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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.

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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....

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What's the best way to deal with non-paying or late-paying clients?
QUESTION | BY Colette Hamilton | 117 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/15/20

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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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What advice do you have for starting a business?
QUESTION | BY Tuong Aries | 27 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/10/20

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...

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Should I hire an independent contractor or a full time employee?
QUESTION | BY Deborah Jacobs | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/09/20

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...

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Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
BY Max Freedman

Learn about the subtle differences between trademarks and copyrights.

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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.

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Who should write your business plan?
QUESTION | BY Heather Donovan | 35 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/01/20

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...

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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...

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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...

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What are the biggest challenges of writing a business plan?
QUESTION | BY Skye Schooley | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/27/20

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?

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How do you deliver excellent customer service in your business?
QUESTION | BY Denise Mock | 131 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/26/20

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.

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How to find new clients for IT Outsourcing Business?
QUESTION | BY VIVEK PANDEY | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/24/20

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...

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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...

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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...

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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-...

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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?

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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...

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How to find Food Wholesalers in USA?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/10/20

How can I find contacts of wholesalers and grocery stores in USA, and what is the best way to get in touch with them? Is it preferred to contact them by phone calls, whatsapp, or E-mail Any other...

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Can you manage your business in the middle of crisis?
QUESTION | BY Humphrey Kariuki Ndegwa | 37 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/07/20

In the midst of economic breakdown, the last thing a company would need is a leader who easily succumbs to the pressure and forgets that he still has a business to manage. Can you please give some...

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What is the process to set up a consulting business? What would be my least initial cost estimate?
QUESTION | BY Tom Lister | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/02/20

My former company (Advanced Technology Group) wants to give me an opportunity to create more business for them in East County. ATG is a construction firm I used to Project Manage for. They would like...

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What You Need to Know Before Pitching a Product Idea to Investors
BY Dima Venglinski

Follow these proven strategies to create a successful investment pitch deck – with recommendations on how to avoid missteps when introducing an idea to a funding organization or angel investor.

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Startups vs. Small Businesses: What Should You Build?
BY Jared Atchison

Understanding the differences between startups and small businesses will impact your success. Find out what the best type of business is for you.

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3 Future-Readiness Ideas All Small Businesses Must Embrace
BY Ian Khan

There are several steps entrepreneurs can take to overcome disruptions while growing business from the ground up.

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The Pros and Cons of a Payroll Card
BY Matt D'Angelo

Paycards are a growing trend among small businesses. Find out their pros and cons.

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What's the Difference Between Exempt and Nonexempt Employees?
BY Skye Schooley

Learn the difference between exempt and nonexempt so you can properly classify your employees.

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How do I write a business proposal to win over a new client?
QUESTION | BY King Solomon | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/19/20

I am starting a moving company and I want to know how to write a proposal to submit to a construction company to be their major contact for moving and cleaning any of their newly constructed...