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Overtime Pay Laws, How Overtime Works, and How to Calculate Overtime
By Marisa Sanfilippo | March 08, 2021

If you aren't paying eligible employees for the overtime hours they work, you may end up facing fines or even legal action.

Is education still important now?
By Robert McGee | 20 Answers | Last Activity on March 08, 2021

What do you think about modern education? Is it still important? Do you have experiences with studies abroad?

How Much Does It Cost To Hire Full Stack Developers?
By Judy Porter | 5 Answers | Last Activity on March 08, 2021

When hiring Full Stack Developers, be sure to aalso consider the difference in hourly rates for different engagement types, such as temp, part-time, and full-time.

Does my business need a mobile app?
By Jack Garrett | 16 Answers | Last Activity on March 08, 2021

As a business owner I wonder does my business need an app? I have a website but is it enough? My restaurant is quite profitable and I always look for development opportunities. Any ideas?

Which are the first 2-3 steps to becoming a music manager?
By Africana Gisele | 14 Answers | Last Activity on March 08, 2021

I'm an artist with an artistic career and I would like to build my management office. To build a music management practice, which documents, connections, and sponsors do I need? Do I need money to...

After the first year of business, what are the biggest priorities of small business owners?
By Caitlin Flannigan | 15 Answers | Last Activity on March 07, 2021

I have been publishing children's books for just over a year. I am interested to hear what small business owners shift their focus to once they have worked through a lot of tasks that come with...

Share Your Story: How has COVID-19 affected you?
By Haley C. Hanlon | 12 Answers | Last Activity on March 05, 2021

Hi everyone, I'm Haley, the Community Manager here at business.com. As the spread of Covid-19 has turned the world upside down and posed a particular challenge to small business, we?re working to...

What do you think about relationships at work?
By Jester Kolvin | 3 Answers | Last Activity on March 05, 2021

I'm talking about romantic relationships. Of course, I understand that at work, work should come first. But let's take this situation. Newlyweds or just a couple of lovers got a job at a new place of...

What is one key ingredient that you think makes a sustainable brand?
By Zaheer Dodhia | 3 Answers | Last Activity on March 05, 2021

Throughout the pandemic I have been keeping an eye out for which sectors which have stood the test of the pandemic and which have toppled over. It's surprising to see that the online sector proved to...

Have you ever heard of a mastermind group? Do you take part in one?
By Trish Ledingham | 12 Answers | Last Activity on March 05, 2021

A mastermind group consists of A GROUP OF ENTREPRENEURS that get together to discuss their businesses and help each other. Some are hosted by a mentor, while others are simply groups that join...

Are you running a business or the business is running you?
By JC Quek | 13 Answers | Last Activity on March 05, 2021

nothing new about this question ... it just like other questions such as "live to eat or eat to live". But I think interesting to ask. When you run a business, this means you control the...

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I am still a student. But I want to be an entrepreneur in the future what should I learn during this time ?
By Zein Hesham | 7 Answers | Last Activity on March 05, 2021

What should I start learning in business? Where can I take courses for that field what is the advice that you want someone to told when you are a student

What is the easiest and fastest way to make money?
By Robert McGee | 22 Answers | Last Activity on March 05, 2021

What are some business ideas that make money now? Actually, what are some easy methods of making money?

What are some good interview tips for a small business owner?
By Kate Strickler | 7 Answers | Last Activity on March 04, 2021

I am looking to hire two people and started to get several resumes. Does anyone have any tips on interview questions and best practices to ensure I find the right fit?

What Does a Business Website Cost?
By Andrew Martins | March 04, 2021

Building a good business website will come with some costs. Find out what they are and what you need.

Who should write your business plan?
By Heather Donovan | 33 Answers | Last Activity on March 04, 2021

My husband and I recently bought a food truck for healthy cuisine on-the-go. We've done a few 'soft opens' the past few weekends at smaller venues, but have yet to go anywhere that would attract too...

Methods to boost eCommerce business in 2021?
By Shan Mukesh | 8 Answers | Last Activity on March 04, 2021

I'm in an idea to launch an eCommerce business in my native region. Therefore, I'm looking for the best methods to boost up eCommerce sales in 2021.

As an owner, how can I maintain a good relationship with my employees?
By Shruti sood | 7 Answers | Last Activity on March 04, 2021

Can anyone suggest to me the best tips for maintaining a good relationship with your employees? What gifts and/or activities can I hold in the office to get the energy back up among the employees?

How do Lawyers and Accountants keep track of time spent on providing service to a client?
By Chacko Cherian | 14 Answers | Last Activity on March 04, 2021

As a hardware and software solution provider, we are always looking for problems that we can solve. Lawyers and accountants spend time providing legal and accounting services to their clients...

What's the best book on leadership and motivating your team?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 68 Answers | Last Activity on March 03, 2021

There are a ton of books out there on the subject, but does anyone have any recommendations. I've heard the Balanced Scorecard is good, as well as Seth Godin's Tribes, though they probably are...

How do you deliver excellent customer service in your business?
By Denise Mock | 125 Answers | Last Activity on March 03, 2021

Looking for advice from people who serve people well. Customer service is something that ensures our customers hang out, continue to buy from us, and keep coming back.

Where should I begin?
By User Name | 3 Answers | Last Activity on March 03, 2021

I want to build an infrastructure, let's say a Library, for purpose of social welfare. The project I'm aspiring for may cost $100m, which obviously I don't have. So, where should I begin?

What's the number one lesson you've learned from entrepreneurship?
By Bryan C. | 97 Answers | Last Activity on March 02, 2021

What's the most important lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur, or observing other entrepreneurs? How have you succeeded in fulfilling your main goals? How have you dealt with small...

What are the 3 biggest concerns faced by restaurant owners?
By Heather Donovan | 11 Answers | Last Activity on March 02, 2021

I'm curious to hear from other restaurant owners or managers on what they feel are their 3 biggest concerns when it comes to their business. My husband and I opened our own healthy cuisine food truck...

How do you separate work and personal life as an entrepreneur?
By Bryan C. | 51 Answers | Last Activity on March 01, 2021

I am finding it really hard to not think about my startup. There is always so much work and I am constantly thinking about my to do list. I am not doing a good job turning it off when I am at home....

What to Know About AD&D Insurance
By Skye Schooley | March 01, 2021

Learn what accidental death and dismemberment insurance is and how it can benefit your business.

Why are UI/UX design services important for your business?
By Bimal Patel | 5 Answers | Last Activity on March 01, 2021

How does UI/UX design play a very crucial role in helping businesses establish on digital platforms? How does UI/UX help you build a brand and create a lasting image for your audience? Why does your...

What are the best web tools/mobile apps for productivity?
By Bryan C. | 29 Answers | Last Activity on March 01, 2021

Which tools/apps will best enable me to start my own business and maintain a high level of productivity? Which do you prefer and recommend? I'm looking to start an app-development company and seem to...