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...]

What is a Non-Profit Corporation?

A non-profit corporation is a business that is organized to serve a beneficial public purpose, rather than to make money for owners and shareholders. While a nonprofit can make money, that income is invested back into the business rather than paid out to its owners or investors.  Forming a non-profit corporation can allow you to take advantage of beneficial tax rules and can make it easier for you to obtain donations and grants to accomplish your aims. The Law Offices of Mike Ross can assist … [Read more...]

What Factors Should be Considered in Choosing the Type of Business Form for My Business?

When choosing the appropriate type of business form for your business, there are a variety of different factors to consider. An experienced attorney can help you to assess your options and advise you on the best business form.  Your attorney can also help you with the process of officially incorporating, forming a partnership or Limited Liability Company (LLC) or obtaining the necessary business licenses. The Law Offices of Mike Ross has extensive experience with start-ups as well as with … [Read more...]