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Which costs can we deduct, if any?

I started a voip company in California, with a friend which we will give up soon. Costs were: dedicated hosting, buying servers, telephony hardware, web hosting, headsets, and our own Internet / cell phone services. My question is, what can we deduct on our taxes, if anything? This seems like it should be a common situation. Oh, and we never registered as a corp or partnership.
posted by lpctstr; on Jul 26, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me prepare to prepare my web project.

I'm in the very early phases of putting together a special-interest web site, which will begin as a blog but could eventually add other features. For at least the first year or two, I expect to lose money on this. Eventually, I hope to cover my costs or maybe even make a small (very small) profit with advertising. What business, tax and technology considerations should I keep in mind as I get going? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jul 23, 2007 - 1 answer

Feasible? Or cuckoo? Where to begin?

My business idea...brilliant, or a waste of time? Have you, or your business, ever needed a service like this? Has any company you worked for ever employed anybody to do this? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny on Jul 11, 2007 - 18 answers

What Constitutes a Verbal Contract?

About a year ago I agreed (verbally) to do some programming work for a startup in exchange for a small amount of equity. In the meantime I've lost faith that this equity will be worth anything. Can I decline to do this work, or have I made a binding verbal contract that I must now fulfill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Why is a hard drive preventing my computer from turning on?

Why is a hard drive preventing my computer from turning on? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay on Jun 11, 2007 - 4 answers

My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do?

My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti on May 30, 2007 - 8 answers

how to get started providing a service via SMS?

i would like to develop services that receive and send sms (text messages). how can i get started, playing around with my ideas? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on May 15, 2007 - 5 answers

Initech is already taken....

How do I name a new company? [more inside]
posted by cschneid on Apr 18, 2007 - 20 answers

Do you know of a "Founder's Forum" for startups?

My wife and I are about to launch a new web startup. This is her second successful venture and I am moving from agency creative to join her. Throughout the process, there are many opportunities to reinvent the wheel and I would love to connect with other people that are putting their nest eggs on the line and taking the web 2.0 leap. I am looking for a "founders forum" for entrepreneurs. Does anyone know of a forum or community that is centered around the trials and tribulations of serious startups?
posted by Occams Hammer on Apr 12, 2007 - 11 answers

What to consider when opening a brewery?

I think my town could support a microbrewery. Where do I start? What are some considerations? [more inside]
posted by Telf on Mar 14, 2007 - 13 answers

how to make the next big site

my friends and i have an idea for an awesome website - the next youtube or myspace. we know what we want it to look like, how we want it to work, the features we want it to have. but (and this is a big but) none of us have the skills to actually make it - or even know if it's possible with current technologies. is the idea worth anything without the technology or code that would bring the idea to fruition? how do we take our ideas to the next level? how to we protect our idea while trying to do this? hoping you can help a few english majors with a dream make it with an internet startup...thanks!
posted by sacho on Mar 11, 2007 - 29 answers

Human resources consulting in Ontario Canada?

Free or cheap human resources consulting for a start up in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Feb 13, 2007 - 1 answer

Help me identify this dotcom boom movie?

What is the name of this movie about a video-streaming startup? [more inside]
posted by mikeyk on Feb 10, 2007 - 13 answers

How to get work at tiny tech startups without knowing a friend-of-a-friend of the founder

In my 8 remaining months before I start at Stanford, I'd like to find a job at a small (1-10 people) tech startup in the Bay Area, preferably Web-related. I have previous experience at this type of company as a Web developer, and I have useful skills. The problem: I don't have a network of people to help me find such a job, and these positions seem to be given to friends-of-friends(-of-friends) of the current employees. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Jan 5, 2007 - 11 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

How can I stop an automatic adobe download?

How can I stop an automatic adobe download? Every time I boot up my computer I get a prompt to download Adobe version 7.0. I already have it on my machine and I use windows XP. I’ve tried to initiate the download, to get rid of the prompt, and I get a message that you already have this version on your machine and the download stops. I’ve tried to uninstall version 7.0 and reinstall it and that doesn’t work either. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by orlin on Dec 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Where can I have a meeting in New York?

Where can I find office space by the hour in NYC? [more inside]
posted by crickets on Nov 30, 2006 - 6 answers

Crazy Startup Shiznit

I'm checking over the health of a friend's Dell laptop. In System Information -> Software Environment -> Startup Programs, she has thousands of entries, consisting of all the files in the system32 folder. These entries are duplicated under the user names .DEFAULT and NTAUTHORITY\SYSTEM, and are in location "Startup". Is this a problem, why are the entries there, should I delete them, and how?
posted by Arcaz Ino on Nov 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Any resources for working with other partners in a startup?

How much should I expect out of partners from a startup, in regards to time and commitment? I am the type who will spend every waking hour researching, working, making contacts, etc. I do not believe my partners are making the same time commitment. Any advice, books or resources on dealing with interpersonal relationships when a startup is in the early phases? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2006 - 16 answers

No lawyer jokes, please...

What should I be asking and looking for while meeting with potential corporate lawyers and tax people? What should I expect from them during these meetings? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 6, 2006 - 2 answers

Why is my car making an odd noise?

My '96 Civic is making a peculiar noise when I start it up in the morning. [more inside]
posted by fermion on Nov 2, 2006 - 14 answers

What is the name of the programmer who killed himself?

I read this article a few years ago about a Silicon Valley programmer who committed suicide after getting rich off a startup. I can't remember the name of the programmer but I do remember some of the details. Does anyone know this story? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Oct 27, 2006 - 9 answers

Can't we negotiate?

After only a week or so of job search, I've been offered a software development position at a little startup that does almost exactly what I want to do. Seriously, I cannot imagine a more ideal group to work for. I'm supposed to contact them next week to discuss terms and salary. However, during the interview, some of the statements seemed to imply that they didn't have the budget to satisfy my requested salary. I really want to work for these folks, but don't want to sell myself short. Can you think of creative suggestions I might make during negotiations to make up the difference? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Oct 27, 2006 - 19 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

What does an Advisory Board do?

What is an Advisory Board and what does it do? [more inside]
posted by o2b on Oct 19, 2006 - 1 answer

business development and the developer

When to bring a business development person into a startup? [more inside]
posted by peptide on Oct 10, 2006 - 6 answers

Hiring at a bootstrapping startup company?

StartupFilter: A two-person software startup wants to bring on two developers, what can we offer them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2006 - 7 answers

Israeli and Ukranian Developers?

Where do I find lists of Ukranian and Israeli Web developers with own Web services/products? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Oct 3, 2006 - 4 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

Advice on a Starting a Furniture Rental Business

I am a college student looking to start up a furniture rental business for University students but don't exactly know where to start. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by nyu2 on Aug 22, 2006 - 13 answers

Selling an ERP to the boss.

How do I convince the boss that we need to deploy an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project. [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Aug 16, 2006 - 10 answers

VAIO shutdown - startup issues

Sony VAIO SZ shutdown - startup issues. [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Jul 31, 2006 - 1 answer

Should I bring someone on as a business partner?

Should I bring someone on as a business partner? [more inside]
posted by subpixel on Jul 20, 2006 - 6 answers

How do I find investors?

How do I find investors to pitch my startup plan to? [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down on Jul 4, 2006 - 17 answers

How can I go after my backstabbing business partner?

What can I do about a business partner who ran off with an idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2006 - 13 answers

Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup?

Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup? I hit the knowledge base, chatted with a tech, ran various tests and tried the basic tricks, but still, no go. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Jun 14, 2006 - 11 answers

Is it possible to bypass a bios password without me knowing? How safe is my data?

I have a desktop that is located in a semi-public place. I have a bios password and a windows password on it. Sometimes I leave it logged out of windows so that I can leave in the middle of a project without restarting everything again. I was wondering how hard it would be to get my data? Short of stealing the actual hardware, is there a way to get past a bios password and access my data without me knowing? (From what I understand, resetting the cmos would clear the password so I would know if someone got in.) Also, is it possible to get in if I leave it logged out of windows with a password? How safe is my data?
posted by D Wiz on Jun 5, 2006 - 28 answers

How can I leverage my potential business partner 's interest and solidify a business idea?

Hello. Here’s the lowdown: I’m the senior sound designer / managing director for a leading international sound library company who’s been successfully running a company that doesn’t belong to me for 6 years. I’ve exhausted this opportunity, as the company is limited in its ability to grow due to the owners methods. In short, although I still have my job (and could have it forever, so to speak), I need to get out. I’m striving to create an opportunity for myself (and potentially for some of the other amazing employees I’ve hired who are looking for better opportunities) by starting a new company, and I must act now as I am not getting any younger.. I’ve been thinking this through for almost 6 months now, and something seeming great has just happened. Can you help me make the most out of it? [more inside]
posted by AdInfinitum on May 25, 2006 - 13 answers

Business-starting for idiots

I have several questions about starting a business. [more inside]
posted by medusa on May 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Can I setup a program in OSX to only run at login on a specific day of the week?

Can I setup a program in OSX to only run at login on a specific day of the week? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Apr 29, 2006 - 12 answers

Why should(n't) I officially start a business?

What are the advantages, disadvantages, and Important Things To Know about officially starting a business? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 28, 2006 - 17 answers

Where can I find a partner for my business?

Where can I find a partner to help me build a business based on a Web service? I'm 18, I'm not going to be in college for at least a year, and I can fund the venture for 6+ months out-of-pocket. But the programming is far too much work for just one person. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Feb 26, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me grow my small computer repair business?!?!

I need advice about taking my side business to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos on Feb 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Ever worked for a start-up?

Ever worked for a start-up? I'd like to hear about your experience and get your advice. [more inside]
posted by Sully6 on Dec 21, 2005 - 24 answers

Help me ask for a raise.

I'm a developer in the US and I make about $46k. For my position in my zip code, salary.com says that I should make around $60k. Help me ask for a raise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2005 - 10 answers

What do I need as proof of stock ownership in a startup?

I have been offered shares in a business (a startup) in exchange for work I have done for them. I have nothing in writing yet. What do I need to get from them to prove at a later date I own this stake in their company? [more inside]
posted by banished on Oct 12, 2005 - 10 answers

Online legal-ese?

Is there a good online source for generic legal-ese? I am starting a business and I need to draft corporate bylaws, stock certificates, and a terms of service agreement. I would like to do this without involving a lawyer, if possible. [more inside]
posted by nyterrant on Oct 1, 2005 - 6 answers

MetaStartup

After much soul searching, and a few good quotes on the green, I have decided to start nurturing a small web 2.0 company serving a small niche on the longtail. I have serendipitously stumbled upon an idea that I can't stop thinking about, am confident about, and am truly passionate about! I would like to think I am a saavy developer, marketer, and communicator. Unfortunately I am plain ole' dum when it comes to legal frameworks, financial structures, and graphic design. I am in the middle of the ocean, and quality services here are prohibitively expensive. Where can I find a good onshore lawyer, accountant, insurer, and graphic designer to solve my Rubik's cube? Are there soup-to-nuts consultancies that incubate small software startups like this? I need a wide array of advice and help concering: Advantages of onshore vs. offshore physical incorporation and data hosting, choosing a beneficial incorporation structure ( LLC, Partnership, etc. ), understanding my obligations and liabilities to subscribing customers, painless financial management, beautiful multiple-themed CSS templates for pre-existing XHTML pages, and stylish custom icon sets. I have devoted a bit of capital to this and would like to wisely invest in cool people that will complement my inadequacies. Can anyone steer me towards any quality sites, services, or partners to clear these important functions off my entreprenurial plate? In the spirit of Open-source, upon incorporation, I will issue an equity position in my company to the best lead.
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 28, 2005 - 4 answers

Help me write my own ticket!

I've been recruited to help start a company. Help me write my own ticket. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2005 - 4 answers

Ecommerce Startup Costs

I am trying to find good sources on estimating the startup costs for an ecommerce site. My googlefu is not working, as all the sites I find are trying to sell me affiliations, books, etc. and are not 'real' resources. [more inside]
posted by juggler on May 18, 2005 - 2 answers

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