Statistics show that 90% of businesses fail within their first five years of operation. What is the story behind these intimidating odds? Every year, unsuspecting entrepreneurs show up at their banks asking for small-business loans. The problem is that far too many people go into business without doing thorough research into what it really takes to be successful. The best way to learn is to learn from someone who has worked with hundreds of small businesses. In this new book, small-business accountant and author David Trahair lays out in plain language everything that no one else tells you about starting a business. Trahair stresses that it's important for most people to start their business first as a side job. The owner should market and develop the business until it becomes strong enough to survive those crucial first years, and profitable enough to provide an income for the owners. Trahair also offers excellent tips on what the major franchisors will never tell you.
Get a Grip on Your Business Numbers Financial Management 101: Get a Grip on Your Business Numbers is the second book in the Numbers 101 for Small Business series. This book covers business planning, from understanding financial statements to budgeting for advertising. Angie Mohr's easy-to-understand approach to small-business planning and management ensures that the money coming in is always greater than the money going out!
Analyze financial data to stay in touch with the heart of your business
Measure your business success and pinpoint new opportunities
Understand your business from the inside out
"Even Microsoft and Ford started in someone’s basement or garage," says Angie Mohr. «But people all over the world have been given and idealized and unrealistic view of how to operate a business, and most discount the importance of the basics.»
In this provocative exploration into the nature and value of power in organizations, authors David McClelland and David Burnham reveal how the drive for influence is essential to good management. The authors provide a wealth of counterintuitive insights about what using power really means in today's business landscape. <i>Power Is the Great Motivator</i> is a must-read for all managers seeking to foster high morale and a strong sense of responsibility and commitment in their workforce. Since 1922, <i>Harvard Business Review</i> has been a leading source of breakthrough ideas in management practice. The Harvard Business Review Classics series now offers you the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world.
Do you work yourself to death without making enough money? Are you are at the crossroads and don't know where to turn next? If your small business dream has turned into a nightmare, then this book is for you. Business consultant and popular blogger Bertie du Plessis provides you with sensible, realistic ways of getting yourself out of the mess – and into the black. Packed with hard-won, straight-talking advice along with the home truths you need to know in order to survive and thrive.
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Start a Freight Brokerage Business Today The experts at Entrepreneur[/i] provide a two-part guide to success. First, learn how you can start a successful freight brokerage business right from your home. Then, master the fundamentals of business startup including defining your business structure, funding, staffing and more. This kit includes: • Essential industry-specific startup essentials including industry trends, best practices, important resources, possible pitfalls, marketing musts, and more • Entrepreneur Editors’ Start Your Own Business , a guide to starting any business and surviving the first three years • Interviews and advice from successful entrepreneurs in the industry • Worksheets, brainstorming sections, and checklists • Entrepreneur[/i]‘s Startup Resource Kit (downloadable) More about Entrepreneur[/i]’s Startup Resource Kit Every small business is unique. Therefore, it’s essential to have tools that are customizable depending on your business’s needs. That’s why with Entrepreneur is also offering you access to our Startup Resource Kit. Get instant access to thousands of business letters, sales letters, sample documents and more – all at your fingertips! You’ll find the following: The Small Business Legal Toolkit When your business dreams go from idea to reality, you’re suddenly faced with laws and regulations governing nearly every move you make. Learn how to stay in compliance and protect your business from legal action. In this essential toolkit, you’ll get answers to the “how do I get started?” questions every business owner faces along with a thorough understanding of the legal and tax requirements of your business. Sample Business Letters 1000+ customizable business letters covering each type of written business communication you’re likely to encounter as you communicate with customers, suppliers, employees, and others. Plus a complete guide to business communication that covers every question you may have about developing your own business communication style. Sample Sales Letters The experts at Entrepreneur have compiled more than 1000 of the most effective sales letters covering introductions, prospecting, setting up appointments, cover letters, proposal letters, the all-important follow-up letter and letters covering all aspects of sales operations to help you make the sale, generate new customers and huge profits.
Start Your Own Transportation Service shows readers how to create a revenue stream by thinking outside the traditional transportation box. Features information on how to start businesses in the areas of ridesharing, executive car service, special events, medical transport, and pedicab/party services. The personal transportation business is the hottest trend in the service industry, offering riders an alternative to traditional taxi, bus, and shuttle services. The perfect business for the entrepreneur, a transportation service allows business owners to go as big or as small as their market allows, from a single-car rideshare service to a full-fleet operation with multiple drivers. Featuring Entrepreneur's trusted branding and strategies, this title gives readers the keys to success.