5 Things You Must Know About Franchising -- But That You Won't Find Online

In order to get a full, three-dimensional view of which business is right for you, you'll have to look beyond the Internet.

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Can I Pay a Part-Timer for Additional Piece Work?

Can I pay a current W-2, 1099 employee for piece work separately from his main part-time hourly responsibilities? This work would be blog articles to be written away from the office with no direction, and then we'd decide which articles to buy. Is there a better way to handle this? Our business is in Oregon, in case our state is pertinent.

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How Can I Advertise on a Budget?

I'm starting a talent-show business. What are some free or low-cost ways to advertise? I'm based in Chicago, if that helps.

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How Do I Force Out My Partner?

I'm a one-third owner of an LLC. One partner is not pulling her weight and we want her to go. If she, the partner, isn't willing to be bought out, what are my options?

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How Long Must I Hold a Job for an Employee on Medical Leave?

I have an employee who was released from work with a doctor's note for an undisclosed amount of time. It has been over 180 days and there has been no contact from this employee as to when or if they will be returning to work. I am not sure how long I have to hold their position or job. With economic times as they are, their services are not needed anymore. But I do not want to terminate their employment illegally. Also, since this employee has not contacted me or return phone call placed to them regarding their status, can this be considered "job abandonment"?

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A Look at Three E-Mail Newsletter Tools

If you're just starting with e-newsletters or need a change, here's a rundown of some options.

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How Subway Got to 33,000 Restaurants: 6 Lessons for Entrepreneurs

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10 Ways to Strengthen Referral Relationships

Building good will and credibility among referral sources can benefit your business, as well as theirs.

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Eight Tips for Surviving A Sales Slump

For many businesses the first few months of the year are a slow time. So here are eight tips for making the offseason more productive.

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Don't Hand Off the Chief Sales Officer Job

When it comes to making sales and winning over investors, don't sell yourself short.

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Four Tips for Subleasing Office Space

Those offices you're paying for and not using can bring in some extra cash. But being a landlord can be tricky business.

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