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Protecting Your Business's Creations with a Patent

Patents allow the patent holder (in this case, your business) an exclusive right to obtain the full financial benefits of your business's patented invention before others are allowed to help themselves [more…]

Dealing with Zoning Laws for Your Home-Based Business

Zoning laws are, among other things, the government’s favorite way of trying to keep residential areas residential and business areas business. Local government's zoning laws make everyone [more…]

Finding Information about Licenses and Permits for Your Business

You can find a business license or permit for most any occasion. Which licenses and permits does your business need? The kind of licenses and permits you need really depends on in which city, county, and [more…]

How to Choose a Lawyer to Work with Your Business

Believe it or not, most lawyers are nice people, and a lawyer can help you start and maintain your small business. Any business — even a home-based business — needs an attorney on its support team. [more…]

How to Create a Strong Business Partnership

A partnership is when two or more people team up in the ownership and operation of a business. When a partnership works, the business will run like a well-played symphony. When it doesn’t, things will [more…]

How to Develop Good Relations with Your Employees

Your business's employees keep your business going, so it's important that you keep them happy and productive if you want your business to grow. The key to having a good relationship with your employees [more…]

Maintaining Proper Etiquette when You Visit Someone Else's Business

In the course of doing business, you'll likely have to visit other offices, warehouses, or showrooms in an official capacity. Whether you're buying parts, negotiating an advertising deal, or trying to [more…]

How to Effectively Compliment or Criticize an Employee's Work

Compliments and criticism are unavoidable in the workplace. Both cases point the way toward increased business success, so, from a managerial point of view, they are important tools for making your small [more…]

Interacting with Employees with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that employers make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. If your business hires an employee with a disability, you need to accommodate [more…]

Doing Business in a Multicultural Environment

Along with the cultural diversity inherent in the global marketplace comes confusion about how to behave. People don’t always know how to interact with others from different ethnic and racial backgrounds [more…]

A Woman's Guide to Business-Casual Dress

Business-casual dress codes have been established to allow employees (and employers!) to work comfortably in your business while still projecting a professional image on the job, with customers or clients [more…]

A Woman's Guide to Business-Formal Dress

If your business is formal, or for those formal meetings and presentations, you need the right women's formal business-wear. Get some women's suits and appropriate, conservative coordinates in your business [more…]

Defining Business-Casual Menswear

Business casual can be a tough assignment for some men. Although most men understand formal or business dress, they might have difficulty defining business-casual dress. One of the biggest reasons men [more…]

How to Build a Man's Business-Formal Wardrobe

For men, formal business attire means a suit of some sort, but dressing well means much more than just slapping on a suit. Look through the following tips to find out how to bring some class to your business-formal [more…]

How to Remember Names in a Business Situation

Remembering names and titles in a business situation makes a lasting impression. If you can master remembering the names of people your business deals with, you can present yourself with confidence and [more…]

How to Master the Business Handshake

What is a proper handshake? In a business situation, you’re expected to offer a firm handshake to your business associate or client. A firm handshake with good eye contact communicates self-confidence. [more…]

How to Use a Business Cell Phone Courteously

Cell phones have a place in today’s business world, but that place is somewhere private. If you’re using your business cell phone anywhere in public (especially for an important business call), find a [more…]

Business Voicemail Etiquette

A voicemail message from your business's top client could make or break your business, so provide an appropriate greeting on your voicemail system and get back to the caller as soon as you can. When you [more…]

Conference Call Business Etiquette

Some conference calls, for smaller business groups, consist of several people calling in to a conference-call line at one participant’s business office. That person conferences everyone together by pressing [more…]

How to Get Your Business Involved in Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing at many businesses today comes as affordable Web and videoconferencing software for Internet meetings. Some businesses still use old-style videoconferencing, but the Web is taking over [more…]

How to Keep Your Business Writing Clear and Professional

Clear business writing requires good grammar, spelling, and vocabulary and ruthless self-editing. You also need to make your business writing courteous, getting your point clearly across with civility. [more…]

Examining Standard Business Stationery Needs

Every business should have a variety of stationery for communications with customers and contacts. Each type of business stationery has its function, but all types of your business stationery should share [more…]

How to Format a Business Letter

You write most business letters with the intention of getting the reader to respond. Write your business letters with a clear purpose, making those letters error-free, friendly, and pertinent. All business [more…]

How to Format a Business Memorandum

Business memorandum or memoranda — also called memo or memos — are specially formatted written communications within your business. A memo's format is typically informal [more…]

How to Format a Business Invitation

At some point, you might have the opportunity to host a social business event. Make sure you send your business invitation promptly to leave time for the invitations to be returned — either accepted or [more…]

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