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How do you upgrade your skill set while working a full time job?
By Denise Mock | 60 Answers | Last Activity on May 23, 2017

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 | May 12, 2017

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 | April 24, 2017

How will your business disrupt your industry?

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Which is more important for design, functionality or looks?
By Jack Kemper | 47 Answers | Last Activity on April 16, 2017

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?
By Charlie Chen | 9 Answers | Last Activity on March 30, 2017

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?
By Lexi Margaret G. | 13 Answers | Last Activity on March 16, 2017

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 | March 15, 2017

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?
By Anne Zieger | 20 Answers | Last Activity on March 14, 2017

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?
By Joanne Law | 31 Answers | Last Activity on March 02, 2017

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 | February 28, 2017

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?
By Charlie Ross | 10 Answers | Last Activity on February 14, 2017

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?
By Sandy Martinelli | 16 Answers | Last Activity on February 04, 2017

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?
By Modeo Media | 16 Answers | Last Activity on January 25, 2017

?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?
By Whitney Lynn | 41 Answers | Last Activity on January 18, 2017

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?
By vamsi krishna | 11 Answers | Last Activity on January 17, 2017

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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Company Culture: At what staff number is it worth to provide daily "free" lunch or dinner for your employees?
By Jason Waite | 19 Answers | Last Activity on January 12, 2017

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?
By Marzena Kmiecik Engagement Strategy | 9 Answers | Last Activity on January 09, 2017

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...

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What is a typical commission rate for independent sales reps?
By Carrie Dunham | 9 Answers | Last Activity on December 22, 2016

Is there a standard percent to pay sales reps that are compensated solely on commission? I have heard percentages ranging around 20-30%, but haven't talked to many people.

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How do you overcome nervousness of public speaking or attending networking events?
By Kristy Galvin | 44 Answers | Last Activity on December 19, 2016

I've heard "practice practice practice" several times. However, I still get anxious when I have an obligation to attend an event. I'd rather avoid them. I know talking to people is important for my...

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How do I cope with being viewed as ignorant as an entrepreneur?
By Pradeep Mandavya | 51 Answers | Last Activity on December 02, 2016

As a first time entrepreneur, how do I cope with people's first reaction that I am 'ignorant' when discussing my plans to start my own venture.

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How do I pick a topic to blog about?
By Kelly Garofalo Smith | 35 Answers | Last Activity on November 30, 2016

I have always wanted to write a blog, and I see other people writing about all different topics. I want to write something that people will actually read. What are popular topics; family, work,...

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How did you decide on which niche to serve?
By John Chang | 13 Answers | Last Activity on November 19, 2016

Okay, everyone talks about picking your niche. In reality I believe that you don't pick your niche - it picks you. There have been times when I thought "oh, I should go after the aerospace...

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Any recommendations on a password manager system?
By Erica Stewart | 41 Answers | Last Activity on November 08, 2016

I know it is highly recommended to not use the same password for everything. I have so many different online accounts, it has become difficult to create new passwords that are strong enough and not...

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Is it better to terminate or reassign an employee that is not working out?
By Jen Ostrosky | 51 Answers | Last Activity on November 03, 2016

I have spent a lot of time training an employee. She is a great person, but I have to remind her several times to do something. I am not sure if she is just not in the right role or if she will...

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What is one reason you could give a business owner for why a business has to grow?
By Tom Fox | 41 Answers | Last Activity on November 02, 2016

Don't explain, just list a thought... I did a training presentation recently on Creating Growth Mindsets for Business and started it with the question above. Avoiding cliches (grow or die), we...

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I literally don't know what to do next. Am I capable of being a business owner?
By Jim Clark | 47 Answers | Last Activity on October 31, 2016

I'm working full time trying to get my small business to attract customers. I think I have a good social network presence, but I'm finding it difficult to continue taking action and push forward. I...

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Is an apprenticeship equal to work experience?
By NECA Education & Careers | 25 Answers | Last Activity on October 26, 2016

Apprenticeship also enables practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession. Would you consider this equal to work experience?

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How can I keep the millennials working for my company more than a year or two?
By Lexi Chung | 12 Answers | Last Activity on October 24, 2016

It has been difficult to keep my young employees for more than a year or a two. I am a millennial, and before I founded my own company I also had jumped from company to company every couple of years....

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What is the right time to approach investors with my business idea?
By Mantazh Khanna | 13 Answers | Last Activity on October 22, 2016

I know that it takes a while to bring investors on board but I'd love to know what you think about whether or not there is a right time and what dictates being READY for investor mtgs.

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What networking opportunities would enable me to meet CEOs, COOs, CFOs and HR Executives of small and midsize companies in NH and MA?
By Rosanna Nadeau | 13 Answers | Last Activity on October 21, 2016

I find that executives are generally the contacts that most often hire me for consulting engagements, but I find it challenging to find networking events attended by people at those career levels....