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Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth Gonzalez is a legal and regulatory writer with more than seven years of experience as a contributing editor for HR Specialist and BLR’s HR Insights. She is also a content strategist, web copywriter, and fiction writer with publications ranging from Engineering News-Record and Construction Business Owner to Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Recent Articles

11 Essential Steps to Start a Nonprofit
Are you interested in starting a nonprofit, but not sure what to do? The Blueprint outlines 11 essential steps for how to start a nonprofit.
6 Steps for Conducting a Job Hazard Analysis
Keep employees safe and protect them from unnecessary risks with this job hazard analysis guide. The Blueprint covers how to perform a job hazard analysis.
6 Steps to Start a Sole Proprietorship
If you're in business for yourself, then by default, you're a sole proprietor. The Blueprint details how to start a sole proprietorship as well as its benefits.
4 Types of Business Partnerships: Which Is Best for You?
Planning to form a partnership? Learn more about the types of business partnerships as well as their risks with this guide from The Blueprint.
The 7 Documents You Need to Form an LLC
By forming a limited liability company, you can protect your personal assets from business debts. The Blueprint covers the documents you'll need to form an LLC.
Create an HR Document Management Plan in 6 Steps
HR document management can save you administrative time and protect your small business from risk. This guide covers how to create a document management system.
Rest and Meal Breaks: What Employers Need to Know
Federal and state laws differ when it comes to providing employee breaks. This Blueprint guide covers federal and state laws governing rest and meal breaks.
A Guide to Business Documents Your Small Business Needs
As your business grows, you need to keep track of all your business documents. The Blueprint goes through what kinds of business documents you should hold onto.
The Ultimate Guide to Employee Benefits for Small Businesses
Find out what benefits employers have to offer and when the laws apply. The Blueprint goes through the mandatory employee benefits small businesses must offer.
How Many Pay Periods Are in a Year?
Trying to settle on the best payroll schedule for your small business? The Blueprint breaks down how many pay periods in a year and common payment practices.
How to Get a Business License in 6 Steps
Starting a business requires getting the appropriate type of business license. The Blueprint goes through how to get a business license that's right for you.
A Small Business Guide to E-Commerce Sales Tax
If you're selling goods online, you need to figure out when you're supposed to collect sales tax. The Blueprint breaks down state requirements for sales tax.
Your Guide to Contingent Workers: Rules, Regulations, and Benefits
Using a contingent worker is a valid alternative to hiring a full time employee. The Blueprint covers the benefits of recruiting contingent workers.
A Small Business Guide to Equal Employment Opportunity
EEO compliance broadens your talent pool and enhances the employee experience. The Blueprint breaks down equal employment opportunity laws.
A Small Business Guide to Independent Contractors
Independent contractors have to be held to federal law requirements when being hired. The Blueprint breaks down what small businesses need to know when hiring.
How to Write Product Descriptions That Sell
Content is key to your product descriptions and getting online shoppers interested in your products. The Blueprint outlines how to write product descriptions.
A Guide to Voluntary Benefits for Your Small Business
Voluntary benefits are an important option in attracting and retaining top performers. The Blueprint discusses voluntary benefits and how to use them.
A Small Business Guide to SAP HR
SAP HR is used for all aspects of human capital management and it can transform the way you manage business resources. The Blueprint explains how to use SAP HR.
A Guide to HR Compliance for Small Businesses
As your business grows, you may need to change your policies to stay compliant. The Blueprint goes through steps on how to execute an HR compliance strategy.
How to Register Your Business
Forming an LLC or corporation provides many advantages, but it requires some legal work. The Blueprint explains how to register a business in your home state.
5 Steps to Successful Benefits Administration
Find out how to provide a benefits package that helps you attract and retain top talent. The Blueprint goes through the steps to benefit adminstration.
A Beginner's Guide to PCI Compliance
Providing vital protection to your customers' data is extremely important. The Blueprint goes through the steps to follow to meet PCI compliance guidelines.
How to Perform a Qualitative Risk Analysis
Analyzing and preparing for risks is a critical aspect of project management. The Blueprint goes through the steps to perform qualitative risk analysis.
A Beginner’s Guide to Absence Management
Absence management helps you promote a healthy, engaged, and productive workforce. The Blueprint goes through the absence management process.
Your 7-Step Guide to Full Cycle Recruiting
Hiring is a source of frustration for businesses of all sizes. The Blueprint explains what's involved in full cycle recruiting and the steps to get it done.
How to Write a Termination Letter
The Blueprint breaks down what to include in a termination letter and shares a template to make the termination process easier for you and the employee.
10 Types of Business Ownership and Classifications
Many businesses start out as sole proprietorships and then adopt a more formal ownership structure as they grow. The Blueprint highlights the benefits and limitations of the most common types of business structures.
Should You Have a Business License to Sell Online?
Do you need a business license to sell online? In this article, The Blueprint breaks down state licensing requirements and how they apply to your online shop.
Sole Proprietorship vs LLC: What’s the Difference?
Which is best a sole proprietorship or an LLC? The Blueprint looks at the pros and cons of each structure so you can make the best choice for your business.
How to Manage a Multigenerational Workforce
Multigenerational teams are better at problem-solving and more effective than homogeneous ones. The Blueprint explains how to cultivate a successful multigenerational workforce.
What Are Fringe Benefits and Are They Taxable?
Fringe benefits can help small businesses attract top talent and maintain a happy workforce. The Blueprint explains how to administer them to your employees.
A Guide to the Functions of Human Resource Management
Figuring out how to build and sustain a high-performing workforce is the role of human resource management. The Blueprint takes an in-depth look at this.
Understanding the SBA's Definition of Small Business and Why it Matters
The Blueprint explains what falls under the SBA's small business definition, why it's important, and what resources are out there for small businesses.