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

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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

About the Author


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."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780137126675
ISBN-10: 0137126670
Publisher: FT Press
Publication Date: August 2008
Pages: 194
Language: English
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