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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.


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.


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:


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?


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:



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.


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

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.

The Characteristics Of Business Correspondence Translation

Business correspondence is different from the ordinary means of communication of distinct characteristics, according to conventional wisdom to follow the seven principles (namely, thoughtful, complete, accurate, specific, concise, clear and polite), whose objective is to maintain a good business relationship, effective communication and conduct of normal business dealings. The core of efficiency, economy and simplicity as a concrete manifestation of the efficiency. Lies between the two fundamental Economic and inability to express a clear and efficient, efficiency is the goal, the content is the carrier, the two complement each other, are indispensable.
(A) the stylistic features of
Nida’s dynamic equivalence theory emphasized: the process of reorganization and integration of Information should be considered in the structure of discourse, especially the style. He will be divided into five style categories, both professional and stylistic, formal style, informal style, casual style, intimate style. According to his classification, business correspondence as it involves import and export business, and with banks, customs, transportation, legal and other professional knowledge is inextricably linked to, you can basically attributable to the professional style or formal styl
(B) the linguistic characteristics
Business correspondence in which the three principles of ‘accurate, concise, clear’ are the language requirements, ‘considerate, courteous,’ is the attitude and point of view against the requirements. ‘Integrity’ is the format of the request, while the ‘specific’ is a closed correspondence on the whole content of the overall requirement is to require the words to avoid white elephants, the content can not deviate from the center to express. Business Correspondence involves not only a unique professional background, but also a practical business skills, their linguistic characteristics can be summarized in two: business correspondence involves covering trade, finance, foreign exchange, customs, commodity inspection and many other fields, showing characteristics of a variety of industries Therefore, the selectivity of strong language; the specific mode of thinking of business people, cautious, pay attention to language of the sense of proportion. Embodied in the expression of straightforward, simple and bright, and light on the modification. Standardized terminology, grammatical structured, ordered the sentence in general a fixed and orderly. Discourse coherence, logic, and strong.
Business correspondence translation rather biased towards the ‘practical effect’, its main function is to deliver accurate financial information, rather than in order to achieve aesthetic effects and enjoy the results; according to different purposes, using different means to deal with different content; more stylized, the content does not Allow mistakes. Thus, the translator on the one hand need to understand, familiar with professional jargon, terminology, translation of meaning of the faithful and precise terms; the other hand, as much as possible with the right language, etc., would be relevant information more concise and accurate expression. As the commercial communications related to English and Chinese language translation and application, and the correspondence has its language, grammar, sentence structure, etc. specificity, coupled with cultural differences between Western and other factors, which determines the translation can not be in business correspondence is the absolute right and so on, but a relative and dynamic equivalence. Therefore, the dynamic equivalence theory in business correspondence translation plays an important role.

Why Companies Prefer Business Centres For Conferences

Preference of a venue for conference, meetings and seminars are slowly shifting from hotel banquets to business centres. Last few years have witnessed that Indian companies have been opting for unique solutions provided by business centres for the office space and conferences.

A thorough insight of this trend has brought some reasons into light.

-Though hotels offer attractive interiors than business centres, they lack maintaining a business environment. Business centres are designed to meet the professional requirements of the companies. Hence, they maintain the environment accordingly. The company won”t have to take the pain of managing the space; furnishing, staffing, style formation of rooms, installing and the maintaining various facilities.

There is a business centre that provides conferencing solutions in New Delhi offers space for offices and conference in mountain fresh ambience. People tend to fall prey to various health hazards like headaches, dizziness, nausea etc while working because of poor indoor air quality. To ensure good health and better productivity this business centre has made some efforts to resolve this. The interiors are simple, classy and professional.

-Normally, business centres are strategically located, thereby offering a good chance of business growth and easy reach. For example, conference spaces in South Delhi are always high on demand when it comes to a conference space in Delhi as they are well connected with all the parts of Delhi NCR. Those located in the central part of Delhi also grab a lot of attention.

-Every business centre has a team of experts to look after the arrangements of conferences, meetings, interviews and seminars. Therefore, the headache of making arrangements with the help of own workforce and organizing it becomes zero.

Clients are offered with an array of styles to select from which is based on the number of attendees, types of conferences and other requirements. Other requirements may vary from welcoming the guests to food and beverage services. Often, clients select from a variety of services like secretarial, administrative, communication, executive offices etc and customize their package. Technical support with the power back-up too is provided by the serviced offices without a single failure. Flexibility and customization is at par.

A business centre works like a one-stop shop for all the conferencing requirements.

-There are many conferencing destinations that also offer space on hot-desking services in Delhi.

-In addition to this, many companies consider taking a space in a business centre as a matter of sophistication and an image-building exercise. Therefore, they prefer, business centres over hotels.

Every meeting, conference, seminar or training has an objective and if the arrangements are not flawless then it may become a flop show. Therefore, companies prefer organizing a conference in a serviced office or a business centre as the organizer gets a professional conference venue which serves the purpose and enhances the productivity of the event without crinkling a wrinkle.

Why You Need Accountants Brisbane Services For Your Small Business Needs

For any type of business accounting is one of the most significant aspects and it ensures that all decisions made are financially sound. However, it is possible that inexperienced accountants not equipped to handle small business needs may prove ineffectual. There are clusters of small business owners who believe that procuring accounting outsourcing services involves unnecessary costs but the truth is that accountants Brisbane are very important to businesses of any size whether large or small.

Since business owners have different types of accounting services to choose from conventional firms opt to engage their own full time employees however today it is not necessary that you incur unnecessary costs and procure accounting services for a limited time making it appropriate for many large firms to hire according to their needs. With the right accountant Brisbane you have the obvious advantage of hiring on a hourly basis instead of monthly wages. This way you can cut your costs and allow business owners to ensure accounting work that is perfect. When you leave the accounting work entirely for professional companies and focus on the other significant areas involved in your business it is natural that you will achieve greater productivity.

Ashgrove accountants are affordable when every business in the era of globalization needs accounting services. Accounting is a fundamental way to record, report and analyze every financial transaction for any business. It is an essential tool for every business that needs accounting services to utilize the business. With a reasonable Ashgrove accountant you are offered cost-effective, reliable and professional services. For any business it is necessary that they hire these cost effective accounting services in order to evaluate their business regardless of whether it’s small or multinational.

When you are running a business it is necessary that you require maintaining interpretation and reporting of financial transaction. With growing importance of accounting services you can safely rely on your professionals to provide financial accounting, financial reporting, accounts receivables, accounts payable, cash flow statement, cash management, payroll services, tax filing and many more.

Brisbane accountant is aware that accounting is a time consuming and complex job for small or big business industries. Thus they ensure to provide affordable, reliable, faultless and accurate accounting services before given deadline. Brisbane accountants reduce the operating costs and improve efficiency by concentrating on more relevant functions. Moreover as you are relieved of non-core functions, it is possible to save time and cost for focusing more on running your business.

Here Are Reasons To Start Your On Business

Starting a business and wanting to be your own boss might have been something that you gave a lot of thought about yet if you are hesitating to take a step forward, you are not alone. Though starting a business yourself is very appealing the thought makes you rigid because you are not sure if it is the right thing to do. You may not how to go about the startup and its planning. If a business is something that you cant stop thinking about then you would be motivated by these reasons that confirm you need to give it a try.

You are the decision maker-

Many people go about following orders without questioning, however some others hate doing this and would love to be in control. Being in control of your destiny helps you move forward. Following others rules is something that you have to do if you work for others. If you are the decision maker you get to make the rules instead of being the one who follows them.

Unlimited income-

Depending on the dedication you gift to your business, your imagination and your skills your income varies. There is no limitation as to how much you can earn. This is not the case then you work for others because there is a limitation on your income. Choosing the right business is the key to securing a sound financial basis.

Making a difference-

Comparing your potential and the difference you are making right now working under somebody will give you a clear idea of what you are capable of. As a business owner you would be able to help many people and make a difference in their lives by giving them an opportunity to work for you. If you are successful in your business then you can even go ahead and help the needy by contributing to charities and foundations.


A business can provide you with more job security in comparison to working under an individual. In earlier times people used to work for a company and then retire with pension benefits, however this is not how it works in the modern age. There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to keeping a job. You may be employed today and be totally jobless next week. There is definitely a level of uncertainty by being a businessperson however you can always change businesses depending on the market conditions and fluctuation.

Enjoy what you do-

Not many people working under others would be enjoying that job they perform. At the end of it you would be disappointed when looking back in life and would regret not doing something that you liked better. You would be happier taking a chance doing something that you like to do.

It would be absolutely rewarding if you could start and run your business successfully. You would get a lot of job offers but if that is not what you want then go do what you wish. An atomy marketing plan is sure to guide you in the right path.

The Rise Of The Private And Business Jet Charter Broker In Algarve And Portugal

A private jet charter normally caters for between 1 and 18 passengers although private charter jets can carry up to 30 passengers comfortably. Because of this, corporate parties are today using, in ever increasing numbers, private jet charter as a cost effective business option when large numbers of staff need to move simultaneously and securely between destinations. With few limitations on the choice of departure and arrival points, as well as the choice of flight time, “increased flexibility of travel” is another key feature of the business jet charter. Flights are no longer dependant on the proximity of a major airport to the chosen venue as private jets are normally able to land at smaller, rural or private airports. Time on board a private jet can also be used more productively as business charters allow the corporate client to utilise the privacy afforded, for business purposes.

Should the private jet charter client choose to use the flight for the purpose of relaxation, then the benefits of the personalized service provided by a private flight attendant are obvious. Even the process of checking in for a private jet charter is far less stressful than the procedures applicable to a commercial jet flight, so relaxation begins well before the flight takes off.

When boarding a private jet, the first thing apparent to the passenger is the unfamiliarity of their surroundings. The spacious cabin and interior finishing of many private jets immediately puts the flier at ease and if this is not enough, the five star in-flight catering options are always conducive to an elevated mind set. For business travellers fearful of the links beween air travel and the risks imposed on it by the modern day terrorist, private jet charter is definitely the flight medium of choice. Since 911, the increased demand for private jet charter flights has created a greater supply of private charter companies, private jets and private jet pilots. The subsequent increase in competition between operators in this sector of the air travel market has seen the private jet charter become a truly affordable way to fly for a whole new business demographic: the small to medium sized company.

Additionally, and especially since the introduction of the Euro, companies situated within the European Union have begun to use the private charter jet as a means to visit clients in neighbouring member states. The business “hop” is rapidly becoming as popular as its long-haul counterpart in countries such as Portugal. Today, private and business charter flights regularly fly to and from Faro Airport in the Algarve region of Portugal as well as Lisbon and Porto Airports in the North of Portugal. Portugal’s many private and municipal airports have also added to the popularity of the private jet business charter amongst national businesses, as well as those businesses from overseas wishing to explore the opportunities afforded by the growth of the Portuguese economy.

Portugal’s tourism sector, which has significantly strengthened its infrastructure since joining the European Union, has responded to the needs of this new business traveller by evolving a new, business tourism genre. Companies have formed to broker the services required by the traveller who steps out of a private charter jet and on to Portuguese soil. Complementary business services, such as: luxury hotel reservations, event management, limousine and luxury car hire, yacht charter and corporate gift services have all experienced linear growth in parallel to the rise of the private jet charter broker. The sinergy of these business services means that the business and private jet charter traveller can now leave all of his travel arrangements in the responsible hands of one event organizer; A to B has never been so easy.