What common legal issues do small businesses often overlook?
It's better to be safe than sorry. List down the problems that small business owners often ignore or are unaware of that have legal repercussions, and then end up roping in a lawyer until it's too late.
A common legal issue for small businesses is getting their business structure right. Sometimes its really easy to just start a business without thinking about the legal structure. One thing leads to another and you end up with a mess of who owns what. This has legal risks to you and your business and also immediate tax implications. Before starting a business, you should obtain advice from a lawyer and an accountant.
Initailly the corrrect business structure and then ensuring your credit aplication form and terms of trade are in order.They must be fair and comply with consumer law .This will help avoid disputes arising when money is owed or goods are faulty.
If renting premies have your lease checked see if it needs to be a retail lease and wether you can get some months rent free.
You may also need policies and procedures depending on the nature of your business
It is importand to update these every year
You should also have a succession plan as to wahat happens when you retire and dont forget a Will which would include your business as part of your assets
Get legal advice before doing anything