An aspiring entrepreneur wonders if academic training in running a business will pay off.
Spate, Orange, Calif.
I am a sophomore in community college. My dream is to launch my own business someday. Now that it's time to choose a major, I'm debating if I should go to a prestigious school and major in entrepreneurial studies or major in engineering or something else to acquire a set of skills first, since I will most likely work for a company and build up some capital before I can open a business. What do you think? Is majoring in entrepreneurship a good choice?
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
Selling sweet treats can be a fast way to make extra cash, but the road to doing it legally is paved with bureaucracy.
Ana, Dartmouth, Mass.
I'm thinking about making some truffles (chocolate and peanut butter), putting a flyer together, passing it to friends at work and selling to them. I'm making them at home. Do I need to get a business license or a food license?
A guide to breaking big in Apple's very crowded market.
Keeven Kuate Konga, Tempe
What steps do I take in order to make a big jump in the iPhone application industry? I have found an app designer. I know the basics, but is there any other information other than what's given on Apple's Web site?
Have a hot idea for an educational software product? Here's how successful entrepreneurs have cracked the market.
Ernest L. Leisner, Buffalo
I have created a word game that I would like to transform into an educational video game. I believe it can go a long way to help improve the dismal illiteracy rate in our schools. I have many aspects of a proposal in place and I'd like to find a government MORE
Registering your company's name as a trademark isn't legally required, but it can pay off down the road.
I am starting a clothing company and need to copyright the brand name. What is the best way to do this on a tight budget?
If your company is stalled, a coach could be the catalyst you need.
Darrin Lugash, Houston
I have a business in theory, but haven't seen any action in it. I'm working full-time in my former trade while I wait for my business to take off. I'm not sure where to get help - when is it time to hire a business coach? What should I look for in a coach, MORE
You don't get a tax break on money you borrow - but the interest you pay on your loans is fair game for deduction.
Bryanne Goetz, Orlando
I started a business from home this year. Can I write off the money that was loaned to me to start the company?
Is a court likely to uphold a restrictive noncompete agreement? It depends on where you live.
Ryan H. from Fort Wayne, Ind.
When I started my current job, I signed a noncompete agreement without really reading it. After reading it in full, I discovered that it sounds like they're trying to keep me out of the entire Web design industry, anywhere in the U.S., for two years after leaving. I MORE
Our experts try to jump-start a struggling auto services venture.
Eddie Freeman II, Lube N Go Michigan!, Mich.
I started a mobile oil change business. We change your vehicle's oil at your location, work or home, for $24.95. I am having trouble launching the business - the phone is just not ringing, and I am having no luck with fleet businesses. I've tried word-of-mouth marketing and handing out fliers. I started MORE
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