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In the current global scenario, business dynamics suffered deep transformations as a result of new patterns in wealth accumulation around the world. In this context, profit-seeking strategies have stimulated the re-organization of companies with the objective of creating global competitive advantages. In the Brazilian scenario, the vulnerability of small businesses has been put into question. Indeed, small businesses have specific competitive features that restrict the level and continuity of its activities, such as lack of capital and technical knowledge. Considering this background, this book is guided to answer the following research questions: 1. Why do some micro and small businesses succeed in improving their performance while others do not? 2. What are the critical success factors that facilitate the increase in productivity, assets and employment? 3. How does the micro and small business' growth unfold? There is undoubtedly the need to open up the discussion of some neglected aspects that will certainly broaden analytical perspectives, in both economic and social dimensions. The aim of this book is to apprehend the challenges of small business dynamics in order to rethink policies that could favor strong bridges between entrepreneurs, government and financial institutions toward economic growth and social inclusion. Chapter 1 refers to the global background where challenges and policies in the micro and small business sector are considered, including countries such as India, China, Russia and South Africa. Chapter 2 presents the recent evolution of the Brazilian entrepreneur and the performance of micro and small business in order to focus the outcomes of the global financial crisis and the current entrepreneurial concerns, taking into account the manufacturing, commerce and services sectors. Chapter 3 highlights a discussion on the concept of small business sustainability in order to analyze the factors that have affected the resilience of micro and small firms in the recent Brazilian trajectory. Chapter 4 presents the financial challenges to micro and small firms in the context of financialization. Chapter 5 deepens the understanding on challenges of micro and small firms, including management trends, labor qualification, innovation and exports, besides networking and clustering. Finally, the conclusion presents a prospective analysis on the Brazilian micro and small business sector in the near future and proposes a set of measures for enhancing a policy agenda toward small business sustainability.
How to raise rabbits for a steady source of meat and income Rabbits are one of the most sustainable, nutritious, and economic meat sources available. They can easily be raised in a variety of locations and climates, and require less space and infrastructure than many other species of livestock. Raising Rabbits for Meat is the how-to guide to help you succeed in starting and running a home rabbitry for a steady source of meat or income. Coverage includes: The history of the domestic rabbit Information on breeding, housing, and harvesting Tools to help you succeed with your program An emphasis on heritage breeds. Raising Rabbits for Meat provides a solid foundation for success in raising rabbits and is ideal for anyone interested in starting a small rabbitry for home use or to market rabbit meat as a business opportunity.
This innovative book combines theoretical and practical perspectives with the power of storytelling to present a new understanding of leadership as a concept and endeavour in the small business organisation. With the assertion that leadership capability is a key function of small firm survival and growth, it underlines the importance of addressing the phenomenon within small business. Employing storytelling as a fresh alternative to a traditional case study approach, the narrative of leading with purpose in real time is captured alongside relevant and current academic debate. In building upon the Harvard model of purpose driven leadership, the author offers a new definition and discussion of leadership that connects theory to real impact, based on research carried out with UK small business organisations. The overall aim of the book is to provoke interest in small business leadership and generate new knowledge of leading with purpose.
Finally, a book that proves there's a new way of having a career, whether you are in a job, unemployed, or retired. Why have one boring job-for-life when you can have several cool jobs-for-the-time-being. Companies and the civil service have long known the benefits of having multiple suppliers and changed their way of operating to capture these benefits. Its time that their work force realised the same thing and divided up their work into multiple jobs that benefit them. This book shows that the way to become a lifestyle entrepreneur is to start small and how to turn it into a business. It is a must-read for people who want to apply these same principles to their personal lives for careers that are rewarding both financially and personally. Anyone who would like to continue with the financial security of a job, or is in between jobs, will find the practical steps required to launch their lives into a new direction.
The bestselling first edition of The McGraw-Hill Guide to Starting Your Own Business sold more than 75,000 copies, and took the reader step-by-step through the entire process of starting a new venture. This completely revised second edition once again shows entrepreneurs the keys to determining the best business opportunities, creating a business plan, and formulating a winning marketing strategy. In addition, it now profiles alternative sources of funding from SBA loans to angel investors and provides valuable dos and donts from over one hundred entrepreneurs.
"Gerber's books never disappoint. These Ten Principles help you dig
in to create newer, bigger ideas during our deeply troubled times,
ultimately producing a great renewal--of mind, of body, of spirit,
and leading to a new operating system where anything is possible
and growth is built into the culture."
"This book doesn't just describe great business principles--it
MAKES business history. Your economic survival hinges on you
reading this book "
"Gerber is the master in giving us the essence. Every business
begins small, then grows and endures in accordance with its
founding principles. His new book scores a perfect 10 "
"New books recycle old ideas. This one is brand-new thinking for
our deeply troubled times. Gerber takes on the tough issues of the
day, and provides liberating insight and compelling principles on
creating small business success in any economic or political
"Entrepreneurship has been the high road to success and
satisfaction for 200 years. In this book, Michael shows you how to
start and build your own business better and more meaningfully than
you ever thought possible. Good Luck "
The single most important task for a prospective franchisee (or
small businessperson) is to prepare a realistic cash flow statement
that accurately reflects the economic potential of a franchise
(business). "How Much Can I Make?" is an insider's guide that
provides historical sales, expense, and/or profit data on actual
franchise operations to establish a solid basis for making these
critical financial projections. Over 75 financial performance
representations, prepared by the franchisors themselves, are
included for major industry categories. The roster of franchisors
runs from the McDonald's and 7-Elevens of the world to several
newer, smaller franchises with significantly fewer operating units.
Only about 55 percent of franchisors provide this information.
Given that franchisors are not allowed to make, or even discuss,
any financial projections other than those published in their
franchise disclosure documents, this hard-to-obtain data is
"Bebo sale to AOL nets founders a 290m fortune in 3 years." - March 2008
"Foxtons sale nets founder 370m." - May 2007
"L'Oreal buys Body Shop for 652m." - March 2006
For entrepreneurs and business owners alike, this is your ticket to serious money.
Fact 1: Business is all about making money.
Fact 2: Personal satisfaction is great, but it doesn't pay the bills.
If your main ambition is to make big money from your business, you're already on the right track. Over 4 million people start up businesses in the UK each y ear but only 1% become millionaires. Start with the end in mind and you could be one of them.
Colin Barrow, bestselling start-up author and business investment specialist, shows you how to shape up for a sale right from the world go:
Get Backed - secure big investment
Get Big - create real value and strong growth
Get Bought - dress the business and negotiate a killer deal
With practical advice, tools and stories from those who have done it, you'll find out how to guide your start-up business towards the payday of your dreams.
Creativity is at the vanguard of contemporary capitalism, valorised as a form of capital in its own right. It is the centrepiece of the vaunted 'creative economy', the creative industries, and is increasingly a focus of public policy. But what is economic about creativity? How can creative labour become the basis for a distinctive global industry? And how has the solitary artist, a figment of the romantic thought, become the creative entrepreneur of twenty-first century economic imagining? This book offers a fresh approach to this topic within the creative industries through a focus on intellectual property. It follows IP and its associated rights (IPR) through the creative economy, showing how it shapes creative products and configures the economic agency of creative producers. IP helps to manage risk, settle what is valuable, extract revenues, and protect future profits. It is the central mechanism in organising the market for creative goods. Most importantly, it shows that IP/IPR is crucial in the dialectic between symbolic and economic value on which the creative industries depend; IP/IPR hold the creative industries together. This book is based on a detailed empirical study of creative producers in the UK, extending the sociological studies of markets to an analysis of the UK's creative industries. In doing so, it makes an important, empirically grounded contribution to debates around creativity, entrepreneurship, and uncertainty in creative industries, and will be of interest to scholars and policymakers alike.
Most small business books focus on what it takes to start a small business, and not what it takes to start a franchise. At best, these books might allocate a single chapter to the concept of franchising, and at worst the author presumes that franchises are the same as any other business start-up. The world of franchising has its own nuances, and advice that works for 99% of start-ups would not apply to franchising. In fact, well-meaning advice can often be detrimental to potential franchisees. This book is focused on making sure that potential franchisees are aware of the specific journey ahead of them. As franchising is a two-way business arrangement, it includes exactly what franchisors are looking for, what can or cannot be negotiated with a franchisor, and how best to present yourself to ensure that you win the franchise you want.
* The first edition of this book won the prestigious Book of the Year Award presented by the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants Many entrepreneurs fail, not because they have bad ideas, but because they don't have the knowledge it takes to convert their ideas into success. In Six Steps to Small Business Success, five seasoned CPAs provide practical advice, step-by-step guidance, and proven ideas to help you dream big, think realistically, and plan and manage carefully, ultimately achieving more than you ever imagined. Take these six simple steps to convert your dreams into reality: 1. PRE-BUSINESS PLANNING. Learn from others who have succeeded how a little front end planning can ensure your success. 2. START-UP: FINANCES, BUDGETS, AND NUMBERS. Discover the key fundamentals that must be put in place for your business to grow. 3. HUMAN RESOURCES(PEOPLE). Learn best practices in hiring, training, managing, and terminating employees. 4. OPERATIONS: WORK FLOW, CUSTOMERS, AND SALES. Learn how to make good decisions about products and customers. 5. BUILDING A SALABLE BUSINESS AND THE SALE. Learn how to plan for your eventual sale. 6. TRANSITIONING TO LIFE AFTER BUSINESS. Finally, learn how to plan for life after work - personal adjustments, wealth management, leaving a legacy.
Do you know how to find out what people really want to buy? (Not what you think they want, not what they say they want, but what they really want?) The secret is asking the right questions... and the right questions are not what you might expect. Introducing Ask: the most powerful way to discover exactly what people want to buy, and how to give it to them - and in a way that makes people fall in love with you and your company. The proven, repeatable (yet slightly counterintuitive) Ask Method has quietly generated over $100 million in online sales across 23 different industries, and counting. In this tell-all book, Ryan Levesque reveals this exact method step-by-step, as well as the unusual story behind its discovery. Whether you're an aspiring Internet entrepreneur, advanced online marketer, or established business owner, this book will both inspire you and show you how to skyrocket your online income-while creating a mass of raving fans in the process-simply by asking the right questions in a surprisingly different way. 'Ryan has uncovered some enormous misunderstandings about human buying behavior and then utilized his neuroscience background to create this game-changing marketing and survey strategy. Before you finish the first third of the book, you'll be eager to jump ahead and implement his process immediately - it's that powerful!' - Annie Hyman Pratt, former CEO of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and CEO of IMPAQ Entrepreneur Business Execution Systems 'Ask may be the most important book written for anyone who sells products or services directly to consumers since Breakthrough Advertising was published in 1966. Like that masterpiece, Ask gives us a new paradigm for understanding human behavior at the deepest level, which gives rise to a more intelligent and profitable way to sell almost anything. Ryan Levsque will go down in history as the marketer who used his background to change the way products and services are sold online.' - Brian Kurtz, business builder of Boardroom Inc. and serial direct marketer
Many small business owners or starters are fearful and ignorant of the technology and expense required for setting up a website. And yet they know it's an absolute essential. This straightforward, jargon-free book is the answer for all small business owners from one-person concerns upwards. It will tell you all you need to know about your website whether you are designing and building it yourself or employing a web design agency to do it for you. It includes - Content management systems and why you need one - Effective search engine optimisation - Ensuring your website works on all browsers and devices - How to integrate social media into your website - Complying with legal requirements and general web standards Also included is a jargon-busting glossary explaining the technical words likely to be encountered when talking to designers, plus useful references and links.
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.
Want to make twice as much money with half the work? Embrace Denise Duffield-Thomas' millionaire mindset advice and business tools to attract success and abundance. Denise Duffield-Thomas, money mindset coach and bestselling author, will show you how to embrace the flow of the Chillpreneur with her trademark humour and down-to-earth wisdom. In this book, she shares invaluable business advice and counterintuitive millionaire mindset lessons (no blood, sweat or tears necessary) which will set you on the path of abundance - without the hard work. You'll discover how to: * find the business model that works perfectly for your personality * incorporate key concepts - such as the Golden Goose and the Keyless Life - to help you work less and earn more * become a marketing pro without feeling like a sleazy car salesman * deal with awkward money situations and find the most effective ways to price your offers Full of reassuring and practical advice, Chillpreneur challenges the old, boring assumptions of what it takes to create success in business, so you can create financial independence with ease and grace.
How did she do it? You've probably seen your share of moms lately thriving in the whirlwind of motherhood and entrepreneurship, having taken their designer onesie or gluten-free cookie and turned it into a profitable venture, and wondered if that could ever happen to you. It can! And quicker and easier than you think!In Venture Mom, author and founder of VentureMom.com Holly Hurd recounts inspiring stories from women who have channeled their passions into money-making products and services, and delivers 12 steps--each achievable in a week--to simplify the process and turn your idea into a budding enterprise. Without sacrificing precious time with their children, moms will learn about:* Tips and techniques for honing a concept, doing just enough research, and finding the perfect name* 5 factors that improve the odds of success* Free resources for logos, web design, and branding* Strategies for leveraging email, blogging, and social media* And much more!Don't fall for the lie that you could never do what they did. It's time to strip away the mysteries surrounding launching a business and unlock a fast, easy formula that anyone can utilize. Whether the goal is adding to the family finances or building a major enterprise, Venture Mom can help anyone get started.
Entrepreneurial dilemmas play an important, though heavily underexposed, role in the life cycle of the small firm. This book defines the entrepreneurial dilemma as a situation where entrepreneurs have to choose between multiple future courses of action concerning their firm, without sufficient information to make that choice. The Entrepreneurial Dilemma in the Life Cycle of the Small Firm enables lecturers, researchers and practitioners in the fields of entrepreneurship, small business development and business administration to understand these entrepreneurial dilemmas and ways to resolve them. This book presents an in-depth analysis of the modern theories in the field of entrepreneurship, including innovation, sustainable entrepreneurship, characteristics of small businesses, the life cycle of the firm, entrepreneurial behavior and small business finance. Enno Masurel provides a clear overview of the opportunities that teaching entrepreneurship in a higher education context offers, and embodies this teaching within ten universal cases that will help readers to further understand the the dilemmas faced by entrepreneurial activity in the development of small firms.
The bleak employment opportunities faced by so many countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and indeed Eastern Europe, suggest the need for a more employment-intensive path of development in the future. Achieving this will entail, in one way or another, a large contribution by small-scale production units. It is obvious for instance, that huge numbers of people may have no other option but to engage in small-scale production as entrepreneurs, self-employed persons, "disguised wage-workers", and so on. At the least, this can give them a survival opportunity. Ideally, the promotion of small-scale production should open the door to the restructuring of industry and ultimately to industrial growth through improvement in technology and productivity. In policy design and research, a "revival versus survival" dilemma has thus become a fundamental issue. Special emphasis is paid to aspects of small-scale industrial development that have received insufficient attention up to now - spatial analysis, labour and work, the role of technology, and the involvement of non-government development organizations as an important category of support organizations for small and micro-enterprises. The case studies represent six important dimensions of the developmental contexts that are found around the world: India (comprehensive policy design and implementation), Indonesia (rapid economic development and structural transformation), Ghana (structural adjustment policies), Colombia (short-run economic cycles), Yugoslavia (transformation of industrial organization), and Hungary (ill-conceived bureaucratic interventions).
The only series of step-by-step guides to succeeding in the skilled trades and achieving the American dream. At Your Best as a Welder is your playbook for learning if a career as a welder is right for you, progressing from pre-apprentice to journeyman to master welder, and launching your own small business. Learn: What does a career as a welder look like? Why should you consider becoming a welder? How do you become a successful craftsman as a welder? How much can you make as a welder? What are your career options once you become a welder? How long does it take to be successful at each stage in a welder's career? How and where do you find work as a welder? What does it take to strike out on your own? What does it take to launch and build a successful small business? At Your Best is the only step-by-step handbook to finding if a career in the trades is right for you, educating yourself and earning the proper certifications, establishing yourself as an excellent apprentice and journeyman in the industry, and moving on to start your own small business in the trades. At each step of the way, your At Your Best playbook provides the information, recommendations, outside resources, and concrete actions needed for taking the next successful step in You, Inc. Whether you are beginning your first career, changing careers, or ready to move up and start your own business as a carpenter, plumber, HVAC/R tech, or other tradesman, this is the book that will tell you how. There are currently over 6.5 million unfilled jobs in the skilled trades in the US. Despite being well-paying and secure, these jobs remain open because enough qualified candidates with the skills, attitude, and experience required do not exist. Moreover, plenty of opportunity exists for established tradespeople to start their own business, but they have no guidance. The At Your Best Playbooks series changes that.
The definitive guide to starting and running a small business
"The Smarta Way to Do Business" is the first definitive handbook for starting a business to bring you advice from real-world entrepreneurs who've been there, and done that. Packed with everything you need to know to start and run a successful business, straight from the UK's leading experts, this is the insider's guide YOU need to build a successful business right NOW.
Featuring exclusive interviews with anyone who's anyone in the world of entrepreneurship, including Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden, Duncan Bannatyne, Sarah Beeny, Doug Richard, Martha Lane Fox, Caprice, Sahar Hashemi, and more, the book also brings you unique insights from Peter Jones, Mike Clare, Julie Meyer, Rachel Elnaugh and many others
Whether you're just starting out, looking to take your business to the next level or exploring how social media and emerging technologies could boost your customer sales, "The Smarta Way to Do Business" has the answers you're looking for.
An excellent business plan impresses financial backers, provides a clear blueprint for the future of your company and functions as a benchmark against which to measure future growth. How to Prepare a Business Plan explains the process of creating an excellent business plan in an engaging and accessible way. It includes essential coverage of producing cash flow forecasts, planning a business expansion, planning your borrowing and monitoring business progress. Global case studies containing real business plans provide inspiration and real-life practical insight by analyzing the plans, monitoring the business' progress and discussing their problems. Sample business plans also show you the process in action and provide useful examples for creating your own. How to Prepare a Business Plan helps new business owners to consider what they really want out of their business, and to map their own journey and gain a new understanding of their product's place in the market, as well as writing a business plan with the clarity, brevity and logic to keep bank managers interested and convinced. Whether looking to start up or expand, this practical advice will help anyone to prepare a plan that is tailored to the requirements of their business - one that will get the financial backing they need.
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