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Question added to topic Grow Your BusinessJuly 28, 2011

How Do I Value My Stake in a Business?

One thing you can do is look into valuation, valuation methods and valuation professionals. Do a web search for "valuation" and see what you turn up for fencing and solar energy. There's... (more)
Question added to topic Grow Your BusinessJuly 28, 2011

How Do I Re-Start My Business?

Starting over can be smart, but also difficult. There's no set formula that applies. There are a lot of different ways to get there, but nothing is certain, nothing comes without risk and nothing... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJuly 28, 2011

How Do I Bring Partners into the Business?

Business partners can be hands-on or passive investors, so the first thing you need to determine is which kind of partner you want. Do you want someone local in Mexico? Do you want someone who... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJuly 28, 2011

When Do I Need a Business License?

Whether or not you need a business license depends on your local and state laws although, generally, toy shops don't require specific business licenses. Your local town office will have more... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesJuly 21, 2011

How Can I Pitch My Invention?

It's great that you are working from the foundation of an actual patent, as most products or product ideas that are pitched aren't that far along in the development stage. That said, there are a... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJuly 21, 2011

How Do I Chart a Path for Employee Growth?

It is commendable that you are thinking ahead to be sure that individual contributors have the chance to advance on their respective career paths. Many companies fail to do that and discourage or... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyJuly 20, 2011

What Should I Consider Before Seeking a Business Loan?

This is a tough one to answer because so much depends on the specifics of your situation, what resources you have, what level of funding you need, how you feel about business with family and... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingJuly 20, 2011

How Do I Market a Product in a Foreign Country?

The best marketing channels for your business will depend on the type of product you are selling. Without knowing the type of product you have, you need to consider whether you are manufacturing... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJuly 19, 2011

Should I Finish School Before Starting a Business?

The middle-aged person you're going to be in a couple decades will miss the education you're getting now if you don't in fact get it. It's usually not a smart idea to sell yourself short by not... (more)
Question added to topic Grow Your BusinessJuly 15, 2011

How Should I Donate Business Sales to Charity?

If you plan to include charitable contributions as a regular part of your business model, you will want to be "transparent" regarding three important issues: Identity, amount and... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJuly 15, 2011

Can I Use Another Business's Name?

As they say: "There is nothing new under the sun." So, it should come as no surprise that different people will want to choose the same business name. Generally, as long as no one... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesJuly 14, 2011

How Should I Analyze a Market?

An easy way to do this is to look at all the categories of quick service/fast food restaurants in your area and see what isn't offered. Then, find out why. Or, if you are offering something... (more)
Question added to topic Online MarketingJuly 13, 2011

How Can I Make My Content Go Viral?

I can't say what the market will do when they see your viral content. Then again, what is it that you have that you believe will make it viral? There have been a lot of great products that... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJuly 12, 2011

How Much Will It Cost to Launch an E-Commerce Site?

E-commerce website pricing varies widely depending on the level of sophistication you want to have, and e-commerce success often depends on many technology solutions are working together. So, your... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesJuly 12, 2011

Should I Use Personal Funds to Start a Franchise?

There are lots of sources you can use for funding your franchise. The most common are loans, investors and personal funds. Each has pros and cons and the right answer for you depends on your... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJuly 6, 2011

Should I Bring a Mentor into the Business?

This is sort of like asking whether you should marry the person you're dating. That said, if you do a deal like this you better be sure this person is somebody you can live with day in and day out... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyJuly 6, 2011

What's the Best Way to Find Startup Money?

Seek an advisor first, before you seek an investor. Find someone local with related experience -- maybe an attorney or a counselor at the nearest Small Business Development Center. Check... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesJuly 6, 2011

Are Franchise Fees Negotiable?

Franchise fees are usually not negotiable but that fact has as much to do with the government's disclosure requirements than it does with a company's unwillingness to bargain. The Federal Trade... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingJuly 2, 2011

How Can I Market to Decision-Makers?

First, ask yourself: Who are the biggest targets that I want to reach first? Who has the best reputation that will help me tell the rest of the marketplace, "I have earned XYZ, Inc.'s business... (more)
Question added to topic Home Based BusinessJune 30, 2011

Do I Need a Permit to Have a Sample Sale?

What you're selling is not necessarily the operative question -- it's how you're selling it. If you plan to hold a yard or garage or sample sale, many cities and towns do require that you obtain... (more)
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