https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/rss/13581/feed en Franchise business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/franchise-business Please advise on how to start up a franchise business, specifically entities similar to yogurt land, tutti fruitti, etc. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/franchise-business#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:26:38 +0000 Malani 1113663 at https://www.sba.gov/community Exporting from Homebased https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/exporting-homebased Hi Community Looking for Manufacturers who can offer Products for Exports[USA BASED] Like to make contacts with Homebased Exporters who can share some pointers Thank you. Jay https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/exporting-homebased#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:00:34 +0000 abcofficesupply 1113627 at https://www.sba.gov/community MOVED: How to get the word out about a home-based business? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/moved-how-get-word-out-about-home-based-business This post has been moved to “Marketing & Advertising [1]”. [1] https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/how-get-word-out-about-home-based-business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/moved-how-get-word-out-about-home-based-business#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:31:55 +0000 jecheve78 1113732 at https://www.sba.gov/community PLEASE HELP - INTERNET ABUSE BY ANONYMOUS . https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/please-help-internet-abuse-anonymous Help is sought to find preferably a private expert in the Google Platform where my company and myself personally have been attacked by one individual for over 7 years non stop . This is a revengeful client who couldn't accept policy and has spent years defaming myself and family under several different aliases. The information posted is based on lies and exaggeration and is quite frankly horrific One of the sites is 'PISSED CONSUMER' where she has posted death wishes and the other listings simply attack myself and daughter personally and via my business blogs. The listings have destroyed my business . Does anyone know how to handle this , correct the situation or to resolve it in any way. I would be MOST GRATEFUL for any help from all, outside Australia and even the world . I am prepared to pay well if the job can be done to satisfaction Thank you James https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/please-help-internet-abuse-anonymous#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:51:08 +0000 James Andronicos 1112331 at https://www.sba.gov/community Motion Design https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/motion-design Joined SBA today, so please excuse the questions I raise as redundant. I've been finding it difficult to label the animation services that I provide as a contractor and ideally as a company and consultant. Motion graphics is a broad field which encompasses Graphic Design, Video Production, VFX and Animation. A Motion Designer can be referred to a filmmaker, animator, designer or artist. I hope to update this thread with some relevant or rather industry specific information. Any help categorizing this market would be apprecaited. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/motion-design#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:53:27 +0000 chrisrbernal 1113441 at https://www.sba.gov/community MOVED: Consultant & Seminar Facilitator - Senior Care Assisted Living Start-Ups https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/moved-consultant-seminar-facilitator-senior-care-assisted-living-start-ups This post has been moved to “Marketing & Advertising [1]”. [1] https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/consultant-seminar-facilitator-senior-care-assisted-living-start-ups https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/moved-consultant-seminar-facilitator-senior-care-assisted-living-start-ups#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:03:22 +0000 faith936 1113573 at https://www.sba.gov/community Non emergency medical https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/non-emergency-medical <p>Hello, I live in Houston Tx and have been looking into starting a non emergency medical transportation company, but I have no idea on where to get started. I know there are permits, liscensing, etc... that is needed but I have no idea on where to begin. If someone could point me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated.....Thanks</p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/non-emergency-medical#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:47:39 +0000 Desmond24 70181 at https://www.sba.gov/community Additional Blogs for Both Myself and Employees https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/additional-blogs-both-myself-and-employees <p>I'm trying to create a sense of entrepreneurship in our small office. We just brought on a new employee and want him to understand the various facets of running a business. In conjunction with opening him up to this forum, do you recommend any other interactive websites regarding entrepreneurial topics? </p> <p>Thanks in advance. </p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/additional-blogs-both-myself-and-employees#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:05:53 +0000 ksundheim 71401 at https://www.sba.gov/community travel costs for private therapy practice https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/travel-costs-private-therapy-practice I am wondering how you come up with the amount to charge clients when you travel for work? This would be traveling to see small groups (about 15) for mentorship and counseling. I know my costs and what I need to charge for my work per hour or client but I'm not clear on how many clients I need. In other words, this is about how to price my time, not an item. These trips also help me network and gain future phone clients. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/travel-costs-private-therapy-practice#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:01:45 +0000 EmilyJWaymire 1112591 at https://www.sba.gov/community MOVED: Anyone Familiar with Pro Insurance Managers Inc.? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/moved-anyone-familiar-with-pro-insurance-managers-inc This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/anyone-familiar-with-pro-insurance-managers-inc https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-amp-home-based-business/moved-anyone-familiar-with-pro-insurance-managers-inc#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:51:34 +0000 dothistoday 1113412 at https://www.sba.gov/community MOVED: How important is it to create social media profiles for a small business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/moved-how-important-it-create-social-media-profiles-small-business <div class="moved-placeholder">This post has been moved to &ldquo;<a href="/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/how-important-it-create-social-media-profiles-small-business" title="Marketing &amp; Advertising">Marketing &amp; Advertising</a>&rdquo;.</div> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/moved-how-important-it-create-social-media-profiles-small-business#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Tue, 03 Feb 2015 21:15:29 +0000 groupon-clone 1113161 at https://www.sba.gov/community A website is a must for the Home Based Business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/website-must-home-based-business <p>I know myself very well the constraints of having a home based business. There are many issues at hand including the costs, family, time, dedication, the negative influence of others close to you, and the list can go on forever. No matter what you are doing in the home based business world the one thing that will make the difference is none other than you! You have to be prepared emotionally for all that is listed above and more. Having a website is an essential tool to getting the work out there, let's face it hoe often are you distracted during the day by something like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+? Very few of us can deny this happens. What your missing here is the perfect way to harness your distractions and turn them into a positive result for your business. In a website you can incorporate a blog auto feed this to your social networks and write about your passion (Your Business) and at the same time build an amazing web around your home business. You also need to treat your business like a business. Dedicate a time to start and a time to end, wake up and get dressed (Dress for success) you never know if today is the day you might meet that one connection that will break down that wall and be the driving force you need to leave everyone and everything that hindered you in the dust. A website should be one of the first things you develop for your business. You can always direct potential clients to a website and they can send referrals there as well. If you go off business cards eventually that trail will end. You can have someone out there talking about you but not have your business card then what? The trail ends cold. You will want to also do some research because a lot of times your business name is not always what you want for your domain name. You want something that your clients will be searching on the internet and come across your website. Your company name is something you should be proud of but needs to be used correctly, such as in the header to your website and on your other marketing materials. Keep this in mind. A good company will not be trying to up-sell you every step of the way they will be giving you tips on how to land on your feet and boost your business using the tools you may not even realize you already have. Timothy R. Srobenhorst President GlobeTek Inc. (This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our Community Best Practices for more information about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.)</p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/website-must-home-based-business#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Tue, 09 Apr 2013 03:57:10 +0000 GlobeTek Inc. 564481 at https://www.sba.gov/community What Is The Best https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/what-best What you suggest for me? 1. Doing job OR 2. Give the job https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/what-best#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:01:45 +0000 alitakona 1092961 at https://www.sba.gov/community Home Based Event/Wedding Planner asks: When do you officially "Open for Business"? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/home-based-eventwedding-planner-asks-when-do-you-officially-open-business <p>Dear everyone,</p> <p>I really appreciate the insightful responses I obtain here! Therefore, I have another question.</p> <p>I am completely new to the event/wedding planning business; therefore, I have no clientele base as of yet. </p> <p>How do I market myself? When am I suppose to start seeking clients? When can I say that I am officially 'OPEN FOR BUSINESS'??</p> <p>Do I first obtain ALL the necessities such as office gear all up and running ( such as fax, business cards/website-email/flyers, etc.) first? </p> <p>And if I do require all of that first, THEN when and how do I approach potential clients and 'sell myself' to them? </p> <p>And last, I obviously will need vendors help such as caterers, venues, flowers, etc. How do I obtain vendors to work with me and help my business grow and succeed in this industry?</p> <p>This is very important to me so any insightful, helpful piece of information will be greatly appreciated!!!</p> <p>I can taste the success!!</p> <p>Thank you for your time and information in advance!!</p> <p>Sincerely, </p> <p>Emy </p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/home-based-eventwedding-planner-asks-when-do-you-officially-open-business#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:46:59 +0000 eventsnmore 70051 at https://www.sba.gov/community Need Specifics on How to Grow a Small HVAC Company https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/need-specifics-how-grow-small-hvac-company We have a small HVAC business that is doing very well. We have one sub-contractor, but no actual employees. It is hard finding guys who want to get into this type of business in Middle Tennessee. I have more work than I do workers. My question is, do I buy a new truck, then hire someone or do I find someone first? Is there a successful business person out there who can give some good advice? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/need-specifics-how-grow-small-hvac-company#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:56:54 +0000 mmpewitt 1106551 at https://www.sba.gov/community MOVED: body massage center https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/moved-body-massage-center <div class="moved-placeholder">This post has been moved to &ldquo;<a href="/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/body-massage-center" title="Starting &amp; Registering a Business">Starting &amp; Registering a Business</a>&rdquo;.</div> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/moved-body-massage-center#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:45:29 +0000 shakhi4u 1112231 at https://www.sba.gov/community How to Make a successful business online? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/how-make-successful-business-online <p>Hi this is Bruna mary, I want to know how to make any business successful online? There are some ways e.g, ads, SEO, SMO, SEM, PPC, and many more. My question is that if you want to make a successful business than how much it will take time and what will we have to do for the success? You kind reply and suggestions will be appreciated. (<em>This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our <a href="http://community.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/welcome-your-community/community-best-practices" title="best practices">Community Best Practices</a> for more information</em><em> about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.)</em></p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/how-make-successful-business-online#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:48:56 +0000 brunamary 1107411 at https://www.sba.gov/community At home salon https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/home-salon <p>I was wondering if it is legal at all to run an at home salon from an apartment building. Just looking for any information!</p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/home-salon#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:49:59 +0000 loochie87 70881 at https://www.sba.gov/community Travel Agent License https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/travel-agent-license Hello all. I want to know how to obtain a travel agent license in California, and is one even needed? I know that we have to register with the Attorney General, and I looked at the State website already, but it's a bit confusing to me. Is there a class/certificate/education I need to obtain before I start my travel agency? Thank you in advance for your feedback. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/travel-agent-license#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Tue, 29 Jan 2013 01:49:55 +0000 knockbic 449451 at https://www.sba.gov/community Need expert advice. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/need-expert-advice Hello everyone my name is Jeff. I'm working out a deal to purchase the business with the owner of a small assisted living facility (residential 6Beds) Part of the deal would be to lease the facility with an option to buy. Once we sign the agreement my plan is to buy the property within a year or two (investment property) when seeking a loan does this fall under a commercial loan. Which SBA backed loan program is available to purchase this type of facility. I will be working as the administrator for the facility. I can't seem to decide whether to quit my full time regular job because I'm afraid It will be hard to get approve for the future loan to purchase the property because of inconsistent job history. I'm willing to quit my job of 2.5 years because my passion is to help and make a difference in the life of other people particularly the elderly which is lacking in my current job. Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/need-expert-advice#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Fri, 02 Jan 2015 23:58:55 +0000 jsavella 1111391 at https://www.sba.gov/community New Online Business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/new-online-business Hello, I am in the process of starting a new online business and needs some guidance and advice. The business I am wanting to start deals with the sales and service of aquariums for both fresh and saltwater livestock and supplies. I live in Tennessee and unsure of the types of licences I may need. If anyone can give some suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/new-online-business#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:30:32 +0000 DaveMc 1108451 at https://www.sba.gov/community Where do I Start https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/where-do-i-start-4 Can someone please give me a starting point? I want to open my own business. A Home Plus facility that will house and take care of 8 elderly and or disabled people. I have not started anywhere yet. I don't know where to start.... Someone please throw me a bone! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/where-do-i-start-4#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 08 Jun 2014 03:09:16 +0000 tiffany88mcd 1084781 at https://www.sba.gov/community Keith Gilabert, "Facts About Small Businesses" https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/keith-gilabert-facts-about-small-businesses Here are some facts about starting a small business. 1. There are 28 million small businesses and 22 million are self-employed with no addtional payroll or employees. 2. Over 50% of all employees work for a small business. 3. 52% are home based businesses. 4. Approximately 80% report less than $50,000 a year in receipts. I hope this helps in deciding if you want to start a business. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/keith-gilabert-facts-about-small-businesses#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:04:20 +0000 keithgilabert 1106901 at https://www.sba.gov/community Grants for women https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/grants-women-0 I'm working on opening a new day care group home from a commercial building I really wanted to a center instead but no money to do so. *Does anyone knows what programs are there to get any grants for women? * https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/grants-women-0#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:44:40 +0000 sidoney18 1105811 at https://www.sba.gov/community www.jigsaw.com https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/wwwjigsawcom <p>Hi,</p> <p>I am in sales and am looking to grow my client base. A colleague recommended that I use Jigsaw as a good resource for growing a contact base. Before I sign up, I would like to hear some advice from other users to hear your thoughts. Please let me know if it is something you think I should use, or if you have better advice.</p> <p>Thank you for your time.</p> <div class='message-edit-history'><span class='edit-author'>Message Edited by Christine_Lai on </span><span class='local-date'> 08-25-2009</span><span class='local-time'> 02:18 PM</span></div> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/wwwjigsawcom#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:42:20 +0000 queenbee1040 69391 at https://www.sba.gov/community Do you think this website is a good start for small business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/do-you-think-website-good-start-small-business <p>I&#39;m trying to start an online small here business Do you guys think this is a good start?</p> <p><em>(This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our <a href="http://community.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/welcome-your-community/community-best-practices" title="best practices">Community Best Practices</a> for more information</em><em> about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.</em>)</p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/do-you-think-website-good-start-small-business#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 11 May 2014 18:38:38 +0000 gazibo 839661 at https://www.sba.gov/community Home Operating Business Expenses vs Home expesnes https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/home-operating-business-expenses-vs-home-expesnes If you are operating out of your home, I am sure you can claim some of the operating expenses which include utilities, mortgage, telephone/wireless but how do you do the general breakdown to show the amount used for business operating expenses? Do you include real estate taxes and HOA fees in these calculations? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/home-operating-business-expenses-vs-home-expesnes#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Mon, 20 May 2013 17:45:53 +0000 vgarrett68 632301 at https://www.sba.gov/community DBA and home occupation permit https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/dba-and-home-occupation-permit I opened an online Etsy shop about a year and a half ago. I researched what permits I needed and called the Tennessee revenue department. The person I talked to said I needed nothing since I won't be making much. I recently started researching again because I was thinking of expanding, and discovered that I should have gotten a DBA (doing business as) permit and a home occupation permit. Is it too late to get them, or do I need to shut my shop down? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/dba-and-home-occupation-permit#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:49:20 +0000 moonburn1 1110231 at https://www.sba.gov/community Medical Supplies Export Business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/medical-supplies-export-business <p>With a business partner who is a Ugandan citizen, I am starting a medical supplies export business to Uganda, Africa.  We plan to start out very small initially by shipping small items; gauze, blood pressure machines, pregnancy tests, etc.  And, if all goes well I plan to eventually ship medical equipment.</p> <p> </p> <p>I know that I must consult an attorney for registering the company, and my partner is doing likewise in Uganda.  I realize that there are pifalls with a venture like this and I don't have a lot of start-up capital, so that's why we're going very slow.</p> <p> </p> <p>My partner also suggested including cosmetics as Ugandan women prefer American style cosmetics.  Initially, I was against that, but perhaps he's right.</p> <p> </p> <p>So, I am asking the Community for suggestions or other insight I can use.  I'm in the process of investigating shipping, dealing with American and Uganda customs, etc.  I met a woman from California some time ago who had a small home-based medical supplies export business and she was doing quite well.</p> <p> </p> <p>Africa is an ever-emerging market for a wide range of businesses so I think we must 'strike while the fire's hot!' </p> <p> </p> <p>Advice/suggestions or comments anyone?</p> <p> </p> <p>Thanks.</p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/medical-supplies-export-business#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:47:14 +0000 jvwh3b 70091 at https://www.sba.gov/community Seeking insight on being a contributing blogger/writer and increasing traffic to my personal blog https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/seeking-insight-being-contributing-bloggerwriter-and-increasing-traffic-my-personal-blog I am a seasoned marketing professional with over 10 years of entertainment and sports experience and 6 months ago I found myself suddenly unemployed and wondering what next. Rather than sulk and keep with the disappointment of submitting countless resumes that would never get a true review, I made the decision to take on my largest project ever, marketing me. I am commencing a social experiment via CorporateandUemployed.com, a journal of sorts on the voyage to entrepreneurship or something like in a life post a corporate career. I am interested in continuing this conversation with those that are in this space (socially, academically, etc) as I have found a true untapped community that would serve best knowing they are not alone. I am interested in continuing this conversation and chronicling my colossal thoughts via blogging and publishing. Does anyone have any insight on the blogger communities, contributing writer/blogger opportunities and/or how to generate traffic to my site for potential monetization? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/self-employed-home-based-business/seeking-insight-being-contributing-bloggerwriter-and-increasing-traffic-my-personal-blog#comments Self Employed & Home Based Business Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:49:36 +0000 corporateandunemployed 821271 at https://www.sba.gov/community