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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?

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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.

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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.

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The Best Businesses to Buy in 2018
BY Bruce Hakutizwi

Looking to buy a new business venture in the new year? Here are your best options.

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How do you motivate yourself as an entrepreneur?
QUESTION | BY Jane Emery | 40 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/05/17

I spent most of my career in the corporate world going into an office with fixed hours. I am finding it challenging motivating myself without that structure. What are some ways others have created...

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Are you ex-corporate who started your own business?
QUESTION | BY Bernadette Boas | 41 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/28/17

If so, what was the hardest, funniest, strangest thing that happened to you when starting/setting up your business OR what advice would you give specifically to a corporate professional who is now...

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How can a small e-commerce website survive against a large e-commerce website that sells the same kind of products?
QUESTION | BY Dinesh Kumavat | 43 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/21/17

I have an e-commerce site for selling kitchenware products. How can I compete with e-commerce sites that offer a broader range of products, discounts and often lower prices?

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Differences Between an Angel Investor and a Venture Capitalist
BY Will Jiang

Which financing option is right for your business?

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How to Maintain Good Investor Relations
BY Jonathan Furman

Keeping your investors up to date and in your corner

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What is your one burning business question for Barbara Corcoran?
QUESTION | BY Taylor Perras | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/22/17

Entrepreneur, speaker, and investor on ABC?s Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran has partnered with OnDeck and Business.com to answer small business owners? most burning questions when it comes to running a...

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State of the Construction Business in 2017
BY Karina Fabian

After some ups and downs, the construction business is on the rise again.

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4 Ways Small Businesses Empower Their Communities
BY Meredith Wood

Small businesses inject jobs and revenue back into local communities.

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How do you upgrade your skill set while working a full time job?
QUESTION | BY Denise Mock | 60 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/23/17

What do you recommend to upgrade your skill set? (time management conference, people skills mastermind, IT training, customer service audit, pyschological assessment, etc)

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Contractor's Guide to Insurance: What You Need and What It Costs
BY Karina Fabian

These are the different types of insurance you need or may want as a contractor.

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5 Lessons Learned From Industry Disruptors
BY Greg Shuey

How will your business disrupt your industry?

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Which is more important for design, functionality or looks?
QUESTION | BY Jack Kemper | 47 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/16/17

I recently heard Ev Williams, founder of Medium and former CEO of Twitter, talk about the importance of beautiful design. I used to hear not to focus so much on looks but on functionality. Which is...

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How to approach more valuable clients to cooperate with and grow our headhunter business?
QUESTION | BY Charlie Chen | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/30/17

We are an executive search firm specilized in serving munltinational companies with their business in China market. So i would like to have a more efficient way to approach more clients to serve. ...

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Should background checks be required for potential hires?
QUESTION | BY Lexi Margaret G. | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/16/17

We want to hire trustworthy employees. Is it right to ask potential hires to undergo a background check? I am a little hesitant that this could push candidates away. If my company did want to push...

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Food Safety Guide: What to Know and Where to Get Certified
BY business.com editorial staff

Follow these tips to keep your customers safe from food poisoning.

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Can you suggest an affordable (or free) commercial-grade Webinar platform?
QUESTION | BY Anne Zieger | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/13/17

I need it to be reliable enough to deliver a for-pay course. Also, it must integrate with PayPal. The ability to deliver e-mail marketing messages would be a big plus.

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How do you compare using a professional external mediator rather than an internal manager to mediate workplace disputes?
QUESTION | BY Joanne Law | 31 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/02/17

Have you used either or both and how do you think they compare? Are you worried about conflicts of interest and power imbalances when using an internal person? Dose the cost outweigh the...

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Should You Buy Your Biggest Competitor?
BY Bruce Hakutizwi

Organic Business Growth vs. Growth Through Acquisitions

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What can be done, legally, when the customer says he/she doesn't have any money to pay in a restaurant?
QUESTION | BY Charlie Ross | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/14/17

In the case of a customer's card being declined or a customer realizing they don't have enough money to pay the bill when it is presented to them, what actionable steps should be taken? First, how...

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What are your thoughts on Groupon or Amazon Local for a sole proprietor for massage therapy?
QUESTION | BY Sandy Martinelli | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/04/17

As one person, I am concerned about too many coupons being sold and lowering the value of what I offer.

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How do you handle failure?
QUESTION | BY Modeo Media | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/25/17

?Success is most often achieved by those who don?t know that failure is inevitable.? - Coco Chanel

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How do you know if your startup idea already exists?
QUESTION | BY Whitney Lynn | 41 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/18/17

How do you know if your startup idea already exists? And does that matter, because what if you can do it bigger and better? Thanks in advance for your input!

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Are remote jobs as reliable?
QUESTION | BY vamsi krishna | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/17/17

Hi, I am interested in remote jobs, I have done some freelancing work but not over the internet. I wanted to know can we take up these jobs as full time jobs? Are these jobs reliable? Would a...

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About anger management: Does it help to get things off your chest or it is better to remain silent to keep the peace?
QUESTION | BY Adile Cretallaz | 49 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/15/17

Hello everybody. In order to start a short essay about Anger Management, I am willing to gather as much information as possible about this topic. The first problematic who came to my mind was to...

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Company Culture: At what staff number is it worth to provide daily "free" lunch or dinner for your employees?
QUESTION | BY Jason Waite | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/12/17

I am the Recreation and Events Golf Manager for a course in Orlando. Part of my responsibility is overseeing the Clubhouse's food and beverage team. We have always offered our staff 50% off a meal if...

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What has been the most inspiring moment in your life?
QUESTION | BY Marzena Kmiecik Engagement Strategy | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/09/17

In life or in business...What has been the pivotal moment that has made you change the path you've initially taken...be it a significant shift in lifestyle, career, habits, beliefs etc...share your...