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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

How to do a small business Vista rollout?

Is there a good document to help with determining the proper timing, method, and/or budget for installing Vista at a small business? [more inside]
posted by birchhook on Aug 18, 2007 - 9 answers

'Network' management improvements for a small business needed.

Suggestions to improve 'Network' management for a small business? See for more details. [more inside]
posted by wylde21 on Aug 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Good small business blogs and podcasts?

What are some great small business blogs and podcasts? [more inside]
posted by __ on Aug 6, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me find insurance for my home-based ebay business

Help me find a insurance company that will cover my home-based ebay business. [more inside]
posted by nmogno on Aug 1, 2007 - 3 answers

How much does it cost to open a guitar store?

How much does it cost to open a guitar store? [more inside]
posted by Benjy on Jul 18, 2007 - 12 answers

What is the best web host for an e-mail dependent small business?

What is the best web host for an e-mail dependent small business? Are you using it yourself? [more inside]
posted by peetle on Jul 17, 2007 - 16 answers

Best small business bank

Best bank for a small business? [more inside]
posted by Otis on Jun 4, 2007 - 3 answers

Which bank for a small business.

I am looking for a bank account for a small (professional services) business in Arizona.. [more inside]
posted by cowmix on May 26, 2007 - 4 answers

Do I have to be a citizen of the US to register a small business?

Do I have to be a citizen of the US to register a small business? I want to keep everything legit and above-board and recently I have been thinking of registering a small business to represent all the online activities that make me money, like hosting a couple of people, designing and fixing wordpress blogs etc. The question is - do I have to be a US citizen to register myself as a small business. [more inside]
posted by carthik on May 13, 2007 - 15 answers

Who pays -- business or employee?

Small-business dilemma involving a company with three owners who have an agreement to split profit three ways. Owner A needs new laptop and wants to expense it to the business, as 99% of business is run/done online. Owner B thinks laptop should come out of A's share of the $ and not be counted as a business expense unless Owners A B & C all get laptops. Who should pay for the new computer? The business? Or should the cost of the laptop be subtracted from A's earnings?
posted by youarejustalittleant on Apr 7, 2007 - 20 answers

Please, Please, Please can we get Universal Health Coverage

I'm going to be opening a restaurant soon, and I want to provide health insurance to our employees. Will my health and pre-existing conditions be a factor in the type of insurance and rates that we can get? [more inside]
posted by saffry on Mar 1, 2007 - 4 answers

Who should we hire to secure our network in NoVA?

Network Security: I'm looking for recommendations for an individual or company that can come check out our network and make sure it's secure. In Sterling, VA (NoVA/DC). [more inside]
posted by sa3z on Dec 27, 2006 - 9 answers

How do we split profits for our startup?

SmallBusiness Filter: I need help with how my business partners and I get paid. [more inside]
posted by xyberspam on Dec 20, 2006 - 3 answers

Small Business Webinars?

I'm looking for an inexpensive webinar service which will also provide call-in teleconferencing. Any other good small business tools which will help with sales [more inside]
posted by Yavsy on Dec 2, 2006 - 3 answers

Insuring employees across state lines

Smallbusinessfilter: Insuring employees across state lines? (Related: Is there an online community devoted to these sorts of queries?) [more inside]
posted by rafter on Nov 16, 2006 - 2 answers

Podcaster's Dilemma

Is anyone selling music or content on iTunes? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Nov 9, 2006 - 14 answers

Best customer database for a small business?

Need to figure out the best kind of database for a small but growing business. MS Access isn't cutting it anymore. Of course there's [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Nov 5, 2006 - 32 answers

Suggestions for someone on the verge of starting a small business

I'm thinking of starting a small business - should I do it? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Oct 26, 2006 - 23 answers

Sales leads for small biz?

Any recommendations for a no b.s. sales lead service for a one person mortgage broker biz? [more inside]
posted by swiffa on Oct 19, 2006 - 1 answer

Rural internet cafe visitors - what are your needs?

What do you/would you expect from an internet cafe in a rural setting, on your vacation? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Oct 14, 2006 - 33 answers

Is reporting a bad check writer defamation?

Client bounces check, and threatens to sue me for defamation when I report it to an industry group. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Oct 7, 2006 - 39 answers

help me help the man

I'm trying to make my new web project legal in California. After reading through the Nolo press book(s), we thought that perhaps the LLC was the best corporate structure (we are going to issue stock and give the primary developer a portion in lieu of payment). While the Federal government taxes LLCs like sole proprietorships - you aren't taxed unless you make profit, and I don't see our profit outpacing our costs for a year - the State of California charges an LLC "tax" (really a fee) of $800, due almost immediately after your incorporation paperwork goes through, so... [more inside]
posted by luriete on Sep 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Best small-business accounting software?

Number-crunchingFilter: What's the best small-business accounting software for a non-accountant? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Sep 3, 2006 - 9 answers

IANABM (I am not a business major), but...

What books and websites should a non-business-major read to learn about the legal and practical aspects of starting a small business partnership in the US (MD, to be exact)? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Aug 27, 2006 - 7 answers

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