Reader’s Mailbag

Madhu from India writes: I have ideas about products. I am looking for companies who are willing to listen to my ideas and make the products and pay me in return. I cannot afford to pay...
A reader wrote: Dear Dane: A proposal: let's change the name from "Small Business" to "Potential Business". Let's redefine it as the seed of an enterprise that will become a business no matter its size. By...
A reader wrote: Hi Dane. I just posted up a new article that I thought might be of interest to you, given your site’s focus on new business opportunities. It highlights a...
A reader asked: I am looking for good and new ideas in the medical field to introduce into Europe. Please help. What say you?
A reader wrote: Do you know of some place online that I can see different business loans and grants that are available for small businesses? Great question! I do in fact know of one. Small...

Reader Mailbag #1

In response to all of the email I receive, I’ve decided to start a "reader mailbag" to handle a lot of the simpler questions that I get that don’t necessarily warrant a full article by...

Help, I Can’t Focus!

A reader wrote: I’m a small biz entrepreneur and I’m feeling overwhelmed by everything. Can I get a word of advice? First off, take a breath. Stay true to who you are...

Other Business Blogs?

A reader wrote: Dane, can you recommend any other good blogs to read? Thanks for that suggestion. Instead of just posting a list in response to your questions, I’m going to start a short...
A reader asked: Have you ever heard of something called the Internet Time Machine? I think it has something to do with affiliate marketing, but what is it? I’ve heard it said that in 2004,...

Funding For Your Idea?

A reader asked: Where can I get funding for my business idea? The truth is, ideas don’t get funded, businesses do. Budget your savings and sell, sell, sell! Once you’re up and running,...

Reader Mailbag: Sell My Idea?

A reader asked: Where can I sell my business idea? You can’t. Ideas by and of themselves are worthless. It’s the execution of the idea that has value. Do something, anything, with your idea...
Harry writes, "Can you suggest websites where I might contact people already in a dog walking/dog sitting business? I'm looking for hints & tips as to how to get started, upfront costs such as liability...

Is This Stealing?

A reader wrote: Is using coupons like they are in this video stealing? My wife thinks that since the coupons typically say something like “One coupon per purchase” it is unethical to use them like...

Reader Mailbag

  Tony writes: "What do I do about protecting my assets when I am being sued? What are the pros and cons I should be looking out for? Please point me in the right direction." When starting...
A reader asked: I need a tip from you. I’m working on a video game. How can I get some funds (money) to make it? Just some money to...
A reader wrote: Am I right to be so concerned about everyone stealing my business idea? No. Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down...
Does anyone use a standup desk? I've been looking at this standup workstation, and it is awesome, but at $579, it's almost as much as a new computer. Does anyone know of anything...
A reader wrote: I want to send a quick note. I recently wrote an article comparing the newest version of Quickbooks to Sage’s Peachtree accounting software, primarily aimed at small business owners. I...

ReadyEssay.com

Recently, I found an email in my inbox with the subject line “FREE BEER.” I almost deleted it without opening it because what could it be other than spam? Surprisingly it was a real message...
I asked, the other day on Google Plus: Have you seen any good business ideas in your local newspaper or in any of the sites you read today? A reader responded: No, but I was too...