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Beyond the Like: Learn the Growth Strategy Used by Facebook
By business.com editorial staff | July 06, 2020

Meenal Balar helped grow Facebook to 1 billion users. Learn her user acquisition strategy and how to apply it to your business.

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Buying a Car for Your Business? How to Avoid Mistakes
By Vladimir Yakimenko | July 06, 2020

Keep these seven tips in mind when buying a car for your business.

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Trucking Technology Is Improving Fuel Efficiency
By Matt D'Angelo | July 06, 2020

In-cab solutions like Vnomics' True Fuel help drivers improve fuel economy on the road.

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8 Ways In-Store Tablets Improve the Customer Experience
By business.com editorial staff | July 03, 2020

Tablets can maximize your space, improve product displays, gather customer data and more.

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How Long Can You Run a Business Without an Office?
By business.com editorial staff | July 03, 2020

Running a business with no office has complications but is doable. Here's how.

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How to File for a Patent
By business.com editorial staff | July 02, 2020

It's common for people to be confused about the patent process. We answer your FAQs.

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Keeping an Eye on Your Employees Ethically
By business.com editorial staff | July 02, 2020

Video surveillance and business security systems prevent more than just shoplifting.

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Transitioning Your Office Online Must Work for All Employees
By Mark Shapiro | July 02, 2020

Due to COVID-19, more employees are teleworking, and this can be a benefit for those with disabilities. But telework presents new issues that employers must address to ensure digital accessibility.

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6 Steps to Improve Your Organization's Performance
By Rosanna Nadeau | July 02, 2020

Grow your company from within.

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How to Reopen During COVID-19: Lessons From Entrepreneurs Who Have Done It
By Adam Uzialko | July 02, 2020

Are you ready to reopen your business? These tips from entrepreneurs who have already reopened during COVID-19 can help you plan ahead.

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Workplace Incivility: Why Your Company Isn't Fulfilling Its Potential
By business.com editorial staff | July 01, 2020

Uncivil behavior is a corporate virus that can damage morale and cripple productivity.

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Features of Call Center Systems
By business.com editorial staff | July 01, 2020

Call center systems can help you improve your customer service and sales calls. Here's what they can do.

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Expert Advice on Setting Up a Forex Trading Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 01, 2020

We spoke to Casey Stubbs, the founder of Winners Edge Trading, to learn about foreign exchange trading.

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Sophisticated Website Builders for Startups on a Shoestring Budget
By Scott Gerber | July 01, 2020

You don't need to spend a ton of money to build a great business website.

Advice
What is the easiest most inexpensive business I can start for $500 ?
By Willie Bonner | 4 Answers | Last Activity on July 01, 2020

I cannot work physically and I'm looking for a business that I can start and manage online from my phone and home . A business easy to start up maintain and run will be ideal and a business that is...

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Is cold calling too old school or is it still appropriate in today's marketplace?
By Deborah Glass | 75 Answers | Last Activity on July 01, 2020

I've been in the insurance business for 27 years and it keeps changing. I do direct mailings for outreach on behalf of my company but, I am also open to new ideas. What are your thoughts?

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Trends in IT Consulting
By business.com editorial staff | June 30, 2020

Stay up to date with current trends in IT consulting and its interrelated activities.

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5 Steps to Remove a Shareholder
By business.com editorial staff | June 29, 2020

The business.com community regularly asks for advice on removing shareholders from a company. We reached out to expert sources for some insight.

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How to Create a Partnership Agreement
By Sean Peek | June 29, 2020

If you are entering a business partnership, it's important to understand the rules of a partnership agreement and how to create one. Here's what you need to know about partnership agreements.

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I am interested in starting a payday loan service - Is it as people tell me, so risky I may lose?
By Ana Hyler | 14 Answers | Last Activity on June 29, 2020

People are telling me that the percentage of non-payment is so high, that it wipes the potential earnings. I would like to hear from experts in this arena, what is the truth.

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What's the number one lesson you've learned from entrepreneurship?
By Bryan C. | 96 Answers | Last Activity on June 28, 2020

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...

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Crystal Knows All: You're Being Profiled
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Crystal combs your online social media and compiles a personality profile that it sells to businesses trying to reach you.

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Should I Start My Own Business During Retirement?
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Retirement doesn't always mean not working. Sometimes, it means pursuing entrepreneurship.

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How to Set a Price for Your Service
By business.com editorial staff | June 26, 2020

Are you properly valuing the services you provide?

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5 Common Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship, and How to Avoid Them
By Deborah Sweeney | June 25, 2020

Creating a proper work-life balance keeps you running smoothly, which in turn allows the business to run smoothly.

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Why Your Construction Company Needs Smart Helmets
By business.com editorial staff | June 25, 2020

This wearable tech could improve your construction team's safety and efficiency.

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Avoid These Mistakes While Starting a Business in a Risky Economy
By Dustin Ray | June 25, 2020

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur trying to get your business idea up and running during this tumultuous year, pay attention to these key mistakes to avoid.

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How to Run a Successful Virtual Meeting
By business.com editorial staff | June 25, 2020

Find out what to do to keep your virtual meeting participants engaged and invested.

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5 POS Reports Your Retail Business Should Be Using
By business.com editorial staff | June 25, 2020

Increase sales and minimize waste at your store with the data already in your POS system.

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Time to Ditch Cash? Why Credit Card Only Might Make Sense
By business.com editorial staff | June 25, 2020

Consider the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a cashless system.