself And Your Offerings. It"s very important your terms are outlined in something written. Make sure that your contracts have protection for your IP, disclosure of your programs and content, clear terms as to refunds and how to terminate the contract.
It"s also important to make sure your contracts have disclaimers in them. It"s important to have what you are in the contract but even more importantly what you"re NOT. Legal help from an attorney will show you exactly what your contracts and terms should include.

3. Your Business Relationships. An independent contractor"s agreement serves as additional proof that you have this arrangement with the people working for you. In this type of agreement, you should outline their duties, how they are being paid and when.

A non-disclosure clause protects your confidential information, and explains the fact that they"re an independent contractor and not an employee.

And a final bonus tip: If you are in the U.S. and you pay an independent contractor over 0, you"re going to have to issue them a 1099. Make sure you have their W-9 form when they come on-board so you don"t have to try and get it from them later!

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  1. Sarah Shotts

    I’d never thought of interviewing several lawyers. Great tip! That’s my
    next step.

  2. AllNatural28

    These are some really great tips, thanks Marie!

  3. The Modesta

    Great info. I’m a small business owner, looking for individuals to contract
    with and hadn’t thought of the non-disclosure agreement. So glad I watched.
    Thanks so much!

  4. Readventured

    Setting up your business legal entity is the first decision you need to
    make when becoming a small business owner.

  5. Lawanda Turner

    I love this ! I am so happy that this video came to my inbox. Jo-Na is so
    smart, I’m visiting her site now!

  6. Tina Tiainen

    One of the best Marie TV’s to date!! Great tips, and Jo-Na is SOOO pretty

  7. Courtney Bentley

    great advice! I need to start interviewing lawyers ASAP

  8. sit-stay-play In-home pet sitting & more.LLC

    Great #legal tips +marieforleo and +Jo-Na Williams!

  9. Bob Baker

    *Congrats to my friend Jo-Ná Williams for being **+marieforleo**’s guest
    last week on “Marie TV.”* Jo-Na did a great job covering three common legal
    mistakes small business owners make — and how to avoid them. *Watch and
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  10. Markita Samuel

    I LOVE this topic! I’m a business coach & attorney and I have added a whole
    step to my course just to focus on this! I get such good feedback I’ve
    launched a speaker series with my attorney & CPA to help small businesses
    START with this info! Good stuff ladies! 

  11. Andrea Martins

    #entrepreneur #startingabusiness #marieforleo 

  12. Overflow Cafe

    good work

  13. Sonia Gazzelloni

    I started selecting different lawyers to interview WHILE I was watching

  14. Beverley Ashton

    WOW! Ladies what Awesome Advice! So containing! Thank U! Bx

  15. Gena Golden

    its good validation that i did the right thing by having a non disclosure
    agreement and i get the w9 info upfront already and so i guess i’m on the
    right track.
    question, how do i do a search for lawyers, should i only consider a
    business attorney? also can a small collection of companies share one
    lawyer so we can split the retainer and other fees?

  16. brbrhej

    abolutely GREAT advice! Thank you!

  17. Susan Hamori

    So extremely helpful ! Thank you!!! I always felt lost on where I should
    get this info… but now I know…. I will find a lawyer! :)

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  19. jgoss14

    This was super helpful. Thanks. :)

  20. Business Law Group

    Great tips! Getting a lawyer on retainer for your company could save you a
    lot of money as well as legal problems!

  21. Jonathan Tichich

    Very helpful and great tips.

  22. Evan Hutcheson, CPA, LLC

    I hope this video goes out to people who are planning on starting their own
    companies. Talking to a CPA beforehand definitely helps to ensure that you
    are not committing any legal mistakes. 

  23. Best Local Businesses

    This is great info. Thanks for sharing:)

  24. Daily Mom Dose

    I love your video about passion and how to live a life doing what you love.
    It inspired me to make the Youtube channel I have now AND I also showed
    your page to a dear friend of mine who is actually opening up her own
    pharmacy. This video above really helped guide her. I guess she had some
    doubts regarding business decisions and this video really helped her out!
    Thanks for all you do!

  25. High Impact Social

    The three most common legal mistakes that small business owners make.


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