[Baypiggies] Business Discussion

Dylan Reinhardt python at dylanreinhardt.com
Fri Jul 23 00:41:28 CEST 2010

It's always a good idea to get more education on the relevant issues.


When it comes time to actually set up a company, do not do this yourself.
Have a lawyer do it.

Incorporation papers are pretty much boilerplate law, but you want to have
the name of a law office on your legal records. Nothing says "sue me" like
announcing to other lawyers that you are unrepresented.

In a more philosophical sense, consider that you're trying to make a living
selling expertise. If you don't believe in paying other people for their
expertise, you'll have a very difficult time understanding how to sell your
own. DIY thinking is a professional weakness, not a secret weapon.


On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 2:31 PM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:

> There has been talk recently about how to be a Python contractor. One of
> those decisions is what type of legal entity would you like to be (Sole
> Proprietor, LLC, Inc., S-Corp...etc.)
> Here is a notice that I received from IEEE -- the registration is *now* and
> the talk is tomorrow. So, if you are interested, you should respond
> immediately...
> *
> Legal Documents 101: *
> *Operating a Successful Consulting Practice*
> You are clearly an expert in technology, science and math. But you probably
> haven't had the time to learn about contracts and non-disclosure agreements,
> incorporating your business, or what kind of insurance you need or how to
> collect on late payments.
> Join the IEEE Consultants Network of Silicon Valley  to learn the answers
> to these questions from top legal experts in the field, Jonathan Sweet, JD
> and Lonnie Finkel, JD, as the Consulting Practices Program presents:
> Legal Documents 101: Everything You Need to Know to Operate a Successful
> Consulting Practice
> *Main topics include:*
> Contracts/Agreements - what to watch out for, and what to avoid
> Sub-contracts - between two consultants or a consultant and a corp.
> Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA's)
> Collecting payments - when to stop work, and how to charge interest on late
> payments
> Incorporating your business (Inc, LLC, S-Corp, etc.)
> *Participate in person or online:*   Learn more and Register Here<http://www.SwiftPage4.com/SpeClicks.aspx?X=2W0VQUFDHVHD6LMA00ZAWF> or
> at:legaldocs101-SFBAC30721.eventbrite.com<http://www.SwiftPage4.com/SpeClicks.aspx?X=2W0VQUFDHVHD6LMA01ZAWF>
> Date:             Friday July 23, 2010
> Time:             8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
> Location:       Cogswell Polytechnic College, Sunnyvale, CA  (Hwys 101 &
> 237)
> Directions:    http://www.cogswell.edu/directions.htm
> (http://www.cogswell.edu/directions.htm)
> *To register and for more info please visit *Register Here<http://www.SwiftPage4.com/SpeClicks.aspx?X=2W0VQUFDHVHD6LMA02ZAWF>
> *Registration closes Thursday, July 22nd at 6 PM.*
> *About the speakers*
> Jonathan Sweet, JD works for business clients on litigation and
> transactional matters. He is the author of two books on the subjects of
> contracts and avoiding litigation, and he has taught law courses at Lincoln
> Law School of San Jose, San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University
> of San Francisco (USF). Jonathan has created a Risk Management Video that
> addresses some important contractual issues.  He lectures regularly for
> Lorman Education Services on transactional and litigation matters.  Jonathan
> received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1978 and his JD from USF in 1985.
> Lonnie Finkel’s law practice encompasses transactional, litigation and
> regulatory matters on behalf of business enterprises and individuals. His
> transactional practice focuses on the formation of new business enterprises
> – including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies – and
> counseling clients on the proper governance of those enterprises. He holds a
> BA from UCLA, an MP from the University of Virginia and a JD from American
> University’s Washington College of Law. Mr. Finkel is licensed to practice
> law in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
> http://www.finkellawgroup.com/Lonnie_Finkel.php<http://www.SwiftPage4.com/SpeClicks.aspx?X=2W0VQUFDHVHD6LMA03ZAWF>
> *Learn more and *Register Here<http://www.SwiftPage4.com/SpeClicks.aspx?X=2W0VQUFDHVHD6LMA04ZAWF>
> *NOTE: Registration closes on July 22nd at 6 PM*
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