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Friday, February 13, 2009

Legal Aspects of an Online Home Business

Guest post by: Pasi Kaarakainen

Before starting an online home business, there are some legal aspects you should be aware of. You really do not want to loose your business because of some legal matter. If you are not familiar with them, it is possible that your web site get closed down because of some legal controversy. Let's talk about some things you should know prior to starting a business online.

Before you sign any contracts or agree to any terms with an online program, you want to make sure you read it carefully. It is vital you understand what you are signing and what limitations there are to the document being signed. You really do not want to sign some document only because you do not completely understand it. In this case it is recommended to ask a lawyer or accountant what unclear parts mean.

One thing you should consider when starting a business online is whether you want to incorporate your business. By incorporating your business at home, you can benefit greatly with tax implications and other areas. You can also be looked up much higher by other companies or people if your business is incorporated. Though, it is not free and not all people can afford to do so. That is why it could be more reasonable not to incorporate in early stage of your business. You can do it later when the business is running smoothly and is profitable.

As you start your online business and begin to develop products, you are going to want to decide whether or not to trademark and patent various products and documents. Do you want to copyright your web pages and their content? Do you want to trademark the products you promote and sell? While it will cost you money to do so, it can potentially save you a great deal of money from other businesses stealing your ideas.

Lastly, make sure you are familiar with the different internet laws that are in place. You do not want to get in a bind by stealing someone else's content when you were unaware that it was copyrighted. You also need to be careful about plagiarizing content that you see on the internet. Just know that something as small as purchasing a domain name can have trademark infringement if you are not careful.

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement and be overwhelmed with the responsibilities that come with an online home business. However, it is vital you read up on the different internet laws and understand what is legal and what is illegal. You do not want to get into a bind and lose your business.


About the Author:

Pasi Kaarakainen runs a website with legitimate online home business opportunities
and resources. Visit his site today and learn the best ways starting an online home business of your own.

3 comments:

Karen O'Bannon said...

This is very good information. It's easy to get swept up in the idea of having a business without considering the business aspect and/or all of the ramifications associated with it. Thanks for the post.

Eileen Williams said...

As with your other posts, you provide valuable and solid information for those of us contemplating an Internet business. I am a real beginner at this and always turn to your wonderful blog for advice. Thanks for being there!

Kristine Sheehan said...

Pertinent information even for the online business that's been around for a while! Thank you for sharing.