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what’s In A Name – Just Your Business Survival!

Business SurvivalWhat’s so important about how I sign my name?”

I get asked that question all of the time from my business consulting clients.

I tell them that a better question to ask me is this:

“Who cares about how I sign my name?”

The answer is a simple one.

NOBODY.

FINE PRINT: Except… your customers and clients, your creditors, your bank, your mortgage company, your landlord, the I.R.S… oh yes… and anyone else that wants to SUE YOU (and don’t forget ALL their lawyers!).

As in many areas of the law, the exception to the rule swallows up the rule!

What do I mean by this?

Well, let’s start with some basics. For instance, if you’ve already formed a corporation or limited liability company (LLC), you may think that you’re already protected from personal liability in the event of a lawsuit against your business.

In general, the rule is that a corporation or LLC, if formed correctly, and if all of the formalities required under the law of the State where the entity was formed are followed, does protect you from personal liability for business debts and lawsuits.

FINE PRINT: Except… when you choose to do business as an individual, and not as the corporation or LLC that you initially formed.

You see, whenever you sign documents like contracts, purchase orders, contractual agreements, leases, loans, mortgages, promissory notes, and most other legal documents involving your business, you need to make sure that you sign your name only in your business capacity.

You MUST avoid signing your name in your individual capacity.

And how do you do that? It’s pretty simple. You see, the format that you use to sign your name is the controlling factor.

In many cases, you as the business owner, sign your name without knowing how to properly sign your name to business documents. In fact, most business owners of corporations and LLC’s still sign legally binding agreements in their individual capacity…and not as the business.

SIGN AS AN AGENT OF YOUR BUSINESS

If you have formed a corporation or an LLC, you must remember to sign all contracts, agreements, invoices, etc… as an agent of the business.

For example… Many business owners haphazardly, or perhaps inadvertently, sign legal documents like the format shown in

EXAMPLE 1 below:

EXAMPLE 1

(signature)
————————
John Doe

“But what is the consequence of signing my name like in EXAMPLE 1 above to invoices, agreements, or documents?”

EXAMPLE 1 and the above signature format legally establishes that YOU have signed the contract, invoice, loan, or agreement as an individual.

And not as an agent on behalf of your business.

If you sign your name to agreements in the form depicted in EXAMPLE 1 above, YOU could very well be liable personally to meet all of the terms of the agreement.

And you likely don’t want to do this!

Why Simply out, because you’re therefore subjecting all of your business assets and personal assets as well to the risk of a lawsuit.

If you sign agreements as depicted in EXAMPLE 1 above, YOU will very likely be named personally, as well as your business, in any lawsuit filed against the business.

Remember then:

Signing your name like in EXAMPLE 1 above DOES NOT establish that you have signed the agreement as an agent on behalf of your business.

“Okay. So how should I sign my name to my invoices, contracts, leases, loans, or any other business agreements?

What simple step can I take to protect my business, and my personal assets as well?

SIGN DOCUMENTS ONLY AS AN AGENT OF YOUR BUSINESS

Make sure that you only sign legal documents, letters, memos, invoices, loans, leases, etc… as an agent of your business.

How must I sign my name to any legal document or agreement to show that I am signing only as an agent of my business?

Follow EXAMPLE 2 below:

EXAMPLE 2

ABC CORPORATION, INC.

(signature)
———————————–
BY: John Doe
President (Company Title)

If you sign your name on the dotted line following the exact format depicted in Example 2 above, you legally establish that you are only signing as an agent on behalf of the business…and not in your individual capacity.

But you MUST follow the Example 2 precisely.

CAVEAT: Another very important point on this topic.

AVOID SIGNING documents that state “PERSONAL GUARANTY” on them.

A Personal Guaranty is usually a separate legal document attached to the main agreement. You generally see a Personal Guaranty in a loan, mortgage, or lease. However, sometimes a Personal Guaranty can be established just by the way you sign the legal document, invoice, lease, or agreement.

How?

Simple. If the agreement merely has a signature line that has your individual name on it without any reference to your business name, you are signing the document as a Personal Guaranty. You are therefore personally liable for that agreement if you sign the agreement with such a signature line.

But, what do I do if I am being required to sign a Personal Guaranty, like for a business loan or commercial lease for example?

If a Personal Guaranty is required, you or your lawyer should negotiate a limited period of time (the shortest possible) that the Personal Guaranty will bind you as an individual.

Remember, if you formed a corporation or LLC in the first place, you did it to avoid personal liability and to protect your personal assets. Anyone who does business with your company should, and usually does, know this. So, be careful. Other possibilities can be negotiated too. Just do your best not to sign in your personal capacity by signing a Personal Guaranty.

It’s important to remember to only sign legal documents, invoices, and even letters as an agent of your business. (Follow the format found in EXAMPLE 2 above).

How else can I make sure that I am signing my name properly to all of my business documents?

Call your attorney to review all of your agreements, invoices, leases, and legal documents BEFORE you sign them. Your attorney will offer sound advice that protects YOU, your loved ones, and your business.

Now, let’s review.

What’s in a name?

Well… besides your business…

…it could be all of YOUR personal and family assets!

The best advicve especially in the midst of tough economic times or a Recession, is to have any document you sign first reviewed by your lawyer or business consultant.

Copyright (c) 2008. Miguel Mendez, Jr. All rights reserved.

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Good Business Habits

Business HabitsLet me tell you straight, you cannot be a successful business person if you don’t have good business habits. Below I have listed a few habits that you should be doing if you wanted to be a successful business person!

1.) Are you committed to every business you have?

Opening a business is easy but maintaining its operation will take a lot of you time. Will you be available in creating marketing plans and promotional materials? Business without marketing plans is suicide. Once you start a business, put every attention to it. Don’t let your employees manage it. Take note of this, you are the only person who has vision for its success so its only you who can make it
grow.

2.) Are you continuously searching for opportunities?

Business people don’t just stick on 1 or 2 business. A business person always searches for more business opportunities. They are not mediocre. They don’t want stable business but rather a growing one. Always search for new ideas to pursue.. A business person has a vision for numerous income streams for profits!

3.) Do you think positive about you business?

A business person don’t pursue a business to which he/she doesn’t feel positive about. Once you start a business, don’t fill your mind with any negative thoughts. Problems may come your way but it will always have a solution. Business people don’t think of failures, always success behind every problem.

4.) Do you share the business vision?

You can’t survive on your own. You may be skillful at some point but it can’t make you very successful. A business person shares a business vision, to someone else, to a possible business partner. If a single business person can earn $1000 a month, then 2 person can earn $2000 a month. Simple logic but its reality. You can earn more as long as you share same vision with someone else.

5.) Do you delegate tasks?

Normally, every business person only thinks of opportunities and its corresponding marketing campaigns. It will not be healthy if the business person will also do the action of implementation. He will be dead meat if he/she will put every burden unto their shoulders. In fact, employees purpose is to put every plan into action, right?

6.) Do you create a good public image?

People are very sympathetic. They support the business whom they like the owner. Whether you like it or not,if people like your attitude and way of doing business, they will support you. But if you look like a bad boy or a person who looks down and criticizes people, believe me, you will loose every customer you’ve got!

Start creating a good public image. Help support the community where you belong. Extend some help to those in need. Don’t act as if what’s the only thing important to you is your profits and earnings. Make the public see that you care.

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Ways To Finance Your Vending Machine Business

Business MachineWhen starting a business, theres that one big wall that block your way, and thats your startup money. Without money to fund your business, there will be no business at all. So how and where can you get money? Read on to get some ideas on where you can find funding sources for your vending business:

Home Equity Loan
Most people immediately think of getting a standard business loan when thinking of financing a home business or business startup. While this may be appropriate, do not fail to consider using your home as a bank.

Small Business Administration Loan
Banks administer this loan and are more favorable to this type than a standard bank loan because they are only liable for 15% of what they loan (the government carries the other 85%). There are a number of types of documentation required with this loan, but it is certainly worth the trouble if you are willing to follow the process.

Standard Bank Financing
This financial source is probably the most difficult, yet not impossible with good credit and some net worth. Banks typically do not look favorably at vending machine loans and consider them risky because they are not considered a fixed asset.

Invest Your Tax Return Money
For a lot of people, April 15th is bonus time every year as they receive tax returns with earned income credit and deductions for kids. You can use this to slowly build your vending business. Its a great, safer way to build your business.

Family Loan
In some cases, a family member may be favorable to loaning you the money for starting your home-based business. While there may be relationship risks to this setup, it needs to be considered as an alternative to standard business financing. Some family members would rather invest in your business vision and draw a little interest rather than lending it to a bank at 2-3%.

Sell Items You Dont Need
If you badly need to create an income steam, opt for this least popular fund source. How about downsizing your car and investing the money in machines? Why not have a huge yard sale to raise $500-$1000? Why dont you downsize your home and invest your profits in the business? All of us have some money around us in our life that we could put to work.

Lease Purchasing
An option to getting into the vending business is to make an offer to buy an established vending route by lease-purchasing. You agree to lease the route from the seller with an option to buy at the end of the lease period. You invest your profits from the lease period into the purchase of the business or you can continue leasing for the cash flow you are receiving. Remember to get legal help in setting up any contractual agreement like this.

Owner Financing
Not that always easy to find but dont let it stop your from asking the seller of a vending route for it, especially if you have some money to put down.

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Powerful Methods To Stay Successful In Business

Successful BusinessIn business, achieving success is merely half the battle won. The other half? As many veteran businessmen would agree, sustaining success  staying on top of your game and on top of THE game  is the more difficult part of owning and operating a commercial enterprise.

Case in point: flash-in-the-pan businesses are a dime a dozen these days. Overnight successes are stories that are quite commonplace. But businesses that last for years, if not decades? Alas, theyre rarities in this day and age!

The goal isnt merely to succeed in business. The goal should be to remain successful in business.
Here are 5 powerful principles to live by if you want to achieve such a goal:

1. Believe in your business. Your business is bound to encounter many challenges and many tribulations along the way. Some of these trials would be grave enough to make you consider quitting. But should you? Remember: if you dont believe in your business, if you dont believe that it can succeed, then why should your prospective customers believe that your business is the right choice for them? Your faith in your business will go a long, long way in pushing it to reach its fullest potentials.

2.Find satisfaction in what youre doing. If you do not find contentment in what youre doing, then its just a matter of time before you give up on your business. Fulfillment can be attained in so many ways. If you cannot find that sense of fulfillment from your business, its either because: a) youre not looking hard enough; or b) youre looking at the wrong place. The smallest victory can be a cause for celebration. And the tiniest of triumphs can even provide the biggest kind of satisfaction.

3.Make your customers satisfaction your primary goal. Profit is good, but it shouldnt be the driving force of your business if you want your success to last. The happiness of your customers should be your paramount concern. Remembers, happy customers are customers for life.

4.Strive to improve your craft and your trade. Never rest on your laurels. Always try to be the best you can ever be when it comes to the things you do for a living.

5.Have fun! They say that the best kind of moneymaking opportunity is one that you enjoy doing. If you will find such a business, then youve hit the jackpot. Now, no one said that this jackpot cant be created. You can find enjoyment in what youre doing. Even if the business wasnt born from a hobby you once nurtured, you can still find ways by which you can make it very exciting and very enticing for you. Your enthusiasm for your business will eventually show in the products you will deliver.

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Different Strategic Levels In A Business Organization

Business OrganizationA business strategy defines the direction in which a business will take in the future. The business organization tries to achieve an advantage over the competition by the configuration of its resources within a confronting setting so that the needs of the market are met and the expectations of its stockholders are fulfilled. This is the overall definition of a business strategy. This focuses a business organization on which market it should engage in and the activities that are needed to compete in that particular market for the business to grow.

In making a business strategy, the planners need to determine how the organization can outperform its competition in a particular market niche. These are the advantages of the company which it needs to utilize, in order to gain the upper hand. In this connection, the right resources that the company can utilize should be gained, in order to maintain its competitive advantage. These resources will include the skills, various company assets, relationships, facilities and technical competence. As an organization plan how to manage its resources, it should also take into consideration the environment in which it is to operate. These are the external factors which can have an effect on the ability of a business organization to compete. Furthermore, the hope and values of its stakeholders should also be taken into account on the overall business strategy.

Though there is an overall strategy which a business organization enforces, there are different levels in a business setting where particular strategies are implemented. First there is the so called corporate strategy. In this particular strategy level, the focus is on the overall purpose and coverage of the organization to meet the expectations of its stockholders. This is crucial to the company since it has a great influence on its investors and guides the strategic decision making all through the company. A corporate business strategy is posted for all to see in the mission statement of a company.

Next in importance to the corporate strategy would be the business unit strategy of a particular business organization. A business unit strategy is mainly concerned with how a business can compete in its chosen market niche. The decisions which are the focus of attention in a business unit level are about meeting the needs of its costumers, choice of products, gaining advantage on the competition and the creation and exploitation of new opportunities.

The next level of business strategy which a business organization focuses on is the operational strategy of the company. At this level, the focus is on how each segment of the business can be systematized so as to give the direction to the business unit strategy. The consideration is on processes, people, resources and other such concerns. Various business organizations have their own strategies which they see are most advantageous to the company. They each implement safeguards to guarantee that strategic goals and objectives are met and vigorously implemented and followed by each member of the team.

Business Landline Importance In The Age Of Smart Phones

So you’ve chosen to switch or set up another business landline and broadband, however you’re not so much beyond any doubt where to begin. Naturally, most business managers consider the expense of their business landline benefit first and foremost, then introduce broadband. On the off chance that you run a business that requires more than one landline, you can lease the same number of lines as you need from your business supplier. For the most part, the more lines you lease, the less expensive the expense is for every line.

It’s convenient to recollect that business landlines are by and large preferable esteem over local landlines. So in the event that you think you’re sparing your business cash by staying with your residential landline, you could be in for astonishment! Business landline packages might be made up of various diverse gimmicks – which imply that the cost of your bundle will depend to a great extent on the peculiarities you requirement for your business.

Very nearly all business landline and broadband web packages will accompany a line rental charge implicit. Line rental does precisely what it says on the tin – its the charge you need to pay the phone organization to utilize their telephone links for landlines and broadband web. Business landline rates will differ relying upon the level of administration you require.

Most business suppliers offer a scope of distinctive sorts of landline. These include:

Single simple lines for the most part utilized for making calls, associating with fax machines and accepting broadband.
Multi line simple will provide for you extra lines on which to get a call. In the event that a call delivers and the first line is locked in, the call will basically reroute to the second line.
ISDN 2e is a solitary, astounding computerized line that uses distinctive channels for voice, feature, faxing or information. You can add extra circuits to your establishment, permitting you to have various associations working in the meantime. Isdn2e further permits you to designate separate telephone numbers to your clients.
ISDN 30 is generally utilized by bigger organizations, as they backing somewhere around 8 and 30 channels with all the gimmicks.
Sparta Telecom offers Business Landline, Business Phone Line and Business Broadband at cheapest rates. The company has the widest range of service plans and years of experience to serve you the best. For more information please visit the website.

Dos And Don’ts Of Running A Business

The goal to all business is turning a profit, but exactly how to do so is another matter. The truth is there are no real simple answers, but there are guidelines that offer the promise of success. Some things depend on the scope of the business, and what the business owner is capable of doing.

Good Habits for Profit

This is not an exhaustive list, and there will be many variations offered by different sources. The following will give a basic idea of ways get your business into the customer base building mode:

Putting the right gear in place: No business can succeed without the necessary implements of the trade. Computers and various types of meeting software are pretty much basic essentials these days. However, other solutions that are fast becoming must haves include web conferencing tools, smart phones and Internet based promotional tools.

The customer is always right: It may sound like a tired refrain to say that the customer always come first, but this adage is still true today. Always be willing to listen to your customers. And be prepared to go the extra mile for those that arent quite satisfied, that is, if you didnt deliver as promised.

Upgrade your skills: There is always something new to learn in just about any field. The smart business owner keeps abreast of changes in their area so they can keep offering quality service.

Network, network: There are so many opportunities for building vital links for your business. These include trade shows and expos, family gatherings and high school reunions. This simply means letting others know what you do in order to create your own opportunities.

Business owners can add to this list as they see fit. This is a useful guide that can serve as a springboard to profitability. Many businesses choose to promote themselves online as it is more cost effective. The boom in support software for customer support and smart phone use underscores the need for fast and reliable communications. Keep in mind that if you ignore the basics of good business habits, you can be sure your competitor wont.

Business Internet Broadband

As broadband speaks to the measure of information that might be transferred through a high velocity internet connection, business internet broadband with higher data transfer capacity empowers get to and transfer of substantially more data and information, an exceptionally pivotal component in today’s period of corporate rivalry. The significance of internet broadband for businesses can’t be undermined. With technologically progressive online devices, the long haul business objectives and techniques best suited for development and extension might be resolved.

The three most imperative peculiarities that make business broadband so well known are:

Business internet broadband connections are normally high velocity connections as contrasted with a standard dial up connection. Moreover, distinctive speed reaches with changing expense alternatives are accessible, permitting the client to transfer no less than twenty times more information at any given time. Such a speed is exceedingly viable for a business in the accompanying ways:

larger file transfer in matter of seconds

cost viable as enormous files could be sent over the net instead of being couriered

security issues took care of with quick redesigns and programming overhauls

fast transfer of gigantic film files, pictures and representation

virtual gathering continuously conceivable

enables sound and feature conferencing, in this manner decreasing phone costs

Installation of online security Polaroid

A broadband connection permits moment integration to the net at whatever point the machine or workstation is exchanged on. Not at all like the dial up connection, has this gimmick encouraged the business by staying constantly associated with the customers. With round the clock integration, the internet serves as an included to a great degree extensive measured hard drive with limitless data stockpiling.

Business internet broadband arrangements are normally chargeable at a settled rate for boundless use, henceforth business clients can profit without acquiring additional expenses for included information utilization. Likewise, steady connection guarantees continuous data stream alongside:

Elimination of postponement in getting and answering to essential business messages

Permanent round the clock network to all the workplace extensions. Change in any office setup might be overhauled quickly

Remote servers guarantee safe information stockpiling and get to at whatever time and from anyplace, be it office, home or amid travel

Use of internet for minimal effort or free voice calls

Business Broadband requires establishment of a modem much the same as a standard dial up connection, the main contrast having the capacity to make calls all the while as utilizing the internet. A more commonsense focal point is the profit of identifying with clients while taking them through the site pages for particular data they need. Additionally, it spares expense of additional phone line introduced for internet connection. The broadband connection additionally allows the utilization of more than one machine for the single connection line.
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Characteristics Of Business Phone Services

Businesses put much accentuation on cutting their operational costs of which the business telephone bill is a significant cost. This issue might be appropriately tended to with a scope of cheap business phone alternatives, each one conveying distinctive rental arrangements and diverse service quality.
The ordinary phone line, likewise alluded to as the landline is suitable for an office with few connection utilized by ten workers or less.
The brilliant business broadband or the fiber optics broadband connection.
The internet subordinate Voip connection for a lessened call cost
The superfast fiber optics connection is not key for little businesses as lower number of connection and clients permit the conventional choice to perform well without bargaining the quality or proficiency of service.
The fundamental characteristics of business phone services are:
Cheap Rates:
The most paramount concern while choosing cheap business phone services are the call expenses caused. Business phone lines, particularly landlines are cheaper than local landlines. Business landline bundles accompany an assortment of gimmicks which infers that the expense of the bundle will extraordinarily fluctuate as indicated by the peculiarities chose.
Rental Cost: Most business landline bundles accompany a fundamental rental charge, which is the cost that is brought about to utilize the telephone set and link charges.
Landline Types: Vendors offering cheap business phone services by and large different sorts of landlines including single and numerous simple lines, Isdn2e, a great single and Isdn30, a various channel advanced line.
Different Lines: Some businesses require more than one landline connection and merchants of business phone connection have cheaper rental arrangements with expanded number of connections.
Call Rates: Different cheap business phone bundles offer distinctive call charges in the classifications of nearby landline, portable, national and global calls, off-peak and peak calls.
Arrangements: Customized bundles made up of a blending of call decisions for instance rental charge, nearby call, portable or off crest call alternatives. For instance, if a business makes more universal calls, a global call cost saver bundle could be picked.
Topped Call Charges: Some business phone line sellers offer the alternative of topping or altering a specific kind of calls, for instance, if a business makes more call to portable numbers, the bundle could be modified to settle those calls at a specific rate.
Simple to Remember Numbers: On unique solicitation, business phone service suppliers can give simple to recall contact number for clients and for printing on the business leaflet.
Upkeep and Support: Though for most business managers the call expenses are an essential concern, for some the accentuation is put on the help service accessible with the phone connection. Business connection by and large get more elevated amount of help service contrasted with household lines as a couple of hours of downtime can mean considerable budgetary misfortune to the business.
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How Dimensional Letters Attract Customers Attention To Your Business

Dimensional letters are made from a number of materials including bronze, aluminum, stainless steel, foam, PVC, brass, copper, and flat cut metals. These signage products are difficult to miss, helping new customers to find out about your store. Dimensional signs not only attract new and existing customers, but also direct them where to go inside your store or business facility. The greatest benefit of these products is that they are truly eye-catching. It is also the best way to promote your brand identity.

Dimensional logos and letters have unique design and construction, rendering a 3D effect to your brand message. These signs create the first good impression no matter where they are installed whether it is inside your facility or in front of your store. Business owners use stylish, gleaming and elegant metal letters to display their company name and logo to develop their corporate image.

These materials are not only visually appealing, but also durable and can withstand harsh climatic conditions. This means they will last for several years and is more cost-effective than traditional advertising.

Letters made of high quality aluminum, steel or bronze add a classic touch to your business. Remember that its the first impression that counts and your customers will remember. Whether you are displaying the list of your products or services offered on your buildings exterior or interior, metal dimensional letters will help your business stand out from the rest.

To make your logo and business name eye-catching, its important to integrate your brands color, tagline and graphics. These elements should look consistent and convey your brand message in a bold way and help in effective promotion of your products/services.

A striking store sign is the key to the success of your business and without them; your prospective customers will not know that your business exists. These products if professionally designed and installed make them visible from a distance. This is important to let passersby know about the location of your store.

The list of your products, if professionally designed and stylized using attractive letters, will generate considerable interest in your business. This is an effective way to let customers know what products or services you have on offer. For example, if you have a large restaurant, you can decorate the front entrance using copper letters to give it a sophisticated look. It will encourage food lovers to saunter into your restaurant and find out what cuisines you have on the platter to pamper the taste buds of food aficionados.

You can choose from a variety of designs and metal letters to pique customers interest, and even those who happen to pass by your bistro or restaurant.

Business owners prefer dimensional letters to other signs because they make a lasting impression on the minds of your prospects. The greatest benefit is that they are designed in large fonts and are readable even from a distance. Uninterrupted visibility and readability are the two most essential aspects for any successful business signage.

So, if you are looking for a simple sign at the top of your building entrance or an elaborate reception decoration, get in touch with a professional sign company offering quality dimensional letters at competitive prices.