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Question added to topic MobileJanuary 24, 2014

Should I Hire a Web Development Firm or a Staffer to Build my Mobile App?

Option One: Hiring a web development company There is no shortage of web development companies and pricing structures will vary greatly. Some web development companies may offer an hourly price,... (more)
Question added to topic Growth StrategiesJanuary 22, 2014

Is My Landing Page Clearly Written?

Many web start-ups build a product and become so emotionally attached to the inner-workings of their software that they lose sight of the importance of having proper landing page messaging to gain... (more)
Question added to topic Office TechJanuary 7, 2014

Which Point of Sale System Should I Use?

The choice in point of sale systems (POS) can seem nearly as varied as the choice in retail shops. Like any other aspect of starting a business, you'll need to do some basic research to... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurJanuary 2, 2014

How Can I Turn My Hobby Into a Home Business?

Good news! You have a plethora of choices on how you can turn your passion or hobby into a business. Bad news, you have a plethora of choices on how you can turn your passion or hobby into a... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurDecember 30, 2013

When is It Time to Bring in a Managing Partner?

I think that you have answered your own question about the need to add a management expert to your team. From what you have said, it seems to me you need someone sooner versus later. You are losing... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurDecember 17, 2013

How Should I Incorporate My Small Business (Sole Proprietor)?

What's amazing to me is that you've gotten this far in the development of your business without incorporating! No question, the larger you grow the greater the risk to your personal assets... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessDecember 10, 2013

Will Getting an MBA or Professional License Benefit Me As an Entrepreneur?

While there are many different ways to prepare yourself to become an entrepreneur, I recommend focusing on opportunities that help you develop key qualities. Most entrepreneurs share these traits:... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesDecember 3, 2013

Are Royalty Fees the Norm with Franchises?

Almost all franchises have an ongoing monthly or weekly franchise fee (commonly referred to as a royalty fee). This fee is typically expressed as a percentage of the gross sales revenue of the... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessNovember 26, 2013

How Do I Move a Product Idea Forward?

One of the most difficult parts of starting a new business is successfully executing on the idea. Fortunately, you seem to have already figured out the product piece with your prototype and... (more)
Question added to topic Finding CustomersNovember 19, 2013

How Can I Reach Out to International College Students in the U.S.?

Forget the universities. They are bureaucratic institutions that are a nightmare to deal with. Instead, go straight to the source — the students themselves. There are several ways I suggest... (more)
Question added to topic LocationNovember 12, 2013

How Do I Choose a Location for My Store?

Location can play an important role in determining the success or failure of an early-stage business. This is why I recommend spending a significant amount of time planning and analyzing locations... (more)
Question added to topic BrandingNovember 5, 2013

Can I Use My City in My Business Name?

Generally, you can use your city in your business name. Of course, for every rule, there is an exception (sometimes, more than one). You cannot imply that your business is somehow a government... (more)
Question added to topic Finding CustomersOctober 29, 2013

How Can I Increase My Sales Footprint?

In an age when emails, newsletters and online offers are all the rage, actually getting a real piece of paper in the -- hold onto your hat -- mail is a novelty. I say take advantage of the... (more)
Question added to topic Managing EmployeesOctober 22, 2013

How Do I Deal With Uncommitted Employees?

I don’t often do this, but I am going to recommend that you read a book that provides plenty of ideas on how to engage -- or re-engage -- employees: Love ‘em or Lose ‘em: Getting... (more)
Question added to topic Grow Your BusinessOctober 15, 2013

My New Restaurant Has Rave Reviews, But Business Is Slowing Down Dramatically. Why?

Congratulations on your initial success with starting your own restaurant. There are a few different factors to consider as well as questions you need to ask yourself to identify the causes for the... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessOctober 1, 2013

Without Knowing Much About Technology, How Can I Launch an Online Service Platform?

The most successful entrepreneurs are typically cognizant of their strengths and weaknesses. Your question indicates that technology isn't one of your strengths – and that's ok. Some... (more)
Question added to topic InnovationSeptember 24, 2013

How Can I Legally Improve a Product I Didn't Create?

I'm assuming from your question that when you refer to "the company," you are referring to your employer. So, can you profit from your employer’s pre-existing intellectual... (more)
Question added to topic Grow Your BusinessSeptember 10, 2013

How Can I Turn Price-Sensitive Shoppers Into Customers?

Entering a new market can be an exciting yet challenging endeavor for any company. Specifically, many companies run into problems when they allocate too many resources to an unproven product, which... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingSeptember 5, 2013

How Can I Set My Business Apart From the Competition?

In many ways the elements that go into differentiating a bakery are the same as any other business. While it may seem obvious, most businesses are not even doing a good job at the three basics. If... (more)
Question added to topic Grow Your BusinessAugust 29, 2013

How Can I Grow My Home-Based Business?

It's ambitious to think big and try to expand your business beyond your home. To do so, you're probably going to have to go out of your comfort zone and explore opportunities that may... (more)
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