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Business management explores how businesses are run and the issues they face. Whether you're an entrepreneur or are curious about different business models, these articles will answer some of the most common questions about the world of business.

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In her mid-40s, Mary Kay Ash left her sexist workplace, put together a small savings and launched a cosmetics empire. Such million-dollar ideas are few and far between, but most are studies in perseverance. What are 10 of the best?

By Julia Layton

When advertisers work to earn our hearts and our money, how does gender play into it? Do the ones emphasizing stereotypical male and female traits do a number on our brains (and wallets)? Or is it something else that makes us want to buy, buy, buy?

By Molly Edmonds

Starting a new job means more than taking on new duties. You've also got new technology, coworkers and office politics to learn. What can you do to settle in quickly in your new workplace?

By John Kelly

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A surgeon operates on you while under the influence; a lawyer breaches the code of confidentiality; an engineer approves the plans for a new home, even though he knows the building is unsound. These are all cases of professional misconduct, and they can get you in a lot of trouble.

By Jill Jaracz

It's easy to spend hours at work without making direct contact with another living soul. When it comes to accepting the job offer in the first place, however, a personal touch goes a long way. Yes, that means snail mail.

By Stephanie Watson

You may think you've cleared the highest hurdle once you've landed a job interview, but even one simple mistake can ruin your shot at the position. How can you make sure your interview leaves a good impression?

By John Kelly

From creativity to networking to tech-savviness, the modern-day job hunt requires a little more than it once did. What can you try when looking to make your next career move?

By Jennifer Sellers

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Finding a job can be difficult no matter where you look, but what should you do if you have to look for a job close to home? Here are a few ways to do an effective local job search.

By Ed Grabianowski

Job fairs can be tough to navigate, but so is the job market. With a little research and a few well-timed questions, you can get a much-needed leg up on the competition. But what should you ask the recruiter?

By Dave Roos

Don't get caught off guard when a recruiter asks you for questions at the end of a job interview. Your response could make the difference between getting hired and being relegated to the reject pile.

By Linda C. Brinson

We've all had nightmarish job interviews, but a little preparation can keep all of the awkwardness on the other side of the table. Learn how a little preparation can land you your dream job.

By Dave Roos

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For many, there's nothing more intimidating than to try to argue salary with a potential or current boss. It takes a lot of confidence to go up to the person with power to hire or fire you and say you deserve more than you were offered.

By Jane McGrath

In theory, you could negotiate virtually every aspect of your employee compensation package, from salary to bonuses to health care. The reality is that you're probably too low on the totem pole to do so. If you're going to try, however, wait for the right time.

By Dave Roos

You just can't measure your compensation just by your salary. While that paycheck constitutes the majority of the reward for your efforts, you also need to consider fringe benefits offered by your employer. Did you know that the worth of those extras can total about 50 percent of your salary?

By Martha Barksdale

An employee incentive is anything that is designed to reward peak performance in a workplace. It could be higher wages, a lavish trip or even the occasional piece of fruit. In other words, they're kind of like a motivational "carrot" for the worker.

By Tristin Hopper

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Congratulations on your new sales job! Do you know how you'll be paid yet? Yes, you can actually choose how you'll receive your pay -- and getting a draw on your commission is just one of several ways to get paid.

By Marie Willsey

Signing bonuses are usually reserved for star employees, usually to entice them to jump ship. Do regular employees warrant signing bonuses, and under what circumstances?

By Dave Roos

Temp agencies provide workers to companies via on a non-permanent basis. They can open doors to new careers or just tide you over until you get a permanent job -- but how do you use them?

By Ed Grabianowski

If you're looking for a job, sending out dozens of resumes each week can seem hopeless. But the hiring manager has a tough time sifting through all those applications, too. How can both potential workers and employers make the process easier? Employment agencies ease some of the burden.

By Jill Jaracz

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Oh no! You've lost your job! If you're looking for help, you might do well to start at your local Employment Security Commission. Despite what you may think, these offices do a lot more than cut unemployment checks.

By Linda C. Brinson

It's hard to find a job these days, but once you get your foot in the door, try not to put it in your mouth -- at least, not right away. Here are some tips designed to help you make the right first impression on your first day at work.

By Dave Roos

Although bullies are often associated with childhood and schoolyards, the grown-up versions can cause just as much harm to workers on the job. What does workplace bullying look like, and why is it so hard to report?

By Joanna Burgess

The corporate world has come to realize that people accomplish far in groups that they do alone. That said, workplace teamwork has to be done carefully in order to be effective. What can companies do to improve teamwork at the office?

By Stephanie Watson

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For anybody who had to endure uniforms in high school, an official dress code may seem like an outdated corporate relic. But a dress code isn’t just arbitrary sets of rules; it's seen as a meaningful component of a well-run company.

By Tristin Hopper

Communication is as easy as breathing, but doing so with coworkers can be tricky. Someone could misconstrue a friendly e-mail, micromanage employees to death or even commit a cultural faux pas. Luckily, we'll show you how to avoid these missteps.

By Stephanie Watson