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What is an alternative to a 301 redirect when switching domains without owning the old domain?

My successful small business website is on a subdomain owned by the website template provider. I want to switch providers and domains without loosing my websites search engine rankings. Since a 301 redirect isn't an option, what else can I do to maintain my website's Google rankings? [more inside]
posted by gwen1234 on Jul 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Small Business 101

Today's fantasy: buying the small business my husband works for. Talk me through the steps like I'm a 5-year-old. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Jul 25, 2012 - 4 answers

stories about working for yourself; achieving success.

stories about working for yourself; (fearing and achieving) success. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Jul 16, 2012 - 4 answers

How do first time business owners find out all the things they need to do before they can open their doors?

A hypothetical business like a pizza place (but it could be something else) wants to open up shop. How do the hypothetical first time business owners find out all the things they should or need to do before they can open their doors? Things like.... [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Jul 14, 2012 - 18 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

Looking for examples of local government supporting small businesses.

I want to make a presentation to our town council on behalf of local business owners, and I'm having trouble finding examples of how local governments show financial support for small businesses. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Jul 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Is it time to un-hang my shingle?

I'd like you to tell me if I should quit my job (I'm a member of the "ugh, I.T." chorus), but the snowflakey part is that it's not just my job. It's my small business. And to some degree, it's all I've got right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 - 23 answers

Name That Small Business

What should we name our business? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Jun 1, 2012 - 22 answers

Will blog for free

Approaching a local small business with an offer to write their blog for free: is this a good idea? If so, how to do it? I'm looking to gain some freelance writing experience and thought this might be the way. [more inside]
posted by indognito on May 24, 2012 - 10 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

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

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

I've stumbled into a fairly successful business. What's next?

How to be the best digital content consulting guy I can be: taxes, subcontracting, incorporation, fees, etc. Your thoughts on freelancing business stuff? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Apr 18, 2012 - 2 answers

The IRS has Come Calling!

I need recommendations for a small business accountant in Glendale / Peoria, AZ. [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra on Apr 5, 2012 - 1 answer

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

Is it possible for a currently-credit-troubled person to get my LLC off the ground?

Will I have to undergo a credit check in order to form an LLC and open a business checking account for that company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 answers

The Webby for best bank website goes to....

What bank has the best/easiest/most useful website for a small business. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Feb 23, 2012 - 1 answer

How can I decline a raise request, yet still maintain employee morale?

Small business owners: Is it possible to turn down a request for a raise from employees, yet maintain workplace morale? On the flip side, have you been turned down for a raise, but stayed in your position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 42 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

What's best to read to prepare for buying a small business in the UK?

What are the best resources for someone looking to buy a small business in the UK? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Feb 6, 2012 - 1 answer

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

If I don't understand Quickbooks online, will Quickbooks the application be better for me? (Or: HTF should I be handling my accounting?)

If I don't understand Quickbooks online, will Quickbooks the application be better for me? (Or: HTF should I be handling my accounting?) [more inside]
posted by richrad on Dec 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Is there a software tool for a small-business database problem?

My office needs a seemingly simple database setup. I don't know what tool to use to set things up (or if we need to outsource it). Can the hivemind help? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Nov 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Paypal vs Google Checkout

Trying to decide between using PayPal & Google Checkout. Would love thoughts/advice from people who have been on the merchant side as well as you on the buyer side: which are you more comfortable with? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Nov 17, 2011 - 28 answers

Investing in a food business 101

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]
posted by yellowcandy on Nov 10, 2011 - 1 answer

YelpFilter, literally

My hairstylist asked me to post a review about her on Yelp. I created an account and posted my (100% genuine and not offered in exchange for any consideration) opinion that she's fabulous. Yelp has filtered (i.e., hidden) the review. Is there anything I can do to convince them of my sincerity? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Nov 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Writers: how do you educate clients who don't value your work?

Copywriters and other creatives: how do you protect yourself when dealing with clients who suck up time with extensive revisions, general indecisiveness, or just plain bad judgment? My larger projects can handle some ballooning of time in one direction or another, and for my big national clients there is always client awareness of my expertise and what it's worth. My problem is with taking on smaller clients who seem great at first, but then balk at suggestions, revise good writing into terrible, etc... [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Oct 14, 2011 - 22 answers

small biz health insurance cost?

Small Biz people: what do you pay in health insurance if you have insurance that you buy on your own? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Sep 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Trademark Valuation

How does a small family business estimate the value of its trademarks? [more inside]
posted by Joanie Loves Yahtzee on Sep 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Payment Model For Commercial Recycling Business

What kind of payment model is normally used for a commercial recycling business? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow on Aug 30, 2011 - 1 answer

What SEO software would you recommend for a small business?

SEO software suggestions for small businesses? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

How to give readers the best info?

The best way to promote *accessible* quality products without putting the smaller businesses at a disadvantage or sacrificing site traffic? [more inside]
posted by desertface on Jul 13, 2011 - 1 answer

Best book to learn about hiring employees or consultants

Can you recommend a book and best practices as to how to hire independent consultants or part time employees? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jul 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Optimal step order for setting up a retail shop

I'm putting together a business plan to open a brick-and-mortar retail shop and know, in general, everything that needs to be done, but I can't find information anywhere that suggests the optimal *order* things should be done in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 - 6 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

Help me open the vintage store of my dreams.

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]
posted by nonasuch on Jun 19, 2011 - 18 answers

How to manage a business without really trying?

Suggestions for managing resources and schedules at a growing consulting firm? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Too Small to Succeed with Too Big to Fail?

What's the best bank for a small D.C.-based LLC? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise on Jun 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Explain my small business tax responsibilities to me like I'm a 5-year-old.

Explain my small business tax responsibilities to me like I'm a 5-year-old, please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 11 answers

How to project cash flow months out if paid up front for a year?

How do I project monthly revenue for my service business 12 to 24 months into the future if I am paid in lump-sum prepayments good for 6 months to a year of services? Also should I be referring to this as "cash flow" rather than "monthly revenue"? [more inside]
posted by Franzilla on May 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Inventory Management!

Help designing a small business inventory system. Super extra difficulty inside, treat it like a logic puzzle! [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on May 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Please tell me more about project management

What are some of the project management best practices? Are there tools that can help keep a program manager aware of details or is this a characteristic of the person? If I wanted to hire a project manager, what should I look for to get a good/skilled person? Are there contract/independent project managers? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Apr 25, 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

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

Google Apps Gaah...

Google Apps/Docs/Sites usage for small biz. Need help! [more inside]
posted by sundrop on Mar 30, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I (and should I) report a business for possible tax fraud?

How do I (and should I) report a business for possible tax fraud? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 - 30 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

xps vs. optiplex

Any major difference between optiplex and xps? I'm getting quotes 3 basic machines, 2 power user machines and 1 power user laptop for a small non-profit. They gave me the first quotes and they ran pretty basic configurations, intel duo processors, all optiplexes... i went to the small business website and mades some amazing computers, XPS's with much better specs, and around the same price points (i5 or i7 processors). The dell rep just emailed me and said that xps's are gaming machines, not really for business... any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Jan 28, 2011 - 8 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

Small Business In-Person Credit Card Processing

We are opening a brick and mortar retail store in two weeks and need to nail down credit card processing. Where can I find honest recommendations and reviews of services? [more inside]
posted by Mroz on Jan 12, 2011 - 17 answers

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