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Is success of a business based more on the decisions or the idea?
By Abby Santos | 80 Answers | Last Activity on February 28, 2018

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...

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How can I earn money online from home?
By Jim Allen | 16 Answers | Last Activity on February 13, 2018

I want to know about the best way to earn money online from home.

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Should I rewrite my resume?
By Liz Wilson | 42 Answers | Last Activity on February 08, 2018

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...

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How Chuck Runyon of Anytime Fitness Creates Loyal Customers
By Chad Brooks | January 23, 2018

The Anytime Fitness weighs in on loyalty and franchising.

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Best Mini Excavators
By business.com editorial staff | January 22, 2018

Our experts have reviewed the best mini excavators for 2018. See up-to-date comparisons on features and the best prices for the top rated compact excavators.

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Angel Investors for Your Business
By Roman Shteyn | January 19, 2018

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?
By Hollianne Hall | 30 Answers | Last Activity on January 09, 2018

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 | November 02, 2017

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 | October 24, 2017

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?
By Jane Emery | 40 Answers | Last Activity on October 05, 2017

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?
By Bernadette Boas | 41 Answers | Last Activity on September 29, 2017

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?
By Dinesh Kumavat | 43 Answers | Last Activity on September 21, 2017

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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How to Maintain Good Investor Relations
By Jonathan Furman | August 10, 2017

Keeping your investors up to date and in your corner

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What is your one burning business question for Barbara Corcoran?
By Taylor Perras | 15 Answers | Last Activity on July 22, 2017

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 | July 12, 2017

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 | June 02, 2017

Small businesses inject jobs and revenue back into local communities.

Advice
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...

Article
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.

Advice
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!