Organize Your Start Up: Simple Methods to Help You Start the Business of Your Dreams
Looking to break out on your own, but feeling a little overwhelmed? Don't agonize.
In this dot.com age, more and more people are striking out on their own to create the businesses they always dreamed of having. But starting a company can feel like an overwhelming amount of work: juggling multiple tasks, keeping track of expenditures, finding customers and keeping them happy. Now Ronni Eisenberg, a nationally recognized time management and organization expert and author of the enormously successful Organize! series, can help with an easy-to-follow plan that makes starting a business seem less like a venture, and more like an adventure.
Organize Your Start-Up! shows readers how to take an organized approach to financing and structuring a business, including creating the all-important business plan. It breaks down the process of securing loans and getting credit into easy steps and also offers advice on finding a location (including a website) and furnishing the space. And it shows readers how to Work Smart, including:
-- making and keeping schedules
-- wearing different business hats
-- reaching out to family and friends for support (and help!)
In addition, there is advice on marketing, networking, and, yes, expanding. Whether it's a cyber service, restaurant, consultancy, or retail enterprise, this little book is jam-packed with invaluable advice on putting things in order so that entrepreneurs can enjoy the freedom of being on their own without worrying about the details.
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Family members may be happy to help you work toward your dream, but if you
decide to approach a relative about a loan, be very clear about the arrangements
and very careful about the amount borrowed: • Don't borrow money the other
person is counting on for something else. If your mom needs the money to buy a
new car in a year or if your brother offers to loan you some of the savings he's set
aside for his preteen's future college education, don't accept the loan. The stress
You may have built up equity in a home, and many people get home equity loans
in order to get the start-up cash they need. These loans are relatively low-risk for
the bank since they are secured by your home. Though you will need to state in
the loan application that the money is for a business start-up, you won't undergo
the grilling you might if you tried to take out a personal loan for the start-up.
However, remember that this isn't "free" money. A home equity loan will add a
If you defaulted on the loan, the bank would not get the full value out of your
merchandise). • When a bank considers you for a loan, they will be evaluating the
following: — Who you are. Have you banked with them for a long time? Did you
have a positive career history (and financial history) before you decided to start
your own business? — Do you have the cash flow? If a loan is arranged, do you
have money to cover the payments regularly? — Capital. What is the company's
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