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Free money for everyone! Well, for my friend.

I have my own business. I have received a check payment. If I sign the check over to someone else, is it going to be a problem that I invoiced a client, yet their payment never appears as being deposited into my account or cashed by me?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on May 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Does my very small business need a lawyer?

This question made me wonder if I need to do any legal stuff for my small business. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Working as a petsitter

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.
posted by trillian on Nov 16, 2013 - 15 answers

How to avoid training a competitor

My husband and I have a small business. It is beginning to do well so we are thinking of hiring a part-time commission-based sales person and even have a specific guy in mind. However, this makes us very nervous: the whole business is predicated on relationship-building within a rather small, tight-knit industry, coupled with not-commonly available knowledge of how certain things work. How do smart small businesses manage their salesforce without essentially providing paid training to a future competitor? [more inside]
posted by rada on Sep 16, 2013 - 16 answers

Is it a farm if you mainly grow kids and locust trees?

Help me name my little farm business! [more inside]
posted by annathea on May 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Thriving as a small brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer?

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]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Help! File for me, s'l vous plais!

Looking for a referral for a tax preparer for personal and small creative business. I am located in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots on Jan 24, 2013 - 1 answer

Eccommerce Startup Question

I have grand ideas for an ecommerce web site and am curious about how to get where I need from an inventory perspective. [more inside]
posted by kmurray24 on Sep 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Mac tech-support in Indy?

Mac small-business tech support in Indy? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Aug 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Traveling for business with low credit card limit?

What options does our small UK business have for booking short notice travel when the credit limit on our business cards is fairly low? [more inside]
posted by nangua on Jul 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Advice On Starting A Personal Chef / Meal Delivery Business?

Recently I've been considering starting a small personal chef business. I was hoping there might be some personal chefs here on MeFi that could offer me some advice/tips. [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on May 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Mobile credit card processing ideas, please!

What is the best solution for a small business to run credit card payments for small purchases with a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots on Mar 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me be a dogwalker and a speech therapist

How does one get "licensed and bonded" for liability insurance with dogwalking/housesitting, and a bonus question about umbrella policies for a personal business [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Feb 14, 2012 - 2 answers

How to stop people hassling street kiosk workers

My friends' street kiosk: They are suffering bullying by drunkards and feral 14 year olds. Suggestions for how to deal? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Jan 17, 2012 - 28 answers

Income for my mother?

What might be a good source of income for my independent mother? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Jul 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Time to ditch the workgroup and take it up a notch?

Need input on upgrading from a hodgepodge workgroup-based small office network to something more centrally-managed. [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Apr 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Small Business Social Media Best Practices?

What are the best-practices for a small business with limited resources when it comes to juggling the major social media platforms (e.g., FaceBook, Twitter, and blog)? [more inside]
posted by webhund on Jan 31, 2011 - 4 answers

Best book for running a small business

Please recommend a “how to run a small business” book, but how to think about it (not the technical aspects). [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jan 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Help With For Profit Business Looking To Donate To Charity

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]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Jan 4, 2011 - 3 answers

OK, but did you update the catalog price/page number, description, item number, too?

How are mail-order catalogs produced? Yes, I know....with ink and paper and a little elf who runs them through the postage meter. Actually... [more inside]
posted by webhund on Nov 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Tax cuts

How many small business owners earn more than $1,000,000 a year in taxable income? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Nov 15, 2010 - 3 answers

What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work?

For my wife: What are the best ways to find opportunities for freelance bookkeeping and accounting work? [more inside]
posted by ogunther on Nov 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Hiring a web designer for my small business

The small business I work for wants a new website. I'm in charge of finding the people to overhaul it. I've never done this before. I don't want to be the Client from Hell, but I also don't want my inexperience to accidentally screw over the company. Help! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Aug 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Where do coffee shops come from?

My dad plans to open up a small coffee shop -- how can I become more knowledgeable about such an endeavor so that I can be a better resource and support for him? [more inside]
posted by ohruaidhri on May 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Part-time photography business in Canada?

I want to register a business in Canada to support a hobby. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Feb 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Assume Stuffing Windshield Wipers is NOT What We Want to Do

What are some great low budget, but effective ways of announcing the opening of a new local brick-mortar retail store? [more inside]
posted by webhund on Feb 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Where do independent retailers meet on the web?

What are the good, helpful, substantive websites where independent retailers hang out and share information? [more inside]
posted by webhund on Jan 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me incorporate a small business!

Any tips on incorporating a small business? [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants on Jan 12, 2010 - 5 answers

What finance software should we be using for personal and business finances?

Sick of using a home-cobbled spreadsheet for personal finance, and wanting something simple and envelope-based, I was about to pick up YNAB. However, we'll be starting up a small limited liability business pretty soon. Should I use something more complex, such as Quicken, to track all personal and business finances? Or should I track things separately, with different software? At what point, if any, should we consider getting an accountant?
posted by moira on Jan 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Do I Need a Dead-Tree Catalog, Too, or are Electrons Enough?

In 2010, what role does the printed "mail-order" catalog play in small retail businesses who have an on-line store as well as a brick-and-mortar shop? How much does it contribute to either new sales or existing customer retention? [more inside]
posted by webhund on Jan 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me come up with best Mac based server and backup solution for a small business.

Help me come up with best Mac based server and backup solution for a small business. [more inside]
posted by jesseendahl on Dec 2, 2009 - 12 answers

The little library that could

Mini-libraryFilter: My small gallery has a reading room, with probably a couple of hundred books. I want a cataloguing and lending system that can turn these books into a real library. [more inside]
posted by Dandeson Coates, Sec'y on Oct 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Tips for a small business/freelancer?

What are your best tips for a small business/entrepreneur/freelancer? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jun 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Help tune-in my station-ery store.

What would you find in an ideal stationery store? [more inside]
posted by pantsonfire on Jun 9, 2009 - 43 answers

Do I have to assign percentages?

Mixing business and pleasure as a small businessperson, I need a little advice regarding taxes and business travel. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Jun 8, 2009 - 1 answer

Testing-the-Waters-Filter

What are the realities of running a small online business while working a full-time job at the same time? I've got a fairly well-developed concept for an online store that would market, sell, and ship a physical product, but I also work a full-time "real" job. Mrs. WebHund would not be pleased if pipe dream interfered with real job that is paying the mortgage off. So I need a little more "here's how I do it" information. [more inside]
posted by webhund on Feb 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Most profitable plumbing jobs?

What particular types of calls do plumbers earn the most profit on? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g on Dec 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Why should(n't) I officially start a business?

What are the advantages, disadvantages, and Important Things To Know about officially starting a business? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 28, 2006 - 17 answers

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