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Advice
What are a few websites with positive reputations for freelance writing? I'm already with Elance, so are there any other good ones?
By Heather Nelson | 14 Answers | Last Activity on November 12, 2020

Looking for new freelance writing work. Know any good sites or companies hiring contractors? Web content writing, like writing, article writing, press release writing, etc.

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What Have We Learned? Business Lessons From COVID-19
By Brian Wallace | November 11, 2020

Do the work now so your business will still be around later.

Article
What Is a Shareholder Agreement?
By Sammi Caramela | November 11, 2020

With a shareholders' agreement, your corporation can avoid legal issues and challenges.

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How At-Will Employment Works for You and Your Employees
By Adam Uzialko | November 11, 2020

Many employers use an at-will employment model. Here's what at-will employment means for employers and employees.

Advice
What goes into creating a good performance management plan?
By Andrew Martins | 4 Answers | Last Activity on November 11, 2020

When it comes to effectively gauging your employees' efficacy, what's your performance management process? What goes into writing a performance management plan? What do you look for in a performance...

Advice
What are the first steps to turning a hobby into a business?
By Deana Andriolo | 20 Answers | Last Activity on November 10, 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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Closing Because of the Pandemic? Beware of Potential Tax Hits
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 10, 2020

Thousands of small businesses have shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding insult to injury, many are facing tax hits as they wind down.

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How to Survive When Business Is Slow
By Simone Johnson | November 09, 2020

Many businesses experience financial ups and downs. Here are tips to help you stay afloat when business slows down.

Article
Employee Rights You're Violating Right Now
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 09, 2020

Are you violating your employees' rights? Find out which violations are the most common and what you need to know to avoid making them.

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The Best CRM Software of 2021
By Simone Johnson | November 09, 2020

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

Advice
Can anyone recommend a membership site platform for courseware?
By Scott H. Zucker | 29 Answers | Last Activity on November 09, 2020

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...

Article
How to Improve Your In-House Customer Service Team
By Thomas Griffin | November 09, 2020

Give your customer service team a reboot with these tips.

Advice
How can I improve my oral english to help me better communicate with clients?
By Nora Lin | 10 Answers | Last Activity on November 09, 2020

I am a foreign trade salesman in China and I generally communicate with my clients online. My English isn't good enough so I usually use Google translator to help communicate with English-speaking...

Advice
what is the best business to start at home during social distancing?
By elena rosito | 5 Answers | Last Activity on November 08, 2020

I want to start a small online business at home during these times of covid-19 crisis and social distancing and quaratine. I worked in the hospitality industry for so long, I haven't got any idea how...

Advice
Is it safe to travel to the U.S. for business?
By Victoria Ye | 5 Answers | Last Activity on November 07, 2020

I have many clients from the U.S. that I acquired online. I am thinking of booking a booth at a U.S. exhibition next year. Since there have been several gun shootings, the China government has warned...

Article
How to Handle Internal Communications During a Merger
By Michael DesRochers | November 06, 2020

M&A deals are on the rise. How should entrepreneurs and business leaders prepare their workforce when going through a merger?

Advice
Outsourcing - is it good for a startup?
By Arjun Thakuri | 28 Answers | Last Activity on November 06, 2020
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4 Ways to Ensure Mold Doesn't Deter Your Business Reopening
By Brian Miller | November 05, 2020

As businesses reopen after lockdown, many are discovering their premises have been taken over by mold. Here's how to protect your business, building, employees and customers from mold.

Advice
How do I start with my new business?
By Serge Dagher | 26 Answers | Last Activity on November 05, 2020

I am eager to start my own business and enter the market, but I am facing a problem in deciding what kind of business would that be. I can't decide what type of market interests me or what types of...

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With COVID-19 Rising, Small Businesses Expand Health Coverage
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 05, 2020

Despite a slowdown in business due to the pandemic, small businesses are stepping up, making sure employees have health insurance.

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Small Business Boom: 'Pandemic Founders' Will Determine the Next Beloved Tech Brands
By Jay Bregman | November 04, 2020

2020's business founders are starting up with a fresh perspective, determining who the next beloved tech brands will be.

Advice
How can I structure our employee meetings to keep everyone aware and on task of what we're working towards?
By Jason Waite | 76 Answers | Last Activity on November 04, 2020

Recently, there has been miscommunication between my team members and management on the best practices for our company and where our resources should be spent. I don't want to waste any more time and...

Advice
What do you do to add some fun to running your business?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 15 Answers | Last Activity on November 03, 2020

I have a tendency to always focus on the next thing on my to-do list. When I was in the corporate world, with many more resources, I found that I would take more breaks and joke around with...

Advice
How do I get data entry projects?
By Anonymous User | 3 Answers | Last Activity on November 03, 2020

We want to work on data entry projects and are looking for some data entry related work, bpo projects work and data entry services. What are some recommendations you may have to attain these...

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Why Your Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) Should Have Mutual Protections
By Patrick Proctor | November 03, 2020

Mutual nondisclosure agreements can provide legal protection for your business as well as the other parties when you work with other businesses and contractors.

Advice
Who should write your business plan?
By Heather Donovan | 37 Answers | Last Activity on November 03, 2020

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...

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The Best Business Loan and Financing Options of 2020
By Simone Johnson | October 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
What Does a Business Website Cost?
By Andrew Martins | October 30, 2020

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

Advice
Would you consider outsourcing to help your startup grow?
By Virtual Coworker | 21 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

There are a lot of business going for outsourced staff and outsourcing, would you consider outsourcing your business if you are just starting up?

Advice
As a new company, what is the most effective way of networking for new clients?
By Andrea Hart | 24 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

Worked in several different industries all over the world and specializing in document control, writing procedures/job instructions/ manuals, cleaning up electronic filing systems and streamlining...