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24 Nov I recently started a cleaning business and am having trouble getting more customers. I’ve tried handing out flyers, but that doesn’t seem to be helping. How can I get more customers?

When you say “more customers,” that implies that you have some to begin with. If that's the case, then you have the seeds of new customers already. Start giving referral bonuses to your current customers if they bring new people to your business. Let them...

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24 Nov I own a store where I fix and sell refurbished laptops and I find that I’m making most of my money fixing laptops and spending most of it selling them. What should I do?

This is an excellent question because it applies to so many business owners that simply don’t know what business they’re in. I don’t mean to sound insulting, but take a moment to actually look at your business and ask yourself what you do. Are you...

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24 Nov What do I need to succeed in business?

There’s no formula for business success. No math will help you except the math on your balance sheet, so don’t look for one. There are some things that can help you, though. Sound management practices, technical support, experience in whatever industry you’re in, and the...

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24 Nov I was thinking about becoming a distributor for the new electronic cigarettes that I read about. But I also heard that the FDA had put some sort of a hold on their import. Is there something I need to do to be allowed to import these from Hong Kong for distribution?

For now, I would suggest finding another potential business. While e-cigarettes are currently sold nationwide in over 4000 retail outlets, the FDA's findings show that they contain nitrosamines (which are the carcinogens found in regular cigarettes anyway) and diethylene glycol, the poisonous part of antifreeze....

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24 Nov If your company is not large enough to hire a full-time IT support person, how do you address your technology issues, such as networking systems, maintenance, support questions, patches, and learning about new technology?

There are several ways to go about this. The first and most cost-effective is to simply contract your need as it may be needed, if you’re not able to learn it or dedicate the time for it yourself. Look at IT services that hire on...

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