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The Best Business Loan and Financing Options of 2020
BY Simone Johnson

Many small businesses need funding to get started. Learn about the different financing options to decide which would work best for your small business.

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Can anyone recommend a membership site platform for courseware?
QUESTION | BY Scott H. Zucker | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/17/20

I am developing a variety of "courses" for small businesses / entrepreneurs across a variety of verticals and I think I want to host these behind a paywall on a membership site platform. I am not...

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How a Divorce Can Affect Your Business
BY Chris Porteous

There are options to ensure the dissolution of your marriage doesn't disrupt your business. You can sell part or all of the business, make a binding agreement to offer other assets in place of the...

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The Best Business Liability Insurance Providers of 2020
BY Chad Brooks

Business.com is the most popular review site for business liability insurance. Compare service features and prices to make your buying decisions easy.

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Any recommendations for inexpensive conference calling and screen-sharing?
QUESTION | BY Jake Savin | 49 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/16/20

I've used UberConference, Google+ Hangouts, and Join.me, and all have their issues. UberConference's web UI is not good, it lacks flexibility for scheduling, and often has call quality issues....

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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 ?
QUESTION | BY Zein Hesham | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

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

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What's the best way to deal with non-paying or late-paying clients?
QUESTION | BY Colette Hamilton | 117 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

I've recently had to deal with clients who pay extremely late or simply avoid paying us entirely. I'd like to try to avoid lawsuits, and I'd also like to maintain as positive a relationship as...

Article
Starting an Advertising Agency
BY Sean Peek

Launching an advertising agency is a low-cost way to enter the world of entrepreneurship.

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Where do you look for clients that want to create games?
QUESTION | BY Alex Dovgodko | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

I'm starting an independent business in a field of creating games for mobile platforms. I got a professional development team, but no sales or business developers. So I have to learn how to sell my...

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What business I choose amid COVID?
QUESTION | BY Rakesh Kumar | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

Hi All, I would like to know about the business ideas that can survive in any pandemic. Please share so that I can choose accordingly.

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How can I turn an angry customer into a loyal customer?
QUESTION | BY Becca Richards | 95 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/13/20

I do not deal well with confrontation. My first instinct when I get a customer complaint is to ignore it and let them go. (Terrible approach, I know!) This is something I need to work on, and the...

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from where i can get good paying clients?
QUESTION | BY christo raphael | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/12/20

i want to start my bpo and need 2to4 projects to run in it and get fixed payout without delays for my company i need to develop with better name and reputation.

Article
Yes, You Can Make a Digital Transformation Right Now. Here's How.
BY Jeff Mazur

By reanalyzing your workforce, setting clear goals, encouraging adaptability, and focusing on data accessibility and availability, you can launch and sustain a quick-moving digital transformation.

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How do I get funding for a business startup?
QUESTION | BY Onke Makalima | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/11/20

I want to sell purified water to supermarkets and garages. Also sell to walk ins but I do not have capital. I will also supply functions

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What specific lending options should I consider to purchase an established small business?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Morrill | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/11/20

I have worked for a successful small gym for ~10 years. The founder has expressed interest in selling, and I'd like to take a real shot at acquiring it. I know the ins and outs of running the place,...

Article
Making a Difference: What You Should Know About Nonprofits
BY Chris Porteous

Should you start your business as a for profit or nonprofit? Learn which business model works best for you.

Advice
What advice do you have for starting a business?
QUESTION | BY Tuong Aries | 27 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/10/20

I want to start a business but I'm not sure where to begin. I have taken courses on Coursera and read many business books such as Michael T. Porter's "Competitive Strategy" and Robert T. Kiyosaki's...

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Should I hire an independent contractor or a full time employee?
QUESTION | BY Deborah Jacobs | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

I have reached the point where I can not handle all the work by myself anymore and I need to outsource some of it. I am not sure if I should outsource by a per project basis to an independent...

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The Best CRM Software of 2020
BY Simone Johnson

Looking for the best CRM software? We have easy-to-read, expert unbiased reviews and feature comparisons of the best and cheapest programs.

Article
Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
BY Max Freedman

Learn about the subtle differences between trademarks and copyrights.

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What is the marketing ideas/trend for Mobile App Development Services?
QUESTION | BY Sonima Floges | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

Hi, I'm running a software company, delivers mobile and web applications. I would like to expand my business and planning to start marketing our services globally (specially in US). Our...

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What payroll service do you use and what do you like about?
QUESTION | BY Chad Brooks | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

Trying to learn more about what payroll services your businesses are using and whether you like the service or not. What do you like about it? What is the service missing?

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Which eCommerce platform is best?
QUESTION | BY adam kostka | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

Hi everyone, I want to build an e-commerce store for my client and I need your opinions, Which platform should I go with, my client has approx 1000 to 10,000 products. I found this comparison...

Article
Mandatory Sick Leave Laws and How They Work
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

Depending on the state you operate in, you may be required to provide paid sick leave for your employees.

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How do you promote your small business?
QUESTION | BY Ruth Hoffmann | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

I personally believe social networking for business is fun. You can share real-life stories, events, product benefits, user reviews, and so on and so forth. What methods do you guys use to promote...

Article
Overtime Pay Laws, How Overtime Works and How to Calculate Overtime
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

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

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in a co-work space versus renting an office?
QUESTION | BY Lynn Kretschmer | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

I'm getting stircrazy in my home office and am ready to leave the house. Should I work in a co-work space or should I rent out an office? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?

Advice
How can I earn money online from home?
QUESTION | BY Jim Allen | 26 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/08/20

I want to know about the best way to earn money online from home.

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7 Highly Effective Ways to Build an Online Community for Your Business
BY Max Freedman

For your business to fully succeed, you need to build a vibrant community that you can tap into for engagement.

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7 Provisions Your Sales Representative Agreement Should Have
BY Daliah Saper

If you create a sales representative agreement, make sure these seven elements are included.