Simply Success: How to Start, Build and Grow a Multimillion-Dollar Business the Old-Fashioned Way

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If you dream of starting and running your own business, beingyour own boss, and living the kind of life you really want, there'sno better way to succeed than to follow the advice of someone whohas already been there and done that. In Simply Success, QuillCorporation founder Jack Miller shares the lessons he learnedturning his small business into a nearly $700 million behemoth.Miller's story is a testament to what you can do when you workhard, reinvest in your business, and have ...

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Overview

If you dream of starting and running your own business, beingyour own boss, and living the kind of life you really want, there'sno better way to succeed than to follow the advice of someone whohas already been there and done that. In Simply Success, QuillCorporation founder Jack Miller shares the lessons he learnedturning his small business into a nearly $700 million behemoth.Miller's story is a testament to what you can do when you workhard, reinvest in your business, and have a real passion for whatyou do.

But Simply Success isn't a book about Miller's business. It'sabout the lessons he learned—lessons you can use in buildingyour own business—as he and his brothers built Quill from aone-man operation with a phone in his dad's chicken store to asuccessful business with more than 1,200 employees. This inspiringand practical guide gives entrepreneurs like you an inside look atthe right way to build and run a successful business, from thenuts-and-bolts basics to long-term strategy. Miller presents deepinsight on:

  • What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur
  • Keeping it simple to keep your business profitable
  • Building a vision and a long-term strategy to achieve it
  • Why customer service is the key
  • Forecasting and budgeting
  • Building a strong, healthy corporate culture
  • How to grow into a better, stronger leader
  • The art of surviving the ups and downs of business

You won't learn these real-world business lessons in any IvyLeague MBA program. Simply Success isn't for people who are just init for the money. It's for people who want to build a real businessthat offers customers real value—all while making a greatliving doing what they love. Even good business ideas sometimesfail. But with the principles and advice Miller shares in SimplySuccess, you'll have more than a fighting chance to achieve allyour goals.

Small business and the entrepreneurial spirit form the backboneof America. Tomorrow's biggest and best companies will sprout froma handful of today's smartest small businesses. Will your smallbusiness be one of them?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470224526
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Miller is the founder and former president and CEO of the Quill Corporation, which he sold to Staples for almost $700 million. He currently deals in real estate and other investments at Millbrook Properties and The Benida Group.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One. Introduction.

Chapter Two. What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur.

Chapter Three. Getting Started.

Chapter Four. Financing.

Chapter Five. The Miracle of Hard Work.

Chapter Six. The Magic of a Vision.

Chapter Seven. Focus. Putting on the Blinders.

Chapter Eight. Concentrate on Your Customer.

Chapter Nine. Implementation. Making It Happen.

Chapter Ten. There is a Better Way.

Chapter Eleven. Plotting Your Course With StrategicPlanning.

Chapter Twelve. Forecasting and Budgeting.

Chapter Thirteen. Using Your Financial Statements to Get WhereYou Want to Go.

Chapter Fourteen. You Can Too Argue With Success.

Chapter Fifteen. Building a Great Corporate Culture.

Chapter Sixteen. Shaping a Winning Organization.

Chapter Seventeen. Who Controls Your Life?

Chapter Eighteen. Easing the Burden.

Chapter Nineteen. Doing More by Doing Less.

Chapter Twenty. Your Growth As a Leader.

Chapter Twenty-One. Someone Changed the Rules. Why Wasn't itMe?

Chapter Twenty-Two. About the Lifelong Learning Process.

Chapter Twenty-Three. The Art of Survival.

Chapter Twenty-Four. How to Do Almost Everything Wrong.

Chapter Twenty-Five. About Advisors and Boards.

Chapter Twenty-Six. A Family Business Can Be Great –Or…

Chapter Twenty-Seven. The Glory of the Free EnterpriseSystem.

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