Inside the October 2003 Issue
In the race to make money, some American businesses have been lying their pants off--but is success at any cost really worth the price?
You've lost that lovin' feeling for your business-but don't let it slip away. It's time to rekindle your passion and renew your commitment as an entrepreneur.
Be Your Own Boss Features
350-plus franchises you can buy for less than $50,000
Be Your Own Boss Features
If you want to start your own business, you'd better make sure you're in shape for it--emotionally, mentally and financially. Our three entrepreneurial fitness tests will help you see if you've got what it takes to get through the start-up phase.
Are you thinking about getting into the wine business? Here's a taste of what awaits you.
Think you've got the guts to strike out and do something completely different?
Lessons from sports superstars help you score business success.
When it comes to inventing a successful product, experience may be your best asset.
It was perfect timing for this couple to take on a dry cleaning delivery franchise.
A windfall helps one man's small-business dream come true.
A one-stop marketing shop
Our franchisees can't be wallflowers if they expect to get the help they're entitled to from their franchisor.
One woman unearths a gem of a business by letting her customers create (and re-create) their own jewelry.
The twists and turns of running your own business can throw you for a loop. Try these four tips to get back on track.
Whats Your Problem
So you want to start a secretarial service. Where do you go from there?
Entrepreneurs find a swingingly successful venture in arcade-style video games, such as 3-D golf.
Letters from our readers
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Not a chance. Questions are one of the best tools for unlocking creativity.
Don't fall for a scam--use these tips before you buy health insurance.
Are you within your rights to require employees to sign a binding arbitration agreement?
Rid your company of its jargon; why closing the last week of the year might be a smart idea
Winning at negotiation means learning what to bring to the table--and what to leave at home.
Is your service center living up to its potential? Find out how to get all you can from yours.
If you're outsourcing projects right and left, make sure the information you need is rolling back to you.
Cross your fingers, hold your breath . . . and put out ads with no holds barred.
Testimonials lead to a world of opportunity.
Can adopting a highway give your company positive exposure?
Online seminars show 'em what you've got.
Appealing to the over-65 crowd
Losing touch with your reps? Regular ride-alongs can help keep the connection alive.
Never mind what those negative voices inside your head say--you can make the sale.
Has your marketing copy lost its punch? Kick it up a notch with these words that work.
Find out how to barter the right way--and avoid the practices that will land you in hot water.
Thinking short term and safety first? Here's a fund that's got both.
Simple tactics for avoiding bad credit; wooing top-notch talent to your board
Home-equity borrowing could be risky business as interest rates rise.
If you think an intermediary service has the quick fix you need for finding investors, take a second look.
Are you overlooking significant deductions on new construction or major remodeling projects?
You can make renting a car easier on the company budget.
Jump-start your problem-solving skills for a better business.
Congress is set to increase the lending ceilings on SBA programs.
Half of all e-mail sent today is spam. What does the man who started it all think of it now?
The number of small businesses receiving SBA loans, who's simplifying their life and more
Find out which cities topped our 10th annual list of best cities for entrepreneurs.
You'll need plenty of patience to profit from m-commerce.
Business credit scores are on the horizon. Could your personal credit history hurt you?
. . . and other threats from the politically offended
Learning to live with the competitors you love to hate
Dotcom stocks could be poised for a comeback.
50, founder and CEO of McNeil Technologies Inc. in Springfield, Virginia
The latest in robotic watchdogs
Whats the Point
To spark business growth, follow the leader in your industry.
Manufacturers' inspection programs make it worth your while to buy used.
How women entrepreneurs strike a balance between business and marriage
If you want to save some money and improve your productivity, maybe it's time to get an affordable copy machine of your own.
Weighed down by your portable PC? These featherweights might be just what you're looking for.
Additional network storage; the small, quieter desktop
Diagramming made easy, turn your tablet PC into a time-saving tool and more
Many e-tailers are lining up to target the growing Hispanic market. It's a good idea, verdad?
Show those numbers who's boss with a new accounting software program.
How the Value-Added Tax affects your tech purchases; a new OS for Macs
Giving new meaning to the term "mobile phone"
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