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In tough economic times and with rising unemployment, people are looking to take the bull by the horns and start their own home-based businesses.... From GPP's enormously successful "How to Start a Home-Based Business "series (more than half a million copies sold!), comes the essential guide to starting up a home-based Bookkeeping business.
There are plenty of myths and empty phrases commonplace in the business world. This book attacks and reformulates ten of the most common myths about how to build and run a business. It is based on extensive research in the Nordic countries. This short book is laid out as guidebook with illustrative case studies. Anyone who is thinking about starting up or investing in a business can hopefully learn something from this book, but it is specifically written for those interested in the cultural and creative industries. It shows how you can grow a business, get the financials right, and be creative - all at the same time. The book is a result of the project "A penny for your thoughts," funded by the Nordic Innovation Centre, and involving universities and business schools in Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Tobias Nielsen is a consultant, publisher and research analyst. he has worked with strategic development, management control and cultural economics on behalf of governmental agencies, municipalities and businesses. Dominic Power is Professor of Economic Geography at Uppsala University. He has written extensively on firms and competitiveness in the cultural industries. Margret Sigrun Sigurdardottir teaches at the University of Iceland Business School where she runs a research centre on the creative industries. Her research focuses on the organisation of and organisations in the creative industries.
What's in this book? Open this book and you will... - Do what you love - Explore the mind - Manage your money - Achieve success Learn how to work for yourself: - What working for yourself actually means - Setting up your solo work life - Finance - IT for the homeworker - Targets and planning - Dealing with clients - Accentuating the positives of working solo - Effective home working What are Bullet Guides? The answers you need - now. Clear and concise guides in a portable format. Information is displayed in an easy-to-read layout with helpful images and tables. Bullet Guides include all you need to know about a subject in a nutshell. Get right to the point without wading through loads of unnecessary information.
Asking is more than a skill it's a lifestyle The Ask is your personal manual for building the best, most fulfilling personal and professional life possible. Crafting the perfect ask can fund your new business, support your favorite charity, and get more quality time with your significant other but it can do so much more than that. It can change your life. In learning how to ask for what you really want and deserve, you lose your fear of rejection and judgement. You create the greatest sense of self-worth that no one can give you, you give it to yourself when you ask. The critical moment is when you turn your skills inward and make the hardest asks, the ones you ask yourself. This book is designed to make you an Exceptional Asker, and in the process, give you the confidence and skills you need to achieve all your goals and realize your dreams. You'll learn how to prepare, what words to use, what to avoid, and how to follow up, and you'll purge the natural hesitancy that has been holding you back for so long. Asking is about empowerment. It shows the world that what you want matters. It defines who you are, where you're going, and who will be by your side. This book provides over 175 sample asks, with clear actionable steps to help you claim your space in relationships, at work, and in the world. * Rewrite your own rulebook and find empowerment in asking * Learn the simple five steps to craft the perfect ask * Discover the secret of the ask its two sentences and a question * Remove your Money Blockers and turn a bad ask into a win * Conquer the hardest asks you'll ever make the ones you ask yourself Mastering the art of the ask reconfigures your approach to life, and changes the way you tackle challenges and goals. The Ask gives you the skills and the mindset you need to accomplish anything you can dream.
"An easy-to-use primer for first-time entrepreneurs." —Andrew Ziolkowski, Managing Director, Forest Street and SAE
Great advice from the guru of venture capital and start-up financing
The fun and easy way to get the funding you need to realize your dreams!
Rarin’ to start your business but strapped for cash? Relax! This savvy guide cuts through the mumbo-jumbo and leads you through the stages of financing your business – from raising seed capital and funds for expansions to IPOs and acquisitions – and shows you how to survive and thrive. So take the money and run!
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The small business marketing experts at Demandforce help owners kick off their online strategy
Small business owners are exceptional at delivering on their product or service. Many, however, don't know where to start when it comes to online marketing. "The Small Business Online Marketing Handbook" will show you how to effectively leverage email, social, online, and network marketing to get new customers and keep existing customers coming back. Author Annie Tsai shows you how to refocus just a small percentage of an offline marketing budget and create exponential return for your business.Author Annie Tsai is a popular blogger and Chief Customer Officer for Demandforce, an automated Internet marketing and communication company specializing in small- to medium-sized businesses, recently acquired by IntuitFeatures spot interviews and "do this now" advice from resident experts at Demandforce, including the founders
With the proliferation of social media and the consumer voice on the web, small business owners need to take a deliberate approach to leveraging this new marketing channel to effectively convert online conversations into offline sales. "The Small Business Online Marketing Handbook" shows you how.
Family businesses are the most common business form in the world, ranging from the millions of small local businesses to giants such as Walmart. This book showcases the crucial contribution that family businesses make to the world economy and informs students of the existing and potential research in this area. Drawing upon global academic research and case studies, theories of family businesses are explained and prevailing myths and assumptions are tested. Features including exercises linked to case studies develop skills in applying theories in practice. This concise textbook is essential reading for students of family business and useful additional reading for those interested in entrepreneurship more broadly.
For aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners, the possibilities are limitless. The flexibility, freedom and cost-effectiveness that starting-up in the home offers means that more and more entrepreneurs are choosing this as the best location to agilely launch their business. Starting a Business from Home gives you the valuable advice you need on how to run a successful business from your own desk and, crucially, how to rise to the challenge of business expansion. Packed with practical advice, Starting a Business from Home covers how to research your market, business ownership and titles issues, raising money and managing your finances, building and operating a website, writing a business plan, preparing your accounts, taking your product to market and expanding overseas - all from your home. Exercises, end of chapter actions and technical resources in the appendices mean that this is the ultimate practical guide for home-based entrepreneurs. Case studies from around the world showcase best practice and provide inspirational stories from successful businesses that began in the home.
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) the world over are considered a dynamic growing sector, laying the foundations for the future growth of the economy through their innovativeness and performance. Their impact on productivity, competitiveness, employment, income distribution and eventually growth and development cannot be overstated. With the realization that the Singapore home-grown business could provide a powerful impetus for economic growth in a knowledge-based economy, nurturing local start-ups and developing local businesses as catalyst is critical. Against this backdrop, this book attempts to survey the vital role and the latent potential of SMEs in Singapore. It also attempts to provide a profile of SMEs, the role of SMEs, an overview of the various initiatives that have been undertaken to help local SMEs realize their potential through the SPRING Singapore's public finance schemes and the banks' financing facilities as well as presents the challenges ahead for SMEs given the current global financial crisis.
New Realities, New Opportunities
There's no denying it: the old economy is shattered, and GONE FOREVER. It's never coming back as it was, and in its place a generally tougher, more demanding marketplace is emerging. Consumers have the power, ordinary products and services aren't tolerated, money is spent with caution, sellers are scrutinized, and business success is earned not given. This is not the economy that you once knew. This is The New Economy. And, who better than "Millionaire Maker" Dan Kennedy to show you how to succeed in it?
Kennedy covers: The Key Decision required for success by The New Economy What Commonly-Held Belief About Business YOU MUST REJECT How to avoid the destruction of and profit from the "No Boundaries" New Economy The #1 Demand of New Economy Customers: how to adapt, to profit from it The Power of PRACTICAL Creativity: How to build a better business by borrowing the best pieces 'n parts of others' Four Power-Positioning Strategies for extreme marketplace advantage Strategies for profitable Networking, Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures (the New Capital of The New Economy) Six Mandatory Entrepreneurial Competencies for The New Economy Six Paths to IMMEDIATE Sales & Marketing Breakthroughs Four Myths about Selling that sabotage entrepreneurs How successful entrepreneur overcome isolation and loneliness, create productive association THE Worst Number in Business--and how to protect yourself from it Five Keys To MCF: Multiplied Cash Flow Warning: How Your Own Employees Secretly Sabotage Your Marketing Three Strategies for Building Your Own "Ultimate Promotional Platform" What The New Economy Punishes most viciously and rewards most generously
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"Power of Setbacks" is an inspirational journey highlighting the author's struggles with cancer and how it unexpectedly led to an amazing new life. It's all about the intersection of life and work, connecting with family, and redefining what really matters the most in life. "Power of Setbacks" is filled with practical advice and insights on overcoming challenges, achieving your dreams, and creating your own success. Their journey began as a distraction. After being diagnosed with cancer, the authors turned to garage and estate sales as a way to distract them from their harsh reality. The sales brought smiles to their faces, kept their minds from wavering with doubt, and over the course of their travels, infused their lives (and their home) with new and exciting objects that carried historical and personal meaning. But as their house began to bust at its seams, they decided it was time to turn their collection into a business. The next few years were welcomed with sale after sale. And as they learned more, grew more, and dove deeper into the garage and estate sale world, they quickly realized they were onto something. And it was not just limited to garage sales. "Power of Setbacks" is the story of their journey. But more importantly, it is a resource guide to build your own small business and then scale it to amazing heights, all while having fun during the process. Are you unhappy with your current job? Could you use supplementary income? Are you ready to make a change? Whatever the case may be, "Power of Setbacks" is your handbook to create a new reality for you and your family.
Published monthly, Financial Statistics contains data on public sector finance, including central government revenue and expenditure, money supply and credit, banks and building societies, interest and exchange rates, financial accounts, capital issues, balance sheets and balance of payments.
Author of cult classics The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur offers a simple, counterintuitive cash management solution that will help small businesses break out of the doom spiral and achieve instant profitability. Conventional accounting uses the logical (albeit, flawed) formula: Sales - Expenses = Profit. The problem is, businesses are run by humans, and humans aren't always logical. Serial entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has developed a behavioral approach to accounting to flip the formula: Sales - Profit = Expenses. Just as the most effective weight loss strategy is to limit portions by using smaller plates, Michalowicz shows that by taking profit first and apportioning only what remains for expenses, entrepreneurs will transform their businesses from cash-eating monsters to profitable cash cows. Using Michalowicz's Profit First system, readers will learn that: - Following 4 simple principles can simplify accounting and make it easier to manage a profitable business by looking at bank account balances. - A small, profitable business can be worth much more than a large business surviving on its top line. - Businesses that attain early and sustained profitability have a better shot at achieving long-term growth. With dozens of case studies, practical, step-by-step advice, and his signature sense of humor, Michalowicz has the game-changing roadmap for any entrepreneur to make money they always dreamed of.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) program, initially established in 1953, provides loan guarantees to small businesses that cannot obtain credit in the conventional lending market. In fiscal year 2006, the program assisted more than 80,000 businesses with loan guarantees of nearly $14 billion. This book examines (1) the program's purpose, based on its legislative history, and performance measures; (2) evidence of constraints, if any, affecting small businesses' access to credit; (3) the types of small businesses served by 7(a) and conventional loans; and (4) differences in SBA's estimates and re-estimates of the program's credit subsidy costs. GAO analysed agency documents, studies on the small business lending market, and data on the characteristics of small business borrowers and loans.
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