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Starting a Short-Term Rental Business

Starting a Short-Term Rental Business

Short-term rentals are nothing new. For decades, homeowners have been renting out their properties in touristy areas to earn income. But with the advent of platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO, there has been an explosion in short-term rentals, including many in areas...

Is My Electronic Signature Valid?

Some of us remember when, to sign a document, it was necessary to print out the form, physically sign it, scan the signed document, and then send it as an email attachment. Electronic signatures have made this process all but obsolete. Nowadays, for most transactions...

Balance Sheets: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

A balance sheet is a financial statement that provides a snapshot of a company’s financials at a specific time. Also known as a statement of financial position, a balance sheet shows what the company owns that can be converted to cash (assets), its debts and financial...

Legal Considerations for Creating a Cooperative

A cooperative (co-op) is a business entity owned by—and operated for—the benefit of its members. There are several types of co-ops, and they are found in a variety of industries, from agriculture and the arts to finance and electricity generation. While their...

Purpose and Profits: A New Emerging Business Structure

It is a long-held capitalist axiom that businesses exist solely to make a profit. Typical for-profit corporations are legally required to act in the best interests of their shareholders, which means maximizing profits—often at the expense of other considerations. In...