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Advice
What is the difference between Sales and Marketing?
By vamsi kvs | 99 Answers | Last Activity on February 14, 2021

I want to know the basic difference between Sales and Marketing?

Advice
What is your favorite business book?
By Anonymous User | 138 Answers | Last Activity on February 14, 2021

It may not be a book directly related to business but whose underlying principles, themes or statements have proved invaluable to your career/business/personal development.

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Is a business coach worth the investment?
By Kate Strickler | 43 Answers | Last Activity on February 14, 2021

I think a business coach might be valuable to help me stay focused on my goals and accomplish more to move my business forward. However, with limited funds, I could also use that money to hire...

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Should you still hire someone with a bad reference even if they interviewed well?
By Brandie Carles | 33 Answers | Last Activity on February 14, 2021

I interviewed two candidates recently. One of the candidates really out shined the other. This person was quick to answer all my questions intelligently, seemed really passionate about the role and...

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Stick to your competitor or risk and move away?
By Peter mv | 3 Answers | Last Activity on February 13, 2021

A few years ago, a company from the same field (IT) moved to the same business building where our company is (small company, less than 30 people). We never looked at them as competitors as we both...

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I would like to open my own restaurant; what should I study in college?
By Aneena Andrews | 7 Answers | Last Activity on February 11, 2021

Hi, I am currently a college student interested in starting my own business. I would like to start my own restaurant but I am unsure about what I should study in college. What are your...

Article
How Buy-Sell Agreements Work
By Max Freedman | February 11, 2021

A buy-sell agreement describes how a partner's shares are redistributed if they leave the company. It is an important contract that every business partnership should maintain.

Advice
How much does it cost to build an online rental marketplace?
By William James | 5 Answers | Last Activity on February 11, 2021

I want to build an equipment rental marketplace. What is the best solution to get started with this?

Advice
What is the easiest most inexpensive business I can start for $500 ?
By Willie Bonner | 4 Answers | Last Activity on February 11, 2021

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...

Article
What to Know When Choosing Business Insurance
By Scott Gerber | February 10, 2021

Choosing an insurance policy for your company or employees is a major step, and one not to take casually.

Article
What Are Qualifying Life Events, and How Do They Impact Your Health Insurance?
By Julie Ritzer Ross | February 10, 2021

Qualifying life events provide opportunities for you and your employees to alter your health insurance coverage outside of the open enrollment period.

Advice
Are you running a business or the business is running you?
By JC Quek | 12 Answers | Last Activity on February 09, 2021

nothing new about this question ... it just like other questions such as "live to eat or eat to live". But I think interesting to ask. When you run a business, this means you control the...

Advice
Would you consider accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment for your business?
By Rob Elbaz | 18 Answers | Last Activity on February 09, 2021

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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The Best Business Liability Insurance Providers of 2021
By Nicole Urbanowicz | February 08, 2021

Business.com is the most popular review site for business liability insurance. Compare service features and prices to make your buying decisions easy.

Article
How to Ensure COBRA Compliance for Your Small Business
By Joel Kranc | February 08, 2021

Depending on the size of your business, you may be required to offer healthcare options to employees after they leave your company.

Advice
Do you use Neuro Linguistic Programming?
By Arthanari Chandrasekaran | 9 Answers | Last Activity on February 08, 2021

What are your favorite and most frequently used NLP statements? How do you find new NLP statements, and to what extent do they alter your flow of thinking?

Article
How to Write a Company History
By Skye Schooley | February 08, 2021

A well-written company history can entice prospective customers, investors and employees.

Advice
Should i add trademark along with copywrite on my cards?
By Linda Lagomarsino | 3 Answers | Last Activity on February 08, 2021

I have submitted a trademark name for greeting cards with my photos/personal greeting/and designs. Should i add copywrite to them along with trademark?

Advice
Why do so many people hate statistics?
By Prashant Chaudhari | 6 Answers | Last Activity on February 07, 2021

Most of the students/people perceive statistics as difficult and boring. What?s a reasonable explanation for this?

Article
Everything You Need to Know About Angel Investors
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 05, 2021

If your small business is in need of capital, angel investors are an option you can turn to for funding. Here's everything you need to know about finding an angel investor.

Advice
I love pets so much, what do I need to do to grow my business well. Please give me advice?
By Otis Henry | 4 Answers | Last Activity on February 05, 2021

I am taking care of 32 abandoned pets. And I am developing a website about pets: https://wewpet.com. I started 10 months ago. I don't have much experience in getting my brand to many people. Please...

Article
4 Tips to Help You Secure Funding From International Investors
By Howard Goldstein | February 05, 2021

International investors present a big opportunity for startups in need of capital.

Advice
Would you consider outsourcing?
By Taisser Moustafa | 4 Answers | Last Activity on February 05, 2021

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

Article
How Much Life Insurance Do You Need as a Small Business Owner?
By Martin Ochwat | February 04, 2021

Here are the main reasons to get life insurance as a business owner and how to determine the appropriate coverage amount.

Article
Why Meetings Kill Productivity (and What to Do About It)
By Ray Williams | February 04, 2021

Meetings take up a lot of time, and contribute to the expanding work day.

Article
Financing Your Construction Business
By Karina Fabian | February 03, 2021

Construction businesses demand significant overhead for labor and materials. Funding them can be difficult, but these loan options and financing products make it easier.

Article
2021: The Year of the Digital SMB
By Stacey Marx | February 02, 2021

2021 will see SMBs further exploit the power and benefits of virtualizing their operations and customer and employee touchpoints.

Article
How Can Small Businesses Cultivate Resilience During the COVID-19 Crisis?
By Ming-Yi Wu | February 02, 2021

The resilience of small businesses with limited assets has been tested during the pandemic. Here are six ways to stay resilient during this prolonged downturn.

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Self-Employed Guide to Tax Benefits and Deductions
By Andrew Martins | February 02, 2021

Taxes can be difficult to navigate, but it's well worth the effort. To help you maximize the deductions and benefits you're entitled to, we've put together this list of self-employed tax deductions.

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The Benefits of Working With the SBA
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 01, 2021

From access to capital to education and counseling, the Small Business Administration has a lot to offer small business owners.