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Is it more important to perfect the product or hit the ground running and make adjustments as the product develops?
QUESTION | BY Rema Monez | 21 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/23/14

Almost ready to launch a Vermont Maple Syrup and Product outlet in Orlando, Florida. A lot of advertising and publicity efforts have already been made. The conflict with opening is that we don't have...

Advice
How do I start a law firm without cash?
QUESTION | BY Julien Fortier | 30 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/11/14

I am looking to start a solo legal practice in civil and commercial litigation as well as class actions. However, because I am low on cash, I need strategies to obtain contracts and grow my business...

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What do I do next in my life coaching business?
QUESTION | BY Toby Jensen | 32 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/10/14

I have developed an incredible world class product. Now the problem is that it is too good. Nobody believes it. What should I do next in my life coaching business? What I am currently doing is to...

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CRM, Projects, Timesheets and Invoicing system?
QUESTION | BY Chris Pennisi | 37 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/10/14

I am looking for a single solution that does CRM, Projects, Timesheets and Invoicing system and is software that I can download and host on my own servers. I have tried online systems and looked...

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What's the best way to validate a business idea before getting started?
QUESTION | BY Zoe Brown | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/04/14

I've done some reading on the lean startup method and would like to get feedback on my business idea before getting started. A lot of what I have read pertains to tech startups and creating web...

Advice
I am a part of NU SKIN (a MLM company) and I having trouble finding downlines. What should i do?
QUESTION | BY lisa nusbaum | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/30/14

NU SKIN is a genetically based anti-aging/weightloss company which has a MLM strategy and I can't find people to use/buy into it/train and therefore I am not profitable with it. The company is...

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Advice
Is it normal to be losing a lot of money in the initial stages of a startup?
QUESTION | BY Jose Arana | 33 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/26/14

I've started an independent comic book company and have been selling two digital comic books via the Amazon Kindle Store, but have not been making much money. I invested thousands of dollars and have...

Advice
How do I best approach investors for a new startup?
QUESTION | BY Lucas de Paula Montanini | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/20/14

I want to start a new office in the US to offer my products. I already have office in Sao Paulo, Brazil and more than 15 employes. What is the best way to approach investors in the US?

Advice
What should I do to start my own business?
QUESTION | BY Danny Wilson Peraji | 39 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/10/14

I'm currently working for a company, but I want to start having my own small business, probably a restaurant, cafe, or even a food truck. What should I do to prepare before starting my own business?

Advice
What are the pros and cons of outsourcing vs insourcing manufacturing?
QUESTION | BY Clive Butkow | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/30/14

I am advising a start up who currently outsources manufacturing of her hair products and other organic skin care products. She is looking for advice on whether to continue outsourcing or raise...

Advice
Doing a SWOT analysis as a Bootstrapping Young Entreprenuer - Once I have completed, what should the next step be?
QUESTION | BY Alexander Boro | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/30/14

I am striving to move forward as a LLC from a Sole Proprietor in 2015. Have been developing the blueprint and planning phases of my business for franchising, future investing, etc. I am done with...

Advice
How can I save a company that is on the verge of going bankrupt?
QUESTION | BY Mehdi ZOUAOUI | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/30/14

Maybe this is one the situations that causes headaches to both general managers and CEOs: financial crisis. There is a company in which I'm involved in, and we succeeded to make the first step in...

Advice
Where are the best places to look for a business partner?
QUESTION | BY Lubosh Hanuska | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/29/14

I am looking for a partner to reopen my gelato store in a different location. All equipment and training included but I'm finding it challenging to find a person that is searching for a new business,...

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How do I decide whether or not to make my company a non-profit?
QUESTION | BY Eva Popek | 22 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/16/14

I want to know the benefits of going non-profit with the kind of product I have. I am struggling with my market and not sure how to advance it at this point. The teaching end is very rewarding, but I...

Advice
How do I get my business started with a limited budget?
QUESTION | BY Mfon Udoassang | 30 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/28/14

I have incorporated a business name legally in my country with the government agency that handles business registration and have procured the basic documents and tools to kick-start the business of...

Advice
As a consultant/advisor to small/medium business, what are the top three online marketing strategies to generate prospects from the SME pool?
QUESTION | BY Damien Parker | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/26/14

How do you get your business improvement/consulting message in front of interested SME managers/owners - speedily, cost effectively and in volume .

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I would like to get to known in the fashion industry. How can I launch my line if I'm not known in the market?
QUESTION | BY Julio Meza | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/22/14

I would like to launch my line in the fashion industry. I know how to sketch and sew, I can do all kind of women, men and children clothing. How can I start launching my line from home?

Advice
What are short-term and long-term growth plans for a business?
QUESTION | BY David Angwenyi | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/22/14

I Need to learn how to grow a business and how can I go about establishing short term and long term goals so that they are inline with my objectives.

Advice
Is the business plan dead?
QUESTION | BY Kimberly Lombard | 34 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/22/14

There's been a lot of debate surrounding business plans- how long it should be (the original 40 pages or more condensed?), what stage you should create one at, or whether you should even create one...

Advice
As a Mary Kay representative, what is the best way to start off my business?
QUESTION | BY Regina Bell | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/22/14

I have been in Mary Kay for 4 months. I haven't made a sell yet. I don't have transportation to get around to clients, so I am trying to develop a stragety to attract customers a different way. Does...

Advice
What are the top tools online to help me make a SWOT analysis?
QUESTION | BY Amitsinh Vaghela | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/22/14

I have business plan for a start up and want to start working on a SWOT analysis with tools available online. My start-up will provide an online platform to encourage being sustainable. What are your...

Advice
I am presenting a new product to HR Professionals, specifically the decision makers. How do I write an invitation to attract them to come and listen to my pitch?
QUESTION | BY nellie cabane | 17 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/22/14

I am inviting a group of HR decision makers in businesses to buy a tool to make their recruitment and selection easy and less cost to their businesses. I need help on how to write that invitation to...

Advice
What are good tools for a startup to use to manage customer data?
QUESTION | BY Haley Jie | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/20/14

What are good tools for a startup to use to manage customer data (i.e. customer name, birth, email)? What tools are useful to send emails to those customers? Are there any tools that will do both?

Advice
How can we convert from a community organization to a business startup?
QUESTION | BY Bari B. Arijono | 31 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/19/14

I have 300+ members in ITSA (IT Sales Academy), which was established in 2012. We're looking to convert our business into an IT sales company- what are the first steps that a company needs to take to...

Advice
What should be my 30 second elevator pitch?
QUESTION | BY Vivek Raghuvanshi | 34 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/18/14

Assisting multinational companies to acquire markets and retain markets by providing inputs for strategy formulation and continuous strategy revision. Undertaken discreet and confidential...

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What is the best ways to recruit for a franchise?
QUESTION | BY Mili Split Veljkovic | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/18/14

I have a tennis franchise and want to recruit tennis instructors. There is a huge number of average tennis teachers who aren't standing out, and there are many certification courses, which only...

Advice
We are considering a franchise and we are requesting a FDD. The franchisor will not release it before we actually meet their team. What do we do?
QUESTION | BY Ed Stone | 20 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/18/14

We are exploring a franchise and we have been taking conference calls over a series of weeks now - we are scheduled to meet them by flying down to Houston this month, but they won't release their...

Advice
Should I license or franchise a technology solution?
QUESTION | BY Clive Butkow | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/17/14

A company I am working with has developed an innovative e-learning platform aimed at schools. They are located in Africa and are looking to expand internationally. Any advice on the pros and cons of...

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What companies should I look to to help get funding like working capital, grants and loans?
QUESTION | BY Shamane Rivers | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/17/14

Hello I wanted to see if anyone knows of a reputable company who has helped businesses to recover, revamp, and has been successful with helping them get funding such as loans and or grants,...

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How do I find decision makers who plan corporate retreats?
QUESTION | BY Cecelia Jernegan CHSP | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/17/14

I am looking for companies in the Phoenix Arizona market who want to escape the city and heat and set up a corporate retreats for their companies. My 2 Marriott hotels are 2 hours north of Phoenix...