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or growing a franchise system can be tricky, but if you have
the knowledge and motivation you can make it work. With Franchising
For Dummies, the late Dave Thomas founder of Wendy's and a
franchising legend will show you how to make franchising work
for you. Whether you're a novice or an expert in the business
of franchising, Franchising For Dummies is the perfect book
for you. If you're a prospective franchisee, you can find
out what to look for in a great franchisor. If you're an existing
franchisee, you can take a peek at what great franchisors
are providing their franchisees.
you dream of owning a corner shop or starting the next High
Street chain, there are few more exciting prospects than starting
your own business. The number of people choosing to shape
their own destiny is growing and is open to people of all
ages. Entrepreneurs over the age of 45 increased by 26% last
year and the average age of those who start their own business
is 39. If you get it right the rewards can be great –
not only in financial terms but in the sense of achievement.
This book will guide you through the whole start up process
and steer you on towards success.
my bank for for additional finance for my business.
Surprise surprise they asked for a BUSINESS PLAN. Having avoided
this chore so far, I had to scour the Amazon pages for help.
I identified with the Dummies title and was not disapointed
with the book I bought, this one. It took me into a whole
lot of places I'd never been before and few I had touched
on briefly. Two weeks of hard work and some well thumbed chapters
and I had a business plan. A week later I had my loan from
the bank. Now thats what I call a great return on investment...a
ration of around 10,000 to 1.
of new businesses are set up each year in Britain and Britain
is also a breeding ground for new companies and entrepreneurs
- consider "The Gadget Shop", "The Iron Bed
Company" or "Loot". But unfortunately many
fail and a guide like this can help to increase your chances
of success, whether you're a first-timer or starting over
again. It is vital to ensure that you have gone through all
the stages of researching, planning, financing and implementing
your plan. This accessible guide takes you through the process
of setting up your business step by step, covering stages
such as: deciding whether you have what it takes; researching
your idea; writing a business plan; raising finance; getting
help from various agencies; and getting your business up and
running. It also contains a categorized and alphabeticized
dictionary of 200 organizations and sources to help you on
your way, as well as a website giving additional information
for the future.
Stakes was written while author Nigel Goldman was in prison.
It is a book about greed, the chances and opportunities afforded
to him in life, and about how seeking the ultimate win led
him to experience extremes of lifestyle. The book takes us
on a roller coaster ride, beginning with his wheeling and
dealing at public school and the formation of his first business,
which subsequently folded due to his compulsive gambling.
After escaping the UK for America in an attempt to evade creditors,
there followed three years of hectic trading on the New York
Commodity Exchange, which culminated in a windfall profit.
Following this fortuitous upturn in finances, Goldman then
returned to the UK and founded a new company but soon became
involved in a highly publicised multi-million pound VAT fraud
trial. Although he was dramatically cleared of this crime,
he was soon to spend a short spell in prison for an unrelated
fraud misdemeanour. Upon his release, Goldman set up yet another
business venture that brought with it the luxuries of expensive
cars, exotic travel, flamboyancy and lucrative racehorse ownership.
entrepreneur shares what he knows about starting a successful
business without any money. Terry Allen is the consummate
entrepreneur. He started his first business at age seven,
and, since 1965, he has started, grown, and sold more than
twenty successful businesses. Now, in this thoroughly engaging
guide/ memoir, he shares everything he's learned over the
past thirty-five years about starting a business with no money
down. Writing in a compelling, anecdotal style, Allen regales
readers with the fascinating details of how he started a ski
lodge, bought a publishing company, opened a pizza shop in
Russia, and his many other adventures in entrepreneurship.
Each chapter is centered around a stated principle or lesson
that serves as the theme of the story, such as: how to start
a business while in debt; how to avoid partnership traps;
how to start a business with credit cards; how to convince
your boss to underwrite your business; how to get the most
out of low-cost marketing techniques; and how to create a
real estate empire with no money down.
that the first wave of dotcom mania has passed, the right
way to run a website is becoming clearer. If you haven't taken
the e-commerce plunge yet, or if you want to get more out
of your website, this book offers simple, plain-speaking advice
on how to move forward. As one of Britain's best-loved brands,
Virgin is synonymous with enterprise and business know-how.
This series of inspiring and practical business guides has
been created with the help of Warwick Business School, one
of the world's leading teaching and research institutions
in the field of business and management. Warwick's Centre
for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises has internationally
acclaimed expertise in the subject of entrepreneurship, gained
by working closely with start-up and growth-seeking companies,
focusing on their practical needs.
We'll introduce you to the world of e-customers, e-competitors
and e-suppliers, taking you through the practical steps of
getting and staying online. You'll find out what e-commerce
really is and how to do it properly - and above all, profitably
- so you can make money instead of draining your resources.
With the expert advice in this book, you can stay ahead of
this fast moving game.
with proven strategies from our industry's best sales trainer.
Includes step-by-step instructions to take you from start-up
to success story . This must-have guide brings Rick's knowledge
of the retail industry to life. Dying to open up a retail
business but scared to even start? Relax! Let retail marketing
guru Rick Segel show you the way. From expert advice on branding,
marketing, and merchandising your goods and services to savvy
strategies for creating eye-catching displays, this essential
guide will put you in business in no time at all!
and running your own shop or retail unit, including a market
stall, is a realistic and achievable dream. It needs no specific
training, no compulsory qualifications and no large capital
outlay. This book will help you to: find the right location;
fit and lay out; buy stock; identify stock which will be good
sellers; pricing; promotions; generate maximum sales; employees;
and develop and expand through importing and wholesaling.
got a hot idea for a new dot.com. What do you do? John Nesheim,
an adjunct professor at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School
of Management, who has personally structured over $300 million
in new-venture deals, lays out the step-by-step process in
High Tech Start Up. Incorporating some two dozen case studies
spanning the technology spectrum, he presents information
specific to this industry that will help you get from concept
to IPO. It begins with a 14-phase schedule itemising time
requirements, necessary assistance, typical participants,
major costs, main risks and desired results for each step.
It then details all the critical stages (i.e., forming the
company, preparing the business plan, assembling the team,
dealing with venture capitalists and other funding sources).
Nesheim focuses on practical strategies that should certainly
improve your chances, but don't start prepping for that on-air
interview just yet: Only six out of 1 million high-tech ideas,
he notes, ever become successful companies that go public.
self-employed is a major decision in life. In effect, you
need to meet the demands of running a business yourself. This
Kit provides a framework on which to prepare yourself and
to develop your own systems. It includes a wealth of practical
advice and provides template documents for cashflow, budgets
and financial control. For use throughout the UK. Free spreadsheets
the big idea is merely the beginning. Raising and using venture
capital is pivotal to the success of many an ambitious new
venture, but venture capital is more than money. It’s
far too expensive to be treated merely as cash, and if used
well, far more critical to the successful venture. This can
be a daunting process. Smarter Ventures leads you inside the
world of European venture capital, and takes you step-by-step
through the venture cycle. By holding a mirror up to both
sides of the money-raising process, Katharine Campbell shows
how entrepreneurs can better understand venture capitalists
- and vice versa leading to more productive relationships
and smarter ventures.
a business is one of the most rewarding and satisfying career
moves you could possibly make and it's not as difficult as
you might think - if you have the right advice. Start Your
Business Week by Week will help you overcome the challenges
and turn your idea into reality. In 26 weekly steps it walks
you though everything you need to do to get up and running,
in the order you need to do it. Each step contains a to-do
list, an explanation of what needs to be done, useful hints
and shortcuts, and the contact information you need. Plus,
each week you'll share the experiences of early stage entrepreneurs
like you, as well as advice from established, successful entrepreneurs.
book is very clearly laid out and provides a wealth of knowledge
about pretty much all the things you need to know to start
your own business... from writing up your business plan to
Don't expect to run your own "successful" business
without any prior knowledge or research. This book goes in
depth in reasons for setting up a business as well as reasons
for why not to set up your own business, what considerations
you should take and what the business type of person is. A
must read for any one serious going in to business, but be
warned you need to take your time reading this book and setting
up a business... its not simple, but this book is a perfect
guideline to show you how.
all the know-how would-be online entrepreneurs need to get
their business off the ground, from identifying a market need
and choosing a Web hosting service to securing transactions
and attracting customers. The book has been fully revamped
with new coverage of setting up Amazon, Yahoo!, and other
storefronts; running an eBay business; building profits via
affiliate programs and middlemen; improving rankings on Google
and other search engines; securing sites with firewalls; monitoring
site traffic; and blogging. Completely updated throughout,
with new profiles of successful online businesses, a revised
directory of Internet business resources, and the latest on
advertising techniques and legal and tax requirements. Contains
helpful examples of businesses that survived the dot-com bust
and continue to thrive, plus examples of strategies to avoid.
for anyone planning to start a business, warning of the pitfalls
and explaining the best way to tackle each stage. When starting
your own business, it pays to be as well informed as possible
to give your enterprise the best chance of success. This updated
and expanded handbook offers advice on how to choose the right
business venture, raise the necessary finance, whether to
set up as a sole trader, partnerships, buying an established
business, VAT and taxation. The guide points you in the right
direction for buying insurance, finding premises, equippping
an office, seting up a computer system and selling abroad.
Also included are changes in employment law that may affect
owners of small business and ways of encouraging clients to
pay their bills promptly. This new edition includes all the
latest Budget changes and covers the latest employment and
business legislation, together with the new regulations from
the EU; advises on the impact of the euro on selling abroad;
shows how to advertise and sell via the Internet; and discusses
some of the popular small-business choices of today.
17-year-old Fred DeLuca borrowed $1000 and started Subway,
a sandwich shop, with the hopes of making some money to pay
for college. Today, there are more than 14,000 Subway stores
in 70 countries, and the business generates annual sales exceeding
three billion dollars. In this book, DeLuca explores the basic
principles he used to achieve such astonishing success and
explains how those principles can be adapted by other enterprising
business people - particularly those with less than the equivalent
$10,000 in start-up capital. With a humorous, down-to-earth
style, DeLuca mixes anecdotes with solid business lessons
and draws on his own experiences - guiding fellow entrepreneurs
books shows how to build a successful e-commerce operation,
incorporating careful planning of the customer experience,
effective design, cutting-edge programming, and robust server
configuration, as well as marketing, customer service, order
processing, and warehouse and shipping. This book covers all
of the important areas of designing, building, and maintaining
a successful Web based business. The second edition addresses
e-commerce opportunities with online auctions, peer-to-peer
file sharing, and weblogs. This edition also provides the
reader with updated and expanded coverage on the complete
range of e-commerce issues, including technology, customer
experience, security considerations, search engine marketing,
and much more.
country alone there are over 400,000 people a year who decide
to take the plunge and start their own business, and over
1.6 million who are seriously thinking about it. The Complete
Small Business Guide is the second stalwart title in Capstone's
new reference series and is the perfect resource. This completely
updated edition provides the next wave of entrepreneurs and
small business owners with a one-stop resource of vital business
information. This highly successful book is unique in offering
not just informed advice on how to start, survive and succeed
in business, but also has extensive directories of all the
contacts and addresses you'll ever need. It will be an invaluable
aid whether you are unsure how to go about market research,
preparing a business plan, raising finance of legal requirements,
or if you need a database of names and addresses. Join the
1000's of other who have used The Complete Small Business
Guide to fulfill their business start-up dreams.
anyone who breaks out in a cold sweat at the thought of financial
jargon. Not everyone is cut out to be a professional accountant
but those who want to move up the corporate ladder know that
they need to master the essentials of accounting. Business
Accounting For Dummies is the only book available to make
truly light work of the financial fundamentals that many businesspeople
try to bluff their way through every day. The book will show
you how to: read financial reports, evaluate profit margins
-and identify ways to increase them, establish budgets, control
profit and cash flow, stem losses, and manage inventory, make
wise financial decisions, survive an audit and use the results
to improve your accounting system, put the latest computer
technology to work to help you manage the bottom line.