Don’t Grow Broke – Why So Many Business Owners Don’t See the Rewards from their Business

Whenever you grow your business, you spend money before you know the results, or return on that money (i.e. sales). The faster you grow and the more you grow -- the faster that growth sucks cash out of your business! There is only one place money can come from to fund growth, your profits. So your growth can’t exceed the money you have available in profits or you start to “grow broke.”  Watch our Law Firm Read More

What you can cut and what you must never cut! Dynamic vs. Static Overhead

When you agree to follow the Profit First system in your business, you decide right then and there to let the business struggle so that you don’t have to. The next step is to make a plan for how your business will no longer struggle, but survive and thrive! How does your business survive? There are two ways. One way is to cut the waste in your business (and make sure you’re cutting the right waste). Watch our Law Read More

Where your Profit is, and how you can be profitable tomorrow . . . and forever

In Profit First you take a percentage of dollars off the top of all revenue that comes in. Before you do anything else, before you pay for anything in the business, you take your profit, first . . . and the business must live on what’s left. A question that we’ve found a lot of business owners asking is, Where is the profit? What they’re really saying is, sure taking a percent in dollars off the top of every Read More

Introducing . . . Profit First Fridays!

In this 12-week series, we share the changes, big and small, that you can make in your business to 1) increase and stabilize your profits, 2) see and manage your cash flow more proactively, and 3) slay the cash eating monster that stalks owners of small businesses. First off … let’s talk about “profit.”  Lately, that word has become charged within the business community. How you see profit, and how you Read More

Trade Secrets 101

The world of intellectual property (“IP”) is often an enigma to the general public.  While creations of your mind, works of authorship, names/symbols used in commerce, and various know-hows are likely the most valuable assets of your business, there is still a fairly limited understanding by business owners about different forms of IP.  We regularly receive questions from our clients regarding trademarks, Read More

Is Your Business a Cash Eating Monster?

Where are my business’s profits going? What part of my business is eating up all the cash? Can I continue to operate my business this way? We frequently hear these questions from clients we represent - not only entrepreneurs and startups, but from businesses of all sizes. Businesses are created and sustained from a desire to provide products and services that benefit others. In return, businesses should provide their Read More

What does it mean to be a data-driven law firm?

At CLARK.LAW, we pride ourselves on being a “data-driven” law firm. The use of data in legal practice is a foreign concept for most lawyers, but it is gaining popularity. Leading edge firms are utilizing data to improve efficiency, ensure consistency, control costs, more accurately predict case values and outcomes, and better serve their clients. Here are four examples of how we use data in our business: Making Read More

Truly Mind Boggling

In February, regional banks BB&T and SunTrust announced they would join forces to become the sixth largest bank in the U.S. This merger is the largest since the 2008 financial crisis, with the new entity becoming the sixth largest bank in the U.S. with around $442 billion in assets, $301 billion in loans and $324 billion in deposits.  Earlier this month, the merging banks announced that “Truist” will be the name Read More

My Trademark Search Results Revealed a Conflict – Now What?

Almost every new trademark engagement at our firm involves one or more trademark searches.  Some might argue that the search phase of a trademark project is the most important. A properly conducted trademark search reveals information that should be used to design a company’s trademark strategy.  Assuming the search was well-designed and the results correctly analyzed, I can’t think of a better way to predict a Read More

One Woman Said

People talk.  Sometimes they speak the truth, and sometimes they share what they believe to be true.  There is a three-letter acronym in the Russian language, OBS, that stands for what would be translated into English as “One Woman Said.”  It refers to widely believed misconceptions like sitting on a stone will unavoidably trigger a cold or vaccinating your child may cause autism.  Believe it or not, there are plenty Read More