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Is education still important now?
QUESTION | BY Robert McGee | 22 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/17/20

What do you think about modern education? Is it still important? Do you have experiences with studies abroad?

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How can repair stores protect business amidst COVID-19?
QUESTION | BY Muhammad Waleed Siddiqui | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/17/20

Any suggestions for repair business owners to keep giving repair services and maintaining social distancing. How they can survive during the pandemic.

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What are your experiences with the show Shark Tank?
QUESTION | BY Haley Hanlon | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/14/20

Discovery Channel's Shark Week (8/9/20 - 8/16/20) made me wonder if any of our own business.com community members have ever had their own up-close experience with a 'shark.' As a community of...

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What are some creative management ideas that can refocus and refresh our team for fall?
QUESTION | BY Anisia Allen | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/11/20

August has been a really tough month for my team and myself to stay motivated at work. I think we've all been slacking off a little bit and enjoying summer! As September hits, what can we do to get...

Advice
Online Store?
QUESTION | BY Trisha Jimmy | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/11/20

Which is better for an online store amazon or shopify. I'm concerned about traffic getting to a new online store. I want to make money, and have always wanted an online store.

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What is the best business idea after pendamic in US??
QUESTION | BY Sardar Akmal | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/11/20

I believe starting a business is a toughest decision. There are a lot of ideas list that we get online but practically does anyone have experience. Need expert opinion? Any Business ideas after...

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Would you consider accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment for your business?
QUESTION | BY Rob Elbaz | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/11/20

Would love to get your thoughts about Bitcoin, whether or not you like it, whether you think it has real potential or if it's just a gimmick. Do you have any experience with Bitcoin? Have you...

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What features should an online vendor marketplace include?
QUESTION | BY Vendorbazaar Marketplace | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/10/20

Interested to know if there is a vendor bookmarking website or vendor marketplace online. We are looking to start a vendor marketplace, a full fledged directory with tips and advice for the vendor...

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How do I build a two-sided online marketplace from scratch?
QUESTION | BY ashwin varghese | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/04/20

I am a young entrepreneur, a really young one, and it's my dream to launch an online marketplace where small business owners can post their products for free and customers can search for products...

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What are some fun ways to motivate my team?
QUESTION | BY Kate Strickler | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/29/20

I have a few remote, part-time workers. We don't have the opportunity to work together often and mostly connect over email. I am thinking I should try to set up a few team activities for us to...

Article
What SMBs Need to Know About Electronic Logging Devices
BY Sean Peek

If you operate a small fleet, you may be required to adhere to new regulations.

Advice
What is your company policy for dating in the office?
QUESTION | BY Kayla Desmond | 22 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/24/20

I work for a corporate organization that frowns upon relationships within the workplace. I recently have met an amazing man through my work that I would like to continue seeing. I am also very happy...

Best Pick
The Best GPS Fleet Tracking Services of 2020
BY Andrew Martins

Our team of experts has compared the best GPS fleet tracking services for 2020. See up-to-date comparisons, reviews and costs for the top-rated services.

Advice
Does my business need a mobile app?
QUESTION | BY Jack Garrett | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/21/20

As a business owner I wonder does my business need an app? I have a website but is it enough? My restaurant is quite profitable and I always look for development opportunities. Any ideas?

Advice
How can business owners protect their business amidst COVID-19?
QUESTION | BY GIa Glad | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/15/20

I have recently published a blog around this topic and was hoping for updated input from business owners. How have you protected your businesses' survival during this pandemic?

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Where can I find advice on agriculture project reports?
QUESTION | BY angan chandra | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/14/20

I am looking for a project report of various agriculture farming, like vegetables, banana, papaya, pears etc. Project report should contain, required land area, total production cost (material,...

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What are the most common challeges of and for small businesses?
QUESTION | BY Kunal Bhat | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/14/20

A friend of mine is setting up a small manufacturing unit and reached out to me for advice. What are the most common challenges and pain points faced by small and medium businesses? I am interested...

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What are some ways a small business can celebrate holidays?
QUESTION | BY Sara Eveland | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/14/20

I started to wonder how small businesses can celebrate holidays. I find that holidays can offer a great opportunity to reflect and be appreciative. I am just not sure how to celebrate the upcoming...

Advice
What is the best way to start an introduction?
QUESTION | BY pamela geis perron | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/13/20

What is the best way to start an introduction with a producer or agent? My goal is to get personally invited to fundraisers within the business. How should I approach this?

Article
How Virtual Reality Is Changing Construction
BY business.com editorial staff

Virtual reality is being used in the construction industry to improve design, safety, and training and to avoid costly overruns.

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Share Your Story: How has COVID-19 affected you?
QUESTION | BY Haley Hanlon | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/09/20

Hi everyone, I'm Haley, the Community Manager here at business.com. As the spread of Covid-19 has turned the world upside down and posed a particular challenge to small business, we?re working to...

Article
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.

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?

Advice
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?

Advice
I am interested in starting a payday loan service - Is it as people tell me, so risky I may lose?
QUESTION | BY Ana Hyler | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/29/20

People are telling me that the percentage of non-payment is so high, that it wipes the potential earnings. I would like to hear from experts in this arena, what is the truth.

Article
Why Your Construction Company Needs Smart Helmets
BY business.com editorial staff

This wearable tech could improve your construction team's safety and efficiency.

Advice
Have you ever used business planning software? If so, what?
QUESTION | BY Anna Attkisson | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/20/20

I'm curious to know if business planning is something most professionals do on their own or if any of the off-the-shelf options are truly helpful or not.

Article
Drones in Precision Agriculture and Crop Management
BY business.com editorial staff

Drones are the next technology to provide innovative solutions to the agriculture industry.

Advice
What advice do you have for other small businesses to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic?
QUESTION | BY Haley Hanlon | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/18/20

What can small businesses do during the COVID-19 shutdown on such short notice? What are tips for keeping revenue coming in during a time when they may have to close brick-and-mortar retail locations?