Inside the November 2004 Issue
Think it's nearly impossible to become a multimillionaire before you're 40? Meet 23 young entrepreneurs who did just that--and learn the inside secrets to their success.
Then don't forget to pack these tech essentials. We take a look at the latest and greatest mobile gadgets that will keep you connected--and keep your business one step ahead.
Be Your Own Boss Features
When they weren't studying, these students made the smart choice to pursue franchise ownership--and learned that a college education is about more than what goes on in the classroom.
Be Your Own Boss Features
At business plan competitions across the country, judges sift through talented teams of presenters to find out who deserves the precious prizes--cash, services and VC exposure. Could your startup be the next to strike it rich?
You can't just throw new hires into the workplace and hope for the best. First, you've got to train them right.
This incubator targets entrepreneurs with disabilities
Pick up a few money-saving tips from these entrepreneurs as they share their startup stories.
The winner of our tech makeover contest makes the most of her new gizmos on the road.
Entrepreneurs find success with a new take on a familiar product.
A single mother from Belgium finds that good things come in packages of all sizes.
With 4 successful stores, this juice enthusiast has all the right moves.
Profits on tap
Golf course advertising, air from paradise and more
Have you lost that lovin' feeling for your business? Learn how to get the spark back.
Whats Your Problem
Is the lease up on this apartment-based business?
With his line of talking toys, this former street vendor brings new meaning to the phrase "Quiet as a mouse."
Letters from our readers
Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Leasing workers can reduce your paperwork, but don't forget your legal obligations to those employees.
Ombudsmen programs, executive wishes and more
A confidentiality agreement can give you the upper hand.
If you want to make changes to help your business soar, you've got to win people over first.
Hired the ultimate intern from hell? Here's how to avoid making the same mistake twice.
Contrary to popular belief, you use "bad news" to create a successful advertisement. Find out how it's done.
Ask the Expert
Make the most of your direct-mail campaign
Getting answers, abandoned shopping carts and more
If you're not advertising on internet radio, you could be missing out.
For a competitive edge, offer items made locally.
If you've got one superstar handling all your top accounts, it's time to redistribute the work--and the risk.
Networking can be key to creating sales opportunities. Here's how to make the moves.
Can a negative marketing campaign have positive results? Here's what to know before you strike the first blow.
With small-business lending up across the board, now's a great time to get the capital you need.
Flexibility is a key feature of convertible funds.
Paying premiums over time can cost you.
IPO options, retirement plans and more
Recent storms serve as reminders to review your homeowners policy--or regret it later.
Approaching investors who share your interests is the first step to getting the dollars you need.
Sign up for electronic filing, and you could get a tax-penalty refund.
Booking sites offer more bang for your buck--and then some.
How to instill faith in yourself--and in employees at the same time.
When it comes to small business, a new tax-cut bill is half-baked.
Entrepreneurial concerns, wireless growth and more
No question about it: The mobile phones of tomorrow have a lot in store for you.
VC firm frees and rehabilitates small tech firms languishing inside large companies.
Want a few business pointers? Mosey on over to Deadwood.
Could drug-buying clubs cure high prescription costs?
...it is possible to beat everyone--even big companies--to market, as this entrepreneur found out.
Software giants focus on selling to small businesses.
These entrepreneurs learned unexpected lessons from their former fast-food jobs.
Cats and dogs and babies, oh my! It's just another day at the office for these entrepreneurs.
Reverse auctions could help you get more contracts.
Giving new meaning to the term "power lunch"
Andy Hyman, 44, founder of Distant Replays in Atlanta
Your own portable photo lab
If you're buying company cars on a less-than-flexible budget, these midsize sedans are sensible choices.
A friend can make the best kind of business partner.
If you've reached the point where you need to invest in a copier, we've got the rundown on choosing one to match your business and your budget.
Will VoIP technology finally make videoconferencing a reality?
Greater connectivity is coming to a neighborhood near you. What will it mean for businesses?
Workgroup printer and network-attached storage
Ridding yourself of unwanted e-mail, secure file transfers and more
Can customers search your website--and actually find what they need? If not, you're losing dollars.
Browser options, storage devices and more
A more secure wireless standard is on its way.
Think wireless devices and air travel don't mix? That could soon be changing.