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please advise on best business entity (or entities) for my situation

Sorry, long. This is a bit of a complex situation of my own doing. After quitting my job I did some consulting (writing code for Engineering companies) under my own name. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Dec 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Can I buy a future for myself?

I'm middle aged, and I seem to be unemployable. But I have some money. Not enough to live off for the rest of my life, but surely enough to start a business. How do I invest €250 000 in a (low-risk) way that provides me with a job and a modest but steady income? I live in an affluent EU country. [more inside]
posted by kattebjorn on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Should I stop patronizing a business over political differences?

I've discovered that a business owner whose services I use and love has some political leanings that are diametrically opposed to mine. I'm trying to convince myself to stay tolerant and open-minded, but it's really hard. [more inside]
posted by mibo on Nov 15, 2016 - 54 answers

Help me put more woo into WooCommerce install

I’m trying to get an online business launched. I need some help and direction with using WooCommerce, please. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Nov 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Need life advice, could have been so much better, now a sad code monkey

I am turning 29 this month. I graduated 3.8 GPA with a undergraduate Business degree in 2010 from a good university but then went through about 4 career changes in the last 6 years. I thought this kind of "soul-searching" would help me explore a lot of different areas and find myself. But in fact, I'm so miserable about the fact that I'm so behind and have not built anything worthwhile in the last 6 years. Today, I'm stuck at a uninspiring coding job out in the suburbs and just am staying with it because it pays the bills but I know I can be so much better. I see my peers who are now graduating with their MBAs + PhDs from Columbia and Cornell and getting married or just doing amazing things with their lives in general and feel terribly behind, have so many regrets, extremely depressed. How can I turn my life around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2016 - 14 answers

Philosophy Training

I am looking into founding a training company to offer critical thinking / logical analysis / other philosophy related skills to businesses. This is not something we really know how to do. Have you either hired training for a company or been involved in doing it? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Nov 1, 2016 - 12 answers

What books are similar to these?

I really enjoy reading semi-novel style books on the story of companies and technology. Do you have any recommendations for me? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Oct 24, 2016 - 10 answers

name some living ex-cons who later became millionaire entrepreneurs

I'm looking for people out there currently who made a felony criminal mistake, served their time in prison, and later (today) became successful entrepreneurs. While I know there are probably a lot in music, film and TV, I'm also looking for the ones in OTHER industries.
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 24, 2016 - 16 answers

How to achieve maximum impact of promotional free software

We are getting ready to release a free standalone CAD software. It is a downloadable product, does not run in a web browser (not like the more typical startup SAAS offers). Our company intends to sell an API library and consulting services using said API. The API was used to build the CAD software. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Oct 21, 2016 - 2 answers

The Monetary Value of Connecting the Dots

I have a simple idea for a cottage business, but I don't want to get screwed because it's so simple the industries involved could easily shoulder me out. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by rougy on Oct 19, 2016 - 10 answers

it'll be just like a sleepover, except not!

Tomorrow I leave for a "work retreat" my manager has arranged. Four days and three nights, with her and my two colleagues who make up our team. In a rental house. With every minute planned out. I'm starting to panic a bit and need survival tips. [more inside]
posted by castlebravo on Oct 16, 2016 - 18 answers

Help me understand these bank wire instructions

The business is in Puerto Rico, but the bank they use doesn't have any branches in the mainland U.S. [more inside]
posted by manderin on Sep 23, 2016 - 10 answers

Resources for feminist, anti-racist professional dress codes?

Asking for a friend: I'm looking for business-minded arguments or resources for dress codes that would not allow more obviously controversial symbols like the Confederate flag, but perhaps not so stringent that it would forbid t-shirts with quasi-political, positive messages (more context below the fold) [more inside]
posted by leemleem on Sep 20, 2016 - 11 answers

Help with next steps for a startup

I started a company that designs language learning apps. Initial funding was through Kickstarter. That Kickstarter did very well, and the last 2 years have been spent developing 65 products, which have continued to sell well after the Kickstarter, so the company is now self sustaining. I have another ~half year of Kickstarter-related work to do, but after that, I'd like to develop a new, very complex, very high quality language learning app that's going to take a lot of money to get off the ground. I have lots of expertise in language learning and basically zero expertise in startups, market research, business, fundraising, app pricing, etc. These next steps are potentially going to move my little niche business into mainstream territory, and they're very large steps that require way more business expertise than I have. So...what do I do? I feel like I need to hire someone/an agency to tell me what to do next, but I don't know the job titles of these people, or how to find people who are so good and reliable that I can reasonably put my entire financial future in their hands. What do? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Sep 4, 2016 - 11 answers

Backpack that will fit a 15.6" Dell Business Laptop?

Hello. I'm trying to find a high-end quality backpack for university for my 15.6" business laptop. Price range could be from $100 - $210. Something that will last a long time. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Sep 2, 2016 - 9 answers

For good or bad, how do organizations mislead customers and clients?

We know the clichés: we are running a special sale this week, the chef recommends the squid, etc. But what are some other, less obvious professional lies, both malicious and well-intentioned? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Know-it-some on Sep 1, 2016 - 35 answers

Corporate IT folks: How much can you see of what users send?

I assume a network admin can tell if someone is torrenting Game of Thrones or actively watching pornography. But if I Slack someone in private "Man, Brian is the fucking worst," is that readable to you guys (I know, I know, none of you would ever care to—but is it possible?). If I send an email from my personal Gmail account over a work network, same deal is that readable? Again, I know most corporate IT folks would rather do almost anything rather than eavesdrop on what the idiots in marketing are emailing each other—just curious if it's possible.
posted by Peemster on Aug 22, 2016 - 16 answers

I want to do some reporting on this business group

I'm a reporter interested in writing a story about LeTip International, which is a national, for-profit based organization supported by community based, non-profit business groups across the country. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 16, 2016 - 2 answers

Auto-methods and auto-meta-methods of successful people?

So Descartes got a lot of things right (and a lot of things wrong), but, arguably, he had vast impact on all science that came after him. He was successful. And, not a ton, but a little bit, he tries to explicitly communicate the method by which he got his results. So, not just the steps he took to get his results, but the method that generated the steps... [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Aug 13, 2016 - 6 answers

Difficult dilemma - pursue MBA or apply for well paid permanent job?....

I'm fast approaching 36 this year and have had a varied career. You could same i'm a jack of all trades but master of none, what with undertaking lots of roles and completing a business degree at 33. For the past couple of years, the job market has been tough. I've undertaken a couple of 6-9 month job contracts as a temp, whilst also experiencing a length period of unemployment. I loved the experience academia brought and I excelled during this journey, developing some great skills. I've just been accepted to do the MBA part time and have been in my current contract 15 months. It is due to come to an end in October but there's a chance of a permanent job coming up that is very well paid. [more inside]
posted by emma33UK on Aug 8, 2016 - 15 answers

Paying someone to sell your stuff

Are there businesses which exist that will handle all aspects of selling your stuff on eBay for you? What should I Google for to find such a place locally? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Aug 2, 2016 - 10 answers

What incentives are there to building cell phone towers?

My wife's family has a mountain resort property with no cell service. A consultant has told them that their number one priority needs to be getting a cell tower built. They made it sound like it would just be a necessary expense, with no return on the investment except that more people would stay at the resort. But how does the cell tower business work? [more inside]
posted by bitslayer on Aug 1, 2016 - 12 answers

Is there a way I can get my workplace to become a Pokemon Go Gym?

I am not too familiar with the game, but I understand the gym concept. I work at a local business and would like it to become a Pokemon Go Gym so we can attract more customers, but it doesn't seem like this is doable. Am I missing something? Is there anything similar we can do? Niantic's website is very spare.
posted by Slinga on Jul 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Care to talk me out of a bad business idea?

The quick and dirty: I'm selling my house and downsizing. I'm using VA loan for my new primary residence so my proceeds can go directly to a down payment for an investment property. I did almost the same thing about 20 years ago and it worked well for me...this time I'm thinking about spreading the wealth a little bit by starting an LLC or something similar in which I can include co-investors and also invest in the names of my kids to purchase and manage properties for the sake of accumulating a little wealth. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jun 21, 2016 - 9 answers

Information about the history of poetry publishing

I would like to study the history of the business of poetry publishing. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Recommendation for a business attorney in the UK

Does anyone have a recommendation for a general business attorney in the UK? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Seeking a nonfiction book about how private resources become utilities

People who wanted water used to have to live near a well. Businesses that wanted to use electricity had to generate their own, so they had to be located near mills. I read a book about this. [more inside]
posted by bingo on Jun 3, 2016 - 9 answers

How to fire my top salesman

I've got a salesman who has been with me for a long time. I can't stand him. He's disruptive, grandstanding, and has an ego that is unbelievable. He has every other employee in my company pissed off at him at all times due to his insults and personal jabs. He's let his sales numbers go to his head. [more inside]
posted by PSB on May 31, 2016 - 30 answers

What kind of things can I do to help my partner with his business?

My husband just started his own house painting plus remodeling business after several years of working at a local college managing a mostly student-lead paint crew there. He also other years working part-time in the trades. (And after basically remodeling/building our house). I want to help him grow and be successful. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on May 28, 2016 - 16 answers

Seeking resources for small business newbies

We are in the early stages of considering a new business - exciting! While we're very much at the "tossing around an idea" phase, we'd like to have as much information and advice as possible. And so I come to you, Ask MeFi, seeking your best recommendations for resources, knowledge, & discussion to help us turn ideas into a plan. [more inside]
posted by dryad on May 27, 2016 - 5 answers

How does NAFTA work for a self-employed person?

I'm a Canadian citizen who is self-employed who regularly employs the services of others to produce some of the merchandise I sell. I've recently been getting items made by someone in the US, who produces the items themselves. I know that, under some circumstances, NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) can make it that I don't have to pay duties when importing these items. However, I can't find specific information to explain what situations these are. Can anyone help me out? [more inside]
posted by hytrack on May 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Where to find some brainstormers to evaluate my businesses idea?

Does a service exist where you can pay someone or a team of people to evaluate your business idea and provide an honest critique? Where do I go to find such people? [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on May 23, 2016 - 9 answers

Advice on the Ethics and Potential Pitfalls of A Job Search

I’ve started a long term job search and would like some advice on the ethics and potential pitfalls of approaching a company that I’ve been working with in my current job. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on May 19, 2016 - 5 answers

Who will do the boring stuff so he can do the fun stuff?

Someone I know is an amazingly talented photographer; he does portraits with an old camera, it is awesome. His whole image is really "marketable". he has lots of totally great ideas. however, he needs help getting and organizing gigs. he wants to hire someone to be a sort of agent, do bookings and endorsements and other business-stuff so he can focus on the creative stuff, which he is good at, instead of the business stuff, which, um, he's not. what kind of person (or, who specifically) does he need to hire? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on May 13, 2016 - 4 answers

How does anyone start a business? (UK edition)

I'm interested in starting my own business. I have a simple digital product I'd like to try selling online, with the expectation that it will sell very little but will give me a low cost, low risk way to learn a bit more about running a business. Looking in to it though, it seems almost impossible to figure out how to go about this without falling foul of any laws or regulations. How does anyone start a business in the UK? [more inside]
posted by jonrob on May 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Any experts on property law in Victorian England lurking around here?

Dear Victorianists of MeFi: I'm looking for an answer to a specific question about property law in Victorian England. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on May 10, 2016 - 7 answers

$300K - $500K machine that can be put to productive use immediately?

Say one wanted to invest money in a capital intensive small business. What is one that requires at a minimum $300-500K of fixed cost machinery to start, but that is in high demand so that machinery will be used right away to make money?
posted by mtstover on May 6, 2016 - 23 answers

Advertising screen vs cheap TFT monitor - what's the difference?

I'm looking to buy a monitor for our business that I can use to display adverts/information on. Either fed from a server or loaded onto a SD card. Does anyone know the difference between a cheap used 22" TFT from eBay which I can use with an old Mac Mini and a proper "advertising screen" with a built in computer which can costs hundreds of pounds? Thanks a lot for your insights.
posted by dance on Apr 24, 2016 - 4 answers

MBA now from less-than-top-school, or later from a top school?

Hello good folks of MeFi, I'll be a college senior later this year, and I'm having a lot of trouble deciding whether I should apply to MBA programs this fall. If you have a minute--or several, this is a long one--please give me your opinions, reality checks, and/or virtual smacks upside the head. [more inside]
posted by blissfulchar on Apr 14, 2016 - 31 answers

Offline Events Growing Social Networks

I am looking for a few good examples of offline events that grow social networks, helping them build trust, recruit new users, etc. Do you have a good example you can share? Here's one I found. And I know that other brands and social networks have tried this. Thanks!
posted by quiverandquill on Apr 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Moving back to Ohio: how do I find a job (and maybe a new direction)?

My partner and I have decided to move back to Ohio to be closer to family. I don't have a network related to my field in Ohio and I'm also not certain I'm applying to the right kind of jobs because of my background. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Mar 29, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me find a Business/Bankruptcy lawyer in MD

I am in the middle of a divorce, and there are shared businesses owned jointly that I need help with. I'm looking for a lawyer in Maryland who works with small businesses (valued under 200K), can do bankruptcy and can provide guidance about personal debt guarantees. [more inside]
posted by skydog13 on Mar 23, 2016 - 1 answer

Commentators or thinkers who are contrarian when required to be so

Who are some people you guys read who think about the issues in an intelligent way and are unafraid to make a contrarian argument when it makes sense to do so? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Public-radio item on business, power, & speaking up

I'm looking for a story (roughly 5 minutes) that I heard on the NPR One app a few days ago: It was about how perceived power imbalances between people at the same managerial level in an office will lead to people participating in group problem-solving to different degrees, and how to "fix" it. My googling is just turning up stories about power companies & how awful meetings are. Help? [more inside]
posted by psoas on Mar 16, 2016 - 3 answers

Help organizing a local baby/toddler clothes exchange

I just had a baby 7 months ago, and the amount of clothes I have that are either in GREAT condition, or have never been worn is sickening. I keep buying and buying, and she keeps growing and growing. I thought a lovely idea would be to bring other mothers in the community together to do some sort of exchange maybe 4 times a year, but I need some help brainstorming how to set this up. [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on Mar 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Do I warn customers about competitors "bait-and-switch" tactics?

Do I warn my potential customers about competitors "bait-and-switch" tactics? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Mar 9, 2016 - 13 answers

What's the best, cheap cash register app for a fledgling restaurant?

I've been asked to help find a cash register app for the owner of a new small cafe. Any suggestions or advice about where I should look? [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD on Feb 26, 2016 - 11 answers

Is this wholesale business a good buy? Also is it worth it for us?!

We're thinking of adding a new element to our business, a wholesale business to business arm. I run a DIY shop on the high street and one of our long-standing suppliers is moving to Southern Spain to retire and her 30 year established wholesale business of supplying little sundry items has been offered to us first before she offers it to the wider market. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2016 - 8 answers

Youtube video's to use in training: various business topics

I am looking for short (<5 min) video's / clips I can use in training and coaching. The video's will be combined with more 'boring' theoretical slides about topics like: change management, leadership, strategy deployment, process improvement, customer excellence, hospitality. My youtube collection is in desperate need of an update. Explanation and examples of what I am looking for are in the 'more inside' part of this question. [more inside]
posted by eau79 on Feb 24, 2016 - 1 answer

Name that eBay business

I need a name for my eBay (and possibly Etsy) store that will be selling used clothes and other thrift store finds. [more inside]
posted by foid on Feb 23, 2016 - 5 answers

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