Reading fine print or creating legal documents might be your favorite past time, but probably not if you own a massage therapy practice.
As a massage therapist who perhaps is owner or sole proprietor of your business, there are policy and paperwork realities to face. You need legal coverage. You need protections. But, you can’t afford fancy lawyers, nor can you read all the fine print yourself. Thank goodness for the internet!
We’ve put together this collection of free or affordable online legal resources for your small business needs. If you’re a DIY type of guy, you will dig this list. If you just want to get a better lay of the land and search for an affordable attorney, this list is for you as well.
Small Business Association
SBA.gov has a massive amount of information for small business owners. They have all of the legal licenses and permit forms you’ll need for your business. Furthermore, you can find helpful articles, blog posts, and resources for best practices for small business. Join a SCORE chapter or find Small Business Development Centers from this site, as well.
NOLO is a great legal resource for the do-it-yourselfer. Nolo began publishing do-it-yourself legal guides in 1971. In the 40 years since its founding, Nolo has evolved with technology, developing do-it-yourself software and building Nolo.com into one of the Internet’s leading legal websites.
Trying to figure out pros and cons of forming an LLC, and then want to just do it? NOLO has a great tool for getting your LLC started, with a step-by-step online process. Check it out here: How to Form an LLC
FindLaw is one of the most popular legal resource website, with articles, guides, forms, and “find a lawyer” search tools.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
NFIB is a leading small-business advocacy association. Even if you aren’t a member, you can find business resources tailored specifically for small businesses. Their legal resource page is nicely structured.
LegalZoom has resources for starting your business and running your business. You can also find help with personal routine legal needs, like making a will or designating powers of attorney.
Legal Shield has an interesting model because it offers low monthly fees and continuous legal coverage. When you need help, you don’t have to worry about expensive hourly fees. Some of the small business services include:
- Legal consultation on unlimited matters
- Business law expertise
- Contract and document review
- Debt collection assistance
- Legal correspondence
- Trial defense services
Rocket Lawyer is a beautifully organized website and it makes the list for that reason, but also because it’s called ROCKET LAWYER. How cool is that?
You can get a comprehensive list of legal forms and documents here. Connect with a lawyer for a quick question, or get started on a guided process for making a legal document.
In 2011, the President issued a challenge to government agencies to think beyond their organizational boundaries in the best interest of serving America’s business community, and start thinking and acting more like the businesses they serve. He directed the creation of BusinessUSA, a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.
It certainly behaves and plays much nicer than your typical government website, so they have that going for them.
This online legal group offers a three-tier pricing structure for legal services. Work with them remotely to save time, money, and environmental impact. They only work with small businesses.
I think their approach works well for the massage therapy community: “We don’t have fancy offices, but we don’t think you’ll miss the leather chairs. We limit our environmental impact by traveling less and working remotely when possible. We operate like a small business… because we are one!”
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. The network is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and with the help of more than 11,000 volunteers they are able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost.
The legal section of the site has a boat load of great resources.
Don’t forget about legal resources through your professional association memberships! ABMP Silver Legal Plan offers basic legal services to ABMP members and their families. Members receive free initial consultations about any legal matter and a 20% discount on services. Find more information and benefits right here.
Do you have a favorite online legal resource that you trust? Share your tips and comments below!
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