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Small business kit for dummies
Harroch, Richard D., 1953-
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
xvi, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.).
General Note:
Includes index.
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HD62.7 .H378 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Millions of Americans own their own businesses, and millions more dream of doing the same. But starting your own business is a pretty complicated matter, especially with all the legal issues and paperwork. This updated edition of the top-selling small business resource is chock-full of information, resources, and helpful hints on making the transition from a great idea to a great business.

If you?ve got a great idea for your own business, you need the kind of straightforward advice you?ll find here ? the kind of advice you?d normally only get from business schools and MBA courses. Small Business Kit For Dummies, Second Edition covers all the basics on:

Recent tax law changes Balancing your finances Hiring and keeping employees Effective management strategies Accounting fundamentals

In addition to the basics of business, you?ll also find top-class advice on more advanced business basics, like business plans, the ins and outs of contracts, and using the Internet to expand your business. For entrepreneurs large and small, this comprehensive resource offers authoritative guidance on all your biggest business concerns, and offers unbeatable advice on such topics as:

Choosing your business structure ? from LLCs to S corps How to develop and write a standard business proposal Going public, issuing stock, and keeping a stock ledger Raising capital and understanding securities laws Bookkeeping standard practices Tax basics for small businesses Handling the paperwork for new hires Designing employee compensation plans Working with independent contractors and consultants Patent and copyright protections Dealing with the Press

In addition, the book includes a CD-ROM full of helpful resources ? forms, contracts, and even sample versions of the most popular software for small businesses. With Small Business Kit For Dummies you?ll find all the tools you need to get your small business up and running ? and keep it running for years and years to come.

Author Notes

Richard D. Harroch is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in representing start-up and emerging companies, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. He is listed in Who?s Who in American Law and is a corporate partner in a major law firm in San Francisco. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of U.C. Berkeley and graduated from UCLA Law School, where he was managing editor of the Law Review . He has edited or co-authored a number of legal/business books, including Start-Up and Emerging Companies: Planning, Financing and Operating the Successful Business and Partnership and Joint Venture Agreements .
Richard was the chairman and co-founder of, one of the premier Web sites for small businesses. He was also the founder, CEO, and chairman of LawCommerce, Inc., an Internet company dedicated to providing products and sources to the legal profession.
He has lectured extensively before various legal and business organizations, including the American Electronics Association, the Venture Capital Institute, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, Law Journal Seminars-Press, the California State Bar Business Section, the Corporate Counsel Institute, the San Francisco Bar, and the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).
Richard has served as the chairman of the California State Bar Committee on Partnerships, the co-chairman of the Corporations Committee of the San Francisco Bar (Barristers), a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, and co-chair of the Law Journal seminar in New York on ?Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances.?
Richard has experience in the following areas: start-up and emerging companies, corporate financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, venture capital financings, employment agreements, IPOs, leases, loans, online and Internet matters, license agreements, partnerships, preferred stock, confidentiality agreements, stock options, sales contracts, securities laws, and mergers and acquisitions.

Table of Contents

Part I Starting Up Your Business
Chapter 1 Choosing Your Business Entity
Chapter 2 Business Plans
Chapter 3 Organizing a Corporation
Part II Money Matters
Chapter 4 Raising Capital for Your Business
Chapter 5 Bookkeeping and Accounting Basics
Chapter 6 Small Business Tax Basics
Part III Employee and Consultant Issues
Chapter 7 Employee Hiring Tools
Chapter 8 Motivating and Retaining Employees
Chapter 9 Avoiding Employee Problems
Chapter 10 Independent Contractor and Consultant Agreements
Part IV Bulletproofing Your Business
Chapter 11 Key Contracts
Chapter 12 Legal Issues
Chapter 13 Protecting Your Ideas and Inventions
Chapter 14 Avoiding Customer Problems
Chapter 15 Real Estate Leases for Your Business
Part V Spreading the Word
Chapter 16 Web Sites, Your Business, and You
Chapter 17 Press Releases and Dealing with the Press
Part VI The Part of Tens
Chapter 18 Ten Ideas to Make Your Business More Successful
Chapter 19 Ten Great Web Sites for Small Businesses
Chapter 20 (Almost) Ten Great Publications for Small Businesses
Appendix: What's on the CD-ROM
End-User License Agreement