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Question added to topic Building a WebsiteDecember 7, 2011

Should I Learn Web Development?

Starting from scratch and learning how to code a website probably isn't the best way to get started if you're serious about building a profitable business at a scale large enough to be... (more)
Question added to topic Management & OperationsDecember 6, 2011

Can I Buy Wholesale Merchandise Before Starting Up?

You should be able to buy a few items but you may not be able to buy in bulk, depending on the local “re-selling” rules in your area. In general, it’s easier than ever to get... (more)
Question added to topic Your WebsiteAugust 27, 2011

How Can I Streamline My E-Commerce Operation?

One-click transactions may seem simple to provide, but the process of the one-click purchase is actually protected by a software patent owned by none other than Still, there are a few... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesAugust 22, 2011

How Do Master Franchise Owners Get Paid?

A master franchisee is typically someone who enters into a contract with the franchise company to help them sell and service individual franchisees in a large and well-defined area. This is usually... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesAugust 22, 2011

Which Franchise Markets Are Most Profitable?

The most profitable markets or industries in franchising are the ones least affected by the lousy economy that has marked the past few years. In terms of industries, you want to steer toward... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 21, 2011

What's the Best Way to Acquire New Sales Leads?

There are a number of ways that businesses can get new sales leads. Some do it through advertising, some through internet marketing, some by getting data from information aggregators such as... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingAugust 21, 2011

How Can I Market My Online Business?

Building "likes" on a fan page takes a bit of strategy with targeted advertising through Facebook pay-per-click. The nice thing about Facebook's advertising platform is that you can get... (more)
Question added to topic Grow Your BusinessAugust 18, 2011

How Do I Find Someone to Run My Business?

One way to do this would be to hire two "managers" to help you run the company, and see who is better able to lead your operation over a six- to 12-month period. The key to making sure... (more)
Question added to topic Grow Your BusinessAugust 17, 2011

How Can I Land My First Client?

Getting your first client can be daunting. Here are a few ideas that can help get you some results:     Make sure your flyer looks professional, and that it lists your phone number,... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 12, 2011

Are Owners Required to Provide Past Employee Pay Slips?

Promote a new policy that states that employees are responsible for filing, copying and otherwise keeping track of their own pay slips. Say that if an employee requires replacement copies of pay... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsAugust 12, 2011

Do I Need a Trademark?

Generally, once you form a company and file your company name with your state's Secretary of State, you can use that company name where ever you like across the globe. But that's... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsAugust 12, 2011

How Can I Make Sure I Get Paid?

Any time you're dealing with delinquent payables, you have several factors to consider. First, do you have a written agreement that specifies when you get paid, and if you can charge any... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsAugust 12, 2011

What Are My Rights as an Investor?

You're right. Just because you are a minority shareholder doesn't mean you don't have rights to have a say in what goes on in the company. First, look carefully at your shareholders agreement... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyAugust 11, 2011

How Much Should I Pay Retailers for Selling My Product?

This is typically done on consignment, by which the store receives some kind of split on what they sell. Revenue is usually split 60 percent to the store and 40 percent to you, although... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 9, 2011

How Do I Start an Online Business?

Before you determine a budget and choose a technology solution for your online business, there are four important questions to answer. Once you are confident in your answers to these four... (more)
Question added to topic Social MediaAugust 9, 2011

How Do I Build a Social Network for My Business?

There aren't too many reasons to spend the time and money necessary to build your own social network from the ground up. Even big brands with large budgets regularly use existing social... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 9, 2011

How Can I Add E-Commerce to My Business?

Selling online can take several forms, so it's important to consider whether you want to build an entire e-commerce store or just complement your in-store sales with e-commerce. Here are three... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesAugust 8, 2011

How Do I Close Down My Franchise?

These are important questions that you're asking as you contemplate the best way to shut down and exit your business. For purposes of answering you I'm assuming that the business is not a... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessAugust 4, 2011

How Do I Open a Bar?

First, you should consider the market for another bar in your area. Is there really a market for one, and if there is, how will yours be different that the competition? Do they offer food to their... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesAugust 1, 2011

How Much Freedom Do Franchisees Have?

Freedom -- that's what America is all about. But sometimes the price of freedom is higher than what you really want to pay and that's the reason for the existence of business format franchises.... (more)
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