Inside the September 2004 Issue
Ask not what the presidential candidates can do for you--ask what they can do for your business. We look at the issues shaping President Bush's and Senator Kerry's entrepreneurial agendas.
Think your business technology is all that and a bag of microchips? Well, it's not. Chances are, you need an upgrade. Here's a preview of the technologies that will change the way your company works.
Be Your Own Boss Features
From closets to cabinets to garages, Americans' clutter is piling up like never before. Find out how you can clean up in this growing industry.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Are you franchisee material? Take a look at yourself from a franchisor's point of view, and see how you measure up.
Your business' success depends on working to attract new customers--while still keeping existing clients happy.
The winner of our tech makeover from Interland, Sprint and IBM learns how upgrading can pay off.
Get real when it comes to accurately figuring out just what it'll cost you to get your business off the ground.
Do you have what it takes to run a company?
Smart partnering can transform a lone inventor into a market force.
Garage refurbishing and franchising 101
Genuine enthusiasm translates to good business in any language.
These matchmaking sisters aim to give busy singles a fast--and fun--way to date.
Asian-inspired children's clothing, fine art marketing materials and more
If you think free time is a luxury you can't afford, think again--relaxation is essential to your startup's success.
Whats Your Problem
What to know before starting a child-care business
For the brothers who made the fish taco a million-dollar industry, it's all relative.
Letters from our readers
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
If you do business overseas, be certain your "administrative fees" aren't really illegal bribes.
Check your spelling, pay equity and more
Hate to negotiate? That's still no excuse to avoid learning this skill.
Are you apt to make mistakes? You're not alone. Find out how to avoid these 8 common pitfalls.
Don't worry if you have an employee who's not a team player--it is possible to deal with loners in a way that makes everyone happy.
Who says you can't judge a book by its cover? Book jackets can make or break sales--so why not use them to inspire your advertising efforts?
Ask the Expert
Market research on the cheap is just a click away.
Proposal writing tips, advertising in blogs and more
Take a closer look at your marketing materials, or you may get burned.
If that's how parents feel bringing kids into your store, they'll pass you by.
Don't let the green-eyed monster capsize your team. Use these techniques to bring a sales superstar onboard without rocking the boat.
Landing a large account doesn't have to be out of your reach. With these 5 strategies, your company will be on its way up.
A "hands-on" approach to marketing your product could be just the thing to win customers.
Done right, a private investment in public equity, or PIPE, could bring your business much-needed cash.
A computer model picks this fund's winners.
Save employees (and your business) a world of hurt with disability insurance.
Deducting business lunches, investing help from your computer and more
For fixed-income investors, low interest rates make short-term CDs the best choice.
If you're looking for investor money, brace yourself for a rigorous due-diligence process.
Save money, and keep employees happy with stock ownership plans.
Boutique hotel chains are going strong with cheap, stylish offerings.
Think work distractions are a pain? Top CEOs tend to disagree.
Feds try to protect the little guy from payroll tax predators.
Eating out, looking to China and more
Nonprofits are reaping the rewards of starting for-profit ventures.
What will expected interest-rate hikes mean to you?
A lot, if you're talking about the .mail domain--it could make sending legit e-mail ads easier.
What hot, new pastime is inspiring entrepreneurs to launch businesses?
What would you do if you suddenly inherited a business?
Pessimistic employees may not be so bad for your business after all.
The debate over benefits for same-sex couples heats up.
Jeff Jonas, 40, founder of SRD in Las Vegas
A camera that fits nicely in your wallet
These models give you good reasons to drive around with the top down.
Two entrepreneurs write books about their experiences--and learn something in the process.
In the market for a digital camera for your business? Keep your eyes peeled for these features.
American carriers are finally bringing 3G cellular service to a phone near you.
A growing number of uninvited guests are pushing their way onto your PCs. Here are the latest antidotes.
The ultimate in slim notebooks and PDAs
Hard disk searches, voice-activated dialing and more
Could sending a paper catalog to customers boost your e-commerce business?
Caring for disks, renewing anti-virus software and more
A "white pages" for mobile phone users is on its way.
Mobile warriors will benefit from new products utilizing this wireless technology.