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Starting a Business

Learn everything you need to know about starting any type of business with expert advice and actionable solutions from experienced business professionals.

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How do I create a business plan for a home salon?
By Crystal Harvey | 7 Answers | Last Activity on October 08, 2020

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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Where do I find affiliate partners?
By Ashok Grover | 15 Answers | Last Activity on October 05, 2020

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.

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The 5 Biggest Challenges to Starting a Business (and How to Overcome Them)
By Dave Thomas | October 02, 2020

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

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19 Essential Tools for Building a Successful Business Plan
By Scott Gerber | September 29, 2020

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

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How Your Life Experiences Can Inspire Your Business and Help It Grow
By Simone Johnson | September 25, 2020

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

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What are the biggest challenges of writing a business plan?
By Skye Schooley | 14 Answers | Last Activity on September 24, 2020

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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7 Steps to Starting a Business
By Chris Porteous | September 21, 2020

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.

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Any recommendations for inexpensive conference calling and screen-sharing?
By Jake Savin | 49 Answers | Last Activity on September 16, 2020

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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Where do you look for clients that want to create games?
By Alex Dovgodko | 15 Answers | Last Activity on September 15, 2020

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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Making a Difference: What You Should Know About Nonprofits
By Chris Porteous | September 10, 2020

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

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Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
By Max Freedman | September 09, 2020

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 | September 02, 2020

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

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How do BPO companies get inbound projects from major clients?
By Phani Indra | 8 Answers | Last Activity on August 31, 2020

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?
By Amy King | 14 Answers | Last Activity on August 28, 2020

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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Is business growth an option or a necessity?
By JC Quek | 49 Answers | Last Activity on August 20, 2020

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?
By Samuel Carr | 7 Answers | Last Activity on August 14, 2020

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?
By Scott Fleishman | 16 Answers | Last Activity on August 13, 2020

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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What is the best way to raise money for my school project?
By Srinanda Sen | 17 Answers | Last Activity on August 10, 2020

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?
By Anonymous User | 3 Answers | Last Activity on August 10, 2020

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?
By Humphrey Kariuki Ndegwa | 37 Answers | Last Activity on August 07, 2020

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?
By Tom Lister | 28 Answers | Last Activity on August 02, 2020

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 | July 31, 2020

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 | July 24, 2020

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 | July 22, 2020

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 | July 22, 2020

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 | July 22, 2020

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?
By King Solomon | 12 Answers | Last Activity on July 19, 2020

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...

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How would you assess the potential for an online math tutorial business?
By SAMIT MOGHE | 18 Answers | Last Activity on July 16, 2020

Hi everyone, the idea behind this is to target the need of students for tutorials in mathematics. The site will have notes on the topics and practice exercises. Additionally, the site will feature a...

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How to Describe Your Business
By business.com editorial staff | July 14, 2020

Find out how you can boil down your business to a few keywords.

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How to Create a Sustainable Business Model
By Drew Hendricks | July 14, 2020

Why should your business be sustainable, and how can you achieve this model?