Inside the September 2003 Issue
Wonder what makes shoppers tick? 5 retail superstars reveal how to please customers and, more important, how to keep them coming back for more.
Entrepreneurs have pushed for deregulation as a way to get a foot in the door of old, entrenched industries. But is cutting through the red tape the solution you've been waiting for?
Be Your Own Boss Features
There are some things beyond your control, such as a poor job market. But that doesn't mean you can't control your future. Follow the lead of these entrepreneurs, who bought their own franchises.
Be Your Own Boss Features
An eBay business could be your entry to the online marketplace. Find out how to get started today.
Let a vacation put you on the road to a great start-up idea.
This company faced sure disaster--but came out shining.
Act like an executive--and get the respect you deserve.
When space is at a minimum, turn your creativity to the maximum.
Will competitors' knockoffs destroy your products' edge? Not if you don't let them.
Then these franchises are worth a look if you need a helping hand--or want to lend one to others.
For Jack and Diane*, the road to becoming franchisees is a waiting game.
These entrepreneurs help make it easier for couples to walk down the aisle as many times as they like.
Success isn't a destination; it's simply undertaking the journey.
Whats Your Problem
Think the business-name registration process in Florida is the same as the one in California? Think again.
Knowing what's hip has helped this shoe expert build a footwear empire.
Letters from our readers
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Get fresh ideas when you change your perspective.
Even top execs can make mistakes. With the right coverage, it's no problem.
Under a new ruling, you may have to let unions use your e-mail system to promote their platform.
Why cell phones are no longer welcome at meetings; think twice before joining a city commission
You can't have it all. To negotiate successfully, you've got to master the art of give and take.
Is your business leaking profits? Find out--and get more of the revenue stream back in your company.
Should a prospective employee's credit history determine whether he or she gets the job?
Refusing to give your prospects the whole story at once is a surefire way to pique their curiosity.
Candy crosses the border to open new doors.
Selling products related to a crisis
3 ways gift cards can increase your sales
Feeling the crunch? Then it may be time to look outside your company for help.
Five stellar ways to steal the show from your competition
Is your logo losing its luster? Then maybe it's time to transform it with a new look.
If you're ready to sell, you've got the upper hand. Large buyout firms will be looking to entrepreneurs.
A new research tool helps you find leading mutual funds.
Online charitable systems for your employees; a fundamentally flawed investing strategy
When it comes to returns on real estate, think long-term investment.
Seeking an investor? Slow down and take five steps to protect your company from making a bad choice.
The IRS is no pushover when it comes to payroll withholding taxes. So if you're tempted to misuse these funds, you'd better reconsider.
Don't risk losing your laptop (or PDA or phone) on your next flight. Try these labeling tools.
Does your brand need triage? Here's something to help.
If it's the duty of every American to spend, then businesses must give something of value back.
How well employees get along with their co-workers, best U.S. locations for retail operations and more
Can direct marketing survive a consumer backlash?
Are small companies that buy from giant retailers sleeping with the enemy?
Urban, minority entrepreneurs are hotter than ever--so where is their funding?
Wondering if you can really get any work done at a Wi-Fi hot spot? We've got the answer.
Is enlisting bloggers the wave of the future in marketing?
. . . in love and business, so you may need a prenup to protect your company's assets.
Ex-dotcommers create new beginnings through low-tech businesses.
43, 40, co-founders of Thousand Mile, in Vista, California
Now you can take your video capabilities on the road.
Whats the Point
Win partners by letting them see what you're made of--with a "portfolio" of your patented technology.
Prevent a roadside emergency from sidelining your business--equip your company vehicles with the latest kits.
Find out which Web sites these entrepreneurs use to run their businesses more efficiently.
Give it a good look, and call us in the morning if it's right for your business.
Heard the latest about systems that combine voice calls with wireless LANs? They're within your reach.
Blackberry's latest handheld; a souped-up flat-panel display
Partitioning your hard drive, remote access software and more
Want to hand a project to a freelancer but don't know where to start? The Internet can help.
Then you might want to carry one of these tiny, high-quality printers in your back pocket.
Rebates on old handhelds; an update on IT outsourcing
New gadgets blaze trails for mobile workers.
Connecting the world with the push of a button