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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

Is a NAS box a viable alternative to a Windows Server?

Could/should a tiny NGO abandon the Windows server model (which is probably overkill for our simple needs) and just go with a NAS box for file sharing? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Jan 11, 2011 - 7 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

How can the size of a potential market be accurately estimated?

How can I conduct research into whether or not there would be any interest for a paid tutorial website? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 30, 2010 - 8 answers

I need a website, but I don't want to be the Client From Hell

Paid for web design services for a very small business webpage on the 3rd of December. It's not done yet... [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern on Dec 25, 2010 - 7 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

Help me help my website.

How can I improve my small business's website? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Nov 1, 2010 - 12 answers

How to grow at a small company?

I'm a developer and I'm looking for career advice on whether or not to stay at my current company or move on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Internet business internet taxes international appeal

Help with website revenue taxation/company setup. International complications ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 - 2 answers

I need a small business lawyer in the SF Bay area

Looking for a good small business lawyer in the SF Bay area [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants on Oct 25, 2010 - 1 answer

Recommendations for a discrimination lawyer in Chicago?

Asking for a friend: Recommendations for a good discrimination lawyer in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 on Sep 13, 2010 - 5 answers

You're fired...?

Should we fire our newly-hired employee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2010 - 32 answers

Best combo for desired workflow?

WebDevFilter: What software combo will give me the workflow I need? Difficulty: Wordpress and invoicing. [more inside]
posted by shopefowler on Aug 4, 2010 - 0 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

Magic business suite for artists: share your spells

Asking-for-my-girlfriend: What are some good tools (project management, CRM, accounting) for an artist starting a business selling printed textiles on Etsy? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Aug 1, 2010 - 1 answer

How to insure my small business?

I'm starting a business out of my rented house. What kind of insurance do I need? I'm in Nova Scotia. [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas on Jul 23, 2010 - 1 answer

Ownership. I wants it.

I want to open a bar in San Francisco. This is my first step. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Jul 22, 2010 - 14 answers

Growing up/out.

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]
posted by chasing on Jul 9, 2010 - 7 answers

We'd rather reign in hell than serve in heaven!

My girlfriend and I are looking to start a small business. We're new-ish college grads (2008 and 2009, respectively) that don't want to wait for the recession/depression/Lost Decade to end, we're willing to put in the work and research, and we've got a small source of financing. Help us out! Special snowflakage included. [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Jun 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Do florists need refrigerated vans?

Do florists need refrigerated vans? How do they keep flowers looking fresh without one?
posted by coco124 on Jun 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Anyone in Seattle want to make their own pajama pants?

Now that I'm freshly unemployed, I'm thinking about teaching sewing lessons out of my apartment. I'm in Seattle, and my target demographic would likely be young adults on the hipster spectrum, like myself, and perhaps kids 8 and above. What do I need to consider about 1. the business side of an enterprise like that (bookkeeping, taxes, advertising, setting prices, etc.), 2. keeping things safe and pleasant while inviting basically strangers into my home. Bonus item 3. what would you want your lessons to be like if you were my student? [more inside]
posted by doift on May 21, 2010 - 14 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

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

How do I find clients for my newly-launched time management consulting firm?

How do I get clients for my newly-launched time management consulting firm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2010 - 8 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

Should my company pay for sample 8(a) narratives?

Looking for insights, guidance, and advice on the 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business application process - particularly around paying for sample "narrative kits". [more inside]
posted by pants on Feb 10, 2010 - 2 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

How do I go about finding a reasonably good lawyer and CPA in Massachusetts for a small business?

How do I go about finding a reasonably good (and inexpensive) lawyer/cpa for a small business in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Jan 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Small biz accountant recommendation for Seattle metro area

Which small business accountant would you recommend, who works in the Seattle metro area? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 18, 2010 - 1 answer

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

Name my business!

Name my business / consulting service: I've been helping friends and some small businesses get into the social media space - set up blogs, facebook pages, twitter accounts, simple flip video youtube videos, etc. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest on Dec 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Their lovin' don't pay my bills

I'm a freelance writer who's considering suing a client for nonpayment. Before I go there, please give me the benefit of your experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 - 12 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

What was the name of the service that provided you with a free 800 number and credit card processing?

What was the name of the service that provided you with a free 800 number and credit card processing? Their model was that they took a percentage of the credit card fees and you billed your customers through them. It was a very neat way to setup a small service business with almost no overhead. Are they still in business?
posted by thinktwice on Nov 20, 2009 - 6 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

Business Buying Best Practices

I'm a potential small business buyer. I'm unsure about the protocol of dealing with business brokers. [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Sep 24, 2009 - 4 answers

help me create my site!

help me get my Web site up and running through Verio... [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Sep 22, 2009 - 3 answers

How to move to Canada and bring my UK small business with me?

We currently live in the UK and my wife has secured a job in Vancouver, so we're moving to Canada! Yay! However, I am self employed and run my own small business in the UK. All the Canadian Work permit stuff is geared to people who've got a job offer from a Canadian employer, not someone bringing a small business with them. Anyone done this (or something similar) before? Got any advice? [more inside]
posted by dflock on Aug 24, 2009 - 2 answers

At least it was a shit job.

In Queensland, Australia: I've been laid off from a job for which I've never had a contract. No notice, no redundancy payments offered, etc. I'm screwed, right? I imagine so, but just checking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 - 12 answers

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

How can I start making my money work for me instead of spending it?

How can I start making my money work for me instead of spending it? - put my creativity, time and energy in to make money. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jul 20, 2009 - 11 answers

How to choose an accountant.

I am looking for a good accountant in the Milwaukee, WI area. I am starting a two-person LLC, any tips on either what to look for in an accountant or know of good ones in the area?
posted by thebestsophist on Jul 16, 2009 - 1 answer

Better fax solution for small business

Need help improving medium-to-high volume small business faxing. [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on Jun 23, 2009 - 5 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

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