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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

I suck at buying birthday presents. Please help me find a book on home businesses!

I need to find a helpful book about starting home businesses for my friend. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on May 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Please tell me why this business idea will or won't work

I have an idea for a small local business. However, I want honest feedback from a group of my peers about whether or not it's viable or marketable. That's where you come in... [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Apr 1, 2009 - 18 answers

setting up a bank account for a small business

Help me make sure I am setting things up properly dealing with invoices and checking accounts as a small business. [more inside]
posted by bingo on Mar 29, 2009 - 5 answers

$50k for a small business, what do you got?

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]
posted by ibechase on Mar 20, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I identify a company that develops online registration/scheduling software?

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]
posted by ewiley28 on Mar 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me revive the arts in my comatose little town

How should I go about buying/starting/running a small business? [more inside]
posted by Spike on Feb 25, 2009 - 14 answers

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

For this pilates studio owner, marketing is a stretch...

Ideas for marketing a new pilates studio in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Feb 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Small mobile development start up looking for advice on becoming an LLC and paying freelacers.

Small mobile development start up looking for advice on becoming an LLC and paying freelacers. [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo on Jan 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Marketing filter: How to find potential clients for freelance medical writing?

Marketing filter: How to find potential clients for freelance medical writing? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jan 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Sure, I'll work for you. Now what?

I was just offered a great opportunity but need to flesh out the details. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by platinum on Jan 8, 2009 - 4 answers

I'd help your mom if you asked.

I am looking for an online document storage/document sharing service that is HIPAA compliant. [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Jan 7, 2009 - 3 answers

To buy or not no buy.. Jugo Juice franchise?

Would you share any experience or advice as Jugo Juice franchisee? [more inside]
posted by cst on Jan 6, 2009 - 4 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

People cooperating complicatedly?

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]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Close profitable busienss in bad economy?

Wife down about economy wants to close business. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2008 - 20 answers

I swear, I am not this stupid.

I'm in over my head, and I just need a system that will help me do some very, very simple accounting. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Nov 15, 2008 - 5 answers

bidness

Best resources for writing business plans? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Nov 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Is Citysearch effective?

Should I pay to advertise on Citysearch? [more inside]
posted by vito90 on Oct 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Bank of America phone calls

Bank of America used my business phone number on a letter they sent out to customers. Now I am getting endless phone calls from their customers. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 on Oct 15, 2008 - 18 answers

Need a Primer on Print Shops

What should I be looking for in a print shop? Any recommendations for print shops in the Greater Toronto / Hamilton area? Online print shops based in Canada (or with cheap shipping to Canada) would probably work too. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Oct 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Escaping the grind

My friend works in database applications each day to create in house reports. He's bored and wants to go it alone. [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Sep 3, 2008 - 0 answers

Help me make sense of small businss tax forms!

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]
posted by kmtiszen on Aug 27, 2008 - 1 answer

What Do Dog Owners Want?

Help me to be the best dog trainer possible to my clients! Tell me what you look for in a dog trainer, and what you hope the experience will be like. Tell me your best and worst experiences. I teach group classes in basic and advanced obedience, work with owners whose dogs have serious behavior problems like aggression and anxiety, and everything in between, so all feedback is helpful. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Aug 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Accepting Credit Cards On The Go

I need a solution to accept credit cards on the go. [more inside]
posted by Pinwiz on Jun 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Promotional/Personalized Items for a Small Business?

Where can I buy personalized pens and polo shirts in low quantities - like a dozen or two? [more inside]
posted by allthingsbright on Jun 26, 2008 - 10 answers

Email Marketing

I'm a dog trainer. Almost 100% of the potential clients who telephone me sign up for lessons. Far fewer, about 40% of the people who email me, sign up for lessons. The other 60% don't respond to my email. How can I get that other 60% to sign up? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Jun 21, 2008 - 28 answers

Getting started on my own

How do I best set up space to work as a solo graphic designer (furniture, computer equipment, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jun 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Day's never finished...

Facing critical burnout - how do we keep our business on track without killing ourselves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2008 - 24 answers

Easy and cheap voice mail solution please!

My small business needs a permanent phone number with several easily customizable voice mail boxes. [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning on Jun 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Purchasing a retail business

Specific questions, and general advice and suggestions, on purchasing a very prominent, locally owned, retail business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Inspire me with your best personal entrepreneurial story

I'm looking for practical, first-person, inspirational stories of how to launch/bootstrap entrepreneurial ideas with little or no resources. The more specific and detailed, the better. [more inside]
posted by jmnugent on May 27, 2008 - 6 answers

should we switch to a green energy provider?

Should I have our small business switch to a third party green energy provider? We had a salesman for Accent Energy come to our door and he was a bit shady so I told him that I wanted to look into this on my own time. But from what I'm reading online it could be a great way to convert to a more environmentally responsible energy solution. And its Earth Day today too. Our company wants to do what we can to be "green" and we would even pay slightly more to do so, but if a switch to a third party will cost three times as much then we just cant do it. [more inside]
posted by minicloud on Apr 22, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I be better at system administration and helpdesk tasks?

Small company IT administrators, how do you handle users with a wide disparity of technical ability? Users who hate computers? Who don't want to even restart before calling you? Who treat you like your a nerd from a bad teen comedy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2008 - 19 answers

Inventory Management solution

I'm looking for a free or really cheap inventory management system. [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Apr 11, 2008 - 2 answers

I don't understand tea!

How are teabags made? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Apr 9, 2008 - 4 answers

marketing brainstorm forecast: cloudy

I could really use some assistance planning a complete advertising and marketing strategy for my small business in Richmond, VA. The problem is that I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by modernpoverty on Mar 20, 2008 - 5 answers

How do I perform an effective market analysis?

I'm trying to start a small business. Please give me tips on performing market and competition analyses. [more inside]
posted by lunit on Mar 18, 2008 - 5 answers

Small business ecommerce solution?

What is the best(are there any at all?) FREE storefront (Amazon Webstore, Shopify, WebBuilder, and bigcartel )type websites that don't use payment gateways? [more inside]
posted by s01110011 on Feb 18, 2008 - 4 answers

DNS set up

I need help setting up email addresses and DNS service for a business. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Feb 5, 2008 - 19 answers

What's the perfect app to track expenses?

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?
posted by mathowie on Jan 31, 2008 - 7 answers

shareable contact management solution?

I'm looking for a shareable/collaborative Contact and Calendar Management program. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Jan 30, 2008 - 3 answers

Hire Me!

Tell me some great, effective ways to market my dog training business. For example, how do I promote myself to veterinary clinics who don't know me yet? What will really help me get my name out there? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Jan 27, 2008 - 12 answers

What cheap software or webapps can I recommend to help my friend manage her small business?

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]
posted by abkadefgee on Dec 13, 2007 - 8 answers

Looking for financing to start a small business

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?
posted by amysk on Dec 3, 2007 - 19 answers

Multitasking CPA?

I am looking for a person/firm in southeastern Michigan who will do a great job preparing my personal income taxes (including small business expenses) AND file an LLC for me. [more inside]
posted by Eringatang on Dec 1, 2007 - 1 answer

How much money do I need to save for my new business to take off without a hitch?

How much money do I need to start my business? And am I foolish to think I will be able to do this?? [more inside]
posted by bacall423 on Nov 7, 2007 - 22 answers

Hold my hand through the world of e-commerce.

What inexpensive web hosting would you recommend for my super small business? Oh, and how does the shopping cart thing work anyway? [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx on Oct 11, 2007 - 19 answers

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