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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

International Toll-Free Telephone

What is the best (least expensive) way to setup a toll-free international business line in Canada? [more inside]
posted by rabbitfufu on Oct 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Retailer Makeover Needed

A friend owns a children's boutique in NYC. She recently confessed that business has been tanking. She overbuys, she doesn't do any sort of inventory management, she has no online presence (apart from a neglected Facebook page). What advice would you give her?
posted by lgandme0717 on Oct 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Sales as a bridge to other careers?

Is a job in sales a good way to jump from academia to the corporate world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Network in style

Business Card Holders! Do you have recommendations for business card holders? I want to get my husband one for his birthday. Thank you so much!
posted by tessalations999 on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Cash Reserves

What am I missing?-filter: I feel like I have a lot of the pieces of this notion that companies are holding onto enormous cash reserves and waiting to see how the election shakes out, but I can't quite put it all together. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Oct 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you share ways of sounding less direct and polite while contradicting / disagreeing / sharing ideas in a business context?

Can you share ways of sounding less direct and polite while contradicting / disagreeing / sharing ideas in a business context? For example in a scenario where one wants to say : Why don't we have a website for this product a more polite way of saying the same thing could be: I am new here and was wondering if there would be any value in having a website for this product. I would love to hear ideas around how individuals can sound polite and make their point in business setting where often times you need to make your point to senior management. Also, Any books or websites that can help with this?
posted by r2d2 on Oct 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Please god what color is my parachute.

I am an engineer, and my wife is a business major. She is more miserable with her job and entire career than she has ever been, and I do not know how to help her. It's easy for me to search for jobs - I look for "mechanical engineer" or "robotics" and find positions matching my specialist skills. My wife is a generalist, and seems to hate the people that are attracted to the jobs she is qualified for. Her career unhappiness is taking a serious toll on her personal life and our marriage. Please help us figure out what to do! [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Oct 5, 2012 - 48 answers

Where's my money, auction house?

What additional steps should I take to get money an auction house owes me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Do I really need an accountant, or can I handle filing my LLC taxes on my own?

How important is it for me to get an accountant now that I'm earning most of my income as a freelancer? Can I handle taxes on my own? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 2, 2012 - 22 answers

Disability benefits in Canada

In Canada, what kind of (government) disability benefits can a separated, self employed person qualify for and how? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Oct 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Is this place going to eat me?

I have a day or two to decide whether or not to buy a recently closed restaurant. I have tons of experience running small retail businesses. The books look good and the price is right. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck on Sep 24, 2012 - 60 answers

Should I use my name for my business, or make one up?

I'm a proposal writer and editor who has decided to go the independent contractor route and set up my own LLC. Should I just use my own name, or come up with some other company name? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Web host with best security against malware?

What is the most secure webhost for a small business? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Sep 21, 2012 - 6 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

What are the dates for the 9th and 20th business day for the rest of this year and all of next year?

I need to quickly figure the 9th and 20th business days of each month for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013. Preferably not in a manual fashion. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

help me name my online company pretty please

Help me come up with a name for my new business venture, please? [more inside]
posted by soooo on Sep 9, 2012 - 9 answers

How do you get off a blacklist? And how do you know if you're on it?

How do you determine if you are on an employment blacklist? I have an MBA degree, and I have more experience and credentials than most of my MBA class, but I have not been able to get hired, and the only jobs I've been close to getting are at much less compensation than the average for my class. I interviewed for a position, made it past a phone screen, and went through a second in-person interview. I was told that they would get back to me in one week, but less than 1 day later I get a voicemail saying the company has chosen to go with another candidate. It's not the rejection, but the swiftness of the rejection after initial enthusiasm that makes me suspicious. If you are on a blacklist, how can you find out? And what can you do about it?
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2012 - 41 answers

Marketing 101

What are some of the best books on marketing? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Sep 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Tell me why I should or should not incorporate in Ontario, Canada

I'm a web developer in Toronto who is currently operating as a sole proprietor. A prospective new client would really like to hire me for a major new project, but they can only deal with incorporated companies and cannot hire a sole prop. I'm looking for advice on incorporating from a) people in Canada and especially Ontario, but also from b) anyone who has any relevant advice about the experience of becoming an Inc., even if you are not Canadian. Yes, I will be engaging an accountant or lawyer for specific advice if I do decide to move forward, so I'm not worried that some specific advice may not be appropriate for my jurisdiction: I'm just trying to get a broad picture of what it's like (and some recommendations for lawyers/accountants). [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Aug 31, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I get cheaper phone service for a small business?

How do I get cheaper phone service for a small business? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Aug 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I get ownership transferred on an FB business page?

A business was leased to another party and they set up and curated a business page on FB. When the lease expired they left and set up a competing business. They took the FB page with them and changed the name on the business page - keeping all the old content and relationships. How do I get the page back? [more inside]
posted by ElGuapo on Aug 30, 2012 - 7 answers

More notice vs. more stress?

How do I time submitting my resignation, in order to best give my employer(s) time to prepare, without adding too much additional stress to a big upcoming project? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Accepting credit cards when you are broke

Is there any way to accept credit cards via Square or similar WITHOUT having an expensive cell phone plan or shelling out lots of money? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Aug 27, 2012 - 18 answers

Would an accounting diploma program help me get a job?

It's time for a career change, but I'd like some help confirming if this diploma program in accounting would help me land jobs, despite not having a university degree. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Renaming my company

Help me rename my company! [more inside]
posted by swizzle_stik on Aug 22, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I network by e-mail in a business environment? I am a student.

How do I stay in touch with people that I meet at networking events at my school and in the Atlanta area (I go to Georgia State)? [more inside]
posted by locussst on Aug 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Help!

I need to make some life changing decisions right now. I finish my bachelors degree in business administration soon and need to specialise myself for my masters. I want to stay in business, but I havent found my "niche" yet. More inside! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Aug 22, 2012 - 12 answers

How is webbe formd?

Durrrrrrr... What's a startup? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 21, 2012 - 43 answers

Any helpful hints/tips to guide me in my meeting with a club manager regarding events I would like to throw?

I have a meeting tomorrow with an university club manager regarding events that I would like to throw. I have never done this before - any tips/tricks on what I should bring, what I should have prepared and how to negotiate the best pay for me? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Aug 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Time to fly?

How did you - or someone you know - decide the time had come to get your own business off the ground?
posted by st starseed on Aug 15, 2012 - 11 answers

What's the best way to close a deal with a client?

What's the best way to close a deal with a client? [more inside]
posted by swizzle_stik on Aug 14, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm tired of sitting in a leaky rowboat... I wanna run a tight ship!

I am *finally* getting an assistant to help me tackle my workload and upcoming projects, which has been a chaotic undertaking for one person. She's really smart and retentive in exactly the way an awesome assistant should be... we're determined to get super organized as a team so I want to start off on the right foot and be able to focusing on monetizing instead of answering email all day. Here's my question: what are the best apps/sites/software nowadays to manage and document big workloads, contacts, meetings, tasks brainstorms, and overall projects and stay organized easily as a team? I know there has to be some great new stuff out there that I haven't heard of. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Aug 14, 2012 - 12 answers

What novels will nurture my inner entrepreneur?

There are plenty of non-fiction books on the subject of startups and entrepreneurship. But what about when you don't have the energy to learn? Please recommend me some novels on the subjects of creating products, building companies, etc. Inspiring tales of business and innovation... [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Aug 14, 2012 - 5 answers

What sort of technologies can help / support the animal health pharmaceuticals business? I am not talking about general enterprise technologies such as ERP or SharePoint.

What sort of technologies can help / support the Animal Health pharmaceuticals business? I am not talking about general enterprise technologies such as ERP or SharePoint. I am looking for technologies that can specifically help the Animal health business. For example a technology platform that helps vets gain information about diseases. Any suggestions or thoughts? Any tech that can maybe assist with solving a problem currently faced by Animal Health pharmaceutical business.
posted by r2d2 on Aug 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for small business mediation services in NYC.

Looking for small business mediation services in NYC. [more inside]
posted by staveitoff on Aug 13, 2012 - 1 answer

I'd like to get back into the field of creative media.

I'd like to get back into the field of creative media. Help, please. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Aug 6, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I frame the question and look for help creating a website?

How do I ask for help and where do I look for intelligent, experienced help in creating a user-controlled website for a wholesale company based in NYC? Any ideas about the ballpark cost to create a wholesale company website? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Aug 1, 2012 - 24 answers

Co-Founder Insists On Employment Contract

There are three of us who are starting a business next year and one of my future co-founders is insisting that everyone signs an employment contract stipulating that we stay at the company for at least three years. Contract violations haven't been discussed yet - the contract hasn't been written yet - but a hefty fine is likely. Is this type of contract common between co-founders? What other risks should I be aware of before/if signing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 24 answers

Looking for a new name for the company.

Need help naming a small HR development business [more inside]
posted by brappi on Jul 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Mortgage broker On the Level?

Is my mortgage broker drawing out the process on purpose? Is he getting paid now or is it a commission type business? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Jul 27, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm looking for first-hand accounts of starting a food business

I'm looking for blogs that are basically first-hand accounts of starting a food business. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on Jul 24, 2012 - 19 answers

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