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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...

Advice
What are the advantages of knowing your top competitors 3 year business plan?
QUESTION | BY Mark Askew | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/01/16

Every business needs a documented plan to help focus its direction, outline operations, and secure investors. The question here is not whether to have a business plan or not nor is it how to acquire...

Advice
Are there business development classes I can take that will better prepare me for entrepreneurship?
QUESTION | BY Bryan C. | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/29/16

I am interested to hear if anyone recommends a certain course or class that can benefit my career as an entrepreneur. I am looking for courses for me to attend as well as classes I can recommend to...

Advice
Is it ok to request a marketing consultant define what their services deliver in terms of bottom line and accountability to that?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 55 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/22/16

I'm struggling to find a consultant to help me with a few marketing, product and business development tasks that will state clearly what kind of return I can expect from their services and be...

Advice
I'm coaching a new client on her presentation skills. How can I help her attract more clients at her business launch event?
QUESTION | BY nellie cabane | 82 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/15/16

A new client is having a launch and is requesting assistance on giving a speech on the night of the event. What is the most important thing I could coach her on, in order to attract more customers to...

Advice
What are the biggest challenges your business face?
QUESTION | BY Lori McLean | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/13/16

My company offers customized business solutions to small to mid-sized business owners. I want to add additional services to my company but I'm not sure what the demand is for start ups and small...

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Advice
What is my husband entitled to in the business he started up first?
QUESTION | BY Christina Bryant | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/05/16

My husband decided to start up a handyman service, and he asked his cousin to join him to help him always have a job. They have a gen partner. The agreement was we finance it, do the hire, fire, the...

Advice
How do I start a KPO (knowledge process outsourcing) business?
QUESTION | BY CA Rajesh Jain | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/28/16

I want to start a KPO business in the financial services sector managing the books and processing of invoices. However, I don't know how to interact with potential clients nor do I have any client...

Advice
Due to a lack of sales, X company has opened and closed a number of offices. If expansion isn't their next course of action, what is?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 60 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/19/16

A company I recently starting selling services for is interested in expansion of offices in various cities and acquisition of lower performing staffing companies. Yet, they seem to open, then close...

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Advice
When is the right time to start a business?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 105 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/03/16

I completed BA and am going to work for 2 years to get my MA degree. I want to start my own business eventually, but when is the right time to start a business?

Advice
Is there a secret to growing a successful business?
QUESTION | BY Dipen Bhavsar | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/30/16

I am a software engineer and I want to start my own business of providing IT software solutions and web application development. How can I get clients to provide me with projects and hire me to work...

Advice
As a startup, do I need a CSO on the management team?
QUESTION | BY Raymond Lin | 49 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/27/16

I am looking to build out a management team for my startup. Do I need to include a chief strategy officer? Or are there other more important positions to bring on first?

Advice
How do you share information in forums such as this one without compromising your market edge or your trade secrets?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 54 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/24/16

I responded to another question that I felt was digging too deep into the way I run my business, I felt that by providing the level of detail that was asked, I would be giving too much away.

Advice
How do I attract new clients?
QUESTION | BY S.G. Buchynski | 52 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/22/16

After a year and a half of work with marketing efforts in social media, web development, and registering a trade name, the work load is still low due to the saturation of audio engineers. I realize...

Advice
What are some key tips for customer satisfaction?
QUESTION | BY Sofhia Thomas | 57 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/22/16

I am planning to start a customer support outsourcing company. I want to know a few points on how to satisfy the customers across the world.

Advice
How do I make my small business standout against much larger competitors?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 65 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/13/16

I know there is a serious market for my business, but I don't know how to attract bigger companies to use my services for their employees? I do not have the financial means to compete with the big...

Advice
I really want to start my own business - but I'm not sure whether to wait until I finish university or to just go for it while I'm there. Thoughts?
QUESTION | BY Michael Scullino | 87 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/13/16

I'm studying two degrees - advanced commerce and law - however I feel that I'm wasting time solely focusing on them because I plan on starting my own business when I finish university anyways.

Advice
What is the best way to attract visitors to your blog?
QUESTION | BY michael gorman | 69 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/08/16

We all know there are 10's of millions of people online, but getting the right type of visitors to your blog can be very difficult, without having to spend lots of money advertising, have you arrived...

Advice
Should I focus on just one niche customer group initially?
QUESTION | BY Morgan Phillips | 48 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/03/16

I have been trying to get feedback from my ideal target audience but I am finding the group hard to reach. There is another target audience that could benefit from my service. I am not as...

Advice
Is it harder to start a business when you are older?
QUESTION | BY Barbara Ciosek | 55 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/02/16

I know starting a business requires long hours and a lot of stamina. It also requires a lot of skill. It is often hard to work the longer hours as you get older, but you have developed more skills....

Advice
Out of the following 8 options, which is the most effective to generate business leads?
QUESTION | BY Justin Boyle | 64 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/31/16

What is the best method to generate more business leads? - Attend Industry events - Referrals from existing clients - Industry Networking Websites - Creating industry partnerships - Cold Calling...

Advice
Where is my sales process failing?
QUESTION | BY Alexey Markov | 57 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/31/16

I am a professional headhunter specialising in middle and top management search in advertising and marketing. Now there is a problem with new clients. I find a new client (company), we meet and...

Advice
Would creating a site like mosaicHUB be useful for an audience for law, tax, and finance issues for emerging countries?
QUESTION | BY Gary Brown | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/24/16

I am running the Emerging & Frontier Markets Association, http://www.emerging-frontiermarkets.org/. Would a web site with Q&A help to generate paid members. I am currently doing a conference with a...

Advice
In your opinion is there a difference between consulting and advising services?
QUESTION | BY Plechete & Co. Consultants Inc. | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/19/16

What are your thoughts on the concept of consulting vs. advising when it comes to providing your clients with your knowledge and expertise for the services that you provide. Is there really a...

Advice
After the first year of business, what are the biggest priorities of small business owners?
QUESTION | BY Caitlin Flannigan | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/18/16

I have been publishing children's books for just over a year. I am interested to hear what small business owners shift their focus to once they have worked through a lot of tasks that come with...

Advice
What do I need to do to start a dance studio?
QUESTION | BY Sara Wilson | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/08/16

I want to start a dance studio but I have never started a business before. Where and what do I start with?

Advice
What is the role of a silent partner in business?
QUESTION | BY Zoe Brown | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/07/16

A dear friend and excellent businessman has approached me about being a silent partner for my art gallery. The extra financing would be great, but I'm hesitant to take the deal because I'm unsure of...

Advice
Should I continue my restaurant even though I have been struggling to meet sales after 4 years of operation?
QUESTION | BY Abhishek Nagpal | 21 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/04/16

I've been running my restaurant for 4 years and have been struggling with my sales since the inception. It's been a tough struggle for survival. I have had a few patches where I have made some money....

Advice
Is crowdfunding a viable idea for your business?
QUESTION | BY Knut Harald Nylnde | 29 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/01/16

During the early days of crowdfunding, most people seemed to dismiss it as a passing fad or a short-lived business trend. But as crowdfunding systems like Kickstarter continued to show impressive...

Advice
What are the best web tools/mobile apps for productivity?
QUESTION | BY Bryan C. | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/13/16

Which tools/apps will best enable me to start my own business and maintain a high level of productivity? Which do you prefer and recommend? I'm looking to start an app-development company and seem to...