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Essential guidance for South African entrepreneurs running a small business. This book provides information on finance for business in three parts: An introduction to financial concepts for non-financial people -- income statements, balance sheets, interpretation of financial information, cash flow and budgeting. 15 key business calculations -- detailed instructions for calculating essential business information, including gross profit, breakeven point, working capital and more. Raising finance for your business -- finding funding and preparing your pitch to financiers. Written in an easy to follow style with simple black and white illustrations.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was established in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act to increase the participation of small innovative companies in federally funded R&D. In establishing the program, Congress found that technological innovation plays an important role in job creation, productivity improvements, and U.S. competitiveness; that small businesses are among the most cost-effective performers of R&D and particularly capable of bringing R&D results to market in the form of new products; and that despite the role of small businesses as the principal source of significant innovations in the Nation, the vast majority of federally funded R&D is performed by large businesses, universities, and federal laboratories. This book provides background and examines issues in the SBIR and small business technology transfer programs.
Aspects of the urban food truck phenomenon, including community economic development, regulatory issues, and clashes between ethnic authenticity and local sustainability. The food truck on the corner could be a brightly painted old-style lonchera offering tacos or an upscale mobile vendor serving lobster rolls. Customers range from gastro-tourists to construction workers, all eager for food that is delicious, authentic, and relatively inexpensive. Although some cities that host food trucks encourage their proliferation, others throw up regulatory roadblocks. This book examines the food truck phenomenon in North American cities from Los Angeles to Montreal, taking a novel perspective: social justice. It considers the motivating factors behind a city's promotion or restriction of mobile food vending, and how these motivations might connect to or impede broad goals of social justice. The contributors investigate the discriminatory implementation of rules, with gentrified hipsters often receiving preferential treatment over traditional immigrants; food trucks as part of community economic development; and food trucks' role in cultural identity formation. They describe, among other things, mobile food vending in Portland, Oregon, where relaxed permitting encourages street food; the criminalization of food trucks by Los Angeles and New York City health codes; food as cultural currency in Montreal; social and spatial bifurcation of food trucks in Chicago and Durham, North Carolina; and food trucks as a part of Vancouver, Canada's, self-branding as the "Greenest City." Contributors Julian Agyeman, Sean Basinski, Jennifer Clark, Ana Croegaert, Kathleen Dunn, Renia Ehrenfeucht, Emma French, Matthew Gebhardt, Phoebe Godfrey, Amy Hanser, Robert Lemon, Nina Martin, Caitlin Matthews, Nathan McClintock, Alfonso Morales, Alan Nash, Katherine Alexandra Newman, Lenore Lauri Newman, Alex Novie, Matthew Shapiro, Hannah Sobel, Mark Vallianatos, Ginette Wessel, Edward Whittall, Mackenzie Wood
Preparing a realistic cash flow statement is a potential franchisee's most important task. This invaluable guide contains over 100 financial performance representations for major industry categories, from established franchisors like McDonald's to newer, smaller systems with only a few operating units. Since franchisors are not allowed to discuss financial projections other than those published in their disclosure statements, this information is especially useful. Also included are detailed profiles of each franchisor and the author's insights into making meaningful financial projections.
WHAT IF LIFE WASN'T ABOUT DECADES OF WAGE-SLAVERY, PAYING BILLS, AND THEN DYING? Today's contemporary slavery is an implied social contract whereas a gilded cage is exchanged for voluntary indebtedness and lifelong toil, a price sacrificed by a non-redeemable fifty-years of Monday through Friday, a willful servitude in which freedom is only promised by the dawn of life's fading twilight." MJ DeMarco HAS AN INVISIBLE SCRIPT HIJACKED YOUR LIFE? UNLOCK YOUR TRUTH. UNLEASH YOUR DREAM. Tired of sleepwalking through a mediocre life bribed by mindless video-gaming, redemptive weekends, and a scant paycheck from a soul-suffocating job? Welcome to the SCRIPTED club-- where membership is neither perceived or consented. The fact is, ever since you've been old enough to sit obediently in a classroom, you have been culturally engineered for servitude, unwittingly enslaved into a Machiavellian system where illusionary rules go unchallenged, sanctified traditions go unquestioned, and lifelong dreams go unfulfilled. As a result, your life is hijacked and marginalised into debt, despair, and dependence. Life's death sentence becomes the daily curse of the trivial and mundane. Fun fades. Dreams die. Don't let life's consolation prize become a car and a weekend. Recapture what is yours and make a revolutionary repossession of life-and-liberty through the pursuit of entrepreneurship. A paradigm shift isn't needed--the damn paradigm needs to be thrown-out altogether. The truth is, if you blindly follow conventional wisdom pushed by conventional people living conventional lives, can you expect to be anything but conventional? Rewrite life's script: ditch the job, give Wall Street the bird, and escape the insanity of trading your life away for a paycheck and an elderly promise called retirement. UNSCRIPT today and start leading life-- instead of life leading you.
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.
This collective book offers a cross-country perspective on the internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Scholars from prestigious institutions in Europe, North America, Australia and China provide new insights on how SMEs develop and perform their international activities. Their innovative approach is particularly useful to understand the major role played by SMEs in today's global economy. The authors identify key factors that facilitate the international expansion of SMEs. They explain how SMEs can succeed in their development in both mature and emerging economies. Their findings are based on quantitative surveys and in-depth case studies, and the resulting recommendations are provided to help SME managers increase the performance of their international activities.
The Small Business Administration says that 69% of all business
do not last past 7 years and 56% not any longer than four years.
There is serious monetary and relationship carnage in all this.
What is really going on here? Going Out Of Business By Design will
offer up reasons for this as well as compelling solutions. Mr.
Pease writes from 29 years of personal experience and continues to
operate his office equipment business. Going Out of Business By
Design wants to help the Owner Entrepreneur be able to spot
dangerous trends before they threaten the business.
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.
Gain the Eco-Advantage in Today's Business World
From helping you explore environmentally-friendly opportunities to choosing eco-friendly means of production, our experts take you step by step, and show you how to protect our planet while building your business. Learn business basics with a green twist including financing, office setup, day-to-day operations and so much more Discover your business and your green competitive edge Create a sustainable business model-no matter what business you choose Get funding from green lenders Manage your company's carbon footprint Incorporate practical and innovative, earth-friendly solutions at every stage Establish an environmentally responsible business culture Use effective marketing to capture customers and keep them coming back And more
Plus, gain innovative insights, ideas, and concepts from 22 successful green businesses
Take the high road to success-start your green business today
Thought Leadership is one of the most valuable marketing tools available to today's entrepreneur. Not only is it highly affordable (largely free), it is also available to anyone with an opinion - and who doesn't have one of those? "Becoming The Expert" explains how business owners, entrepreneurs, marketers and sales professionals can better position themselves as experts in their own particular industry and help to build brand awareness, generate leads and ultimately drive sales through the sharing of their detailed knowledge and insight. Written in plain English and using real world examples, the book explains how to find your voice and then plan, create and distribute. Thought Leadership Marketing campaigns using a wide range of channels including blogs, white papers, videos, podcasts, webinars, PR, the media, books, eBooks, public speaking opportunities and social media. This book is for any business professional who values the idea of sharing knowledge, empowering the people they work with and building their reputation on the back of holding an open and honest dialogue with the communities they serve.
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.
Dog trainers face ethical decisions all the time. Do I keep working with a client when it is obvious that the owner will not keep up the training program to the detriment of the dog? Should I accept payments from other dog professionals to whom I refer clients? What is the proper way to interact with other dog trainers who use methods I disagree with? Author Jim Barry dives deep into the ethical questions frequently faced by dog trainers and offers up a systematic approach to helping trainers resolve difficult dilemmas.
Financial statements hold the key to a company's fiscal health--so learn to read them
In order to gauge a company's health--as well as the competition's--managers must know how to properly read and understand financial statements. "The Business Owner's Guide to Reading and Understanding Financial Statements" will introduce managers and business owners to various types of financial statements and explain why they are important. Serving as a desktop reference, especially for managers without a strong background in finance, this book will discuss the difference between internal and external financial statements and explain how they can be used for financial decision-making in order to avoid common missteps.
Whether you're planning for major capital projects or simply managing the fiscal aspects of your department, this nontechnical, results-driven guide will arm you with the fundamentals to: Understand the budget process and why it is importantManage assets and track inventoryGauge profitabilityMonitor success throughout the year using internal reportingSet prices and make key cost decisions
Financial statements are essential to determining a company's fiscal health. Understand where your company stands so that you can make informed decisions about its future.
Completely revised and updated edition of this very popular and successful small business book
The first edition of "201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business" was hailed by management guru and author Tom Peters as "Brilliantly researched. Brilliantly written. A gem of priceless value on almost every page. Read. Inhale. Absorb. Great Stuff "
In this completely updated third edition of 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business, renowned small-business expert and consultant Jane Applegate shares new, powerful, creative, simple, and proven approaches for building a better small business.Details how business owners can use online marketing and social networking more effectivelyOffers timely strategies for thriving in challenging economic timesIncludes scores of real-life success stories and all-new interviews with small-business owners, experts, and VIP's including Guy Kawasaki, Kay Koplovitz, and Michael Bloomberg
It may be small, but your business is a big deal to you, your customers, and employees. "201 Great Ideas" provides lively, practical strategies to help you manage, grow, and promote your business.
Successfully running a small catering business takes much more than a passion for cooking and a knack for preparing tasty dishes. It requires superb planning and management. This book is for people who are looking for a challenging career move and for those who are already in the food services industry. It's a complete guide to succeeding as a caterer, written by a seasoned caterer who knows the ins and outs of the business.Detailing everything caterers need to know to attract clients and turn a profit, this book also offers tips on unique table decorations and surefire recipes that will win rave reviews. This edition includes information about effective use of the Internet to help improve both the culinary and the business aspects of a successful catering business. It also offers a CD-ROM with checklists and worksheets that can be customized to suit everyone's needs.
**Updated for 2013** Is fear of the money side of running a business holding you back? Would you love to turn your passion into a small business, but are frightened of getting on the wrong side of the taxman? Do you run a small business and find it's a desperate struggle to keep all your paperwork in the right place, never mind work out how much tax you should pay each year? In this friendly, informative book, bilingual qualified accountant Emily Coltman guides you through what you need to know on the finance and accounting side when you're setting up and running a small business. Emily speaks plain English as well as accountants jargon She has many years experience of helping small business owners with their finance and accounting, and this book is written for anyone running a small business for whom double entry might as well be double Dutch This book explains the different ways a business can be set up and structured legally and what the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of structure are, including the different taxes that each has to pay, and when those taxes have to be paid. It looks at where you might find the money to start or grow your business, and why you might choose the different sources. There are suggestions for how to organise your paperwork and advice on what records you need to keep and for how long. You'll hear how to keep on the right side of the taxman, what expenses you can and can't claim tax relief on, and how to claim tax relief when you buy equipment for your business - and what 'tax relief' actually is This easy-to-read bitesize guide answers all the tax and accounting questions you have - and those you haven't thought of yet.
The quick recovery of Asian economies from the recent global recession can be partly attributed tothe effect of positive aggregate-demand externalitiesin their self-employment sectors, which are overwhelmingly large in these economies. This book undertakes a behavioural analysis of self-employing producers to lay a microeconomic foundation for this effect, particularly in cases where markets are not perfectly competitive, as is the case during aggregate economic contractions. Where some marketsare not perfectly competitive, the market prices and rates fail to be relevant and internal prices and rates are instead formed toaid theorganization of family firm and consumption choice. The effects of these externalitiesare explored in this volume; the authors undertake a detailed analysis of records of labour force surveys, national incomes and product accounts of selected economies.
Is Your Marketing as Simple, Effective, and Affordable as Duct Tape?
Let's face it, as a small business owner, you are really in the business of marketing. The problem for most small business owners is that they suffer from "marketing idea of the week" syndrome instead of implementing a systematic approach to the problem of small business marketing.
In "Duct Tape Marketing," renowned Small Business Marketing guru John Jantsch shows you how to develop and execute a marketing plan that will give your business the life and longevity you knew you could have when you made that decision to go out on your own.
"CAREFUL Duct tape is a serious tool... it sticks where you put it. So are the ideas in this book. If you're ready to make a commitment and are willing to make something happen, John's book is a great place to start." ―Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow
"For all those who wonder why John Jantsch has become the leading advisor and coach to small businesses everywhere, Duct Tape Marketing is the answer. I have never read a business book that is as packed with hands-on, actionable information as this one. There are takeaways in every paragraph, and the success of John's blog is living proof that they work. Duct Tape Marketing should be required reading for anyone who is building a business, or thinking about it." ―Bo Burlingham, editor-at-large, Inc. magazine, and author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big
"Duct Tape Marketing is a worthy addition to the growing library of how-to books on small business marketing"―"concise, clear, practical, and packed with great ideas to boost your bottom line." ―