Are verbal contracts enforceable in Texas?

Verbal Contracts When you are a small business, there’s a temptation to do business somewhat informally. Sometimes, this means you don’t fully document your transactions. Often this is because you have an existing personal or business relationship with the client and think a written contract isn’t necessary. Such a “handshake deal” (sometimes while enjoying a […]

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Expect the unexpected

A Professionally Drafted Contract Can Save You In business, things rarely go as planned. It’s important to protect yourself against unexpected results or worst-case scenarios. One way you can do that is through the use of professionally drafted legal documents and contracts. Don’t be surprised Issues are especially likely to come up when only one […]

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Attorney vs. chatbot advice

Can an attorney be replaced by a chatbot? A “robot lawyer” chatbot, available in all 50 states since July, is promising to help you sue Equifax for the data breach without hiring a lawyer. I wrote about the data breach last week, and pointed out the controversy over the arbitration clause that has since been resolved. […]

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The Ruby Chocolate Trade Secret

Mmmm… chocolate! There’s now another type of chocolate! A Swiss chocolate maker has produced a new type of chocolate from the Ruby cocoa bean. The new ruby chocolate, developed by Barry Callebaut (whose chocolate is excellent for making desserts), joins dark, milk, and white as chocolate varieties. Callebaut has not disclosed how it is produced. […]

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Do what you love

Is it time to start your own business? I read with interest a thought-provoking piece about Elon Musk, written by someone who knows him well. He asserts that neither money nor intelligence are necessary to be successful. At first glance, this seems obvious. After all, there are thousands and thousands of people successful in the […]

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Do You Have Business Advice to Give?

Have you started your own business? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Then share your advice! We are in the process of creating a Startup Business Advice Hub, where people can come and learn what it takes to start their own business and see what others have done to succeed. We have different categories of […]

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How to Name Your Business

In many ways, one of the most important decisions you will make when starting a business involves exactly what you choose to call it. Your name is hugely important to the future of your organization—it immediately creates an image in your customer’s mind about who you are, what you offer, and (most importantly) what you […]

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The Top 7 Ways To Fund A Texas Startup

Access to proper funding is ultimately what makes or breaks startup businesses. You may have perfected an exciting new business idea, but that idea isn’t going to go anywhere without the proper funding in place. Fortunately, there are more ways for aspiring Texas entrepreneurs to raise money today than ever before. It can be difficult […]

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If Texas Businesses Were Texas College Football Teams

School is now in session and the 2016 college football season is officially underway. We thought we’d channel our excitement into relating college football teams to what we know best: Texas business. There’s a whole lot of sport in every business. The grueling hard work, the strategies and leadership employed, the competition faced, and the […]

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