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Running a small business is hard and confusing. Most entrepreneurs start a company to solve a problem and just want to focus on doing only that. Unfortunately, starting a business gets in the way and everything that comes along with it.Like:acMarketing acSalesacCustomer ServiceacEmployees, Freelancers and VendorsacMoney and Finance This book solves that problem. It is a simple guide for anyone in a small business to be able to accomplish one of these tasks in five steps or less. No more angst over the issue or searching for the solution on the web. These 100 small business hacks are your shortcut to success.We assemble these after our combine 50 years in business both as small business owners ourselves and as journalists interviewing thought leaders about their path to prosperity. It has never been easier to start a business, but with so much competition moving at the speed of the internet, it has also never been so easy to fail. This does not have to be you. This book is not meant to be read from beginning to end. Jump to the problem that you need to solve and get started. Keep this guide nearby on your desk, your tablet, smart phone or under your pillow. It will allow you to quickly bust through most problems you will encounter and leave more time to do what you love at your company.
Turn your passions into a thriving business. From finding a niche, to expanding a successful enterprise to new horizons, learn how to turn any business opportunity into a rewarding venture – while avoiding the pitfalls of pursuing a pipe dream.
Distilling the key points into down-to-earth, realistic advice, business experts Alison and David Price explain how to create the right brand to stand out from the crowd, achieve the best work-life balance and grow your business to success.
This Practical Guide offers expert insights, case studies and practical techniques to help you begin and prosper on your entrepreneurial journey.
A how-to guide to small business anti-fraud protection and internal control Internal Control/Anti-Fraud Program Design for the Small Business is a practical guide to protection for businesses NOT subject to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Written by an expert with three decades of forensic investigation experience, this book is geared specifically toward private, non-public small businesses and their unique needs in the realm of fraud protection. Covering all elements of an internal control structure applicable to the small business community, this guide provides a step-by-step roadmap for designing and implementing an effective, efficient internal control structure/anti-fraud program tailored to your business's particular needs. Case studies are used throughout to illustrate internal control weaknesses and the fraud that can result, and follow-up analysis describes the controls that would have reduced the probability of fraud had they been in place. You'll learn how to analyze your company's internal control issues, and implement a robust system for fraud prevention. Guidance toward Sarbanes-Oxley compliance is readily available, but there is little information available for the many businesses not subject to the act until now. This book is the step-by-step guide for instituting an internal control program tailored to your small business. * Understand the five elements of internal control * Avoid gaps in protection with relevant controls * Design the ultimate anti-fraud program * Implement internal control tailored to your needs The majority of small business owners simply do not know the elements of or implementation process involved in internal control, and Sarbanes-Oxley guidelines don't necessarily scale down. Internal Control/Anti-Fraud Program Design for the Small Business helps you design and install the internal control/anti-fraud protection your business needs.
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.
This book is for young startups and entrepreneurs in the advertising, marketing, and digital services space. It's an A-to-Z guide for young advertising firms, full of advice that ranges from getting funding to how to value the company and sell it to how to hire your first employee.
Discover Your Next Breakthrough Idea Every company starts with one idea-that one passion that keeps you up at night, gets you up every morning, and drives you to create something bigger than yourself. Turning an idea into a thriving business requires more than just passion. You'll need to think big, take risks, and be able to step back and recognize game-changing ideas that may already be in front of you. Those are your aha! moments. Business growth expert and serial entrepreneur Scott Duffy shares his journey and the aha! moments that led to launching and selling new businesses to innovators like Richard Branson's Virgin Group. Duffy also shares the stories of entrepreneurs who have turned their ideas into multi-million-dollar businesses, like Shaun White, Tony Robbins, Daymond John, and Gary Vaynerchuck, to help you: Be a nimble leader who makes quick buy smart decisions Unlock hidden gems in your business with the power of finding your "Why?" Apply growth strategies designed to scale your business in today's economy Build a positive company culture by bringing in the right people Determine which next step is right for your business after launch Create sustainability with efficient, effective processes Learn from your mistakes and turn failures into fortunes
Become your own boss, in your own time! Emma Jones, founder of the home business website Enterprise Nation and author of 'Spare Room Start Up', delves into the working 5pm to 9pm trend and profiles 60 people who are running successful businesses outside of their normal office hours, everything from writing, baking and accounting, to magic, music and even pig farming! She offers over 50 ideas of businesses you can run in your spare time and looks at franchise ideas that can be run in the same way. There's advice on starting a business, sales, marketing, technology and how to maintain your social life whilst working 5 to 9. If you are: - In a job but not sure for how much longer, or - Wanting to pursue a passion, hobby or skill for light relief and extra income, or - Dreaming of becoming your own boss but not quite sure where to start Then this inspiring and practical book is for you!
A revised and updated edition of Craft a Creative Business, this is a must-read guide for anyone wanting to turn their hobby, craft or art skills into a successful business. Fiona Pullen, owner of The Sewing Directory, covers every aspect of setting up a small creative business clearly and simply; giving advice on the importance of identifying markets, focusing on a USP (unique selling point), assessing the competition, making sure the price is right and setting goals. Also included are sections on product photography and videography, branding and legal matters. Particular emphasis is placed on online selling, with detailed information on markets, blogging, using social media and the importance of analytics and SEO (search engine optimisation). Information on offline selling is included too, with notes on selling at craft fairs, trade fairs and markets, selling through retail outlets, running courses and workshops, and featuring work in the media. Every chapter is supported by practical activities to help you apply the lessons to your business, along with insights and advice from dozens of successful business professionals including Debbie Shore, Torie Jayne and Laura Strutt.
When Guerrilla Marketing was first published in 1983, Jay Levinson
revolutionized marketing strategies for the small-business owner
with his take-no-prisoners approach to finding clients. Based on
hundreds of solid ideas that really work, Levinson's philosophy has
given birth to a new way of learning about market share and how to
gain it. In this completely updated and expanded fourth edition,
Levinson offers a new arsenal of weaponry for small-business
Entrepreneurs have long been taught that to be successful, they need to spend months perfecting a business plan and finding investors before they can finally launch their business. But with the marketplace changing at lightning speed, this notion is not only outdated--it's costly. There's no point to building a business in a bubble. Today's entrepreneurs must embrace the idea of "failing fast." They need to connect with real customers and determine quickly whether their idea is worth pursuing, needs new direction, or should be abandoned altogether. "Fail Fast or Win Big "shows entrepreneurs how to: Create a rapid prototype of their product or service - Develop a business model instead of a business plan - Test it repeatedly with customers so they can spot failure early - Continue to refine the model based on customer interactions - Leverage their network and resources in order to run lean The longer it takes to launch a company, the more changes there will have been in the market place. Featuring real-life examples of entrepreneurs who set out to fail fast and ended up winning big, this ground breaking guide reveals how the right kind of risk can really pay off.
This book focuses on the production of low-quality goods, the rise of markets for imitations and shoddy goods, and dishonest trading practices which developed along with the expansion of global trade in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in East Asia. Fake, imitation, counterfeit, and adulterated goods have long plagued domestic and international trade. While we are all familiar with contemporary attempts to control the manufacture and sales of such goods, economic historians have given the subject little attention, despite the fact that the growth of international trade and the lengthening of commodity chains played a major role in the spread of such practices. The problem is approached in several ways. Part I of the book examines the ways in which the asymmetry of product-quality information was reduced and mechanisms were developed to bring greater order in the markets, using case studies on cotton fiber, silk pongee, cotton cloth, fertilizer, and tea. Part II of the book focuses on problems associated with imported everyday-use items-which are referred to here as "small things"-and the role played by imitations of such everyday goods as soap, matches, glass bottles, and toys in the development of the modern economies of Japan, China and Taiwan. The project brings together the work of an international team of scholars who offer important historical perspectives on these issues, exploring the ways in which new institutions were created that continue to play a role in contemporary global economic activities.
To maintain a competitive edge against other businesses, companies must ensure the most effective strategies and procedures are in place. This is particularly critical in smaller business environments with fewer resources. Knowledge Management Initiatives and Strategies in Small and Medium Enterprises is an authoritative reference source for the latest scholarly material on the management of knowledge resources in smaller-scale enterprises. Highlighting theoretical foundations and real-world applications, this book is ideally designed for professionals, practitioners, researchers, and upper-level students interested in emerging perspectives on knowledge management.
As a young entrepreneur who turned a small PR business into a highly successful international communications firm, author Jennifer Prosek experienced firsthand the power of instilling an "owner's mind-set" in every employee. Now, in this inspiring book, she explains the key for any company--large or small--to building a workforce dedicated to generating new business, creating new products and services, and sustaining growth. Army of Entrepreneurs does this by teaching readers how to motivate, train, and reward their employees; provide everyone--from interns to executives--with the skills and support they need; and refresh and evaluate programs and systems over time for continuous results.Great businesses aren't built by a single leader or rainmaker. Having a pool of employees who act as though they own the business results in increased motivation, increased productivity, and a supercharged desire to succeed. Army of Entrepreneurs shows how to transform any workforce and reap the rewards.
With an increasing demand for quality kennel accommodation for dogs and cats, a good boarding kennel is a sound investment and can provide a healthy income if run efficiently. Running your own Boarding Kennels, the only guide of its kind available, is essential reading for anyone who is considering starting out in the business. This new edition by animal care expert David Cavill provides advice on every aspect of running a boarding kennel. With an exhaustive breadth of detail it covers every related topic, including: boarding fees, raising finance, insurance, kennel cleaning, dangerous dogs, types of food, exercise, grooming, beds and towels, staff training, accommodation, advertising, puppy and kitten rearing, and product sales. Comprehensive and unique, Running your own Boarding Kennels also includes information on ancillary services such as dog-walking, pet sitting and home boarding.
This book offers practical hands-on help for anyone wanting to start their own business in a range of disciplines. If you are one of the thousands of people who have expertise you think you can turn into your own business, the "Start and Run" series shows you how to set about achieving your dreams. Written by experts in their respective interest areas, but always easy to read, these books provide step-by-step coaching for businesses as diverse as bed and breakfasts to teaching English as a second language. All Self-Counsel's "Start and Run" titles include a free CD with business and marketing tools to help you get going as soon as possible. This title allows you to learn from stories of success - and failure; understand the industry and the competition; and thus maximize your food savvy!
Corinna M. Lindow substantiates, develops, and tests a strategic fit perspective on family firm performance in order to contribute to explaining previous inconclusive findings. In particular, she aims at investigating whether strategic fit determines family firm performance and what role family influence plays. Based on a sample of German family firms, the author indicates that, against expectations, family firms' performance is not driven by strategic fit but through the effective use of family-specific factors such as family business governance and family culture. Further, the results suggest that family influence has important implications for strategy, organizational structure, and the achievement of strategic fit.
This series examines issues and economic matters particular to small businesses. The term Small Enterprise (or Small Organisation) is sometimes used for this same category of business or organisation. A small enterprise/organisation may also be a nonprofit organisation. This volume covers several topics including small business management and technical assistance training programs; federal broadband deployment programs and small business; women-owned small business programs; and cosponsored activities that can benefit small businesses but lack a consistent feedback mechanism.
This monograph considers issues that are central to our understanding of self-employment in the UK. The author begins with a review on the evidence of the role of self employment and entrepreneurship in employment creation. The discussion then moves on to consider self-employment as a route for advancement of many groups in society that face disadvantage in the labour market. The author concludes by considering the role of government in this relationship.
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.
This book provides a framework for understanding micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) as important contributors to economic growth. By examining the economic and investment decisions behind these businesses, the author shows how managers of MSMEs can add value to the firm by applying managerial finance tools. Early chapters establish the basic tenets of new venture development and financing and explore the economic environment that business-owners inhabit, focusing on venture capital, microfinance intervention, and public sector interventions. Later chapters guide the reader through the process of financial planning and forecasting, and valuation, finishing with insights into how to harvest investments and make sound financial decisions. The book has interdisciplinary appeal and offers a timely consideration of MSMEs in developing economies. It will be valuable reading for all interested in the management and development of small businesses, the finance of entrepreneurship and policy affecting small and medium sized enterprises.
Traffic Secrets Is the FUEL The biggest problem that most entrepreneurs have isn't creating an amazing product or service; it's getting their future customers to discover that they even exist. Every year, tens of thousands of businesses start and fail because the entrepreneurs don't understand this one essential skill: the art and science of getting traffic (or people) to find you. And that is a tragedy. Traffic Secrets was written to help you get your message out to the world about your products and services. I strongly believe that entrepreneurs are the only people on earth who can actually change the world. It won't happen in government, and I don't think it will happen in schools. It'll happen because of entrepreneurs like you, who are crazy enough to build products and services that will actually change the world. It'll happen because we are crazy enough to risk everything to try and make that dream become a reality. To all the entrepreneurs who fail in their first year of business, what a tragedy it is when the one thing they risked everything for never fully gets to see the light of day. Waiting for people to come to you is not a strategy. Understanding exactly WHO your dream customer is, discovering where they're congregating, and throwing out the hooks that will grab their attention to pull them into your funnels (where you can tell them a story and make them an offer) is the strategy. That's the big secret. Traffic is just people. This book will help you find YOUR people, so you can focus on changing their world with the products and services that you sell.
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