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Protecting your startup with a simple strategy

If you're working on a new business, the worst thing that could happen is for someone to steal all your ideas and hard work. It has happened in the past, and it could happen to you if you're not careful.

The fortunate thing is that there are many ways to protect your startup ideas from falling into the wrong hands. Here are a few things to remember to make sure you run the company you love without unnecessary competition.

First, remember that it's most often the people close to you who put your ideas at risk. That's why it's necessary to have contracts that bind your employees to keep your trade secrets quiet. Employees and co-founders are more likely to have access to your full idea and how to execute it, so make sure they're bound to secrecy.

Another thing to think about is who you work with. You want to think about how they act, potential red flags and any other warning signs that come up. For instance, is someone you're considering hiring being accused of stealing another company's ideas? Is there a person you're looking into working with that has a criminal background? You need to avoid red flags and work with people you have a better chance of trusting.

Finally, understand that some businesses are likely to come up with similar ideas. It's a better use of your time to invest in ideas that are so unique that they're hard to copy. Be original and make sure your idea is difficult to reverse engineer once it's released.

These tips can help you avoid trouble with your startup. Taking steps to protect your business now can save you trouble later.

Source: HuffPost, "What Can You Do If Someone Steals Your Startup Idea?," Steven Buchwald, accessed March 09, 2018

On behalf of Crockett & Crockett posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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