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Help some buddies form a biz together. No buddy bands.

I pretty much only have 2 non-family friends but i am really close with those two friends. We are all low to mid 30s living in different cities in the southeast. Two of us are lawyers, the third is in sales. None of us are breaking the bank but we live comfortably. The problem is (1) we dont work together and (2) none of are particularly in love with our jobs. We have been talking about forming a business together for years but we have thought of any idea as sad as that sounds. We just need some practical but that we could do together. It would be a side gig for us all unless it got big enough to replace our current jobs (the ultimate goal). Looking for suggestions on business ideas or just importantly suggestions on where to find some business ideas. They do not have to be sexy biz ideas but i should say we would probably not be interested in paid blogging, or similar 'work from home' business ideas. I would appreciate any thoughts! Best
posted by frednorton on Jun 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Why can't we be friends (errr fellow permanent employees)???

I'm in a position where I'm currently a "temp to hire" -- I have been looking for a new job because of the uncertainty in my company and have interviewed with a different company who is moving me to the next step of their hiring process and gave me a hire date. I don't want to leave the company I'm currently with but feel I may have to if I'm not offered a permanent position. How do I bring this up to my boss? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Jan 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Does my very small business need a lawyer?

This question made me wonder if I need to do any legal stuff for my small business. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 6, 2013 - 13 answers

How to register a company name and if under LLC or Corporation?

Hello, I am currently developing a small food business. I am interested in selling my food on weekends at outdoor markets across the city. I think this is a good way for me to get my feet off the ground and see how people respond to my product. What I can't quite figure out is if it is too soon to start thinking about registering the company name and logo? If so, would I register my small business as a LLC business or corporation? I am a bit confused. Would someone be able to help? Thank you!
posted by delasoull on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Running an LLC while travelling the world?

I'm working on a few apps and I'd like to form an LLC. What complicates matters is that I plan to travel the world for the next few years, meaning that all my work will be done from my laptop with no stable office and no employees other than myself. I'm currently based in California. What are some good resources to help me figure out the best way to establish my business, both financially and legally? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jul 2, 2013 - 14 answers

I interact a lot with Indians and Indian Companies (for outsourcing). What are some of the cultural differences between working with a US company VS an Indian Company?

I interact a lot with Indians and Indian Companies (for outsourcing). What are some of the cultural differences between working with a US company VS an Indian Company? [more inside]
posted by r2d2 on Feb 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Turn a picture into a painting... with some flare?

I'm looking for a company that will take a plain photo of my dog, and create a painting from it, but add a little flare. I'd like my dog to be in a suit, maybe wearing glasses, in front of a book case. Here's an example: http://i.imgur.com/o8BSE.jpg [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Feb 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Company sale: are we there yet?

What is the timeline of the sale of a business? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Dec 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Please help me name my property management company.

I'm starting a property management company. Everything is ready to go - except the name! [more inside]
posted by Melsky on Oct 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Investing in time = receiving shares and dividends?

I am about to get involved in a company and begin receiving shares for my work. I have questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 6 answers

How to divide up my new company?

I'm founding a startup! Yaaay! I have some friends who like my idea and want to help me. However, I have no money to pay them, so I'm guessing that I'll need to give them a piece of the action. I don't want to get screwed, but at the same time, I don't want to be perceived as a jerk. What is the most fair way to divide up the pie? What's the best way to approach this discussion without coming off as a jerk? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on May 26, 2011 - 23 answers

Mapping executives?

What is the name of that website that visually mapped or linked names of people and/or executives from various companies? Seems like I remember it gave the person's name, their current company, and a little "map" of how they were linked to the other companies and people.
posted by sandra194 on May 1, 2011 - 6 answers

how can I find an good(hopefully inexpensive) manufacturer abroad( outside US)?

Need help finding manufacturer abroad to produce a product. I'm struggling finding companies that are still interested when I tell them I am a small business startup (with a great idea!). I understand that telling manufacturers that I'm not going to put in a huge order they are less interested but a girl needs to start somewhere! There are so many people that read this site I thought someone might have an idea or experience doing this. Thank you very much!
posted by femmme on Apr 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Recommendations for hosted business email (excluding Google Apps and Exchange)?

Could you please recommend a reliable email hosting provider (non-Exchange) that provides excellent customer support? This will be for a business in the US with about 25 users, and we'd be switching over the mail server for an existing domain. We've looked into Google Apps for Business, but the support area comes up short. Here's a list of the things we're looking for... [more inside]
posted by macguffin on Feb 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for advice starting a web development company?

Looking for advice starting a web development company? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Oct 6, 2010 - 7 answers

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free?

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Mar 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Do I need to register a company in all of the countries I want to do business?

Do I need to register a company in all of the countries I want to do business? [more inside]
posted by nazca on Jan 15, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I get management of my small company to see how low morale is and do something about it?

My company's management is driving us into the ground with their poor project ideas, and morale is really low. How do I get them to see what they're doing and hopefully make changes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 - 13 answers

What is the best company formation agent to use in the UK?

What is the best company formation agent to use in the UK to form a limited company? How can I tell if a company formation agent is reliable and trustworthy and are there any reviews of them available? I would also prefer an "all in one solution" that includes a registered office too. [more inside]
posted by samengland on Jul 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Creative Innovative Socially-Good Companies

Which companies and organisations are big on innovation, creativity, doing good, and support flexible work styles and ethics? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Is it really illegal for a company to act ethically?

"[Companies] have a legal responsibility to make their shareholders lots of money, which means they *MUST* rip you off for as much as they can get away with." Really? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 13, 2008 - 24 answers

UK Ltd. company formation

Why would I pay an accountant £300 for UK limited company formation when there are services out there that do it for a tenth of the price? Help me cross the i's and dot the t's. [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Jun 3, 2008 - 5 answers

What is a good title for my job?

What is a good job title for my position? [more inside]
posted by names are hard on Jul 25, 2007 - 18 answers

What is required for "ethics consulting"?

I hear that sometimes businesses and other institutions hire "ethics consultants". Does anyone know anything about getting into ethics consulting or the actual day-to-day activities in ethics consulting? If not, has anyone seen an ethics consultant in action at a company? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Feb 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Where can I find a partner for my business?

Where can I find a partner to help me build a business based on a Web service? I'm 18, I'm not going to be in college for at least a year, and I can fund the venture for 6+ months out-of-pocket. But the programming is far too much work for just one person. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Feb 26, 2006 - 9 answers

Repercussions of an offer for a famous public company by an unkown one?

What are the repercussions of an offer for a famous public company by an unknown one? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Jan 9, 2006 - 21 answers

How do I market what my small company does?

I own a very small company, and I feel that my product is the best in its category. If I can just get my message to the masses, my company will be a success (otherwise I'll have to go back to work for "the man"). What's the best way to ge the message out? I realize that everyone is advertising-averse, and I don't want to consider anything that might irritate people.
posted by yaquina27 on Nov 27, 2004 - 15 answers

Moving Companies

Can anyone recommend a good moving company for moving a one-bedroom apartment (let's say 400 cubic ft. of stuff to move) and a four-door car from Florida to California?
posted by grrarrgh00 on Jul 17, 2004 - 8 answers

Home Furnishings

I'm looking for a furniture store/company to help furnish a house we will be buying. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman on Jan 23, 2004 - 12 answers

Name My Company!

I've been trying to come up with a company name for six months now, and have thus far failed. I need your help! [more inside] [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Jan 9, 2004 - 59 answers

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