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5 Legal Tips for Your Small Business This Summer

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

Summer is a time for vacations, relaxation, and enjoying the warm weather. But for small business owners, it's also a crucial period to strategize and position yourself for continued growth. Here are five key actions you can take this summer to ensure your business thrives.

1. Go Mobile

A mobile version of your website is no longer optional – it's essential. According to Statista,, 96.2% of internet users in the United States access the internet using a mobile phone, while 72.8% use a laptop or desktop.

If potential customers can't easily access and navigate your website on their phones, you're missing out on a massive chunk of your target audience. A responsive website adapts to different screen sizes, ensuring a seamless browsing experience for users on smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This translates to higher engagement and lower bounce rates.

Search engines like Google also prioritize mobile-friendly websites in search results. So, a well-optimized mobile site will improve your ranking and drive more organic traffic to your business. When users can easily access product information, contact details, and purchase options on their phones, they're more likely to convert into paying customers.

What can you do? Assess your current website. Various sites have mobile-friendly testing tools that let you see how your website performs on various devices. If your website isn't mobile-friendly, invest in a responsive website design. Consider working with a web developer to create a responsive design that adapts to different screen sizes. And make sure you optimize for mobile search. You’ll want to ensure your website content is optimized for relevant keywords that users are likely to search for on their phones.

2. Review Your Marketing Plan

Evaluate the effectiveness of your past marketing efforts. Identify what worked well and what didn't, and make adjustments as needed

Make sure you have informative and valuable content that caters to your target audience's summer interests. This could include blog posts, infographics, or even short videos. Tailor your marketing campaigns to the summer season by offering special discounts, deals, or summer-themed products or services. Seasonal promotions and offers could come with clear deadlines to encourage customer action.

Summer is the season people are most active on social media — maybe due to all the vacations and holidays. You’ll want to capitalize on the boost in social media usage. Increase your social media presence by posting engaging content, running contests, and interacting with your followers. Consider running targeted ads on social media platforms or search engines to reach a wider audience during the summer months.

3. Consider Expanding

As your business grows, you might reach a point where it becomes necessary to bring on additional help. Hiring an employee or an independent contractor can free up your time to focus on strategic tasks and take your business to the next level.

First, identify your company’s overall needs. Clearly define the specific tasks or roles you need help with. Explore different options — you don’t need to be limited to full-time salaried employers. Consider hiring part-time workers or independent contractors depending on your specific needs and budget.

Develop clear job descriptions that outline the responsibilities, qualifications, and compensation for the position you're looking to fill. If you don’t have an HR person or lawyer, make sure you stay informed about minimum wage requirements, overtime regulations, and other employment laws specific to your location. When posting jobs, use online resources. Platforms like LinkedIn and job boards can be effective tools for finding qualified candidates.

4. Update Policies

It’s never a bad time to review and update crucial internal policies within your business.

Policies related to harassment and discrimination in particular are important to have in place. Ensure your harassment and discrimination policy is comprehensive, up-to-date, and reflects current legal standards.

It’s also important to have some kind of workplace safety policy on the books. Review and update your workplace safety protocols to address any potential summer-related hazards, such as heat stress or increased outdoor activity. It’s also crucial to have robust data security measures in place to protect sensitive information – particularly with the rise of remote work arrangements.

Display your policies in common areas or on your company's intranet so they are easily accessible. Organize training sessions to educate your employees about your harassment and discrimination policy, workplace safety procedures, and data security best practices. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your internal policies, you may want to think about whether it’s worth hiring an attorney for your business.

5. Plan for the Future

No one knows what the future holds, and it's crucial to have a plan in place to protect your business and loved ones in case of unforeseen circumstances. To start, you should come up with a formal business plan. This is a written document that outlines a company's goals, strategies for achieving them, and the time frame for their achievement. It serves as a roadmap for business growth and a tool for securing funding.

Your business plan also outlines how your business will be managed and operated in the event of your death or disability. Not to be morbid, but life can change on a dime. What would happen to your business if something were to happen to you? Will your family be saddled with the business' debts and liabilities? Will your long-lost brother fight with your spouse for control of the business?

If you don't have one, consult with an attorney and write your will. If you already have a will but it doesn't mention your business, get it updated this summer. A will ensures your assets and business interests are distributed according to your wishes after your passing. Clearly identify who will inherit your business assets and designate individuals to manage your business operations in your absence.

As your personal and business circumstances change, revisit your will and business succession plan to ensure they remain up-to-date based on current laws and requirements. An experienced estate planning attorney can guide you through the process of creating or updating your will and developing a business succession plan. You can also use FindLaw’s free Do-It-Yourself forms to create your own will and other estate planning documents.

By taking these proactive steps this summer, you can ensure your small business is well-positioned for continued success and growth. Remember, a little planning and preparation can go a long way in safeguarding your business and setting it on a path for a thriving future.

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