Industry: Retail

  • How to go global

    An Indian textile business checks with Ask FSB's experts for advice on international expansion.

    Abhiram, New York City I have a handloom and textile business in India and I would like to start an import/export business in New York City this year. Can you suggest a good book on how to get started and be profitable? I want to start with the least burden. I want insight into the problems, and MORE

    Jun 20, 2008 10:09 AM ET
  • The high cost of doing business with Wal-Mart

    A small apparel manufacturer struggles to comply with the giant retailer's requirements.

    Carolyn Deason, San Antonio, Texas
    I got lucky and showed my shirts to Wal-Mart locally. They love them, and one store has already ordered $2,700 worth of shirts and plans to order more this month. Other stores wish to order as well. I am a home-based business, very small, in business less than a year. Wal-Mart pays their MORE

    Jun 12, 2008 11:23 AM ET
  • Do I need a license to sell on the Internet?

    What paperwork you'll need varies widely by location.

    Chuck Jones, Akron, Ohio Dear FSB: Do I need a license to sell retail clothing via the Internet and word of mouth? There's no storefront involved.

    Jun 2, 2008 9:21 AM ET
  • Need a loan? Don't let bad credit get in the way

    The micro-finance industry is helping entrepreneurs bypass banks.

    Jennifer, Kent, W.A. Dear FSB: I have my own gift-basket business and a janitorial business that I run with my husband. We are having trouble securing business capital. Our business is an LLC and we have a tax ID number and a business account with deposits averaging at least $7,000 a month. We are in the process of repairing our credit due to fraudulent MORE

    May 23, 2008 11:39 AM ET
  • How to stand out on the Internet

    Geri is launching a Web site for her business. How can her site stand out amongst a sea of e-commerce? Share your ideas here.

    May 15, 2008 11:54 AM ET
  • Should I relocate my bra business from the suburbs to the city?

    Patti is considering relocating her bra business to the city to increase foot traffic. Should Patti relocate? If not, how can she increase foot traffic?

    Apr 22, 2008 1:56 PM ET
  • How to get your product on Whole Foods' shelves

    Marissa asked FSB's advice on how to get her natural food line off the ground. Where can Marissa sell her natural food products?

    Apr 14, 2008 5:02 PM ET
  • How Can I Write Off Defective Imports?

    Christopher wants to know how to handle write offs for defective imports on his taxes. Do you have experience with defective imports? How did you handle the situation?

    Apr 14, 2008 4:44 PM ET
  • How can we sell in big retail stores?

    How can Rebecca get her product into retail stores? Share your advice for Bug Catcherz here.

    Apr 10, 2008 2:11 PM ET
  • Signs of the times

    Jorge needs help finding customers for his sign walker business. Do you have any tips for him?

    Mar 20, 2008 9:44 AM ET
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