Jean Wilson

(323) 789-5289
Senior Business Tax Writer, etc

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  • Holds an MBA and Ph.D. in small business management and entrepreneurship
  • More than 35 years' experience teaching business startup, finance, tax, and legal issues
  • Business law and taxes expert for The Balance SMB (and prior to that, since 2008

Jean Murray has taught at business and professional schools for over 35 years. She was an associate professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic from 1995 to 2009, where she taught accounting, business law, finance, and business startup.

Murray was also the owner of Emence Enterprises, LLC for 15 years, writing about business startup issues and publishing business startup guides for professionals.

She is the author of several books including "The Complete Guide to Working for Yourself" and "The Complete Guide to Writing Effective and Award Winning Business Proposals." Her latest books in the "Frugal Business Secrets" series focus on saving money, working smarter, and simplifying your business.

Latest From Jean Wilson Murray
Can I Convert an LLC Into a Corporation? If So, How?
Starting your business on the right foot means setting up a proper legal structure that will both meet your current business needs and ha...
LLC vs Corporation: What Is the Difference?
Opening a new business is a serious decision for any beginner entrepreneur. Yet, even before you dig into all legal formalities and routi...
LLC vs Sole Proprietorship: What's Their Difference?
Starting a business is an important step. There are several crucial decisions you have to make in order to realize your dreams and ambiti...
Which Is the Best State to Form an LLC?
You are permitted to form an LLC in any U.S. state regardless of where you reside or where you intend to do business. Though some states ...
Member-Managed LLC vs Manager-Managed LLC
When planning your own business, you should decide in advance not only on the type of enterprise, but also on its management structure. T...
The Pros and Cons of Creating an LLC
One of the most important decisions you need to make on the road to a successful business is the choice of a legal structure. It largely ...
Series LLC vs Traditional LLC
The business world is not static, constantly in flux and has to respond to the changes.  Some of them have affected the limited liab...
Which Is the Best Business Structure?
Have you decided to start your own company, but do not know what business structure to choose? Nowadays, there are 5 main types that are ...
9 (Critically) Important Things to Do After Forming an LLC
Behind the concept of forming an LLC (a limited liability company) lies a fairly simple process. To create an LLC, the entity organizer m...
What Is an LLC Operating Agreement?
Business is not just about deals. For your company to flourish, you need to keep it running every day by making decisions quickly and ada...
What Is a DBA?
The name is the basis of every business's reputation. People see it on your company logo and business cards, find it on the Internet when...
DBA vs LLC: How Do They Differ?
You can register a Doing Business As (DBA) name or form a Limited Liability Company (LLC). But which one should you choose?   ...
PLLC vs LLC: How Do They Differ?
At first glance, there is barely any difference between an LLC and a PLLC. And there is some truth in that, with both business types boas...
What is a Foreign LLC?
If your LLC is established and firmly stands on its feet, bringing in serious revenue, this means it's time to expand. Before that, howev...
What Is an EIN and How Do I Get One?
If you’re currently forming a company, you might be facing these commonly asked questions: do I need my Limited Liability Company Employe...
What Is a Professional LLC? (Here's What You Should Know)
If you’re thinking about starting your own business and acting as your own employer, there’s a bit more to it than just registering a com...
What Is A Limited Liability Company?
A limited liability company (LLC) is an enterprise established by one or more legal entities and/or individuals, the charter capital of w...
Limited Partnership vs LLC: Any Difference?
While looking for a suitable business structure, you will likely encounter a number of abbreviations like LLC, LLP, PLLC, LP, each descri...
What Is a Series LLC?
Today, an increasing number of businessmen with assets in different economic sectors create series LLCs (Limited Liability Companies). Th...
What Is a Corporation?
For the last few decades, the corporation has been a popular business type. The number of people choosing it grows every year. What's the...
What is a Registered Agent?
Most states administration law for every domestic or foreign filing entity to maintain a registered agent. All LLCs, corporations, and pa...
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