The McGraw-Hill Guide to Starting Your Own Business : A Step-By-Step Blueprint for the First-Time Entrepreneur / Edition 2

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The bestselling first edition of The McGraw-Hill Guide to Starting Your Own Business sold more than 75,000 copies, and took the reader step-by-step through the entire process of starting a new venture. This completely revised second edition once again shows entrepreneurs the keys to determining the best business opportunities, creating a business plan, and formulating a winning marketing strategy. In addition, it now profiles alternative sources of funding from SBA loans to angel investors and provides valuable do's and don'ts from over one hundred entrepreneurs.

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In this guide Harper, head of his own management consulting firm, discusses the aspects of becoming an entrepreneur practically and realistically. He covers choosing the type of business; writing the business plan; advertising; financing; and franchising. Included also is the Entrepreneurial Qualities Self-Test designed to measure potential skills. Harper also cites and describes additional sources of information such as the U.S. Industrial Outlook , published annually by USGPO, and Wilson's Business Periodicals Index . Along with Lyle Maul and Dianne Mayfield's Entrepreneur's Road Map ( LJ 9/1/89) and Sharon Kahn and Philip Lieff's 101 Best Businesses To Start ( LJ 7/88), this book will provide a good ``first step'' for would-be entrepreneurs. Recommended to public libraries.-- Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071410120
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 637,710
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen C. Harper, Ph.D. is a professor of management at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and president of management consulting firm Harper and Associates, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: There Are No Guarantees for Success.
Part I: Getting Ready to Get Ready.
Creating a New Business.
Identifying New Business Opportunities.
Part II: Preparing Your Business Plan.
The General Overview and Legal Structure.
Selecting the Right Target Market.
Product/Service Strategy and Price Strategy.
Promotion Strategy and Physical Distribution Strategy.
Determining Your Initial Capital Requirement.
Projecting the Financial Status for the First Five Years.
Part III: Before You Lock into a Course of Action.
Applying for a Loan.
Buying an Existing Business.
Acquiring a Franchise.
Commencement: You've Only Just Begun.
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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    A Good Book to Get You Up and Running

    This is a good how-to book on starting a business. It gives you good insight as to what is needed to prepare your business plan and see whether or not your idea is worth pursuing. I thought the section on preparing your financial statements was helpful.

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