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12 Construction Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
BY business.com editorial staff

Get insights and advice from construction industry experts in these free podcasts.

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Why and How Your Online Store Should Offer Loss Leaders
BY business.com editorial staff

Here's how you can implement the loss leader strategy for your e-commerce business.

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How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Bridges
BY business.com editorial staff

How you conduct yourself during your last few weeks directly affects your reputation.

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The Best Places for Purchasing Office Supplies
BY business.com editorial staff

Here are some solid purchasing programs for your business.

Advice
Any recommendations for a web based HR software?
QUESTION | BY Prashant Telang | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/27/20

We are looking for a web based HR software with all features like payroll management / employee self help portal etc. So far we have seen all windows based software which are good, but we would like...

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HSA vs. FSA: What Impact Does It Have on Employers?
BY Andrew Martins

The American healthcare system is expensive and confusing, but for most employers, the choice boils down to HSA or FSA. Both have benefits and shortcomings, so it's important to know the difference.

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Businesses 'LinkedIn' Together During a Crisis
BY Eric Leopardi

Now, more than ever, LinkedIn is a powerful tool, if you use it properly.

Advice
As a business leader, how do you define your purpose?
QUESTION | BY Eric D. Jammer | 56 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/24/20

I have recently found myself pondering my professional purpose and very interested in the feedback from others. I am sure I am not the first to wonder, am I doing what I am supoosed to be doing...

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The Ultimate Guide on How to Get a Business Loan.
BY Sean Peek

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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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 3
BY Adam Uzialko

COVID-19 upended economic activity and disrupted small business owners' lives. Here are stories from real entrepreneurs about how the novel coronavirus pandemic is impacting them.

Advice
What is the best format for a business plan?
QUESTION | BY Kirk Williams | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/21/20

We have been building our business plan and want to know the best format to put it in. Trying to figure out the flow and proper length for the sections.

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SEO Tactics for the Do-It-Yourself Entrepreneur
BY Marc Felgar

SEO remains a highly effective strategy for DIY entrepreneurs to compete with larger companies. To do so effectively, you have to play by a different set of rules.

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How to Start a Business With an Invention
BY Mona Bushnell

Learn how entrepreneur Grace Eleyae created a product that she wanted and couldn't find elsewhere, and how it led her to start a successful business in the beauty and hair care industry.

Advice
What can I do if my business partner tries to scam me?
QUESTION | BY mike leung | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/19/20

I invested $6000 for 10% share of my friend's new company. He is not operating or do anything for the company. The company is not running. I want out. How can I can my investment money back?

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How do we improve the quality of customer service?
QUESTION | BY Armando Ortiz Valencia | 50 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/19/20

How do we get better results around customer service? Is this something that is more about the training or about our hiring? Can good customer service be taught or is a certain personality a...

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How should I improve my classified website?
QUESTION | BY Tapan kumar | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/19/20

We started a classified website named www.mycplaces.com. Our website is designed with the idea that only IT professionals can post ads and exchange services among themselves. So, it's basically...

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7 Things to Know When Hiring a Water Delivery Service
BY Max Freedman

Looking for a service to bring drinkable water to your office on a regular basis?

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Can You File a Business Interruption Claim During COVID-19? It Depends
BY Dan Rafter

With many businesses across the country forced to close or pause due to the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent restrictions, here are things that business owners can do to protect themselves.

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HSA Guide for Business Owners
BY Andrew Martins

It may not be an open enrollment period right now, but if you're considering setting up health savings accounts for your employees, now is the time to learn more about them.

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Startup Funding From Friends and Family: Best or Worst Idea Ever?
BY business.com editorial staff

There is a right way to ask for financial help for your startup from friends and family.

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10 Ways to Track Employee Productivity in the Workplace
BY Jayson DeMers

In this article, we explore what “productivity” truly is (and what it means to you as an employer), how to measure employee productivity, and how to improve productivity once you have a baseline...

Advice
Where can I start looking for suppliers?
QUESTION | BY Serge Dagher | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/13/20

I have a local online store, www.otloubnow.com and I am looking for a supplier that will distinguish me from my competitors by offering new and innovative items in my store. Can you please tell...

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Recovery Scenarios for Business Leaders Impacted by COVID-19
BY Rob Shelton

The novel coronavirus pandemic is an economic crisis as much as it is a public health catastrophe. Here's how to shift from surviving to thriving during the pandemic recovery.

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Minimalism in Business: Why It Works for Me and How to Implement It in Your Organization
BY Laura Spawn

Minimalism is a great strategy for some businesses. Here are some ways to apply it to your business.

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Expanding Distribution Channels
BY business.com editorial staff

Increase sales and brand awareness while reducing risk.

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What the USDA's Moving Woes Can Teach You About Relocating Your Business
BY Kelvin Simmons

Between relocation costs, potential employee attrition and the need to find new office space, there are numerous concerns when moving a business.

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7 Smart Strategies to Help Small Businesses Survive the Global Pandemic
BY Wes Cherisien

With consumer spending forecast to drop significantly due to the effects of COVID-19, small businesses will need to find innovative ways to mitigate economic impact.

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How to Create an Alexa Skill for Business
BY business.com editorial staff

Amazon Echo can help you run your business, but you'll need to start with skills.

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4 Incredible Things That Happen When Women Entrepreneurs Prioritize Community
BY Kim Lawton

Women entrepreneurs face unique obstacles, from a lack of networking opportunities and mentors to the challenge of balancing work and family. But amazing things can happen when they come together to...

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Specialty Insurance Basics
BY business.com editorial staff

Find the specialty insurance for your business needs.