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Ask Entrepreneur - Starting a Business

Starting a Business

What should I be doing while the patent for my software is pending?

A year ago I developed a software based idea and have recently patented it. Currently it's at the patent pending stage, but I don't know how to proceed from here. I've researched, but don't know where...
Starting a Business

How do I find a job working for an entrepreneur?

I recently graduated from University of Colorado with a marketing major. I currently work in small business healthcare sales processing group that is boring and beaurocratic. I want to start my own bu...
Starting a Business

Should I outsource or do it myself?

I am considering running a concessions stand outside of my business versus renting out space to existing restaurants. I'm wondering if it is more profitable for me to do it myself or have someone else...
Starting a Business

How should I ask friends and family to invest in my startup without making things awkward?

I need about $15,000 to start my business. I'd like to raise some money by asking my friends and family, but I don't want them to feel obligated or uncomfortable. Any suggestions on how to ask? Do I s...
Starting a Business

Can I start a sole proprietorship with my wife jointly?

I am concerned about the tax implications of including my wife. I am also wondering if this would be considered a partnership and not a sole proprietorship.
Starting a Business

What should I be doing now to be able to own a business in a few years?

I'm 19 year old sophomore attending Occidental College in California. How should I prepare to be an entrepreneur while I'm in college?
Starting a Business

Should I make my business a non-profit?

I want to start a ranch for underprivileged children. I would need resources to purchase the land and facilities. Profits would pay salaries. Should this be non-profit?<br /> <br /> The goal would...
Starting a Business

How can I best utilize my foreign language skills as an entrepreneur?

I lived in Split, Croatia and now live in Seattle, WA. I am conversational in Russian, Italian, Slovak, Bulgarian and fluent in Croatian, English, Serbian and Maedonian.
Starting a Business

How do I continue plans for my business or product if I find that someone has already gotten ahead with the same idea?

Two years ago, I had a great idea for a product/service and recently started developing it only to find out it already exists! But I think there might still be some hope for me. Although the website f...
Starting a Business

How helpful would it be for me to contact a S.C.O.R.E. volunteer in order to help me brainstorm business concepts?

I am a 23 year old entreprenuer that is putting away every penny in order to form a start-up something. What other mediums are helpful for finding real live people (not just forums) to brainstorm with...
Starting a Business

How helpful would it be for me to contact a S.C.O.R.E. volunteer in order to help me brainstorm business concepts?

I am a 23 year old entreprenuer that is putting away every penny in order to form a start-up something. What other mediums are helpful for finding real live people (not just forums) to brainstorm with...
Starting a Business

How helpful would it be for me to contact a S.C.O.R.E. volunteer in order to help me brainstorm business concepts?

I am a 23 year old entreprenuer that is putting away every penny in order to form a start-up something. What other mediums are helpful for finding real live people (not just forums) to brainstorm with...
Starting a Business

Is it better to go it alone on an invention or give your idea to a company to create and market?

Approximately what is the difference in revenue generation? Is it worth it to let someone else do the work?
Starting a Business

What's in a name?

If you are in business for government contracting, is it necessary to include those words in your business name?
Starting a Business

What's in a name?

If you are in business for government contracting, is it necessary to include those words in your business name?

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