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Early Morning Job Ideas?

Trying to revive my entrepreneurial spirit with a dose of early morning action and some financial security. [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Sep 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Starting a software company, as an academic

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 - 13 answers

How can 4 freelancers/entrepreuners buy affordable liability insurance?

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 - 5 answers

Networking help, CEO edition

I have a business idea that I would like to discuss with industry executives. How? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Feb 21, 2014 - 18 answers

Great idea, limited tech knowledge. What now?

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 - 14 answers

Health insurance options for entrepreneurs?

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 - 5 answers

Can I make it as a freelance mechanical engineering consultant?

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 - 4 answers

How do I start my own business?

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 - 12 answers

What is a certified kitchen?

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 - 13 answers

Dream opportunity for a machine design engineer?

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 - 5 answers

Need solution for managing customers and recurring shipments

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 - 2 answers

The Grandma Moses of Startups?

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 - 17 answers

Nail Spa 101

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 - 17 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 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

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

How does a kid naviage the cutthroat world of hot sauce?

Advice for a 10-year-old who wants to be a hot sauce mogul? [more inside]
posted by Perthuz on Jun 4, 2012 - 22 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

Climbed a peak, now back in the valley

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 - 10 answers

Selling a product wholesale – How do you do it?

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 - 5 answers

New one-main-person business website: "I" or "We"?

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 - 25 answers

Where can I find some co-working spaces for tech startups in Australia?

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 - 3 answers

Who/what has inspired you to have more passion and better work ethic?

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 - 10 answers

Love AND a Startup?

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 - 18 answers

Movies Featuring Successful Women

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 - 37 answers

Readme.entrepreneur

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 - 8 answers

Is this a good business idea in the USA?

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 - 21 answers

"I prefer the term 'entrepreneur.'" Give me stories about entrepreneurialism.

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 - 8 answers

Starting a private limited company with a bank account in the UK

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 - 7 answers

How to "crunch the numbers" for a startup.

Good resources for the "crunch the numbers" part of starting a business? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Apr 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me navigate the Poppy Field to business ownership

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 - 9 answers

AudioMagazine

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 - 6 answers

Where do I live that's cheap, bro?

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 - 6 answers

Investing in third world entrepreneurs

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 - 9 answers

Cliffnotes 2.0

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 Cliffnotes 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 - 8 answers

Make these pixels represent life in the z-axis

YANA Image Consultant: What's the best way for a Jack of all Trades to present himself online? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Aug 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Name of wildly successful Melbourne fashion start-up?

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 - 4 answers

Blogs by business-owning parents?

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 - 5 answers

How do I pitch an idea to a corporation without getting screwed?

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 - 14 answers

The tax man's taken all my dough

Do higher rates of taxation for high-earners kill entrepreneurial spirit? [more inside]
posted by northerner on May 4, 2010 - 32 answers

Like Etsy, but for services?

Is there anything like Etsy, but for services? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Apr 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Is it feasible to start a brewery?

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 - 13 answers

Profit-motive pressures?

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 - 15 answers

I want to start my own food vending business. Where do I begin?

I want to open my own fast food joint. I have no experience. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by postergeist on Feb 17, 2010 - 17 answers

For Dog's Sake - Help Me Start A Business!

What do I need to know about starting a dogwalking/sitting service? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Oct 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me learn about the clothing consignment business.

Help me learn about the clothing consignment business. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Sep 21, 2009 - 1 answer

VHS to DVD business

How successful can a VHS-to-DVD conversion business be? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Sep 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Use cash to start a business or for a down payment on a home.

Use cash to start a business or for a down payment on a home. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Sep 1, 2009 - 10 answers

What's it like to own a business?

What's it like to own a business? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Aug 3, 2009 - 31 answers

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