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Innovation is a fundamental determinant of value creation in business companies and can also become a key to successful economic growth. The innovative process and innovative effort of companies are explored and evaluated in this book. Some of the alternative strategies available to the entrepreneur are also examined, most notably the proposition that a selective approach to growth opportunities can be an effective remedy to the familiar "limited sources of financing" constraint. This book suggests transforming a model of tax compliance to a model of compliance in organisations. The model considers the power of authorities and trust in authorities as the main moderators of compliance. Procedural fairness and responsive regulation are discussed as ways of increasing trust in organisations. The start-up of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is attracting considerable attention due to their potential contribution to innovation. Using firm-level, industry-level, and regional data, this book examines the determinants of R&D investment by start-up firms in the manufacturing sector. The common features of the development of SMEs are also discussed. Business development services (BDSs) have the potential to provide significant assistance to developing countries, but the market for BDS products is underdeveloped. Thus, this book explores the different strategies to build capacity not to only disseminate transferred know-how, but also to localise know-how development. Finally, this book reviews some historical, interspersed with current unpublished, examples of how the commercialisation gap between science and business can be closed to the benefit of each. How the scientific/academic community can derive maximum benefits from collaborating with business is also discussed.
In the world we live in today, more data is being generated than at any other period in human history. However, this wealth of information is causing a data dilemma for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, and practitioners. With marketing companies and experts struggling to produce business content that delivers strong marketing results and SME's being overshadowed by data-aware super-brands that are already heavily investing in data-driven content, Lee Wilson offers a solution that can rectify the performance divide. Data-Driven Marketing Content: A Practical Guide empowers businesses, regardless of industry, size, or competition level, to understand, identify and act on big-data opportunities. The guide shares unique processes, approaches, and frameworks which can be applied to every company need, leading you towards efficient and effective content creation that repeatedly returns on investment. Through a combination of practical expertise and personal insights, this book instructs and enables practitioners and entrepreneurs to overcome everyday business content barriers and yield increased results from every piece of content created.
New Customers Are Waiting...Find Them On FacebookFacebook makes it easy for businesses like yours to share photos, videos, and posts to reach, engage, and sell to more than 1 billion active users. Advertising expert Perry Marshall is joined by co-authors Bob Regnerus and Thomas Meloche as he walks you through Facebook Advertising and its nuances to help you pinpoint your ideal audience and gain a ten-fold return on your investment. Now in its fourth edition, Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising takes you further than Facebook itself by exploring what happens before customers click on your ads and what needs to happen after-10 seconds later, 10 minutes later, and in the following days and weeks. You'll discover how to: Maximize your ad ROI with newsfeeds, videos, and branded content Create custom audiences from your contact lists, video views, and page engagement Use the Facebook Campaign Blueprint proven to generate your first 100 conversions Boost your Facebook ads using the Audience Network and Instagram Follow the three-step formula for successful video ads Maximize campaigns and increase conversions on all traffic to your website Track and retarget engaged users by leveraging the Power of the Pixel Make every page on your website 5-10 percent more effective overnight
The single biggest reason the small business failure rates are so incredibly high today is this once simple fact: Most business owners don't really know what is going on with their most valuable asset - their cash. This easy-to-read, step-by-step guide reveals the secret that will transform the way the reader manages his business forever. You will be surprised how fast and easy it is to take control of cash flow . . . and a business.
A practical and proven guide to succeeding on eBay. Generate the income you want buying, selling and sourcing on eBay. Imagine your two minute commute from the bedroom, to bathroom, to laptop, and discovering you have an inbox of orders from eBay customers all having paid you in advance. Imagine. Whether it's one or a thousand orders per month that you want to receive. The process is the same and it is all laid out in this book ready for you to use. Your choice. Starting from scratch, I now have over 20,000 positive feedbacks, and customers all around the world. It's simple. It's easy. It's eBay. You just need a process that works, and repeat it every single day. I share my process, so you can repeat what I've already done.
This book explores the parallels between the Renaissance during the 14th to 16th centuries and the upheavals in human and physical sciences in the 21st Century that herald an insurgent entrepreneurial renaissance. The first Renaissance, conceived and developed in an urban environment, with the Medici family in Florence as pioneers, was a melting pot of art, culture, science and technology. It is in that context that entrepreneurship derived from artisan tradition and, hence, customized, was born to meet the demands and anticipate the needs of individual consumers. Starting with the mechanical technologies of the first industrial revolution, art, culture and science became separated from entrepreneurship. The latter took on Fordist features which depersonalized and, therefore, standardized the producer-consumer relationship. The emerging model of entrepreneurship returns to its origins in customization (e.g., 3D printing technologies, sharing/on-demand economy) strongly linked to the sequence "art-culture-science-technology." The road to a new entrepreneurial renaissance is traveled by cities with creative communities. These communities actively participate in promoting international talent mobility, encouraging connections among the knowledge nomads who move around the world and the resources and talents rooted locally. Brought back to life under the conditions of the current age, entrepreneurship is once again woven into the fabric of art, culture, science and technology, and contributing to civic identity and pride. Featuring case studies from local experts that highlight innovative initiatives and developments in diverse cities around the world, this book aims to stimulate deep thought, theories and applications in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Since the turn of the century, the world has been in pursuit of more established economic cities. Differences in governmental policy has pushed researchers to discover how the differing governments are implementing these changes and compare the process and structure to cities with an already established economy. Entrepreneurial Innovation and Economic Development in Dubai and Comparisons to Its Sister Cities provides innovative insights on entrepreneurship opportunities in Dubai, the influence of foreigner start-ups and their strategy for development, and models of entrepreneurship and how they compare to other cities. The implications will be two-fold: (1) to examine the issues in entrepreneurial activity as well as what level innovation is being developed; (2) to explore the changes that need to be conducted at national or regional levels in regard to innovation and economic development. Highlighting a range of topics including global business, quality management, and cluster branding, this publication is intended for business professionals, executives, economists, government officials, students, researchers, and policymakers.
Book & CD-ROM. Fed up with the numerous violations of tax law by individuals and businesses selling goods on eBay and other Web sites, the IRS is pushing Congress to make online marketplaces responsible for reporting sales information to the IRS. eBay's own statistics suggest that there are 1.3 million people around the world who make their primary or secondary source of income through eBay, with just over 700,000 of those people in the United States. Last year, an IRS advisory committee recommended that online auction sites be required to file reports of sales transactions with the IRS. The committee also suggested requiring sellers to obtain taxpayer identification numbers, which would let the government track the transactions. If you are an eBay seller, you may be paying more than you have to in taxes because you have not focused on all that you can deduct. You will learn how to take advantage of the legal tax loopholes available and how to choose the proper, legal business structure. If you run your online selling business in a businesslike manner with intent to profit, you can take deductions for business use of your home and also many other deductions, even though they may produce a loss that reduces the taxes you owe on your day-job income. You will learn the categories of deductions on the Schedule C, which is the form most small independent businesses must file. You also will learn to use the complete list of deductions to see what kinds of items you should be tracking all year and how to set up your records using a system that tracks those categories, including how to computerise the bookkeeping process. This brand new, up-to-date book covers everything you will need to know to balance the books, including assets and liabilities, keeping track of transactions, payroll, sales tax, balance sheets, keeping a ledger and journal, financial statements, operating accounts, and complete up-to-date tax information. You will learn how to set up a simple, quick, and audit-proof record-keeping system that works. All this will help you keep money in your pocket and prevent money from going to Uncle Sam.
The only series of step-by-step guides to succeeding in the skilled trades and achieving the American dream. At Your Best as a Mason is your playbook for learning if a career as a mason is right for you, progressing from pre-apprentice to journeyman to master mason, and launching your own small business. Learn: What does a career as a mason look like? Why should you consider becoming a mason? How do you become a successful craftsman as a mason? How much can you make as a mason? What are your career options once you become a mason? How long does it take to be successful at each stage in a mason's career? How and where do you find work as a mason? 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.
Turn your great idea into BIG PROFITS with a powerful, persuasive business plan
With any endeavor, good planning is the key to good results--especially in the launch of a new business or product. "Business Plans That Work" gives you an easy-to-follow template for conceptualizing, writing, focusing, and revising a business plan that converts your business idea into financial profit.
A virtual blueprint for entrepreneurial success, this new edition of the popular entrepreneur's guide provides all the tools you need to communicate the value of your idea to investors and attract key talent, and create a plan you can turn to throughout the entire process of starting and running a business. You'll learn how to: Determine what to include in each plan, why, and for whom Secure the capital you need to get the project off the ground Assess opportunities and risks involved in your project Avoid common pitfalls that cost money, time, and effort
With "Business Plans That Work," you have everything you need to create winning strategies for development, sales, marketing, operations, distribution, and everything else successful ventures are founded on.
"From estimating start-up costs and finding clients to how to stay profitable even in slow economic climates, this book takes you through every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based professional organizing business. Look for useful charts and worksheets including start-up costs checklist, client intake form, assessment visit/working agreement, sample invoice, and marketing plan worksheet." -- back cover
Are you interested in learning how to create companies people love to love? If you want to be that company people love to love-the one that people can't wait to tell others about-you will find this book both inspirational and informative. Beyond Sizzle answers how branding, reimagined as an approach to management, can be a force for engaging your most important resource-people-to build your most valuable asset: your reputation. This book will ring true to anyone who wants to be that company customers, employees and the world can't wait to tell others about! People are increasingly looking beyond the sizzle of product and service advertising to the substance of the companies behind the image. As the conversations about purpose move from the margins to the mainstream, it's clear that this once-fringe business perspective, often associated with Birkenstocks and granola, now has a seat at the boardroom table. Award-winning management strategist Dr. Mona Amodeo brings together the best practices of change management, marketing, and communications to give readers an actionable process for creating brands that matter-organizations that are redefining workplaces, reimagining customer experiences, and creating innovative products and services that are building healthier, more sustainable communities-in turn, creating a better world for us all. If you are an entrepreneurial thinker ready to embrace the opportunity to prosper economically by having a positive impact on people, communities, and the world; a game changer courageous enough to challenge the status quo by designing and leading organizations as brands that matter; or a leader who wants to make choices that leave the world better than you found it, this book is for you. Readers who have enjoyed the works of Wally Olins, Dr. Mary Jo Hatch, Simon Sinek and books like The Brand Flip will benefit from Mona's approach on how to reach beyond philosophy and platitudes to a roadmap for transforming organizations into brands that matter to customers, employees and the world. Below is the table of contents of this compelling and straightforward read: Preface My Inspiration: The Interface Backstory Part I: On the Shoulders of Giants Why We Need a New Approach to Branding (Chapter 1) A New Paradigm of Branding (Chapter 2) The Invisible Force of Branding (Chapter 3) From Sizzle to Substance (Chapter 4) The Operating System of Brands (Chapter 5) Part II: The Branding from the Core (R) Playbook Branding from the Core Foundations (Chapter 6) The Framework: The Brand Ecosystem (Chapter 7) The Process: The Brand Transformation Process (Chapter 8) Epilogue: Still Learning from Interface
The "family effect" remains a challenge for researchers interested in both the family firm's organizational form and in the effects of familial ownership on a firm's strategy, structure, and performance. Governance mechanisms, management quality, ownership concentration, and family involvement all have relevant effects in terms of influencing monitoring costs, investment decisions, the development of the portfolio of resources and capabilities, and family firm competitiveness. Nevertheless, few studies to date have opened the black box of the "family effect." Competitiveness, Organizational Management, and Governance in Family Firms is an essential reference source that makes a clear distinction between the separation of ownership and management, on the one hand, and the institutional development of family governance instruments, on the other, to help uncover the asymmetric effects of these two choices. It also allows the examination as to which of the two strategies employed in family firms reinforce managerial capital that has a greater positive impact on the "family effect," thus helping to achieve better managerial capabilities. Featuring research on topics such as corporate governance, private business, and successional leadership, this book is ideally designed for managers, executives, CEOs, company owners, consultants, business professionals, entrepreneurs, academicians, and researchers interested in an in-depth understanding of the keys to success and survival of family-operated organizations.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been widely acknowledged to be an important agent of development because of their potential for addressing unemployment, inequality, and poverty, as well as promoting inclusiveness in economic development. The sector is critical for achieving the country's sustainable growth. However, there is a lack of research on the adaptations SMEs are making in today's technologically driven market. Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs in Industry 4.0 is a collection of innovative research on the methods and applications of modern business development and innovative strategies for small and medium enterprises in the age of smart industrialism. This book features a wide range of topics including business intelligence, collaborative manufacturing, and organizational networking. This reference source is ideally designed for managers, policymakers, economists, entrepreneurs, strategists, researchers, industrialists, academicians, educators, and students.
Business competencies are very complex, and entrepreneurs' beliefs, actions, and aspirations for their businesses are widely influenced by their sense of values and beliefs. This influences the actions they take, especially in challenging situations. Successful entrepreneurs can accept challenges, learn to make responsible choices, and make sure to weigh all possible outcomes. Developing Entrepreneurial Competencies for Start-Ups and Small Business is an assortment of innovative research on the methods and applications of strategic models for entrepreneurship competency. While highlighting topics including intellectual capital, risk management, and entrepreneurship education, this book is ideally designed for entrepreneurs, business executives, industry professionals, academicians, students, and researchers seeking to reduce the level of failure of entrepreneurial activity within the global business community.
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