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Important HR needs in your business

As your business continues to grow and you hire more employees, you are likely finding yourself taking on more roles within the business, particularly the role of the human resources representative. Whether you hire someone for this position or manage the department yourself, much of what HR does is preventative, from the interview process through the completion of separation surveys.

It may seem overwhelming, but through HR proactivity, your employees know their rights and responsibilities, and you have clear guidelines within which to act. Therefore, it may benefit you to take a close look at your HR department to ensure there are no gaps or oversights that may come back to bite you in the event of a dispute or accusation.

What mediation can do for your small business

If you own and operate your small business for any length of time, you will more than likely end up in a dispute with another business, a vendor or a customer. In many cases, the dispute can be resolved with minimum fuss.

In other cases, however, the dispute seems to only grow and fester. You or the other party involved may begin talking about litigation as a way to resolve the issue. Fortunately, there is another option that could work out better for all of the parties involved: mediation.

How important is your business model?

In Texas and throughout the nation, entrepreneurship is the wave of the future. In fact, many people are choosing to forgo post-secondary education in favor of stepping right out into the deep to give their business-related dreams a try. Some people are better prepared to launch such ventures than others. Creating a successful business may be your current dream, or, are you one of the lucky ones who has already brought your dream to fruition? Either way, you're likely familiar with the topic of choosing a business model.

If someone asked you to rate choosing a business model on a scale of importance with one being insignificant and unnecessary and 10 being absolutely crucial to entrepreneurial success, how would you score it? Hopefully, it would score high.

Do I need a contract for new hires?

The success of your business is something for which you have worked hard. However, with more business comes added responsibility. Among those responsibilities may be hiring more employees to learn about your brand or your particular way of offering a service.

Bringing new workers into the company may also bring questions about protecting your brand, preventing misunderstandings and reducing the possibility of legal trouble. Perhaps you are considering implementing an employee contract to accomplish these goals.

Protect business interests when a special someone is interested

If you worked long and hard to build a business in Texas, you most likely understand how crucial it is to protect your interests. Like other business owners, you live a dual life. There's your professional side, and then there's your personal life. Building, launching and sustaining a business takes a lot of time. Many business owners will tell you they don't have much time for private lives, but most try to fit a little rest and relaxation into their schedules from time to time.

Perhaps you were able to do so and finally met that special someone. Maybe you were even lucky enough to find a partner who fully supports your entrepreneurial efforts and is willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary to help keep your business afloat. As the two of you consider marriage, you might want to think ahead and be as prepared as possible for any curve ball life may throw at you one, five or 10 years from now.

What's next? Planning your exit from your small business.

Successfully owning and operating a small business is part of the American dream for many people. As a Texas business owner, you know the challenges that can come from being your own boss and navigating the complications of entrepreneurship, but that should not stop you from thinking ahead to your future.

It is easy to have your complete focus on the present to the point that you forget to think about what will happen in the future, but succession planning is important. Regardless of the type or the size of your small business, you will find peace of mind in knowing that you have planned for contingencies and protected the interests of your loved ones.

Partnerships on the rocks

Maybe you were friends since high school or you met in a university business class. Wherever your partnership began, it blossomed into the business arrangement that has served you successfully for years. Lately, however, you and your partner are not always seeing eye to eye.

With some foresight, you may have drafted a partnership agreement early in your business relationship. That agreement can guide you as the two of you make decisions about the direction in which you want to go. If no such agreement exists, you may want to consider how you can protect your interests in case the disputes escalate into a storm.

A merger is a complicated legal process

Whether in Texas or elsewhere, companies that combine typically do so with the purpose of benefiting all parties involved. A business merger is a complicated legal process. If you choose to pursue a merger as a company owner, it will take careful planning to ensure a smooth execution.

Are non-compete agreements enforceable in Texas?

Non-compete agreements are a popular way for businesses and companies of all types and sizes to protect their intellectual property and trade secrets. Employers can ask new employees to sign contracts that would only take effect after the employee-employer relationship ends. While there are a variety of reasons why non-compete agreements can be beneficial, they should be carefully worded and drafted with the help of an experienced attorney.

In some cases, a non-compete contract can become the center of a legal battle between a person and his or her former employee. The court may closely scrutinize these contracts, and, as an employer, you would benefit greatly from experienced guidance when developing this type of contract.

Why non-compete agreements are important to your small business

If you run a small business in Texas, you may have the goal of building a staff that is like an extended family. You hope to hire employees who are enthusiastic and reliable, and you want them to feel that you trust them. This may be one of several reasons why you may be reluctant to ask your new employees to sign a non-compete agreement.

However, a non-compete contract - or any covenant that restricts competition - may be valuable to a small business in many situations. Much like a prenuptial agreement does with marriage, the non-compete contract can minimize complications and costs if an employee leaves your company.

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