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SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) comprise 99% of all businesses in the UK, account for 55% of non-governmental jobs and provide 51% of the national turnover. Competitive Advantage in SMEs, Organising for Innovation and Change draws on the experience of staff at Manchester Metropolitan University, focusing on how smaller firms can improve company performance to create and sustain long-term competitive advantage.
The book draws on up-to-date empirical data and the latest research to illustrate ways in which SMEs can become:
Competitive Advantage in SMEs, Organising for Innovation and Change has been written for final year undergraduate students and postgraduate students studying small business management. It will also be a valuable resource for those already owning and managing small firms.
When he first envisioned becoming a farmer, author Emmet Van Driesche never imagined his main crop would be Christmas trees, nor that such a tree farm could be more of a managed forest than the conventional grid of perfectly sheared trees. Carving Out a Living on the Land tells the story of how Van Driesche navigated changing life circumstances, took advantage of unexpected opportunities, and leveraged new and old skills to piece together an economically viable living, while at the same time respecting the land's complex ecological relationships. From spoon carving to scything, coppicing to wreath-making, Carving Out a Living on the Land proves that you don't need acres of expensive bottomland to start your land-based venture, but rather the creativity and vision to see what might be done with that rocky section or ditch or patch of trees too small to log. You can lease instead of buy; build flexible, temporary structures rather than sink money into permanent ones; and take over an existing operation rather than start from scratch. What matters are your unique circumstances, talents, and interests, which when combined with what the land is capable of producing, can create a fulfilling and meaningful farming life.
A refreshing approach to entrepreneurship centered on staying small and avoiding growth - maximizing happiness, sustainability and profitability. Paul Jarvis left the corporate world when he realized that working in a high-pressure, high-profile world was not his idea of success. Instead, he now works for himself out of his home, and lives a much more rewarding and productive life. He no longer has to contend with an environment that constantly demands more productivity, more output and more growth. In Company of One, Jarvis explains how you can do the same, including: * Planning to set up * Determining desired revenues * Keeping clients happy * And, of course, doing all this on your own. "Jarvis makes a compelling case for making your business better instead of bigger. A must-read for any entrepreneur who prioritizes a rich life over riches." -CAL NEWPORT, bestselling author of DEEP WORK and DIGITAL MINIMALISM "You're not a machine, so why would you run your business like one? Company of One shows you another way. If you've ever wondered how to have a business that works for you-instead of the other way around-you need this book." -CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, bestselling author of SIDE HUSTLE and THE $100 STARTUP
"Every entrepreneur should read this book, ideally before they
start their next business. The insights into finance and financial
planning should help the entrepreneur not make many of the mistakes
I did "
"An exhaustive and invaluable resource for companies seeking
funding at any stage of their life cycle."
""Get Financing Now" is a must for every entrepreneur starting a
business or growing a business. . . . Although an easy and
enjoyable read, the information and insight Charles Green provides
isn't sugar coated. It is relevant and timely in today's economic
challenging times. It seemed that every page had at least one
'golden nugget' that an entrepreneur could literally 'take to the
"Charles Green's new book "Get Financing Now" is a real-world
description of what small-business owners must know to fund startup
or growth, and improves the probability for small-business owners
to get the funding they need."
"Charles Green is a change agent for entrepreneurs in the field
of acquiring financing and capital. He has written the premier
guide to help entrepreneurs through the changes needed to acquire
capital in the new marketplace thrust upon us by the great
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"A fantastic read To the point and explains business terms for
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'Wilfred's sheer ambition is an inspiration. We can all learn from it.' - Peter Bazalgette 'Based on my career, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones' approach to risk can produce huge dividends' - Nigel Travis, chairman of Dunkin' Brands and author of The Challenge Culture Jeopardy is the single greatest catalyst for making things happen in life. In Jeopardy, award-winning entrepreneur Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones argues that our natural instinct for caution is one of the greatest barriers to making progress in life, and shows how embracing jeopardy is essential if you want to succeed. Drawing on a life that has taken him from a deprived childhood in inner-city Birmingham to becoming one of the nation's most famous farmers, he demonstrates how we can all go further in life by learning to escape the fears that stop us from achieving our ambitions. Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones is no stranger to jeopardy: he remortgaged his house in 2005 to launch his brand 'The Black Farmer' from nothing. Its products are now stocked in all major supermarkets and the business has an annual turnover of several million. In this book, he shows that only by embracing jeopardy, and liberating ourselves from the shackles of uncertainty and self-doubt, can we realise our full potential. What could you achieve, if you decided to stop letting fear hold you back?
Problems block and slow down your progress; here's how to overcome them-simply, efficiently and effectively. This book offers straightforward, empowering science-based solutions to problems, big and small, at work or in life. It takes a never before seen approach to problem solving, powerfully combining lessons from cognitive science, established problem-solving theory and vast practical experience. It includes a radical new approach to analysing problems: The Problem Matrix. This will transform your approach to problems, challenge your thinking and help you develop new, positive, solution-focussed mindsets for the long-term.
Scale your single-person business to profitability. Increase your audience, create multiple products, and generate more profit. This book takes you through the entire process of building a scalable business from the seemingly impossible place of "being just one person." Most single-person businesses are stuck in a pattern of exchanging time for money. Through this book, you will learn how to beat that feast or famine cycle of work. Ask yourself the following questions: Do I have to do the work or can I outsource it to someone else? Can I receive 1,000 orders tomorrow and handle it? Is the process/delivery repeatable so anyone can do it? What You'll Learn Develop a profitable, scalable business from what you're doing now Create content and attract an audience to that content Outsource your scalable process Scale your profit and money management Optimize your growth and prioritize meeting and exceeding your goals Who This Book Is ForConsultants, freelancers, owners of small to medium-sized businesses, developers, and entrepreneurs
This comprehensive guide contains all the necessary tools and strategies you need to successfully launch and grow your own home-based pet grooming business. You'll get practical, real-world advice on every aspect of setting up and maintaining a thriving business.
"Starting a new venture is like jumping off a cliff and sewing a parachute on the way down. This book is the parachute." Joe Gebbia, cofounder and chief product officer, Airbnb How do you make your start-up a genuine success in the long term? While most books and press focus on the more sensational moments of creation and conclusion, The Messy Middle argues that the real key to success is how you navigate the ups-and-downs after initial investment is secured. It will give you all the insights you need to build and optimize your team, improve your product and develop your own capacity to lead covering: * Coping with uncertainty and conflict * Playing the long game * Optimising your team * Problem solving through the ups and downs * Adapting your strategy * When to quit Building on seven years' of meticulous research with entrepreneurs, small agencies, start-ups and billion-dollar companies, Scott Belsky offers indispensable lessons on how to endure and thrive in the long term.
Everything you need to know to run a profitable and satisfying personal chef business from your home.
Home-based baking is one of America's best-kept business secrets. This sleeper industry offers even novice bakers the opportunity to bake from home for profit using tried and true recipes and equipment already on hand. And yet its many rules and how-tos are so elusive that few people out there who love to bake and dream of taking their products from the kitchen to the market actually end up doing so. Enter "How to Start a Home-Based Bakery Business"--the first book to cover every essential aspect of planning, starting, and running such a business successfully.
In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. Next, he walks you through the steps in the life of a business--from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed--and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in. your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.
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"Get ready to let your dreams take flight Tamara taught me
things I wish I'd known years ago; it would have saved me a lot of
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those nagging questions. Read it and fly."
This publication should be of special interest to all people working on programmes related to small enterprise development, including representatives of business associations, financial institutuions, universities, business schools, research organisaitons, donors and national and regional development agencies, as well as to private consultants providing services in this field.;The publication starts with a general introduction to the role of Business Development Services and the principles of good practice in this field and this is followed by chapters dealing with such subjects as: voucher programmes for training, the use of matching grants and the review of the constancy and training market in Argentina. The book includes descriptions of a variety of case studies from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru and some covering general experiences in the region and in various parts of the continent. This section reviews experience in the provision of services in marketing, technology, information, and the setting up and operation of Business Centres. Chapters are included on the process of networks through the clustering of small enterprises in various countries.;The final section deals specifically with the role of the public sector in the establishment and operation of business development services. A contribution from Chile defines the appropriate role for the State and covers experiences in the role of business services in local economic development. There are further papers on private/public partnerships in the provision of services for small enterprises in Brazil and Argentina. The book sets out various approaches to the provision of Business Development Services and the re-thinking of the role of the private sector, based on initiatives and experience in the Latin American region. The approaches are based on the realization of the objectives of cost-effective support services which are sustainable, have wide outreach and can have the optimum impact on the beneficiary enterprises and the local business environment.
'Essential for anyone wanting to take Instagram seriously.' Alex Wood, Forbes Boost your business, grow an online community or promote a side-hustle with Instagram Rules. Instagram is an essential tool for any business, and an estimated 60% of users discover new products via the platform. But how can you use it effectively? Social media expert Jodie Cook breaks it down into 125 bite-sized rules, making Instagram an easy and efficient method for expanding your venture. Jodie takes you through the most important aspects of running a professional account - strategy, content, community, growth - and drills into the key concepts so that you can apply expert digital marketing knowledge to your profile, no matter the size. Learn the dos and don'ts of post planning; developing a voice; identifying trends; driving a campaign; responding to engagement; and more. Create a personalised Instagram strategy, whatever your business is. Apply insight from interviews with successful users (from Ben & Jerry's and Papier, to freelancers and community groups) and Jodie's own experience working with international brands, celebrities and small businesses. Read as a quick-fire reference or as a step-by-step guide or for effective, focused strategy. Whether you're a complete novice, short on time or want to improve your engagement - Instagram Rules makes social media marketing straightforward and hassle-free for any small business or serious Instagram user.
A recent MBA graduate, Mike considers himself lucky to secure employment in an organisation where the management is innovative, highly focused on the business it is in and forward looking. Mike's induction at the hands of the CEO and senior executives proves to be exhilarating and at times humbling. He finds that his MBA is the beginning of his learning curve, not the end of it. The management beliefs and practices of the CEO and senior management set him on the path to becoming an innovative and forward looking manager for the future. You, the reader, will travel with Mike on his journey towards becoming an effective manager. Whether you are an executive, a business owner, an employee or a student, when you finish this book you will be aware of new ways of approaching work, realising that every process can be improved, modified, or in some cases, eliminated.
This book analyzes various business exit strategies for both family-owned businesses as well as other businesses, both in the United States and throughout the world. Approximately 80% to 90% of all businesses in the world are family-owned. The book discusses, among other things, 12 common mistakes in attempting to sell a business to third parties, methods of marketing the business, negotiation of key sale terms, negotiating employment and consulting agreements, avoiding traps in sale agreements, creating a professional advisory team, and alternatives to a sale to an unrelated third party, such as ESOPs, leverage recapitalizations, selling to other family members or key employees, and going public transactions.
The cleaning industry is worth billions each year. There isplenty of money to be made, and you don't require anyspecific qualifications to get started. What you do need is arange of key skills, and a personal determination to succeed.This book will give you insider knowledge of the world of office and domestic cleaning. It will provide you with all the practical tools you need to succeed in a competitive but rewarding industry.- The basics required to set up your business and the services you can offer.- How to develop sales, and how to find - and keep - satisfied clients.- How to find good staff, train them, and deal with problems.- How to maintain the quality of your service provision as you grow.- Managing the legal, health & safety, and insurance requirements.- How to develop your brand and grow your company.- Book keeping, debt control and finance- How to develop further lucrative services to offer your client base. Contents: List of Illustrations; Preface; Chapter 1. Working in the cleaning industry 2. Deciding between the various cleaning services; 3. Start up; 4. Keeping your clients happy; 5. Managing your staff; 6. Organizing your first cleaning account; 7. Ensuring quality of service; 8. Health and safety, laws and regulations; 9. Sales, marketing and advertising; 10. Managing finances; 11. Tax and national insurance; 12. Controlling debt; 13. Managing your expansion; 14. Property services; 15. Engaging subcontractors; Appendix 1 Useful Contacts; Appendix 2 The Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate; Appendix 3 Equal opportunties policy; Index
Now in its 4th Asia-Pacific edition, the internationally acclaimed author team of Entrepreneurship and Small Business have revised their market-leading text with a simple pedagogy and a clear purpose. Starting and running your own enterprise is one the most rewarding - and challenging - journeys towards developing a business career. This text provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to successfully own and manage a new, small or growing business venture. ESB 4th Asia-Pacific edition is abundant with insightful real world case studies and opportunities for experiential learning. It provides comprehensive information about small business management and entrepreneurship in Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong; providing students with a genuinely international perspective. The text includes a bolstered section on family business start-ups and integrated coverage of the impact of sustainability and social media. Yet again, the author team have brought to life what successful small business owners actually do, not just what they think or the theoretical concepts behind their strategy.
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