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Top 2018 Small Biz Legal Tips Roundup

By Christopher Coble, Esq. | Last updated on

It was a volatile year for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Many are still sorting through new tax laws, trying to figure out where the market is going, or mitigating the impact of tariffs and trade wars. And between new minimum wage and overtime laws, private contractor regulations, and the #MeToo spotlight on workplace sexual harassment, it's been quite a litigious year as well.

So here's a year-end roundup on some of our most popular legal tips for small businesses from 2018, and how to get ready for a big year ahead.

1. Small Business Owners: Beware the Frivolous Lawsuit

Litigation can drag your budding small biz to a grinding halt. So how do you distinguish between legitimate legal threats and others just hunting for a quick money settlement? Here are a few ideas, beyond hiring the best counsel you can find.

2. Drafting Enforceable User Agreements and Liability Waivers

Often, a good contract can avoid all that costly litigation. But not all contracts are enforceable in court, and the difference between a good liability waiver and one that gets tossed aside can often be a few choice words or phrases. You'll likely need a good lawyer to know the difference, but here are some quick tips and how to recognize an enforceable user agreement in the wild.

3D printers are getting more and more advanced, meaning the business opportunities supplied by 3D printing are exploding. That also means regulatory regimes are expanding as well. Here's what you need to know.

4. Best Practices for Your Business's Dress Code

Corporate culture over the last decade has moved on from formal business attire to a more casual atmosphere. But how casual is too casual? And are there certain dress code requirements that go too far? Find out here.

5. How to Reduce the Risk of Cybercrime for Your Small Business

More and more companies are conducting business on the internet. And more and more cyber-criminals are using the internet to target businesses large and small. Not only do you need to protect yourself, but your customers and clients as well.

6. What to Do When a Non-Employee in a Coworking Space Harasses Your Employees

The 21st century office has expanded beyond the cubicle and into cars, cafes, and coworking spaces. And some of the same office issues have followed it, along with your requirement to keep your employees safe.

No one wants to go out of business. Here's how to go out right.

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