Before hiring a firm you need to check their references. If the firm is established and well liked, they will give you a list of references to contact. If you are satisfied, once they are checked out, then you can start using the firm to help you with your taxes. If a business has been around a long time, they are probaly legit, but check out the references anyway. Bypassing this step could be a fatal mistake.
Our two political parties are controlled from the top down. Wards, precincts? Gone. All but non existent. Local parties are ghost images of their former selves. The parties are controlled by image makers, professional ad men, marketing strategic planning facilitator . . . and these people are the tools of politically connected corporations. The formal party structures are empty hollow shells- all but meaningless- dumping grounds for loud mouths and trouble makers at this point. Want to defang and neuter someone who is challenging the status quo? Make him the Party Chairman. There he can scream and pound sand all day long to his heart’s delight (and to the delight of the true believers). His actual power though? About zero.
Be sure to check the consultant’s availability. Whether you need the consultant immediately or not for three weeks, you need to make sure that he or she has the days open to work with you. Remember, consultants work with a variety of companies, and they need to schedule their time. If you plan ahead, you can ensure that they are available when you need them.
Licenses. As you will be operating a legal business, you would want to get appropriate licenses that are required by your city or state of business. Do your research or hire a lawyer to determine all the requirements that you must complete before you will be allowed to legally operate your new business.
You want to make sure to check whether they use long term link development techniques. Google is a good way to search this information out. This will let you see what is on their site as well as other sites they have done service for in the past.
The first step is to work on a plan to sell the business. Theoretically, this plan should be started the day one becomes an owner. More practically speaking, planning to sell the business should start at about five years out.
The bottom line is, don’t ignore these rumblings. Take them seriously and seek resolution with them. If you don’t, they will continue to send up shoots that take away from your present quality of life.