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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?

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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.

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Creating a Strong Company Culture: How to Do It Right
BY business.com editorial staff

Workers thrive in cultures that encourage support, personal growth and open communication.

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Everything Employers Should Know About Payroll Withholding
BY Simone Johnson

Learn what payroll withholding is and what it means for your small business's payroll process.

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6 Most Common Business Plan Pitfalls
BY business.com editorial staff

When writing your business plan, be aware of these common mistakes that small business owners make.

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Retail Accounting: What You Need to Know About Inventory
BY business.com editorial staff

What makes retail accounting different from accounting in other industries? Learn the different methods you can use.

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Beyond the Like: Learn the Growth Strategy Used by Facebook
BY business.com editorial staff

Meenal Balar helped grow Facebook to 1 billion users. Learn her user acquisition strategy and how to apply it to your business.

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Buying a Car for Your Business? How to Avoid Mistakes
BY Vladimir Yakimenko

Keep these seven tips in mind when buying a car for your business.

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Trucking Technology Is Improving Fuel Efficiency
BY Matt D'Angelo

In-cab solutions like Vnomics' True Fuel help drivers improve fuel economy on the road.

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8 Ways In-Store Tablets Improve the Customer Experience
BY business.com editorial staff

Tablets can maximize your space, improve product displays, gather customer data and more.

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How Long Can You Run a Business Without an Office?
BY business.com editorial staff

Running a business with no office has complications but is doable. Here's how.

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How to File for a Patent
BY business.com editorial staff

It's common for people to be confused about the patent process. We answer your FAQs.

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Keeping an Eye on Your Employees Ethically
BY business.com editorial staff

Video surveillance and business security systems prevent more than just shoplifting.

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Transitioning Your Office Online Must Work for All Employees
BY Mark Shapiro

Due to COVID-19, more employees are teleworking, and this can be a benefit for those with disabilities. But telework presents new issues that employers must address to ensure digital accessibility.

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6 Steps to Improve Your Organization's Performance
BY Rosanna Nadeau

Grow your company from within.

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How to Reopen During COVID-19: Lessons From Entrepreneurs Who Have Done It
BY Adam Uzialko

Are you ready to reopen your business? These tips from entrepreneurs who have already reopened during COVID-19 can help you plan ahead.

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Workplace Incivility: Why Your Company Isn't Fulfilling Its Potential
BY business.com editorial staff

Uncivil behavior is a corporate virus that can damage morale and cripple productivity.

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Features of Call Center Systems
BY business.com editorial staff

Call center systems can help you improve your customer service and sales calls. Here's what they can do.

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Expert Advice on Setting Up a Forex Trading Business
BY business.com editorial staff

We spoke to Casey Stubbs, the founder of Winners Edge Trading, to learn about foreign exchange trading.

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Sophisticated Website Builders for Startups on a Shoestring Budget
BY Scott Gerber

You don't need to spend a ton of money to build a great business website.

Advice
Would you consider outsourcing to help your startup grow?
QUESTION | BY Virtual Coworker | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/01/20

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

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What is the easiest most inexpensive business I can start for $500 ?
QUESTION | BY Willie Bonner | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/01/20

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...

Advice
Is cold calling too old school or is it still appropriate in today's marketplace?
QUESTION | BY Deborah Glass | 75 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/01/20

I've been in the insurance business for 27 years and it keeps changing. I do direct mailings for outreach on behalf of my company but, I am also open to new ideas. What are your thoughts?

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Trends in IT Consulting
BY business.com editorial staff

Stay up to date with current trends in IT consulting and its interrelated activities.

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5 Steps to Remove a Shareholder
BY business.com editorial staff

The business.com community regularly asks for advice on removing shareholders from a company. We reached out to expert sources for some insight.