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Ask Entrepreneur - Young Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneurs

What Should I Study to Be an Entrepreneur?

As a new college student with my eye on the prize of becoming an entrepreneur, are there specific classes I should be taking to prepare myself for my future as a founder? Should I try to major in entr...
Branding

How Can I Build My Reputation?

I am a 24-year-old entrepreneur currently running a startup that helps small businesses and nonprofits to market their brands using social media. I am focusing on working with as many clients as possi...
Legal Center

What Permits and Patents Do I Need to Sell My BBQ Sauce?

My dad and I want to start selling his homemade barbeque sauce. What sort of permits and patents would we need in order to sell the sauce legally?
Managing Employees

Should I Apologize for Yelling At an Employee?

The other day was very intense and stressful, and an incident arose that led me to yell at an ordinarily productive employee. In fact, this employee is one of my superstars. Although I felt at the tim...
Human Resources

Who Should I Hire for My Ecommerce Site?

Who are the major types of employees that one should hire to run a successful ecommerce website? Why?
Legal Center

Is It Legal to Buy and Resell Items?

I have a home-based clothing store. I'm wondering whether it's legal for me to buy items on sale in retail chain stores and resell them through my business. I know I could sell the items on eBay as an...
Lifestyle

What Personality Traits Made Steve Jobs Successful?

I know many factors go into the success of an entrepreneur like Steve Jobs (and maybe Jobs was truly unique), but I'm wondering what personality traits are central to that kind of success. What can I...
Online Marketing

How Can I Market My Architecture Visualization Business?

We are a team of ten talented artists. We started an architecture visualization firm, Vivendi Media Works (http://www.vivendimediaworks.com) in our home city of Chennai, India. We are facing a lack no...
Financing

How Can I Fund a New Business Idea Without Crowdfunding?

My partners and I have an idea for a new product. We know what the market will be, why and where, but we simply can't reveal the product at this time on any crowdfunding website. Banks won't touch us....
Finding Customers

How Can I Connect With Purchasing Agents?

We are a plastics manufacturer and our products are sold in the United States and abroad. We are looking for more customers to utilize our expertise as a manufacturer for both new and existing product...
Business Licenses and Permits

Do I Need a Business License for an Online Store?

If I'm getting started in the world of online retail, and I am trying to find out what steps to take as far as license, permits and so on. Do I need a business license before I launch my online store?...
Starting a Business

How Should We Divide Equity Among Co-Founders?

I understand that one's share of equity should be contribution-based. However, when you are making arrangements with co-founders, is there a generic rule of thumb that you must follow? If you want to...
Closing the Sale

How Can I Get My First Few Clients?

I'm the co-founder of a new business consultancy that deals mostly in statistical analysis. We are really good at statistical analysis but not so good at getting clients. We are a small team of five d...
Legal Basics For Startups

How Can I Get Out of a Non-Compete?

I signed a two-year non-compete agreement last November with a company for which I used to work. I haven't been doing much since leaving that position. Now I have a can't-miss opportunity to do simila...
Online Marketing

How Can I Get Started With Online Marketing?

I've recently launched an architecture business with a colleague. My business partner doesn't know much about online marketing, and it's new to me too, but I've agreed to handle this side of the busin...

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