A blog about making your business leaner, faster and smarter

How to Keep Great Employees

  I’ve had a variety of great (and interesting) jobs over the past two decades since I’ve entered the workforce and I’ve learned a lot from both sides of the desk. I’ve also had the spectrum of amazing bosses from those who were Yoda to my Luke Skywalker to those who after one year I didn’t just walk out the door, I ran away as fast as I could and left a me-shaped hole in the wall. 

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You May Subject to HIPAA Regulations and Unaware of It

On those unfortunate occasions where you have to go to the doctor’s office (especially at this time of year with cold and flu germs swirling around like a Nor’easter), you have the confidence of knowing that your privacy is protected with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

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Do I Really Need a Startup Lawyer?

“Any time is a good time to start a company.”   – Ron Conway, Noted Startup Investor, SV Angel (and investor in UpCounsel) Most of the time, when entrepreneurs startup a new company, the founder(s) begin on a shoestring budget of their own cash or a small seed round from friends & family or an angel investor or two. You have a great idea, a plan to launch and grow your business, and a modicum of courage to pursue your dream, but until a steady stream of revenue comes in, money can be quite scarce to allocate to nothing short of growth. 

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Technology, Gen-Ys and the Evolving Workplace

  For the first time in my life, I am on trend. Nope, it has nothing to do with my over-processed hair, compact SUV, or my non-existent fitness schedule. I’m a work-from-home freelance employee who relies on social media. 

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Small Business, Big Ideas: Why You Need a Patent Attorney

  The 80’s was an amazing decade. Big hair, Brat Pack movies, parachute pants, and George Michael all left an indelible mark on my then young and impressionable psyche. Now, as I look back with a different perspective, I also remember how cool the Japanese culture was to me (my mother is Sansei, third generation Japanese American which makes me… um, fully American.) Movies like Michael Keaton’s Gung Ho and Ralph Macchio’s Karate Kid only emphasized the cultural, economic, and technical influences that pervaded the American culture.  

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Some of the Best Jobs of 2015 are in Technology

  The tech industry has long been a major player in the startup world. Low overhead, endless potential for online clients and a billion dollar industry are just a few factors that put computer geeks into the entrepreneurial category. It’s no wonder why three out of the top ten U.S. News and World Report Jobs of 2015 on this list are in technology. 

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UpCounsel Launches in Massachusetts

  We’re very excited to announce that we have officially launched in Massachusetts! To all of the businesses and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts that have trusted in us for many different types of legal services over the past few months – We thank you! It’s been an incredible experience to be able to help connect so many businesses that have unique legal needs with the best attorneys to help them within their budget, everyday here at UpCounsel. It’s what motivates our team day in and day out to provide a more valuable, efficient, and personalized legal experience for businesses. 

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Should My Startup Sell Securities?

  A New Year can’t help but bring with it a fresh outlook, challenging goals, and a willingness to test unchartered waters. As you are assessing your small business and planning for 2015, you may be considering whether or not your company should delve into the world of securities and stocks. It’s quite complicated, so here are a few basic points for you to ponder before making this important decision. 

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How Obamacare Will Affect Your Taxes This Year

When filing your 2014 taxes this year, you must be aware of a certain change that can affect how much you owe the government. This is the first year in which Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, will be taken into consideration in your tax filings. 

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Will Immigration Reform Really Happen in 2015?

  Like most political issues, it is nearly impossible to not have an opinion about the current illegal immigration situation (hence the ongoing battle in Congress). While immigration reform is still a hot topic in the news, will there be any resolution in 2015? 

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