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Most Recent Questions in Starting a Business

Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 14, 2007

Are there any government grants that would help me with the startup costs for a franchise?

It is always a challenge to find a franchise you want to pursue and then realize that you don't have the financial resources necessary to fund the operation, but that's often the reality of... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 14, 2007

What is the first step in starting an IT consulting firm?

I think these are two separate questions, no? You want to start an IT consulting firm. Or do you want to sell your products online? I'll answer the starting an IT consulting firm question, as that... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 14, 2007

How does an entrepreneur create a computer software company?

Hmmm.... There's a few things you'll need to do. 1. Create a software product that people will want to buy. You could create an entirely new product or create a product that serves as an... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 14, 2007

How do I start a business that resells computers?

There's two ways: You can register as a reseller with any number of PC vendors (Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others) and start selling computers to customers online and/or from a retail location. Make... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 13, 2007

What type of entity should I file as--a corporation or LLC?

You're wise to be asking about forming a separate entity for your new business.  The kind of business you're thinking of starting involves a lot of potential liability areas, from which you... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 10, 2007

Who has great deals on startup business loans?

Probably no one. Typically, banks avoid lending to startups because of the high failure rate of new, small and under-capitalized businesses. That's why most startup entrepreneurs turn to... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 10, 2007

When starting a business should you focus more on what you love or what you are good at?

Great question. I think I've always assumed there is a connection between what you like and what you're good at, but you have a good example here too. You don't say what you do love to do. That... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 7, 2007

Where can I get a grant to start my business?

My honest opinion is that you have very little chance of getting a grant to start a shoe store no matter how good the idea. Grants are offered by governments and foundations and they have social... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 7, 2007

Can you start any business without any money down?

Yes, you can start many businesses with no money down, so many that it's impossible to even start listing. Most of them are services. Think of businesses like graphic arts, landscaping, gardening,... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 7, 2007

Can you start any business without any money down?

Yes, you can start many businesses with no money down, so many that it's impossible to even start listing. Most of them are services. Think of businesses like graphic arts, landscaping, gardening,... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 7, 2007

Where can I find angel investers for a small business?

Start by asking your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). There's a list of local contacts at www.bplans.com/sb/. They usually have good contacts with local investors and they are... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 7, 2007

How do I start up a traditionally capital-intensive business with no money?

It's good to want things but if you're serious about it, change your attitude. People do manage to do what you want to do, but you have to be more realistic about it. If you don't have the money... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 6, 2007

How do I establish a good business model?

Business model will depend on the type of business you are looking at starting. You can use the following resources to help you: Small Business Development Center in your area www. (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 6, 2007

How do I establish a good business model?

Business model will depend on the type of business you are looking at starting. You can use the following resources to help you: Small Business Development Center in your area www. (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 6, 2007

Should I stop dreaming of being an entrepreneur and just be happy working for someone else?

Don’t stop dreaming, but temper your dreams with a dose of reality. Your lack of capital in itself needn’t defeat you, but combined with bad credit, it’s a red flag warning potential investors not... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 3, 2007

How do I find sponsors for a startup business?

First things first: You need a business plan that will show anyone who loans or invests money what they will get in return.  Generally, by actually writing the plan you will come across the... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 3, 2007

How do I find sponsors for a startup business?

First things first: You need a business plan that will show anyone who loans or invests money what they will get in return.  Generally, by actually writing the plan you will come across the... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 1, 2007

How do I launch a new product?

To launch a new product you should start by making sure you truly understand who the key target customer is, what their real needs are, why they would buy your product vs. the competition's (what... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 1, 2007

How do I launch a new product?

To launch a new product you should start by making sure you truly understand who the key target customer is, what their real needs are, why they would buy your product vs. the competition's (what... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJune 21, 2007

How can I start a retail repair station?

Well, I hate to state the obvious, but in most cases, it's no more complex than you think. You will need to find the site, get your permits, then start getting customers.  Remember that... (more)
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