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03 chapter three: Support Professionals

Even a lone freelancer with no staff needs a professional support network. At
a minimum, a certified public accountant and a business attorney. (I don't
know what CPAs are called in other countries: you want the highest level of
accountant with expertise in taxes)

Taxes are the single biggest drain on business revenues. A pro who can advise
you on minimizing your exposure without going to jail is invaluable. Tax laws
are ridiculously complex and continually changing- it pays off handsomely to
have a pro do them.

A good business attorney is equally invaluable. Some business owners try to
skate by on the cheap, using legal software, or boilerplate forms from the
office supply. This is such a mistake! A good lawyer will advise on what
legal forms and contracts you need, and will write them to suit your needs.
Never ever sign anything without legal review.

Where do you find these paragons? See chapter two. These are people who will
have access to intimate details of your life, and you must feel comfortable
asking 'stupid' questions. A really top-notch CPA or attorney can be a good
source of business referrals.

Again, I highly recommend the Small Business Administration, and SCORE
(Service Corps of Retired Executives). SCORE is retired old codgers giving
great advice for free. Never be too proud to seek lots of advice! The SBA is
huge treasure trove of resources and services. You already paid for it with
your taxes- take advantage.


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