Ask Entrepreneur - Starting a Business

What should I be doing while the patent for my software is pending?

A year ago I developed a software based idea and have recently patented it. Currently it's at the patent pending stage, but I don't know how to proceed from here. I've researched, but don't know where to go from here. I've hit a wall! Do you have any suggestions?
Tim Berry

How do I find a job working for an entrepreneur?

I recently graduated from University of Colorado with a marketing major. I currently work in small business healthcare sales processing group that is boring and beaurocratic. I want to start my own business but I'm not sure what that should be yet. I would like to work for an entrepreneur to get an experience of what is involved in establishing a startup. How do I find such a job?
Brad Sugars

Should I outsource or do it myself?

I am considering running a concessions stand outside of my business versus renting out space to existing restaurants. I'm wondering if it is more profitable for me to do it myself or have someone else do it for me so I could just collect rent or get revenue sharing.
Brad Sugars

How should I ask friends and family to invest in my startup without making things awkward?

I need about $15,000 to start my business. I'd like to raise some money by asking my friends and family, but I don't want them to feel obligated or uncomfortable. Any suggestions on how to ask? Do I send letters, make phone calls, or meet people in person?
Elinor Robin

Can I start a sole proprietorship with my wife jointly?

I am concerned about the tax implications of including my wife. I am also wondering if this would be considered a partnership and not a sole proprietorship.
Nina Kaufman

What should I be doing now to be able to own a business in a few years?

I'm 19 year old sophomore attending Occidental College in California. How should I prepare to be an entrepreneur while I'm in college?
Tim Berry

Should I make my business a non-profit?

I want to start a ranch for underprivileged children. I would need resources to purchase the land and facilities. Profits would pay salaries. Should this be non-profit?

The goal would be to start the kids when they were in middle school and have them work the ranch through high school until they graduated. The profits would also be used to start a college fund for each graduate of the program.
Brad Sugars

How can I best utilize my foreign language skills as an entrepreneur?

I lived in Split, Croatia and now live in Seattle, WA. I am conversational in Russian, Italian, Slovak, Bulgarian and fluent in Croatian, English, Serbian and Maedonian.
Brad Sugars

How do I continue plans for my business or product if I find that someone has already gotten ahead with the same idea?

Two years ago, I had a great idea for a product/service and recently started developing it only to find out it already exists! But I think there might still be some hope for me. Although the website for the product is detailed, it doesn't appear that the company has done much of anything with it in terms of sales. How can I continue working on my idea?
Tim Berry

How helpful would it be for me to contact a S.C.O.R.E. volunteer in order to help me brainstorm business concepts?

I am a 23 year old entreprenuer that is putting away every penny in order to form a start-up something. What other mediums are helpful for finding real live people (not just forums) to brainstorm with? I'm looking for people that are willing to help me identify a problem/need so that we may have open discussion in a manner that could lead to potential partnerships in order to implement a valid, sustainable, and profitable solution.
Tim Berry

How helpful would it be for me to contact a S.C.O.R.E. volunteer in order to help me brainstorm business concepts?

I am a 23 year old entreprenuer that is putting away every penny in order to form a start-up something. What other mediums are helpful for finding real live people (not just forums) to brainstorm with? I'm looking for people that are willing to help me identify a problem/need so that we may have open discussion in a manner that could lead to potential partnerships in order to implement a valid, sustainable, and profitable solution.
Ivan Misner

How helpful would it be for me to contact a S.C.O.R.E. volunteer in order to help me brainstorm business concepts?

I am a 23 year old entreprenuer that is putting away every penny in order to form a start-up something. What other mediums are helpful for finding real live people (not just forums) to brainstorm with? I'm looking for people that are willing to help me identify a problem/need so that we may have open discussion in a manner that could lead to potential partnerships in order to implement a valid, sustainable, and profitable solution.
Brad Sugars

Is it better to go it alone on an invention or give your idea to a company to create and market?

Approximately what is the difference in revenue generation? Is it worth it to let someone else do the work?
Brad Sugars

What's in a name?

If you are in business for government contracting, is it necessary to include those words in your business name?
Al Lautenslager

What's in a name?

If you are in business for government contracting, is it necessary to include those words in your business name?
Kim T. Gordon