Books & Resources
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In it, you will learn:
- If you are ready to own your own business
- The structure and organization of a solid, professional business plan
- How to prepare a competitive analysis and build a marketing program that will even impress bankers
- How to write about your products and services in a way that will make you stand out from the crowd
- The tricks to building a razor-sharp marketing strategy
- How to speak the language of money and finance
- Whether to buy a franchise or build a startup from scratch…among hundreds of critical topics
The included CD contains an electronic version of the book, Business Law and Accounting & Finance dictionaries.
Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Business
From envisioning the organizational structure to creating the marketing plan that powers growth to building for the future with airtight financial documents, this guide provides the tools to create well-constructed business plans. Beginning with the initial considerations, this handbook offers proven, step-by-step advice for developing and packaging the components of a business plancover sheet, table of contents, executive summary, description of the business, organizational and marketing plans, and financial and supporting documentsand for keeping the plan up-to-date. Four real-life business plans and blank forms and worksheets provide readers with additional user-friendly guidelines for the creation of the plans. This updated seventh edition features new chapters on financing resources and business planning for nonprofits as well as a sample restaurant business plan.
Every year, thousands of great business ideas languish because entrepreneurs don’t have a solid business plan. Business plans can be simple three-page documents or fill a large binder, but all have the same purposed—to plan for success. This book provides straight answers and expert advice on creating the right plan for any type of business. Fledgling business owners will learn how to: Analyze business opportunities Estimate costs Secure startup equipment Develop services Find the best location Pull the money together to make it happen With this valuable resource, budding entrepreneurs will find all they need to write a plan that will succeed in the dangerous world of startups. The accompanying CD contains 60 sample business plans for a variety of popular ventures.
A business plan is vital for a successful business. It aids in securing financing from a banker or investor. It is also a powerful management tool to set objectives, focus on goals, and avoid potential pitfalls. The process of writing a business plan enables you to consider all the aspects of starting a business-ranging from identifying opportunities to exploring risks to putting dollar amounts to ideas; the business plan makes you think about the highs and the lows, the advantages and the disadvantages, and the potential for success and failure. Although there are businesses that are successful without a business plan, significantly more businesses that fail to plan also fail to succeed.
How to Start a Home-Based Jewelry Making Businessis for creative, talented women who want to turn their passion for beautiful jewelry into a profitable sideline or full-time business. Selling and making jewelry is one of the more high-margin craft businesses and with the right approach to sales and a stylish look, one can develop a devoted following. In addition to the essentials common to the series, this book also includes information on pricing jewelry, setting up a Web site, and how to get celebrity attention.
What Entrepreneurs & Executives Should Do Before Writing a Business Plan
Starting your own business is a daunting task. No matter how talented you are, no matter how much capital you have, no matter how good your business plan is, if you're pursuing a fundamentally flawed opportunity you're heading for failure. So before spending time and money on a new enterprise it's vital to know if your idea is actually going to work in practice.
- The only series especially targeted for the small business consumer - Includes sample business plans and CD to help readers complete their own plan! - Over 600,000 Streetwise books sold! Nearly half of all new businesses fail within the first two years. To beat these odds, a new business needs a plan. Streetwise Business Plans with CD shows readers how to create a professional business plan in no time flat. This book explains how to use a business plan to establish a sound business, develop a complete marketing strategy, and forecast change. The CD includes sample material for use in creating the ultimate business plan. - Completely redone edition of a long-standing successful title - Provides multiple samples of pre-written text for every part of your plan - Includes two complete sample business plans Whether they're expanding an established enterprise or opening a one-person shop, readers get their new business off to a good start with Streetwise Business Plans with CD!
An Entrepreneur's Business Plan
Begin your small business success today as you transform your business idea into a powerful, functional business plan with Ryan/Hiduke's SMALL BUSINESS: AN ENTREPRENEUR'S BUSINESS PLAN, 8E. This indispensable guide to small business takes a practical action-step approach to help you sharpen your business talents and focus your business ownership dreams. You learn to identify business opportunities, market needs, and target customers as you develop an actual working business plan from the ground up. Timely business tools and ongoing links to the latest small business information available on the Internet keep the information you're using focused on the future. Throughout the book, you gain firsthand glimpses into the challenges and successes that other passionate entrepreneurs face. Whether you plan to build your own business, pursue a franchise, or purchase an existing business, in SMALL BUSINESS: AN ENTREPRENEUR'S BUSINESS PLAN, 8E, you'll find the timely advice, powerful skills, and effective plans you need for success.
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own home-based business? Of being your own boss? Have you been hesitant to put your business plans into action? For many people in this economy, doing so is more a necessity than an option. With How to Start a Home-Based Business, you can plan out your business step-by-step instead of patching it together in a hurry and taking unnecessary risks. Here are all the necessary tools and success strategies you need to launch and grow your business-whatever your specialty. Bert Holtje and Susan Shelly share their experiences and advice on everything you need to know. Learn how to develop a business plan, estimate your start- up costs, price your services, and stay profitable once you're in business. Read all about getting clients and referrals, outshining the competition, bidding competitively, establishing your daily schedule, organizing your business, getting paid, and much more.
Covering the range of senior care businesses that are increasingly I demand today, this bo9ok shows how to start and run a profitable, ethical, and satisfying home- based business in this field. It covers those businesses that can be set up by people with special qualifications - such as nurses, social workers, and others with health and human services degrees - as well as those that can be run by individuals with little or not formal training, who have an interest in caring for others.
Making money doing lawn-care, landscape architecture, and garden work is a dream of many peopleand this guide contains all the necessary tools and strategies they need to successfully launch and develop their own business doing so. This sixth edition also features advice on marketing and selling one's services within "sustainable landscaping," one of the hottest new trends in the field. * Develop a profitable business plan * Build word-of-mouth referrals * Handle employees, paperwork, and taxes * Work smart and safe * Adapt to new trends like sustainable landscaping * Become your area's top landscaper