A few days ago, a first-time entrepreneur contacted me, asking that I advise him on such issues as employees vs. independent contractors, equity compensation, and the like. As we exchanged e-mails, however, I could see that there were fundamental business issues to which he had not given sufficient consideration.
I wrote that, in my opinion, the he didn’t need a lawyer – he needed a management consultant or business advisor to help him solidify his business model and prepare a business plan. I recommended that he start with the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was thrilled – he called the SBA and made an appointment to visit them the next day.
Bottom line: A lawyer can help you get your business off the ground – but, first, you should have a reasonable idea of where that business is going and how it expects to get there.
Dana H. Shultz, Attorney at Law +1 510-547-0545 dana [at] danashultz [dot] com
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