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The Roadside MBA: Real-world Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and Small Businesses
The Roadside MBA
Real-world Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and Small Businesses
by Unknown
Paperback      ISBN: 0230772587

A one-stop toolkit for entrepreneurs and small businesses, from three leading MBA teachers

Tax Savvy for Small Business: A Complete Tax Strategy Guide
Tax Savvy for Small Business
A Complete Tax Strategy Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1413325785
Create a business tax strategy that will save you time, energy, and money

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.

The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers
The Maker Movement Manifesto
Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers
Hardcover      ISBN: 0071821120

YOU can create the next breakthrough innovation

A revolution is under way. But it's not about tearing down the old guard. It's about building, it's about creating, it's about breathing life into groundbreaking new ideas. It's called the Maker Movement, and it's changing the world.

Mark Hatch has been at the forefront of the Maker Movement since it began. A cofounder of TechShop--the first, largest, and most popular makerspace--Hatch has seen it all. Average people pay a small fee for access to advanced tools--everything from laser cutters and milling machines to 3D printers and AutoCAD software. All they have to bring is their creativity and some positive energy. Prototypes of new products that would have cost $100,000 in the past have been made in his shop for $1,000.

The Maker Movement is where all the next great inventions and innovations are happening--and you can play a part in it.

The Maker Movement Manifesto takes you deep into the movement. Hatch describes the remarkable technologies and tools now accessible to you and shares stories of how ordinary people have devised extraordinary products, giving rise to successful new business ventures. He explains how economic upheavals are paving the way for individuals to create, innovate, make a fortune--and even drive positive societal change--with nothing more than their own creativity and some hard work.

It's all occurring right now, all around the world--and possibly in your own neighborhood.

The creative spirit lives inside every human being. We are all makers. Whether you're a banker, lawyer, teacher, tradesman, or politician, you can play an important role in the Maker society.

So fire up your imagination, read The Maker Movement Manifesto--and start creating

Praise for The Maker Movement Manifesto

"It's the same revolutionary innovation model, but now applied to one of the biggest industries in the world--manufacturing."
--Chris Anderson, CEO, 3D Robotics, and former Editor-in-Chief, Wired

"He (Henry Ford) probably would have started in TechShop."
--Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, and great-grandson of Henry Ford

"We are heading into a new age of manufacturing . . . Hatch has a front-row seat and has written the must-follow guide to democratize this new age. This is the book I wish every American would use. It contains the keys to the future of work and joy for everyone."
--Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace

"TechShop is the garage that Thomas Edison wished he had, and thanks to Mark Hatch, it's open it to the public. This book is a lifeline to a country with a skills gap that threatens to swallow us all. For aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs, The Maker Movement Manifesto is a 'celebration in the making'--even if the only thing you make is a mess."
--Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs

"Mark's book is pitch-perfect on why the Maker Movement is so important for our collective future."
--Beth Comstock, CMO and SVP, GE

Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
Company of One
Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
Hardcover      ISBN: 1328972356
What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better--and smarter--solution is simply to remain small? This book explains how to do just that.

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.
Nolo's Guide to Single-Member Llcs: How to Form & Run Your Single-Member Limited Liability Company
Nolo's Guide to Single-Member Llcs
How to Form & Run Your Single-Member Limited Liability Company
Paperback      ISBN: 1413326951
Updated to include information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including the 20% pass-through deduction available to SMLLC owners

Single-member LLCs are the new business entity of choice for small businesses with one owner. Easy to form and operate, Single Member LLCs combine some of the most desirable features of older, more traditional business structures like corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. With a Single Member LLC, you get personal liability protection, pass-through taxation, and flexibility of management.

This book provides an overview of everything you need to know about Single Member LLCs, including:

  • what forms and documents you need to create an SMLLC
  • how to initially fund an SMLLC
  • what your options are for managing an SMLLC
  • how to prepare taxes for an SMLLC
  • what kinds of records you need to maintain for your SMLLC, and
  • liability issues specific to SMLLCs.

Nolo's Guide to Single-Member LLCs has all the essential information you need to decide whether an SMLLC is the right choice for your business. The book includes a sample operating agreement and written consent forms as well as tips and examples throughout to help clarify the most important points.

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.

Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business
Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business
Paperback      ISBN: 1413326137
The all-in-one business law book

Whether you're just starting a small business, or your business is already up and running, legal questions crop up on an almost daily basis. Ignoring them can threaten your enterprise--but hiring a lawyer to help with routine issues can devastate the bottom line.

The Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business has helped more than a quarter million entrepreneurs and business owners master the basics, including how to:

  • raise start-up money
  • decide between an LLC or other business structure
  • save on business taxes
  • get licenses and permits
  • choose the right insurance
  • negotiate contracts and leases
  • avoid problems if you're buying a franchise
  • hire and manage employees and independent contractors
  • attract and keep customers (and get paid on time), and
  • limit your liability and protect your personal assets.

Whether you're a sole proprietor or an LLC or corporation, or a one-person business operating out of your home, or a company with a large staff leasing space, this book will help you start and run a successful business.

The 16th edition is completely updated with the latest legal information and tax rules for small businesses under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Every Nonprofit's Tax Guide: How to Keep Your Tax-Exempt Status & Avoid IRS Problems
Every Nonprofit's Tax Guide
How to Keep Your Tax-Exempt Status & Avoid IRS Problems
Paperback      ISBN: 1413326676
The essential tax reference book for every nonprofit

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.

Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business
Raising Dough
The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business
Paperback      ISBN: 1603584285

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.

Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business
Grow Your Handmade Business
How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business
Paperback      ISBN: 1603429891

Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Learn how to map out a financial plan, expand production, automate distribution, address legal matters, and much more. Start growing your business beyond the dining room table and leave your day job behind.