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Growth Strategies

My New Restaurant Has Rave Reviews, But Business Is Slowing Down Dramatically. Why?

A new train-themed restaurant started off well, but the number of diners on board is dropping. Ask Entrepreneur's expert offers advice to help this business get back on track.
Ryan Himmel
Starting a Business

Without Knowing Much About Technology, How Can I Launch an Online Service Platform?

A tutor would like to sell his services online, but doesn't have the tech chops to bring it to life. Ask Entrepreneur's business expert suggests a CTO and other solutions.
Ryan Himmel
Growth Strategies

How Can I Legally Improve a Product I Didn't Create?

An innovator wonders if her ideas could generate a profit or a lawsuit. Ask Entrepreneur's legal expert answers, pointing out red flags that could keep the green out of reach.
Nina Kaufman
Growth Strategies

How Can I Turn Price-Sensitive Shoppers Into Customers?

A business is having trouble with sales after expanding into a new market. Ask Entrepreneur's business operations expert offers ideas that are right on the money.
Ryan Himmel
Marketing

How Can I Set My Business Apart From the Competition?

A bakery owner wants to set her business apart from the competition. Ask Entrepreneur's branding and marketing expert shows her how to put the icing on her cake.
Karen Leland
Growth Strategies

How Can I Grow My Home-Based Business?

A home-based small-business owner wants more clients. Ask Entrepreneur's business operations expert shares optimal paths to grow and what she'll need for the journey.
Ryan Himmel
Starting a Business

Should I Create One or Two Websites for My Business?

One product. Two target markets. How many websites should be created? Ask Entrepreneur's branding and marketing expert solves the equation and shows how one size can indeed fit all.
Karen Leland
Finance

How Can I (Legally) Support Myself With Funds Raised for an Early-Stage Startup?

An aspiring entrepreneur asks whether it's legal to take a salary from investor capital. Ask Entrepreneur's business expert answers, also suggesting crucial factors to consider before leaving a job and salary behind for any startup.
Ryan Himmel
Finance

How Can I Keep an Employee I Cannot Afford to Pay?

When the money isn't there, what can a struggling business owner do to keep a crucial employee on staff? Ask Entrepreneur's HR expert sheds light on the big picture and suggests solutions.
Penny Morey
Starting a Business

How Can I Pitch My Product to Large Companies?

While gaining the attention and trust of big box brands isn't easy, see steps you can take to help get your product on the market.
Ryan Himmel
Franchises

With So Much Focus On Healthy Eating, Should I Franchise French Fries?

See how to get your questions answered and ensure your business concept will succeed in the market before you start the official franchise process.
Jeff Elgin
Starting a Business

What Legal Issues Should I Consider Before Starting a Social Network?

I'm interested in creating a social network. Are there any legal issues I should consider before I start or along the way? For example, could the data I'd like to collect from users (and how I use that data) have legal issues that need to be addressed? What about how members will interact with each other or the types of content members can create and share? With so many social networks already out there, are there ways I can minimize risk when it comes to getting sued by others who may see my site as competition?
Nina Kaufman
Starting a Business

What Are Some Good Business Books to Read?

What books would you recommend for a new entrepreneur to read? I'd welcome suggestions based on your personal favorites, the books that have helped form your approach to business.
Ryan Himmel
Marketing

How Can I Sell Excess Inventory When Going Out of Business?

My family runs a snack bar business that unfortunately has to close down. How should we go about selling our excess inventory (approximately 30,000 bars at 12 bars per box)? The lot expires in July 2013. Any suggestions for marketing promotions, special deals or ways to get the word out about our products FAST would be great.
Ryan Himmel
Entrepreneurs

Should I Do an Internship?

I'm wondering whether an internship is required to be an entrepreneur, or whether at least it could be a key component of one's preparation. Say I want to start a business in fashion retail or in data storage. (Very different, I know.) Should I get an internship or a low-level job in that industry first to learn the ropes? Are there some industries in which it's more necessary than others? When is it advisable, and when is it not essential?
Ryan Himmel