Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Report Abuse   |   Sign In   |   Become a DEMA Member
Steve Strauss - Question Archive
Share |

Q:  Steve, I would like to buy a franchise, however, I am not sure I am cut about to be a franchisee. I am fairly independent and am not sure I would take direction well. Should I do it?  Joe A., Eagle River, Wisc.

Click here for the answer

 

Q:  Steve, for personal reasons I would like to start a business out of my home, but I have two concerns. First, I would need to meet customers and do not see how I could do that at home.  Second, I will be having inventory. What would I do with it?  Can you help?  Theresa, Hoboken, NJ

Click here for the answer

 

Q:  Are there any sales secrets I should know? I am always on the hunt for new tricks to grow my small business.  Roger in Denver

Click here for the answer

 

Q: Steve, could you give us a little primer on intellectual property rights? I don’t really get the difference between trademarks, copyrights, etc. Thank you in advance.  Sequoia, New Mexico.

Click here for the answer

 

Q:  I own a childcare center and am looking for a loan to expand. My banker asked me what my profit margin was and I was embarrassed to tell him that I have no idea. How would I compute this?  Maria, Galveston, Texas
Click here for the answer

 

Q: Steve, I have a successful small business that employs 4 people. While my employees do make me money, the costs of their health insurance is killing me. What options do I have?  Theresa, Murphy, TN
Click here for the answer

 

Q: I own a very successful string of salons, with five locations and 25 employees. While I love my employees, I can’t believe how much they waste – shampoo, supplies, time, etc. I have talked about this problem until I am blue in the face, but nothing seems to work. I thought you might have some suggestions.  Steve, Massachusetts
Click here for the answer

Q: I have an employee who simply is not working out. I run a very busy, 10-person call center and we don't have time for the distractions this person creates. While I have let people go before, I was wondering whether there are some things I should do to protect myself — either before or after I fire her.  Maryanne, Calabasas, Calif.
Click here for the answer

 

Q: I have just joined a new networking group that I hope will bring in some referral business. Do you have any thoughts on these groups and how I might make this a successful use of my time?  Anna K., Emeryville, Cal.
Click here for the answer

 

Q: We hear so much about branding these days, but it really seems like a big business concept. Do you think branding is something that applies equally to small businesses?  Hugh, Manitoba, Canada

Click here for the answer 

Q: I am going to be opening my own business soon – a dry cleaners. I am really excited about this and have read a lot. Can you give me some tips on what I should be looking for in a location? Part of me thinks I should spend less on an inferior location while another part thinks I should spend more on a better location. What do you think? Thanks.  Sam, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Click here for the answer


Q: Our small business went through a tax audit last year and I don't want to re-live that scary experience. What can we do to make sure it doesn't happen again? Thanks. 
Anthony, Colorado Springs, CO
Click here for the answer

Q:  I would like to sell my business to one of my employees.  The business will net approzimately $100,000 this year, we have very few liabilities, and I do not want to finance the purchase.  How do we figure out a fair price?  Sydney, Sacramento, CA
Click here for the answer

Q: We lost our biggest customer last year, and that bad event created a string of other negative occurrences. As a result, it looks like we may have to file for bankruptcy. I see big companies do this, and hear about how they later “emerged from bankruptcy.” How is that possible?  Jose, Annapolis, MD
Click here for the answer

 

Q: I own an ice cream shop. Recently, we had a 6-hour power outage in the middle of the night due to weather. I lost a lot of product as a result and I was wondering whether there might be some sort of system to help me avoid this sort of problem again.  Jaime, OH
Click here for the answer

 

Q: As a small business owner, I am dismayed by the outsourcing of jobs overseas by my corporate competitors. They seem to have so many advantages already, now by outsourcing work overseas they are making it even harder for us. How am I supposed to compete when they can now hire people in IndiaJerome, Albuquerque, NM
Click here for the answer

 

Q: I have been quite disappointed with my online business. I started it two years ago and it never really took off, despite my marketing efforts. I see successful online businesses out there. What are they doing that I’m not?  Tan, Sydney, Australia
Click here for the answer

 

 

Contact Us: US Toll Free: (800) 862-3483 | Ph: (858) 616-6408 | Fx: (858) 616-6495 | info@dema.org
Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal