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Question added to topic Starting a BusinessMarch 22, 2013

How Should We Divide Equity Among Co-Founders?

There are many different ways to approach equity compensation for the founding team. There is not necessarily a one-size fits all answer to this question. However, I have some specific... (more)
Question added to topic Closing the SaleMarch 21, 2013

How Can I Get My First Few Clients?

A few years ago, when I made the transition from running a traditional management consulting practice to creating a branding and marketing firm, I faced these same issues. While strategies for... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsMarch 18, 2013

How Can I Get Out of a Non-Compete?

Non-competes are deceptive things. They may appear iron-clad, but you have to look at the terms very carefully to see whether they are “all sizzle and no steak.” Courts respect the fact... (more)
Question added to topic Online MarketingMarch 15, 2013

How Can I Get Started With Online Marketing?

Simply by asking this question, you are already ahead of the game. Instead of rushing headlong into online marketing, taking the time to step back and think about how you should approach it is key.... (more)
Question added to topic Venture CapitalMarch 14, 2013

When Should I Seek Venture Funding?

If you're considering seeking venture capital funding, you need to perform a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether or not a VC is right for your company. In addition, you need to... (more)
Question added to topic Hiring CenterMarch 13, 2013

How Should I Answer Negative Interview Questions?

One good way to prepare for anything that is "thrown at you" in an interview is by doing research on the Internet. Look for articles on the toughest interview questions and so forth and... (more)
Question added to topic Your Business PlanMarch 8, 2013

How Should I Draw Up a Business Plan?

Ah, the infamous business plan. Naturally, every new business needs to follow a specific [plan] so that management can set goals and measure performance over time. Yet new entrepreneurs too often... (more)
Question added to topic Customer ServiceMarch 4, 2013

How Should I Handle Negative Online Reviews?

True confessions: When I first started blogging about a decade ago, I wrote a post for a top 10 website where I made what I thought was an innocent off-the-wall comment, meant to be (at least in my... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingMarch 1, 2013

How Can I Market an Unknown Product?

One of the great things about the Internet is that it has leveled the playing field. Today a startup, small business or one-man band can become a player in its field through the use of smart online... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessFebruary 28, 2013

What Are the Rewards of Entrepreneurship?

This is an interesting question and one that should be asked well prior to ever diving into the world of entrepreneurship. Far too often, this is a question an entrepreneur asks when already... (more)
Question added to topic Tax CenterFebruary 22, 2013

How Should I Prepare to Pay Taxes on Home-Based Biz Income?

Many entrepreneurs that are just starting out opt to work out of their homes instead of incurring the costs of renting office space. Those that work from home will need to be well-versed in the tax... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesFebruary 15, 2013

How Can I Keep Employees From Texting Too Much?

Years ago, this question was about how to control use of company phone systems and company time on personal phone calls. Sounds like eons ago, doesn’t it? However, the rules for managing... (more)
Question added to topic LeadershipFebruary 7, 2013

How Should I Define My Role in My Business?

In the heady heydays of a small business’s beginnings, finances often dictate that the owner be a jack-of-all-trades, taking on everything from closing the clients to crafting the company... (more)
Question added to topic Tax CenterFebruary 1, 2013

How Can I Help My CPA?

I'm glad that you asked this question, as I know some small businesses don't address this with their accountant. On a personal note, I run a company called BIDaWIZ that manages a... (more)
Question added to topic Hiring CenterJanuary 31, 2013

What Are 3 Traits That Would Make Someone Unhirable?

I am not sure why three is the magic number, but other than a bad work history (e.g., many jobs over a short period with inadequate or implausible explanations for each move) you need to establish... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJanuary 25, 2013

How Can I Start a Business With No Experience?

The success of a business rarely has to do with the novelty of an idea. Rather, it more has to do with whether or not the management team is able to execute on the strategy and goals. Luck and... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 23, 2013

How Can I Hire Exceptional Individuals?

First of all, good job specifications are needed. You may have all the information in your head, but the real challenge is to clearly convey not only what the job is (its purpose and major... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJanuary 22, 2013

Do I Owe Subcontractors Health Insurance?

Your friend is wrong on both counts. One of the benefits of working for yourself is the independence you gain to work as you please. But because you are not an employee, no one owes you anything.... (more)
Question added to topic Social MediaJanuary 17, 2013

How Should I Engage on Google+?

Most of the business owners and career people I speak with each week feel utterly overwhelmed by the number of social networking options that are out there. And while Google+ user numbers are... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesJanuary 16, 2013

How Can I Create a Burger Franchise?

The good news is that you’ve already completed the first step to setting up a burger franchise. You have established a prototype operation and, even better, you have expanded your operation... (more)
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