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What's the best way to showcase Freelance consulting on a resume?
QUESTION | BY Aanand Shukla | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/26/18

I'm currently freelance consulting on two main projects. I anticipate adding more in the future, each with various duration. What's the best way to showcase Freelance Consulting on a resume if you're...

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What is your favorite local business and why?
QUESTION | BY Cynthia Bellgan | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/24/18

Local businesses can be really special. I often think big name brands should pay more attention to local businesses and how they attract customers. I'm curious to hear what your favorite local...

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What are the benefits of being a freelancer?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Larkin | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/15/18

I have over ten years of experience consulting in a corporate agency. I've seen many of my colleagues and friends leave to do it on their own. I feel like I would enjoy being my own boss, but I also...

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Any suggestions on the best Ted Talks to show during orientation and training week?
QUESTION | BY Abby Santos | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/15/18

I know there is a lot of great Ted Talks shared on leadership, building a team, culture, project management, etc. We want to show 1-2 through out this week of training to break up the lectures. Has...

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How do I train my employees on email writing and etiquette?
QUESTION | BY Bhushan Vaidya | 32 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/20/18

I know that email communication is important for many different departments, like sales and HR. What's the best way to train my employees in writing business emails and maintaining business...

Article
What You Should Do Before Launching a Voice AI Product
BY Amy Shim

Check out these four tips before launching your voice AI product.

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What characteristics should a business possess to demonstrate innovativeness?
QUESTION | BY Zack Lombardi | 21 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/06/18

I want my business and my employees to possess a culture of innovation. What core values or characteristics should a business have to fulfill this? We are a production company in filming, script...

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When is the best time of year for employees to take a vacation?
QUESTION | BY Carolyn Burt | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/05/18

I am a big believer in rejuvenation for your employees. Most of my employees request their vacation time in the summer months. As a new solar energy company, we don't have a designated slow season...

Article
How to Create Hiring Practices to Tackle the Tech Skills Gap
BY Jeff Mazur

Your business needs to think creatively to hire the best new tech employees.

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Article
Want to Invest in Digital Real Estate? How to Get Started
BY Syed Balkhi

You've seen people making money from owning websites. You can do it too.

Advice
How do you quit a job without burning bridges?
QUESTION | BY James O'Leary | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/13/18

I work for a consulting company and just got assigned to a 3-4 month project at the client site due to begin in early May or early June. I found out about this project last week and unfortunately I...

Advice
Are pets a distraction in the office?
QUESTION | BY S. Thomas Warden | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/09/18

Studies show that allowing pets to be in the office is a stress reliever for employers, but it also comes with liability for the company. Almost all of my employees have dogs and some have asked to...

Advice
What's the best way to find the courage to transition into your own business full time?
QUESTION | BY Kate Strickler | 54 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/26/18

I've been working on a side business for several years. I really want to make it a full time job, but have been nervous to take the leap. I would love to hear from others who have made the...

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My partner wants to leave: what are my options?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/25/18

Advice welcomed & appreciated: My partner and I run a small staffing agency business. We are only 3 1/2 years old. After about a year in business, I brought on a partner to help grow the...

Advice
Should I pay overtime for salaried employees?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Larkin | 38 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/03/18

We are a new startup with a small team. We are able to offer our employees minimal salary compensation with some benefits. Everyone has been putting in overtime lately in order to really scale our...

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I don't agree with my business partner. What are my options?
QUESTION | BY Gabriela Meade | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/03/18

My business partner and I own 50% each of a restaurant & bar. We can't seem to agree on anything and it becomes a fight. I do not get along with the accountant and my business partner refuses to fire...

Advice
How can I raise prices on my existing customers without losing them?
QUESTION | BY Jacob Woodwork | 52 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/01/18

We launched our startup initially with all inclusive one-price packages for our services. As we grow, our operating costs can no longer be covered with the current prices we have set. I want to make...

Advice
How do I define my role in my daughter's business, that I will be funding?
QUESTION | BY Cynthia Rock | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/17/18

My daughter wants to start her own business in a field in which she is not only certified, with 5 yrs. experience, a solid client list, but has some excellent ideas in which to grow the clientele....

Advice
How to manage starting a business with your husband or significant other?
QUESTION | BY Rema Monez | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/11/18

Like many advise against going into business with your friends, I'm sure they advise against going into business your husband. Too late, I already did! We started our own Vermont Maple Syrup product...

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How do I collect from a non-paying client?
QUESTION | BY Glen Mead | 21 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/11/18

I recently completed a project for a client, at a reduced rate ($5000 vs $10000) based on a carrot being dangled in front of me. Bad idea to begin with I'm sure. However, despite the fantastic deal...

Advice
How do you avoid having to micromanage your employees?
QUESTION | BY Jason Waite | 45 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/09/18

This is a follow up question to a question I asked a few months ago on how to structure our employee meetings. I received a lot of great feedback and suggestions. Since then, I have printed out tasks...

Advice
How do I come up with good survey questions?
QUESTION | BY Jack Kemper | 39 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/07/18

I set up a landing page to get sign ups a few months ago. Now that I have a list of users, I want to get some feedback. I started drafting a survey, but I am finding it hard to come up with...

Advice
Is success of a business based more on the decisions or the idea?
QUESTION | BY Abby Santos | 80 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/28/18

I recently attended an event where one of the speakers talked about the large number of businesses that fail. She said that most business failures are less about the idea and more about the poor...

Advice
What are your best time management techniques?
QUESTION | BY Kobus Myburgh | 76 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/14/18

In most careers, time management is of paramount importance. As your time is a finite resource, scheduling your work in order to stay within budget, within scope and within the deadline can be a...

Advice
Should I rewrite my resume?
QUESTION | BY Liz Wilson | 43 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/08/18

I am looking for work and not getting any results. I'm wondering what I am doing wrong. I have a personal portfolio and blog site displaying my work and expertise, a comprehensive resume and...

Article
How Chuck Runyon of Anytime Fitness Creates Loyal Customers
BY Chad Brooks

The Anytime Fitness weighs in on loyalty and franchising.

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Article
Weighing the Pros and Cons of Angel Investors for Your Business
BY Roman Shteyn

Are angel investors the right funding source for your startup or small business?

Advice
I am looking for a great life coach training program to get some credentials for starting my biz. Any ideas?
QUESTION | BY Hollianne Hall | 30 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/09/18

I am a spiritually lead person, so my life coaching will have that element too.

Article
Is Direct Mail Right for Your Construction Business?
BY Larry Alton

Direct mail has resurged in recent years. Here's how to get a good ROI on your campaign.