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I am still a student. But I want to be an entrepreneur in the future what should I learn during this time ?
By Zein Hesham | 7 Answers | Last Activity on October 16, 2020

What should I start learning in business? Where can I take courses for that field what is the advice that you want someone to told when you are a student

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Affordable Smart Security Systems for Small Businesses
By Sean Peek | October 15, 2020

Business security systems give you the freedom to install the equipment on your own and monitor your protection from your mobile device.

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What advice do you have for starting a business?
By Tuong Aries | 31 Answers | Last Activity on October 12, 2020

I want to start a business but I'm not sure where to begin. I have taken courses on Coursera and read many business books such as Michael T. Porter's "Competitive Strategy" and Robert T. Kiyosaki's...

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Top 10 Things to Buy for Your Business on Amazon Prime Day
By Simone Johnson | October 12, 2020

Take advantage of Amazon Prime Day to snag some great supplies for your business and help your employees. Consider these 10 items.

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What are the most important skills to being a successful entrepreneur?
By Jeff Harris | 20 Answers | Last Activity on October 09, 2020

Is it your knowledge, your ability to manage time, perseverance? There are a lot of things I am working on to be successful, but I cannot do it all. What are a few key personal development areas I...

Advice
How do you promote your small business?
By Ruth Hoffmann | 19 Answers | Last Activity on October 09, 2020

I personally believe social networking for business is fun. You can share real-life stories, events, product benefits, user reviews, and so on and so forth. What methods do you guys use to promote...

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Your Guide to Small Business Tax Forms
By Andrew Martins | October 09, 2020

What tax forms are you required to submit for your small business? When are they due to the IRS? Here's what you need to know.

Advice
How do I create a business plan for a home salon?
By Crystal Harvey | 7 Answers | Last Activity on October 08, 2020

I am a licensed cosmetologist. I am looking to open a salon out of my home. However, I am having issues with business planning. How do I go about creating a business plan?

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How Embracing Change Fuels Pioneer Sports' Growth
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 07, 2020

Pioneer Sports co-founder Tom Falcone didn't let the pandemic stop his company from growing, even when demand for after-school sports programs came to a screeching halt.

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How can I get a struggling new hire more equipped to take over my previous role?
By jim sheldon | 3 Answers | Last Activity on October 06, 2020

I have an assistant that was hired to replace me but she has no known business experience and wants to take over but does not want to do the work required. She always has an excuse for why she didn't...

Article
The 8 Cheapest Franchises to Buy in 2020
By Max Freedman | October 06, 2020

Franchises are a way to own and run your own business, without having to put in the legwork to determine what to sell or how to market it.

Advice
Where do I find affiliate partners?
By Ashok Grover | 15 Answers | Last Activity on October 05, 2020

I have developed an online coaching program for young professionals. I am ready to offer excellent commission, but I am wondering where I could find suitable partners.

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How to Fire an Employee the Right Way
By Skye Schooley | October 05, 2020

Follow these 10 steps to fire an employee legally.

Advice
How do I create a training course without the worries about infringement?
By Yolanda Russo | 13 Answers | Last Activity on October 03, 2020

I created a product and don't really want to create a course because it is a proprietary information and would not like it to be distributed. So I am sitting on it and not sure what to do. Action...

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The 5 Biggest Challenges to Starting a Business (and How to Overcome Them)
By Dave Thomas | October 02, 2020

Starting a business is a difficult endeavor. It is critical to identify your challenges and set a plan for how to tackle them.

Advice
What steps should I take to build my first e-commerce website?
By Kevin Smith | 4 Answers | Last Activity on October 01, 2020

Hi, I have decided to build an e-commerce website as an example to work for my digital portfolio. Does anyone have any tutorials or videos I should look at before making a start on this? Thanks

Advice
For those of you who have multiple interests & talents as entrepreneurs, how did you choose your ultimate niche?
By Lora Freeman Williams | 16 Answers | Last Activity on October 01, 2020

I'm in the process of honing the focus of my business. I'm a life coach, love coaching groups in particular, have mediated between two parties, and I also write. I can't market all of this at the...

Article
19 Essential Tools for Building a Successful Business Plan
By Scott Gerber | September 29, 2020

These resources can reduce the time and effort it takes to write a comprehensive plan.

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How to Make It Easier to Embrace Change
By Jan Bednar | September 29, 2020

Change is a force to embrace rather than weather.

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How Your Life Experiences Can Inspire Your Business and Help It Grow
By Simone Johnson | September 25, 2020

Learn how Mixed Up Clothing owner Sonia Kang's multicultural background, nursing credentials, and flair for fashion both inspired and saved her business.

Advice
What are the biggest challenges of writing a business plan?
By Skye Schooley | 14 Answers | Last Activity on September 24, 2020

If I am writing a business plan, what are the biggest challenges I will likely face during the process? How do I effectively prepare for and resolve those issues in a timely manner?

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By Nicole Fallon | September 24, 2020

According to a new report by KeyBank, COVID-19 has shaken middle market businesses, but they're surviving and, in many cases, getting back to a state of normalcy.

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COVID-19, Lawsuits, a Presidential Election and New Laws: Are Big Changes Coming to Business Liability Insurance?
By Dan Rafter | September 23, 2020

What will 2021 bring when it comes to business liability insurance?

Advice
Have you ever worked with a business coach?
By Lynn Kretschmer | 23 Answers | Last Activity on September 23, 2020

I am interested in hiring a business coach, but I have my doubts if they can bring me real value. I want to know from others who have worked with coaches, what were your expectations out of the deal?...

Advice
What is the process flow for a human resources management system?
By 4hrms hrms system | 4 Answers | Last Activity on September 23, 2020

I want to know the exact flow of an HR management system. Please relay to me the HR process.

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7 Steps to Starting a Business
By Chris Porteous | September 21, 2020

The businesses that stand the best chances of surviving into the future are those that don't risk it all on a single "big score." They play the long game and manage risk frugally.

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How a Divorce Can Affect Your Business
By Chris Porteous | September 16, 2020

There are options to ensure the dissolution of your marriage doesn't disrupt your business. You can sell part or all of the business, make a binding agreement to offer other assets in place of the...

Advice
Any recommendations for inexpensive conference calling and screen-sharing?
By Jake Savin | 49 Answers | Last Activity on September 16, 2020

I've used UberConference, Google+ Hangouts, and Join.me, and all have their issues. UberConference's web UI is not good, it lacks flexibility for scheduling, and often has call quality issues....

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Starting an Advertising Agency
By Sean Peek | September 15, 2020

Launching an advertising agency is a low-cost way to enter the world of entrepreneurship.

Advice
Where do you look for clients that want to create games?
By Alex Dovgodko | 15 Answers | Last Activity on September 15, 2020

I'm starting an independent business in a field of creating games for mobile platforms. I got a professional development team, but no sales or business developers. So I have to learn how to sell my...