Program Meetings include featured speakers or panelists, announcements, updates, and, of course, time for networking.
Meetings are free for SD/PEN members and $10 for nonmembers.
Whether you are a member or not, take this opportunity to attend the next SD/PEN Program Meeting and network with professional editors.
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Note: program topics and presenters are subject to change.
For every freelancer, making the right choice of legal form is an important component of managing business risk. Operating a business without a legal entity — that is, as a sole proprietorship — is a common choice for many freelancers. A sole proprietorship is simple, cheap, and flexible. But it also leaves the freelancer personally liable for the debts of the business. Some freelancers might benefit from forming a legal entity that offers limited liability to its owners, such as a limited liability company or corporation.
Business attorney Alex Bennett will cover the legal basics of legal entities to help participants decide whether one is right for their business. He'll discuss the kinds of risk that a legal entity can help freelancers manage, and he'll go over the basic differences between sole proprietorships, LLCs, and corporations in California, including how they are formed and managed. Bennett will also talk briefly about other important topics, such as taxes, branding, and contracts, that factor into the decision of whether to form a legal entity.
Alex Bennett is a business attorney with over ten years of experience in the legal industry. He is also a freelance editor and writer and an SD/PEN member. Prior to starting his editing career, Alex formed and administered legal entities for a major Silicon Valley law firm and a renewable energy company in San Francisco. Today his legal practice is focused on working with small businesses, including freelancers.