Do I Need a Fictitious Business Name or a DBA?

The application for a Fictitious Business Name also known as Doing Business As (DBA) depends on many factors in California. If you are operating your business as any one of the below-listed entities Corporation limited liability partnership (LLPs) limited liability company (LLCs) then you do not need to file for a fictitious business name if your company is operating under the exact same name as the Read More

What is a Trusted Advisor?

An entire book has been written on what a trusted advisor is, but basically a trusted advisor is a person you might trust to be in the inner circle of your business or someone you might rely to help you run your company in an efficient and effective manner.  You may need more than one trusted advisor, for instance, you might want to have a trusted advisor for accounting, legal, financial advising, banking, insurance, Read More

Pleasanton Business Lawyer

We all have those nagging questions – some as inconsequential as where we’re going for lunch and some that keep us up at night worrying.    As your Pleasanton Business Lawyer, it does not matter if you are just starting your business or in the thick of it trying to make it more successful, you may be worried about these things that I can help you with: How to select a business entity that is the best for for your Read More

Arbitration: How Does It Work?

Arbitration can be an alternative for your business to filing a lawsuit in court and ultimately going to trial. You are probably wondering what that means, so read on... Usually, you will agree to arbitrate in advance in your contract as the method which any dispute would be resolved. You may want to check you contracts and see if they have these provisions that will guide you should you find your self in the Read More

Don’t Break Your Lease – Renegotiate It

Do you have a lease and encountered any of these problems in your business recently? Your sales have dropped off…making it a challenge to pay your lease. You’ve taken a big hit from an unexpected expense…proving it difficult to make ends meet, including paying your lease. You’ve lost your biggest client (or clients) and your cash flow is on life support…putting your lease in jeopardy. You’re not alone.  These Read More

Seven Money Tips to Manage Your Business When Money Is Tight

You can loose sleep over money even on a good day… But when you’re running a small business and the country’s economy takes a hit like ours has in the last couple of years, money problems can take you and your business under in a flash. A few tips to consider on the financial side of your business when money is tight: 1. Remember cash is king. Before you decide to make a capital purchase for your company that will Read More

Is Franchise Ownership All Its Cracked Up to Be?

We have all heard the dreadful statistics about how many new businesses fail within the first year and first few years of business.  Franchise owners tout these statistics because the rate of survival for a franchise is much higher.  Why?  You might ask, we'll it's mainly about the systems. If you are contemplating a new business you should at least consider purchasing a franchise.  It may not be a good fit for you Read More

Do You Know What Insurance Your Small Business Needs?

Let’s talk insurance. I know that’s a little like saying, “Gee, wouldn’t a root canal be fun?” But insurance is a very necessary conversation in the life of any small business. Not every business is the same and not every business needs the same type of insurance coverage. You first need to perform a straightforward assessment of what insurance your business actually needs.  Here are a few things to think Read More

Vendor Contracts – What Are They and Do You Need Them?

A vendor contract is simply a contract between you and one of your vendors.  It is always a good idea to have all contracts in writing, for your protection, including these agreements. What is a vendor? First, it is good to understand what a vendor is:  A person or company that sells goods or services to your company.  This could be a supply of raw materials you use in your business or your coffee supplier. Why Read More

General Partnership Agreement Terms

A general partnership is a flexible form of business entity, however, as discussed in my blog post about general partnerships, it does not afford much protection from liabilities.  In order to make the best of your general partnership, if that's the business entity that you are forming, you should have a written general partnership agreement.  This agreement should memorialize, in detail, various terms of your Read More