Business Basics: Business Website

Your business needs a website – end of story. In 2014, only 53% of small business had an active website, and yet 97% of consumers reported searching online for products or services. That discrepancy is absolutely insane! The most commonly given reason for not having a website is that the business doesn’t need one which is far from true: a small business without a website will fail to reach a huge part of its website So if you don’t already have one, you need to start building a business website now. We can’t tell you what to put on that site, but we can help you plan it out by covering four things your site should have.

Domain Name

This one is pretty obvious – you need a domain name if you’re going to build a site. Anyone without a site is already late to the game, but as long as your business’s name isn’t too common – i.e. John Smith Flowers or Jane Smith Tires – you should be able to grab a domain name that’s fairly close to your DBA name. However, if you’re too late and your desired domain is taken, you can choose a domain that doesn’t directly match your ‘Doing Business As’ name. You just need to remember that it’s now your job to make it clear what business your customers are dealing with, so make sure your DBA name is clearly seen on your site.

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Business Basics – Copyrights

Protecting your intellectual property is a vital part of protecting your business. Your intellectual property will essentially define your brand – the very element of your business that consumers associate with all of the goodwill you’ve built into your business. We’ve already talked about trademarks, but this week we decided to look at the other half of intellectual property protection; the copyright. So what exactly is a copyright? And what does registering a copyright even protect?

Copyright Symbol

Copyright Symbol

What is a copyright?

Copyright protection actually dates all the way back to the advent of the printing press. After its invention, it was much easier to copy and sell books. But the printing press also meant that rebellious literature could also be produced much more quickly. This, combined with the threat to the livelihood of the creators of the works being printed, meant the government began to license shops with the right to print copy – and thus the copyright was born. As the decades passed copyright protection became more about protecting the artist, and less about stifling rebellious text, and today we continue to use copyright protections to enforce the rights creators have to their work.

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Dealing with Copyright Infringement: What Should You Do?

In a corporate environment, a great deal of published content is produced for the benefit of employees and customers. Ideally, another corporation or individual wanting to use written content or images published by the company would contact them for permission to do so. But this doesn’t always happen, resulting in copyright infringement.

The overwhelming amount of content and images available on the internet leads some to believe that they can use someone else’s published work without permission and get away with it. As a corporation, the benefit of having extra eyes and ears can make it easier to stay on top of issues such as copyright infringement. The more content a corporation publishes, the more likely they are to face copyright infringement at some point.

When, and if, it should occur, it’s helpful to know what steps should be taken to deal appropriately with the situation.

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Guest Post: What Sorts of Copyright Laws Apply to Music in the Workplace?

At one time, when the terms “public,” “music” and “business” were combined, it meant one of three things: Muzak, a jukebox or a live musical performance. Now we’re surrounded by all kinds of music in public venues each and every day. Public music is so ubiquitous that the relative silence of a library is almost shocking in comparison. With Spotify and Pandora on hand constantly, we’re been conditioned to go through life with a perpetual playlist streaming in from our iPods. When planning the ambience for your establishment, you’ll probably be busy thinking of what type of music would work best for your customers – such as sitar music in a spa or chill beats in an urban café – and price shopping for speakers that provide smooth sound. But before you purchase a speaker system, take a step back and think about where that music is going to come from and the kinds of copyright laws you need to abide by to play these songs. Continue reading