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Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJune 19, 2007

How do I start a market research company?

Market Research is a great business. And, getting started is like any business a matter of first putting together your business plan.  The business plan is more important for the process of... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesJune 19, 2007

What is the growth of tutorial services in education industry?

Not being a business consultant, I would urge you to do extensive research before purchasing any franchise or buying a business. That said, my personal experience with the tutorial services... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJune 19, 2007

Is it possible to patent a similar idea that already exists?

To answer your questions simply, yes, as long as you can prove it's different enough. That said, it would be best if you think the idea has a lot of commercial merit to speak directly with a... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJune 19, 2007

How do I get a TM (trademark) for my brand?

Great Question. TM actually stands for Temporary Mark and then when the mark is approved you get to use the R in a circle meaning registered. Trademarking is a relatively simple process, you... (more)
Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJune 19, 2007

What is the best way to make a business a Corporation or LLC?

Well, without a lot more detail it is impossible to answer this question. The simplest advice I can give is to find a good tax and structure attorney, or even deal with a specialist... (more)
Question added to topic FranchisesJune 19, 2007

Any advice on starting a cupcake business?

I think your initial thoughts are great. A farmers market is always a good way to see if people like your product and a great way to learn your costs, how much time is involved and of course how... (more)
Question added to topic Business IdeasJune 19, 2007

Does anyone have any knowledge about opening an online ticket broker site?

To make it very basic, you build the site, list the tickets you have for sale, (or can get to onsell) and depending on ow much people want to buy the tickets, you can determine the level or fee or... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyJune 19, 2007

How can I get a credit card or loan for my business without using my personal credit history and Social Security Number?

There are a couple of things to consider. One is that most lenders will ask you to use your personal assets as collateral for the business loans as well as the business assets. They want this as a... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyJune 19, 2007

If you have started a new small business, how can you start paying yourself to pay your personal bills?

No--do not pay your personal bills out of the business account. Hopefully you have created a business plan. You need to assess what the business can afford to pay you and you should visit with your... (more)
Question added to topic Home Based BusinessJune 19, 2007

I'd like to sell my purses to local boutiques. How much profit % can I expect to make off each item?

You will need to do some research of the industry to find out what the normal markup is in your area of specialty. This is where it is important for you to have a clear understanding of your costs... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJune 18, 2007

How do I start a credit repair business?

I can't tell you step-by-step how to start a credit repair business, from home or not, because I've never done it and I don't know that business. I can however point you to a lot of very good... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJune 18, 2007

How do I start a title insurance or real estate company from home?

I can't tell you step by step how to start a real estate or title insurance business, from home or not, because I've never done it and I don't know that business. I can however point you to a lot... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyJune 18, 2007

I am trying to get federal funds to open a large country convenient store. Where can I get an application for this type of business?

Go to your local bank to get an application for a business loan guaranteed by the federal Small Business Administration (SBA). Call first, because not all banks work with the SBA but most do, and... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJune 18, 2007

How do I write a business plan?

Yes, I can help you. Take a look at the business planning articles on entrepreneur.com, including my monthly columns and others. Then if you want more take a look at the business planning articles a (more)
Question added to topic MarketingJune 18, 2007

What marketing materials do I need for presentations, and what do I need to open the doors?

I highly recommend a special report or article of your expertise. This positions you as an expert and sets you apart from your competition. Make sure that anything you create is related to the... (more)
Question added to topic MoneyJune 18, 2007

Are there any grants or special loans to help a woman start a small, non-home based business?

Grants are not nearly as common or as easy as the TV commercials say. They are selling lists of government programs so they want to get you interested enough to buy their lists. There are some... (more)
Question added to topic Building a WebsiteJune 18, 2007

How do I start a website for my business?

Congratulations on deciding to take your business online! The first thing you need to do is to register your domain name.  This would be www.yourcompany.com . You can do this with a domain... (more)
Question added to topic Business IdeasJune 18, 2007

Do you have any ideas for an online business?

You have to first decide on the type of business you want to start. Then do research about that type of business.� Organizations like the Small Business Administration and SCORE will help... (more)
Question added to topic MarketingJune 18, 2007

How do I get spotlighted in a magazine article?

That’s the million-dollar question that I get asked all the time (sometimes clients ask to be spotlighted on TV or in newspapers or in a blog, of course, but it’s the same idea). I wrote a book... (more)
Question added to topic Starting a BusinessJune 18, 2007

Why is it not reliable to get an equity line of credit (from your own house) to put on your own business? Why is it so risky?

This is an area where you will get many differing opinions. An equity line can be a very viable option in starting a business, just realize that you are putting your home at risk if you default on... (more)
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