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Advice
How do you deliver excellent customer service in your business?
QUESTION | BY Denise Mock | 132 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/23/20

Looking for advice from people who serve people well. Customer service is something that ensures our customers hang out, continue to buy from us, and keep coming back.

Article
Pad That Bank Account: 6 Strategies for Companies Raising Capital
BY Faizan Raza

Whether you run a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you need capital to grow. Here are six strategies for raising capital as a small business owner.

Advice
What is your favorite business book?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 139 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/21/20

It may not be a book directly related to business but whose underlying principles, themes or statements have proved invaluable to your career/business/personal development.

Advice
How to find new clients for IT Outsourcing Business?
QUESTION | BY VIVEK PANDEY | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/19/20

We have an IT Outsourcing company & we basically work on various job portals to get projects from global clients. I am looking for an effective alternative way to get new clients & prospects for our...

Advice
Professional speaking is an industry I am interested in, any favorite resources others have used to build this area of expertise?
QUESTION | BY Tina Beal | 32 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/19/20

Looking to be more active in public speaking on both social media, marketing, and branding; but also on women entrepreneurship, women business leaders. Where do you begin? I have spoke a dozen...

Advice
Should I hire an independent contractor or a full time employee?
QUESTION | BY Deborah Jacobs | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/16/20

I have reached the point where I can not handle all the work by myself anymore and I need to outsource some of it. I am not sure if I should outsource by a per project basis to an independent...

Advice
What advice do you have for starting a business?
QUESTION | BY Tuong Aries | 31 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/12/20

I want to start a business but I'm not sure where to begin. I have taken courses on Coursera and read many business books such as Michael T. Porter's "Competitive Strategy" and Robert T. Kiyosaki's...

Advice
What's the best way to deal with non-paying or late-paying clients?
QUESTION | BY Colette Hamilton | 118 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/09/20

I've recently had to deal with clients who pay extremely late or simply avoid paying us entirely. I'd like to try to avoid lawsuits, and I'd also like to maintain as positive a relationship as...

Advice
How do I create a business plan for a home salon?
QUESTION | BY Crystal Harvey | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/08/20

I am a licensed cosmetologist. I am looking to open a salon out of my home. However, I am having issues with business planning. How do I go about creating a business plan?

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Advice
Where do I find affiliate partners?
QUESTION | BY Ashok Grover | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/05/20

I have developed an online coaching program for young professionals. I am ready to offer excellent commission, but I am wondering where I could find suitable partners.

Article
The 5 Biggest Challenges to Starting a Business (and How to Overcome Them)
BY Dave Thomas

Starting a business is a difficult endeavor. It is critical to identify your challenges and set a plan for how to tackle them.

Article
19 Essential Tools for Building a Successful Business Plan
BY Scott Gerber

These resources can reduce the time and effort it takes to write a comprehensive plan.

Article
How Your Life Experiences Can Inspire Your Business and Help It Grow
BY Simone Johnson

Learn how Mixed Up Clothing owner Sonia Kang's multicultural background, nursing credentials, and flair for fashion both inspired and saved her business.

Advice
What are the biggest challenges of writing a business plan?
QUESTION | BY Skye Schooley | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/24/20

If I am writing a business plan, what are the biggest challenges I will likely face during the process? How do I effectively prepare for and resolve those issues in a timely manner?

Article
7 Steps to Starting a Business
BY Chris Porteous

The businesses that stand the best chances of surviving into the future are those that don't risk it all on a single "big score." They play the long game and manage risk frugally.

Advice
Who should write your business plan?
QUESTION | BY Heather Donovan | 36 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/20/20

My husband and I recently bought a food truck for healthy cuisine on-the-go. We've done a few 'soft opens' the past few weekends at smaller venues, but have yet to go anywhere that would attract too...

Best Pick
The Best Business Loan and Financing Options of 2020
BY Simone Johnson

Many small businesses need funding to get started. Learn about the different financing options to decide which would work best for your small business.

Advice
Any recommendations for inexpensive conference calling and screen-sharing?
QUESTION | BY Jake Savin | 49 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/16/20

I've used UberConference, Google+ Hangouts, and Join.me, and all have their issues. UberConference's web UI is not good, it lacks flexibility for scheduling, and often has call quality issues....

Advice
Where do you look for clients that want to create games?
QUESTION | BY Alex Dovgodko | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

I'm starting an independent business in a field of creating games for mobile platforms. I got a professional development team, but no sales or business developers. So I have to learn how to sell my...

Advice
What business I choose amid COVID?
QUESTION | BY Rakesh Kumar | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

Hi All, I would like to know about the business ideas that can survive in any pandemic. Please share so that I can choose accordingly.

Article
Making a Difference: What You Should Know About Nonprofits
BY Chris Porteous

Should you start your business as a for profit or nonprofit? Learn which business model works best for you.

Article
Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
BY Max Freedman

Learn about the subtle differences between trademarks and copyrights.

Article
5 Steps to Successfully Transition From Pro Athlete to Entrepreneur
BY Dominic Blanco

Learn what one former pro athlete recommends to other athletes considering venturing into entrepreneurship.

Advice
How do BPO companies get inbound projects from major clients?
QUESTION | BY Phani Indra | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/31/20

I have been working in the call center vertical for the past few years with different companies. Now am working with a company call Knoah Solutions. How do BPO companies get projects from large...

Advice
How should you format and write a rate increase letter?
QUESTION | BY Amy King | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/28/20

I am a legal billing coordinator running my business as an independent contractor. I currently have four separate law firms that I do monthly billing for. I am trying to come up with a way to...

Advice
Is business growth an option or a necessity?
QUESTION | BY JC Quek | 49 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/20/20

guys, when we started off a business, we will working on growing it until it becomes mature. What than after mature? we will be talking about maintaining the mature business ... but than, what is...

Advice
Online web store must haves?
QUESTION | BY Samuel Carr | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/14/20

So A couple days ago I started a online web store for selling golf balls and I've had 61 unique visitors but none of them have resulted in any orders is there something I'm doing or not doing that is...

Advice
Any advice on prospecting for a startup internet marketing company?
QUESTION | BY Scott Fleishman | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/13/20

I've just launched my company, Fluid Trends Marketing. I recently quit my job of 8.5+ yrs to develop my business. It's starting to be a bit of a shock becoming a full time freelance entrepreneur-...

Advice
How much capital would I need to start an ecommerce business from home?
QUESTION | BY Kevin Elias | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/13/20

I recently graduated with a Business Computing degree and would now like to apply my knowledge and skills to starting my own ecommerce business from home. How much capital would I need?

Advice
What is the best way to raise money for my school project?
QUESTION | BY Srinanda Sen | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/10/20

We manufacture craft products and have now started developing craft activity for schools. Given the huge number of schools in the geographical state Maharashtra (in India), the project has suddenly...