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Home Based Business

Should I Open a Lawn Care Business?

I'm thinking about starting from scratch and opening a lawn care business in the nicer suburbs of Cleveland. Is this a crazy idea, especially in this down economy?
Grow Your Business

Can Vets Get a Special Deal on Franchises?

I just got out of the military, have saved some money, and want to buy a franchise. How do I get started? Are there special programs or discounts for veterans?
Franchises

Do Part-Time Franchise Opportunities Exist?

I have a job but am interested in a franchise business. However, I'm not sure what kind of business I'd be interested in. I've heard that some franchises can be run part-time or from home on the side....
Starting a Business

Do You Need a College Degree to be an Entrepreneur?

I'm in college and I know that I want to be an entrepreneur. However, I'm not sure what I want to do yet and am questioning why I'm seeking a degree which i don't ultimately need. Do I really need a c...
Grow Your Business

How Can I Find Market Information for My Business Plan?

I'm in barber school and would like to open an "all female" barber shop. I'm stuck on how to find market data for my business plan. For example, I'm trying to research the number of barber s...
Starting a Business

How Many VC Firms Should a Startup Pitch?

Is it a good decision for a startup to apply for funding at as many as 10 to 20 venture capital firms? What do I need to consider?
Franchises

How Can I Dissolve an S Corporation?

I'm a 20 percent shareholder in an S corporation with four other equal partners. I see no financial future, as we are having to put money into a sinking a ship just to break even every year. I want to...
Grow Your Business

How Can I Find Out Whether a Business Name Is Already Taken?

I have a name for my business, but how do I find out if I can use it or whether someone else has already claimed it as their own? The name I want to use is Beauty Room.
Franchises

Can I Buy Into a Franchise with Little Experience and Capital?

I am a sophomore in college and really want to start my own business, but I realize that it requires capital and lots of time. I have immersed myself in business topics since being in college and have...
Franchises

How Can I Determine the Success Rate for a Franchise?

My brother and I are considering several businesses, including a wholesale auto parts company and a finance company. Though they are vastly different, we have interest in each. We're just beginning to...
Franchises

How Do Franchise Territories Work?

I've been researching a retail franchise business and want to make sure that the territory I'm interested in would be exclusively mine. I've read a few testimonials about franchises not having clear r...
Grow Your Business

How Can I Find an Attorney for My Startup?

I'm starting a retail boutique and I need a business accountant and attorney. What's the best way to choose them?
Grow Your Business

Where Can I Find a Reputable Wholesaler?

I'm looking into starting an apparel business but need to figure out where I can buy wholesale products from a reputable source.
Grow Your Business

How Can I Get an M.B.A. to Help on a Project?

I would like to propose a business idea to an M.B.A. student as a project that he or she can use in class and gain hands-on experience.
Grow Your Business

What Goes into a Nonconfidential Overview of My Business?

I was asked to put together a nonconfidential overview for my business. Can you help give me a sense of what types of information should and should not be in it?

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