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Pick A Pro, Any Pro

Browse the credentials of the experts to find the answers you need.

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Used to be, we could only dream about easy access to authentic experts. But now, thanks to the Web, just a few keystrokes will get you pointers on how to approach a venture capitalist, tips on getting your computers running right or advice about how to fire employees or incorporate abroad. Whatever it is you need to know, the Web is teeming with sites where experts offer up pointed advice, either for free or for a small fee.

So how exactly do you sort out the pros from the cranks before committing to pay for an answer? The best sites let users rate their experts and, before making a deal, you can read the reviews. Most sites also offer some biographical details or abbreviated resumes on the experts, and some of these experts prove to be high-profile professionals.

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