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From Entrepreneur Magazine, everything you need to know to run a successful seminar business Seminars are big business—not only for those in front of the audience, but for those behind the scenes as well. Organizing and promoting seminars is a highly lucrative practice that brings in more than $100 million per year. If you’re considering entering this profitable arena, you’ll need the thorough, practical advice and guidance you’ll find in this comprehensive and accessible new guide. Written by the experts, Organizing and Promoting Seminars is a complete A-to-Z guide on how to start, run, and grow your own seminar business. From defining your market and pricing your service to keeping records and attracting sponsors, here’s where you’ll learn how to:
Sick of the office and looking for a change? Relax! Let expert Susan Drake help you make the leap from employee to boss -- with no stress, no sweat. From practical tips on asessing your skills to real-life stories from successful freelancers, this friendly guide will pave the way to a smooth and fulfilling freelance career.
Inside Freelancing For Dummies you'll discover how to:
"The consulting industry is one of the fastest growing business
sectors worldwide with new opportunities emerging continually in
hundreds of different fields. Whatever your area of
expertise--engineering or employee relations, computers or customer
service--there's likely to be a demand for your consulting
abilities." --Gregory Kishel and Patricia Kishel from the Preface
Whatever your area of specialization, this indispensable book will give you the information you need to build and maintain a profitable consulting business.
From a few bits and pieces in a dusty loft to a profitable business with more than 20,000 sales and turnover of GBP100,000.00 in just one year. This book not only tells the story of how the author went from being an eBay buyer to a Top Rated Platinum Powerseller with over 12,000 positive feedbacks, but also provides the reader with a step by step easy to follow guide to launching a successful eBay business. Drawing from the Author's own experiences and skills acquired in her first year trading this book will help the reader avoid the pitfalls and mistakes she made and fast track their new enterprise on the road to success.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) administers several types of programs to support small businesses, including loan guaranty and venture capital programs to enhance small business access to capital; contracting programs to increase small business opportunities in federal contracting; direct loan programs for businesses, homeowners, and renters to assist their recovery from natural disasters; and small business management and technical assistance training programs to assist business formation and expansion. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the SBA's programs. Chapter 2 analyzes SBA's prior and revised scorecard methodology and results. Chapter 3 describes the Small Business Investment Company (SBI)C program's structure and operations, focusing on SBIC eligibility requirements, investment activity, and program statistics. Chapter 4 addresses a core issue facing the 116th Congress: What, if any, additional action should the federal government take to enhance small business access to capital? It discusses the role of small business in job creation and retention, then provides an assessment of the supply and demand for small business loans and recently enacted laws designed to enhance small business access to capital by increasing either the supply of small business loans or the demand for small business loans, or both. Chapter 5 examines the historical development of federal disaster assistance to help explain possible reasons why businesses are currently provided disaster loans rather than grants. Chapter 6 provides a historical examination of the SBA's size standards and assesses competing views concerning how to define a small business.
Congressional interest in small business access to capital has increased in recent years because of concerns that small businesses might be prevented from accessing sufficient capital to enable them to assist in the economic recovery. Small businesses, defined as having fewer than 500 employees, have played an important role in net job growth during previous economic recoveries, particularly in the construction, housing, and retail sectors. Several laws were enacted during the 111th Congress to enhance small business access to capital. This book examines the Small Business Lending Fund, and the State Small Business Credit Initiative.
There is an epidemic of unhappiness in the American workplace. A full 70 percent of workers in the United States report that they are disengaged from their jobs. When asked, "Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?" only 20 percent of nearly 2 million employees said yes. It is no wonder that 56 percent of all Americans dream of starting their own business. So why don't they do so? Because starting one's own business is seen as difficult, expensive, and risky.In this extraordinary book, successful Go It Alone! entrepreneur Bruce Judson explains that the conventional wisdom about starting your own business is stunningly wrong. Using the leverage of technology -- e-mail, the World Wide Web, and the remarkable array of off-the-shelf business services now available -- it is dramatically easier to start your own business. Magnified by these new services, it is also possible to create, for the first time, a highly focused business.Bruce Judson shows you the practical steps that will allow nearly any individual to create a business, often using job skills that seem to require an entire corporation for support. It is no longer necessary to spend time on the tasks that don't add value. It is now possible to stay small but reap big profits. Go-it-alone businesses allow the individual the freedom to concentrate on their greatest skills. After reading this book, your motto will be "Do What You Do Best, Let Others Do the Rest."
Who Do You Think You Are?
Reviews the evolution and theory of Sustainability Footprints e.g. carbon footprint and examines the critical success factors and contributions to small to medium sized enterprises (SME) growth Assist firms in achieving sustainable growth in four key areas Innovation Impact, Cost Impact, Environmental Impact, and Stakeholder Impact Identifies the challenges and Critical Success Factors (CSFs) in the use of sustainability footprint methodology within small businesses by the use of case studies Proposes a strategic model suitable for the deployment of sustainability strategy and initiatives within business
The Association of Bridal Consultants estimates that consumers spend $46 billion on their weddings every year. More people are finding that a good wedding consultant is a great source of information, ideas, and contacts for the bride-to-be. Wedding coordinators may also assist in locating a site for the ceremony, shopping for the wedding gown and wedding accessories, and even arranging for childcare. Professional wedding consultants are compensated well for their knowledge, talent, time, and expertise. This makes an ideal home-based or part-time business and here is the manual you need to get started. The CD-ROM contains all the forms in the book and a sample business plan you can adapt for your own use.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) administers several programs to support small businesses, including loan guaranty programs; disaster loan programs; management and technical assistance training programs; and federal contracting programs. Congressional interest in these programs has increased in recent years, primarily because they are viewed as a means to stimulate economic activity, create jobs, and assist in the national economic recovery. This book examines the economic research on net job creation to identify the types of businesses that appear to create the most jobs; and the arguments for providing federal assistance to small businesses, noting that policy-makers often view job creation as a justification for such assistance whereas economists argue that over the long term federal assistance to small businesses is likely to reallocate jobs within the economy, not increase them.
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.
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.
A definitive guide to growing your small business through "Engagement Marketing"
As a small business owner, you've always relied on word-of-mouth referrals to grow your business. Thanks to social media--and its nimble partner, mobile technology--it's now easier than ever to turn customers and clients into engaged fans who spread the word about your business across a variety of online platforms. And that's what "Engagement Marketing" is all about. Written for anyone who owns or manages a small business or non-profit, this book is filled with practical, hands-on advice based on the author's experience of working with thousands of small businesses for over a decade.
You'll learn how to attract new prospects--as well as how to increase repeat sales--using your existing customers and social networks.Learn how to create customer experiences that increase positive customer reviews and endorsementsGet practical advice on how to entice people to join your social networks and run engagement campaigns that increase visibility--and endorsements--for your businessUnderstand why engagement is so important--and how you can use it to turn passionate fans in your social networks into tomorrow's new businessAuthor Gail Goodman is CEO of Constant Contact, America's leading email and social media marketing company for small businesses
"Engagement Marketing" will help you make a bigger name for your company, build your network, and reach your goals.
Business owners want growth, but they fear that growth will take
over their lives. The surprising truth is that the only way to
truly scale your company is to reduce its reliance on you. This
means that, done right, you get growth without sacrificing your
DHL: From Startup to Global Upstart is the story of a startup that became the first worldwide logistics service organization, fighting regulation, trade restrictions, customs, and many other technical issues to develop processes that have stood the test of time to become the accepted norm in delivery throughout the world. It is a story of using "soft powers," persuasion, and ingenuity, working with, and around, emerging technologies to eliminate barriers to success. This book provides an extraordinary look into how a little startup with grit and perseverance succeeded in the face of overwhelming odds and revolutionized many of what are now accepted transportation and supply chain practices. Po Chung, DHL International co-founder, and Roger Bowie, former DHL Worldwide Services Director, discuss how DHL paved the way for one day international package delivery and how they have maintained their global leadership position against powerful American titans.
This book responds to the growing demand for a scientific approach to the concept of startups, which are a manifestation of the digital revolution and an innovation-driven economy. With a focus on digital enterprises, the author presents empirical research carried out over 4 years in collaboration with the Startup Poland Foundation, and provides a developed universal definition of a startup. This book highlights the necessity of a clear definition, in order for startups to be treated as a permanent economic phenomenon, rather than a temporary whim. Addressing the crucial need for an effective startup management methodology and more education on this form of entrepreneurship, Digital Startups in Transition Economies offers guidance for those researching entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as entrepreneurs, public institutions, startup accelerators and technology transfer centres.
The sixth edition of Entrepreneurship and Small Firms has been fully revised and updated with contributions from leading academics in the field. Retaining the popular style of the previous editions and offering a clear and accessible introduction to the topic, this book provides a thorough coverage of entrepreneurial and small firm theory, concepts, evidence, policy and practice. Integrating academic theory with the day-to-day realities that entrepreneurs may encounter it furnishes the student with a comprehensive analysis of entrepreneurship. This well established text is justly popular for its clear and accessible approach, presenting the key topics of an entrepreneurship module in an engaging yet rigorous style. The book covers wide ranging topics from the economic influences on entrepreneurship and sources of finance, to issues of diversity, family business and social entrepreneurship. New to this edition is a chapter on Corporate Entrepreneurship offering students a unique insight into entrepreneurship activities in larger businesses and organizations. A reorganized chapter structure for the sixth edition allows students to navigate the four parts of the text from introductory concepts, the domains of entrepreneurship, through to strategy and to implementation. New part cases help to highlight the core themes and apply them to real business scenarios. The new edition retains a wealth of examples and cases throughout the chapters which illustrate entrepreneurship in action.
Public policy interventions aimed at encouraging, supporting and developing small businesses are an important factor in understanding entrepreneurship and small business management. This textbook is the first to provide teachers and students with a resource that gives an overview of how institutional and policy structures interact with small firm start-ups, continuation and succession/failures. Beginning with a brief introduction to policy processes, the book also covers the scope for different intervention at different scales: macroeconomic (international, national) and regional/local. The author then applies four lenses to provide different contexts to understand the theory and practice of public policy for small business management: The UK is used to cover long-term historical evolution of small businesses and how this has stimulated different policy approaches. The USA provides greater emphasis on varied approaches within a federal system and the specifics of the SBA. The EU is used as a case to engage with international and varied policy approaches.Emerging economies are used to provide insights into radically different ways of combining understanding of small firm start-ups, continuation and succession/failures with policy approaches within the context of globalization. Written by a pre-eminent scholar of public policy and entrepreneurship, this textbook provides a concise but thorough introduction to the subject for Master's students internationally.
Want to start your own business, but not sure where to begin? 'Mind Your Business' is the ONLY book that teaches you everything you need to know about how to build a successful business from scratch. From developing your brand to designing products to identifying your legal and tax needs, this comprehensive guide will take you through every step of the process and help you create a unique and customised roadmap for your business. This book is for aspiring entrepreneurs who are driven, ambitious, creative and determined to build a business and life they love.
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.
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