Articles Tagged with Small business

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From the Law Office Manager website:

The County Law Library: Don’t overlook this free and valuable legal resource


“According to just about every legal management article, webinar, or podcast, the landscape of the legal market in the past few years has changed—dramatically. Clients, it seems, are firmly in the driver’s seat. And with an abundance of legal service providers, these clients are demanding efficient and cost-effective solutions, leading many firms to rethink their infrastructures and find innovative ways to do more with fewer resources.

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ABA Journal News posted this story from California: “Airbnb guest won’t leave, forcing condo owner to begin eviction proceedings” Don’t forget to read all the Comments. Legal remedies will vary from state to state. Please check with a lawyer before becoming a landlord or “hotelier” or “BnB-er” – and especially when “just” renting out to a relative (in-law or otherwise).

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The news that AirBnB plans to set up shop (NA headquarters?) in Portland, Oregon (and that cheers have gone up from people who previously had been wringing their hands about AirBnB) has us scratching our heads. Not that we don’t adore living in Portland, cheer on small businesses, embrace bartering, face the challenge of making ends meet, and all that, but ….

Portland, and lots of other cities, have been wrestling, quite publicly, with the AirBnB business model, which puts customer convenience and cost priorities at odds with local safety and zoning priorities, not to mention tax revenues from locally licensed hotels and traditional B&Bs.

We might blog more about this topic, or we might not since it’s clear there is no shortage of news, hand-wringing, and economic analysis in print and cyberspace on the subject, but I did just see this article at the ABA website. So, if you’ve missed out on the conversation – or are wondering when it’s time for the lawyers and politicians (and lobbyists) to start their engines, take a moment to read:

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Nolo has this really great checklist for anyone wanting to start a business – and wanting to do so methodically:
Oregon (and other states) has lots of great small business websites with links to a zillion other necessary and useful How to Start a Business information.
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Small businesses in Oregon and Washington have a lot of legal resources from which to draw information and advice. I’ve blogged about Small Business Law before and recently have been watching this latest entry into the field:

Northwest Small Business Law Blog: Links, news articles, and original content regarding small business law in Oregon and Washington

Give them a try. They have links to lots of small business legal resources.

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We meet a lot of people who want to start a business but don’t know where to begin.

Entrepreneurs with great ideas don’t always have good business sense, but they can acquire it – or find business partners who have it. And even if you have good business sense, you still need to know the law.

Before you start looking for a store front (or shingle), a business name, or investing in anything (especially if it eats), read Starting a Business guides from the Oregon Corporation Division.

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We meet a lot of people who want to start a business but don’t know where to begin. Entrepreneurs with great ideas don’t always have good business sense, but they can acquire it (usually) – or find business partners who have it.

Before you plonk down the first month’s rent on a store front, or invest in any alleged money-making endeavor (especially if it eats), read the Starting a Business guides from the Oregon Corporation Division.

Other business start-up websites that are sometimes overlooked include ones you can find or link to from these:

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We occasionally get questions from people who want to set up business as debt collectors. It’s a tough business and I recommend an apprenticeship first, but who am I to stop the dreamers who want to set up shop, in the food business, in retail, in debt collection, in private investigation, or any other small business endeavor.

Librarians like dreamers and some of our small business dreamers manage to make their dreams come true.

We also like dreamers who do their legal research. There are a lot of small business research resources all over the Internet, including the ones you’ll find at your public library and others like this Small Business Legal Clinic (and I blogged about it here).