Online Business Startup

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Fast, Lean and Profitable Online Venture

Author: Robin Waite

Publisher: Rethink Press

ISBN: 9781781331149

Category: Electronic commerce

Page: 260

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ONLINE BUSINESS STARTUP isn't just a how-to guide in online marketing or SEO... it contains everything an experienced entrepreneur wished he had known when he started in business. We are flooded with so much information in the digital world that it distracts us from the fundamentals of starting up and running a lean business. This book is ultimately an answer to the question "How can we quickly implement proven strategies in our business, and avoid all the noise?" ONLINE BUSINESS STARTUP will teach you: 1. Everything you need to start an online business without the wasted time, money and effort; 2. How to find a trustworthy, reliable digital agency and guarantee a return on your investment; 3. The 7 best tools for auditing and improving your website; 4. How to plan and implement a successful social media strategy.

Entrepreneur

How to Start an Online Business

Author: Lucy Tobin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0857083023

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Small Business Book Award Winner 2013, Small Business Book Awards The secrets of the UK's biggest online entrepreneurs revealed Thinking of starting a business? Already have a business online and looking to take it to the next level? The wonderful world wide web has made creating a start-up that much easier. Thousands of people are out there reaping the rewards the web can bring. If you want to join them, you've come to the right place. Profiling today's foremost web entrepreneurs, Lucy Tobin - who meets successful business founders every week writing an enterprise column for The Evening Standard – takes us through their start-up stories and maps out exactly what's made them so successful. You’ll hear first hand from the bright sparks behind some of the UK's top online businesses. With interviews, practical advice and insights, you'll learn how they did it, what they recommend, and how you can do it too.

The Digital Business Start-Up Workbook

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Succeeding Online from Start-up to Exit

Author: Cheryl Rickman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 085708285X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 310

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How do I know if my idea will work? How do I decide on the business model? How do I find my audience? Your digital business start-up journey begins here.

Start Small, Stay Small

A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup

Author: Rob Walling

Publisher: The Numa Group LLC

ISBN: 0615373968

Category: Entrepreneurship

Page: 202

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Start Small, Stay Small is a step-by-step guide to launching a self-funded startup. If you're a desktop, mobile or web developer, this book is your blueprint to getting your startup off the ground with no outside investment. This book intentionally avoids topics restricted to venture-backed startups such as: honing your investment pitch, securing funding, and figuring out how to use the piles of cash investors keep placing in your lap. This book assumes: * You don't have $6M of investor funds sitting in your bank account * You're not going to relocate to the handful of startup hubs in the world * You're not going to work 70 hour weeks for low pay with the hope of someday making millions from stock options There's nothing wrong with pursuing venture funding and attempting to grow fast like Amazon, Google, Twitter, and Facebook. It just so happened that most people are not in a place to do this. Start Small, Stay Small also focuses on the single most important element of a startup that most developers avoid: marketing. There are many great resources for learning how to write code, organize source control, or connect to a database. This book does not cover the technical aspects developers already know or can learn elsewhere. It focuses on finding your idea, testing it before you build, and getting it into the hands of your customers.

The Financial Times Guide to Business Start Up 2016

The Most Comprehensive Annually Updated Guide for Entrepreneurs

Author: Sara Williams

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 1292104759

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 504

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Whether you’re about to start your own business or have already taken the plunge and want to keep everything on track, make sure you have a copy of the No.1 bestselling The Financial Times Guide to Business Start Up on your shelf. Annually updated, this guide takes you through every important aspect of starting and running a business, including developing your idea and getting financial backing, building customer relationships, developing your online presence and much more.

Entrepreneur Revolution

How to Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset and Start a Business that Works

Author: Daniel Priestley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 085708416X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 220

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The world is entering a new age: the age of the entrepreneur, the agile small business owner, and the flexible innovator. The dinosaurs of the industrial age are being outpaced by fast-moving start-ups, ambitious small businesses, and technological innovators. It's time to quit working so hard, break free, follow your dreams, and make a fortune along the way. This summary will show you how to change the way you thnk, the way you network, and the way you make a living. You will learn how to embrace the revolution and succeed in this exciting new age by living in the "entrepreneur sweet spot"--Where you do what you love, do it well, and get rewarded generously for it.

Starting a Tech Business

A Practical Guide for Anyone Creating Or Designing Applications Or Software

Author: Alex Cowan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118205553

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

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"Technology-enabled businesses offer one of today's best available means to creating wealth, and the successful application of technology increasingly separates an industry's winners from its losers. Even better, while a decade ago the barriers to creating a technology-enabled business required a pole vault, they've lowered to where a determined step in the right direction is enough to get started.There are many important things prospective entrepreneurs and business enterprises need to know to avoid common pitfalls in the fast-paced world of high tech business. This book provides these practical checklists and frameworks that business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals can apply to any web 2.0 business idea, whether they are developing software and products or beginning a technology-enabled business. The book includes valuable insights on How do you prepare yourself or your company for successful systems implementation? How do you develop a best-practice user interface for your/your company's system? What are some of the most common disconnects between engineers and business people and how can you avoid them? What are the core functional roles in a technology-enabled business and what skills sets do they require? How do you identify worthwhile partnerships and invest in them enough to make them successful? "--

Startup Boards

Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors

Author: Brad Feld,Mahendra Ramsinghani

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118516826

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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An essential guide to understanding the dynamics of a startup's board of directors Let's face it, as founders and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your plate—getting to your minimum viable product, developing customer interaction, hiring team members, and managing the accounts/books. Sooner or later, you have a board of directors, three to five (or even seven) Type A personalities who seek your attention and at times will tell you what to do. While you might be hesitant to form a board, establishing an objective outside group is essential for startups, especially to keep you on track, call you out when you flail, and in some cases, save you from yourself. In Startup Boards, Brad Feld—a Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist—shares his experience in this area by talking about the importance of having the right board members on your team and how to manage them well. Along the way, he shares valuable insights on various aspects of the board, including how they can support you, help you understand your startup's milestones and get to them faster, and hold you accountable. Details the process of choosing board members, including interviewing many people, checking references, and remembering that there should be no fear in rejecting a wrong fit Explores the importance of running great meetings, mixing social time with business time, and much more Recommends being a board member yourself at some other organization so you see the other side of the equation Engaging and informative, Startup Boards is a practical guide to one of the most important pieces of the startup puzzle.

The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

The Tell-it-like-it-is Guide to Cleaning Up in Business, Even If You are at the End of Your Roll

Author: Mike Michalowicz

Publisher: Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

ISBN: 0981808204

Category: Entrepreneurship

Page: 175

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Trying to start a business in this economy? Struggling with little or no cash? Have no experience, no baseline to judge your progress against? Whether you’re just starting out or have been at it for years, the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur's "get real", actionable approach to business is a much-needed swift kick in the pants.

The Magic of Tiny Business

You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living

Author: Sharon Rowe

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1523094796

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

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Tiny isn't a size—it's a state of mind Too many of us feel trapped by work that keeps us from living our purpose. We fantasize about starting our own business, yet we're warned against falling into debt, working eighty hours a week, and coping with the pressure to grow. Eco-Bags Products founder Sharon Rowe says there's another way: go tiny. Like a tiny house, a tiny business is built on maintaining a laser focus on what is essential by living an intentional life. As an entrepreneur and mother, Rowe is most concerned with putting family first, maintaining financial security, and doing something that makes an impact in the world. Using the success story of Eco-Bags Products, Rowe distills the step-by-step process of building a profitable, right-scaled, sustainable venture that doesn't compromise your values. She shows you how to test your concept, manage your money and priorities, and more, while staying true to the “tiny” ethos.

Nail it Then Scale it

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Creating and Managing Breaththrough Innovation

Author: Nathan Furr,Paul Ahlstrom

Publisher: Nail It Then Scale It

ISBN: 9780983723608

Category: Entrepreneurship

Page: 250

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Nail It Then Scale It is the first lean startup book to help entrepreneurs through the process of launching a high-growth company. The book includes not just high-level principles, but a distilled, step by step guide of key actions successful entrepreneurs take to reduce risk and increase success. NISI answers key questions including: Why do most new businesses fail? What first steps do successful serial entrepreneurs take? What are the most common failure traps and how can I avoid them? Based on years of research and observation, Furr and Ahlstrom conclude that startups often fail by doing the "right things," but doing them out of order. In other words, human nature combined with entrepreneurial drive puts the entrepreneur on autopilot to become part of the 70% to 90% of ventures that fail. From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs, the Nail It Then Scale It method is based on pattern recognition of the timeless principles and key practices used by successful entrepreneurs to repeatedly innovate. These processes and principles have now been distilled into a handbook to guide entrepreneurs step by step to victory. Stop following conventional wisdom and join the few entrepreneurs that consistently take their innovative ideas all the way to a successful product and company launch.

The Startup Owner's Manual

The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

Author: Steve Blank,Bob Dorf

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 098920054X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 608

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Welcome to The Startup Owner's Manual, a near-encyclopedic manual that will teach you * How to incorporate the Business Model Canvas as the organizing principle for startup hypotheses * How to find Product-Market fit * How to Get, Keep and Grow customers * How to fuel growth with metrics that matter The Startup Owner's Manual walks you, step-by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank, unlocking the secrets to building a successful, scalable company. This book: * Guides startups of all types in their search for a scalable, profitable business model * Explains the 9 deadly sins startups commit most often - and helps you avoid them * Provides separate paths and advice for physical versus web/mobile products * Explains how to test and iterate your company's road to product/market fit * Details strategies and tactics for how to get, keep and grow customers * Teaches a new math for startups -- metrics that matter * Includes detailed checklists at every step of the process ...and provides hundreds of ideas, watch-outs and "how tos" for founders! The Startup Owner's Manual lays out the best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. It is used by thousands of startups, leading universities (including Stanford, U.C. Berkeley and Columbia) and the U.S. National Science Foundation, among many others.

Architect and Entrepreneur

A Field Guide to Building, Branding, and Marketing Yo

Author: Eric W. Reinholdt

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781511750172

Category: Architects

Page: 174

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Part narrative, part business book; Architect + Entrepreneur is filled with contemporary, relevant, fresh tips and advice, from a seasoned professional architect building a new business. The guide advocates novel strategies and tools that merge entrepreneurship with the practice of architecture and interior design. The Problem:Embarking on a new business venture is intimidating; you have questions. But many of the resources available to help entrepreneur architects and interior designers start their design business lack timeliness and relevance. Most are geared toward building colossal firms like SOM and Gensler using outdated methods and old business models. If you're an individual or small team contemplating starting a design business, this is your field guide; crafted to inspire action. The Solution:Using the lean startup methodology to create a minimum viable product, the handbook encourages successive small wins that support a broader vision enabling one to, "think big, start small, and learn fast." It's a unique take on design practice viewed through the lens of entrepreneurship and is designed to answer the questions all new business owners face, from the rote to the existential. Questions about: - Startup costs - Business models (old and new) - Marriage of business and design - Mindset - Branding & naming (exercises and ideas) - Internet marketing strategies - Passive income ideas - Setting your fee - Taxes - Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - Securing the work - Client relations - Software - Billing rates - Contracts Building a business isn't a singular act; it's a series of small steps. Using the outline found in Architect + Entrepreneur you can start today. The chapters are organized to guide you from idea to action. Rather than write a business plan you'll be challenged to craft a brand and you'll sell it using new technologies. Follow the guide sequentially and you'll have both the tools and a profitable small business.

The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business

Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want.

Author: Elaine Pofeldt

Publisher: Lorena Jones Books

ISBN: 0399578978

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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The indispensable guide to earning a six-figure take-home income on your own terms, from Forbes.com contributing writer Elaine Pofeldt. The rise of one-million-dollar, one-person businesses in the past five years is the biggest trend in employment today, offering the widest range of people the most ways to earn a living while having the lifestyles they want. In The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, Elaine Pofeldt outlines the pathways to joining this entrepreneurial movement, synthesizing advice from hundreds of business owners who've done it. She explains how to identify, launch, grow, and reinvent the business, showing how a single individual can generate $1 million in revenue--something only larger small companies have done in the past. Both inspirational and practical, this book will appeal to all who seek a great worklife and a great lifestyle.

The Startup Checklist

25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business

Author: David S. Rose

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111916379X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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"Most books on entrepreneurship focus on strategic issues like product/market fit, deciding what market to be in, or what business to buy, how to get traction with customers, etc. Examples include bestselling perennials such as The Lean Startup, Art of the Start, Zero to One, Startup Owner's Manual, et al Simple Startup, covers a completely different part of the process: the concrete details of business launch, growth, and management. Most best-sellers that promise to tell people how to start a business do so very briefly, and quickly end up recommending that readers seek guidance from lawyers, accountants, and other paid advisors. Simple Startup gives readers the detailed insights they need to understand exactly what they need from each of these professional counselors, to ask the smart questions that will help them get their money's worth, and to make intelligent decisions independent of their advisors' recommendations. Simple Startup is aimed at those who want to make it really big, not just the home-based artisans, daycare providers, or dry cleaning stores. These are innovators and visionaries who have the passion, drive, and creativity to launch a great company, but who need a nuts-and-bolts guide to the hundreds of complex challenges that derail many a business on the journey from their first business card to a successful company sale or IPO"--

Start It Up

Why Running Your Own Business Is Easier Than You Think

Author: Luke Johnson

Publisher: Penguin Global

ISBN: 9780670920471

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 253

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"With a new afterword"--P. [4] of cover.

The Lean Marketplace

A Practical Guide to Building a Successful Online Marketplace Business

Author: Juho Makkonen,Cristobal Gracia

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789529400089

Category:

Page: 210

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Inspired by the success of platforms such as Airbnb, Etsy or Fiverr? Want to know how to build an online marketplace business? This is the book for you. In this step by step guide, we will go through everything you need to know about developing your idea into a sustainable business, offering lots of practical advice and actionable ideas along the way. This book is the result of two experts putting almost two decades of experience together, in order to create a repeatable method for creating a successful online marketplace. The applicable tactics and techniques can be studied in advance, helping you avoid the most common pitfalls. It's a handbook for anyone building an online marketplace. The same methods will apply whether your organization is a startup, a cooperative, a non-profit, or a big brand. Not every marketplace will be as big as Airbnb and Uber, but we believe there are thousands of marketplace ideas out there that can make for great, sustainable businesses. With the help of this book, you're one step closer to building the next one. Critical acclaim "Juho and Cristóbal have written a practical in-the-weeds guide on marketplace execution that will prove invaluable for all entrepreneurs looking to start a marketplace. No fluff, just actionable ideas." - Sangeet Paul Choudary, best-selling author of Platform Revolution and Platform Scale "Building marketplaces can be hard. The Lean Marketplace is a very useful step-by-step guide to help entrepreneurs think through the challenges and solutions to create the next Uber or Airbnb." - Boris Wertz, Founder and General Partner, Version One Ventures "Must read for every marketplace entrepreneur. I'm going to ask everyone in our team to read this book." - Bram de Zwart, Co-founder and CEO, 3D Hubs "As I'm friends with both authors, I know first hand that the information in their book is hard won from long experience helping dozens of marketplaces succeed and consulting the top experts from around the world. However, the quality and comprehensiveness of the content speaks for itself. It covers all the essentials of growing an online marketplace, and in the most straightforward way possible. It is an impressively practical, must read resource for any current or aspiring marketplace entrepreneur. I can't recommend it highly enough, but please see for yourself." - Neal Gorenflo, Co-founder of Shareable "The essential guide to building an essential marketplace." - Tristan Pollock, Co-founder, Storefront, Partner, 500 Startups "Reading Juho's and Cristobal's advice online before launching our platform helped us save so much time and avoid the most common mistakes. If you're considering building a marketplace business, read this book first. Seriously." - Agne Milukaite, Co-founder and CEO, Cycle.land "Envisioning, validating, building and growing a marketplace is no small challenge: the most important aspect to nailing this challenge down is all about avoiding losing time and energy in the myriad of wrong directions that can come up your way. This book is an essential guide, the lifeboat for the marketplace founder that faces the ocean of bootstrapping." - Simone Cicero, platform strategist and consultant, creator of Platform Design Toolkit "I bootstrapped my marketplace business from launch to profitability in 6 months. Reading this book will help you do the same." - Mike Williams, CEO and Founder, Studiotime

The Launch Lens

20 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Author: Jim Price

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781607854760

Category:

Page: 128

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Too often, innovative individuals and teams come up with new-business ideas only to hit the proverbial wall, become discouraged, and fail to follow through. How can you get more traction with your ideas and see them through to fruition? As with so many things in life, half the battle is knowing what questions to ask. In this book, serial entrepreneur and business professor Jim Price illustrates a simple, yet powerful framework known as the Launch Lens. Price's method leads innovators through a structured process to clearly define and communicate their concept, distinguish the good ideas from the not-so-good, and lay the cornerstones of the startup planning process. The Launch Lens is comprised of twenty critical questions or Focal Points, organized according the classic new-business planning categories: problem, solution, market, business model, marketing and sales, finance, capital, and team. The book leads readers through explanations of how to address each question, illustrated by useful examples, tips, and red flags. Already in active use by thousands of innovators - ranging from aspiring entrepreneurs to early-stage startup teams and venture investors, from incubators and accelerators to intrapreneurs within established corporations and non-profits - The Launch Lens can help you bring your new-business concepts into clear focus.

Ecommerce Evolved

The Essential Playbook to Build, Grow & Scale a Successful Ecommerce Business

Author: Tanner Larsson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534619340

Category: Electronic commerce

Page: 332

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As whole, the ecommerce industry is ANTIQUATED. It's out of date! and is way way way behind in terms of what's actually working in the world of online business. Most ecommerce business owners are still doing things in the same way they were done back in the early dot com days. And that my friend is a recipe for disaster. There is SO much more to ecommerce than building a store, filling it with products and driving some traffic. If that describes you and your business, then let this be your wake up call! There is a transformative shift happening in the ecommerce industry right now. What worked before is either no longer an option or is rapidly losing its effectiveness. It's time for you as an ecommerce entrepreneur to evolve your brand, your business and your brain. THIS BOOK, Is the playbook for capitalizing on this evolution. Ecommerce Evolved contains a simple, repeatable and proven formula to help you build, grow and scale a wildly profitable ecommerce business in today's competitive market. You will find Zero Theory inside this book. Tanner Larsson has distilled years of research & practical in-the-trenches ecommerce experience into a hard hitting ecommerce blueprint. The book is broken up into 4 distinct parts and each part is then broken down into a number of focused chapters. The book kicks off with the 12 Principles of Ecommerce that have been developed after working with over 10,000 different businesses. These 12 principles...of which we can almost guarantee you are violating over half of...are what differentiate the thriving ecommerce businesses from the mediocre ones. Part 1 which is called Evolved Strategy and is where we pull back the curtain, take you behind the scenes, and show you how 7, 8 and 9 figure ecommerce businesses really work. Part 2 is called Evolved Intelligence and deals with the most underutilized aspect of most ecommerce businesses...your Data. Part 3 is called Evolved Marketing. In this section you will learn how to leverage the your business's structure and data to build create systematic and highly automated marketing campaigns for both the front end and back end of your business that produce massive return on investment. Ecommerce Evolved takes you through the exact same processes I take my high level clients through as we restructure their businesses for maximum growth, profitability and most importantly longevity. As an added benefit... Ecommerce evolved is also the key that will unlock access to my private ecommerce community. This is an up till now secret group of ecommerce professionals where we talk shop, strategize and grow our businesses through the collective genius of the group. This book is literally the step-by-step blueprint to building a successful and highly profitable ecommerce business and the private community is the support group that will help you along the way.