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Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations
Building Museums
A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations
Paperback      ISBN: 0873518470

An indispensable tool for renovating and building small and midsized museums, written for those who preserve and interpret our cultural heritage.

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
The Lean Startup
How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Hardcover      ISBN: 0307887898

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on "validated learning," rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs--in companies of all sizes--a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it's too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn
Home Business Tax Deductions
Keep What You Earn
Paperback      ISBN: 1413326854
Pay less to the IRS

For any home business, claiming all the tax deductions you are entitled to is essential to your business's financial success. Don't miss out on the many valuable deductions you can claim. Here, you'll find out how to deduct:

  • start-up costs
  • home office expenses
  • vehicles, meals, and travel expenses
  • medical expenses, and
  • retirement expenses.

You'll also learn how to keep accurate, thorough records in case the IRS ever comes calling. Easy to read and full of real-life examples, this book can help you take advantage of all the valuable deductions you are entitled to.

The 16th edition is updated to cover changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After
Do Cool Sh*t
Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After
Paperback      ISBN: 0062366858

"Miki Agrawal is a real piece of work. It turns out that so are you. Once you read her high-energy book, you might be able to embrace the gifts you already have and go take advantage of them." --Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

Is it possible to make a career out of something you love? How do you march through life with a purpose and get the most out of every second? Miki Agrawal, entrepreneur, angel investor, and cool-sh*t-doer, has figured it out and she will show you how.

In Do Cool Sh*t, she shares her adventures in entrepreneurship and life, from learning to step out of her comfort zone in a foreign country to achieving her dream of playing soccer for the New York Magic to partnering with Tony Hsieh of Zappos to launch her dream business. Now, Miki shows you how to start a business, fund it on a shoestring budget, gather the perfect group to brainstorm a business plan, test a product, get great (free) press coverage, and more--all while living a life to be proud of.

She reminds you that it's cool to care and to be proactive; it's cool to mess up; it's cool to work your butt off on something that is meaningful; and it's cool to keep trying when the odds are stacked against you.

--Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception
In Business with Bees: How to Expand, Sell, and Market Honeybee Products and Services Including Pollination, Bees and Queens, Beeswax, Honey,
In Business with Bees
How to Expand, Sell, and Market Honeybee Products and Services Including Pollination, Bees and Queens, Beeswax, Honey,
Paperback      ISBN: 1631594591
Ready to take your beekeeping skills to the next level? In Business with Bees provides the answers you need.

This book takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages and learning curves and offers practical, useful advice to move your passion into a part-time or full-time career with measurable results. This beekeeping business how-to guide offers all of the in-depth advice you need, in one place.
  • Writing a business plan
  • Finding the best sources for funding
  • Determining what your facilities will be and how to acquire them
  • Getting and installing the right equipment
  • Cooperating with other local businesses
  • Stocking inventory and managing warehouse space
  • Finding customers
  • Raising and selling queens, packages, and nucs
  • Expanding pollination, including contracts to protect you
  • Making and selling peripheral products from wax, propolis, and honey
  • Organizing teaching, speaking, and planning events
  • Hiring and managing your growing team
  • Promoting your business
  • Measuring your success
This book provides solutions for all your beekeeping business questions, from start to finish. With this knowledge, you can become as knowledgeable, confident, and successful in running a business as you are in beekeeping.
Starting & Running a Coffee Shop: Brew Success with Proven Strategies for Every Aspect of Your Espresso Startup
Starting & Running a Coffee Shop
Brew Success with Proven Strategies for Every Aspect of Your Espresso Startup
Paperback      ISBN: 1465483799
Learn to start and run your own coffee bar with tips to brewing success

The caffeine-lover in you has always wanted to start your own coffee bar--and all the guidance you'll need is right here in your hands

Order up a double shot of success with this guide packed to the brim with all things coffee and business. In it, you will find expert advice on selecting the best coffee beans and cafe treats, foolproof methods for tracking sales and inventory, straightforward suggestions on developing effective marketing strategies, helpful tips on negotiating contracts with employees and suppliers, and so much more... So tie that apron, grind those beans, and get started on that dream
The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea
The Crowdsourceress
Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea
Paperback      ISBN: 1610397606
"Neil Young's Pono campaign was the third most successful hardware campaign of all time, and Alex deserves much of the credit, second only to Neil, of course. The Crowdsourceress will give you everything you need to make your campaign a success." -- Phil Baker, COO, Pono

"Owning The Crowdsourceress is like having Alex Daly's 'special sauce' right at your fingertips." -- Jesse Reed, cofounder, Standards Manual

In recent years, the crowdfunding industry has generated several billions in funding. But the harsh reality is that around 60 percent of Kickstarter campaigns fail. Enter Alex Daly, a crowdfunding expert who has raised over $20 million for her clients' campaigns. She has run some of Kickstarter's biggest projects-TLC's newest album, Neil Young's audio player, and Joan Didion's documentary. In this book, Daly takes readers deep inside her most successful campaigns, showing you how to
  • Get fans and influencers excited about your launch
  • Build an appealing and powerfully designed campaign
  • Access proven video tips, pitching tactics, press releases, and rewards ideas
  • Avoid the most common headaches and pitfalls

Here you'll get tangible tools to run your own crowdfunding campaigns and fully connect with the crowd, get people to pay attention, and inspire them to act.
Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer
Good Morning, Beautiful Business
The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer
Hardcover      ISBN: 1603585052

It's not often that someone stumbles into entrepreneurship and ends up reviving a community and starting a national economic-reform movement. But that's what happened when, in 1983, Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Caf on the first floor of her house on a row of Victorian brownstones in West Philadelphia. After helping to save her block from demolition, Judy grew what began as a tiny muffin shop into a 200-seat restaurant-one of the first to feature local, organic, and humane food. The restaurant blossomed into a regional hub for community, and a national powerhouse for modeling socially responsible business.

Good Morning, Beautiful Business is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world-helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people and place as much as commerce and that make communities not just interesting and diverse and prosperous, but also resilient.

Wicks recounts a girlhood coming of age in the sixties, a stint working in an Alaska Eskimo village in the seventies, her experience cofounding the first Free People store, her accidental entry into the world of restauranteering, the emergence of the celebrated White Dog Caf , and her eventual role as an international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies movement.

Her memoir traces the roots of her career - exploring what it takes to marry social change and commerce, and do business differently. Passionate, fun, and inspirational, Good Morning, Beautiful Business explores the way women, and men, can follow both mind and heart, do what's right, and do well by doing good.

Total Rethink: Why Entrepreneurs Should Act Like Revolutionaries
Total Rethink
Why Entrepreneurs Should Act Like Revolutionaries
Hardcover      ISBN: 1119565359

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.

The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company
The Startup Owner's Manual
The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company
Hardcover      ISBN: 0984999302

Now a decade after The Four Steps to the Epiphany sparked the Lean Startup revolution, comes its sequel... The Startup Owner's Manual. The Manual incorporates 10 years of learning and best practices that have swept the startup world. It incorporates the Business Model Canvas as the organizing principle for startup hypotheses, provides separate paths and advice for web/mobile products versus physical products, offers a wealth of detailed instruction on how to get, keep, and grow customers recognizing the different techniques for web and physical channels and teaches a "new math" for startups: "metrics that matter for fueling growth." The Startup Owner's Manual is a step-by-step, near-encyclopedic reference manual or "how to" for building a successful, scalable startup. Want to know what to do the first, week, month or year? What's the right distribution channel for your product? How to get traffic to your web site? ...and how to activate customers or users on arrival? Who are the right "first customers," and why? ...plus many more great tips in nearly 500 pages, complete with index, glossary, and Customer Development Checklists. It's the indispensible reference guide for any startup founder, entrepreneur, investor or educator.