The Entrepreneur's Starter Kit: 50 Things to Know Before Starting a Business

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The essentials for building a successful business from the ground up are clearly delineated in this primer for would-be entrepreneurs. Whether starting from scratch, buying an existing business, or becoming a franchisee, anyone dreaming of becoming their own boss needs to understand the fundamentals of business management addressed here. Choosing the right business, creating a business plan, analyzing finances, starting part-time, and hiring staff are just some of the topics that are covered in this thorough ...

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Overview

The essentials for building a successful business from the ground up are clearly delineated in this primer for would-be entrepreneurs. Whether starting from scratch, buying an existing business, or becoming a franchisee, anyone dreaming of becoming their own boss needs to understand the fundamentals of business management addressed here. Choosing the right business, creating a business plan, analyzing finances, starting part-time, and hiring staff are just some of the topics that are covered in this thorough guide. Business readiness is evaluated in a “reality check” that assesses the motivation and intent of someone starting a new enterprise, and the pitfalls that cause 80 percent of new ventures to fail within five years are frankly addressed.  Filled with strategies for managing risk and successfully executing a business plan, this book will help make the goal of independent ownership a reality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937589028
  • Publisher: Huron Street Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Christopher is an entrepreneur, an author, and a publisher. He was a founding partner of Probus Publishing Company, a publisher of books for business professionals. He lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Look before You Leap 1

2 What Business Is Right for You? 25

3 The Business Plan 51

4 Taking Stock of Your Finances 71

5 Professional Advisors 95

6 Starting Up Part-Time, Moving to Full-Time 111

7 Hiring and Firing Basics 125

8 Finance Basics 147

9 Cash Flow, Billing, and Collection Basics 179

10 Marketing and Public Relations Basics 207

11 Inventory Basics 231

12 Getting Out, Closing Down, Bankruptcy 241

Epilogue: Final Thoughts 251

Appendix: Small Business Entrepreneur's Checklist 253

Index 257

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