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The Ultimate Business Law Guide; A;Cheat-Shee; to Preventing and Resolving Business Conflict

By JamieD
Published: July 27, 2010

One of the most important skills a business owner must master is how to defuse conflict and alleviate problems. For this reason, we've created this 'ultimate guide' as a go-to resource to help you resolve business conflicts as quickly and effectively as possible.

Since the Community launched early last year, members have posted countless questions and concerns about how to properly start and run a business. One topic that comes up time and again is how to prevent and resolve business conflicts; including clashes with competitors, lenders, landlords, disgruntled customers, former partner- the list goes on an and on. Below, w-ve summarized our top blog resources that offer practical tips to effectively resolving your business conflicts and getting back to business.

Anticipate issues before they become problems...

The best way to protect your business is by preventing small issues from becoming big problems. Here are some tips to help you minimizing the potential for conflicts when operating your business:

Four Ways to Effectively Anticipate and Handle Customer Complaints - It's inevitable that nearly every small business owner will have to deal with customer complaints in their day-to-day business life. Most complaints come when you least expect them, so it's important that you and your employees are prepared and empowered to respond in an attentive and professional manner. Read this article for tips that can help you develop a fair and equitable customer service policy that keeps you and your customers happy.

How to Avoid a Bad Business Partnership' And Your Options if You Find Yourself in One - One of the first steps of starting a business is determining what business structure is right for you. If you're not going in as a sole proprietor, a business partnership is a popular option. A business partnership is like a marriage - it takes a lot of hard work to keep it together, but if done correctly, can be very rewarding. Follow this quick guide for tips on how to keep your partnership healthy and what your options are if things take a turn for the worse.

Selecting a Small Business Accountant - Many small business owners do their finances and taxes on their own, so you may ask: why should I find an accountant? If you try to handle all finances on your own, yo're more likely to have a problem in the future. If you proactively seek assistance from an experienced accountant, yo're less likely to encounter a financing error down the road.

Human Resources 101: A Quick Guide for Employers - To protect your business and your workers, employers must have a solid understanding of federal and state labor laws. This article provides a quick overview of Business.go's employment, labor law, and benefit information' covering everything from wages to discrimination.

Attempt to resolve your problems'in hous'...

No matter how well you prepare, inevitably there are issues that arise that you never saw coming. When this happens, do your best to solve problems in the most effective and cost efficient way.

Resolving Business Conflicts' Options Beyond the Court Room - Heading to court to resolve business conflicts can be costly, time consuming, and even damage your business's reputation. If you're facing disputes with an employee, customer, vendor, or partner, you have conflict resolution options beyond litigation. Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is a popular method of settling differences through arbitration or mediation. Depending on the severity of your situation, you may choose to consult a small business lawyer and proceed through the courts or go with one of these alternative options.

Setting the Record Straight with the IRS: Fixing Tax Errors, Handling Disputes & Avoiding Audits - Getting your tax return right the first time is something all business owners and individuals strive to achieve. However, an incredibly complex and ever-changing tax system means we all make mistakes, even the IRS! While it's impossible to address the countless number of human and computer errors that can impact business taxes, this article sheds some light on how to correct common tax mistakes, while providing guidance for handling tax disputes and tips on preventing an IRS audit.

If that doesn't work...

Although many see taking legal action as a last resort, sometimes it's necessary. If find yourself in this position, make sure to find good representation and understand the court system.

Need a Lawyer? How to Find Legal Representation for Your Small Business - Whether you find yourself grappling with an employment issue, sparring with a business partner, or just need some guidance on filing the proper paperwork, you may need to turn to a small business lawyer. It's pretty easy to search for lawyers online or in the phone book, but that can be a frustrating and fruitless process. There are many factors to consider when hiring a good small business lawyer and we've complied a few tips to get you started.

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