Inside the December 2005 Issue
Get fired up! Ignite your profits with our inside look at the hottest trends and best business ideas for 2006.
An entrepreneur's knack for decision making and her drive to move forward blend into the sweet smell of success.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Is enough being done in the franchise industry to encourage diversity? An expert has his say.
Be Your Own Boss Features
If you really know how to work your connections, a successful startup is less than 6 degrees away.
Make your business succeed in a location where others have failed.
Avoid embarrassing faux pas in online global communications.
Follow this young entrepreneur on her way to opening a gym for teens.
Make the most of your first trade show by breezing past these 5 common blunders.
What are today's students learning about business ethics?
An infomercial for this inventor's snappy new food containers helped her seal the deal with a large retailer.
Creative franchise concepts are just a slice of life in the Big Apple.
Lucky wishbones, MP3 loading services and more
Team up with like-minded people who can give you the push you need to meet--and surpass--your business goals.
Whats Your Problem
Keep your home business running smoothly with these three tips for entertaining holiday guests.
Keep clear of the cold and flu this season by packing smart.
Get the bird's-eye view that can help alert you to potential problems.
Holiday bonuses that really hit it big with employees
Build the best defense you can against hackers.
You want to yell "Get your act together," but twentysomethings are facing more than you think.
How will the battle over mandatory binding arbitration affect you?
How far would you go to finance your startup?
The best marketing slogans of today--and all time
Seeking stylish boutiques, malls are courting entrepreneurs.
The numbers don't lie--small-business hiring is still resilient.
Even a co-founder off at war couldn't hold this firm back.
Sick of the rat race? Embrace the simple life with a business that soothes customers' souls.
This innovator really lights up a room . . .or a house, or a city.
Negative cost-cutting, a $761 billion market and more
More bytes, less bark
Make the most of your precious minutes with a time-management system that works.
Treat yourself to something gorgeous, sexy and lots of fun.
Know where to draw the line between subtly sexy and sleazy.
Ready to put this year behind you? Don't forget those still in need while you're looking to the future.
Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Get certified for security.
Conducting exit interviews, tracking work time and more
A former police department pilot believes there's room for everyone to be a leader.
Be a responsible reference.
You can't control disruptive innovations, but you can learn to predict them--and to react to them in a positive way.
Break down the language barrier between you and your employees.
Implementing Sarbox-style strategic governance changes can help small businesses woo---and win---more big customers.
There's often more to a fund than its moniker.
Now's the time to evaluate your insurance coverage.
Limiting investors' partnership power, shrinking health care and more
Two entrepreneurs pump up Puerto Rico's economy while taking advantage of its tax incentives.
Though costs will likely go up in the wake of the recent hurricanes, flood insurance is still a life preserver worth considering.
If you're heading out on the fundraising trail, consider taking a guide along to keep your company on the right path.
Your reporting burden may now be a little bit lighter.
Your customers are all over the web, and they're not easy targets. Make sure your message hits its mark by keeping up with new technologies.
Use the art of timing to your advantage in negotiations.
Rack up sales with a wildly generous promotion.
Motivate sales reps with the almighty dollar.
The things you do--and don't do--could keep you from closing sales. Watch out for these 5 common mistakes, and learn how to avoid them.
Advertising on postage stamps, cell phones and more
By making evidence come to life, this entrepreneur ensures the whole truth gets told.
Want to boost your consulting practice in the new year? Power up your sales and marketing programs by following 3 key steps.
Brighten up your documents with a versatile, vivid color printer.
Find out if Google's marriage of IM and VoIP is worthy of raves.
Keep all your essential data in the palm of your hand with today's breed of flash sticks and teeny, tiny hard drives.
Our favorite tech gadgets and software to keep your business running smoothly
This new iPod Nano sets the bar for MP3 players.
Your website might be annoying customers. Here's how to change that.
Learn how to combat click fraud before it drains your ad budget.
Barter's back, new home networks and more
An online calendar service is the next crusade for one serial software entrepreneur.
Security software lets you know who's on the network.