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What is the value of using a hosted e-mail service provider and which vendors do you recommend?

Using a hosted email service means that the burden of maintaining and securing the email server is not yours but the provider's. You can concentrate on your business while the expert at email... (more)

How do I start a business that resells computers?

There's two ways: You can register as a reseller with any number of PC vendors (Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others) and start selling computers to customers online and/or from a retail location. Make... (more)

What type of entity should I file as--a corporation or LLC?

You're wise to be asking about forming a separate entity for your new business.  The kind of business you're thinking of starting involves a lot of potential liability areas, from which you... (more)

Can a teen under the age of 18 be part of a business partnership?

Many states allow a person age 18 or over to freely enter into contracts and other business arrangements.  That means a teenager under the age of 18 may not.  Therefore, if you are 18 or over and... (more)

What are the pros and cons of equity financing?

The advantage to raising capital through equity (as opposed to debt) financing is that, if your business goes under, you don't have to pay the money back. Therefore, you can swing for the fences... (more)

Who has great deals on startup business loans?

Probably no one. Typically, banks avoid lending to startups because of the high failure rate of new, small and under-capitalized businesses. That's why most startup entrepreneurs turn to... (more)

How do I get my product into stores?

There are generally two ways to get your product into stores. One is to contact the stores' buyers yourself and set up appointments to pitch your product directly. The other is to hire a... (more)

When starting a business should you focus more on what you love or what you are good at?

Great question. I think I've always assumed there is a connection between what you like and what you're good at, but you have a good example here too. You don't say what you do love to do. That... (more)

Are there specialized financial resources for business startups owned by a minority?

Yes, you may qualify for some financial help, but be very careful about this. There are a lot more vendors of services to help you find and apply for grants than there are grants. Start your... (more)

How do I get my website on the top search engines?

This is one of the most fundamental questions asked in any SEO conversation. Tragically it is not an easy question to answer. There are entire communities of thought on how to accomplish this. Due... (more)

How do I attract customers with no job experience in the market I'm doing business in?

So you've got your license as a hairdresser, but no one knows you're a hairdresser. The answer is to advertise, but not in the way that you're thinking. Time and money are interchangeable. You can... (more)

How can I obtain an SBA loan or grant with less than perfect credit?

Depending on how bad your credit is, your best bet is to find someone to help you in improving your credit and getting it back on track. There are various lending programs that offer loans to less... (more)

Can I lease out my business?

If you can find someone that wants to "lease" your business, then mostly likely yes. But there may be some governmental issues depending on what type of business you have. Other more... (more)

What is required to build a concrete business plan?

If you visit www.sba.gov you can see information regarding the aspects a business plan should include. You can also visit with your local SCORE or Small Business Development Center can also help... (more)

What is required to build a concrete business plan?

If you visit www.sba.gov you can see information regarding the aspects a business plan should include. You can also visit with your local SCORE or Small Business Development Center can also help... (more)

How can I improve my cash flow?

There are a couple of different things that can help with cash flow: 1. When working with a client, request a down payment up front and/or do incremental billings so that you have cash flow... (more)

How do I determine a wholesale price for my product?

Every industry has an accepted discount structure.  The discount structure will vary from 331/3 with an additional 25% off to 40 and  25%.  The key factor for the wholesale price is really your... (more)

What is direct marketing?

B-to-B sales - I love it! Direct marketing under a B-to-B platform is anything you do to engage your prospects (in your case, entities who resell ladies gift sets, etc.) in a direct manner. In... (more)

What is network marketing?

While it's sometimes confused with pyramid schemes (in which people make money through totally illegal scams) any great boss can be considered a "network marketer" if his/her people help... (more)

What is network marketing?

While it's sometimes confused with pyramid schemes (in which people make money through totally illegal scams) any great boss can be considered a "network marketer" if his/her people help... (more)
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