Hi folks! Just a few questions, and any advice would be really appreciated. I am trying to start a consulting/training business teaching public speaking. I could easily advertise on Craigslist and possibly get some interest generated, but how do you deal with things like: - taking deposits from clients. If you are hosting a seminar or a class, for example, how do you get them to put a downpayment so that you don't rent a boardroom, and then have nobody show up? Should i invest in a visa or other credit card device thus enabling me to take creditcards as a downpayment option? - is it okay to advertise for a class, but stipulate that the event will take place if and only if there are enough people who sign up? All i want to do is help people with public speaking, but I don't want to give myself a bad reputation by doing something stupid from the start. Thanks again for your help!