With COVID-19 restrictions throughout 2020, too many bricks and mortar businesses have shut their doors in the Bay Area. However, many entrepreneurs are bouncing back and taking advantage of increased online shopping and activity as people conduct business from their homes. Having an online business might help ensure your company is more disaster-proof than having in-person operations when unforeseen incidents happen.
If you have an idea for an online company, you should discuss the matter with a business lawyer in San Francisco. We help clients launch all types of enterprises, and we can help you navigate this process.
Starting online operations is highly similar to starting any other type of business, minus finding the physical location. You still need to determine which business entity is the right one for your situation. If there is a chance you might face liability in the future, you should consider forming a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation over simply starting operations as a sole proprietorship. We can help determine which entity will best benefit you.
Selecting the right business name can be particularly important for online businesses, as you want to make sure that a URL is available that relates to your company name. We can help you search for already registered businesses with certain names and ensure you can properly register your business name and set up a recognizable URL.
If you will need help with business operations, you must consider employment issues in California. Will your remote workforce be employees or independent contractors? Will they have contracts? If you have employees, you must consider all California labor laws and remote work standards, such as reimbursing for reasonable business expenses.
The laws are highly strict when it comes to online privacy and security of e-commerce sites. We can help ensure you comply with all necessary measures to protect your customers and prevent liability on your part.
Primum Law Group is ready to help entrepreneurs adapt to the changing business landscape. Call 415.293.8042 or contact us online to set up an appointment to learn more.