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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)

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)

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)

How Do I Partner with Another Startup Company?

You can associate or create a joint venture, where you retain control of your own part of the business. Discuss with an advisor or tax attorney the best fits for what you are doing and the... (more)

How Do I Start a Hotel Business?

First, you'll want to get an idea of the market, its needs and the type of capital needed to launch this idea of yours. To do that, start by talking with people in the industry. You'd... (more)

Are There Mentorship Programs for Product Developers?

There are many resources in the marketplace to help entrepreneurs develop a physical product. Before I go through some of them, it's important to emphasize a key element in developing a product... (more)

How Do I Sell My Homemade BBQ Sauce?

I suggest you begin quickly by getting some real person-to-person help locally. Depending on where you are, find the nearest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or (more)

What should I keep in mind while starting an IT business?

1. Be very focused on your customers. Make sure that your company is solving a real problem that customers are willing to pay for. 2. Start small. Don't build up expenses or infrastructure... (more)

I am starting a web-based service business and don

Congratulations on taking the time to examine your business model and future revenue streams. If you take into account that many of the companies that did not survive the dotcom bust were... (more)

I ran an online business unsuccessfully before. I need guidance so I can be successful this time.

It seems you need to develop a plan that will serve as a guide, a map and a system to keep you on track. Talk to people in your industry, network and ask questions. You�d be surprised at the... (more)

How do I run an eBay business from abroad?

Congrats on deciding to start an eBay business. EBay actually has a Global Trade organization dedicated to exactly this purpose. You might want to check it (more)

Can I effectively get an internet biz off the ground relying solely on word-of-mouth?

Abosolutely! I built my own site completely via word of mouth, and it's now in the top 5000 US websites on the internet. Building a business via word of mouth takes a LOT of time --... (more)

Do you know of a web host that has a reseller program that supplies everything from a website to tech support to my end customer?

I know that Hypermart.com has a reseller program and does offer support. I use their services. Verio is also a very good web hosting company with a full suite of support options. I would be very... (more)

Do you know of a web host that has a reseller program that supplies everything from a website to tech support to my end customer?

I know that Hypermart.com has a reseller program and does offer support. I use their services. Verio is also a very good web hosting company with a full suite of support options. I would be very... (more)

How profitable are websites that require paid memberships?

Congratulations on your new website! Websites that offer paid memberships are actually pretty successful and profitable. Many evolve into full-blown online communities because of their success.... (more)

Should I offer free services at first?

I would never suggest offering free services unless I knew more about your business. I'm not a fan of business owners trading their time for free. But, here are my recommendations based on... (more)

Should I offer free services at first?

I would never suggest offering free services unless I knew more about your business. I'm not a fan of business owners trading their time for free. But, here are my recommendations based on... (more)

How do I hire a web application programmer that is professional and in the price range of a small internet startup?

There's a few ways: 1. Find websites that you like and keep these in mind. 2. Ask your business associates about who has done their websites and for recommendations 3. Your local... (more)

How much capital should I raise if I want to start a social networking website with basic Web 2.0 functionality?

When building a Web 2.0 enabled website, you want to make sure that you have done a functionality assessment. Depending on whom you work with and their level of experience, you can expect to pay... (more)

Can you recommend a book for starting an online company?

Congratulations on your decision to start an online business! There are many great books available on how to start an online company. One of them is "Starting an Online Business for... (more)

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