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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
"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.
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.
Everything you need to know to run a profitable and satisfying personal chef business from your home.
Business Principles for Landscape Contracting, fully revised and updated in its third edition, is an introduction to the application of business principles of financial management involved in setting up your own landscape contracting business and beginning your professional career. Appealing to students and professionals alike, it will build your knowledge of financial management tools and enable you to relate their applications to real-life business scenarios. Focusing on the importance of proactive financial management, the book serves as a primer for students in landscape architecture, contracting, and management courses and entrepreneurs within the landscape industry preparing to use business principles in practice. Topics covered include: Financial management and accountability Budget development Profitable pricing and estimating Project management Creating a lean culture Personnel management and employee productivity Professional development Economic sustainability.
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.
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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.
What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better--and smarter--solution is simply to remain small? This book explains how to do just that. Company of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, one can have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis. 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 on a small, lush island off of Vancouver, 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 find the right pathway to do the same, including planning how to set up your shop, determining your desired revenues, dealing with unexpected crises, keeping your key clients happy, and of course, doing all of this on your own.
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.
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.
Take advantage of every tax deduction-and keep more of your income!. .
Contrary to popular opinion, the IRS is a small-business owner's best friend-but the agency is an expert at hiding that fact in complex tax codes. The truth is, there's a good chance you've been missing out on some real money-saving opportunities. Tax specialist David Meier puts you on the path to greater profitability by stripping away the complex language in which tax laws are cloaked and communicating your tax rights in plain, easy-to-understand terms.. . .
"Make Your Life Tax Deductible" provides: . . . Hundreds of money-saving tax deductions in an accessible format . A full range of categories, from travel expenses to retirement plans . Expert advice on how to build your profits into a retirement plan . . . . .
Have you been paying the IRS more than you have to? . . . Structuring your business as a sole proprietorship . (Chapter 1). Deducting the entire cost of your health insurance . (Chapter 3). Detecting IRS mistakes made in the its favor . (Chapter 15). Putting pre-tax money into an IRA . (Chapter 17). Deducting property depreciation from your taxable income (Chapter 12). Offsetting taxable income with business losses . (Chapter 4). Paying the lowest possible corporate income tax . (Chapter 7) . Using Guaranteed Payments to fund your retirement plan (Chapter 8). Deducting gas, repairs, and every other automobile expense (Chapter 11). . .
Discover these and hundreds of other write offs that can "Make Your Life Tax Deductible!,"
This exciting new book provides the 'big picture' on small business and entrepreneurship. Written by two recognised experts, active teachers and researchers at one of the world's most respected business schools, it explores both the prevalence and importance of small and start-up businesses. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are highly diverse, so the book looks to apply broad brush strokes to learn from general patterns where possible. It identifies evidence where it is clear, but equally acknowledges where knowledge is limited or certain conclusions are impossible to draw. Perhaps most importantly, it makes clear that small businesses are not just scaled-down big businesses: they behave, respond, and are organised differently to large organisations. For Students: Financial Times video interviews with entrepreneurs and small business owners, weblinks to organisations cited in the book, flashcard glossary to help with revision. For Instructors:instructor manual, PowerPoint slides.
The low-risk secret to a high-pro fit business--a perfect primer for first-time entrepreneurs
More and more people are leaving their jobs and investing in small businesses--today's leading job growth opportunity. But isn't it risky? Not with Ed Pendarvis, whose business brokerage firm was rated #1 by "Entrepreneur "magazine. Once investors learn how to find and evaluate the right kind of business, the risks can be reduced--and profits dramatically increased. The secret lies in valuing and purchasing an already existing small business or franchise, one with a proven track record and potential for continued success.
With this simple motivational guide, even a first-time entrepreneur can learn how to: Locate a business Negotiate a price Complete a sale Protect an investment Finance the future Achieve true financial freedom
This book discusses the ways in which characteristics of innovative firms and innovative talents with core competence in Japanese, Korean, German, and American contexts are developed and nurtured, and compares innovative firms with a long history of business operations from these four countries. Firstly, the book examines innovation practices of long-lived Japanese firms and compares them with those of German, American and Korean firms. Based on extensive interviews with executives and field studies, it identifies the essential qualities of each country in which these innovative firms and innovative talents are found. It then focuses on theoretical and practical aspects, using the theoretical framework to define organizational and technological factors for long-term innovation success. Further, the book provides recommendations based on organizational practices for developing innovative talents in Japanese, German, American and Korean contexts. Intended for academics, students and practitioners in the areas of organizational theory and strategic management, this book clarifies the critical practices of long-lived innovative firms and organizational innovators.
The sixth edition of Manage Finances and Develop Financial Plans shows you how to control financial results effectively in a small business. To do this, you need to keep relevant records, report operating results, and plan financial performance. This book is divided into three parts: Part A - Manage Finances: Financial Records investigates simple financial records and record-keeping procedures and legal requirements for records. Part B - Manage Finances: Financial Reports examines preparing and analysing simple financial reports including income statements, cash flow statements and balance sheets. A business's tax obligations are also addressed. Part C - Develop Financial Plans examines profit planning, capital expenditure, budgeting, cash flow management and financing decisions. There is also a glossary at the end of the book of key record-keeping and financial terms, and a comprehensive index. Each chapter has exercises within the text, a list of key terms, and a multiple-choice quiz. There are also assessment activities at the end of key chapters. The answers to the quizzes can be found at the end of the book. After reading this book, you should be able to record, report and plan financial performance to successfully run a small business.
6 Books in 1 Generate high-impact marketing campaigns There's more to a successful campaign than spinning the marketing wheel of fortune and hoping for the best. This all-encompassing guide shows you how to develop and execute winning plans that result in growth and revenue every time. Get ready to incorporate tried-and-true marketing methods that will put your small business on top. 6 Books Inside...* Setting Up Your Marketing Foundation * Getting Started with Your Campaign * Content Is King: Content Marketing * Using Social Media * Incorporating Traditional Marketing * Measuring Results
There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.
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