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Should I Sell My Franchise?

I have had my franchise business for two years and we're struggling. Should I sell, hire someone to run it or close my doors?

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Is it OK to Ask Hourly Workers to Not Work on Holidays?

Our company has paid holidays for salaried employees and we ask the hourly workers to not work on those days. This means, of course, that they don't...

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10 Business Investments to Make Now

Business owners reveal the expenditures that paid off -- big-time.

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How Can I Get More Site Traffic?

I run a niche construction company doing earthquake retrofitting. This is a one-and-done service. How can I get more site visitors and better...

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How Can I Avoid the Pitfalls of Paying Commission?

I will be running my windshield-repair business. I'm a university student and plan to hire students for summer jobs. My vision is to have each one...

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How Do I Make a Sales Forecast?

I'm looking for guidance for making a sales forecast to present to possible financial backers. I have three years' sales experience, but no marketing...

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What's the Best Way to Find Quality Leads?

Is there a better way to generate quality leads besides cold-calling? I cold-call hospitals, medical centers and related companies, selling medical...

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What Regulations Do I Need to Consider Before Opening a Restaurant?

What regulations and laws do I need to know about when opening a restaurant?

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Do You Need a Business Plan Before Starting a Company?

This is a question from my class. This is to any entrepeneur out there. Also, tell me if you had any assistance with your business plan as well.

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How Can an Ordinary Person Get a Grant to Buy or Start a Business?

I want to build or buy a carwash and or a laundromat. There are thousands for sale nationwide, but I don't have the means to buy one. Seems as if...

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How Can I Find Investors When I'm Just Starting Out?

I'm launching a part-time business while still a student. Where do I start looking for backers?

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How Can I Improve Lunch Sales?

We're an upscale fine-dining Chinese restaurant near a university but far from office parks. We are open 12 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. We rarely have...

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How Do I Produce a Prototype While Protecting My Idea?

I have an idea for a product that I know will sell well, but how do I produce a prototype while protecting my idea?

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How Do You Know When It's Time to Quit?

I have been in business with my brother since 1993. The business has kept a roof over my head and has provided for my family's essentials. However,...

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How Should I Evaluate a Franchise Opportunity?

How should an aspiring business owner evaluate a franchise opportunity?

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I Have an Idea for a Change to Facebook. How Can I Protect My Idea?

I have an idea for a change/addition to Facebook that I think would be huge. It also requires very little new site development to accommodate. It...

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What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Your LLC to Be a Member of Another LLC?

I am the sole owner of an LLC. I am entering another business venture -- a 50/50 ownership -- with a friend and we are forming a second LLC in an...

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What nondisclosure forms can protect my business plans when pitching investors?

I'm headed into a business meeting for a website launch and need to maintain the rights to the planning while presenting the idea to potential...

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What's the Best Way to Add Limited Partners for a Bar?

What is the best way to structure taking on limited investors for a restaurant/bar looking to expand? I would like to consider offering investment...

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Which Franchises Are Hot Right Now?

I want a sexy business that will do well in this market, but how do I know which franchise business will work? There are so many franchises to look...

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Do I Need a License to Run a Chat Site?

Is a business license required for running an online video chat website even if the website is free to users and profit comes from advertisements?

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Freemium: Is the Price Right for Your Company?

The try-before-you-buy business model can work -- if you can monetize your offerings.

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How Can I Attract Wealthy Clients?

I own a five-year-old residential cleaning service and have tried every advertising medium with no luck in acquiring well-to-do clients. I currently...

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How Can I Avoid the Hard Sell from Franchisors?

I have been researching franchises on the Internet, in print and through peers who are owners. I haven't yet spoken with actual franchisors. I don't...

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How Can I Find a Manufacturer for a Product?

How can I find the right manufacturer for the products I've designed?

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How Do You Know When to Quit Your Job to Launch Your Business?

How do you know it's time to leave your comfortable job and start your own business?

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Would Studying Politics Help Me in Business?

Do you think studying politics would help me if I want to eventually lead my father's company?

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What's the Best Course of Study for Would-Be Restauranteurs?

What type of education do you suggest if I wanted to venture into the restaurant business? Are there specific training courses needed to get a better...

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