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What are the first steps to turning a hobby into a business?
By Deana Andriolo | 21 Answers | Last Activity on December 04, 2020

I want to turn my storybook album hobby into a business. I think I have enough interest from the referrals I am getting, but not sure where else to start. Do I need a formal business plan, should I...

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How to increase traffic to my photography blog?
By Priya Sharma | 4 Answers | Last Activity on December 04, 2020

Hello, I have a photography blog and I want to know what I can do to increase traffic. Thank you in advance for any advice!

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Online web store must haves?
By Samuel Carr | 8 Answers | Last Activity on December 04, 2020

So A couple days ago I started a online web store for selling golf balls and I've had 61 unique visitors but none of them have resulted in any orders is there something I'm doing or not doing that is...

Article
What's a Healthy Level of Business Debt?
By Matt D'Angelo | December 04, 2020

Financing can accelerate any business's growth, but it's vital to approach it properly.

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Which food delivery clone app is the best for a startup?
By Lingesh Prabu | 4 Answers | Last Activity on December 04, 2020

With many restaurants relying on takeout/delivery during COVID, food delivery has become a necessity. With that being said, I want to start a food delivery business but don't know where to start....

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What is the easiest and fastest way to make money?
By Robert McGee | 29 Answers | Last Activity on December 04, 2020

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

Article
Legal Entity Compliance During COVID-19: Year-End Considerations for Business Owners
By James Gilmer | December 03, 2020

As the pandemic pushes business operations online and across state lines, business owners and management must comply with state requirements for legal entities.

Article
Differences Between an Angel Investor and a Venture Capitalist
By Will Jiang | December 03, 2020

In order to know which financing option is right for your business, it is important to understand the differences between the two.

Advice
What steps should I take to build my first e-commerce website?
By Kevin Smith | 5 Answers | Last Activity on December 03, 2020

Hi, I have decided to build an e-commerce website as an example to work for my digital portfolio. Does anyone have any tutorials or videos I should look at before making a start on this? Thanks

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How to Attract International Investors
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 03, 2020

International investors can add value and scope to your business.

Article
How to Get a Business Loan: Ultimate Guide
By Sean Peek | December 02, 2020

When it comes to securing funding for your business, you have a lot of choices. How do you know which one is right for you? This ultimate guide on how to get a business loan will help you choose.

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What advice do you have for other small businesses to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic?
By Haley C. Hanlon | 12 Answers | Last Activity on December 02, 2020

What can small businesses do during the COVID-19 shutdown on such short notice? What are tips for keeping revenue coming in during a time when they may have to close brick-and-mortar retail locations?

Advice
Is connecting with VPs of Product Development on LinkedIn the best way to find a company to license or buy my patent?
By Deirdre Frouge | 11 Answers | Last Activity on December 02, 2020

There are a few companies that I would like to contact to see if they are interested in licensing or acquiring my patented design. They manufacture a large variety of products including accessories...

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How much effort should I spend on making my retail website mobile friendly?
By Carrie Dunham | 40 Answers | Last Activity on December 02, 2020

My website is somewhat mobile friendly. Visitors can easily see images of my product (mostly designer handbags). However, the shopping cart experience isn't great on mobile. People definitely need...

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How to Do a Year-End Review in the Midst of a Pandemic
By Nicole Krug | December 01, 2020

Taking the time to do a year-end review is a must for every business. But how do you do that during a pandemic?

Advice
Am I doing everything right in my business?
By Andrew bonni | 17 Answers | Last Activity on December 01, 2020

I want to know if I'm doing everything right in my business. I have been open for about 6-7 days now and I haven't had any sales yet. Is that normal? My website is https://supershirtz.com/.

Advice
Which are the first 2-3 steps to becoming a music manager?
By Africana Gisele | 14 Answers | Last Activity on December 01, 2020

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...

Advice
What specific lending options should I consider to purchase an established small business?
By Daniel Morrill | 5 Answers | Last Activity on November 30, 2020

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,...

Advice
What are some good daily habits or exercises to get into?
By Jackson Durham | 8 Answers | Last Activity on November 30, 2020

I?m trying to create an efficient and stimulating daily routine that will lead me on the path to success and intelligence professionally. I realize this is incredibly general, but I?m open to...

Article
Time to Expand? Tips for Opening Another Location
By Max Freedman | November 30, 2020

There are a few things to consider before opening a new location.

Article
The Importance of Freelancers in 2021
By Andrew Martins | November 30, 2020

Years after the 2008 financial collapse changed the economic landscape, COVID-19 has shifted how companies see freelancers.

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The Best Business Loan and Financing Options of 2021
By Simone Johnson | November 30, 2020

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

Article
Grants for Felons
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 30, 2020

There are grants available for felons who are looking to start a small business.

Advice
Is it more important to hire a lawyer or accountant?
By Colette Hamilton | 44 Answers | Last Activity on November 30, 2020

As a small business, is it more important to get the advice of a lawyer or accountant. There are various questions, such as our choice of legal entity and making sure we are taking the right steps...

Advice
What are your best time management techniques?
By Kobus Myburgh | 77 Answers | Last Activity on November 29, 2020

In most careers, time management is of paramount importance. As your time is a finite resource, scheduling your work in order to stay within budget, within scope and within the deadline can be a...

Advice
I invested in my friend's company but now I want out and they say I can't get my investment back. Is that true?
By Tiffany Saleem | 5 Answers | Last Activity on November 28, 2020

Hello, I invested and bought 2 shares in my friend's company and became a partner in a mortgage loan company. I was supposed to get certified as a loan officer and start processing loans but due to...

Advice
How can I improve my education institute?
By Mohamed Akram | 12 Answers | Last Activity on November 27, 2020

I am a director of an education institute. Any one with experience please share me ideas as to how I can improve the institute.

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22 Branches of Business Management
By Max Freedman | November 26, 2020

Breaking down the different types of business management can be tricky, but determining the key characteristics of each is a great way...

Advice
Would you consider outsourcing?
By Taisser Moustafa | 3 Answers | Last Activity on November 26, 2020

Would you consider outsourcing for your business? If so, what would you outsource and what will you be looking for in the outsourcing companies?