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    In this economy I would cut my losses or at least...

    In this economy I would cut my losses or at least downsize to a one or two person operation.
    Sometimes life sends you a signal that it's time for a change, not a failure.
  2. He may be partially correct that his business is...

    He may be partially correct that his business is his business, but if you are married his income is your income not matter how he makes it.

    This sounds like the kinda guy you can't get to listen,...
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    Computer help and repair, mostly home users and...

    Computer help and repair, mostly home users and small business.
    I have worked in IT support for a large mortgage lender where I supported hundreds of users in three states with 25 branch offices.
    ...
  4. Sounds like you are selling second hand items. I...

    Sounds like you are selling second hand items. I wouldn't worry unless you sold a lot and ebay sent you some type of tax document showing they have reported earnings to the irs.

    Selling brand new...
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    You need to go to your government and get a tax...

    You need to go to your government and get a tax rate guide. You can then look up what the percentage is for your income bracket.

    If you are an employee your employer should be running a payroll...
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    The number one issue with vending machines is...

    The number one issue with vending machines is location, the really good locations are going to occupied by the owners of those businesses. IF they let you use their spaces for your machines they are...
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    You have to be very disciplined and faithful to...

    You have to be very disciplined and faithful to whatever system you are going to work with. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.
    I have several older clients in my computer business that are...
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    Depending on what kind of product or service you...

    Depending on what kind of product or service you try, you may find that concentrating locally can end up giving a boost to online sales, and the reverse is true as well.

    If you are technically...
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    As some of you have stated in one way or the...

    As some of you have stated in one way or the other, when you start dropshipping you lose control of an important part of your business.

    Your dropshipper becomes your silent but powerful partner,...
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    I think having a website is just as important as...

    I think having a website is just as important as having a phone number.

    Even if it's not to attract new business a website can be a great convenience to your customers, it's like a way to be open...
  11. Try GNUCash, it's free and if you ever want to...

    Try GNUCash, it's free and if you ever want to switch you can go for microsoft money or quickbooks.

    You can also import from those programs to free yourself.
    ...
  12. Wow that is a big change. Real Estate goes in...

    Wow that is a big change.

    Real Estate goes in cycles so many starting out will get in full time while the market is hot then fall back into another type of work and wait before jumping in again....
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    I would start by treating the business as a local...

    I would start by treating the business as a local service and go from there.
    If you were going to be selling products then you would at some point be required to collect sales taxes.
    Since the...
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    First does everyone have the financial ability to...

    First does everyone have the financial ability to hold their breath long enough to get the business on it's feet?

    Most startups fail because of a lack of working capital, or lack of capital...
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    Poll: I would use a program that doesn't cost if it's...

    I would use a program that doesn't cost if it's just a small business.

    Try something like GNUCash: http://www.gnucash.org/features.phtml

    It will import from microsoft and quicken/quickbooks so...
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    Anne, It won't be the crime of the century for...

    Anne,
    It won't be the crime of the century for you to test out your side business for a couple of months. Then if it's working out go get a business license.
    This is from your local city...
  17. I would develop a relationship with a reliable...

    I would develop a relationship with a reliable independent delivery service. Then I would create a store policy that all purchases must be picked up with 48 hours (two business days ) or arrangements...
  18. Make sure you or anyone else will ever use that...

    Make sure you or anyone else will ever use that space for any personal activities like making any non-business phone calls or other types of work.
    The IRS likes to test this situation. Be careful...
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    It appears from what you say that she may be...

    It appears from what you say that she may be committing fraud. She may have found a job that will pay her under the table, and she thinks she can get away with collecting unemployment benefits at the...
  20. I would go the employee route, even if the person...

    I would go the employee route, even if the person you hire has there own business the IRS will still treat them as an employee if they don't do a certain percentage of work for other customers.
    ...
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    With MLM the faster you can build a downline the...

    With MLM the faster you can build a downline the more likely you will be successful.

    I've noticed that the most successful people already had access to a large group before they joined the...
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    Great advice here, I would only add that no...

    Great advice here, I would only add that no matter the quality and sales pitch that you HAVE TO reach the decision makers or you are toast.
    I have worked in a large organization that spread out to...
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    I am wondering how he is doing as well. Computer...

    I am wondering how he is doing as well. Computer help & repair can work if you know how to go after the customers you want to service.
    You can either go the personal consultant route or open a shop....
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    You just have to find a creative way for...

    You just have to find a creative way for employees to want to report all sales.
    One way is to incentivize them by paying an added bonus that is a percentage of all sales from each person or from the...
  25. Also be careful when it comes to how you define...

    Also be careful when it comes to how you define their role in your business. Some people find out in the worst way that what they thought were independent contractors turned out to be employees.
    ...
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