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How New Startups Should Think About Legalities

Eileen O'Shanassy

April 13, 2017

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There are dozens of issues new business owners need to think about before opening their doors to customers. Office space, new employees, budgeting, taxes, insurance, legal representation, and many related subjects are on the minds on startup entrepreneurs everywhere. Having the name of a competent accident lawyer can be a good first step for owners who want to minimize their legal liability in the case of a lawsuit. There are at least three major legalities new business owners should think about before doing anything else, planning-wise: insurance, license/permits, and zoning laws for their particular office space.


Liability insurance is one of the first things a new business owner should think about. It is typically inexpensive and easy to purchase from a licensed, local agent. Even a small product liability lawsuit in Seattle or against a business owner can cost thousands of dollars. Without an appropriate insurance policy, the expenses could put a company out of business.

Licenses and Permits

New business owners always need to check with local authorities about the licenses and permits needed to operate in a specific region. These regulations vary greatly from area to area, so it's a good idea to speak with a business attorney about specific situations.

Zoning and Office Space

Where a company can operate and whether a particular parcel of land is "zoned for business" is a primary concern for new owners. Many residential areas allow businesses to operate out of homes, while other neighborhoods have extremely strict laws about who can sell what and where they can do so. There is no reason to ignore zoning laws because cities and localities will eventually catch up with owners who have ignored the local regulations. Smart entrepreneurs always check to see the zoning requirements of their prospective office space.

In addition to all the common legal situations that new businesses face, there is always the question of obtaining new customers and making a profit. Entrepreneurs who are venturing into the world of establishing a new business should make certain to have both bases covered. It helps to keep two priorities, making money and legalities.


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