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Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurApril 23, 2014

Mixing Business and Friendship? Read This First.

Kudos to you for wanting to get your lawyer involved. Many small business owners will draw up their own papers with close friends, and both the friendship and the business suffer. Your attorney can... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurApril 18, 2014

How Your App Can Turn a Profit

Congratulations: You’re on the right track. Thinking about monetization at the initial stages of development is essential to a successful game. You need to have a solid revenue model to... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurApril 16, 2014

Want to Start an Investment Company? Go it Alone First.

My first reaction here is to ask if you have any background in the industry. One option is to invest for your own account, develop a successful track record in so doing, and then with that track... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurApril 10, 2014

Letting Investors Know About Your New Venture

As of this year, yes, but with an important caveat. Last year, the Security and Exchange Commission lifted the 80-year ban on &quo (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurApril 4, 2014

The Basics of Pitching Investors

To create a great mission statement, the best resource is missionstatements.com which gives tons of examples. However, I don't think that's going to solve your challenge. W (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurApril 2, 2014

Whose Trademark Is It Anyway?

Great questions -- and you’ve stumbled upon a reason that it really helps to have trademark counsel advising you so that you don’t waste time or money. The short answer is: it... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurMarch 27, 2014

Effective Employee Management? Look to the Golden Rule.

My professional theory is as basic as treating people as you wish to be treated. Lead through example (e.g., be on time and “present” for meetings; talk only when you have something of... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurMarch 21, 2014

Put Your Best Foot Forward at Conferences and Trade Shows

Go to conferences where you can meet either of these two groups of people: potential clients and potential referral partners. Potential partners include people who serve your potential clients, or... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurMarch 18, 2014

How Can I Tell If There Will Be Strong Demand for My Product?

There are two parts to this question.  A) How big/healthy is the market you are trying to enter (or, what is your primary demand)? And, B) is there an opportunity within that market for you... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurMarch 11, 2014

How to Build a Great Team While Keeping Costs Low

Definitely consider using freelancers to keep costs low. One of the great but unsung revolutions caused by the internet is the speed of organizing killer teams. Putting together teams of... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurFebruary 27, 2014

Do I Need to Go to Business School?

Congratulations, you have some fun coming, whether or not you choose a formal program. Business schools can expose you to a curriculum you might not seek out on your own, and force you to learn... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurFebruary 25, 2014

Must-take Steps Before Launching Your Restaurant

What a great aspiration! Offering sustainably farmed and healthy food options to your community is a great business goal in itself, and illustrates social awareness and care for the well-being of... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurFebruary 20, 2014

Is It Better to Be a Freelancer or Full-time Employee?

Contractors usually fill a temporary need for specific talent or skills needed for a short amount of time -- for a specific project, for example. They are supposed to be very temporary, have their... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurFebruary 18, 2014

Why Not Every Retailer Should Go Online Only

While I’m generally an advocate of moving brick and mortar businesses and services online, there are certain industries that can’t yet consider an online-only model. The jewelry... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurFebruary 13, 2014

3 Ways to Grow Your Business While Covering Existing Expenses

You’re facing a common problem for businesses that need to invest in capital equipment to grow. You know your business will grow if you purchase additional equipment to meet demand, but you... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurFebruary 11, 2014

Learn to Love Public Speaking

You’re correct that public speaking can be a fantastic way to grow your business, gain awareness for your ideas and refine your messaging. However, at the beginning of your public speaking... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurFebruary 6, 2014

Growing Your Business When You Can't Trademark Your Name

As mom used to say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you want to use your brand name as a domain name for a website – but someone else already owns that... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurFebruary 4, 2014

Ready to Drop Your Recruiter? Not So Fast.

To begin with, it's important to realize the vast value that the recruiting agencies are giving your business: clients. The key question is what percentage of your sales does the agency cost... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurJanuary 30, 2014

How Can I Find a CEO for My Startup?

I’m impressed by your ability to recognize that you aren’t the right person to lead the company. There aren't many entrepreneurs out there that can say they would be able to give up... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurJanuary 28, 2014

Should I Quit Engineering and Study Business?

Not knowing how far along you are in your four-year program, I am not sure how practical it is to “change horses.” But if you are asking this question, I think that you probably have to... (more)
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