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Inside the February 2005 Issue


Make a List, Check it Twice

Can you check off all the items on our list? If not, fine-tune your business skills with these insider tips from entrepreneurial guru Guy Kawasaki.

Workplace 2005

Telecommuting, virtual offices, dispersed staff . . . if you're worried that you can't keep up with the ever-changing workplace, never fear. Here's a jump-start on new trends and technologies to help you ease your business into the future.

Remote Control

Sounds like it's as easy as pushing a button, but managing workers remotely takes a lot of learning, communication and trust, as these entrepreneurs found out.

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Stay connected with these technology systems that give you and your employees the ultimate freedom of mobility.


Be Your Own Boss Features
These 105 franchises put the pedal to the metal and are looking to smash records with their full-throttle growth.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Can you check off all the items on our list? If not, fine-tune your business skills with these insider tips from entrepreneurial guru Guy Kawasaki.
Biz 101
Laughter is the best marketing, so find your sense of humor.
Biz 101
Our "Biz 101" tech makeover winner learns to save time and money.
Biz 101
Sample these microenterprise programs to help you start small.
Biz 101
Changing fields? Your industrial evolution still relies on your old skill sets.
Biz U
You're still a student, but by being polished, poised and professional, you can get the respect you deserve as an entrepreneur.
Want skeptical customers to warm up to your product? Here's the scoop on how to win them over.
Bottled perfection
A party franchise proves business and pleasure do go together.
This family plans to make franchising part of its future for generations to come.
Smart Ideas
Celebrity-shaped cookies and in-home teachers
Success Coach
Feeling stuck in a rut? Rethink your predicament, make a plan, and succeed.
Whats Your Problem
Follow these five tips to make freelance bidding sites work for you.
Almost Famous
Yoga improved these entrepreneurs' well-being. Now they're bringing it to the masses.
Editors Note
Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
A new law makes it easier to reach settlements.
Management Buzz
Employee auctions, the value of employee reviews and more
Real Deal
How to spread the risk of a deal around
Smart Moves
Want a fiercely loyal work force? It's no secret--it pays to treat working mothers right.
Staff Smarts
Are your first impressions of new hires forcing them out the door? Then it's time to open your eyes.
Ad Wisdom
Get customers talking, and they'll do your advertising for you.
Learn what this romantic holiday can teach small-business owners.
Marketing Buzz
Benefiting from blogs, satisfied e-customers and more
Net Sales
Geographic-targeting features get your online message to customers right around the corner.
Retail Register
Are RFID tags in danger of being hacked?
Sales Success
Hit the mark with prospective customers by learning how to find their hot buttons.
Need exposure? Follow these 6 tips to win press coverage for your growing business.
Dollar Signs
With no more federal subsidy, entrepreneurs are uncertain about the future of small-business loans.
This is not your father's equity-income fund.
With liability insurance, timing is everything.
Money Buzz
Hybrid securities, female purchasing power and more
Personal Finance
Fair market value is out, while the actual sale price is in for setting car-donation write-offs.
Raising Money
When assessing commercial loan costs, the interest rate is often only a drop in the bucket.
Tax Talk
Avoid independent-contractor snags.
Biz Travel
With beds like these, you'll never want to leave your hotel.
Here's one leadership rut you don't want to get out of.
Capitol Issues
Some say that the SBA is withholding contracts--and important information.
It Figures
Fraud capitals, entrepreneurial vets and more
Post-election, can the parties reach out to entrepreneurs on the issues that matter most?
Smarts Features
Things to think about before adding a tip jar to your place of business
Smarts Features
Real-world business advice from a hit makeover TV show
Smarts Features
In the service industry? This tracking survey will help you get the information you need.
Smarts Features
Take a closer look at the up-and-coming personalized search engine.
Smarts Features
Do some of your employees have a need for speed? Find out how to handle it.
Smarts Features
Will a decline in businesses be a downer for entrepreneurs?
Smarts Features
Lord, have mercy--your mama's down-home cooking has gone gourmet.
Smarts Features
Has dependence on tech made us less productive?
Daniel Lubetzky, 36, founder of PeaceWorks LLC in New York City
Tech Toy
This monitor is the answer to all your computer and entertainment needs.
Look at these concept cars to see what the future holds for your fleet.
Do nice girls really finish last in the business world?
Buyers Guide
The latest ultraportables are light on weight, but not on features.
With a new generation of routers, VoIP and Wi-Fi form a union to benefit your business.
Digital Edge
Take control of your company's finances with new accounting software from Microsoft.
Reviewing the latest monitors and laser printers for the office
Net Profits
Want to get a piece of the eBay pie? Joining its affiliate program can be a good way to do just that.
Tech Buzz
iPods for business, protecting Linux and more
When you're on the move, stay connected for less.
Find out where you can recycle your cell phone.
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