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Legal Protections for Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender-Nonconforming Employees: What You Need to Know
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what policies protect transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming employees.

Advice
How can business owners protect their business amidst COVID-19?
QUESTION | BY GIa Glad | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/15/20

I have recently published a blog around this topic and was hoping for updated input from business owners. How have you protected your businesses' survival during this pandemic?

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Where can I find advice on agriculture project reports?
QUESTION | BY angan chandra | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/14/20

I am looking for a project report of various agriculture farming, like vegetables, banana, papaya, pears etc. Project report should contain, required land area, total production cost (material,...

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What are the most common challeges of and for small businesses?
QUESTION | BY Kunal Bhat | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/14/20

A friend of mine is setting up a small manufacturing unit and reached out to me for advice. What are the most common challenges and pain points faced by small and medium businesses? I am interested...

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How to Describe Your Business
BY business.com editorial staff

Find out how you can boil down your business to a few keywords.

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How Smart Dining Is Changing the Restaurant Industry
BY business.com editorial staff

It's not just about automation – smart dining means a better experience for customers.

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How to Create a Sustainable Business Model
BY Drew Hendricks

Why should your business be sustainable, and how can you achieve this model?

Advice
Where do I begin when developing a business plan for an existing business?
QUESTION | BY Tammy Lyn Fox | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/14/20

I need to develop a business plan for an already established business. I am looking to relocate and expand the current services that I offer.

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What are some ways a small business can celebrate holidays?
QUESTION | BY Sara Eveland | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/14/20

I started to wonder how small businesses can celebrate holidays. I find that holidays can offer a great opportunity to reflect and be appreciative. I am just not sure how to celebrate the upcoming...

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8 Actionable Takeaways for Small Businesses to Implement After Crisis
BY Rotem Gal

As the world starts to go back to normal, businesses must adapt. Here are eight actionable steps every company needs to cross off their checklist once they are back in business.

Advice
What is the best way to start an introduction?
QUESTION | BY pamela geis perron | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/13/20

What is the best way to start an introduction with a producer or agent? My goal is to get personally invited to fundraisers within the business. How should I approach this?

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Tech and Equipment to Jump-Start Your Catering Business
BY business.com editorial staff

There is a lot of technology and other equipment you should invest in before you begin.

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How to Manage Accounts Receivable (and What to Do When Clients Won't Pay)
BY Max Freedman

To be an effective debt collector, educate yourself on the situation, document your actions, and avoid assumptions.

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How Your Business Can Adapt During Uncertain Times
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Tribute.co experienced exponential growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's how it has thrived in a time of major change.

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Business Plan Basics: A Simple Formula for Highly Successful Startups
BY business.com editorial staff

A well-crafted business plan forms the cornerstone of your business.

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Are There Any COVID-19-Proof Franchises Out There?
BY Don Daszkowski

While there's no guaranteed COVID-proof investment, some sectors are better positioned than others. Here are eight franchise business areas that have done well through the pandemic.

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17 Legal Tools to Make Running Your Small Business Easier
BY Scott Gerber

Here are 17 legal tools that will help you run your business.

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Why You Should Develop a Relationship With a Business Lawyer
BY Doron Hafner

The facets of launching a company can be overwhelming. Getting the help of a business lawyer is crucial to your success.

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How You Should (and Shouldn't) Take Your Own Headshot
BY business.com editorial staff

Read this before attempting to photograph your own professional headshot.

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How Virtual Reality Is Changing Construction
BY business.com editorial staff

Virtual reality is being used in the construction industry to improve design, safety, and training and to avoid costly overruns.

Advice
Share Your Story: How has COVID-19 affected you?
QUESTION | BY Haley Hanlon | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/09/20

Hi everyone, I'm Haley, the Community Manager here at business.com. As the spread of Covid-19 has turned the world upside down and posed a particular challenge to small business, we?re working to...

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Business Basics on Surviving a Pandemic
BY Moazzam Kamran

Your business can survive the pandemic by re-engineering your processes and evolving to thrive in the market after COVID-19.

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Pets Go to Work: How to Create a Pet Policy for Your Office
BY business.com editorial staff

Creating an office pet policy for your business? Here are five crucial points to include.

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7 Brainstorming Techniques to Innovate Your Business
BY business.com editorial staff

Innovate your business with these unique brainstorming techniques.

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How to Start a Telehealth Business
BY John Riddle

The market and demand will only grow, but will the rules prove too difficult to overcome?

Advice
I've been managing a new team for 9 months and they are unhappy. What do I do?
QUESTION | BY Leah Benard-Boggs | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/09/20

I started a company 9 months ago at a state-supported higher educational institution. I have worked in private higher education for 20 years. I am still learning the culture of my current place of...

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What is your favorite business book?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 138 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/08/20

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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5 Tips to Manage Your Restaurant's Cash Flow
BY Will Fleming

High volumes of transactions can make restaurant cash flow management seem intimidating, but it's actually straightforward.

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How to Create a Paperless Office
BY Max Freedman

Paperless office solutions reduce clutter, improve organization and streamline reporting. Here's how to create a paperless office.

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How to Start a 3D Printing Business
BY business.com editorial staff

Profit from your expertise in 3D printing and start your career in this growing industry.