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Should I have a rate card?

I'm doing the ground work in setting up a small side business. This business would target a specific demographic with a defined subset of residential design services. I feel compelled to do a 'rate card' but I wonder if anyone here has experience with using a rate card as a service provider. Trying to figure out pros and cons and whether I've missed something. As a consumer, I think I'd love to see some up-front rates but I know that, realistically, it would keep me from hiring someone if I felt like I couldn't afford them (even if I could). [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Small business guru, may I sit at your feet?

You've started a small business, things have been tough, you've been staring down the barrel of failure, but you've turned it around, you made it work. How did you do it? What changes in practice and attitude really made a difference to your success? What resources did you draw upon? I'd really like to hear how you made it through the tough times. If your business is arts/craft related, even better. [more inside]
posted by M.Onniker on Apr 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Where can I learn modern white hat search marketing and SEO?

My small business used to rank really well for hundreds of terms. But I've dropped for some major terms and been obliterated for others. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jan 9, 2014 - 12 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

Working as a petsitter

For years I have wanted to be a professional petsitter. Right now I work 30 hrs./week in an office. I would do it the "right way," getting insured, learning pet CPR, paying self-employment taxes, etc. Ideally it would be my main job, along with maybe freelance writing on the side (which I have done). Have you done this? Is it possible to make an OK living doing this? I have a lot of marketing experience and animal-related contacts, so that will help.
posted by trillian on Nov 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Soliciting Angie's List reviews?

I've updated my Angie's List listing. I have no reviews as of yet, although I've been in business since 2005. Is it ethical to solicit reviews from clients? I'm thinking of sending an email saying something like, "I'm now on Angies's List. Feel free to write a review, should you wish. Here's the link." Nothing begging or hat-in-hand, of course. What's the protocol? Is there a protocol?
posted by BostonTerrier on Aug 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Is it a farm if you mainly grow kids and locust trees?

Help me name my little farm business! [more inside]
posted by annathea on May 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Thriving as a small brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer?

How can a small (3-5 employees) brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market (outdoors/sports products) when it cannot compete on price? Any good examples of small companies doing just that? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Books about day-to-day operations of a small business

Book recommendations requested: I liked My Korean Deli, which went into considerable detail about the day-to-day operation of a small convenience store. [more inside]
posted by enn on Sep 21, 2012 - 9 answers

LLC, S-corp, Corporation?

I run a electronic music blog and we are in the works of snagging some pretty big deals. A number of my partners mentioned forming an LLC. While our profit is low, we are potentially entering some big contracts in the future and need some credibility and protection. What is the most basic, simple form of corporation we can form? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on May 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Need online bookkeeping website

I need a free online bookkeeping / accounting website, can anyone suggest one for a small business? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Apr 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Investing in a food business 101

Investing in a food business. How can we make sure that we're getting a fair share of ownership and a good return on our investment? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Nov 10, 2011 - 1 answer

What SEO software would you recommend for a small business?

SEO software suggestions for small businesses? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me open the vintage store of my dreams.

I want to start a small business (a vintage clothing store) in the Washington, DC area. I have a location in mind and I'm saving up the money. My hope is to be open within a year. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Jun 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Google Apps Gaah...

Google Apps/Docs/Sites usage for small biz. Need help! [more inside]
posted by sundrop on Mar 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Help With For Profit Business Looking To Donate To Charity

This may be one of those "you should consult a lawyer" questions, but I thought I'd give it a shot and see if anyone might be able to help. Basically, I'm in the middle of starting a business that will be donating 50% of our net profits to charity, but I have a few questions: [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Jan 4, 2011 - 3 answers

What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work?

For my wife: What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work? [more inside]
posted by ogunther on Nov 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Ownership. I wants it.

I want to open a bar in San Francisco. This is my first step. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Jul 22, 2010 - 14 answers

Growing up/out.

I'm an independent contractor -- a developer for web and mobile devices (iPhone, etc) -- currently having to pull in extra developers to help out on a few larger projects. It's kind of feeling like a proto-company situation. I'm feeling a bit out of my comfort zone and am looking for a bit of business development advice... [more inside]
posted by chasing on Jul 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Do florists need refrigerated vans?

Do florists need refrigerated vans? How do they keep flowers looking fresh without one?
posted by coco124 on Jun 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Should my company pay for sample 8(a) narratives?

Looking for insights, guidance, and advice on the 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business application process - particularly around paying for sample "narrative kits". [more inside]
posted by pants on Feb 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Small biz accountant recommendation for Seattle metro area

Which small business accountant would you recommend, who works in the Seattle metro area? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 18, 2010 - 1 answer

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Moxie Cinema blog is great -other examples in other industries?

What blogs/sites like Moxie Cinema offer similar insights and real discussion of the business elements of their operations? Cafes, restaurants, book shops, video stores, bars, widget makers, whatever! [more inside]
posted by bystander on Jun 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Do I have to assign percentages?

Mixing business and pleasure as a small businessperson, I need a little advice regarding taxes and business travel. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Jun 8, 2009 - 1 answer

$50k for a small business, what do you got?

If you were starting a business in the current economic climate and you had $25k-50k start up capital, what type of business would you start? [more inside]
posted by ibechase on Mar 20, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I identify a company that develops online registration/scheduling software?

How can I identify software for online registration for soccer training sessions? I'm thinking there are some solutions out there that are basically blackbox that can then be tailored to my site, but I haven't been able to turn them up. I don't want to use just something like regonline.com because I have people signing up for each session and there are dozens of different sessions in a week. [more inside]
posted by ewiley28 on Mar 11, 2009 - 3 answers

People cooperating complicatedly?

I want to design a human system (like a small business) and then bootstrap/instantiate it. At the moment, I'm not focusing on psychology but more on franchise-esque/"operations manual" type considerations. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Close profitable busienss in bad economy?

Wife down about economy wants to close business. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2008 - 20 answers

Escaping the grind

My friend works in database applications each day to create in house reports. He's bored and wants to go it alone. [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Sep 3, 2008 - 0 answers

Help me make sense of small businss tax forms!

Starting a small, part-time, home-based eBay business in New York. What are the implications of registering for a Sale & Use Tax certificate? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Aug 27, 2008 - 1 answer

Purchasing a retail business

Specific questions, and general advice and suggestions, on purchasing a very prominent, locally owned, retail business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2008 - 4 answers

What's the perfect app to track expenses?

Is there an expense reporting app that's flexible, handy, and will help me finish next year's taxes quickly and easily? I know about excel, quicken, and various financial transaction apps, but what if I drive 100 miles to a tech conference and want to note my mileage? And what if I'm out entertaining clients and I want to pop onto my iPhone to note the total bill for the evening (before I forget the next day to open excel). Are there any web-based flexible apps for doing all the expense reporting you might need for a small business' bookkeeping needs?
posted by mathowie on Jan 31, 2008 - 7 answers

What cheap software or webapps can I recommend to help my friend manage her small business?

What free or cheap software, or webapps, can I recommend to help my friend manage and build her small business, a salon? Although there is software out there specifically made for this purpose, it seems out of her price range and shares a lot in common with more general software. [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee on Dec 13, 2007 - 8 answers

Looking for financing to start a small business

My husband has been given the opportunity to purchase a small business. He knows that the company will be sucessful. We need about $10,000 to start it up. Here is the problem: he has a great credit rating, but he is currently unemployed and we do not own a home to put up as collateral. Are there any creative financing solutions out there for him?
posted by amysk on Dec 3, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me find insurance for my home-based ebay business

Help me find a insurance company that will cover my home-based ebay business. [more inside]
posted by nmogno on Aug 1, 2007 - 3 answers

Do I have to be a citizen of the US to register a small business?

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]
posted by carthik on May 13, 2007 - 15 answers

How do we split profits for our startup?

SmallBusiness Filter: I need help with how my business partners and I get paid. [more inside]
posted by xyberspam on Dec 20, 2006 - 3 answers

Sales leads for small biz?

Any recommendations for a no b.s. sales lead service for a one person mortgage broker biz? [more inside]
posted by swiffa on Oct 19, 2006 - 1 answer

help me help the man

I'm trying to make my new web project legal in California. After reading through the Nolo press book(s), we thought that perhaps the LLC was the best corporate structure (we are going to issue stock and give the primary developer a portion in lieu of payment). While the Federal government taxes LLCs like sole proprietorships - you aren't taxed unless you make profit, and I don't see our profit outpacing our costs for a year - the State of California charges an LLC "tax" (really a fee) of $800, due almost immediately after your incorporation paperwork goes through, so... [more inside]
posted by luriete on Sep 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Best small-business accounting software?

Number-crunchingFilter: What's the best small-business accounting software for a non-accountant? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Sep 3, 2006 - 9 answers

IANABM (I am not a business major), but...

What books and websites should a non-business-major read to learn about the legal and practical aspects of starting a small business partnership in the US (MD, to be exact)? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Aug 27, 2006 - 7 answers

Corporate governance, esp. for small business

How does corporate governance work in a small- or micro-business environment? [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Jul 15, 2006 - 6 answers

Small Business Health Insurance?

Health insurance targeted toward small business owners and their employees? [more inside]
posted by richardhay on Jun 4, 2006 - 10 answers

How to find business partners to put up funds to buy a bar?

What are good resources, books, etc. on how to find investors/business partners for buying a bar? [more inside]
posted by scody on May 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Business-starting for idiots

I have several questions about starting a business. [more inside]
posted by medusa on May 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Why should(n't) I officially start a business?

What are the advantages, disadvantages, and Important Things To Know about officially starting a business? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 28, 2006 - 17 answers

Small business hosting (possible Down Under)?

I'm looking for recommendations for hosting for a new Australian small business. Yes, I've searched the archives. Yes, I've read all the old hosting recommendation threads. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Feb 22, 2006 - 7 answers

What prepaid legal service would you recommend for business matters?

What prepaid legal service would you recommend for business matters? [more inside]
posted by newgrl on Aug 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Starting a business...

Tips on turning a business idea into reality? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Aug 6, 2005 - 11 answers

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