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Non-lame books for starting a business?

There are about a zillion books on starting a new business, being a manager, etc. My base assumption is that they're all lame, and the few I've flipped through didn't make a good impression. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by jragon on Feb 3, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I buy a business? I have an opportunity, but not a f*cking clue.

Hi, metafilter. Been a long time. I find myself in a very weird position, because I have a potential chance to buy a business that already has a very successful foothold in my industry. The weird position comes from not having a single clue as to where to start. [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light on Feb 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Where to buy a website template?

Where can I buy a fully functional working website template for my business with all rights. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Travelling the world while running a small business.

I would like to travel the world while writing my own software (for profit). Ideally, I'd like to stay in each place for a couple of months, not just a few days or weeks. Where can I learn about the legal specifics of doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Banking in US for an International business

My friend is Italian and living in Milan. He has developed a product that he will sell through Amazon. I want to help and get involved but not willing to risk my future to do it. [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Jan 30, 2013 - 5 answers

The nuances of writing a new laptop off as a tax expense.

If I quit my job in April and start working on my own projects, can I buy a new laptop in July and write it off as a work expense on my taxes, even though I might not actually make any money from my projects until next year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Kickass online business banking?

I run my small company (freelancer) and want a kickass online banking experience; minimal fees, good TOS, photo check deposits, and sure, why not, ATM reimbursements. I won't mention my brick and mortar bank (out of Boston for 'citizens') but they leave quite a bit to be desired. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jan 29, 2013 - 7 answers

San Francisco Business Internet Recommendations

What is good business (fibre?) internet access in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by hylaride on Jan 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Low cost (free) ERP software.

We are looking for an ERP solution to a new business. Nothing complicated, we just need to be able to manage one vendor, a few customers, manage stock and issue invoices. Does anyone have a program they use they can recommmend? Free is good, or a trial and then low cost.
posted by Frasermoo on Jan 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Best practices? My job laughs at these. Please help me leave.

I work in a very small IT company that makes custom business applications. The owner is way too involved in the day-to-day and pushes the sales guy to schedule us back to back to back for projects. We have no dedicated support staff so support for existing clients falls back to us (me and the one other developer) in addition to building new applications - and having all the meetings etc with clients. We are like half BA, half developer with no project manager anywhere in sight. I need to develop some skills that will allow me to get another job but no one here has the time or interest in creating requirements documents or making use cases. I barely have time to get my work done and am working more than 40 most weeks without overtime (I am salaried). I am getting burned out and need to leave. But the lack of actual SDLC/Agile/documentation stuff is really killing my attempts to transition to a straight BA position. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Experience with homecare / seniorcare franchises?

I want to start a business while helping people in my city. One option would be to purchase a homecare franchise, such as Visiting Angels, Home Helpers, Senior Helpers, Comfort Keepers, etc. I understand that these franchises might cost anywhere from $50k - $150k plus ongoing fees. Alternately, I could hang out a shingle and start my own without any outside support. I have financial experience, but I have never done homecare and I have never owned or operated my own business. Does anybody have experience or advice with related to buying or operating a homecare franchise? Does your franchise treat its members well? Does it make sense to purchase one from a well-known provider or start from scratch? I welcome all feedback and advice!
posted by 0110 on Jan 18, 2013 - 8 answers

What's a great textbook for complex business systems analysis?

"Logistics" is not quite the right word, but what are some very good "logistics" textbooks? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jan 15, 2013 - 11 answers

One last economics class to take. What are my online options?

My friend has one last class to take. Economics 10B at UC Santa Cruz. She's already clarified with the dean that she can take this lower division class at an accredited institution. Where can she get this done as quickly and painlessly as possible? BYU Online? [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Jan 13, 2013 - 5 answers

How to Find and Keep a Good Salesperson?

How do I find a salesperson? How do I pay them? What kind of freedom do I give them? How can I make it worth their while so it can be a long term relationship? I believe there are people out there interesting in helping me, but I've never been able to figure out how to find them. One man bands do everything but seem to burn out faster, and I don't want to do that. I need help. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Examples of cliched business speak in the US?

What annoying words and phrases are popping up too often in the US workplace? Whenever I try to think of an example, it is at least 5 years old and people aren't really using it anymore. For example, "hit the ground running" or "the competition ate our lunch". (But those are too old.) [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jan 9, 2013 - 225 answers

Two Shell stations across the street from each other. Why?

In my town, there's a Shell station on one corner of the intersection. On another corner of the same intersection, another Shell. There're also two Woolworths right across the street from each other, and two Pizza Huts. Why? Does anyone out there have any idea? I mean, any ACTUAL idea, not just supposition? Maybe someone who works in marketing, or urban planning? Also, are there any resources I could read that explain these kinds of business decisions? I've looked online and can't find any information. Thanks very much.
posted by staggering termagant on Jan 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Can you share examples of innovation programs in companies that you are aware of? How do they measure the outcomes of such programs?

Can you share examples of innovation programs in companies that you are aware of? How do they measure the outcomes of such programs? I know Google used to or still has a program where in employees work on projects of their choosing for 20% of their time. Any thoughts around steps that can be taken to increase innovation in an IT organization would be helpful.
posted by r2d2 on Dec 29, 2012 - 7 answers

How to dress after weight gain?

How do I dress for work and fun when weight gain has made me unfamiliar with my body? [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster on Dec 27, 2012 - 23 answers

Please evaluate my brother-in-law's plan?

Brother-in-law wants a loan to start a home-based business. Please evaluate if his plan seems profitable? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Dec 26, 2012 - 35 answers

Finding a business owner?

How do we find who owns a specific business in a city?
posted by lloubee on Dec 21, 2012 - 7 answers

What happens in a stolen property dispute?

I run a business that sells used things. Someone came in and told me one of my used things was theirs. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 22 answers

How does an amateur photographer find clients?

I'd like to start a modest photography business, but I'm not sure how to find clients. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Dec 11, 2012 - 12 answers

We're having some trouble picking a name for our vintage clothing business; lend a hand!

Help us name our vintage clothing business! [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Dec 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Going into business with friends, maybe. What does the law say?

Four friends are embarking on a creative endeavor, which may turn into a business. We just finished making up a logo and are about to purchase a web domain. What sort of legal actions/responsibilities should we be doing to protect all parties and fulfill all legal requirements in the American state of Georgia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Website ownership - who can get sued?

Building (and purchasing) a website for a friend's company in Africa - am I legally responsible if his company gets sued for something unrelated to the site? [more inside]
posted by cavs33 on Dec 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Market=Grocery?

Are a small corner market and a major grocery chain store typically subject to the same licensing requirements? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Dec 3, 2012 - 7 answers

What is on my roadmap for a Top 20 MBA program? And how do people pay?

What is on my roadmap for a Top 20 MBA program? And how do people pay? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Nov 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for a cloud billing system.

Looking for a cloud billing system that both tracks amounts to be paid to contractor/staffers who work remotely and which also tracks the combined amounts to be billed to the client (on whose case all the staffers will work). [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

What are large corporations doing around the production of mobile apps for their organizations?

What are large corporations doing around the production of mobile apps today? For customer use, obviously, but for internal use too? Built in-house or contracted out? Android or iOS or both? Or are web-apps for mobile preferred? Where can I read more about this? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 26, 2012 - 3 answers

We're trying to start a vintage clothing business! How do we source the best clothing at the best prices?

How do I source reasonable to high quality vintage clothing at low prices [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Figuring out a partnership of sorts

What kind of contract would I write for this? [more inside]
posted by lilacp on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Want to sell my paintings - what to do?

I would like to begin to sell my paintings at local art fairs and online sites such as Etsy, $25-100.00 price range. Do I really need to set up an LLC or sole proprietorship, get a tax number and whatever else just to sell a painting or two (if I'm lucky?) Thanks. P.S. I live in Illinois.
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Nov 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Please help me learn more about online adjunct teaching opportunities?

Finishing my MBA and would really like to know what adjunct or introductory online teaching opportunities are out there. What resources are out there? What would I be qualified to teach? Are there any other additional certifications that I should obtain? [more inside]
posted by Paalen on Nov 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me help my brother learn to play well in the sandbox at work.

Help me help my brother learn to play well in the sandbox at work. [more inside]
posted by getmetoSF on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Good bus bio

Please recommend a good, short business biography! Preferably one about an entrepreneur.
posted by shotgunbooty on Nov 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Business etiquette landmines to avoid when making a sales pitch to Japanese business owners.

Business etiquette landmines to avoid when making a sales pitch to Japanese business owners. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Could a check cashing / short term loan operation be operated in a more ethical fashion?

Could a check cashing / short term loan operation be operated in a more ethical fashion, while still making (what I consider to be) reasonable profits? [more inside]
posted by imabanana on Nov 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting)

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting) [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Nov 8, 2012 - 6 answers

All in the line of work?

My recruiter placed the person who got the job offer instead of me! [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl on Nov 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Does it really take that long to cough up $500?

Freelance/small business filter: How to handle clients that you are ambivalent about working with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Not another Mexican restaurant please!

Want to start a new business.. but don't have an idea of what to do. Help? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Nov 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Seeking the right business consultant

Our company is successful. We (the three founders) are realizing that we need to add more structure and middle management. And we're looking for the right consultant to help us do that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2012 - 5 answers

What magazines should an entrepreneur in D.C. subscribe to?

What magazines / newsletters should an businessperson / entrepreneur in D.C. subscribe to in order to get connected? [more inside]
posted by kindel on Nov 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me fix my feet!!

What is the best thing for my feet when I walk all day? And had foot issues before? [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Oct 31, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me decide what business to get into

Help me decide what business to get into? I have some ideas to choose from. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Oct 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Entrepreneural Advice - What business to start?

Advice Wanted: I'm a MBA graduate with 10 years of business experience and $50,000 in cash and am looking to start my own business. What would you do in my situation? Advice? [more inside]
posted by Paalen on Oct 30, 2012 - 23 answers

Can someone recommend a startup-friendly tax/business attorney in LA?

I'm transferring my consulting business from out of state to west LA and I need to find an attorney to help with: - Forming the company - Helping me put together contracts for my clients - Coming up with a tax strategy Does anyone have a recommendation?
posted by mistermc on Oct 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Appearance fee for me?

How much should the appearance fee be? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Oct 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Conference trip - business or pleasure?

I'm a Canadian software developer. I'm going to a conference in the US next month, and I'm not sure what to say when they ask if the trip is for business or pleasure. [more inside]
posted by problemspace on Oct 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business?

Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business? [more inside]
posted by Eradicator! on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

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