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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....

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Is it better to take a bad job with a good boss or a good job with a bad boss?
By Sadiq Sagheer | 45 Answers | Last Activity on October 16, 2016

Currently I'm working with a good boss but the job isn't that great (because there is no future there and pay isn't that great). I recently found a good job (pay is good with medical insurance,...

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Today knowledge is not power, but sharing knowledge is. Do you agree? Disagree?
By Davinder Khanna | 30 Answers | Last Activity on October 10, 2016

With such generous sharing of professional expertise on social media, would you agree with the above statement? How has such sharing has benefited your business?

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Why is it important to register your business?
By Michael De Leon | 7 Answers | Last Activity on October 07, 2016

I would like to know the different reasons for registering and obtaining the necessary permits and licenses when starting a business.

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What is the difference between Customer and Client?
By Asmaa Lasheen | 28 Answers | Last Activity on October 07, 2016

After reading about "What is the difference between Customer and Client" I saw many opinions on this, what's the right answer?

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Like Mosaic Hub, what are good sites to develop networking and business connections as well a finding client bases?
By Shawn Stewart | 6 Answers | Last Activity on October 07, 2016
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Potential co-founders say my idea is too difficult, should I give up?
By Sandra Gomez | 30 Answers | Last Activity on October 06, 2016

My company is peer to peer lending but the tech co-founders I've been interviewing say my idea is too difficult. They seem to be scared of the bigger competitors. What should I do?

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How can an introvert be successful in business?
By Anonymous User | 32 Answers | Last Activity on September 28, 2016

I have a great business idea and have thought through a business plan on paper. The problem is I am not good at sales and have no desire to become a salesperson. I enjoy being behind the scenes. How...

Article
Goodbye, Cable: Can You Cut the Cord at Your Restaurant?
By Keegan Green | September 21, 2016

People continually cut cable out of their lives and that begs the question: Should we cut it out of bars and restaurants too?

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Would you hire someone that didn't graduate from college?
By Asmaa Lasheen | 30 Answers | Last Activity on September 20, 2016

If you are going to hire someone, and he has all the skills and qualifications that you need... BUT he didn't graduate from any college: 1- I'll hire him 2- I'll hire him (less salary) 3-...

Article
A Winning Plan: 5 Best Growth Strategies to Introduce Consumer Products in a Competitive Market
By Hassan Mansoor | September 12, 2016

Whether you want to introduce your consumer products in the competitive market, you need the best growth strategies to excel.

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Are you a solopreneur? If so, what is the biggest challenge you face?
By Scott H. Zucker | 32 Answers | Last Activity on September 10, 2016

I am curious if the biggest challenge faced by a solopreneur will vary based on the geography of the business (i.e. US vs UK vs India vs Australia, etc.). I am interested in identifying what...

Article
Things to Consider Before Presenting Your Idea to Investors
By Tommy Wyher | September 08, 2016

Here is how to prepare before pitching an invention idea to an investor.

Advice
Do you charge for the first "meet the team" meeting?
By Libby Anthony | 41 Answers | Last Activity on September 01, 2016

I recently landed a new client and we have both signed a contract and agreed on my hourly rate. The client wants me to come in to the office to meet the rest of the team, and I'm not sure if I should...

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Does playing sports help people work better as a team at work?
By Eagle Stadium | 13 Answers | Last Activity on September 01, 2016

Sports develops a team spirit in players so it is essential for all of us to take interest in games and sports. What is your experience?

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What has been your experience working with partners?
By Andrea Rozman | 13 Answers | Last Activity on August 28, 2016

I'm interested in hearing about experiences you've had bringing in partners to your business. What works? What doesn't? What should you have done but didn't do? What are the "must dos?" Do you...

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What is the best way to get a meeting with another business owner?
By Grant Holsberg | 25 Answers | Last Activity on August 28, 2016

I am new business owner in a small community and I am just looking to network and attract new clientele. I have tried emailing, phoning, and setting up in-person meetings with other business owners...

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Is it safer to run my own business or work for a larger company?
By Jeff Harris | 45 Answers | Last Activity on August 26, 2016

I have been working on my own business, more as a hobby, on the side and am now working to make it a full-time business. I have been debating with my wife the security of having my own business as...