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Buying a Business: The Pros and Cons of Seller Financing
BY business.com editorial staff

Buying a business through seller financing is an overlooked option. How does it work? How do both parties get a good deal?

Advice
What is the difference between a merchant cash advance and working capital loan?
QUESTION | BY Adam Uzialko | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/12/20

I'm currently working on an article for business.com about the difference between a merchant cash advance and a working capital loan. I am looking for community members with experience, either as...

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Ready to Reopen Your Retail Locations? Try These 4 Tips
BY Bobby Marhamat

If you own or manage a retail business, keep these tips in mind as you reopen to the public.

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How Virtual Reality Technology Is Changing Manufacturing
BY business.com editorial staff

Manufacturing has begun a new reality as next-generation VR and AR become available.

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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 4
BY Adam Uzialko

COVID-19 upended economic activity and disrupted small business owners' lives. Here are stories from real entrepreneurs about how the novel coronavirus pandemic is impacting them.

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How Companies Can Change Their Culture to Attract (and Retain) Millennials
BY business.com editorial staff

Do you want more millennials to join and remain loyal to your company? Here's how to recruit and keep this age group.

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Advice
What are the 3 biggest concerns faced by restaurant owners?
QUESTION | BY Heather Donovan | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/11/20

I'm curious to hear from other restaurant owners or managers on what they feel are their 3 biggest concerns when it comes to their business. My husband and I opened our own healthy cuisine food truck...

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Focus: The Most Important Tool for Navigating Uncertainty
BY Andrew Hoag

It’s important to focus on your customers, the features required to attract and retain them, and your team during tough times.

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10 Interview Questions to Ask When Hiring a Product Manager
BY business.com editorial staff

Ask these questions when looking for the right person to take on the essential role of managing your business's products.

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Is Wholesale Over? The Death of the Middleman
BY business.com editorial staff

Companies like Warby Parker are changing the game.

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7 Quick Tips for Negotiating a Business Lease
BY business.com editorial staff

Get the office of your dreams within your budget.

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5 Telltale Signs You're a Chronic Procrastinator
BY business.com editorial staff

Chronic procrastination can have a huge impact on a business. Here's how to recognize it in yourself and overcome it.

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Business as Usual No More: How Companies Are Adapting and Innovating Amid Disruption
BY Nancy Harris

Companies have also been forced to not only rethink norms when it comes to their employees but also to embrace a new vision of what a collaborative and productive workforce truly looks like.

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Weirdest Things Caught on Security Camera
BY business.com editorial staff

Security cameras catch more than thefts. Here are eight weird things caught on camera.

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Best Android Apps for Construction
BY business.com editorial staff

These Android apps belong on your smartphone or tablet.

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How to Use Data Science to Get Ahead in Business
BY business.com editorial staff

If you know how to use it, big data could be the key to even a small business's success.

Article
How the Affordable Care Act Applies to Your Business in 2020
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is and how it impacts your business in 2020.

Advice
How do I get a grant or loan from the government?
QUESTION | BY Javaro Munnings | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/08/20

How do I get a grant or loan from the government? Or get a loan for my new business? What is the best way to market my business and see fast results and which marketing website works better? Yelp?...

Advice
what is the best business to start at home during social distancing?
QUESTION | BY elena rosito | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/07/20

I want to start a small online business at home during these times of covid-19 crisis and social distancing and quaratine. I worked in the hospitality industry for so long, I haven't got any idea how...

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9 Ways to Improve Your Office Workflow
BY business.com editorial staff

Does your daily workflow feel hectic or like there's never enough time? Here are some ways to make it smoother.

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Letter Folding Machine Buying Guide
BY business.com editorial staff

Save yourself some manual labor and time and invest in a letter folding machine.

Advice
How has the covid outbreak affected your business?
QUESTION | BY Abeer Raza | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/05/20

Hi everyone! My partner and I are conducting workshops to help entrepreneurs in the community use technology solutions to cope with the covid outbreak, and the way it?s been affecting business...

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In Pursuit of Profit: Applications and Uses of Break-Even Analysis
BY Simone Johnson

A break-even analysis is an essential element of financial planning. Here's how to apply it to your business.

Advice
How to generate commercial property deals?
QUESTION | BY Frank Wallem | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/05/20

Commercial real estate values has significantly declined over the years but still you can't just take it out of the industry, we still plan to increase our commercial real estate holdings. To...

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Collaboration Eats the Smartest Person in the Room for Breakfast
BY Sue Bingham

We’re in a new era of work that calls for a new style of leadership. Instead of giving employees orders, you must inspire them.

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When and How to Plan an Exit Strategy for Your SMB
BY business.com editorial staff

It's better to be prepared for the end of your business ownership than risk coming up empty-handed.

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5 Simple Ways to Pinpoint Your Brand's Target Audience
BY Chris Christoff

When you start a business, you need to understand your target market at a fundamental level at the very beginning.

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COVID-19's Complicated Impact on E-Commerce: How to Deal With the Fallout and Adapt to the New Normal
BY Rafael Lourenco

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing customer expectations and e-commerce fraud prevention. Here are steps that businesses can take to cope with the ongoing wave of change.

Advice
What steps should I take to build my first e-commerce website?
QUESTION | BY Kevin Smith | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/04/20

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

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Hiring? 15 Interview Questions to Ask a Software Engineer
BY business.com editorial staff

Are you fluent in engineering? If not, here are 15 great interview questions to ask a software engineer.