business strategy

10 tips on how to succeed as an estate executor

Personal property is the "800 pound gorilla" of an estate. Dealing with personal property issues consumes most of an executor's time and causes most of the aggravation. These 10 tips on how to sort through an estate's personal property can turn a stressful undertaking into a manageable process.

How to be the antiques dealer who knows something about art

Antiques dealers who have found that their large furniture items aren't selling would do well to remember that most rooms have more wall space than floor space. The good news for antiques dealers is that they can profit handsomely from the every-day, run-of-the-mill unsigned art they find at estate sales, garage sales, and auctions....

Five ways to finance your antiques business without a bank loan

Applying for a bank loan for your fledgling Antiques business is a quick and easy process: you fill out the loan application, and the bank says "No!" It's sad but it's true. Bankers just don't understand the antiques trade. Behind the Gavel columnist Wayne Jordan shares five choices that small businesses sometimes use for...