The expert author team focus on those resources, skills, capabilities and learning required by any entrepreneur in the process of starting a new business. Specifically, this text aims to:Introduce and explain those resources (including finance) that are essential to successful business creation Identify the key skills and capabilities that are required by entrepreneurs Highlight the ways in which new resources are combined with the entrepreneur’s existing resource base to develop the business effectively Explore the way entrepreneurs learn in the process of developing their business
Drawing on the most up-to-date and most relevant research, this concise textbook provides students and academics of entrepreneurship with a practical guide to acquiring the appropriate resources in order to start a new firm.
Blueprint to Business is the ultimate guide to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Bestselling author and CEO Mike Alden puts aside the rainbows and sunshine, gets real about what it takes to 'make it,' and gives you the real-world guidance you need to hear. Through anecdotes and advice, he shares his experiences along with those of other top founders and entrepreneurs to give you a realistic picture of what it takes to build a business. It's a bit of tough love, a healthy dose of reality, and a tremendously motivating guide to striking out on your own; from motivation and commitment to business licenses and the IRS, this guide is your personal handbook for the biggest adventure of your career.
So you want to start a business: how much are you willing to commit in terms of time, money, and energy? How do you plan to bring in customers? What will set you apart from the crowd? What will convince clients to come to you rather than your competitor with an established track record? These questions must be answered before you even begin planning—and then, you have to make that canyon-sized leap from planning to doing. This book guides you through the early stages with practical advice from a real-world perspective.Turn 'dreams' into goals, and goals into reality Discover just what it takes to build a successful business Dig into the paperwork and legal/regulatory requirements Adjust your expectations to reflect your abilities and willingness to commit
Starting a business could be the best thing you've ever done—or it could be the worst. Mitigate the risk by setting yourself up for success from the very beginning with the invaluable advice in Blueprint to Business.
"I've had the opportunity to work directly with Michael Alden on his children's book. His business know how and ability to get things done is unparalleled.”
—Naren Aryal, CEO Mascot Books.
"As an entrepreneur and author myself, I would recommend Blueprint to Business to anyone who is in business or looking to start a company. Michael Alden's no nonsense approach is much needed for anyone who wants the real truth about the life of an entrepreneur."
—Ken Kupchik, author of The Sales Survival Handbook Cold Calls, Commissions, and Caffeine Addiction The Real Truth About Life in Sales
"Michael Alden's story is truly inspirational. He has seen some extremely difficult times and has overcome extraordinary odds along his journey. He harnessed what he learned even as a young child to achieve great business success. The lessons in Blueprint to Business not only help those in business but it is for anyone who wants more out of life.”
—June Archer, author of YES! Every day can be a good day: The Keys to success that lead to an Amazing life
“As a young entrepreneur, I have found that truly successful people help and teach others. Michael Alden has taken the time to help me with my business and my book. His experience is undeniable and I would recommend Blueprint to Business to any entrepreneur who wants to learn from someone who has done great things and continues to.”
—Casey Adams, social media influencer and author of Rise of The Young: How To Turn Your Negative Situation Into A Positive Outcome, and Build A Successful Personal Brand
“Being an entrepreneur has its challenges. Michael Alden shares his business experiences to help others succeed. His advice and enthusiasm is directed towards teaching and leading through example. If you are looking to succeed in business this book is a must read!
A Comprehensive, Practical Approach to Starting a Business
For fledgling entrepreneurs and business readers, Entrepreneurship: Starting and Operating A Small Business untangles the complex economic, financial, and professional considerations surrounding business ownership and operations.
In its Fourth Edition, Entrepreneurship takes a critical look at contemporary entrepreneurial successes, allowing readers with a range of business interests to engage with and draw insight from the text. Balancing real-world case studies with thoughtful instruction, Entrepreneurship leads readers to develop their business plans step by step, at the end of each chapter. This approach allows readers to internalize different aspects of business ownership at a self-guided pace.
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Why? Most plans waste too much ink on numbers and devote too little to information that really matters to investors. The result? Investors discount them.
In How to Write a Great Business Plan, William A. Sahlman shows how to avoid this all-too-common mistake by ensuring that your plan assesses the factors critical to every new venture:The people—the individuals launching and leading the venture and outside parties providing key services or important resourcesThe opportunity—what the business will sell and to whom, and whether the venture can grow and how fastThe context—the regulatory environment, interest rates, demographic trends, and other forces shaping the venture's fateRisk and reward—what can go wrong and right, and how the entrepreneurial team will respond
Timely in this age of innovation, How to Write a Great Business Plan helps you give your new venture the best possible chances for success.