Inside the October 2005 Issue
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Bricks & Clicks

Boost both retail and e-tail sales by posting your products on eBay.

Hot Spots

Got the itch to move? Looking to expand? Our Hot Cities rankings are back for 2005 and ready to help point you in the right direction.

The Office

Don't let your messy office hold you back--clear the clutter, spruce up the design, and organize the space so it works for you.


Be Your Own Boss Features

Less Is More

Think you can't afford to buy a franchise? Well, think again. Check out our listing of franchises for under $50,000.
Be Your Own Boss Features

For Better or Worse

Look no further for a business partner. You may already have a perfect match--your spouse.
Biz 101

A Week in Review

See just how much activity these two busy entrepreneurs pack into a typical week.
Biz 101

What Office?

Going virtual might be just what your company needs to save cash, increase profits and expand.
Biz 101

Wiping the Slate Clean

What do you do with old tech equipment? These entrepreneurs give it a whole new life.
Biz U

Buddy System

Can a great college friend prove to be an equally good business partner?

In the Mood

Warm retailers up to your new product, even if it's in a category all its own.

Charged Up

An electrical engineer realized his dreams in the land of opportunity.

Card Shark

Mastering tricks of the card trade set a franchisee up for success.

What's New 10/05

Learning the ropes
Smart Ideas

Smart Ideas 10/05

Healthy treats for your pet, smoke detectors that talk and more
Success Coach

Easy Does It

Achieve real results in your business by following these practical steps.
Whats Your Problem

Offering Credit to New Customers

Never get burned again with these three tips for checking credit.
Biz Travel

Vegas, Baby!

Don't gamble with your Vegas plans--we've got the trip tips you need.

Work It

What makes startups tick? Check out some surprising research on smart starts.
Capitol Issues

Go South

The sun comes out over Central America with a new trade agreement.
Forward Features

Sizing Things Up

Under fire for giving too many contracts to big business, the SBA fights back.
Forward Features

Now in 3-D

Another dimension is coming soon to a website near you.
Forward Features

Iron Man

Cal Ripken Jr. goes to bat with a business to promote the joy of baseball.
Forward Features

License to Thrive

How you can profit from big companies' tech ideas
Forward Features

Security Breach?

New laws could change how you handle customer info.
Forward Features

National Treasure

A psychologist explains how entrepreneurs started it all.
Forward Features

Patent Pending

U.S. patent laws are in flux, so be on the lookout for change.
Forward Features

Severed Ties

Bankruptcy reforms threaten to cut entrepreneurs off from protective measures.
Forward Features

The Real Thing

Can reality shows bring in the dough for your company?
Forward Snapshot

Clean and Green

A dry cleaner is paving the way to greener pastures one shirt at a time.
It Figures

It Figures 10/05

The cost of complying with federal regulations, wasting time at work and more

In or Out?

The immigration issue is as hot as ever, but it's no longer just a partisan debate.
Tech Toy

Hit the Sack

Trendy tote bags for your laptap

Guilt-Free Luxury

Get big performance with a small price tag.

Father Figure

What happens when a daughter inherits dad's business?
Almost Famous

Sock It to You

This company has foiled sock-swallowing dryers everywhere with its cool and unusual concept.
Editors Note

Teens Take Over!

No need to be alarmed: The family comes to work, the office is redone, and something's happening at Borders.

Feedback 10/05


Resources 10/05

Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Lead Buzz

Lead Buzz 10/05

Busted for off-the-clock work, the cost of employees who smoke, and more
Lead Snapshot

On the Merge

Acquiring a company--and being acquired--taught this entrepreneur a lesson in leadership.

Mending Fences

Fix a rift with a neighboring business without your lawyer.
Real Deal

Law of the Land

Master the six laws of money.
Smart Moves

Reshuffle Board

If a big customer announces a restructuring, you could be in for a major hit, so have a strategy in place to stay in the game.
Staff Smarts

Joining the Ranks

Returning veterans are proving to be powerful new hires.
Dollar Signs

Net Deposits

Entrepreneurs have been slow to adopt online banking--with good reason. But some banks are trying hard to win them over.

New Frontiers

An exchange-traded fund can help your money see the world.


Cut your car-insurance costs.
Money Buzz

Buzz 10/05

Overpaying on hotel stays, earning less if you're unattractive and more
Money Snapshot

Rescue Plan

An emergency-assistance loan got this entrepreneur through her company's darkest hours.
Personal Finance

On Edge

Hedge funds are becoming increasingly popular, despite their recent troubles. Should you dive in?
Raising Money

Over the Limit

Many banks offer credit to cover account overdrafts, giving businesses a flexible way to fill short-term funding needs.
Tax Talk

No Refuge

Tax shelters come under increased scrutiny.
Net Sales

Team Players

Get more wins--and more sales--from your affiliate program by stacking your roster with internet-marketing pros.
Retail Register

On the Lookout

Paying attention to trends can pay off for your store.
Sales Force

Closer Call

Looking for a few good salespeople? Start here.
Sales Success

Winds of Change

Are you having trouble showing customers the benefits of your offer? Try these 10 tips to make them realize what they're missing.
Sell Buzz

Sell Buzz 10/05

The power of poor service and word of mouth, and more
Sell Snapshot

Buzz Skill

Psst! Have you heard about BzzAgent? Find out why this company is on everybody's lips.

That's the Spirit

Ready to try something new this holiday season? Here are four great ways to win more sales and raise your company's visibility.
Buyers Guide

Take a SIP

New SIP-based VoIP phones will keep you chatting on the cutting edge.

Free at Last!

Don't let your phone hold you back--VoIP can go wherever you take it.
Digital Edge

Phone on the Range

Head to the country, where Wi-Fi roams free and unrestricted by big-city politics. You'll be encouraged by the possibilities.

Gear 10/05

Get internet access anywhere with this little card
Net Profits

Getting Personal

Will engaging in dynamic pricing help or hurt your business?
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 10/05

Fiber-optic broadband, teleconferencing and more
Tech Snapshot

Home Smart Home

This entrepreneur wants to make your new home the ultimate gadget.

On the Edge

Not near a hot spot? With this network, that's no problem.

Cable-Free USB

Turn wireless data-transfer speeds up a notch with WUSB.
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