From Growing Up On A Farm To Founding Twitter

by Tim Jahn on May 13, 2014

Ev Willams, founder of Twitter

I’m from Chicago, the third largest metropolitan area in the US, so I’m used to big. Big buildings, big traffic, big airports, a big lake, big beaches, big festivals, big weather. But for some people, big means something a bit…

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Why Classification Matters [Infographic]

by Christine Mortensen on May 6, 2014

Contractor vs. Employee

Whether you’re hiring full-time staff or freelancers, you need to know how to classify workers to the satisfaction of the IRS – or possibly pay for it later. Conversely, if you’re offered a job but the company insists on paying…

What to Look For in a Startup Lawyer

by Tricia Meyer on May 2, 2014

What should I look for in a startup lawyer?

Q: “What should I look for in a startup lawyer?” An early stage startup company has different needs than most businesses, so it’s important to find an attorney that understands this in order to help protect the business from the…

What to Consider Before You Sign an Office Lease

by Christine Mortensen on May 1, 2014

What to Consider Before You Sign an Office Lease

Making a bad decision when it comes to choosing office space can have negative repercussions for any business, including loss of customers and a big impact on your bottom line. As many landlords prefer three to five year leases, it’s…

Lessons from Shark Tank: Stupid Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

by Guest Author on April 22, 2014

Lessons from Shark Tank: Stupid Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

As you might know, Shark Tank is a show on ABC where entrepreneurs pitch their product to investors in front of a live audience. While most of us will never pitch to investors on television, the pressure we feel in…

Legal Matters: What Are the Benefits of Where You Form an LLC?

by Christine Mortensen on April 16, 2014

Heather Harper

We asked our community what legal questions we could have answered for you and Heather Harper, who is speaking at our upcoming Law Summit on May 3rd responded: What are the benefits of forming an LLC in Illinois vs a foreign LLC…

Wrongful Termination or Rightful Firing? A Business Owner’s Perspective

by Guest Author on April 16, 2014

Wrongful Termination or Rightful Firing? A Business Owner’s Perspective

Hiring employees can be fun and exciting.  You bring a great new person on board and you’e excited about showing them the ropes.  But, as we all know, not everyone who shines in an interview is quite as impressive on…

The Top 5 Signs You’re Being Overlawyered

by Guest Author on March 27, 2014

How to Avoid Paying for Unnecessary Legal Fees

How to Avoid Paying for Unnecessary Legal Fees  Some people fear dealing with attorneys for the same reason they fear dealing with mechanics. If you’re not a car expert yourself, you tend to worry that the mechanic may take advantage…

The Hidden Danger Being a Solo Entrepreneur

by Melanie Grillet on March 25, 2014

Solo entrepreneur on phone

So I’ve achieved my dream of owning my own business, helping people through our coaching, and having an entirely free and mobile lifestyle. It’s AWEsome. I love it so much, I’m fueled daily to work on my business from the…

Explainer Videos 101

by Guest Author on March 24, 2014

Explainer Videos 101

1. What is an explainer video? Explainer Videos. Ok, by now you’ve probably heard this term a million times. Especially since, as an entrepreneur, you’ve worked hard mastering ways in which to get the word out on your company’s product…