Office Talk

What Do Those Trademark and Copyright Symbols Mean and Do I Need Them?

Those trademark and copyright symbols you see - ®, TM, SM, © - sometimes they might as well as read like hieroglyphics. What do they mean and should you be using them? That's the question from Monique, who asks:

I have a slogan that I intend to register as a trademark, but I haven't done so yet. What's the difference between all those symbols - ®, TM, SM, © - and should I use it for my slogan? 

Find out the answer to that question including their proper use and placement in this video:






Is an Electronically Signed Contract Valid?

In today’s office talk, I’m going to be answering a question that has come up a few times during my workshops and webinars. The question has to do with contracts and electronic signatures – more specifically is an electronically signed contract valid?

Watch the video to find out.  In this video, we'll cover:

  • Is an electronic signature valid? (1:27)

  • What is an electronic signature? (2:25)

  • Can e-signatures be used for all documents? (3:07)

  • One more tip (04:33)

That's probably more than you've ever wanted to know about electronic signatures. {wink}




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What is a DBA and Do I Need One for My Business?

This post is a double whammy – we’re going to be talking all about DBAs. In particular there are two questions that come up from folks about DBAs

1)   What are they and do you need them, if  at all?

2)   And what do you do if you want to have one business entity with multiple lines of business?

In this video, we'll cover:

  • What is a DBA (Doing Business As) and do I need one for my business?  (0:54)
  • Why do I need a DBA? (1:45)
  • Things to Consider Before Filing Multiple DBAs for a Single Entity (02:16)
  • How to file for a DBA (04:02)

What's Right for Me - an LLC or Sole Proprietorship?

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from small business owners is should I run my business as an LLC (Limited Liability Company) or a Sole Proprietor. There are so many decisions facing you as a small business owner and choosing your legal entity is one of the big ones.  In this episode of Office Talk, I'm going to compare the pros and cons of each and address six questions you should ask yourself to determine which business structure is best for your business.

In this video, we'll cover:

  • What is a Sole Proprietorship? (1:17)
  • What is a Limited Liability Company? (2:56)
  • Questions to Consider Before Choosing Your Business Structure? (5:57)