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Advice
Have you ever worked with a business coach?
QUESTION | BY Lynn Kretschmer | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/23/20

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 are good networking strategies?
QUESTION | BY Hampton Watson III | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/23/20

I am looking to build a good aggressive referral networking group in the Washington DC Metro. Do you have any good recommendations for good networking strategies?

Advice
What advice do you have for starting a business?
QUESTION | BY Tuong Aries | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/22/20

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...

Advice
How do you balance working from home while also taking care of your children?
QUESTION | BY Skye Schooley | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/22/20

How do you navigate a new work-from-home policy while also taking care of children at home? Please list any tips or resources that have been helpful for you to teach (and tame) your kids while also...

Advice
Who should write your business plan?
QUESTION | BY Heather Donovan | 36 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/20/20

My husband and I recently bought a food truck for healthy cuisine on-the-go. We've done a few 'soft opens' the past few weekends at smaller venues, but have yet to go anywhere that would attract too...

Advice
What is the best time tracking software for a business with contract employees?
QUESTION | BY Kendra Steinmetz | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/19/20

I work for a small consulting firm and am in the process of implementing a time tracking software for our contract employees to enter hours worked on specific projects. Because the number of...

Article
How a Divorce Can Affect Your Business
BY Chris Porteous

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?
QUESTION | BY Jake Savin | 49 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/16/20

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....

Article
How to Transition to Long-Term Work From Home
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Working from home has become the reality for many American workers. Here's how to transition into long-term remote work.

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Advice
What's the best way to deal with non-paying or late-paying clients?
QUESTION | BY Colette Hamilton | 117 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

I've recently had to deal with clients who pay extremely late or simply avoid paying us entirely. I'd like to try to avoid lawsuits, and I'd also like to maintain as positive a relationship as...

Advice
Where do you look for clients that want to create games?
QUESTION | BY Alex Dovgodko | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

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...

Advice
What business I choose amid COVID?
QUESTION | BY Rakesh Kumar | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

Hi All, I would like to know about the business ideas that can survive in any pandemic. Please share so that I can choose accordingly.

Article
How to Manage Anxiety in the Workplace
BY Shawn Singh

Work can be stressful, whether you work in a physical environment or remotely. These common stressors are experienced by professionals everywhere, and managing them is essential to work-life balance....

Article
Workplace Stress and Anxiety After COVID-19
BY Shawn Singh

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded existing workplace stress and anxiety. This article explains the primary causes of that stress and how to manage it in a post-COVID world.

Article
The Best Business Grants for Women in 2020
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Women are still far behind in business funding. Here are some of the best business grants for women in 2020 that can help close the gap.

Advice
Should I hire an independent contractor or a full time employee?
QUESTION | BY Deborah Jacobs | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

I have reached the point where I can not handle all the work by myself anymore and I need to outsource some of it. I am not sure if I should outsource by a per project basis to an independent...

Article
Teamwork: Assessing and Strengthening a Team
BY Rachel Krug

Implementing collaborative processes can improve overall productivity by 20 to 30%.

Advice
What is the ideal number of hours to work a week?
QUESTION | BY Jack Kemper | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/03/20

As a new entrepreneur I am finding that I can spend 24/7 on my business. I know time away is good but every startup also has limited resources and a limited runway. What is the idea amount of time...

Advice
Do you think a four-day work week is a good idea?
QUESTION | BY Bennett Conlin | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/03/20

I've seen a lot of articles circling around about the benefits of a four-day work week, and I'm interested to hear the business.com community's thoughts on the idea. Would your business ever consider...

Article
What Makes a Good Workplace Leader
BY Andrew Martins

A strong leader in the workplace can bolster a small business's push for success.

Article
Distributed Workforces Are Here to Stay: How Companies Can Adapt
BY Andrew Hoag

Whether you reopen your office or not, long-term changes from COVID-19 are inevitable. Listening to, engaging and empowering your employees is the key to making a remote-first culture work.

Advice
How do BPO companies get inbound projects from major clients?
QUESTION | BY Phani Indra | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/31/20

I have been working in the call center vertical for the past few years with different companies. Now am working with a company call Knoah Solutions. How do BPO companies get projects from large...

Advice
How should you format and write a rate increase letter?
QUESTION | BY Amy King | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/28/20

I am a legal billing coordinator running my business as an independent contractor. I currently have four separate law firms that I do monthly billing for. I am trying to come up with a way to...

Advice
What are the biggest challenges of writing a business plan?
QUESTION | BY Skye Schooley | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/27/20

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?

Advice
How do you deliver excellent customer service in your business?
QUESTION | BY Denise Mock | 131 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/26/20

Looking for advice from people who serve people well. Customer service is something that ensures our customers hang out, continue to buy from us, and keep coming back.

Article
How to Be a Great Leader From a Distance
BY Lesley Pyle

Here are the best practices leaders can use to manage remote and freelance workers for the best results.

Advice
How to find new clients for IT Outsourcing Business?
QUESTION | BY VIVEK PANDEY | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/24/20

We have an IT Outsourcing company & we basically work on various job portals to get projects from global clients. I am looking for an effective alternative way to get new clients & prospects for our...

Article
How Thinking Like a Founder Can Help Intrapreneurs Achieve Success
BY Stephany Lapierre

There are a few characteristics and skills that can be adopted to help intrapreneurs in the corporate world looking to enact change.

Article
How Viable Is a Physical Office Space These Days?
BY Andrew Martins

Thousands of businesses went from physical to virtual work environments since March because of COVID-19. What is the future of physical office spaces?

Article
Making Sure Your Walk Matches Your Talk
BY J. Kevin McHugh

The leadership style that is the most effective at driving confidence and high performance, according to research, is servant leadership.