due diligence

How to Protect Yourself and Your Business From Fraud

Avoid being ripped off requires prudence, not dark suspicions of everyone.

John Boitnott

Don't Even Think 'Merger' Without Taking These 5 Steps First

There are plenty of ways for mergers to fall through, but not all are destined for failure. Follow five steps to prevent any last-minute meltdowns.

Michael Burdick

3 Crucial Questions to 'Fail Proof' Your New Business Idea

Risk is inherent but minimizing it is pretty much common sense, when you stop to think about it.

How to Know Your Employees Are Who They Say They Are

Protect your business -- and yourself -- from identity theft.

5 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Lose Sight of What's Next

If you aren't running in lean-and-hungry mode even after reaching a goal, you're risking everything you've built.

7 Steps to Qualify Potential Buyers for Your Business

Before getting down to brass tacks, it's crucial to find out who to invest your time in and who's 'just looking.'

Sam Harrop

Don't Make These 5 Risky Franchise Ownership Mistakes

If your goal it is be at home every night with your family, don't open a 24/7 shop.

Rick Bisio

Deal or No Deal? Here Are 7 Ways Due Diligence Can Help Before a Final Commitment.

Due diligence might sound daunting, but it's really just an in-depth common-sense risk analysis before closing a business deal.

Don't Overlook the Sales Power of Knowing Your Audience

Do your due diligence research and communicate what you know so you can create a platform for building a long-term relationship.

The Simple Way to Vet a Potential Business Partner

It's amazing that people seem to spend more time reading reviews of a restaurant they're considering going to for lunch than looking into the companies and people they're considering working with.

Stephen Key