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Advice
Is your business listed in local directories?
QUESTION | BY Eolo Perrin | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/31/16

My antique shop has been around for many years so I've relied on word of mouth and our reputation in a small town up until this point. To keep my business operating, I need to consider other options....

Advice
Is there a difference between a startup and small business?
QUESTION | BY Samantha Gath | 40 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/31/16

I hear the terms often and not sure if there is a different. I am also not sure it matters, but when looking for resources and business support, I am wondering if it might be an important...

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How do you negotiate with difficult people?
QUESTION | BY Jason Waite | 26 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/30/16

I am working on a partnership with another local business to benefit each others' sales. While we are aligned on where we see the benefits to both of our businesses, I feel the potential partner is...

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How do I handle an unpaid invoice?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/19/16

I am looking for some advice regarding an unpaid/disputed invoice. I recently did some work for a large construction company, which was on a labour-only basis. Unfortunately, I never signed a...

Advice
What is the best eCommerce shopping cart for a small business?
QUESTION | BY Kate Strickler | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/09/16

I am working on building a website and want to sell my jewelry online. I am either going to use Wix or Wordpress for building the website, but want to better understand my options for adding a...

Article
Home Is Where the Cash Is: Building Your Real Estate Business from the Ground Up
BY Fred Cohen

As the financial crisis fades into the rearview mirror, many entrepreneurs might be encouraged to get back into the real estate game.

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What employee benefits should I have for a small business of 10-15 people?
QUESTION | BY Kyle Connors | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/05/16
Advice
How does your business stay relevant?
QUESTION | BY Eli Jacobs | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/04/16

I offer web design and development services independently. I've noticed particularly in web that the industry is constantly changing with new tools and customer preferences. I imagine other...

Advice
How do I find great leaders?
QUESTION | BY Joe Manzanares | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/24/16

I am having trouble finding qualified people in Denver. Going big in other cities. Others have tried and have failed. Do I need outside help and experienced people in the industry; or can I do it...

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What is the difference between a coach and a mentor?
QUESTION | BY Denise Dukette | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/22/16

I'm curious how you, as an entrepreneur, personally define the differences between a mentor and a coach. Including specific examples would be great.

Article
Even Out Retail Seasonality: Picking Up the Slack During Off-Peak Seasons
BY business.com editorial staff

Most businesses are cyclical. The key question is: what do you do during the slow periods besides wait for things to pick up again?

Advice
How can I be an amazing mentor?
QUESTION | BY Deborah Jacobs | 21 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/09/16

I am thinking about becoming a volunteer for Score or another small business mentorship program. I have been a small business owner for over 30 years and I want to help others start their business. I...

Advice
What's your New Year's resolution for your business?
QUESTION | BY Heather Donovan | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/29/16

Happy holidays! My business is still very new, but I want to create some New Year resolutions to keep me on track. A couple I came up with so far is... 1. I want more face to face interaction...

Advice
As a business owner, what do you feel is most important when it comes to building solid small business operations?
QUESTION | BY Sarah Hawkins | 26 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/18/16

I'm conducting a survey of my fellow-business owners to learn what their views are on essential business operations. In building your business sustainably, what elements do you think will most ensure...

Advice
What are some tips to adding e-commerce to your business?
QUESTION | BY Kristy Galvin | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/10/16

I have been operating a small boutique. I don't currently sell any of my clothing online, but some of my customers have been asking me about buying new items online, particularly customers who are...

Advice
Is it ok to respond to emails on holidays?
QUESTION | BY S. Thomas Warden | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/01/16

I prefer to check my emails regularly, including holidays and weekends to keep my inbox clean. Otherwise, I get a lot of emails that pile up and I hate that. But I always wonder if it is bad...

Advice
How to be both a successful entrepreneur and a mother?
QUESTION | BY Brandie Carles | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/23/15

I want to start my own business. I am also a new mom. I've read many great articles on stories of women becoming successful entrepreneurs while also raising a family. I just want to take it day by...

Article
Fashion Forward: Top 10 Retail Trends for 2016
BY Karen McCandless

We foresee big changes for retail this new year. Here's a list of 10 trends to keep you up to date on the ever-evolving industry.

Advice
Can anyone recommend a shared calendar service or app (Android accessible) that provides real-time notification alerts?
QUESTION | BY John BaRoss | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/20/15

Real-time notification alerts would be for any new calendar entry as well as any change to an existing calendar entry (as opposed to reminder notification alerts). I tried Cozi & PlenoFamily apps...

Advice
Can I start a business on the side and still be successful?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Larkin | 41 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/11/15

I have a good job, but also have had an idea that I want to pursue. I have been doing some planning on the side and thinking about trying to launch the new business but don't want to leave my day...

Advice
At what point during the business planning process is creating a blog a good idea?
QUESTION | BY Joi Meadows | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/08/15

I want to start a blog but have no idea where to begin. I don't yet have a business, just an idea. However, I have a business plan, design ideas, and I've researched the type of legal structure,...

Advice
How can I work for myself full-time?
QUESTION | BY Amanda Gallardo | 38 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/25/15

I am looking to work for my company full-time and quit my full-time employment. How can I make this transition? I've been thinking about for some time now. Can you share your story?

Advice
What are some of the best free resources for a new entrepreneur?
QUESTION | BY Erica Stewart | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/20/15

Hello! I'm new to mosaicHUB and to entrepreneurship! I want to explore starting my own "Birchbox of Books" for all the bookworms out there like me. I'm just not sure where to start, so I want to take...

Advice
What is the most common mistake entrepreneurs make that I should avoid?
QUESTION | BY Zoe Brown | 33 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/16/15

I know there are a lot of entrepreneurs and business people here and I am sure many have great advice. I am fairly new to being a business owner and have already made a bunch of mistakes. I think...

Advice
Where is the best place to get online training as a new entrepreneur?
QUESTION | BY Caitlin Flannigan | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/11/15

I am looking for a place to get structured training to help me learn about starting and running my own business. I have found a lot of material online, but I would like a place that has courses and...

Article
Farm to Table: Must's for Building a Green Strategy in Food and Beverage
BY Dr. Keith Peterson

Due to global climate concerns, as well as a number of other environmental and consumer-preference factors, businesses have begun focusing their advertising campaigns and marketing materials around...

Advice
What is the best advice for a first time entrepreneur?
QUESTION | BY Sara Eveland | 29 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/05/15

Hi, I am just starting my own business. I have been involved in photography as a hobby for over a decade, but I now plan to turn it into a full time business. Being new to entrepreneurship, I am a...

Advice
Is it okay to mention my failed startup on my resume?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 36 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/05/15

My startup failed for a number of reasons; some of those reasons being my fault and some of those reasons not. Should I still highlight this on my resume as my main experience and where I gained...

Advice
How do you know when you are ready to launch?
QUESTION | BY Tom Torrence | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/30/15

I have been working on a startup and have been in stealth mode for several months. I have been collecting a lot of data and revising my minimum viable product. I know it is not perfect, but am...

Advice
How do we grow our business quickly under pressure?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Larkin | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/28/15

We just closed a small round of family and friends funding. Now, it's time to work on growing our business. In order to meet the expectations of our investors, it needs to be done quickly. We feel...