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"As a how-to guide, this book contains everything you may need to know to turn your passions into profits." Bill Bartmann (Billionaire entrepreneur, author, speaker, educator)
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Are you unhappy in your job? Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck and feel like you just don't have enough money, skills, or education to turn your life around? Even if you're not sure you know what it is you like to do, you can change your life and get rich doing it, says entrepreneur Duane Harden in his wise and entertaining new book, 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom: Do What You Love & Get Rich Doing It.
Turning your passion into a profitable business is easy, fast, and fun, says Harden, and you can become rich in just five easy steps. First, start by saying yes to financial freedom. Attitude is everything and as the Law of Attraction states, what you put out into the universe is often what you attract. If you imagine yourself financially secure and happy, you will be. Imagining a new life for yourself is the inspiration you need to go out and do the concrete things to turn your dreams into a reality.
Conversationally written and filled with humorous drawings, helpful worksheets, and key tips, 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom also offers a 90-day action plan that includes blueprints for success that Harden himself used to build his wealth. His own journey included the purchase of numerous real-estate properties, opening a restaurant, starting a music company, and much more. Harden gives you "Life Assignments" that get you thinking and acting differently. Beware of what he calls the "crabs in a pot" mentality, where everyone is trying to pull everyone else down in order to struggle to the top. Instead, he advises, think positively. Stay away from the naysayers and feed your dream. Soon you will realize that your inner life is reflected in your outer life.
Harden helps you to discover the real you, what you want, and how much money you want to be there for you now and in the future. He explains how the real difference between rich people and poor people is fear and an unwillingness to keep an open mind to new opportunities. Rich people are not afraid to take risks, and well-planned risks almost always pay off. Success, he reminds you, is your birthright and it's your job to claim it.
Review your credit and your financial house. Clean up the clutter in your life, whether it is the wrong way of thinking or a messy desk. Discover what really makes you tick because when you love what you do it's never really work, and when passion is present the money will miraculously follow. Keep daily positive reminders taped where you can see them, or even have a vision board filled with photographs of where you want to be in life. Write your resignation letter to your boss, but don't send it yet. Just the act of writing it puts you in the right frame of mind for moving on to something much better. "You are what you think and will become what you dream," says Harden.
You'll learn to be a PIG (passive income generator) Farmer, which requires little work but makes you tons of money. 5 Easy Steps to Financial Freedom shows you how go from rags to riches and is understandable and easy to read. This invaluable guide will change your life!
Business with a Purpose goes beyond the typical how-to guide or God wants you to be in business and be successful theme. It helps you, as an aspiring entrepreneur, to do a self evaluation and then helps you hone your creativity and shows you how to use it strategically in business. The overall theme of Business with a Purpose is to build on the three T's (time, talent and treasures) that God gave you through creativity, good management, and minimizing risk. There are a number of guerilla business building techniques explored that will add to your business building and management tool box.
Business with a Purpose is based on these three simple principles:
You have to get out of the boat before you can walk on water. God will be there to help you when the economic seas are calm and when they are stormy. The simple fact is you can't be successful in business if you don't start one.
Faith in God is a tremendous advantage in business. If you believe in God your faith will enhance your creativity and creativity is the primary advantage that new and small businesses have over big business. This same faith will serve as your foundation for moving into the unfamiliar waters of entrepreneurship and succeeding.
If you have the desire to start your business and you have God as your partner then all you need is the proper business tool box to start your business. Business with a Purpose is that tool box.
Many people want to start a business but don't know where to start and they feel the odds are against them. There is also a widely held perception that it is almost impossible to be a good Christian and a successful businessperson. This could not be further from the truth. There are many examples of good Christian businessmen in the Bible, and there are many examples of contemporary businessmen that are Christians. The Bible is also very rich with principles and insights on how to build and conduct a successful God centered business.
Business with a Purpose has thirteen information packed chapters:
Overview of Small Business in America
Some Basic Christian Principles for Business
Relevant Thoughts form Great Minds
Do You Really Want to be an Entrepreneur?
What Business Do You want to Start?
The Business Plan and Operating Your business
Forming Your Business
Financing Your Business
Keeping Track of Your Business
Creative Thinking in Business
Growing Your Business
Tired of working for others and dealing with office politics, eager for control and more money, Ed “Skip” McLaughlin certainly felt it. When he left his high-level corporate position to start not one but two new businesses, his colleagues’ reaction was disbelief:
People told me I was crazy. “You are going to fail!”
One of his businesses did fail, but the other thrived. Ed bootstrapped it into an Inc. 500 company and later sold it to a Fortune 100 company. Now, you can learn from his experience—what to do and what not to do—to create your own successful startup. The Purpose Is Profit eliminates the mystery of becoming an entrepreneur. You will learn—Why distinctive competence trumps passionWhere and when to get funding without losing controlHow to build an entrepreneurial brand that lastsWhy profit should be factored into every business decisionHow ethical behavior breeds trust and unlocks profit
As a bonus, The Purpose Is Profit includes two manuals: The Startup Roadmap details the 21 steps you should take to build a profitable business. The Startup Funding Guide delivers the tools you need to fund your business.
"Foxtons sale nets founder £370m." - May 2007
"L'Oréal buys Body Shop for £652m." - March 2006
For entrepreneurs and business owners alike, this is your ticket to serious money.
Fact 1: Business is all about making money.
Fact 2: Personal satisfaction is great, but it doesn't pay the bills.
If your main ambition is to make big money from your business, you're already on the right track. Over 4 million people start up businesses in the UK each y ear but only 1% become millionaires. Start with the end in mind and you could be one of them.
Colin Barrow, bestselling start-up author and business investment specialist, shows you how to shape up for a sale right from the world go:
Get Backed - secure big investment
Get Big - create real value and strong growth
Get Bought - dress the business and negotiate a killer deal
With practical advice, tools and stories from those who have done it, you'll find out how to guide your start-up business towards the payday of your dreams.
The fact that KISS is one of the most successful rock bands in the world is no accident. From the beginning Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut vision of what they wanted to do and how they wanted to operate KISS as a business well before they ever first took the stage. Since deciding with Paul to manage the band themselves, Simmons has proved himself to be a formidable businessman, having sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, overseen over 3,000 licensed merchandise items, and starred in the longest running celebrity reality show to date. More impressive is that he handles all of his business ventures on his own—no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible.
In Me, Inc., Simmons shares a lifetime of field-tested and hard-won business advice that will provide readers with the tools needed to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, network like hell, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, the book dispenses Simmons’ in-depth insights via thirteen specific principles for success based on his own experience, triumphs, and instructional failures in business—from finding the confidence within yourself that’s necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people to partner with and learn from, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down. These thirteen principles are a skeleton key into a world of success, freedom, peace of mind and, most importantly, financial success.
Unfortunately, most don't play this game well. Most business writers mistakenly believe their task is to inform. They write to fill an information gap or to update the reader on a particular project. Or they write about what's important to them. What these writers do not take into account is that the speed of today's work world has reached overdrive. The typical reader simply doesn't have time to ponder dense, poorly organized information and intuit the appropriate action. And readers don't give a hoot about what's important to the writer--they want to know what's in it for themselves. Business writers need to use all the tools at their command to persuade, inspire action, and in general move a project forward. This book is about how to be persuasive in two key skills in business: writing proposals and writing business plans. Step by step, Dennis Chambers illustrates the techniques of effective business writing, with numerous examples throughout. Whether the objective is to secure financing from an investor, lay out a marketing strategy, or secure a large contract, getting results requires crafting an effective structure for the proposal, and using words that sell. Chambers is an able guide in saving entrepreneurs time and undue effort while reaching the goal of long-term business success.
The author of this instant guide from Harriman House, Guy Rigby, has also written From Vision to Exit, which is a complete entrepreneurs' guide to setting up, running and passing on or selling a business.
Nesheim's first book, originally self-published during Silicon Valley's wild west days in the 1990s, quickly moved from underground hit to business bestseller. He witnessed the incredible highs and lows of the Internet bubble, and he got an intimate look at why some companies weathered the storm while others went under. Now, in The Power of Unfair Advantage, Nesheim shows you how to bring the pioneer spirit to your new enterprise -- whether you are starting a new company or trying to breathe new life into an old dog. Unfair advantage is an enduring but often overlooked dynamic and a crucial aspect of any successful business endeavor.
To show you how to attain unfair advantage over your competitors, he begins with a clear model: Outsource everything you are not good at, concentrate on those things that can be differentiated, and strive for a unique, consistent difference that cannot be copied. Integrating these maxims with other essential elements, he demonstrates, with dozens of case studies, how to orchestrate unfair advantage through marketing, sales, engineering, and operations.
Unfair advantage can take many forms. Pager maker RIM rocketed to the top of the mobile wireless email market with Blackberry by employing an unfair advantage that it alone possessed -- pager technology and pager infrastructure. Alternately, an unfair advantage can come from a unique relationship with a strategic alliance partner, as when Flextronics pulled Handspring out of a life-threatening crisis.
The Power of Unfair Advantage is an essential handbook for every manager who is responsible for introducing a new product or service and every entrepreneur and would-be who plans to start a company. Unfair advantage is here to stay -- learn how to lasso its power, rise above the competition, and build a flourishing, long-lasting business.
This book contains hands-on, real-world, strategies designed to show you how to take control of your present and what to do to design your future for you - and your business. The decision is yours. Stay the course or take action now.
Jim Duffy has helped thousands of people realise their dreams in business with his start-up accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark. In his first book, he's here to help you do the same. <i>Create Special</i> reveals the secret sauce of successful entrepreneuring® - showing you exactly what it takes to train yourself for success as an entrepreneur and in life.
With wit and wisdom, and drawing on real-life case studies of people just like you, Jim sets out:
- What it really means to be an entrepreneur - and how so many get this fatally wrong
- How to be enabled - and overcome any obstacle that gets in your way
- The secret methods of unbelievable focus - and the incredible rewards that flow from it
- How entrepreneurs deal with risk, uncertainty and volatility - and you can too
- How to gain and maintain the right mindset as an entrepreneur - and be truly authentic
- What the right kind of entrepreneurial discipline looks like - and how to build it day by day
- Why you should shoot for the moon - and what happens when you get there.
This is a brilliantly no-nonsense and concise book that refuses to waste a second of your time - a companion to take with you and re-read again and again on your entrepreneurial journey. Even if you don't want to start a business, Jim's lessons on thinking and acting like an entrepreneur can change your life for the better. Get inspired and skilled up whatever stage you're at in business or life - and go create special!
From generating ideas and creating business plans to sales and marketing, THE ULTIMATE STARTUP BOOK is a dynamic collection of tools, techniques, and strategies for success.
Discover the main themes and key ideas you need and bring it all together with practical exercises.
This is your complete course in entrepreneurship.
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ULTIMATE books are for managers, leaders, and business executives who want to succeed at work. From marketing and sales to management and finance, each title gives comprehensive coverage of the essential business skills you need to get ahead in your career. Written in straightforward English, each book is designed to help you quickly master the subject, with fun quizzes embedded so that you can check how you're doing.
–JEFF ZEIGLER, CEO, TechTurn.com, Austin, TX
“When I started my graphic design business, I knew I had enough talent to impress and keep my clients, but I struggled with the day to day running of the business. So, You Want To Start A Business? is the blueprint I needed to get organized and put all the right things in place.”
–KORY BAILEY, Owner, Creative Counterpart
Build the Successful Company You’ve Always Wanted to Own!Avoid the 8 disastrous operational mistakes that kill new businesses Walk step-by-step through the entire process of building a winning business Master 55 amazingly simple rules of business success For every entrepreneur and potential entrepreneur...no previous business experience necessary! Launch the winning business you’ve always wanted…or make more money in the business you’ve already started!
More than 5,000,000 new businesses are started each year…but 70% of them will fail. Now, two renowned experts on entrepreneurship identify the 8 “killer mistakes” that cause most business failures–and give you the knowledge, tools, and hands-on advice to avoid them, so you can build a business that thrives.
Unlike other books on entrepreneurship, this book focuses on the crucial operational issues associated with consistent profitability. You’ll learn how to identify the right opportunities and customers; design winning products and services; set the right prices; overcome customer inertia; avoid common day-to-day management mistakes; find and keep good employees; and finally, smoothly manage growth.
Throughout, the authors draw on real life entrepreneurial experiences, case studies, and leading-edge research. There’s nothing theoretical here: This is fast-paced, 100% practical advice you can use to make your business dreams and goals come true–starting right now.
What really makes a successful entrepreneur?
What they do, how they act...and how to find your best path to business success
Get the 3 “Ws” right from the start
What will you sell, who will buy it–and why will they buy it?
55 simple, indispensable rules for success
What you must know about customers, competitors, and your employees
The art and science of managing people, operations, and growth
Create processes, set priorities, maximize quality, measure people–and improve every day
Fueled by growing consumer demand for new tastes, cleaner ingredients, health benefits, and more convenient ways to shop and eat, the business of specialty food is taking off at full speed. This step-by-step guide arms entrepreneurial foodies like yourself with an industry overview, the hottest trends, important research and statistics, and insight from practicing specialty food business owners on key growth drivers, opportunities, and how you can differentiate from other food businesses.
Discover how to:
Find the right avenue for your specialty food business: home-based, retail shop, production, wholesale, or distribution
Create a solid business plan, get funded, and get the essential equipment
Get the right licenses, codes, permits, insurance for your operations
Gain a competitive edge using market and product research
Find a profitable location, partnerships, and in-store shelf space
Promote your business, products, and services online and offline
Attract new and loyal customers using social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest
Manage daily operations, costs, and employees
Plus, get valuable resource lists, sample business plans, checklists, and worksheets
Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
This Element is an excerpt from The Truth About Starting a Business (9780137144501), by Bruce R. Barringer. Available in print and digital formats.
A systematic, four-step plan for reducing the risk associated with launching a new business.
The proper sequence in planning and launching a business is as follows: 1. Identifying a business idea. 2. Screening and testing the idea to determine its initial feasibility. 3. Writing a business plan. 4. Launching the business. Complete this process to avoid falling into the “everything about my idea is wonderful” trap. All business ideas have strong and weak points....
Brightword Publishing's new practical guide My StartUp Plan can help you as an aspiring entrepreneur or a start-up company to get your ideas down on paper and plan for your business and its development.
My StartUp Plan takes you through the nine key areas you need to consider when planning for a new or existing venture. Each chapter contains a series of prompting questions which encourage you to develop your ideas and plans for your new venture.
The guide is easy to read and understand, and there's none of that business jargon!Not only will My StartUp Plan enable you to build your business plan quickly and pain-free, but it will also help you to avoid making common mistakes typical of business start-ups.
My StartUp Plan has been written by two experienced business support practitioners who saw a need for a simple guide for their clients struggling with writing their first business plans. The book has already been tried and tested by a number of aspiring entrepreneurs, from 16 to 60 year olds, who claim that the experience was simple, quick, and pain-free!
My StartUp Plan offers you the simple and smart way to build a business plan, so before your bookshelf collapses under the weight of yet another unused business planning book, get your hands on the hands-on toolkit which will help you get your business on the right track.
You have a new venture in mind. And you've crafted a business plan so detailed it's a work of art. Don't get too attached to it.
As John Mullins and Randy Komisar explain in Getting to Plan B, new businesses are fraught with uncertainty. To succeed, you must change the plan in real time as the inevitable challenges arise. In fact, studies show that entrepreneurs who stick slavishly to their Plan A stand a greater chance of failing-and that many successful businesses barely resemble their founders' original idea.
The authors provide a rigorous process for stress testing your Plan A and determining how to alter it so your business makes money, solves customers' needs, and endures. You'll discover strategies for:
-Identifying the leap-of-faith assumptions hidden in your plan
-Testing those assumptions and unearthing why the plan might not work
-Reconfiguring the five components of your business model-revenue model, gross margin model, operating model, working capital model, and investment model-to create a sounder Plan B.
Filled with success stories and cautionary tales, this book offers real cases illustrating the authors' unique process. Whether your idea is for a start-up or a new business unit within your organization, Getting to Plan B contains the road map you need to reach success.
The Startup Equation leads you step by step through the decisions and data to find your perfect startup model. You'll learn how to identify your “entrepreneurial type” and follow the book’s visual roadmap to building your own successful business plan for your unique dream. The book provides the blueprint for not only understanding the startup economy, but the challenges and opportunities for every type of new business.
Steve Fisher is co-founder of the Revolution Factory, a global network that funds, builds, and launching new products. He is also co-founder of The Revolution Institute, a global nonprofit that promotes social good.
Ja-Naé Duane is a speaker, strategist, social scientist, artist, creative economist, and author of How to Start Your Business with $100.
What do the pits of the Chicago and New York trading floors, Lehman Brothers, the Russian mob, addiction, alcoholism, starting businesses with nothing more than an idea, and Central and Eastern Europe all have in common?
They have all played a part in the remarkable life story of Paul Oberschneider. An extraordinary entrepreneur who has built a $200 million business from scratch... in a foreign country and market he had no experience of, and no connections in (he didn't even speak the language)... starting with just $400 in his pocket.
Paul's business success has included:
- Building 2 million square feet of shopping centre space
- Building 5 five-star boutique hotels in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland
- Building an agency business of 850 people across 6 countries with 35 offices
- Starting a mortgage company
- Growing a chain of healthy fast food restaurants in London from 4 to 19 in just 18 months
In detail, this Founder’s Pocket Guide helps startup founders learn:
• What convertible debt is and how it can be an important fundraising structure.
• Key terms and definitions associated with convertible debt, such as conversion triggers, valuation caps, and conversion discounts.
• Key advantages and disadvantages of using convertible debt as a funding structure.
• How investors view the convertible debt, and what their expectations are for early-stage investment deals.
• Simple math for calculating the impact of conversion discount rates and resulting equity ownership on conversion.
• Example convertible debt deals illustrating how convertible debt benefits both founders and investors alike.