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QUESTION | BY Farzad Wafapoor | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/05/15

"The best thing that I can do for or offer my customers/clients is ________."

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What do I need to know about 3D printing before starting a business?
QUESTION | BY Serge Dagher | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/02/15

I want to enter the 3D printing business and open up my own shop. My main target is architects. I can work on their models. I also want to target university students who could use 3D print for...

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How do I expand my meat shop business online?
QUESTION | BY Charm Garcia | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/23/15

I started a home based meat shop and would like to start by selling online. We currently have our friends ordering from us but we'd like to expand so that we will have more and more costumers. As I...

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10 Successful Businesses You Didn't Know Were Run by Women
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There are 9.9 million women-owned businesses in the United States. These companies bring in an impressive revenue of $233.2 billion.

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Is a startup accelerator valuable or a distraction?
QUESTION | BY Brett Strickler | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/16/15

I am thinking of applying to a few accelerator programs. I have heard mixed reviews. Some people say the advice and mentorship was really helpful and others say that they got distracted with all...

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How does a small-mid sized business approach an established business for partnership?
QUESTION | BY Jigar Kachhia | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/14/15

We are a small to medium sized business that temporary staffs service providers. One of our prospect is New Zealand's iconic brand and they already have one big service provider. What should be...

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How do I validate my business idea?
QUESTION | BY vamsi krishna | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/13/15

I have built a free website for animal rescue. So far it has all the features for different admins and organizations to join the website and run/manage pet rescue. I want to continue building the...

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How do you know if your small business is ready to expand to another location?
QUESTION | BY Lexi Margaret G. | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/28/15

I am considering expanding my salon to a second location. Revenue has increased lately, and our operations have been running smoothly. I also have a great team and I want to give them the space and...

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How do I get started with offering cooking classes?
QUESTION | BY Mudsaraasim Siddiqui | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/24/15

I want start cooking training in Khartoum Sudan to enhance Sudanese food and introduce an international food level to Sudanese taste. However, I don't have any financing and am not sure where to...

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How do I find a real investor that will believe in my dream?
QUESTION | BY Melinda Malovoz | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/20/15

I have a foundation that is changing peoples lives and I want to find better quality help and people who have a real appreciation for our mission. I am not a non-profit but am serving an important...

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How can I use a Customer-Funded business model successfully?
QUESTION | BY Corey Miner | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/17/15

I want to avoid taking money from my savings accounts, or from family and friends. Applying for a business loan seems like it would be too time consuming and take the focus off of the actual...

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At what point will I need to switch over to a CRM system?
QUESTION | BY Carrie Dunham | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/10/15

I am still using excel right now, and I'm curious at what point in my business should I switch over to a CRM system. My business is still small, so I'm unsure if switching over now is worth the costs...

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How do you determine how many contracts is too many when just starting out?
QUESTION | BY Rachel Maleh | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/06/15

I'm starting out and trying to make my work load manageable without jeopardizing quality, customer service or turning down someone out of fear they won't ask again. How do you determine how much is...

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How do I convince mobile operators to provide an API for my online mobile recharge site?
QUESTION | BY vamsi krishna | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/04/15

I want to build an online mobile recharge website. What I found out was the most important to do is to provide an API. I have an appointment next week with the manager in one of the companies. How do...

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How do I get started building a medical billing company?
QUESTION | BY Ranjeet Ramesh | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/20/15

I want to start my own medical billing company. How do I get help from experts and vendors in getting my business set up and start operating?

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What's the best advice you've ever been given?
QUESTION | BY Shawn Parr | 34 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/13/15
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What factors should I consider when thinking about merging with another business?
QUESTION | BY Jen Ostrosky | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/08/15

I was approached by another early stage craft business about combining our businesses. It would be great to work with someone else, but I am not sure how to value my business and how to structure...

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What tools do you rely on the most to help you run your business?
QUESTION | BY Rema Monez | 27 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/06/15

My husband and I just launched our new business; a Vermont Maple Syrup and Product outlet in Orlando, FL. What are the most useful tools and services we can use when just starting out to help our...

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How to approach overseas client for long-term work?
QUESTION | BY brijesh patel | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/03/15

I have started a new business name BrandPromot. From the name of my business you can tell it's regarding branding and internet marketing services. We are trying to approach overseas consultants and...

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What are the first steps to turning a hobby into a business?
QUESTION | BY Deana Andriolo | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/30/15

I want to turn my storybook album hobby into a business. I think I have enough interest from the referrals I am getting, but not sure where else to start. Do I need a formal business plan, should I...

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How do I reach my target audience?
QUESTION | BY sandeep kumar | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/25/15

I run a medical billing AR processing firm for physicians from the USA. I would like to contact them and send them proposals for my work. I have not been able to reach them though. I do not have...

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How to get in touch with companies to sell/distribute their products in my country?
QUESTION | BY Christian AMBALA | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/23/15

We would like to get in touch with companies that are interested in entering African markets. We see a large need for certain products, but it has been hard to get in touch directly with these...

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I am interested in starting an online job board. What would be best - to buy or to build a job board software?
QUESTION | BY Sravya Sree | 22 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/20/15

I already purchased a domain to start a free US job board. I am very confused about whether I should buy or build a job board software initially. I have seen several vendors selling job board...

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Does anyone have any suggestions on marketing a services business, particularly a management consultant's service?
QUESTION | BY Frank Wallem | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/16/15

A consulting business may be delicate or quite tricky to market. It's like selling your skills to the skillful, your expertise to the expert especially for top level management consulting. So how do...

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How can I grow my trade in yarn?
QUESTION | BY Mayank Agarwal | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/08/15

I am trading in yarn for over a period of 5 years. I am looking forward to expand my operations and primarily targeting on import and export. Later on there is the possibility for manufacturing.

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After five years in the business, what else can business owners work on?
QUESTION | BY Jason Waite | 32 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/01/15

I am the Recreations and Events Manager at a resort that has been open for over 5 years. The resort has mostly worked through all the challenges that come with starting a business. What should be the...

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What are the critical first steps in setting up a retail business?
QUESTION | BY Akin Adeoya | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/01/15

I want to set up a chain of small retail stores selling food, both fresh and packaged, useful day to day use items, gifts, ice cream, etc. in hotels and stand alone locations. What are the critical...

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I'm an expert in my trade, but not in running a business. Who are the right people to help me run a startup?
QUESTION | BY Arman Farahmand | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/01/15

I want to start a business selling interior elements and designs and furnitures (that is my own profession and field of work). I just want to know what other people I need to work with to be...

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I want to start a new electrical equipment wholesale business, what are the important steps that I should follow?
QUESTION | BY Serge Dagher | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/30/15

I started with the business plan and it is almost finished, I also own a warehouse and a place that could be changed into a showroom so I can reduce my costs. My father has been an electrician for...

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How and when should I set up a board for my company?
QUESTION | BY Paul Mboya | 26 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/21/15

It has been five years since I started my company and I do not have a board to help in the running of the company and improve in-house decision making. When should I set up a board and who should I...