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Must-take Steps Before Launching Your Restaurant

Making connections and knowing your market are among the steps every budding restaurateur should take.
David Koji

Ready to Drop Your Recruiter? Not So Fast.

A reader wants to break from the agency that connects it with clients. Our business expert offers some words of encouragement – and caution.
Dave Lavinsky

How Can I Find a CEO for My Startup?

You might have great ideas but not the skills to build a company. We break down what you should look for in a chief executive.
Ryan Himmel

How Do I Partner with Another Startup Company?

I have my own app startup company and I’m preparing to partner with another startup app company. What is the best way to go about this? Do you think it would be smart to create a subsidiary company in which I hire the other person as a co-founder of the subsidiary?
Brad Sugars

How Do I Start a Hotel Business?

I have a unique idea for a specific type of hotel in a specific city. I believe this hotel concept would fulfill a need that is not currently being met by any other hotels in this particular market. What should be my next step? I have absolutely no hospitality industry experience, so am I better off pitching this idea to an existing hotel chain or trying to develop the concept on my own?
Brad Sugars

Are There Mentorship Programs for Product Developers?

It seems as though there are a lot of incubator sites out there for tech startups. But where do people turn if they want help developing a physical product and executing it? Are there certain programs you'd recommend? What other ways exist to get advice?
Ryan Himmel

How Do I Sell My Homemade BBQ Sauce?

Everyone loves my BBQ sauce. Right now, I am making it and giving it away as Christmas presents. But how do I get started or what do I need to do to start selling it locally and eventually in larger markets? What about bottling and marketing? Do I have to go through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration? What advice do you have for getting started?
Tim Berry

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

I want to know the main things that entrepreneurs should remember while launching a new business.
Steve Adams

I am starting a web-based service business and don

I am starting a communications business on the internet. Some of my competitors who provide a similar (but not exact) service use paid ad sponsorship, while others use paid subscriptions from registered users. Is there a trend toward one type of payment method over another? Is one type usually more profitable and easier to maintain?
Lena West

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

I've opened a business online before and could not get the traffic I wanted, so I shut the business down, planning to reopen it at a later date. I have unstoppable desire and ambition to be successful, but many times I get ahead of myself by wanting a quick result, so I don't always take the proper steps. I need advice from someone who has the experience and knowledge to guide me in the right direction.
Brad Sugars

How do I run an eBay business from abroad?

I am from Athens, Greece. Unfortunately, we don't have eBay Greek or any eBay association at all, but my dream is to export modern contemporary Greek art. What should I do?
Lena West

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

I am in the process of creating a new internet start-up and I do not have much funding to use towards marketing my site. I really believe in my idea, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make it work. If it is a good enough idea, can I rely solely on word-of-mouth at first to become a heavily trafficked website?
Wendy Piersall

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 have found many web hosts that offer a reseller program but none offer tech support to the end user that I can find. I have found www.mosso.com that offers the tech support I want for my clients, but they do not offer the free website and the help needed to set that up. Do you know of a company that offers both?
Lena West

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 have found many web hosts that offer a reseller program but none offer tech support to the end user that I can find. I have found www.mosso.com that offers the tech support I want for my clients, but they do not offer the free website and the help needed to set that up. Do you know of a company that offers both?
Ramon Ray

How profitable are websites that require paid memberships?

I plan on starting a content-consulting and resource niche for fine artists. The paid members would get full access to consulting or personal questions e-mailed. The site would also have an affiliate links page to artist products for anyone.
Lena West