I was thinking going back for an MBA, but realize I may be looking for something different. My background is in Internet, technology and media, and I have a degree in computer science. I'm also good at design. I've started technology businesses on my own, but I want to make a change and open up new directions. My interests lie more in the area of innovation, new product development/design, consulting and entrepreneurship. From the research I've done, most of the MBA programs are pretty similar, and geared to people who want to work on Wall Street or in large corporations. While I'm not particularly interested in these areas, I definitely want to learn about business as pertains to my areas of interest, and make new connections. Are there any graduate programs (MBA or otherwise) more tailored more toward my interests?
What's a good major for someone who doesn't want a desk job and loves technology? [more inside]
Am I a bad client, or are my computer guys out of line? [more inside]
Help me to fix/setup/keep running a network of 4 computers the easy way. [more inside]
How should I structure a growing consulting business, with partners, collaborators, and others that I want to be invested in the growth and success of the business? [more inside]
Los Angeles Interview Suit— I need to find something cheap for interviews after finding my last suit had irreperable moth holes in the pants (yeah, you can tell that my last couple of jobs haven't really required dap to the tap sartorial sense). Where in the LA area can I get a cheap (nice) suit fairly quickly? [more inside]
MBAFilter: Where can I find an overview of different business models, their merits and downsides? [more inside]
I travel regularly for work -- at least one week out a month during down time and three weeks out during peak time. But, my schedule is usually domestic, and always gets me home after 5 - 6 days, 10 at most... till now. I'm departing Wednesday on a four-week trip: first leg = two-day stops in all four US time zones, second leg = two weeks in one European city, with zero time home. I'm feeling anxious about my preparation. [more inside]
How do I fast track my way into consulting? [more inside]
I tend to work, or think about business, a lot. I'm involved in two separate successful businesses that I started. And I have ideas for more. Even all my hobbies are 'productive' activities where you're learning something new or creating something, rather than pure recreational activities like watching TV, hanging out, or reading fiction. Consequently, I haven't put enough value on my social life and meeting new people. I sometimes see that aspect of life as unproductive and not as valuable as other things I could be doing. It's not a great way to be and it's something I'd like to change. I'm looking for suggestions on how others have overcome this.
Add up all these career skills. What small business do you get? [more inside]
NameFilter: Help me give my first design business a cute name! [more inside]
How do I convince my company to buy me upgraded airline seats as a perq? [more inside]
I'm starting a small PC repair business to make some extra money, and I'm looking for suggestions for a clever (but not too cutesy) descriptive business name. I'll primarily be doing in-home (or drop-off) hardware and software troubleshooting, but no major hardware modifications. Come to think of it, would that even qualify as computer "repair" since I won't be tinkering with the computer's physical components? Looking forward to your suggestions.
Business ethics filter: Should I pass my personal contact info on to selected clients of the company I'm leaving? [more inside]
I own with my partner a transcription service for film and TV production companies in Ontario. Recently, a company asked us to do something I consider slightly shady, and I'd like some opinions about what to do. [more inside]
I'm working on a portfolio site that will collect my work in a particular realm and serve as the front for that side of my career. I had planned to use a domain I've owned and marginally used for several years. It struck me that I should check on whether there are other companies with a similar name... [more inside]
Where can I get business case studies? [more inside]
Where can I find or find out about PR and marketing help for non-profits in the Washington, DC metro area? [more inside]
Do I have to be a citizen of the US to register a small business? I want to keep everything legit and above-board and recently I have been thinking of registering a small business to represent all the online activities that make me money, like hosting a couple of people, designing and fixing wordpress blogs etc. The question is - do I have to be a US citizen to register myself as a small business. [more inside]
How should one market and price art as a young artist? My sister-in-law is a very talented young (20 y.o.) artist. She is just finishing an undergraduate program in fine arts (where she excelled, particularly in the applied courses), and is actively attempting to make a business out of selling and marketing her art. [more inside]
Overcoming fear of success. [more inside]
Can installing a multi-line phone system be a DIY project? [more inside]
The owner of the privately held company that I work for has decided that he wants to give out equity in the company to a select number of employees. This isn't hugely valuable right now but could potential be extremely valuable if the company were to ever go public. I have been selected to be a part of this group as I am an Officer of the company. My share would be worth $5000 currently. I get a certificate, etc. The point of all this is to have employees personally invested in the company to affect the way they conduct themselves based on that personal investment rather than working for someone else's money they are working for their own. [more inside]
You're an entrepreneur. You're the owner and head of your own business. You're a completely new start-up with no (or very few) employees. What do you call yourself? CEO? Managing Director? Development Manager? [more inside]
Our Small Business Server 2003 is dead. We are recreating the server from scratch. We have two surviving secondary Domain Controllers, so the domain lives on, we just need to know what to do next. [more inside]
How can I find/buy failing small businesses? [more inside]
Business plan authoring services? [more inside]
I have a design for a couch or a bench. Where and how, preferably in or around NYC, can I go about having it manufactured in small or large quantities?
What's the best way to handle sub-contract work when you're actually doing the work for a competitor? [more inside]
What other business news coverage is similar to NPR's Marketplace? [more inside]
I want to buy a tie in Seattle! Must have character, but also have the ability to pass muster at a relatively conservative workplace. [more inside]
Should I give my lawyer a gratuity for acting as a broker in the sale of my business? [more inside]
Is it ethical for a women who is in sales to remove her wedding ring so that prospective clients will be more interested in hearing her pitch? [more inside]
I'm going on my first business trip (4 days in Philly) where I will be visiting another branch of the company and be trained on a new program. I need tips so I make a good impression and don't screw things up.
LLC, S-corp or continue as a sole proprietor? [more inside]
Have you ever taken a culinary walking tour? Might you be willing to share highlights and details? I'm planning to develop some tasting tours for my city and would appreciate hearing about your own food tour experiences. [more inside]
Can someone recommend a small business lawyer in the NYC area? Also, in your opinion, which would be better for me an S Corporation or an LLC? [more inside]
How can I reject a previously accepted job offer in an acceptable fashion that won't burn bridges? [more inside]
Once heard a story about Intel executives going through some kind of management/communication training in which they were encouraged to swear (yell profanities) at one another... [more inside]
GentrificationFilter: Help convince my boss that our independent coffee shop can be both profitable and actively engaged with the community. Social/community activists, please read on & help me out! [more inside]
Tax planning advice for the self employed. The web is full of articles, the bookstores are full of guides. But there is so much "get rich quick" and "pay zero taxes" crap out there that I am not sure where to go for good, solid tax planning advice. [more inside]
Best undergraduate options for the business of music/music managment majors? [more inside]
I am considering taking over a small grocery store in Brooklyn. I am looking for reading material that would better prepare me for running this type of business. In absence grocery specific books, I would be interested in general small business management books that others have found useful. Thanks.
I'm pretty sure my boss's accountant lied to me about sending out my paycheck to cover up my boss's lack of funds, thus leaving me without a paycheck for a full pay period. [more inside]
My office manager/grandfather verbally and physically attacked me recently. Can my boss/father expect me to work in the same office with gramps? We have a sales meeting next week we both are to attend but I am refusing to go if gramps attends as well. Do I have the right to refuse to go to this important meeting or be around my grandfather in the office? [more inside]
I have one question which has three related parts: Q1. What companies are out there which provide the technology to operate a phone sex business where I can concentrate on marketing and they take care of all the backend processing allowing the individual phone sex operators to dial in from their own home and talk with their clients who are charged per minute ? I do not want to personally keep or maintain the software myself. I want to outsource this. So the sex operators would "clock in" at will and recieve calls at any phone they like. This software should also use some sort of accounting to keep track of time spent for each operator. Q2. Also, how are the phone sex operators paid ? by cashiers checks mailed out to them by Fedex ? This may not be practical especially if there are many operators. Q3. Finally since this business does not involve any pornographic images are there any laws I need to abide by like having to keep records and making sure everyone is over 18 years of age ?
How can I continue to operate my one-man software business while out of the country for 3 months? [more inside]
my friends and i have an idea for an awesome website - the next youtube or myspace. we know what we want it to look like, how we want it to work, the features we want it to have. but (and this is a big but) none of us have the skills to actually make it - or even know if it's possible with current technologies. is the idea worth anything without the technology or code that would bring the idea to fruition? how do we take our ideas to the next level? how to we protect our idea while trying to do this? hoping you can help a few english majors with a dream make it with an internet startup...thanks!
Favorite libraries or public study spaces in South Florida? [more inside]