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Ask Entrepreneur - Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Should I Quit Engineering and Study Business?

While skills are important for business owners, so is personality. Our expert helps this college student understand the traits that great entrepreneurs need.
Mobile

Should I Hire a Web Development Firm or a Staffer to Build my Mobile App?

Both outside firms and internal hires have their advantages and disadvantages. We break down what you can expect.
Growth Strategies

Is My Landing Page Clearly Written?

Sometimes your startup's biggest obstacle can be your own website. Make sure the language is clear and engaging.
Office Tech

Which Point of Sale System Should I Use?

I am on a tight budget and opening a retail Christmas and candy shop. What would you recommend for a point of sale system for a small startup like this? What are the pros and cons of using traditional...
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How Can I Turn My Hobby Into a Home Business?

I am a homemaker, and I crochet during my leisure hours. I would like to begin selling my crocheted items. How can I arrive at pricing and market my products effectively? What are the most important t...
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When is It Time to Bring in a Managing Partner?

In 2008, I started a construction business specializing in rainwater harvesting and solar energy systems. The first few years were very slow, but this year is showing several hundred percent annual gr...
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How Should I Incorporate My Small Business (Sole Proprietor)?

My small cleaning business currently has eight employees and makes around $500,000 per year. To protect my personal assets, I'd like to incorporate -- but I'm not sure which option is best for me. Sho...
Starting a Business

Will Getting an MBA or Professional License Benefit Me As an Entrepreneur?

Would a professional license or graduate degree, such as a CPA, CFA, MBA or JD, help me become more successful as an entrepreneur? Are there any unique benefits or skills I couldn't otherwise access,...
Franchises

Are Royalty Fees the Norm with Franchises?

I am interested in a franchise that charges a $30,000 franchise fee and takes a 6% royalty fee from gross sales. I have spoken with a few other franchise owners who say they've never heard of a royalt...
Starting a Business

How Do I Move a Product Idea Forward?

I'm a product designer and have just designed a product I think has a lot of potential. Since I don't have prior business experience, I'm not sure what to do next. I know I'll need a business plan, so...
Finding Customers

How Can I Reach Out to International College Students in the U.S.?

I'm working on a project at a mobile startup that would be perfect for international college students attending school in the U.S. that gives them free overseas calling for two months. I've contacted...
Location

How Do I Choose a Location for My Store?

I am planning to open a resale/consignment shop in Houston but am really stuck on which part of the city would be best for my business. How do I determine the ideal location in a big city with so many...
Branding

Can I Use My City in My Business Name?

I want to open a ballet studio and use "City of Miami" or "Miami" as part of the business name. Is that illegal? Do I need special permission of some kind?
Finding Customers

How Can I Increase My Sales Footprint?

I just built a brand from scratch, Lulu's Garden LLC, a natural product line. Building the brand, marketing, etc. -- that was the easy part for me. Now I have a complete package ready to go and I've h...
Managing Employees

How Do I Deal With Uncommitted Employees?

For the past few months, I've sensed a decline in engagement among my staff. I'd say about half of them seem significantly less energetic and motivated now than they did earlier this year. Because it'...

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