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Construction Industry Certification Guide: Everything You Need to Know
BY Kim Lindros

Certifications abound in the construction industry. Get a 30-foot view of some of the most popular credentials available.

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Analytics Achieving Retail Victory for Data-Centric SMBs
BY James Warner

Learn how you can incorporate analytics into your retail operation.

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How Leveraged Buyouts Can Help Small Businesses
BY Chris Porteous

Leveraged buyouts can help small businesses that may otherwise struggle to attract outside financing.

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Choosing the Right Outsourcing Partner
BY Shahid Mansuri

Many businesses find it difficult to outsource requirements, but it can boost business growth.

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How do I build a professional network?
QUESTION | BY Leonor Kane | 44 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/06/19

Everybody praises the importance of networking. I would like to hear any ideas on getting started. Does "cold-emailing" work? I'm not good at praising myself; is that a problem?

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How do you deal with a toxic coworker?
QUESTION | BY Ruth Hoffmann | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/30/19

If someone at the office is making you feel consistently stressed or unmotivated, you might be dealing with a toxic coworker. I personally suggest don?t take it personally and don?t let this toxic...

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How do I take a vacation when I am essentially a one-person operation?
QUESTION | BY Jeff Harris | 29 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/29/19

I think a vacation would really help re-energize me, but I can never seem to completely check out. For quite some time, I have always had jobs where I have flexibility, but need to be tuned in all...

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Should I stop contacting a customer who isn't responding to my emails or phone calls?
QUESTION | BY Enrique Gonzalez | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/27/19

Two months ago, we sent our response to a bid. I've been trying to get feedback and follow up with the customer, but they have gone silent. I've tried reaching them by email and phone. How long...

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How to Sell Your Business in 6 Simple Steps
BY Bruce Hakutizwi

If you've decided it's time to sell your business and you'd love to start the next chapter of your life by Q1 of 2020, don't despair. You absolutely can sell your business by 2020.

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How do I know if my business idea is good enough?
QUESTION | BY Muskan Arya | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/19/19

I want to start a tree planting business. It is for a good cause. I would like to prevent global warming. But I don't know if my business model or idea is even good enough. I believe in my cause but...

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How to Become a Full-Time Airbnb Entrepreneur
BY Sam Zuo

A guide for entrepreneurs to turn the average Airbnb side hustle into a full-time business

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What is one skill that you think is most important for entrepreneurs?
QUESTION | BY Evan Brown | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/05/19

I think it is patience. Building a business takes a lot of patience and hard work. Sometimes, some ideas click instantly, but most of the times, businesses take ages to groom and grow. And in those...

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What's the worst job you ever had?
QUESTION | BY Haley Hanlon | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/30/19

I'm interested in hearing from you all about the worst job you've ever had before becoming successful in your career. What (not so pleasant) steps did you have to take before landing your dream...

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What are some tips for starting a blog on my company's website?
QUESTION | BY Vilas zade | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/30/19

The name of my company is Om Sai Foods. We manufacture a tea and coffee premix along with vending machines. I am thinking of starting a blog but having trouble coming up with topics/ideas. Could...

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What do you wish you had known before you started your business?
QUESTION | BY Lori Fairbanks | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/22/19

It seems like a lot of people start businesses because they're passionate about something or they have a great idea, but they don't necessarily know the ins and outs of how to start or how to run a...

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What's your experience with online ticketing?
QUESTION | BY Megh Shetty MACS CP | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/01/19

I have a set of 4 questions: 1) Name 2 sites which cater to online ticket buyers and event managers and which site would you recommend to your friends? 2)please do share your experiences (...

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Where do I find a reliable mentor?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 48 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/05/19

Looking for a mentor to help me get back up on my feet. Ran a very successful group of Companies in the past. I would now like to dive back into business, but finding it hard to get direction....

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Rethink Corporate Social Responsibility and Turn Social Good Into a Business KPI
BY Maciej Kranz

Corporations need to show more social responsibility. Here's how.

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How can I fire my husband who owns 49% of our S corp?
QUESTION | BY Tina Allen | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/09/19

We have owned a business together since 1999. We have no partnership agreement. We have separated and I'm going to file for divorce this year. Problem is my husband owns 49% of the company. He has...

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Top 9 Industries For Virtual Reality
BY Victor Bogomolov

Virtual reality isn't just for gaming.

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Want to Launch a Business? Why You Should Consider Acquisition Entrepreneurship
BY Walker Deibel

Buying an existing business can be a more successful route than starting one from scratch.

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How to Increase Your Restaurant's Profits in 2019
BY Zac Johnson

Boost your restaurant's bottom line using these strategies.

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Do I need a POS system?
QUESTION | BY Samantha Gath | 27 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/19/19

I have been manually keeping track of purchases and a friend said I need a POS system. I am not that technical and not sure if this is overkill for a small business. Does anyone have experience...

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8 E-commerce Trends to Watch Out for in 2019
BY Chris Porteous

The trends online retailers should be paying attention to this year

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How can I find a happy atmosphere to work in?
QUESTION | BY Liz Wilson | 55 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/28/19

How can you tell that a company has the right work/culture environment for you? Should you be able to tell in the job interview? I have never worked in a happy atmosphere and I am wondering what I'm...

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How do you conduct market research?
QUESTION | BY Michael Darden | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/26/19

I have an idea for a security company. But not sure if there is a market for it. How do I research the need for my services? I believe that there is a market for more private security companies....

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How can you prepare your company for a change in leadership?
QUESTION | BY Jack Kemper | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/20/19

As a tech startup, we've been lucky to have a tight knit team that works really well off of each other. What is the best way I can break the news of a leadership change in our startup? And how can I...

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What are some good daily habits or exercises to get into?
QUESTION | BY Jackson Durham | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/14/19

I?m trying to create an efficient and stimulating daily routine that will lead me on the path to success and intelligence professionally. I realize this is incredibly general, but I?m open to...

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What do I need to know about blogging before I start?
QUESTION | BY Connie Berryhill | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/13/19

Will this help me get more business? I'm new at this and I have no idea what I'm doing or where to start.

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Creating an Honest Eco Strategy: Why Greenwashing Doesn't Work
BY Alex Miller

Greenwashing is a short-term strategy that may lead to long-term harm for your brand.