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Is Bluetooth Marketing Effective?

I have been reseaching Bluetooth marketing technology and wondering why I am just now finding out about it when it hit the market around 2008. Did it prove to be ineffective? I would like to see some...
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Can I Pay a Part-Timer for Additional Piece Work?

Can I pay a current W-2, 1099 employee for piece work separately from his main part-time hourly responsibilities? This work would be blog articles to be written away from the office with no direction,...
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How Long Must I Hold a Job for an Employee on Medical Leave?

I have an employee who was released from work with a doctor's note for an undisclosed amount of time. It has been over 180 days and there has been no contact from this employee as to when or if they w...
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How Can I Advertise on a Budget?

I'm starting a talent-show business. What are some free or low-cost ways to advertise? I'm based in Chicago, if that helps.
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How Do I Choose a Partner for My Invention?

I have all the research needed to start but no funds, so I'm having a hard time choosing a company to partner with that already has the technology needed for my invention. Or should I seek out an inve...
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What Does a Business Plan Really Need to Include?

What's really necessary to include in a business plan?
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How Do I Find a Partner for a Franchise Business?

I would like to buy into a franchise that will be the first in the U.S. but need to find a business partner with experience in the restaurant business. How would I find this person?
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Should I Buy a Franchise in a Crowded Market?

I have been researching a franchise that has a lot of competition in the area. I love the concept and think it would do great in the market, but how worried should I be about the surrounding competiti...
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How Do I Resign from an S Corporation?

I recently formed a corporation with three other people. The situation is tense and I want to resign. What steps that I need to take? I also signed a guaranty on the loan to buy the property under the...
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How Do I Stop a Competitor from Using My Name?

In 2008, I filed a DBA for my business under Flutter. We specialize in eyelash extensions. I recently learned that a local hair salon in my city under new ownership is changing its name to Salon Flutt...
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Do I Need an Auctioneer License to Run an Online Auction?

What kind of licenses do I need to run an online auction in Michigan?
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How Do You Know When to Quit Your Job to Launch Your Business?

How do you know it's time to leave your comfortable job and start your own business?
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How Can I Attract Wealthy Clients?

I own a five-year-old residential cleaning service and have tried every advertising medium with no luck in acquiring well-to-do clients. I currently do direct mail by demographic, Yellow Pages, websit...
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What's the Best Way to Spread the Word About a New Product?

Do you have any suggestions for public-relations activities to raise awareness for a new product?
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Would Studying Politics Help Me in Business?

Do you think studying politics would help me if I want to eventually lead my father's company?

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