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What do you think is a fair hourly rate for graphic design services?
QUESTION | BY Liz Wilson | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/05/16

What would you pay for design services? I'm a designer and would like to know what the average person or business would expect to pay as a fair hourly rate. I've looked up average fees for designers,...

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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....

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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...

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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
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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...

Article
Building on Brick and Mortar: How to Create an Online Store That Can Compete
BY Cosette Jarrett

The rise of online retail has most small business owners a bit worried, but you can get in on the game. Create a site that increases sales.

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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?

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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...

Article
The Cost of Out-of-Stock: How Retailers Can Master Inventory Planning
BY Brandon Levey

Don’t let poor inventory management cut into your profits. Here's how retailers can calm their inventory chaos during hectic times.

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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...

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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...

Article
Paper or Plastic: The Hidden Competitors Threatening Grocery Retailers
BY Gerry Hays

For the first time ever, restaurant spending has surpassed grocery. But there are other competitors to worry about, too.

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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...

Article
Keep Your Customers Safe: The Perils of Product Liability
BY Fred Cohen

The news has recently been filled with stories about product liability cases involving automobile manufacturers. Don't let it happen to you.