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How Does Kaizen Differ from Lean and Six Sigma?

The Kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement has been adopted by many big companies around the world. So, how did it start and how does it differ from Six Sigma?

Supply Chain 101: What Happens When Our Food Supply Is Disrupted by a Pandemic?

The U.S. food supply chain has been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, but so far, it's still functioning. How long will that last?

Need and Greed: Why the Toilet Paper Supply Remains Tight

Why after weeks and weeks is it still a problem getting toilet paper? Are people hoarding gobs of the stuff or is it more than that?

Is Small Business Saturday Good for Small Businesses?

Launched in 2010 after the Great Recession, Small Business Saturday (the day after Black Friday) has been growing in consumer awareness in America. But has it been a financial boon to small businesses?

Indie Bookstores Defied Amazon. Who's Next?

Independent bookstores aren't dead! The buy local, shop local, eat local movement has kicked in and people are demanding the return of small, independent businesses in a world where the giants are trying to rule.

Why Do We Find Waiting on Hold So Irritating?

Which drives you crazier when on hold with a company? An endless loop of smooth jazz tunes or hearing "your call is very important" every 10 seconds? Scientists have actually studied what makes waiting on hold worse.

Survey Shows More People Are Choosing to Telework, Reaping Benefits

According to a new paper by tech company Polycom, "anywhere working" is on the rise in several countries, and employees recognize its advantages.

Your Favorite Clothing Brand Is Dying Much Faster These Days

With the demise of mall staples like The Limited, the brands hanging on will have to rethink their entire approach to fashion to survive the 'mall-pocalypse.'

Decoding Your Desk: What Does It Say About You?

Is your cluttered desk a sign of creative genius or just chaos? Experts weigh in on whether either is really a true reflection of how your brain operates.

What Happens to Drivers When Toll Roads Stop Taking Cash?

As more toll roads move away from cash, where does that leave drivers who don't have electronic passes? Or even exact change?

Paternity Tests and Other Businesses You Don't Expect to See on a Truck

You may be surprised at the types of businesses people have put on wheels. Cigar Lounge, anyone?

Should Restaurants Charge a Penalty Fee for Uneaten Food?

In an effort to discourage food waste, some all-you-can-eat buffets are charging diners whose eyes are bigger than their stomachs.

The Power of Crowds: The 'Lazer Team' Story

HowStuffWorks Now interviews Rooster Teeth's Burnie Burns at SXSW on how to crowdfund a feature-length film.

Unlimited Flights for One Flat Price: Could OneGo Be the Netflix of Air Travel?

A startup app called OneGo aims to find a niche as a provider of all-you-can-fly pricing for domestic air travel, for those who can afford the monthly membership.

Can you get grants for your small business's website?

Creating a website can be a pricey proposition for a small business. There are grants out there that can fund website development, but the competition is fierce — and the grants often come with strings attached.

Do you need your own servers for your small business?

Many companies that used to have dedicated business servers are now switching to cloud-based storage solutions. But cloud computing isn't for everyone, so take a few minutes to read this article before you shut down that server.

How can you improve the Google ranking of your online business?

Improving Google rankings is an obsession for many businesses, and for good reason — it leads to more clicks, which leads to more customers. What can you do to beef up that all-important ranking?

How Small Business Taxes Work

Whether you own a neighborhood coffee shop or a used car dealership that pulls in a few million, you need make sure that you're smart about your taxes (even if you hire a professional). Ready for a quick crash course?

How Corporate Bankruptcy Works

Corporations: they're just like you and me. Sometimes they overextend themselves financially. How do businesses use bankruptcy to come out from under the rubble – and why are they luckier than people?

10 Worst Business Decisions Ever Made

It seemed like a good idea when AOL merged with Time Warner. But it wasn't. Here are 10 super bad business decisions and why they seemed really great back in the day.

10 Popular Jobs to Outsource

Sometimes, it can be more affordable to let another business handle some tasks rather than giving them to internal employees. Which jobs get outsourced most frequently?

What does IPO stand for?

Corporations raise money for new ventures by selling shares of the company's stock in an IPO, to raise the investment capital. Learn what IPO stands for in this article.

What is a good price to earnings ratio?

There are several ways for investors to check how profitable a company is before buying stock. Learn what a good price to earnings ratio is in this article.

What is sole proprietorship?

Businesses can be privately owned, or they can be corporations owned by a number of people. Learn what sole proprietorship is in this article.

How are privately and publicly held companies different?

Companies that have shareholders can be publicly held or privately held. Learn how privately and publicly held companies are different in this article.