Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months (Google eBook)

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Adams Media, Feb 1, 2010 - 272 pages
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"Melinda Emerson . . . will inspire you to pursue your own entrepreneurial vision.""--Marc H. Morial, President, National Urban League

Whether you're newly unemployed, sick of office life and longing for a change, or just want to finally turn your business idea into reality, you can follow your dream and make your passion your profession. Drawing on her experience as founder of an award-winning production company, Melinda F. Emerson shows you how in this practical month-by-month guide to getting your business off the ground.

Inside, you'll find the timetable and steps you need to take to become a successful CEO of your own venture, including:

Month 1: Meet with potential venture capitalists
Month 3: Set a one-year marketing budget
Month 5: Select a logo
Month 9: Purchase customer relationship management software
Month 11: Prepare your launch day press release

Next year at this time, you could be calling the shots at your dream job. You supply the energy, an idea, and elbow grease--and this book will supply the plan.

  

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Review: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-By-Month Guide to a Business That Works

User Review  - VaLinda Miller - Goodreads

This book was a great help in understanding what it takes to become your own boss. It offers some serious advice on money, what is involved in running a business and how much faith you have to have ... Read full review

Review: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-By-Month Guide to a Business That Works

User Review  - 2tasks - Goodreads

This book is packed full of information to get you started and going. I do not agree with taking an entire year to get going but many of the idea solid and seemed like solid advice. There are many great references to highlight as well. I would suggest it to anyone looking into entrepreneurship. Read full review

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Contents

so You think You Want to Be an Entrepreneur
1
Why Does it Take Twelve Months?
11
GET READY
17
Get Your Life Plan together
18
Your Financial Plan
28
Think Like A Business Owner
42
Create Your Business Model
51
Line Up a Lawyer and an Accountant
61
Cultivate the Market
158
Setting Up Shop
165
Build Your Team
172
Set Up Customer Service Systems
187
Taking Stock of Things Is Everything in Place?
193
Go
197
Launching Your Business
198
Handling Cash and Your Bank
204

GET SET
71
Niche to Get Rich
72
Marketing 101 Eyeing Whos Buying
82
Every Business Needs a Plan
95
Get Your Financing together
110
Brand Your Business
125
Set Up Your Online Strategy
136
Build Your Online Marketing
147
Maintaining Your Marketing
214
Ten Things You Must Never Forget in Business
220
Final Thoughts
235
Sample Customer Satisfaction Survey
241
Further Resources
243
Index
251
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About the author (2010)

Melinda F. Emerson is founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, an award-winning marketing video production company. She has created productions for such companies as Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Citizens Bank, and Comcast. In 2000, AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine named Emerson one of the Top 100 Producers of 2000. In 2001, she was named one of the Top 30 Leaders of the Future by Ebony magazine. In 2002, the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce and Economic Development named her a Black Business Pioneer.

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