I am an academic about to get tenure, but I'm thinking about an alternative career trajectory. In particular, I have an idea for software that (I believe) could be revolutionary, related to my field of study. I'm thinking of quitting my job to pursue this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 24, 2014 -
Three friends and I teamed up to rent a small commercial office space to use as a shared office, as we've tired of working at home or in coffee shops. We've signed the lease and moved in. I've been tasked with finding liability insurance, but having trouble as the insurance companies don't know what to make of us. I'm hoping Mefites may have creative solutions. [more inside]
posted by lukez
on Feb 21, 2014 -
I have a business idea that I would like to discuss with industry executives. How? [more inside]
posted by prunes
on Feb 21, 2014 -
In 2014,what options are now available to an entrepreneur with very limited tech knowledge? Is it now more feasible to build a (Minimum Viable Product) site using more turnkey methods, like site builders, pre-made themes, etc., than it used to be? I realize that really getting something tuned to where I ultimately want it will require tech help. But to get the ideas roughed in and functioning, so as to attract investment and help, what can a non-programmer do/use nowadays?
posted by skypieces
on Feb 3, 2014 -
Where can I find affordable health insurance? I'm on COBRA since striking it out on my own, but currently have not started making revenue, and am worried about options once that runs out. My current high deductible plan from UHC costs ~$213/mo ($2700 deductible) and includes EyeMed vision and dental (additional $35). I know I won't find anything this good post-COBRA but hoping there's something close?
I know that since ACA has started that individuals can buy insurance off exchanges (I am in NYC, so will be more expensive, I know..). Will definitely be checking that out. Freelancer's Medical has come up in my searches. I don't think that entrepreneurs (who are not freelancers getting 1099s) qualify for Freelancer's, but checking with them. Not sure we qualify for HealthyNY for small business (individual option has been terminated post-ACA), since we are an LLC but I am the only full-time partner (the rest have day jobs).
Are there other options I'm not aware of? Thanks for any help!
posted by vlotty
on Jan 14, 2014 -
I have a BS in mechanical engineering and a couple years experience performing FEA simulations for a company in the US military/aerospace industry. I recently found out that there are consulting firms out there charging a lot of money for the same type of services I perform.
If possible, I'd like to get my PE license and begin offering my services on a freelance basis. If I can do that successfully, I'd like to form my own consulting firm.
My main concern is that I won't be able to find clients. How can I find my way into this market? I've heard that a lot of CAD work is being outsourced and I'm not sure if the demand for these services is really there.
I've searched for mechanical engineering listings on freelance sites but I've mostly found low paying odd jobs. My ideal customers would be legitimate companies that need reliable FEA services but are small enough to not have their own mechanical engineer. How can I find these customers? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
posted by PeterKlayton
on Oct 3, 2013 -
I have a couple thousand dollars and a decent amount of free time, with no idea where to allocate my time and money.
Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by walka
on Sep 17, 2013 -
I live in California and cannot, for the life of me, find any documentation, web site, or book that defines this. I know that foods for public consumption (for the most part) have to be produced in a certified kitchen. Are there certain fixtures or appliances REQUIRED in a certified kitchen? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed
on Aug 26, 2013 -
Help a business-illiterate engineer formulate an approach for evaluating an exciting business/career opportunity. [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry
on Aug 14, 2013 -
My customers will sign up for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly shipments of a product. After I've processed their payment, what are some online customer database solutions for managing my current customers and generating things like shipping labels and order forms so that each week I can pack my boxes full of product and ship them? [more inside]
posted by jrholt
on Mar 10, 2013 -
I'm pushing 50, but I still have urges. Entrepreneurial urges. Ideas for products. Cool websites. Apps. Little businesses. Stuff that makes some money.
But: Every cool startup I see comes from a 12-year-old. College is middle age. 30 is elder statesman. 40 is dead. I've never done this before. Its scary. Where are my role models? Networks? Inspirations? Mentors? Resources? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy
on Jan 30, 2013 -
Someday, maybe 10 years from now, I would very much like to own my own nail salon and mini day spa. Aside from saving my pennies, what can I do now to get myself prepared to make said salon a super hygienic, super chic, and hopefully successful enterprise? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather
on Dec 2, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Doubting if I am cut-out for freelance/independent work. There seem to be quite a few independent professionals here; it'd be wonderful to hear your thoughts/experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 17, 2012 -
Know anything about selling a product wholesale? To local shops? Looking for some hivemind retail knowledge! [more inside]
posted by amanda
on Jan 9, 2012 -
After nearly a year of being unemployed and looking for that perfect job, I've decided instead to start my own business. It is set up as a sole proprietorship, but I will be collaborating with a bunch of fellow freelancers as their services become necessary (video editors, etc). On my website (which is set up as the name of my company), I have been using "we" to describe the work. "We have ten years of experience" "We have a specific passion for telling stories", etc.
I'm not trying to fool anyone (my "about us" page basically says "this company is SoftLord, and also other awesome freelance partners"), but I'm having a difficult time figuring out the proper language to use. I've been going back and forth on this with fellow solopreneurs (yeah, I know) and there hasn't been any consensus.
Is this disingenuous? Should I be using "I" instead? Snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by softlord
on Dec 4, 2011 -
Where can I find some co-working spaces for tech startups in Australia? I'm building a web/mobile startup with my co-founder and would like to be working amongst fellow startup companies. [more inside]
posted by tomargue
on Nov 5, 2011 -
I'm looking for inspirational stories of people with a vision they're passionate about, and the work ethic to accomplish what they set out to. Tales that make you come away thinking "Yes, that is how I want to be living my life" and charge you up for the work you're doing. They don't have to be people you'd generally admire or seek to emulate - whatever their goals, it's that spark/drive/dedication/grit I'm most interested in. [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS
on Nov 5, 2011 -
I'm a woman in my 30's founding a startup that I'm very excited about. I'm also ready to seek out a serious relationship. Are the two mutually exclusive? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic
on Oct 28, 2011 -
I'm trying to compile a list of movies about successful women, bonus points for entrepreneurs and business owners. [more inside]
posted by lohmannn
on Aug 23, 2011 -
What would go on your reading list for an aspiring entrepreneur, looking to open his or her small business soon? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart
on Aug 5, 2011 -
How do I (legally!!) sell my homemade booze products from PA within the USA? And what do I have to know and think about and plan for and be prepared for, when I want to ship hundreds of jarred vegetarian food items from Germany to be sold via mail order in the USA? [more inside]
posted by GermanChef
on Jul 8, 2011 -
I've finished watching the HBO series "How to Make It in America." Any other shows, movies, books, fiction or nonfiction, like it? You can interpret that pretty broadly, but, basically, one or two guys (or girls) trying to "make it" (in the big city, or not) by tackling something that's kind of out of their league, which is to create a business from scratch. [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on Jul 6, 2011 -
How do I start a new private limited company in the UK and then start a new business banking account for it? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic
on Jun 21, 2011 -
I want to open a small flower shop. What flavour of business management course should I be looking into? (in NS, Canada) Caution: some snowflakes ahead [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas
on Feb 28, 2011 -
Is anyone doing audiobooks for magazine and web articles? If not, why not? I wouldn't mind being able to hear a Malcolm Gladwell article read to me while I am on my commute or on a run. Are there any services that offer this? I haven't been able to find any, and I am wondering why. Copyright? No market? If I wanted to start a audiobook company what are my obstacles?
posted by jasondigitized
on Jan 6, 2011 -
I'm an Internet entrepreneur about to graduate from university. Where do I move to successfully geoarbitrage the returns from my online North American-facing business? [more inside]
posted by AdamKnife
on Oct 16, 2010 -
Websites that allows you to make small investments online in entrepreneurial projects in third world countries? [more inside]
posted by vizsla
on Sep 14, 2010 -
I was reading my Kindle last night and my entrepreneurial light went on. I am looking for feedback on the idea, but also techniques that I can use to gauge the feasibility, and legality, of this and future ideas. My idea was
2.0. Book and article summaries for busy people in a world of ever increasing information. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized
on Aug 24, 2010 -
In Friday's issue of The Australian
, the Entrepreneur
lift-out had an article about two (Melbourne?) investment bankers who fell foul of the GFC then started their own clothing business, based on a wildly successful business model from France - something about factory seconds, or end-of-season stuff from high-end labels. I think they have something like 250,000 subscribers, and last month they turned over a million bucks. What was the name of the Melbourne start-up and what was its French inspiration?
posted by obiwanwasabi
on Jul 30, 2010 -
Can you recommend well-written blogs/sites of parents who run their own businesses?
There are a TON of results on Google and I just can't sift through them all, so I thought I'd ask here. Blogs by parents who have very young children are great and ones that have very young children AND a full-time day job while trying to start their own business up would be excellent. [more inside]
posted by stefnet
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Can I make a company sign a contract that says that they will have to pay me a certain percentage of profits for an idea? [more inside]
posted by defmute
on Jul 2, 2010 -
My family has an old family farm out in Hannibal, Missouri (Birthplace of Mark Twain™) that I've been told I could use for future business ventures. Is it a good idea to turn it into a brewery? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Apr 24, 2010 -
I want to read a book about how profit motive... warps things. As in, I want to make money doing what I love, but I'm afraid that the need to pay the bills would "force" me to pander and water down my ideas. [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on Apr 9, 2010 -
good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim
on Jul 20, 2009 -