Starting your own business brings on the opportunity for major self-growth, as well as a ton of individual revenue for yourself. The idea of being your own boss is something that entices people, as well as excites them. But before you start allowing customers to line up at the door, make sure you’re prepared on the legal end of things, and you’re covered for the unexpected. Here are a few things to look out for.
When it comes to starting a business with someone you know such as a friend or family member, it’s important to understand what exactly is on the line. While many state that you should always stay away from this venture, that doesn’t mean it won’t work. What you should have are clear guidelines set before anything happens, and legal representation to solve any disputes that might come up.
Whether you have a set of stairs in your restaurant or a hot wing eating challenge, it’s important to make sure you’re covered for anything that might come up during this time. If that requires guests to sign a waiver before they attempt the food challenge, you must do it. For these legalities, make sure you’re consulting a lawyer to help draft the document and make sure that there are no holes, and you’re taken care of.
Whether you’re being sued for something that happened inside or outside the restaurant, again, representation is everything. It’s your job to make sure your business is successful, and their job to make sure that everything is legally operated. Should an issue arise, they’re the person to handle the issue, while you continue operations. In this situation, the best offense is a good defense — and at times, you might need that.
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