'We Know You Have A Choice'

As a professional speaker, I spend a lot of time in airports. But lately I've been spending too much time in airports.

Because my clients are (How do I say this gracefully?) cost conscious, they usually request that I fly coach on the cheapest airline I can find, which means that most of the time I find myself on one particular airline (which...Read more

How Ray Bradbury's 'The Murderer' Nails Our Times

Sometimes, inspiration for this column comes from the most unusual places.

Each year my summer beach reading has a theme. This year it's classic science fiction -- the works of the pioneers Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Frank Herbert, Orson Scott Card and a guy named Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), ...Read more

How Can a Non-U.S. Citizen Set Up a U.S. Company?

"Hello, sir, I am a permanent resident of Slovenia, and I have been a loyal follower of your column and YouTube channel. I want to set up a web-based service business, but I will need to set up a U.S. company and address for payments and correspondence. What is the best way to do this legally?"

Setting up a business in the U.S. requires ...Read more

The Fine Art of Managing Misfits

The future of eBay Inc. is becoming a little clearer.

I was privileged to attend and speak at last week's eBay OPEN conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, which attracted several hundred sellers from around the country, despite the summer heat. (One reason it's smart to host a conference in Vegas in July: The audience won't wander off into 120-...Read more

Sourcing Merchandise to Sell on eBay

Slowly but surely, eBay is making a big comeback.

I am privileged to be giving a talk at next week's eBay OPEN conference in Las Vegas on some of the legal and tax issues involved in sourcing the merchandise that you will sell on eBay.

Here are some highlights from my talk.

You must source your merchandise legally: A thief cannot pass good ...Read more

Sometimes Ya Gotta Be Young

Q: I was let go from a position with a high-technology company earlier this spring.

For the past couple of years, on and off, I have helped an entrepreneur in another state build a high-technology consulting business. He has offered to sell the business to me for a ridiculously small amount of money, and I'm thinking this may well be my ...Read more

A Pep Talk for Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

For the past couple of years, I have taught an online course on entrepreneurship and small business management for a local university. The course, offered only to MBA students in their final year, carries a pretty demanding workload. Students have to read an 800-page textbook, take a midterm exam (four essay questions) and prepare a business ...Read more

Finding Your Customer's Motivation

Sometimes great business advice comes from the most unlikely source.

Now that summer's here it's time to think about beach reading. I'm not a big fiction reader, but one novelist I always keep track of is Dave Eggers. If you haven't read any Dave Eggers you need to. He makes extremely poignant observations of current world events, and while I...Read more

Can You Trust Financial Statements When Buying a Business?

I don't often review new business books because, quite frankly, most of them don't have much to say (unless they're mine, of course).

However, every once in a while one comes along that's a real game changer. It challenges accepted wisdom, shows you a new way of looking at an old problem or highlights some new development that will force you ...Read more

Can Your Nonprofit Engage in Political Activity?

"A number of years ago some friends and I formed a nonprofit organization to benefit a certain group in our community. It was granted tax-exempt status by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

We strongly feel that our mission will be impacted by the outcome of this year's Presidential election. Both our attorney and ...Read more

Woodstock for Internet Retailers

Since 2008, when eBay stopped its annual eBay Live! trade show, internet retailers -- retailers who sell merchandise on their own website or a large online platform, such as eBay, Amazon and Etsy -- have been looking for an event where they can learn about the latest marketing and management strategies, meet representatives from companies that...Read more

America's Priorities: The Next 50 Years

I have tried really hard to avoid commenting on politics and the presidential election. I think I'm the only syndicated columnist in the United States right now who hasn't weighed in on one side or the other, and believe me, I have tried to resist the temptation to do so as long as I could.

But the political atmosphere does impact the way in ...Read more


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