Business Articles

Store owners are finding ways to use the popular crowdfunding platform for their benefit, but hobby retailer beware — it’s not easy
By Nick Bullock
Published: October 13, 2014
3 essential questions to ask yourself before adding new products
By Tom Palmer
Published: October 13, 2014
Trains and the holidays go hand-in-hand; find out how one retailer took advantage by erecting a holiday pop-up store
By Nick Bullock
Published: October 13, 2014
One of Canada’s oldest stores is all about family, friends — and fun
By Hal Miller
Published: October 13, 2014
Every hobby store has employees with negative attitudes; deal with them the right way and you can turn them into positive performers
By Phillip M Perry
Published: October 13, 2014
While many age-old rules still apply, changing times have resulted in new ways of doing business with customers and suppliers
By Georganne Bender, Rich Kizer
Published: October 13, 2014
Reducing costs requires attention and commitment, but the reward is a safer, healthier workplace for your employees
By William J. Lynott
Published: September 15, 2014
Take advantage of downtime by getting your store back in shape
By Tom Palmer
Published: September 15, 2014
Discover the secrets to a joyful workplace and how it affects employees, customers and your bottom line
By Amanda Gore
Published: September 15, 2014
Learn how your hobby shop can create, organize and implement a successful marketing plan with measurable results
By Hal Shelton
Published: September 15, 2014
Manufacturers show off innovative new products in Cleveland
By Model Railroader Staff
Published: September 15, 2014
Whether you offer gift cards or gift certificates, the benefits to you are great: add-on sales, new customers and community goodwill
By Bonnie Domrois
Published: August 31, 2014
A reflection on the state of the model railroading retail industry and what store owners can do to ensure its survival
By Brian Kelly
Published: August 14, 2014
Here’s a primer on good recordkeeping, with advice on what to hold on to, both for tax time and for good business management
By Mark E. Battersby
Published: August 14, 2014
Everything you need to know about command control, the new standard in toy trains
By Carl Swanson, editor of Classic Toy Trains
Published: August 14, 2014
As the trade show gets set for its second year in Schaumburg, Ill., organizers hope slight changes lead to incremental improvements
By Nick Bullock
Published: August 14, 2014
What to know about the IRS’s new Fast Track Settlement program and the letters inquiring about your reporting practices
By Mark E. Battersby
Published: July 14, 2014
A dealer sells individual pieces of toy train sets for major profit
By Hal Miller
Published: July 14, 2014
These 3 tweaks to your hobby shop are well within your control; implement them and improve your store’s cash flow today
By Dan Jablons
Published: July 14, 2014
Finding good part-time employees can be a full-time challenge; here are some tips for hiring and maintaining happy, valuable workers
By Phillip M Perry
Published: July 14, 2014
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