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Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion
Crush It!
Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061914177

Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It is the ultimate driver's manual for modern business.

Deduct It!: Lower Your Small Business Taxes
Deduct It!
Lower Your Small Business Taxes
Paperback      ISBN: 1413326811
Reduce your taxes

Deduct It shows you how to maximize your business deductions--quickly, easily, and legally. Whether your business is just starting or well established, this book is indispensable to your financial success. It covers deductions for:

  • start-up and operating expenses
  • travel and meals
  • home offices
  • medical expenses
  • equipment and inventory
  • and more.

Learn about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how it affects small business owners, including the new 20% pass-through deduction and changes to entertainment and other business deductions and credits. Easy to read and full of real-world examples, Deduct It will pay for itself many times over.

This edition is updated to cover changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Get a Grip: How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business
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(R). 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(R), 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.
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.
Homemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen
Homemade for Sale
How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen
Paperback      ISBN: 0865717869

From farm-to-fork and "Buy Local" to slow food and hand-made artisan breads, more people than ever are demanding real food made with real ingredients by real people. Widely known as "cottage food legislation," over forty-two states and many Canadian provinces have enacted recent legislation that encourages home cooks to create and sell a variety of "non-hazardous" food items, often defined as those that are high-acid, like pickles, or low moisture, like breads or cookies. Finally, "homemade" and "fresh from the oven" on the package can mean exactly what it says.

Homemade for Sale is the first authoritative guide to conceiving and launching your own home-based food start-up. Packed with profiles of successful cottage food entrepreneurs, this comprehensive and accessible resource covers everything you need to get cooking for your customers, creating items that by their very nature are specialized and unique. Topics covered include:

  • Product development and testing
  • Marketing and developing your niche
  • Structuring your business and planning for the future
  • Managing liability, risk, and government regulations

You can join a growing movement of entrepreneurs starting small food businesses from their home. No capital needed, just good recipes, enthusiasm, and commitment, plus enough know-how to turn fresh ingredients into sought-after treats for your local community. Everything required is probably already in your home kitchen. Best of all, you can start tomorrow

Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko are co-authors of Farmstead Chef , ECOpreneuring , and Rural Renaissance , and are innkeepers of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast (innserendipity.com).

From Passion to Profit: Start Your Business in 6 Weeks or Less!A Step-by-step Guide to Making Money from Your Hobby by Selling Online
From Passion to Profit
Start Your Business in 6 Weeks or Less!A Step-by-step Guide to Making Money from Your Hobby by Selling Online
Paperback      ISBN: 1446305015

Want to be an entrepreneur? Thanks to the internet, it's never been easier, and with the help of this step-by-step business start-up guide, you can get your own online enterprise up and running in 6-weeks or less Featuring a combination of highly practical advice and warm encouragement, you will benefit from helpful worksheets, checklists and step-by-step instructions, all presented in a positive and engaging tone. You will learn the process of deciding what to sell, how to develop a brand, how to choose the right platform and getting your online shop live and ready to take orders from customers around the world in rapid time.

The directory of online marketplaces and online shop solutions will help you decide which are the best options for you to sell online, while the case studies and real life stories from successful online shop owners demonstrate that success is not only possible but highly achievable

This guide will help not only handmade sellers but anyone with a home-based business such as vintage finds, designer prints, customized t-shirts, wedding stationery, upcycled jewelry, patterns, ebooks and more

Software Consulting: A Revolutionary Approach
Software Consulting
A Revolutionary Approach
Paperback      ISBN: 1449996205

With this book, you'll learn how to create a thriving software consulting business from the bottom up. You'll find everything you need to determine if being a software consultant makes sense for you, the preparatory phases, and how to manage your business, and how to plan for growth. The book features a real-world case study at the end of each chapter, which provides additional insights. This book can help current and future software and other consultants in many facets of the consulting industry. * Learn the benefits and potholes of being a consultant * Develop a strategic plan for your consulting business * Learn the Six Steps of Creation * Create and manage virtual teams * Learn how to acquire, keep, and get more clients for your business * Learn about the Sweet Sixteen Collaboration and Management Tools * Create your own Software Design and Development Process * Avoid the Seven Deadly Traps of software consulting * Learn about legal, tax, and other important issues regarding being a consultant

Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization
Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization
Paperback      ISBN: 0816627770

Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization is a book for people who are forming new small nonprofits; thinking about converting an informal, grassroots group into tax-exempt status; reorganizing an existing agency; or currently managing a nonprofit. It provides practical and basic how-to information on legal, tax, organizational, and other issues particular to nonprofits.

This one-of-a-kind resource has been a valuable guide to nonprofit management for decades. While much of the information originated in an earlier era of nonprofit formation, it remains highly useful for gaining an overview and creating an action plan for people entering this realm of organizational management. Its compact format provides information in an easy-to-understand style. The book describes, step-by-step, the typical phases of creating and operating a new nonprofit, including incorporation, establishing a board of directors, writing bylaws, obtaining tax-exempt status, creating a strategic plan, budgeting and grant seeking, understanding accounting principles, managing human resources, and creating a community relations plan.

The Center for Nonprofit Management is a department of the Graduate School of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and St. Paul. It provides training and guidance in all aspects of the nonprofit sector to existing organizations as well as individuals or groups who are seeking help in starting a nonprofit.

Nonprofits in Crisis: Economic Development, Risk, and the Philanthropic Kuznets Curve
Nonprofits in Crisis
Economic Development, Risk, and the Philanthropic Kuznets Curve
Hardcover      ISBN: 0253006856

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.

How to Bullsh*t Your Way to Number 1: An Unorthodox Guide to 21st Century Success
How to Bullsh*t Your Way to Number 1
An Unorthodox Guide to 21st Century Success
Hardcover      ISBN: 1513643657

Less than a year ago, Oobah Butler was living in a garden shed in London, struggling to pay rent and living on a diet of boiled eggs. It's safe to say that he hadn't achieved much with his life. Yet just a year on, on the back of three documentaries that have been viewed over 150m times, he's won awards, been featured on TV all over the world and has been lauded by critics, commentators and serial achievers across the globe. How did everything turn for him? With an idea. Since he came with the Shed at Dulwich, the world's most famous restaurant that never existed, Oobah's life has been completely transformed. Fantastic, of course, but it made no sense. How could something he'd invested such little care and emphasis in be so impactful? Could this be the key? So he asked himself the question: How would my life work out if I approached it with as little consideration and as much enjoyment as my fake restaurant? Can one achieve more in life if they cease to be so emotionally involved in their goals? In the modern age, has detachment become an unlikely bedfellow of success? This new book by Oobah Butler is based on a philosophy built around this very stupid thing he did.