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How to Take Your Business to the Next Level

If you have a business and are planning to take it to the next level, there are a few steps you can take to do so. These include:

  • Getting a celebrity to endorse your product
  • Working with other businesses to have a marketing campaign that benefits both products simultaneously
  • Drawing in new customers by altering the demographics to which you are marketing
  • Improving the product to create better reviews which will, in turn, generate more revenue
  • Going international

Going international can cause your product or service to grow at incredibly high rates. Instead of generating more sales in just one country, you’re increasing sales all over the world!

With any luck, millions of people will now be able to see your product on the shelves no matter where they are. Now, there are a lot of factors to consider when branching out into another country. Here are just a few of them:

Make sure your product or service is relevant to the other country.

What is useful in one country may not be needed in another. Before making such a huge jump to another market, check to see that people will actually be able to use what you’re selling.

Make needed adjustments to account for any cultural changes.

Certain fashions won’t fly in certain countries, and the same goes for a host of other things. Slight alterations in a product line may pose a small upfront fee, but the care taken in doing so can make it attractive and usable to markets other than your own.

Don’t forget to account for the different fees incurred with branching out.

Going international is going to be pretty pricey at first. Costs include hiring a new team of people, creating a marketing campaign to wow the audience, export fees, and of course, taxes. Taxes are going to be the number one expense that you have to take care of correctly.

Doing business in another country means spending money to make money. And it also means dealing with a ton of import and export fees. THEVOZ Attorneys, LLC understand that making sense of all these rules and regulations is a difficult task. That’s why they can help. No matter what you do, always consult an attorney before going international.

If you get caught up in the swing of things and fail to handle the tax side of the business properly, you can wind up in a lot of trouble. Nothing ruins the rush associated with starting a new business or growing a current one quite like the fines associated with tax fraud.

That is if you’re lucky enough to only get off paying fines. A lot of people who get caught by the IRS for doing something that they shouldn’t end up having to do time in the big house.

Even though that’s a worst-case scenario, take the right steps to file all the tax information properly so that there’s absolutely no chance of that happening to you.

Learning that Strict Liability is a Thing

Recently, I was reading about injuries caused by defective products and was surprised to learn about the concept of strict liability. So I know that for many personal injury cases, the victim of the accident can seek compensation from the person that caused the accident.

My understanding thus far hinged on the knowledge that the person being sued had in some way, through negligence or carelessness, caused the accident. Because that person was careless and not doing or accounting for something they should have been accounting for, it left someone else worse off. In this way, the conduct of the defendant matters a lot in establishing responsibility.

In the case of strict liability, the conduct of the defendant does not matter. They could have done everything that they needed to in order to clear the product to be sold, but if it poses an inherent threat to consumers, strict liability dictates that they are ultimately responsible for those injuries.

If a company makes housewares and they don’t test their products properly, when the products later harm the consumer, the company is on the hook for the injury. According to the site of William J. Luse, Myrtle Beach Personal injury lawyer, accident victims shouldn’t be left to cover their expenses if their accident was caused due to no fault of their own. Simple enough.

However, strict liability takes this concept even further, mentioning that even if the company did everything in their power to ensure the product’s safety, the company can still be held legally accountable if a consumer is injured while using their product.

Apparently, strict liability became a legal option in order to help victims who were having trouble winning their cases. Victims who were clearly injured for using the product correctly were not able to achieve favorable legal results because proving that the manufacturer behaved a certain way was too difficult.

In order to successfully win a strict liability case, the victim and their lawyer must be able to prove that the condition of the product was unsafe as sold, the manufacturer did not intend for any changes to be made to the product before it reached the consumer, and the victim sustained physical or property damage as a result of using the product.

The blame for product liability cases can fall on multiple parties which include the product manufacturer, the distributor, or the retailers. A lawyer is useful in determining if one or a couple of these parties can be held responsible for the harm caused by the product. In the chain of production and distribution, there are plenty of things that can go awry so having some perspective from a seasoned lawyer is typically helpful in making a useful determination.

How to Deal with Bad Creditors

The old story goes that some people just dont pay their bills. They try to get something for free, or they extend their finances too far, and they end up dragging businesses and other creditors down with them.

This view of credit is so strong that many people dont realize that often, its the creditor who is acting in bad faith, and it’s the creditor who needs to be brought in line.

There are plenty of reasons for why creditors act poorly. They may be under some financial strain themselves and so may fudge their numbers and place the blame on others to avoid repercussions to themselves. They may also simply do this out of practice without any particular strain. Others may just get tired haggling over a debt and try to force the hand of the debtor to pay what the creditor wants.

In the end, it doesnt matter what the creditors motivation is. What matters is that it can ruin the debtors credit, which can make their life incredibly hard.

It can make it impossible to get loans, raise mortgage payments, or find a place to rent. These are serious risks, and particularly awful when the person hasnt actually done anything wrong.

So, what should you do if you are confronted by bad faith creditors who are placing the blame on you? Try these tactics to get your credit returned to the level it should always have been at:

Keep track of everything

This is crucial. If your creditor is mistreating you and trying to ruin your credit or manipulate your debts, you need to keep as much evidence as possible. Keep track of all paperwork that comes your way and keep it organized. Keep track of every payment you make and whether it meets minimum payment expectations. Keep track of all your communications with the business.

That may also include recording calls with the business. Simply tell them upfront (as they tell you when you wait on hold) that youre recording the call for your own records.

Keep in contact with the creditor and demand explanations

If you see that there are some irregularities in your debt or you are noticing problems with your credit, always contact the creditor and demand an explanation. Do so in writing and by phone. Ask for written explanations of everything and again, record phone calls. This will help establish what has been happening.

Explain what you are doing to the creditor

Tell your creditor you are going to contact other professionals and experts to review how they have handled your credit and debts. This may be enough to resolve the problem on its own without requiring the last and most drastic step.

Contact a lawyer

If you are unable to resolve the dispute on your own, it is time to contact a lawyer who can help you. Go with a lawyer of good repute (in my area of Alabama, for instance, Greenway Law, LLC is spoken highly of on this account) that can guide you through the necessary steps and can take on the creditor to return your credit to the level it should be at.

My serious injury story

I’m bored, laid up in the hospital, and I’ve decided I want people to tell me some stories. To be thematic, I’m looking for people to tell me about their most serious injuries. Let me throw mine out there to start:

I was riding my bike down the street. This is a nice suburban street, mind you, with a 30 mph speed limit clearly posted. I was riding off to the side of the road because my town doesn’t have bike lanes. All of a sudden, some guy flying down the street in his SUV clipped me and drove off. I wish I’d gotten the license number, especially after the story I’m going to share after mine, but I was too shocked. I broke my arm and lost a pretty decent amount of blood on the side of the road before a good samaritan called 911.

I’ve been in the hospital the last couple of days healing up and making sure that knock of the head I got wasn’t too serious (thankfully, I was wearing my helmet). And getting bored, laying around, I asked the guy next to me about his story. What did he do to end up in a hospital bed?

What’s amazing is his story was actually really similar to mine. He was on a motorcycle, not a bike, and got edged off the road by a truck changing lanes. The truck kept going.

The guy’s injuries weren’t that serious, but the one area where he was much smarter than me was he was smart enough to get a license plate number.

I was pretty impressed by his state of mind at that moment, but he said he was prepared for such things.

Because you ride a motorcycle, I said.

No, because he’s had family that had serious injuries before, and they made a bundle off of it. The guy had an uncle who received some spinal cord damage due to an incident at some shop, a spill or something that led to a fall or something. He was a little vague on the details there, but he was crystal clear on the result. The poor uncle was impaired for life, but he was also suddenly a rich man.

It’s an interesting trade. Would you rather be impaired somehow for life and get rich off it or else keep your health completely and have to continue struggling?

There are lawyers for this type of stuff, and as far as I can tell, they tend to have more than a few multi-million dollar cases each, which means it’s not that rare this stuff happens.

So, now I want to know, what’s the worst injury you’ve ever had? Was there an upside? And would you take that deal (some impairment for a lifetime of riches) or not? How much would it take to make the deal worth it?

Get back to me soon so I can have some interesting reading while I recover. Then, I have to go bike shopping.

But more on that next time.

Deadliest Car Crashes: Rollovers

Rollover accidents are not exactly the first things that come into your mind when it comes to deadliest car crashes. You are probably thinking about speeding, drunk driving, and street racing as the main culprits, and that is totally justifiable. But you shouldn’t overlook rollovers, because they are just as deadly.

But what is a rollover anyway? A rollover accident happens when the vehicle turns on its side and “rollover,” hence the name. According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., those who have suffered injuries in rollover accidents caused by someone else may have legal options.

Common Causes

Momentum from turning – When a vehicle is traveling at a high enough speed and suddenly makes a turning maneuver, it may have enough momentum to counter the turn and end up rolling over.

Elevated crash – A vehicle crashing from an elevated space can rollover because of physical forces. Examples include a vehicle crashing from the highway onto an embankment and from the freeway onto an adjacent road below.

Broadside collision – A vehicle getting hit in the side with enough force by another vehicle may rollover. The best example is a broadside collision in an intersection, when one vehicle runs the red light and crashes into another that has the right of way on the adjacent road.

High center of gravity – Some vehicles are more prone to rollovers than others, such as those with high centers of gravity. These are the vehicles that are both long and thin, like trucks and vans.

Dangerous weather condition – External factors like weather can also cause a vehicle to rollover. The most dangerous culprits are ice, rainwater, and snow on the road, because they can make a vehicle lose control. If the vehicle’s poor control ends up in a turning or braking maneuver, with enough force, it can rollover.

Dangerous road condition – Another external factor is the road condition. Slippery roads and road defects like cracks and potholes can cause a vehicle to rollover, in the same manner as how weather conditions affect roads and chances of accidents.

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