So, You Want to Start a Business?: 8 Steps to Take Before Making the Leap (Google eBook)

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FT Press, Aug 20, 2008 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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“Hess and Goetz present a roadmap for how to avoid the things that can cause you to stumble and how to build a business the right way.”

–JEFF ZEIGLER, CEO, TechTurn.com, Austin, TX

 

“When I started my graphic design business, I knew I had enough talent to impress and keep my clients, but I struggled with the day to day running of the business. So, You Want To Start A Business? is the blueprint I needed to get organized and put all the right things in place.”

–KORY BAILEY, Owner, Creative Counterpart

 

Build the Successful Company You’ve Always Wanted to Own!

  • Avoid the 8 disastrous operational mistakes that kill new businesses
  • Walk step-by-step through the entire process of building a winning business
  • Master 55 amazingly simple rules of business success
  • For every entrepreneur and potential entrepreneur...no previous business experience necessary!
  • Launch the winning business you’ve always wanted…or make more money in the business you’ve already started!

More than 5,000,000 new businesses are started each year…but 70% of them will fail. Now, two renowned experts on entrepreneurship identify the 8 “killer mistakes” that cause most business failures–and give you the knowledge, tools, and hands-on advice to avoid them, so you can build a business that thrives.

 

Unlike other books on entrepreneurship, this book focuses on the crucial operational issues associated with consistent profitability. You’ll learn how to identify the right opportunities and customers; design winning products and services; set the right prices; overcome customer inertia; avoid common day-to-day management mistakes; find and keep good employees; and finally, smoothly manage growth.

 

Throughout, the authors draw on real life entrepreneurial experiences, case studies, and leading-edge research. There’s nothing theoretical here: This is fast-paced, 100% practical advice you can use to make your business dreams and goals come true–starting right now.

 

What really makes a successful entrepreneur?

What they do, how they act...and how to find your best path to business success

 

Get the 3 “Ws” right from the start

What will you sell, who will buy it–and why will they buy it?

 

55 simple, indispensable rules for success

What you must know about customers, competitors, and your employees

 

The art and science of managing people, operations, and growth

Create processes, set priorities, maximize quality, measure people–and improve every day

  

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This nook was a quick read. The layout was simple and the authors did a good job at summarizing. However, this book is strictly for people interested in starting a small business selling products. If ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1 Can You Be a Successful Entrepreneur?
1
Chapter 2 Basic Rules of Business Success
9
Chapter 3 What Is a Good Business Opportunity?
21
Chapter 4 How Do You Choose the Right Customers?
41
Chapter 5 How Do You Design Your Product or Service?
59
Chapter 6 What Is the Right Price for Your Product or Service?
77
Chapter 7 How Can You Overcome Customer Inertia?
87
Chapter 8 How to Manage Your Business
97
Chapter 9 How Do You Find and Keep Good Employees?
119
Chapter 10 How Do You Manage Growth?
131
Conclusion
147
Bibliography and Resources
169
Index
187
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About the author (2008)

Edward D. Hess, JD, LLM, has spent most of his business life advising entrepreneurs and financing their business ventures. He is currently Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. He founded and led the Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Growth and the Values-Based Leadership Institute at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University. His books include The Successful Family Business, The Search For Organic Growth, and The Road To Organic Growth. He has personally built three successful service businesses. His website is www.EDHLTD.com.

 

Charles F. Goetz, MBA, Distinguished Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, has built nine successful businesses in six industries. He serves on the boards of several entrepreneurial ventures and not-for-profits. He recently published The Great Entrepreneurial Divide. His specialties are marketing, customer acquisition, and product development.

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