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Is the internet a young person's game?

Is my business future really all about the internet? (personal, technical, philosophical details inside) [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner on Jun 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Independent Contractor issues

What are the benefits of being an independent contractor? [more inside]
posted by a3matrix on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Can I travel back in time to co-found after the product is live?

I started a company, but it probably would have been better to co-found. Do people ever do this sort of thing? How? [more inside]
posted by piato on Jun 8, 2012 - 9 answers

The business side of TV

I want to understand the TV industry from a business perspective. Things like, the relationship between production companies, networks, cable channels, and cable providers. Are there any (recent) books, as well as particularly insightful blogs or other online resources that get into the economic side of television?
posted by coffee and minarets on Jun 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Recruiting coffeehouse to neighborhood

How do I recruit a coffeeshop or small restaurant for my gentrifying neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jun 6, 2012 - 19 answers

What commercial things can I do with my artist loft?

How do I figure out what I can do with my weirdly zoned artist loft? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jun 5, 2012 - 2 answers

tech start up concerns

What should I look for in an employment contract for new startup? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet on Jun 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it tacky to ask an ex-vendor for tickets?

Manners-filter: Is it bad form to ask an ex-vendor about previously promised tickets from a few months ago? [more inside]
posted by windbox on May 30, 2012 - 19 answers

Please help me keep grandma in L.A.

My mother is 60, has 40k cash on hand, but she has no income. Can you help me brainstorm businesses that she could buy or launch for about 30K (so she can live on the remaining 10K)? [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on May 29, 2012 - 49 answers

How to a influence and achieve organizational change?

How do you help guide others to recognize, accept, and work towards a unified vision resulting in orgazational change? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on May 28, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I direct my customers' phone calls to the correct location?

My store has three locations. People often call the wrong location. Is there a low-cost way to transfer or forward a call to the correct location without forcing the customer to hang up and dial a new number? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on May 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Can this deny me unemployment insurances? Is the company being sneaky?

May be let go for sales performance, company wrote "general misconduct for not achieving monthly target"...is this a play on words to deny me unemployment insurance? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga on May 26, 2012 - 17 answers

How should I deal with team friction?

There is friction building within a team. Is it time to shuffle the team? [more inside]
posted by pxharder on May 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Venture funding

Getting funding from VC [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on May 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Documentaries/other media that show logistics of how businesses grow?

Are there any good documentaries, books, or other media that portray the logistics of how businesses go from startup to large company? When I say logistics, I mean everything from finding and leasing real estate to hiring employees to accounting systems to inventory management to computer backup -- all the grittiest of the nitty details of how the large trains are made to run on time, for the first time, by a growing organization? I want to see how the infrastructure is built that makes large organizations work.
posted by shivohum on May 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Help my figure out my career path

I really need help figuring out my new career track. I want to take "the next step" and don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

What's my best option for my company's email and to-do lists?

How difficult is it to switch to Microsoft Exchange? And is it worth it for my needs? [more inside]
posted by gman on May 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Can I sue a freight forwarder for loss of future business?

My company lost its largest customer due to a freight forwarder screwing up and delivering an order a month late. Can I sue the freight company? [more inside]
posted by PSB on May 17, 2012 - 7 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

Are grocery stores becoming cash-negative operations?

With so many customers using non-cash methods of payment and customers getting cash back via debit purchases, are grocery stores becoming cash-negative operations? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on May 14, 2012 - 11 answers

I want to make (or have someone make) and sell a certain flavor of candy. How can I do this?

I want to make (or have someone make) and sell a certain flavor of candy. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on May 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Need a place to stay in Vienna and things to do.

Hotel and other quick recommendations for Vienna? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on May 9, 2012 - 6 answers

When did the American "Business Reply Mail" concept begin?

What is the general history of the US postal "business reply mail" ? When did it begin? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Non-traditional financing options?

Looking for creative ways to finance a project/hobby when funds are low. [more inside]
posted by thrasher on May 2, 2012 - 6 answers

We work in creative. We don't dress up. Or do we?

What does one take to the Cannes Lions in June? Dresses? Ball gown? Jeans? Flip-flops? Sunscreen? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on May 2, 2012 - 5 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

Home based business tax write offs when you don't own the home

Can you write off renovations to your home on your taxes for a home based business if you don't own or rent the residence? [more inside]
posted by blubutterfly on Apr 29, 2012 - 1 answer

I'm sorry, I can't recommend your product.

How do I politely tell a company that I didn't like their product and don't want to review it? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Apr 20, 2012 - 34 answers

Marketing Plan

Existing Corporate Marketing Plans [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Apr 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Royalty Free Stock Music

Help me find stock music that is royalty free? Need to have a license that allows lifetime use after a one time fee and that I can use on DVDs that are reproduced. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ss448 on Apr 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Please help me level up my work wardrobe.

Dress Code Filter: How do I make the jump from business casual to full business dress code with the clothes that I have? What are some pieces that I need to have? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Apr 13, 2012 - 16 answers

New Business Idea Seems Questionable

I have a business idea and wonder if it can work. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Apr 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Business start up ideas

New Business Ideas and what to do with them [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Apr 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Does anyone have a film recommendation that links cooperative business and community to telecomm industry / Internet / broadband?

Does anyone have a film recommendation that links cooperative business and community to telecomm industry / Internet / broadband? [more inside]
posted by franklen on Apr 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find a business suit that fits!

[business attire filter]: I can't find a business pants/jacket or skirt/jacket combo that fits me. Can you tell me where to look? [more inside]
posted by paindemie on Apr 6, 2012 - 11 answers

30 something seeking career advice

Help a thirty-something year old find his way (back) in his career [more inside]
posted by vincentv on Apr 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me get money!

Need investors for a restaurant/bar, but don't know how to get them. [more inside]
posted by bryanthecook on Apr 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Help with naming personal shopping business.

Asking for a redheaded friend in Birmingham, AL: Please help name my personal shopping/errands business! [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Apr 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Quitting a new job after 2 months...please hope me!

I just hit the two month mark at my new job. I am miserable, due primarily to doing the work of about 3 people and the company culture (it's a small, family run business, and the two sons who are taking over the company in the next 2 years ran down the public hallway cursing each other out and hitting one another yesterday, to the point that one of them left with his face bleeding and we had to talk a tenant down the hall out of calling the cops). I've decided to leave, despite not having another job lined up. a) What's the best way to do this, and b) How do I spin it to potential employers? [more inside]
posted by firei on Mar 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Eye on the prize.

How to get back into a productive headspace after business legal issues. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on Mar 27, 2012 - 3 answers

How to tell colleagues that they're bad multitaskers?

How do I broach to colleagues that I can tell they're (poorly) multitasking? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Mar 27, 2012 - 12 answers

How tpo locatea singer's representative or agent

I am trying to help a good cause that books talent once a year for a fund raiser. They would like to try book John Mayer, the singer, if possible, but need an agent to get in touch with; how do I find the person or agency represent this performer?
posted by Postroad on Mar 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I drop my profitable, very low maintenance, but unfulfilling online business, in order to get a full time job?

Should I drop my profitable, very low maintenance, but unfulfilling online business, in order to get a full time job? [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Mar 25, 2012 - 19 answers

You scratch my back, I... hate everything you stand for?

You have a business. One of your customers has a business. He wants to cross-promote, co-produce events, etc. He subscribes to the "there's a sucker born every minute" business model, charging way too much for crap. He could bring you lots of new customers, but you don't want to give him any more "marks." How do you proceed? Or do you?
posted by thrasher on Mar 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Recommendations for custom color letterpressed business cards ?

Recommendations for custom color letterpressed business cards ? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me write business French/Spanish.

What are business email courtesies in French and Spanish? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Mar 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Looking for first-person accounts of descent into corporate corruption.

I'm looking for good first-person non-fiction accounts of how people rationalize their descent into bad behavior. I'm particularly interested in business or organizational contexts in which unethical behavior or corrupt behavior has occurred. Anything come to mind? Thanks!
posted by langedon on Mar 20, 2012 - 11 answers

How much does it cost to create one job?

In startup businesses, how much funding is required, on average, to create one job? I'm looking for hard data, ideally broken out for different industries. [more inside]
posted by beagle on Mar 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Artsy Nomad Weirdo Seeks Expression of Purpose

In transition, need some ideas of what to do with my life. As a job, as a business, whatever: what can this artsy nomadic person who can't fit a boundary do for love and profit? [longpost is looooong] [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 16, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I learn entrepreneur business skills?

I've got the technical skills and the product idea, but I know nothing about the business side of doing a startup. How can I learn and do? [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Mar 12, 2012 - 5 answers

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