2018 Tips for Entrepreneurs (by someone who’s been one for 30 years)

It’s a new year and I have a good feeling that 2018 is going to be an exciting and prosperous one for all of us. For those of you doing business online, I invite you to take a close look at these business/legal tips that will help keep you safe and avoid legal problems over the course of the upcoming year.

First, please make sure to keep your business efforts and liabilities (yes, doing business creates liability) separate from your personal life and assets. What this means is that you must do business as a Limited Liability Company or Corporation and not as an individual, sole proprietor, or in a partnership (I hate partnerships- too much liability).

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The Best Holiday Gift For the Entrepreneur In Your Life!


The holidays are here! What are you getting the entrepreneur and online business owner (EOBO) in your life?

Here’s a suggestion. How about something that every EOBO needs but probably doesn’t have? How about a unique and thoughtful gift your EOBO can’t live without, whether he or she knows it or not?

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Sexual Harassment on Social Media and the #MeToo Movement

Over the past three years, I’ve had about a dozen people reach out to me about being sexually harassed relating to their social media businesses and platforms. With more and more brave victims coming out to share their #metoo experience, I thought this post needed to get written.

Social media conference attendees have contacted me about after hours “one on one” business meetings turning into sexual assaults. Two spouses have reached out for help in protecting their rights after finding out their husbands went “Weinstein” at a conference. On the other side of the coin, I’ve also had multiple people reach out who were wrongfully accused of sexual harassment and assault at social media conferences.

While names like Weinstein, Franken, Moore, Trump, Louis C.K., Ratner, and Spacey (just to mention a few), are what most people hear each night on the evening news, I believe we have similar problems in our social media communities. Although I haven’t heard about anyone I know on social media being banned from the local mall, I am seeing some bad dudes doing bad things to women. I have a feeling you have too.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a big deal. I also think it’s a problem for many people doing business on social media. Although the offline laws do not apply in the same way to this online misconduct, I don’t think it’s difficult to notice the similarities in the end result. Because I’ve always thought that conversation is good, I want to start a conversation and encourage more dialog with you about sexual harassment on our social media business platforms.

One more thing. Almost all of the incoming calls I get concerning sexual harassment involve female victims. As such, I’m writing this post with them in mind. Please keep in mind that I understand that anyone can become a victim when it comes to sexual harassment.

Also, please note that while I am a California lawyer, I’m not your lawyer. No legal advice is being given in this post. What I am trying to do is give you something to think about. I want to give you some ideas and tools to be part of the solution and to help fix this problem.

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How To Save a Ton of Money Setting Up a LLC or Corporation

Properly setting up a new LLC or Corporation is much more than just filling out a few forms. In fact, a substantial amount of time, strategy, and planning is required.

If you follow me online, have watched my interviews or listened to me speak from the stage, you know that I insist that all my clients do business online as either an LLC or a Corporation. In this video, I show you an easy way to create your LLC or Corporation the right way and to keep it running safely year after year.

You can do it yourself, keep your fingers crossed and hope you make all the right decisions. Or, you can get an experienced lawyer to counsel you and help set everything up. After you create your new business, this same law firm will be there to help keep things running smoothly year after year.

My suggestion is to get a LegalShield membership (less than the costs of a cup of coffee each day) and have your lawyer help you set things up. I use LegalShield to protect my family and business interests and you should do the same. Visit http://MitchJackson.org for more details or to get your protection today. While you’re there, check out the LegalShield Identity Theft Protection. Pro Tip: If you are a home based business, look at adding the inexpensive business rider. Again, go to http://MitchJackson.org

Three Important Business Documents Online Businesses Need!

During my interviews and speaking engagements, I often talk about 5-7 specific things I believe most online businesses need to do to safely do business. In this video, I share three “sets” of documents that compliment my earlier tips.

If you’re doing business on the digital platforms, sit down with an experienced lawyer and review how you can incorporate these documents into your daily business efforts.

1. TOS Agreement (includes disclaimer, liability, warranty and venue clauses)

2. Sales and service contracts documenting transactions

3. Return and guarantee policies

If you need an experienced lawyer to get the above done, do what I do. Get a LegalShield membership, save money, and start doing business the right way. Details at http://MitchJackson.org