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.
Even in a recession, savvy retailers can boost their business.
The Flower Lady, Suwanee, Ga.
How does a florist sell more in this economy? We changed our business to designing weddings and events only, as the everyday flowers are not selling. We had to throw out too much product at the end of the week -- flowers are perishable!
Sales don't just wander in your front door. Here's how to cultivate up a steady stream of shoppers.
Sanjay, Huntington, N.Y.
We have a retail shop of clothing and jewelry. I sit all day waiting for the customers. How can I utilize that time on my computer, and do something that will generate extra cash for my business?
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
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Jorge needs help finding customers for his sign walker business. Do you have any tips for him?Mar 20, 2008 9:44 AM ET
Jaci is considering using Facebook as a marketing tool. Do you use Facebook, MySpace, or other types of social networking for your small business? What do you think about it?Mar 18, 2008 9:39 AM ET
Tim is trying to sell his healthy snacks to airlines. Have any other suggestions as to how he can do this?Mar 17, 2008 9:06 AM ET
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