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How Small businesses Should prepare for the challenges in the New year

While many of us are thinking about how we can improve ourselves, It's also a great time for small business owners to self-reflect on the previous year's missteps and to course-correct for a smoother, more prosperous year.

 Although shoring up your company's preparedness for new year's challenges may not be the most exciting New Year's resolution, it can be one of the most critical.

Here are four ways Small businesses can go about preparing for the challenges in the new year:

1. Your Incorporation Resolution.

The New Year is one of the best times to incorporate -- with a filing date of January 1.
 You'll save time down the line because the business won't need to file separate tax returns for the unincorporated entity and the new C-Corp, S-Corp or LLC Or you can opt to file before the end of 2013, but with a delayed-effective filing date of January 2014. 


Doing so means you will steer clear from paying a yearly government tax for only a few weeks of service, enjoy faster processing without paying for it and give yourself some extra time to sort out your documentation.



2. Payment Plans:

Be clear with your customers about expected payment terms, and always ask for a second contact to use when sending invoices. 


Be sure also to establish a definitive due date, but count on at least some percentage of late payments when doing your financial planning. 

And remember that it's important to create a legally binding contract outlining your agreements,
 especially when dealing with vendors.


3.Get it in Writing.

Almost 40 percent of small businesses reported having legal problems with contracts in 2013,
either with negotiations or failure to collect payments. 


In an effort to prevent these issues, always put the agreed upon deal in a written contract that defines the scope of work, This will secure it better and Provide evidence.

4. Keep Good Counsel.

With so many small businesses facing legal and other Challenging issues, naturally,
 having a good business attorney or Adviser can mean the difference between success and failure.


 While you may not be able to afford to keep one on regular basis, tapping into online legal services and resources can help to mitigate costs while receiving necessary services.

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