Finding alternative revenue streams is a necessity for business owners trying to weather the recession.
Kyle, Sarasota, Fla.
We've run a dinner theater for three decades, and make most of our money during the tourist season between Thanksgiving and Easter. The rest of the year our audience is local residents. We've been operating at a loss for the last couple of years, and are unable to get a bank loan. We own the land and the theater building, and have put them up for sale with no success. We even closed the theater for two months this summer to save money. We don't know what to do.
Bank vaults have been slammed shut this year to small businesses, but entrepreneurs are pulling cash from other places to get their ventures off the ground.
In the past year, I made two attempts to take out a loan for my startup graphic design business. All banks demand proof that our business is successful and earned money for the past two years. I tried to make them understand that MORE
For retailers that don't want the overhead of stockpiling merchandise, drop shipping can be a cost-saving option.
Mike, Queens, NY
I started a home-based wholesaling business six months ago and got four credit cards totaling $18,000. I was scammed out of $10,000 and invested another $4,000 into a Web site and advertising. Now my cards are almost maxed out, and I need the cash or credit to purchase merchandise. Business people tell MORE
Environmentally friendly practices can help your business grow - and grants and low-interest loans are available to help.
John, Lynnwood, Wash.
"I'm looking to make my auto detail shop very green. Are there any government grants that I could get to convert everything to the greenest detail shop you've ever seen?"
Grants for small companies are almost as rare as unicorns. Here's how to protect yourself against fraud.
Adriana Matteo, Warwick, R.I.
I'd like to start a small business and need a grant to start. How do I go about it and who do I need to contact? Everything seems to be a scam, but I know there are grants out there for young women who want to start a business.
"Factoring" can be a godsend for growing businesses that need to smooth out their cash flow. Here's what you need to know about it.
Gary, San Jose
Can you recommend a reliable factoring company? Is there any factor company that can work with us to invoice our clients using our name, so that our client doesn't know we've factored our receivables?
You can still cut back without shedding staff. Here's how.
Avery Wasoleck, Partner, Lane Office Furniture, New York City
When costs need to be cut, the first thought is often employee layoffs. Is there a more creative way for my business to achieve savings?
A downturn can be a great time to become an entrepreneur - but only if you're prepared, financially and emotionally, to wait out the economic turmoil.
Charlene, Fort Myers, Fla.
I'm interested in buying a small pack-and-ship company. It's for sale for $70,000 with a gross profit of $245,000 a year. As an owner, after making all my bills and deductions, I would make about $60,000. My husband and I want to MORE
If your business is in a target zone, don't miss out on the benefits.
Ros Borden, Miami
My wife and I own a convenience store in a federally designated enterprise zone. We have eight employees and we have owned the store for two years. We are struggling to stay afloat and to hold onto our employees. Can you get us information on how to use this designation to benefit us and our MORE
Internet databases can get you off to a good start, but be prepared to hire someone to help to narrow your search.
Tyler Lowe, St. Louis
I would like to buy or become a controlling partner in a small/medium size business in the St. Louis area. How do I find businesses that are either for sale, or that have owners who would be willing to discuss a sale? My broker MORE