Inside the June 2003 Issue
Don't bother adjusting your thermostats: It's Entrepreneur and D&B's 9th Annual Hot 100 listing of the fastest-growing new businesses.
Most Valuable Players
Slashing prices to keep up with the big chains can spell disaster for the average entrepreneur. It's better to stick with what your business does best: Offering customers value-added services.
Be Your Own Boss Features
We hit the road and went in search of the hottest trends in franchising, from the mountains to the prairies.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Does the idea of starting your own business paralyze you? We've got some simple techniques to get you back in control.
A specialty is essential to your success in the booming home-improvement market.
A strong support system will see you through the start-up phase and beyond.
Are they really contractors rather than employees? If you don't get it right, you could face steep penalties.
Promotional partnerships can double your marketing punch.
To reach potential customers with an avant-garde product, you'll need to have a few tricks up your sleeve.
Do you go with original butter & salt or almond crunch? Decisions, decisions . . .
If your house needs painting and your roof needs repairing, these franchisees have it covered.
On-demand is what's in demand.
With a good location in sight, will Jack and Diane take the smart route to financing their land deal?
These chilly towels prove their worth in the battle against the heat.
Fuel up your entrepreneurial spirit, and then let it take flight.
Whats Your Problem
Will your marriage survive both of you working at home? Yes, if you work on your communication skills, too.
One determined entrepreneur fights for pregnant women's rights to dress in today's hottest styles.
Air out some new ideas with this technique.
Take a better look at your protection warranty.
Beware of ambiguous language in your contracts, and you'll avoid the headache of court battles.
Entrepreneurs benefit from a favorable legal decision; tracking your customer complaints
Business and friendship can be a very volatile combination if you're not careful.
On the lookout for business insurance? You might have to re-evaluate your risk tolerance first.
More and more companies are hiring virtual interns. But is this a good thing for everyone involved?
Your prospects may be all grown-up, but comic-book-style word balloons still make them stop and stare.
E-mail newsletter has owners tasting profits.
Mascot marketing; improving your on-the-phone vocal skills
Have you been slammed as a spammer? Here's how to fight back.
Focus your coaching efforts where they'll pack the most punch--on your top performers.
How do you turn that "no" into a "yes"? We've got some breakthrough tips to get you there.
If you don't already, it's time to start. Tapping the Latino market could translate to increased sales.
More small-business opportunities can flow freely now that the SBA has finally removed its 7(a) loan cap.
Certain funds offer you guarantees-for a price.
Getting your hands on insider trading data; the benefits of medical savings accounts
Take notes on the pros and cons of 529 plans.
Whether your company is flush with cash or barely hanging on by a thread, how you manage payables can help unlock its potential.
Think the IRS is bluffing when it says it will crack down on small-business tax abuses? Think again.
Get ahead of jet lag before it gets the best of you.
Yes, even in the most stagnant economy, it's possible to expand.
An old health insurance bill gets a second chance at life.
Entrepreneurs can help lead Afghans to a better future, says this businessman.
Women in the workplace, top 5 destinations for paid Web content and more
How can you keep your chin up in this uncertain economic landscape?
Futuristic features will make tomorrow's mobile phones smarter.
Which U.S. cities are today's hotbeds of technology?
How does the federal deficit affect your business?
Now that's how you play the networking game.
36, founder of IE-Engine in Waltham, Massachusetts
Working out with your Palm
Whats the Point
Studies show many of you aren't looking before you leap.
Three new Cadillac models offer something for everyone.
Your dreams may reveal more about your business than you realize.
Got your heart set on upgrading your CD burner? Check out the latest drives before you buy.
But you can't hide--at least you won't be able to when the world goes wireless. What will the Wi-Fi revolution mean for your business?
A multifunction machine that does the trick; make presentations easier with a wireless projector
Secure instant messaging, faster Web surfing and more
If you can afford to join the fray, offering online customers free shipping may help you compete.
Portable projectors let you travel light while still packing quality into your business presentations.
Upgrading your phone system to IPT; broadband access from your local electric company
Swimming through the alphabet soup of today's wireless standards
Did you jump the gun by going with the wireless standard "A"? Maybe not.