Is An MBA Worth The Investment?

Business School Graduate

I'm weighing the pros and cons of getting an MBA. While it would probably increase my earning potential, I'm not sure I'm willing to take on that much debt. What factors should I consider when making my choice? Cost is a big factor. The

How Many Stock Options Should I Get?

Company Stock Options

I'm working for a small Internet start-up. We typically work 60+ hours at the office, and there are only three of us. We were offered 2% of the company's initial stock offering, but I wonder if it's appropriate to ask for more options. Is

Starting A Business While Still In College

Business Students

I am a 22-year-old college student. After giving the idea careful consideration, I have decided to leave school and start my own graphic design business. I only need around $2,200 to get started, but I don't know many people in a position

How To Turn An Idea Into A Business

Business Ideas

I have an idea for a product that mothers with young children could use. What steps should I take to make my idea into a business? You've taken the most important step: identifying your product and customers. Next you should check out

Federal Loans And Grants For Women Entrepreneurs

Women Entrepreneur

I am interested in starting a holistic healing and help center with massage, water therapy, yoga and tai chi. I have done some Internet research on grants and loans available to women, but I keep finding sites that charge for this

Federal Quotas For Import-Export Businesses

Import Export Shipping

I am an American living in China. I would like to start a business selling hand-knit sweaters made here, and my main market will be the U.S. (I'll sell online). My question is, do I need to have a quota to open my business? Yes, you do

How Do I File A Patent?

Patent Filing

I have invented a new mobile device. I've documented my invention on paper, dated it, put it in a sealed envelope and sent it by certified mail to myself. What's the next step to take to protect my invention and then begin to market

Should I Tell A Potential Employer That I Am Pregnant?

Pregnant Employee

I am three months pregnant (not showing) and out of a job. Is telling a prospective employer I'm pregnant a guarantee I won't get a job? Is not telling deceitful? First of all, congratulations. But you're stuck between a rock and a hard

Should I Lie About My Salary History In Interviews?

Salary History

Job interviewers always ask how much money I am earning. Do I have to tell the truth? Let's get one thing straight: Salary negotiations are a game and the stakes are high. So, how do you win this game? Tell the truth. But remember

Franchise Questions To Ask Owners Before Buying

Franchise Questions

What questions are appropriate to ask other franchisees? I'm applying to buy a franchise. As part of the application process, I have to visit several current franchisees. It is appropriate to ask them about net margins, gross sales, and

Learning To Charge Your Friends For Services

Paying For Services

I have a small business startup. Friends often ask me to do work for them, but I have a hard time charging them. Some say they will pay me, but I turn them down. I need to maintain a profit margin, but I keep getting caught in the same

How To Land A Product Licensing Agreement

Licensing Agreement

How can I get a company to consider my ideas and products for licensing? Do you have any suggestions for convincing an existing company to consider my business's ideas and products for licensing? Many companies say they can't consider my