How Do I Start Operating a Small Business in San Jose

If you are interested in working for yourself and you believe you have a good idea for a business, it is important to understand what is involved in becoming an entrepreneur.  Starting a new business is more than just coming up with a plan for a product to provide or a service to offer. You need to know the legal rules for operating your company in San Jose and you need to ensure you do everything possible to protect yourself from financial loss and make your organization a success.  If you … [Read more...]

How Much Money Will I Need to Start a San Jose Business?

Starting a new company requires a capital investment to cover initial operating costs. The amount of money necessary to start a new company will vary depending upon the goods or services to be provided and the other initial expenses associated with getting the organization up-and-running.  It is always best to try to reduce costs when a company begins its initial operations in order to minimize the potential risk of loss. An experienced San Jose corporate lawyer can help you to make an … [Read more...]

Forming a Corporation Can Protect Business Owners from Liability

When starting or growing a business, owners must understand the legal risks they are taking on. To make a smart investment in a business, you should explore ways to minimize potential legal liability, limit losses and protect your personal assets.  A San Jose corporate startup lawyer at the Law Offices of Mike Ross can assist you in exploring legal options to protect your financial and legal interests. Forming a corporation can protect business owners from liability, and an attorney can help … [Read more...]

Is It a Good Idea to Have a Buy-Sell Agreement?

When starting a new business, it is essential that you plan for the future. When your business is a partnership or there are multiple owners, a part of planning for the future is to consider what will happen if any of the co-owners want to leave the organization or sell their interest. A buy-sell agreement can protect you in case of the death, divorce, disability or departure of a co-owner of your company.  The agreement can also ensure you are able to depart the business with your investment … [Read more...]

Should I Start a Small Business in San Jose?

Starting a small business is a dream for many people.  When you own your own business, you can set the terms of your work conditions and you are solely responsible for the company's success and failure.  You don't have to answer to anyone, and you can earn a living doing something that you enjoy. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and you may be able to achieve great economic success. However, there are also considerable risks, as Forbes reports that as many as 80 percent … [Read more...]

How Long Does it Take to Get a Small Business Started

The amount of time it takes to start a small business is going to vary depending upon many different factors.  If you need to get business licensing or want to incorporate before you start running your company, the process will take longer. If you intend to just begin providing a product or selling a service as a sole proprietor, then you could begin your business tomorrow.  The Law Offices of Mike Ross has extensive experience with small businesses and startup companies. Getting advice from … [Read more...]

What is a business plan and do I need one?

When you start a business or want to grow your company, you need to have a plan for how the business is to succeed. When creating this plan, you need to think about your company’s legal obligations; your business finances and the goals for your business.  Creating a business plan can be a daunting task, but the Law Offices of Mike Ross can help. Our San Jose small business attorneys have extensive experience advising startups, new businesses getting off the ground and established companies … [Read more...]

How do I Begin if I Want to Start a Small Business

Many people dream of being their own boss and running a successful company. Being an entrepreneur is a great way to make a living and there are opportunities for success for those who have dedication and a good idea.  However, you need to make informed choices when starting your small business so you will be on the path to success.  The Law Offices of Mike Ross represents startups, small businesses and established companies on all of their business law needs. Our San Jose small business … [Read more...]

Differences Between a C Corporation and an S Corporation?

Both a C corporation and a Subchapter S corporation allow you to operate your business as a separate legal entity. This provides you with protection from personal liability for corporate debts or if the company is sued. However, there are some fundamental differences between C corps and S corps that people forming a business need to be aware of.  The Law Offices of Mike Ross can provide assistance to individuals starting a business or to companies that want to begin operating as a … [Read more...]