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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)
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