[Courses] chapter three: Running A Business- support professionals

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Wed Aug 14 21:32:20 EST 2002

Even a lone freelancer with no staff needs a professional support network. At 
a minimum, a certified public accountant and a business attorney. (I don't 
know what CPAs are called in other countries: you want the highest level of 
accountant with expertise in taxes)

Taxes are the single biggest drain on business revenues. A pro who can advise 
you on minimizing your exposure without going to jail is invaluable. Tax laws 
are ridiculously complex and continually changing- it pays off handsomely to 
have a pro do them.

A good business attorney is equally invaluable. Some business owners try to 
skate by on the cheap, using legal software, or boilerplate forms from the 
office supply. This is such a mistake! A good lawyer will advise on what 
legal forms and contracts you need, and will write them to suit your needs.  
Never ever sign anything without legal review.

Where do you find these paragons? See chapter two. These are people who will 
have access to intimate details of your life, and you must feel comfortable 
asking 'stupid' questions. A really top-notch CPA or attorney can be a good 
source of business referrals.

Again, I highly recommend the Small Business Administration, and SCORE 
(Service Corps of Retired Executives). SCORE is retired old codgers giving 
great advice for free. Never be too proud to seek lots of advice! The SBA is 
huge treasure trove of resources and services. You already paid for it with 
your taxes- take advantage.

Carla Schroder, Bratgrrl Computing
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