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When you own a small business, it's all about income. A classic shop or store may have profits from sales or service. A startup may have venture capital money coming in. In either case, you might need to get a little more creative with your revenue streams. Individuals and investment funds can make money off the stock market, so why not your small business?

But before you start day trading with company funds, here's what you need to know about your small business investing in stocks.

3 Ways Business Owners Accidentally Break the Law

When you go into business for yourself, there is a lot to think about. It is doubtful that even the savviest entrepreneur has the energy, attention, knowledge, and time to handle every aspect of operations. So you focus on the things that seem most important at first, prioritizing wisely as all the business gurus advise.

But it would also be wise to keep in mind the things that cannot be put off or ignored. All too often entrepreneurs are overly-focused on making things happen and insufficiently concerned with preventing legal disaster. As a result, they unwittingly break the law. Let's look at three critical considerations that will help ensure your business is sustainable.

You want to provide your employees with the best benefits to keep them happy. And after crunching the numbers, you figured that if you cut out the insurance middleman, you can pay your employees' medical claims directly, effectively acting as their insurer. This system is known as self-insurance, and after a period of prohibition in some states, self-insurance is coming back to the small business world.

But what happens in a catastrophic case? Could one employee's medical bills bankrupt your company? Possibly. That's why you might be interested in what's known as a stop-loss insurance policy. So how does stop-loss insurance work? And does your small business need a policy?

Did Elon Musk Illegally Hide a Material Event From Investors?

You no doubt know about Elon Musk, the visionary behind Tesla Motors, manufacturer of self-driving cars. But what you may not know is that Musk is being accused of a possible violation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to Forbes, the SEC is "reportedly" in the beginning phases of an investigation regarding failure to disclose a "material event" just 11 days before the company and Musk sold $2 billion worth of shares. That event was the first death attributed to a driver using Autopilot, the Tesla self-driving car system. So now seems like a good time to review material events and disclosure.

When you're putting together your business plan, or when you're putting that plan into action, one of the forgotten costs is legal risk and liability. After all, we don't feel very optimistic adding a line for lawsuits into our budget, and although business litigation is common, it's not inevitable.

One way to avoid a lawsuit, and the subsequent drain on your capital and corporate culture, is to plan ahead. By protecting your company, your employees, and your customers, you can reduce your small business's legal risk and liability. Here's how:

You want to keep an eye on your employees, but when does monitoring the workplace become invading their privacy? Generally speaking, employers have a good deal of leeway for when it comes to keeping tabs on employee conduct and communication, but there are legal limits to what they can watch and the kind of speech supervisors can restrain.

Here are several of the biggest concerns employers face when monitoring employee behavior:

The Secret to a Successful Family Business

If you have a family business, then you know these can be explosive endeavors. Emotions run high among relatives, but bonds are also deeper than usual for people who work together.

One successful family has stayed in business 166 years, never accepting offers to go public or sell, or succumbing to the urge to split, and they are in the business of pyrotechnics. Phil Grucci, chief of Fireworks by Grucci, spoke to Fortune about how this family in a risky business has kept cool and hung together for so long.

Job applicants are used to employers advising them that their employment will be contingent on passing a thorough background check. But it looks like the shoe might be on the other foot for once. A Monster survey of over 1,400 job seekers found that 80 percent said they check employer review sites before applying for a job. This means your potential hires are probably running a background check on your business before you ever get the chance to run a background check on them.

So what are these employer review sites, and what do they say about your small business?

Do Small Biz Tenants Need More Protection From Landlords?

Commercial tenants have it tough. Sometimes landlords have their own plans for the space where you make your living, disrupting your business and earnings. This is just one reason why New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law that shields mom-and-pop shops from landlord harassment.

Calling small businesses essential to the city, the New York mayor said the new law will protect these shops from harassment and penalize offending landlords. But for some business advocacy groups the law does not go far enough and they are pushing for additional protective measures on behalf of commercial tenants.

Managing Brexit Uncertainty, Market Volatility, and Your Business

Last week, Britain stunned the world by voting on a referendum to leave the European Union, known as Brexit. Now the stunned world is trying to figure out what the implications of this decision will be for Britain, European Union nations, and the rest of us.

Some experts say that Britain's decision could lead to a slowdown in local small business lending by banks and decreased spending by American consumers, which directly impacts businesses. Let's consider why this might be and what Brexit means to you.