Inside the August 2005 Issue
How do stellar sellers work their magic? From the first cold call to closing the deal, discover the top sales secrets of some seriously successful salespeople.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Tag along with these 3 franchisees for a day, and see what it's really like to own a franchise.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Targeting a narrow customer base with a niche business could be your key to success.
Work full time? Still want to start a business? You can make it work.
Knowing what startup advice to take and to toss is important. Hear what others live by.
This boot camp makes starting a catering company a little easier.
Special programs are fighting for veterans starting businesses.
Providing services for fellow students can be a very smart business move.
A local buying program could be the key to getting your product on the shelves of major merchandisers.
Getting laid off from his corporate job gave this franchisee a fresh start.
A mom looking to foster her kids found a solution in franchising.
Off to a running start
Storage solutions, creative coffee and more
Remove barriers to your big dreams by following these simple steps.
Whats Your Problem
Don't let a successful first year distract you from attracting new customers.
Get hotel ratings from people who have actually stayed there.
Find out now how technology will evolve in the coming years.
A new bill could help small companies pump up tax deductions.
Can American entrepreneurs help solve social ills?
A new law aims to protect you from class-action suits.
If funding for small business investment companies dries up, who will suffer?
The winner of our ugliest logo contest gets a new look.
If the coffeehouse is your office, order up some manners.
U.S. companies find new opportunities by partnering with Israeli firms.
Microsoft aims to serve up support for small businesses with a new training program.
Can employers meet Muslims' requests in the workplace?
Running low on rest? Learn how others cope with fatigue.
A good sense of style--and smell--helped a candle-maker fire up his business.
Increased compensation, environmentally friendly products and more
Get six gadgets in one with this nifty digital camera.
You don't have to break the bank to get one of these luxury sedans.
How women business owners can conquer low self-esteem
The shoe fit for this fashion maven when it came to designing sky-high heels.
Don't fall into the trap of lying about your competitors, and don't just take it if they lie about you.
Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Redefining medical leave, unhappy employees and more
Lingering behind put this couple ahead of their competition in a new market.
Is a misogynistic manager liable for harassment?
Keep bullies at bay with these negotiating tips.
The call center may become a thing of the past--home-shoring is poised to make its mark on the economy. What's in it for you?
Pick-your-own mentor programs help new employees move ahead.
More big companies are refusing to give Wall Street quarterly earnings guidance. Should small firms jump on the bandwagon, too?
A buy-and-hold approach keeps this tech fund going strong.
Is your health policy legit?
New access to VC funding, foreign real estate and more
Surviving rapid top-line growth requires a bottom-line focus to keep things under control.
Mutual fund companies are finally beginning to reduce their fees, but you may not feel much of a difference.
Whether you're having a capital crisis or need funds to support growth, your customers may be an unexpected financing source.
The tax side of car expenses
Create a tag line that stands out from the competition.
Dig deep to show customers you appreciate them.
Have a great e-newsletter, but not enough people to share it with? Build your subscriber list with a co-registration campaign.
Get more from your store with a software solution.
To really make an impression on your customers, don't just memorize a sales pitch--let them see your heart and soul.
Sell your stuff at parties, online advertising and more
Can a controversial ad get customers to notice your great offer? It worked for this company.
When and where does your advertising work best? Use these contextual-advertising tips to set the scene and snag prospective buyers.
Speed up your network's performance with a fast Ethernet switch
Have an emergency plan while VoIP providers work on 911 shortcomings.
Watch your step--pharming scams are lurking around every corner.
Create perfect office documents
Take professional-grade photos with this lightweight digital camera
Ready to take your e-tail site to the next level? Get out of the virtual realm and into the brick-and-mortar marketplace for maximum profit.
Pint-size PCs, e-mail for dummies and more
Tae Kwon Do-practicing techies harness the power of martial arts to solve problems.
Wireless webcams give you a better view of your business.
Synchronization services can keep your contacts safe.