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Advice
How do I establish trust with foreign customers?
QUESTION | BY Alvin Ye | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/24/18

My target customers are foreign buyers; they buy goods from China and they find a freight forwarder who will provide freight service from China to their country. With a recent increase in...

Advice
What do I need to know about opening an import business before I invest?
QUESTION | BY Serge Dagher | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/11/18

I want to start with a small import business and hope I could succeed and get bigger. I have the storage place, $30,000 ready, and about 5 years experience in FMCG marketing and brand...

Advice
Should I bring on a technical cofounder or outsource to build a prototype?
QUESTION | BY Jen Ostrosky | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/03/18

I would like to build a prototype for an idea I have to get feedback and hopefully some seed funding. I am wondering if I should outsource this to a development firm or find someone with technical...

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Boomers: The Unexpected New Wave of Entrepreneurs
BY Michelle Arbeau

More boomers are eschewing retirement for a new adventure: entrepreneurialism.

Article
I Stopped Apologizing at Work for a Week, and Here's What Happened
BY Sammi Caramela

If you apologize too often, you could seriously damage your career.

Article
How to Say 'No' in Business
BY Keren Lerner

Drawing firm but friendly boundaries leads to greater satisfaction, for you and clients.

Advice
Does a perfect business strategy really exist?
QUESTION | BY Knut Harald Nylnde | 96 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/18/18

For budding businessmen, there are several terms and concepts that seem overwhelmingly complex, and one of them is strategy. In your own experience and opinion does a perfect business strategy is...

Advice
How do I attract the right clients for a freelance business?
QUESTION | BY ram kris | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/16/18

I am an aspiring freelance writer from India. I currently have a few local and international clients, but not enough to support my target monthly income. I need to acquire more clients, but am not...

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Advice
If you could offer one piece of advice for becoming a better manager, what would it be?
QUESTION | BY S. Thomas Warden | 79 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/02/18

There are varying opinions & perspectives on what it takes to become a good manager. What is one piece of advice you'd give to become a more effective manager?

Advice
I own a small business and was approached by a fellow business (same type of work) looking to outsource some of their work. Can you offer advice?
QUESTION | BY Amy King | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/29/17

The business would like to outsource some of their work to me. What are some things to keep my business protected? What should the contract say? All responses are greatly appreciated.

Advice
Where can I hire a professional to write my business plan?
QUESTION | BY Valentina Bebo | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/30/17

Where do I start when seeking to hire a professional to write my business plan?

Advice
What are the first steps to starting a swimwear line?
QUESTION | BY Nilu Abdullah | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/12/17

I'm a designer of my own swimwear brand. I don't know what I should do to kick off my ideas... Where do I find a manufacturer to do custom designs and should I prepare a business plan? Please...

Advice
Where do I begin with my beauty startup? How do I find a good team to get me going?
QUESTION | BY Imani Pope-Johns | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/06/17

I'm working on a beauty startup and seeking advice to get my engine going. I want to be sure I'm headed int he right direction.

Advice
How long can a new business take to be independently stable and make profits without too much hustle?
QUESTION | BY Catheline Pears | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/05/17

For instance an online business where you buy and sell products online. Is there a way to measure your income?

Article
This Is What Happens When Women Adopt a 'Masculine' Leadership Style
BY Thuy Sindell

We tend to think of a distinct leadership style made up of specific skills.

Advice
What are the best strategic partnerships and referral opportunities for a boutique web design company?
QUESTION | BY Sterling Davis | 36 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/11/17

My management consultancy The Sterling Organization (www.thesterlingorganization.com) provides strategic website design and development services to small business leaders. I'm interested in...

Advice
What's the best move? Seek a partner, crowdfund or self-funding?
QUESTION | BY Christian Glahn | 45 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/25/17

Here's the situation. I have a small business, to grow my business I want to develop software to build my portfolio, it's part of my business plan. I'm no programmer, and programming is not cheap. ...

Advice
What are the best cities to launch a startup?
QUESTION | BY Jacob Woodwork | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/19/17

I am still exploring entrepreneurship and am wondering if some locations are better than others to launch a startup. Industry standards say Silicon Valley. Why there? Thanks for your input. I just...

Advice
What's the price to write a business plan with the help of a consultant?
QUESTION | BY Laurent Timmermans | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/23/16

I recently open a consulting company in Hong Kong focusing on business planning, performance management and management training. My question is related to business planning. I help entrepreneurs...

Advice
How do I go about starting and profitably running an educational magazine?
QUESTION | BY Adedotun Abiodun | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/09/16

I am in the process of starting/publishing an educational magazine. I need suggestions in terms of content for kids, teachers, parents and school owners/managers, as well as getting advertisers for...

Advice
When does it make sense to open a second location for your business?
QUESTION | BY Carrie Dunham | 30 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/12/16

When does it make sense to open a second location for your business? What business metrics should you achieve? My business has been picking up, but I don't want to pull the trigger too early!

Advice
How do companies standardize delivery fee rates?
QUESTION | BY Robin Tan | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/12/16

We are in the Retail Construction Supply business and we accommodate deliveries and add this fee to the customers invoice. Sometimes it is hard for us to estimate delivery fees since we have to...

Advice
What is the most efficient way to categorize our merchandise in the Retail Hardware and Construction Business?
QUESTION | BY Robin Tan | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/11/16

I am looking for some insights on how to categorize our products in the hardware business? We operate a Chinese Style Family Owned Hardware store in the Philippines, and we sell almost anything...

Advice
At what point should I start thinking through an exit strategy?
QUESTION | BY Rob McLaughlin | 112 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/26/16

I'm thinking through the business plan for my next venture and I'm not sure what the ideal exit strategy should be. Should I work with a consultant and decide ASAP or can I afford to wait and see how...

Advice
How do I generate credible and qualified leads for business development?
QUESTION | BY Sastry Dhara | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/26/16

Need to identify business opportunities in Federal Markets.

Advice
Is there a free software available to help my clients create a professional business plan?
QUESTION | BY Davinder Khanna | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/20/16

I would like to able to recommend a free software to my clients who need to create a professional business plan. Is there a free version you can recommend?

Advice
How can a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization for inner city youth get sponsorship?
QUESTION | BY Regina Joseph | 22 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/16/16

I have a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization in the Arts and I mentor inner city at risk youth. I'm trying to get sponsors to help sponsor projects that I've put in place to help get a facility or...

Advice
What are the best ways to find sponsors for a soccer academy?
QUESTION | BY Christina Bermudez | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/06/16

We are running a pro level soccer academy in Bartlesville OK, to be able to achieve our goals we are searching for sponsors.

Advice
Can one person handle all the content marketing?
QUESTION | BY Brandie Carles | 21 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/06/16

Coming up with new ideas and writing about them takes a lot of time and effort. I feel like I have more important things I can be doing when just starting my business. I've thought about outsourcing...