The Kickstarter Handbook
Real-Life Crowdfunding Success Stories
Paperback ISBN: 1594746087
So you want to produce a short film. Or design a new line of jewelry. Or manufacture a revolutionary solar-powered garden sprinkler. There's just one catch: You need $100,000 to finance your dreams, and your checking account has barely enough to cover next month's rent. Enter Kickstarter - a phenomenal "crowdfunding" website launched in 2009 that brings venture capital to the masses. On Kickstarter, it's not uncommon for folks to raise $50,000, $100,000, $250,000, or even (the all-time record to date) $942,578! Want a piece of the action? In How to Raise $100,000 on Kickstarter, business writer Don Steinberg interviews dozens of people who have -- no kidding -- raised at least $100,000 on Kickstarter. You'll learn all the strategies of an effective Kickstarter campaign. You'll learn the perils and pitfalls that have dashed many a dream. And you'll learn what to do in the event of a best-case scenario - when your product goes viral and suddenly the cash starts flowing in. On Kickstarter, it happens to a few lucky visionaries every week. Here's how to be one of them.
Nonprofit Bookkeeping & Accounting for Dummies
Paperback ISBN: 0470432365
Your hands-on guide to keeping great records and keeping your nonprofit running smoothly Need to get your nonprofit books in order? This practical guide has everything you need to know to operate your nonprofit according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) from documenting transactions and budgeting to filing taxes, preparing financial statements, and much more. You'll see how to stay organized, keep records, and be prepared for an audit. - Begin with the basics understand common financial terms, choose your accounting methods, and work with financial statements - Balance your nonprofit books set up a chart of accounts, record transactions, plan your budget, and balance your cash flow - Get the 4-1-1 on federal grants find grants and apply for them, track and account for federal dollars, and prepare for a grant audit - Stay in good standing with Uncle Sam set up payroll accounts for employees, calculate taxes and deductions, and complete tax forms - Close out your books prepare the necessary financial statements, know which accounts to close, and prepare for the next accounting cycle - Know what to do if you get audited form an internal audit committee, follow IRS rules of engagement, and keep an immaculate paper trail Open the book and find: - The difference between bookkeeping and accounting - How to maintain a manual or computer record-keeping system - Ten vital things to know when keeping the books - Do's and don'ts of managing federal grant money - How to prepare for an audit of your financial statements - IRS Form 990 good practices - The most common errors found during nonprofit audits - How to figure out employee payroll deductions and taxes
Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea
Paperback ISBN: 1610397606
A crowdfunding expert who has a 100% success rate and some of the biggest and most famous kickstarter campaigns in her portfolio reveals how to fully connect with the crowd, get people to pay attention and inspire them to act as you look to raise money for a creative endeavor, product or cause. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Every Airbnb Host's Tax Guide
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1413325513
This plain-language guide explains the ins and outs of taxes for short-term rental hosts. The rules covered here apply to short-term rentals arranged through online rental platforms such as Airbnb, FlipKey, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and VRBO, as well as short-term rentals made through Craigslist or through offline local advertising, word-of-mouth, or any other means. Guidelines are given on record keeping, reporting income, deducting expenses and losses, qualifying for tax-free treatment, and repairs. The book contains line-by-line guidance on filling out specific IRS forms. This second edition reflects current tax law, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the 20% pass-through deduction. The publisher
Founders at Work
Stories of Startups' Early Days
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1430210788
In hopes of inspiring people interested in starting their own companies, Livingstone (founding partner of a seed-stage venture firm, Cambridge, Massachusetts) interviews the founders (pictured) of innovative companies that became successful in the electronic technology sector: e.g., Apple Computer, craigslist, PayPal, Yahoo!, and TiVo. They tell stories of how they turned their innovative new ideas into successful businesses and of how perseverance in the face of rejection often leads to innovation. The interviews focus on the early stages of these startups and the uncertainties the founders often faced and show that pure determination may be the most important quality for the creative entrepreneur to possess. She notes that while startups often function counter to established ideas of what is "businesslike" they tend to be extremely productive and she suggests that the corporate world might improve productivity by focusing more on creativity and less on appearances. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Working in the Gig Economy
How to Thrive and Succeed When You Choose to Work for Yourself
Paperback ISBN: 0749483555
There are new flexible and independent working opportunities available in the gig economy for those brave enough to seize them. It is estimated that the number people involved with the gig economy will double in the next four years. New generation workers are realising that they can break the chains of corporate work and go at it alone. With flexible working hours, fluid work arrangements and technology that they can leverage to their advantage, people are creating purposeful careers that fit in with their lives, not the other way around. Working in the Gig Economy is the ultimate guide to successfully navigating the new flexible world of work. This is a book that will allow you to really examine the possibilities of freelance and flexible working. Is it really for you? Do you have what it takes to stay motivated, get clients to hire you and achieve that long-yearned for work-life balance? Thomas Oppong is an expert in entrepreneurship and the gig economy. With this book, he takes readers through the main pitfalls of working for themselves, including how to stay productive, how to manage your professional network, build a personal brand and crucially how to keep the work coming and get paid on time. Working in the Gig Economy is the essential guide to having a successful and fulfilling career in the gig economy.
Get a Grip
How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business
Paperback ISBN: 1939529824
It’s time to take your business to the next level. Eileen Sharp and Vic Hightower were frustrated. After years of profitable, predictable growth, Swan Services was in a rut. Meetings were called and discussions held, but few decisions were made and even less got done. People were pointing fingers and assigning blame, but nothing happened to solve Swan’s mounting problems. It felt as though they were working harder than ever but with less impact. The company Eileen and Vic had founded and built for 10 years was a different place. Their story is not unusual, and the challenges they were facing are common?and solvable. Get A Grip tells the story of how Swan Services resolves its issues by implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System®. With the help of EOS, Eileen, Vic, and their leadership team learn to develop and commit to a clear vision, establish focus, build discipline, and create a healthier and more cohesive team. The story of Swan Services is a fable, but the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, a complete entrepreneurial toolkit, is very real and has helped thousands of businesses worldwide. With characters and situations created from collective business experiences and stories, Get A Grip is a fable that will ring true for entrepreneurial leaders the world over and guide them to get their companies on track.
Never Get a "Real" Job
How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business, and Not Go Broke
Hardcover ISBN: 0470643862
"Go to work for the best boss in the world-yourself Never Get a "Real" Job challenges the social conventions behind the old-school, 9-to-5 "real" job, and empowers entrepreneurs to take control of their lives, fears, and careers. Successful entrepreneur Scott Gerber dissects failures, shares hard-learned lessons, and presents practical, affordable, and systematic action steps to building, managing, and marketing a successful business that accompanies being your own boss. The proven no-holds-barred approach presented in Never Get a "Real" Job teaches aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, students and recent college graduates how to quit the rat race and achieve financial independence without going broke. Author Scott Gerber is not the product of a wealthy family or storied entrepreneurial heritage. Nor is he the outcome of a traditional business school education or a corporate executive turned small business owner. Rather, he is an authentic, self-taught entrepreneur who has survived and thrived despite never holding a "real" job. Start your business based on your passions using the included self-assessment tools that include tips on how to make the leap between the dream and the doing without breaking the bank. Successfully transition into being your own boss, and never work in anyone else's office again with Never Get a "Real" Job."--
Business for Bohemians
Live Well, Make Money
Hardcover ISBN: 1468315935
The founder of the website The Idler offers digestible business advice for the business-averse creative entrepreneur, including information on accounting, social media, the art of negotiation, getting paid, which clients to take, and much more.
Tax Savvy for Small Business
A Complete Tax Strategy Guide
Paperback ISBN: 1413325785
This book teaches business owners what they need to know about taxes for their small business and how to make the best tax-related decisions in all aspects of their business. It is completely updated to cover the new tax law effective in 2018; the book has information on all aspects of taxes for a small business owner, from how to choose the best business entity to tax deductions, recordkeeping, business losses, payroll taxes, fringe benefits, retirement plans, and much more. It provides valuable tax-related strategies and information to help small business owners save money and run their business without running into trouble with the IRS.