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What Is a POS System? (and Other Common Questions Answered)
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what a POS system is, how it works and how your business can benefit from having one.

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What is the best ongoing training one can provide to visual and performing arts teachers?
QUESTION | BY Asiya Shervani | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/21/20
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Did you apply for a PPP loan before the funding ran out?
QUESTION | BY Haley Hanlon | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/20/20

If so, we want to talk to you! Please contact me at hhanlon@business.com We are looking for input from real SMB professionals who have been impacted by this first hand.

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Is business growth an option or a necessity?
QUESTION | BY JC Quek | 49 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/20/20

guys, when we started off a business, we will working on growing it until it becomes mature. What than after mature? we will be talking about maintaining the mature business ... but than, what is...

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5 Simple Steps to Valuing Your Small Business
BY Russell Smith

If you're looking for investors or are ready to sell your business, you need to determine its value. Follow these five steps to calculate your business's value.

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How to Team Up with Other Businesses to Tackle a Common Problem
BY Andrew Martins

Learn how Blast Beat Network helps multiple online media outlets band together to boost their advertising power while rising to the challenge of serving a misunderstood audience.

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5 Effective Ways to Beat Your Competition
BY Max Freedman

There are several strategies you should be using to ensure you stay ahead of your competitors.

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How a Proper CMMS Software Helps Streamline Self-Storage Maintenance Management
BY Mehdi Khalvati

Facilities and maintenance management software optimizes self-storage operations through automated workflows and key business analytics, resulting in reduced costs and satisfied customers.

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Is education still important now?
QUESTION | BY Robert McGee | 22 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/17/20

What do you think about modern education? Is it still important? Do you have experiences with studies abroad?

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How can repair stores protect business amidst COVID-19?
QUESTION | BY Muhammad Waleed Siddiqui | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/17/20

Any suggestions for repair business owners to keep giving repair services and maintaining social distancing. How they can survive during the pandemic.

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Why Is the Supplier Experience Important in Payment Automation?
BY Josh Cyphers

While a company's first responsibility is to its bottom line, it's important to remember that suppliers are ultimately responsible for the ability to deliver revenue.

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Moving to E-Commerce: What You Need to Know
BY Eric Leopardi

Between social distancing, economic variability and state closures, many businesses are increasingly turning to e-commerce as a way to stay afloat.

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What are your experiences with the show Shark Tank?
QUESTION | BY Haley Hanlon | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/14/20

Discovery Channel's Shark Week (8/9/20 - 8/16/20) made me wonder if any of our own business.com community members have ever had their own up-close experience with a 'shark.' As a community of...

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Pros and Cons of Monitoring Your Employees
BY Simone Johnson

Monitoring your employees is important, and comes with both advantages and disadvantages.

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Online web store must haves?
QUESTION | BY Samuel Carr | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/14/20

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...

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3 Steps to Attract the Next Generation of Investors With Social Responsibility
BY Brady Fletcher

COVID-19 brought CSR to the fore, and the increased consumer interest in it will remain. To capitalize on this, businesses must be transparent to investors and report on metrics tied to social good.

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What Is Channel Management?
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

Channel management aligns a company with the needs of its customers.

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Any advice on prospecting for a startup internet marketing company?
QUESTION | BY Scott Fleishman | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/13/20

I've just launched my company, Fluid Trends Marketing. I recently quit my job of 8.5+ yrs to develop my business. It's starting to be a bit of a shock becoming a full time freelance entrepreneur-...

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How much capital would I need to start an ecommerce business from home?
QUESTION | BY Kevin Elias | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/13/20

I recently graduated with a Business Computing degree and would now like to apply my knowledge and skills to starting my own ecommerce business from home. How much capital would I need?

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Offensive or Defensive: Which Crisis Strategy Is Better for You?
BY Nacho De Marco

Learn more about the best business strategies to follow in the post-pandemic world.

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Your Guide to Creating a Small Business Marketing Plan
BY Skye Schooley

Follow these templates and guidelines to get started on creating your business's marketing plan.

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What are some creative management ideas that can refocus and refresh our team for fall?
QUESTION | BY Anisia Allen | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/11/20

August has been a really tough month for my team and myself to stay motivated at work. I think we've all been slacking off a little bit and enjoying summer! As September hits, what can we do to get...

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What Employee Speech Is Protected at Work?
BY Skye Schooley

Educate yourself and your employees on the types of speech that are protected in the workplace.

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Online Store?
QUESTION | BY Trisha Jimmy | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/11/20

Which is better for an online store amazon or shopify. I'm concerned about traffic getting to a new online store. I want to make money, and have always wanted an online store.

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What is the best business idea after pendamic in US??
QUESTION | BY Sardar Akmal | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/11/20

I believe starting a business is a toughest decision. There are a lot of ideas list that we get online but practically does anyone have experience. Need expert opinion? Any Business ideas after...

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Would you consider accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment for your business?
QUESTION | BY Rob Elbaz | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/11/20

Would love to get your thoughts about Bitcoin, whether or not you like it, whether you think it has real potential or if it's just a gimmick. Do you have any experience with Bitcoin? Have you...

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Trust the Process: 13 Tips to Empower and Encourage Your Staff
BY Peter Daisyme

The key to happy and productive employees is making sure that they feel important in their roles. Here are 13 tips to empower your staff.

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What is the best way to raise money for my school project?
QUESTION | BY Srinanda Sen | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/10/20

We manufacture craft products and have now started developing craft activity for schools. Given the huge number of schools in the geographical state Maharashtra (in India), the project has suddenly...

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COVID-19 Second Wave: How to Prepare for Another Company Shutdown
BY Adam Uzialko

Although many businesses across the U.S. are reopening, the pandemic is far from over. Here's how to prepare in case your business is forced to close again during a second wave of COVID-19.

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What features should an online vendor marketplace include?
QUESTION | BY Vendorbazaar Marketplace | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/10/20

Interested to know if there is a vendor bookmarking website or vendor marketplace online. We are looking to start a vendor marketplace, a full fledged directory with tips and advice for the vendor...