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How can I improve per employee revenue?
QUESTION | BY Prashant Telang | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/11/16

We are a 50 people software company specializing in enterprise wide ecommerce solutions. We have a solid industry reputation as experts, we have minimal overhead and always excess work in hand. In...

How do I restore goodwill with a former client who is about to go bankrupt?

This new client met with me for a one-hour tax-planning consultation just before the end of December. I admit I wasn?t perfectly clear about how I?d charge for it ? I gave my hourly billing rate but...

Is connecting with VPs of Product Development on LinkedIn the best way to find a company to license or buy my patent?
QUESTION | BY Deirdre Frouge | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/01/16

There are a few companies that I would like to contact to see if they are interested in licensing or acquiring my patented design. They manufacture a large variety of products including accessories...

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How can I start an online business directory?
QUESTION | BY Nazir Ahmad Noori | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/01/16

I want to start an online business directory in Afghanistan. Please guide me how to start and what are the important steps I should take first. I have already managed the below items. 1. Brand name...

As a company owner, when do you think to hire a consultant, and how you find him/her?
QUESTION | BY Mohamed Salah El Dein - MBA | 52 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/17/16

At which stage of your project do you incorporate the opinion of certain business consultant, and what are the parameters of choosing this consultant? How you can find him/her?

How do I set realistic goals for a business plan?
QUESTION | BY Sara Connors | 37 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/10/16

I am just getting started with my own business. I am thinking through my budget and how long I think it will take to start producing revenue. I feel like I am making guesses. Is there a way to...

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Does anyone know where I can find a good basic business plan template I can use with investors?
QUESTION | BY Doron Shachar | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/08/16

I have a few investors that are looking to invest in my company. I need to prepare a business plan to share with them. Does anyone know where I can find a basic template that includes financial...

How can we streamline our ordering process of inventory items?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Love | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/01/16

We currently have a very cumbersome process when it comes to ordering items for stock, special-order, or in-house use. We have 3 different programs in play - QuoteWerks, AutoTask, Quickbooks - to tie...

How can I raise start up capital for my small business?
QUESTION | BY Charles Akpo | 50 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/29/16

I have been a small business owner for sometime now. Each time I receive orders to make supplies, financing has been a challenge. How can I help myself to raise capital?

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How do I develop a scope of work and price for a project that has many variables?
QUESTION | BY Donna Milgram ? Recruit More Women to STEM | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/28/16

I am used to having employees who work hourly, however I want to switch to contracting out for specific skills in online marketing. I'm not experienced in scoping work and managing contractors - and...

How do I incentivize customers to provide feedback?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Larkin | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/26/16

I am in the early stages and would like to get customer feedback. I am not sure what is the best method to use to get the most valuable feedback, survey, interviews or something else? And how do I...

How can you validate a new business idea?
QUESTION | BY Zander Davis | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/10/16

I have a few new business ideas and want to get some feedback before moving forward with the projects. So far I have chatted with a few people whose opinion I respect. I have taken their feedback and...

I have an mobile APP idea that i need to validate, how do i go about it?
QUESTION | BY Pradeep Ayyagari | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/07/16

I work for a travel based company in india and we have come up with a mobile app idea. Now there will be significant investment that will go into it, and before that I want to go about validating the...

How can I scale back my business (sole proprietorship, no employees) without shutting down completely?
QUESTION | BY Carol Youngclaus | 26 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/30/15

I'm semi-retired ? that is, I've started taking Social Security payments with the intent of working fewer hours, not retiring altogether. But I'm starting to get an almost unmanageable workload and...

How does a one-woman business handle big growth, fast?
QUESTION | BY Danielle Healy | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/23/15

I started my own interior design business where I work with clientele from my husband's real estate office. I initially created a business plan and tried to forecast my numbers, but I didn't account...

How can I find co-founders to help me take my business to the next level?
QUESTION | BY Andre Jankowitz | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/23/15

I have built a content rich Knowledge Exchange Platform dedicated to Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed. It's a membership site, complete with extensive gamification, a virtual currency, revenue share and...

How do I start with my new business?
QUESTION | BY Serge Dagher | 25 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/22/15

I am eager to start my own business and enter the market, but I am facing a problem in deciding what kind of business would that be. I can't decide what type of market interests me or what types of...

What percent commission should I charge a marketing agency for doing their business development?
QUESTION | BY Yvonne Gaudette | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/16/15

I am pitching to a social media marketing agency on me doing new business development for them and I am trying to determine how much to get paid and what % commission to charge. Has anyone had any...

How can I fit in professional development into my busy schedule?
QUESTION | BY Rob McLaughlin | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/03/15

I have been working on a startup on the side and keep thinking that it might be helpful for me to take some business courses, particularly around marketing and product development. However, it is...

How do you market something that could be copied?
QUESTION | BY Deborah Goodman | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/28/15

I have a product that I fear will be copied. I haven't even made a website or shown it to anyone. It will have wide appeal, anyone who carries a handbag needs it. I have done my research and...

Which should I do first, sell my products online or set up a physical location?
QUESTION | BY Lynn Kretschmer | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/19/15

I have been making blankets and baby clothes for quite a while. I started selling some of my products. I want to expand my business now and I have received a lot of requests from family and friends...

How do I put together projections for a startup?
QUESTION | BY Anisia Allen | 25 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/31/15

I was talking to an angel investor about my new startup and he suggested I put together some financial projections, between 3-5 years out. I started trying to map it out and it is harder than I...

What are the best steps to launch an online business?
QUESTION | BY Mouna Boujmal | 27 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/31/15
How essential is a blog in business?
QUESTION | BY Titus mutea | 40 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/25/15

I want a blog with my WordPress website but I am not an expert in building a reliable one! Are catchy elements with reliable and attractive links a must?

I am considering starting a hospitality consulting practice. How do I go about doing this?
QUESTION | BY Anonymous User | 31 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/25/15

What is the best way to start a consulting firm? What are the pitfalls? What is the best way to contact potential clients? How do I charge for my services?

Is a business plan only required if I need financing?
QUESTION | BY Morgan Phillips | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/13/15

At the moment, I'm not looking for any outside investment. When I started to put together a business plan, I felt like it was geared mostly towards getting financed. Is it necessary to still put...

About how much should an organization be willing to pay for a guest speaker?
QUESTION | BY Stand Stand | 41 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/10/15

About how much should an organization be willing to pay to have a consultant/speaker talk to a group of their employees (~25 people)? Or does anyone know of online resources where I can find the...

How do I get a hold of distributors so that I call sell their products?
QUESTION | BY Mustafa Ahmed | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/10/15

I would like to sell products for companies. I do not want to hold position of the products. I'd like to make the order, pay the company, pick up the product, and deliver to my buyer. The idea is to...

What should I do - find a partner or sell the idea/product?
QUESTION | BY Cedomir Jovanovic | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/09/15

Hi all, I have started with selling unique vector icons through one of the major design marketplaces a couple of years ago but unfortunately I don't have enough free time to develop and finish my own...

Should a founder of a startup take a salary when first starting out?
QUESTION | BY Barbara Ciosek | 31 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/08/15

I am wondering if other startup founders take a salary initially. What is common practice? Should the money go back into the business or is it typically for the founders to pay themselves?