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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

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

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