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Ideas like corporate social responsibility (CSR) and stakeholder value creation are becoming second nature to businesses across the globe. Addressing the weakness of current CSR research, this Research Handbook provides a unique perspective on small business social responsibility in both the developed and developing world. Bringing together leading international experts, and including a foreword by R. Edward Freeman, this Research Handbook defines and contextualizes CSR in small businesses across the globe. It explores issues surrounding supply chains, responsible finance, and social enterprise, offering both practitioner insights and succinct case studies to go beyond the usual Western perspective and enable a globally relevant understanding of small business social responsibility. This Research Handbook will be an invaluable tool for researchers and educators, as well as for students of business and CSR, social enterprise, development and management.
Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business? There has never been a better time to say yes! With a computer and an Internet connection you can get your ideas, messages and business out there like never before and create so much success. In this book, Carrie Green shows you how. Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20 - she knows what it's like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination...but she also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion and blocks that entrepreneurs face. Based on her personal, tried-and-tested experience, she offers valuable guidance and powerful exercises to help you: * Get clear on your business vision * Move past the fears and doubts that can get in the way * Understand your audience, so you can truly connect with them * Create your brand and build a tribe of raving fans, subscribers and customers * Manage your time, maintain focus and keep going in the right direction * Condition yourself for success...and so much more! If you're a creative and ambitious female entrepreneur, or are contemplating the entrepreneurial path, this book will provide the honest, realistic and practical tools you need to follow your heart and bring your vision to life.
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION Serving missions rather than profits, the nonprofit sector employs 11 million people, making it the third largest industry in the United States, and often provides our communities' most fundamental services. Whether your mis-sion is to save puppies, feed children, or preserve history, Start Your Own Nonprofit Organization equips you with the tools you need to start, run and grow your organization. This guide provides mission-driven entrepreneurs like you with the latest industry research and pairs it with advice from real-world nonprofit leaders to teach you how to: Determine if your business idea is nonprofit or for-profit Manage the day-to-day operations and onboard key staff and volunteers that help you achieve goals Write a business plan, mission statement, and grant proposals that gain funding and help grow the organization Manage your finances to the satisfaction of the IRS Integrate the latest technology, apps, and social media strategy to aid in volunteer tracking, donation facilitation, and audience outreach Plus, gain insight and hard-won lessons from nonprofits like the Susan B. Komen Foundation, Prosperity Indiana, the Melanoma International Foundation, and the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits No matter what kind of nonprofit you want to start, this guide will turn your hope for change into help for a deserving community--starting now!
The rules have changed. The American Dream is no longer the "corner office." It's a successful business you can run from your home office, the beach, or wherever you desire. It's work you love that still allows you the freedom and income to live the life you truly want. Sound like a tall order? Well, thanks to the Internet, anyone can launch a business with little or no start-up capital or technical expertise. And in "Click Millionaires," e-commerce expert Scott Fox teaches weary corporate warriors and aspiring entrepreneurs how to trade the 9-5 job they hate for an online business they love. The book explains how to combine outsourcing, software, and automated online marketing to build recurring revenues, all while working less and making fewer of the lifestyle compromises that corporate "success" requires. Readers will learn how to: - Find a lucrative niche on the Internet that matches their interests and skills - Choose an online businessmodel: fromblogs, noozles, and audience communities to digital delivery, online services, affiliate marketing--even physical products - Position themselves as a experts - Build their audience - Design the lifestyle they want - Balance passion and profits to realize their personal definition of success Featuring stories of dozens of "regular folks" who have reinvented themselves as "Click Millionaires," this inspiring and practical guide shows readers how to stop dreaming of a better life and start living it "Buy the book and get a free membership in Scott Fox's Internet business coaching and training Forum at ClickMillionaires.com. Ask questions, develop your business ideas and online marketing strategies, meet fellow entrepreneurs, and get personalized help from Scott Fox and his team--all free with purchase."
Billions of dollars have been spent in the last twenty years on assistance for micro, small and medium businesses. Yet there have been few attempts to count the costs and compare them to the benefits.This is the first book to systematically evaluate, measure and review the costs and benefits of small enterprise development programs through a range of examples of best practice from within the field.The authors have drawn on their extensive experience in business and as consultants within the enterprise development industry for this extensive study. They show that it is possible to measure and compare the costs and benefits of small enterprise development programs, and that donors, NGOs, tax payers and small business administrators themselves should demand that those who are responsible for such programs must demonstrate that they are providing value for money.
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!
Are you a baby boomer business professional struggling to make sense of social media? Discover how to get in front of ideal prospects, increase customer retention and loyalty, and grow your business using social media. You'll see that it's fun to use social media to build your business when you have the right guide showing you the way.This book will show you: Which six social media websites you should be using; What to say and how to say it to build a vibrant community that listens to you; How to identify your ideal prospects and find them on social media sites; How to create and deliver content effectively; How to develop a social media marketing strategy, including a personalized Marketing Action Plan; How to have fun on the journey while gaining mastery over the medium.Like a travel guide, the book gives you a good overview of each social media destination, important insider tips to make your stay more enjoyable, and suggested itineraries to make travel easier as you become acclimated to the new environment. Finally, the book includes step-by-step instructions on how to set up accounts with each social media destination when you're ready to begin your journey.
How to Start a Business When You're Young addresses all the issues that might face a young would-be entrepreneur. It will help the reader understand the options which are available to them, and come up with a business idea that will work. Often the biggest challenge for the young entrepreneur is coming up with a great business idea, but with a huge range of suggested business types and start-up ideas, along with real-life testimonies from young people who have set up successful businesses this book is bound to inspire the reader and give them the confidence necessary to become a successful young entrepreneur. The authors' down-to-earth, accessible style will make for an easy and enjoyable read without being patronising. Full of examples and tips, it will provide plenty of ideas for things to go away and do now.
This book answers the questions that therapists frequently ask about setting up and running a business. It allows readers to successfully make the journey from being trained in how to conduct professional therapy sessions to running a growing private practice. The material covers a range of issues including: registration with HMRC, money issues, marketing, insurance, and whether to work from home or other premises. The book addresses a number of practical questions, such as: Do I have to register with the information commission? What can I count as legitimate business expenses? What mistakes should I avoid when marketing my practice? How can I easily and cheaply accept card payments from my clients? What help can I get to manage my phone calls? How can I get a website? and, What can I do to increase my personal safety?As counselling in the twenty-first century changes, an increasing number of therapists are using technology to write and store notes, and to communicate with clients - either to arrange appointments, or to conduct them.
*Financial Times Business Book of the Month* `Fascinating.' Forbes Safe thinking is everywhere. It defines our everyday routines, work habits and ideas. There's just one problem with it: in a world of constant change, it ultimately lets us down. In Unsafe Thinking, creativity guru Jonah Sachs demonstrates that the most remarkable and trail-blazing individuals - from the maverick Google programmer who came up with Gmail, to the Colombian mayor who employed mime artists to transform his city's traffic problem - are those who reject the lure of what they already know. He draws on cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to uncover the mental processes that lead to successful innovation. And he reveals how you too can learn to adopt the boldly innovative mindset that will help you thrive in life and in business. `An array of fresh insights on creativity, motivation and staying in "flow".' Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human `An enchanting book about how to question the conventional, challenge the status quo, and unlock the creative solutions right under your nose.' Adam Grant, author of Originals `A blazingly original book . . . Destined to become a classic.' Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club `Practical and truly entertaining . . . A must-read for anyone facing a changing world.' Jonah Berger, author of Contagious
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Build a better business-through your Personal Branding.. .
Oprah. Martha Stewart. Charles Schwab. They've built their success around their personal brands. But you don't have to be a celebrity to turn your name into a distinctive product persona that makes you money. Packed with a treasure trove of things to do tomorrow, next week, and next month, "The Brand Called You" will help you to build and maintain a Personal Brand. It also includes exciting new profiles of personal brands that pop, and teaches you how to craft an emotionally resonant branding message, create top-quality branding tools, and attract a consistent flow of business.. .
If you want to be rich and famous, read this book.-Al Ries, coauthor of "The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding,"
Whether your aspirations are simply to sell a selection of home grown plants from the boot of your car or to establish a succesful all-year-round gardening business, this book will show you how. It covers: preparing your business plan; getting kitted out; how to find work - and keep it; what services to offer; book-keeping for gardeners; planning the gardening year; how to get commercial contracts; providing estimates; the top ten most profitable gardening jobs.
Many of us dream of the freedom afforded by working freelance, however, the daunting task of organising your own finances can be enough to put most people off. This book explains in an accessible and down-to-earth style what you need to consider before taking the plunge and how to keep on top of your financial situation as a freelancer. It will cover key issues such as: building a budget; choosing your company's structure; costs, income and tax issues; pricing your work; establishing a portfolio and finding new work; and maintaining the freelance lifestyle. The Financial Intelligence series offers down-to-earth, practical guides to personal finance, aimed at anyone who wants to increase their financial IQ. These guides will help readers to feel confident about making the right decisions when it comes to spending, saving and investing their money.
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.
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Remember what it was like learning how to ride a bicycle? Now imagine how it would've been if you'd tried to do it blindfolded.
Pretty scary, right?
Yet, right now, all over the world, millions of men and women are trying to make a go of running small businesses without a clear picture of where they're going or how to get ahead. No wonder so many small businesses fail in their first year of operation.
Don't become another statistic. Let the Instant Success Series show you how to get up on that Schwinn and ride it to success.
Written by whiz kid entrepreneur and renowned international business coach Bradley Sugars, the Instant Success Series arms hardworking independent business owners like you with all the tools for success. Instant Success books tackle an array of business topics using strategies developed by Sugars and the crack business coaches at Action International, a global network that has helped nearly half a million business owners, worldwide, realize their dreams of success.
This volume is for anyone whose job it is to assist people to start their own businesses, or income-generating projects, and who is considering the merits of group as opposed to individual enterprise. Emphasis is placed on decision-making based on an understanding of the issues involved and on local needs rather than any preconceived preferences. Their own idea starts with a general introduction to workers' co-operatives and their history and present position in industrialized and developing countries. It explores 13 detailed case studies of workers' co-operatives in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Some of these projects have failed and others have succeeded, but they all have important lessons and warnings for anyone who may be involved in similar enterprises.
This book focuses on Iran to explore the question of how the nature of industrial organizations and the whole system they constitute can exert a great influence on an industry's competitiveness and resilience. The author examines what happens if firms and companies participating in the manufacturing and distribution process of a certain product are not organized to a high degree and operate independently. The book begins with an inquiry into the historical environment of Iran's apparel industry, which has never been stable. It then reveals the specific practices that enable firms to maintain their independent business, and argues that the elastic state of the production and distribution system has worked for the survival of self-reliant member firms. The typical Iranian apparel firm persists in maintaining independent operations regardless of its size, a practice that is inimical to the development of long-lasting business relations with other firms as well as to vertical integration between firms, in all stages from production to distribution. A distinguishing feature of Iran's apparel industry is that the member firms are barely organized compared with their counterparts in advanced industrialized countries. Despite such a weakly organized system, generally small-scale but self-reliant Iranian firms courageously persist in the face of the market's difficulties. Superficially, it appears that Iran's apparel market is being filled with Chinese goods, but the reality is somewhat different. Apparel firms that are currently doing business with China but are ready to terminate it at any time are taking advantage of newly emerging opportunities to ensure the survival of their own businesses. Reopening those businesses for domestic operations remains an ever-present possibility for them.
This book explores challenges and approaches to the development, financial management and growth of Eastern European organizations, both public and private. Including papers derived from the 2015 Griffiths School of Management Annual Conference on Business, Entrepreneurship and Ethics (GSMAC), organized by Emanuel University of Oradea, the authors provide a variety of strategies for growth and development in areas such as IT, medical management, marketing, entrepreneurship and family business. Collectively, these contributions provide a problem-solving framework that tackles such questions as: How are the growth and financial models of organizations changing? How should leadership in organizations adapt in order to ensure sustainable growth? How should educational concepts and methods be improved to help the next generation in the new global business environment? The rapid evolution of technology and innovation has changed the face of the business environment. With new actors in the global marketplace and new means of production, marketing and finance, businesses-particularly those in emerging regions, such as Eastern Europe-are faced with the pressure to rethink their structures and models from within. In this new economic climate, common issues such as corruption, risk, and customer satisfaction need to be examined from a globalized perspective. The goal of the 2015 GSMAC conference and the resulting papers is to help organizations and institutions in Eastern Europe and other developing regions formulate strategies and policies to thrive in this environment and promote sustainable management practices.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BUILD REVENUE-GENERATING PARTNERSHIPS
Corporations have profited from strong business development strategies for years. So it's no surprise that of the half-million new businesses created each year, the most successful ones are driven by business development. Now, savvy professionals on the business side of a startup have a reliable guide to perfecting the partnership strategies that will quickly add value to any company.
"Pitching & Closing" gives you concrete action steps for mastering the specific skill set today's business-development professionals need to define their roles and meet revenue expectations. Written in practical terms by playmakers at Twitter and SocialRank, this A-to-Z guide walks you through forging relationships, pitching a company's product, building a network, sourcing deals, making rejection positive, and staying cool while closing large deals. Firsthand accounts from business development executives across many industries, from tech to television to finance, bring to life such topics as: How to consistently identify and land the best strategic alliances for your business Why people say "yes" and why they say "no" Etiquette for making introductions and reaching out to people in ways that elicit responses Monitoring core metrics to know where to invest your time
In addition to implementable advice and techniques from the top minds in the industry, this complete resource features an entire section of best practices for every step of the partnering process. Make your moves with the confidence of having a team of experts at your back.
The road from startup to IPO starts with "Pitching & Closing."
PRAISE FOR "PITCHING & CLOSING"
""This book is a must-read for anyone in the business of transforming professional relationships into powerful strategic partnerships."" -- Adam Bain, President of Global Revenue at Twitter
""Pitching & Closing does a phenomenal job of giving you a seat in the room during some of the biggest business development deals of late. Anyone who reads this book will come away with a deep understanding of business development in the world of startups."" -- Dylan Smith, CFO of Box
""Pitching & Closing is the definitive guide to partnerships for the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders."" -- Adam Braun, Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise
""An honest and insightful look at the delicate and complex handling of business development that] guides readers on how to turn good ideas into great partnerships."" -- Kyle Kelly, Business Development & Analysis at Zappos.com
""Alex Taub and Ellen DaSilva have written the bible for business development in startup land--a well-researched, easily accessible accounting of best practices and tips of the trade from the people who are leaders in opening and closing deals that define some of the most exciting new companies on the landscape."" -- Laurie Racine, Board Member, Creative Commons
""I never thought I'd read a book that not only explains how nuanced business development can be, but also actually gives you what you need to take teams big and small to grow their business through partnerships. Impressive and fun to read."" -- Paul Murphy, CEO of Dots and Partner at Betaworks
This book focuses on management challenges in different types of companies, ranging from small to large, from private to public and from service to manufacturing in the African context. With empirical data from countries as diverse as Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia, it discusses the increasing economic importance of the African continent, covering relevant topics on sustainability and environmental issues, exports, logistics, HR issues, innovation and financial reporting. Through different conceptual insights and empirical case studies, the research presented serves as a useful resource for academics, students, and policy-makers interested in in-depth studies on management challenges in Africa.
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.
In Good Company is a must-read for all women who are thinking of starting their own business. Written by Rebecca Jordan and Kirsty Weir, Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2003, In Good Company will inspire women of all ages and backgrounds to gain the confidence, contacts and knowledge they need to set up on their own. Using Rebecca and Kirsty's own experiences of setting up Gapwork.com, as well as featuring the experiences of other female entrepreneurs, In Good Company covers the essential elements of a successful business start-up. Direct, accessible and humorous, this book covers all you need to know about ideas, money, people and growth.
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.
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