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]
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]
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]
made me wonder if I need to do any legal stuff for my small business. [more inside]
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.
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?
Help me name my little farm business! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I need a free online bookkeeping / accounting website, can anyone suggest one for a small business? [more inside]
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]
SEO software suggestions for small businesses? [more inside]
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]
Google Apps/Docs/Sites usage for small biz. Need help! [more inside]
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]
For my wife: What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work? [more inside]
I want to open a bar in San Francisco. This is my first step. [more inside]
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]
Do florists need refrigerated vans? How do they keep flowers looking fresh without one?
Looking for insights, guidance, and advice on the 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business application process - particularly around paying for sample "narrative kits". [more inside]
Which small business accountant would you recommend, who works in the Seattle metro area? [more inside]
good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
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]
Mixing business and pleasure as a small businessperson, I need a little advice regarding taxes and business travel. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Wife down about economy wants to close business. Now what? [more inside]
My friend works in database applications each day to create in house reports. He's bored and wants to go it alone.
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]
Specific questions, and general advice and suggestions, on purchasing a very prominent, locally owned, retail business. [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
Help me find a insurance company that will cover my home-based ebay business. [more inside]
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]
SmallBusiness Filter: I need help with how my business partners and I get paid. [more inside]
Any recommendations for a no b.s. sales lead service for a one person mortgage broker biz? [more inside]
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]
Number-crunchingFilter: What's the best small-business accounting software for a non-accountant? [more inside]
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]
How does corporate governance work in a small- or micro-business environment? [more inside]
Health insurance targeted toward small business owners and their employees? [more inside]
What are good resources, books, etc. on how to find investors/business partners for buying a bar? [more inside]
I have several questions about starting a business. [more inside]
What are the advantages, disadvantages, and Important Things To Know about officially starting a business? [more inside]
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]
What prepaid legal service would you recommend for business matters? [more inside]
Tips on turning a business idea into reality? [more inside]