Learn how to keep your new venture free from the risk of a lawsuit and how an LLC can help you ensure the safety of your business.
With New Business Comes Great Responsibilities
Are you planning on starting a new business or have already launched one? Then your first step should be to protect your business from any trouble with the law. As the owner of a business, it is your sole duty to do what you can to run your business effortlessly.
As soon as you start a business your first action should be to create a business continuity plan that will help you to limit the risk of getting into a lawsuit and help the business to recover in case you end up facing one. Initially, all businesses start small and it is important to have an attorney standby at all times.
Your best approach should be to avoid dealing in a business that can be stated questionable. Make sure to have good malware protection installed into your systems and do not forget to have liability insurance for your venture. Even though every situation will be under your control, you can still take steps to avoid the worst scenarios possible.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Running a Small Business and Avoiding a Lawsuit
If you want to be ahead of the game first you must first form an LLC. Don’t worry, we are going to explain how to start an LLC and what is its exact purpose.
1. The Purpose of an LLC
When you make an LLC (limited liability company) for your business you are creating a completely new and separate entity for your business. By doing so, all the business assets and the owner’s personal assets are separated to protect you from any lawsuit.
Along with this, you will have many added benefits like administrative and management flexibility, multiple tax options, and many more.
2. Forming an LLC
To initiate an LLC first you have to obtain a certificate of organization, commonly known as an Article of Organization. This is an official document that will be needed to file with the government department in charge of your business and officially gives permission for the company to operate as an LLC.
You can access the secretary of state website to find a form that you can fill in with the required information (electronically). Along with this, you will have to give your LLC a proper name for registration and a physical address of your office, as officials would want to check where your business is located.
3. Maintain the Image of Your Business
The one factor that keeps your business out of any question is its image. The way you speak about your business is very critical. That is why it is important not to start any business that is dubious to the general public.
The owners and employees of the business must make sure to avoid any public announcements or interviews where they might use offensive language by the slip of tongue, which is not appropriate.
Try and avoid any kind of conflict of interest as that can be bad for your business. After all, you don’t want defamation because of something you or your employee has done unintentionally that has nothing to do with your business but will drag it down.
4. Employ an Experienced Attorney
As soon as you start a business it is absolutely vital to hire an experienced lawyer. This will help you to get some expert advice or even guidance as to what action to take. Do some background research and interview the candidate before hiring one.
Choose a lawyer who is well acquainted with the local laws where your business is located and is an expert in this field. You can take references from other businesses that run in your area and find other sources that will provide you with the attorney who is best suited for your business.
5. Keep tabs on Your Systems
Modern-day technology encourages all businesses these days to use computer systems to run their organization, and this is also an easy means for hackers to install malicious viruses and attack your files. It is important to keep your files protected and to do so make sure to install anti-malware programs.
It is also important to train your staff to remain current with modern technology. They must have the skill to operate computers efficiently and to be able to identify emails or files that are malware and can possibly corrupt the files or expose the data of your business.
You should also have a team ready who will be able to identify and resolve such problems as soon as possible. Web security plays a crucial role in a company’s success, especially when you have rivals in the market.
6. Draw a Line of Margin Between Your Business and Yourself
You do not want to operate your company as a sole proprietorship because in case you get sued, your personal assets like home and car and all assets will be under the court of law.
You can avoid this possibility by putting your business under a trust, that way the owner’s personal assets will be kept separate from the assets of the business as a trust is a completely different legal unit and has its own tax returns. This way you can protect your house and other financial welfare from being seized by the court in case you get sued and lose your business.
7. File an LLC Now and Save Your Small Venture from the Future Mishaps
Now that you are well aware of how to keep your business running smoothly, don’t hesitate to initiate it. If you follow these steps, it will ensure that your business goes through the least amount of damage in the future and will hopefully step into a great success.
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I am Adeyemi Adetilewa, a media consultant, entrepreneur, husband, and father. Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Ideas Plus Business Magazine, online business resources for entrepreneurs. I help brands share unique and impactful stories through the use of public relations, advertising, and online marketing. My work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Addicted2Success, Hackernoon, The Good Men Project, and other publications.