More and more entrepreneurs are using food-based businesses to solve social and environmental problems - and yet the majority of them report that a lack of access to capital prevents them from launching, maintaining, or growing their ventures. Raising Dough is an unprecedented guide to the full range of financing options available to support sustainable food businesses.
Raising Dough provides valuable insights into the world of finance, including:
- Descriptions of various capital options, including traditional debt and equity, government grant and loan programs, and cutting-edge models such as crowdfunding and community-based alternatives
- Guiding questions to help determine which capital options are the most appropriate given the size, stage, entity type, growth plans, mission, and values of an enterprise
- Case studies and testimonials highlighting the experiences of food system entrepreneurs who have been there before, including both success stories and cautionary tales
- Referrals to sources of capital, financiers, investor networks, and other financial resources.
Written primarily for people managing socially responsible food businesses, the resources and tips covered in this book will benefit social entrepreneurs - and their investors - working in any sector.
Company of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, one can have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis.
Paul Jarvis left the corporate world when he realized that working in a high-pressure, high profile world was not his idea of success. Instead, he now works for himself out of his home on a small, lush island off of Vancouver, and lives a much more rewarding and productive life. He no longer has to contend with an environment that constantly demands more productivity, more output, and more growth.
In Company of One, Jarvis explains how you can find the right pathway to do the same, including planning how to set up your shop, determining your desired revenues, dealing with unexpected crises, keeping your key clients happy, and of course, doing all of this on your own.
Rethink your way to a better life
In business, and in life, everything is changing fast, apart from how we behave. Our ways of thinking and making decisions have changed little since we lived in agricultural and industrial societies, but the problems we now need to solve are entirely different. It requires a revolution in thinking and behavior to meet the challenges that now face us and avoid disaster we need to totally rethink the model.
Part business biography, part business blueprint, Total Rethink explains how this can be done. Successful telecoms entrepreneur David McCourt lays out the reality of the dangerous situation we find ourselves in and suggests solutions which will empower everyone, including business people, politicians, diplomats, and teachers, to repair the damage we have already done, and prepare for the dramatic changes to come.
- Change the way you think and behave to be a true entrepreneur
- Understand why incremental change no longer works
- Move at the speed of the times we're living in to keep up
- Find trusted, effective guidance you can put to practice today
Written by a sought-after speaker, businessman, and entrepreneur, the advice inside this book will help you learn to think--and live--like a revolutionary.
A world-renowned innovation guru explains practices that result in breakthrough innovations
"Ulwick's outcome-driven programs bring discipline and predictability to the often random process of innovation."
For years, companies have accepted the underlying principles that define the customer-driven paradigm--that is, using customer "requirements" to guide growth and innovation. But twenty years into this movement, breakthrough innovations are still rare, and most companies find that 50 to 90 percent of their innovation initiatives flop. The cost of these failures to U.S. companies alone is estimated to be well over $100 billion annually.
In a book that challenges everything you have learned about being customer driven, internationally acclaimed innovation leader Anthony Ulwick reveals the secret weapon behind some of the most successful companies of recent years. Known as "outcome-driven" innovation, this revolutionary approach to new product and service creation transforms innovation from a nebulous art into a rigorous science from which randomness and uncertainty are eliminated.
Based on more than 200 studies spanning more than seventy companies and twenty-five industries, Ulwick contends that, when it comes to innovation, the traditional methods companies use to communicate with customers are the root cause of chronic waste and missed opportunity. In What Customers Want, Ulwick demonstrates that all popular qualitative research methods yield well-intentioned but unfitting and dreadfully misleading information that serves to derail the innovation process. Rather than accepting customer inputs such as "needs," "benefits," "specifications," and "solutions," Ulwick argues that researchers should silence the literal "voice of the customer" and focus on the "metrics that customers use to measure success when executing the jobs, tasks or activities they are trying to get done." Using these customer desired outcomes as inputs into the innovation process eliminates much of the chaos and variability that typically derails innovation initiatives.
With the same profound insight, simplicity, and uncommon sense that propelled The Innovator's Solution to worldwide acclaim, this paradigm-changing book details an eight-step approach that uses outcome-driven thinking to dramatically improve every aspect of the innovation process--from segmenting markets and identifying opportunities to creating, evaluating, and positioning breakthrough concepts. Using case studies from Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, AIG, Pfizer, and other leading companies, What Customers Want shows companies how to:
- Obtain unique customer inputs that make predictable innovation possible
- Recognize opportunities for disruption, new market creation, and core market growth--well before competitors do
- Identify which ideas, technologies, and acquisitions have the greatest potential for creating customer value
- Systematically define breakthrough products and services concepts
Innovation is fundamental to success and business growth. Offering a proven alternative to failed customer-driven thinking, this landmark book arms you with the tools to unleash innovation, lower costs, and reduce failure rates--and create the products and services customers really want.
""Inc. Yourself" is a true classic. I've recommended it hundreds of times."
--Scott DeGarmo, former editor-in-chief, Success magazine
"Judith McQuown always gives you the right advice to create and make your new business flourish. If you don't understand that your best wealth-builder is your own company, you will by the time you finish the latest edition of "Inc. Yourself.""
--Adriane Berg, WABC Radio
"Finally...a guide that cuts through all the legal jargon with clear and actionable information We recommend it on our national radio program ALL the time."
--Daria Dolan and Ken Dolan, WOR Radio Network, CBS Television
"Inc. Yourself" is the longest-selling business book in continuous print in the history of trade publishing, with more than 500,000 copies sold since 1977.
This "entrepreneurial classic" (CNBC) is now completely revised and updated--and available in a lower-priced paperback--to help new and recent entrepreneurs. Written in clear, easy-to-understand language, Inc. Yourself is a no-nonsense, step-by-step guide to success. It provides meticulously researched information on the latest tax laws and legislation that affect individuals and small businesses.
The following are just a few of the critical issues covered:
Selecting the right type of corporation for your business or profession.
Having your office home or away.
Designing the right pension plan.
Investing your corporate surplus.
Choosing the best benefits for your needs.
Getting your tax matters on track will free up your time to do what really counts: run a profitable business.
Tax Savvy for Small Business shows you how to:
- deduct operating expenses
- deduct travel, vehicle, and meal expenses
- take advantage of tax credits
- write off long-term assets
- compare business structures
- keep solid business records, and
- handle an IRS audit.
The completely updated new edition of Tax Savvy for Small Business explains how to take advantage of the many tax benefits available to small business owners.
To avoid grabbing every business owner he meets by the shoulders and shaking them, millionaire maker Dan S. Kennedy has joined with marketing strategist Kim Walsh-Phillips to help business owners, private practice professionals, and professional marketers start making dollars and cents of their social media marketing.Daring readers to stop accepting non-monetizable "likes" and "shares" for their investment of time, money, and energy, Kennedy and Walsh-Phillips urge readers to see their social platforms for what they are -- another channel to reach customers and gain leads and sales for their efforts. Illustrated by case studies and examples, this No B.S. guide delivers practical strategies for applying the same direct-response marketing rules Kennedy has himself found effective in all other mediums. This book covers how to stop being a wimp and make the switch from a passive content presence into an active conversion tool; how to become a lead magnet by setting up social media profiles that focus on the needs of ideal prospects (not the product or service); creating raving fans that create introductions to their networks; how to move cold social media traffic into customers; the role of paid media and how to leverage social media advertising to drive sales.
Nonprofits enjoy privileges not available to other organizations. But these privileges come with obligations: Nonprofits must comply with special IRS rules and regulations to maintain their tax-exempt status. Practical, comprehensive, and easy to understand, Every Nonprofit's Tax Guide explains ongoing and annual IRS compliance requirements for nonprofits, including:
- a detailed look at Form 990
- line-by-line instructions for Form 990-EZ
- conflicts of interest and compensation rules
- charitable giving rules
- unrelated taxable business income rules
- lobbying and political activity restrictions, and
- nonprofit bookkeeping
Whether you are just starting your nonprofit or are well established, you'll find all the information you need to avoid the most common issues nonprofits run into with the IRS.
This edition is completely updated to cover changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Why do some countries have a vibrant nonprofit sector while others do not? Nonprofits in Crisis explores the theory of risk as a major mechanism through which economic development influences the nonprofit sector. Nuno S. Themudo elaborates this idea by focusing on Mexican nonprofit organizations, which operate and strive to survive in a risky environment. The study of these nonprofits generates broader lessons about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that complement wider cross-national statistical analysis.