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Planning is essential to creating a competitive advantage for your small business, and properly done, it can actually be fun. That is the message of this thorough guide, written in easy-to-follow, nontechnical language that you don't need an MBA to understand. In what areas will your business specialize? What are some of the resources you will need, and challenges you will face? How much do you want your company to grow? Once you have established a vision of your business's future, you will be on your way to making it a reality. Topics covered include: Creating a business model, identifying and beating the competition, Calculating expenses, Determining whether you need additional capital, Avoiding common mistakes, Writing your executive summary, Developing a marketing strategy, Evaluating your team, Analyzing your progress, And more. Whatever your background and whatever kind of business you dream of starting, this latest installment in our popular Pocket Small Business Owner's Guide will help you to achieve your goals.
Bankable Business Plans is designed to help create a compelling business plan for any endeavor. It guides readers through a comprehensive, step-by-step process to produce professional-quality business plans to attract the financial backing entrepreneurs need, no matter what their dream.
If you're thinking of opening up your own business, you'll need this book. This is a hands-on book that focuses on the tasks that you or any new business owner must complete in the first 100 days of launching a business. Think of it this way: Imagine you've conceived a business idea, written a business plan, raised seed capital, and are set to launch your business on October 1. Now, what would you actually do on October 1, October 2, October 3, and so forth? How would you set your priorities? How would you know which tasks are the most urgent? Although the answers to these questions vary depending on the business, there are a set of key activities that all businesses must accomplish to get their businesses off to a good (and legally proper) start. This book provides examples that include securing proper business licenses and permits; setting up a bookkeeping system; negotiating a lease; buying insurance; entering into contracts with vendors; recruiting and hiring employees; and making the first sale. Broader issues such as developing a business model and building a brand will also be touched upon, but the primary focus of this book is getting you focused on the practical issues that you'll need, as a new business owner, to accomplish, and accomplish correctly, and to get your business off to a good start. To help you prioritize and track the activities that must be completed at the onset of a business, this book will teach you how to set up a First 100 Days Plan, with the template (titled First 100 Days Plan) included in this book."
Every day talented and passionate gardeners think to themselves, "There must be a way to turn this into a career." So You Want to Be a Garden Designer helps them turn that dream into reality by providing the practical, step-by-step information every budding designer needs to develop and nurture a thriving garden design business. A successful, self-made garden designer herself, Love Albrecht Howard conveys not only the basic skills required for the profession, but also the crucial details that can mean the difference between success and failure. Among the many questions she explores with warmth, humor, and a big dose of reality are: * What do I need to learn? * How do I tackle fences, stairs, decks, and other construction projects? * How can I avoid using chemicals? * What's the best way to deal with challenging personalities? With extensive photographs, practical drawings, and clearheaded advice, So You Want to Be a Garden Designer is the comprehensive manual that all garden designers will wish they'd had from the start.