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Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurOctober 3, 2012

Do I Need an LLC to Start Up a New Online Business?

There is no legal requirement that you form an LLC (or other entity) to start a business. But here’s the $64,000 question: Do you want to have your personal assets stripped from you? Do you... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurOctober 1, 2012

Can an Employer Dismiss an Employee Who Was Arrested?

Some companies have policies in their manuals covering this kind of situation. Because you asked this question, I am assuming that you do not have such policies in place. I am also assuming that... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurSeptember 24, 2012

What Can I Expense When Running a Business Out of My Home?

You're in good company with running your business from home. Recently a growing number of self-employed individuals manage their business from home for the convenience and fixed-cost savings.... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurSeptember 17, 2012

How Can I Save Time on Social-Media Marketing?

It nearly goes without saying that you're doing this on no budget and on your own. To maximize your time spent on social media, you must first decide what your goals are. Otherwise, you'll... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurSeptember 7, 2012

What Is the Best Way to Create a Successful Social-Media Marketing Campaign?

You'll want to use social media strategically to meet a specific business goal. Do you want to create greater brand awareness or drive sales leads? Enhance your public awareness or create a... (more)
Question added to topic Ask EntrepreneurAugust 30, 2012

How Can My Company Get the Exposure It Deserves?

Getting the press and attention your company deserves comes down to building relationships with writers and presenting your product or service in a way that serves a purpose other than se (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsMarch 1, 2012

What Do I Need to Start a Consulting Business?

Like any other business getting started you have a couple of threshold questions to ask. First, what are your long-range ownership plans? Will you have investors or other owners? Also, you'll... (more)
Question added to topic Selling OnlineFebruary 22, 2012

Should My Website and Online Store Be Connected?

A good website exists for one reason: to convert visitors into paying customers. Whether you convert visitors to customers by a link to a separate online store or by driving directions to a... (more)
Question added to topic InsuranceFebruary 16, 2012

Do I Need Liability Insurance?

Yes, you do. Any business that deals in high-risk and related activities, such as construction, should have appropriate levels of insurance in place. Otherwise, you run a serious risk of bankruptcy... (more)
Question added to topic Startup BasicsFebruary 14, 2012

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)
Question added to topic Online MarketingFebruary 9, 2012

How Can I Attract More Customers to My Website?

You might need to clarify what you're offering on your website at present. It appears that you're offering business-to-consumer services as an affiliate marketer, and (more)
Question added to topic Startup BasicsFebruary 2, 2012

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)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJanuary 11, 2012

What Type of Holding Company Should I Create?

In creating any business for any purpose, you have both tax as well as legal factors. Deciding on the form of entity for your holding company depends on a number of issues. For example, what's... (more)
Question added to topic Startup BasicsJanuary 10, 2012

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)
Question added to topic Startup BasicsDecember 27, 2011

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)
Question added to topic SalesDecember 21, 2011

How Can I Get Businesses to Advertise on My Website?

Monetizing your website with ads is a challenging business model. As you've pointed out, the best way to be attractive to an advertiser is to make sure your website generates more qualified... (more)
Question added to topic Customer Loyalty and RetentionDecember 19, 2011

What Can I Do When a Customer Relationship Gets Shaky?

Having a conversation with your customer would most likely be your first move. Sometimes nuance and certain hints in conversations can be missed. If the person has someone else to answer to, and... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesDecember 16, 2011

What is a Business Owner's Relationship with Freelancers?

Normally, a freelancer is brought on board as a contractor under a professional services agreement. Essentially, you will be paying this individual to do specific work at a set rate per hour or per... (more)
Question added to topic Growth StrategiesDecember 14, 2011

How Can I Break into a Competitive Industry?

Coming up with new products might not be necessary. Instead, figure out what you unique selling proposition is. That can show customers why your products are better than the competition's.... (more)
Question added to topic BrandingDecember 12, 2011

Can One Failed Business Affect My Future?

As an independent contractor, you are a business owner. And as an owner, it is up to you to create your own image – based on the experience others have of you and your work. If you are... (more)
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