What licenses do I need to start an Online Business? [updated April 2012]

An online business is no different from any other business when it comes to licenses and permits.  Depending on the type of business you conduct, online or offline, you may need certain permits and licenses from three different authorities: the Federal Government, your State Government or your local authorities. Federal Government permits and licenses are rarely necessary, except for...

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“Terms and Conditions” may work for your Business

If you are in a line of business where you repeatedly have to enter into agreements with your customers and the basic terms of those agreements rarely change, you may want to consider the adoption of "General Terms and Conditions." Rather than having every contract spell out all terms and conditions, your individual contracts with customers could be rather short and refer to your...

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How to use Special Terms in your LLC’s Name

As you may know, there are naming rules (Section 204 NY limited liability company law) when it comes to choosing a name for your LLC.  Most  names are o.k. if not already taken by somebody else, but some terms are tricky and require special dispensation. For example, try filing articles of organization for this LLC:  "Life Exchange, LLC".  You will get a nice letter...

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How to Amend a Contract

When you enter into a contract (or agreement, same thing really) you cannot possibly foresee all future developments of the relationship that is governed by that contract.  As a result, you may find yourself in a situation where you have to amend an existing contract. How do you amend a contract?  By entering into a new contract, which provides for the terms of the amendment. ...

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