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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

Can my VA employer pay for individual health insurance?

Can my Virginia employer, a small business/sole proprietorship, pay for my individually-issued health insurance premium? [more inside]
posted by 88nemeth on Jun 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Moxie Cinema blog is great -other examples in other industries?

What blogs/sites like Moxie Cinema offer similar insights and real discussion of the business elements of their operations? Cafes, restaurants, book shops, video stores, bars, widget makers, whatever! [more inside]
posted by bystander on Jun 11, 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

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


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


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

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