Startups

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Copyrights (Part 1)

Do you know what you can protect, how to secure your rights, and what constitutes copyright infringement? If not, then these three posts are for you! This post one covers what you can protect; part two explains how to secure your rights; and part three will explore copyright infringement. What is a Copyright A copyright is just [...]

How to Negotiate a Contract

“Everything is negotiable.” Ok, well not everything, but many things are. Here are nine tips to help you negotiate your next contract. To begin, you should note that if a contract contains errors, or simply doesn’t meet your expectations, you should raise your concerns and negotiate new or modified terms that are mutually acceptable. [...]

W9s & 1099s – What Freelancers & Entrepreneurs Should Know

It's easy to confuse W9s and 1099s so here's a primer on what entrepreneurs and freelancers should know. A Little Background In the ever growing freelance economy in Kansas City, more and more people are being paid as independent contractors rather than as traditional employees. When you are paid as an employee, your employer reports [...]

Trade Secrets 101 – What Entrepreneurs Should Know

Protecting your trade secrets is becoming more and more important for startups and small businesses. Here's what you should know. Unlike the other forms of IP, which are primarily protected through federal laws, trade secrets are primarily protected through state laws. That means every state maintains their own trade secret statutes. However, most of them [...]