Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Entrepreneur Books

How entrepreneurs find the next big thing-and make it huge.

The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game-but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble?

Andy Kessler has made a career out of seeing the future of business, as an analyst, investment banker, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. He evaluated the business potential of the likes of Steve Jobs and Michael Dell before they were Steve Jobs and Michael Dell. His eye for what's next is unparalleled.

Now Kessler explains how the world's greatest entrepreneurs don't just start successful companies-they overturn entire industries. He offers twelve surprising and controversial rules for these radical entrepreneurs, such as:

• Eat people: Get rid of worthless jobs to create more wealth for everybody
• Create artificial scarcity for virtual goods
• Trust markets to make better decisions than managers

Whether you're at a big corporation or running a small business, you're now an entrepreneur. Will you see change coming and grab on to opportunity or miss the boat?


The Entrepreneur's Guide to Sewn Product ManufacturingThe Entrepreneur's Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing
by Kathleen Fasanella

A practical, no nonsense guide to assist those who would like to begin their own sewn products business, explaining many of the pitfalls that they can now avoid.
A very useful and practical, real world book - oct 1998 -- a reader for El Paso Texas

Super. A must for those serious about starting a business. -- a reader in Columbia SC

This book is a must have for everyone starting a business! If you are serious about starting a sewn product -- a reader from Albany NY

About the Author
Kathleen Fasanella is a patternmaker with over 25 years experience in the apparel manufacturing industry. She has also acted as a consultant and a work shop host.



"One is tempted to say 'the only book you'll need on starting a business.' Brilliant! Genius! Choose your superlative-it'll fit."-Tom Peters

People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran company-builder Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street- smart entrepreneurs solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise.

Brodsky shares his hard-earned wisdom every month in Inc. magazine, in the hugely popular "Street Smarts" column he cowrites with Bo Burlingham. Now they've adapted their best advice into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.

"Khanna has written an objective and insightful comparison of China and India. His analysis of Indian developments is particularly outstanding, because it is based on his firsthand experiences in India. But he does not hold back in his praise of Chinese successes. The result is a very fair-minded report on the two Asian giants."-- Foreign Affairs

"Khanna delivers a dense but lively blend of anecdotes and analysis. He shows how entrepreneurial spirit is transforming both these countries not only economically, but strengthening ties between the two." -- Newsweek

Much attention is being paid to business opportunity in China and India, the world's most populous nations. According to Tarun Khanna, it's the new entrepreneurial emergence of these two nations that will have the greatest impact on business, politics, and global society as a whole.

Billions of Entrepreneurs is an elegantly written book that mixes on-the-ground stories with thorough research to show how Chinese and Indian entrepreneurs are creating change through new business models, and bringing hope to countless people across the globe.


Awakening the Entrepreneur Within: How Ordinary People Can Create Extraordinary CompaniesAwakening the Entrepreneur Within: How Ordinary People Can Create Extraordinary Companies
Michael E. Gerber

"A business without a dream is like a life without a purpose." —Michael Gerber

Dream • Vision • Purpose • Mission

These words have been defining the life of Michael Gerber, bestselling author and international small business guru. He created E-Myth Worldwide in 1977 to transform the way that small business owners grow their companies. Now he's created In The Dreaming Room as a place where entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs come to discover how to make their dreams a reality. Michael's Dream: to inspire people to dream by awakening the entrepreneur within them. Michael's Vision: to be the authority for helping dreamers everywhere create the small businesses they once could only imagine. Michael's Purpose: to transform the lives of ordinary people by providing them with the thrill of creation while creating the means to generate their own and others' economic freedom. Michael's Mission: to create a turnkey system for awakening the entrepreneur within every person who wishes to go into business for themselves, while providing them with the support for doing it.

And he has done it. In Awakening the Entrepreneur Within you are invited into the Dreaming Room, where your own entrepreneurial dreams will come alive and become reality. Michael will help you shape your dream into a viable, economically successful company! As he writes: "It is time to dream. It is time to care about something bigger than you. It is time to imagine something sorely needed in the world—the world you live in—that somebody would pay to have. It is time to look around you and ask yourself, 'What's missing in this picture?'" If you see something missing in your world, it's time to start dreaming. Let Michael Gerber welcome you to the Dreaming Room.



Pamela Slim, a former corporate training manager, left her office job twelve years ago to go solo and has enjoyed every bit of it.

In her groundbreaking book, based on her popular blog Escape from Cubicle Nation, Slim explores both the emotional issues of leaving the corporate world and the nuts and bolts of launching a business. Drawing on her own career, as well as stories from her coaching clients and blog readers, Slim will help readers weigh their options, and make a successful escape if they decide to go for it.



Entrepreneur's Toolkit: Tools and Techniques to Launch and Grow Your New Business (Harvard Business Essentials)Entrepreneur's Toolkit: Tools and Techniques to Launch and Grow Your New Business (Harvard Business Essentials)

The New Manager's Guide and Mentor. The Harvard Business Essentials series provides comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, these concise guides are carefully crafted to provide a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience and will prove especially valuable for the new manager. To assure quality and accuracy, a specialized content adviser from a world-class business school closely reviews each volume. Whether you are a new manager seeking to expand your skills or a seasoned professional looking to broaden your knowledge base, these solution-oriented books put reliable answers at your fingertips.


Begin your small business success today as you transform your business idea into a powerful, functional business plan with Ryan/Hiduke's SMALL BUSINESS: AN ENTREPRENEUR'S BUSINESS PLAN, 8E. This indispensable guide to small business takes a practical action-step approach to help you sharpen your business talents and focus your business ownership dreams. You learn to identify business opportunities, market needs, and target customers as you develop an actual working business plan from the ground up. Timely business tools and ongoing links to the latest small business information available on the Internet keep the information you're using focused on the future. Throughout the book, you gain firsthand glimpses into the challenges and successes that other passionate entrepreneurs face. Whether you plan to build your own business, pursue a franchise, or purchase an existing business, in SMALL BUSINESS: AN ENTREPRENEUR'S BUSINESS PLAN, 8E, you'll find the timely advice, powerful skills, and effective plans you need for success.

Business as mission (BAM), an emerging concept and developing ministry, has drawn fascination in missions and business circles. BAM embodies the practice of using business strategically accomplishing missional purposes. Though the term is ubiquitous in mission circles, there is disparity between its meaning. There has been much theoretical discussion about BAM but far less research accomplished on how it happens out in reality. The Missional Entrepreneur takes an in-depth look at business as missions in action with an eye to expose the most effective principles and practices of this movement.

Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
5Why is this book out of print?
By Steven K. Gold
I've had a copy of this book by my side for the past 25 years. It is one of the finest business books of all time, especially for entrepreneurs. Despite the dated nature of some of its content, the concepts are as important and useful today as they were when first put onto paper. One of my favorite chapters is Chapter Four: Market Gap Analysis. This chapter alone is worth many times the price of the book. As the author says, "Market gap analysis is an extremely powerful tool for uncovering those areas in the market in which demand far exceeds supply. This tool, coupled with the verification techniques of Chapter Five, will assure your company of a lucrative market." Whether you are seeking to identify a completely new product or service, or to expand your current company's lines, this chapter is invaluable. I found it amusing what other reviewers have written about losing copies of this book. I have also loaned out copies of the book never to have them returned, and I've resorted to keeping a few extra copies around. I can't think of any other book that I've valued so much!

Steven K. Gold
Author, Entrepreneur's Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture

The Everyday EntrepreneurThe Everyday Entrepreneur
by Rob Basso

A primer for pursuing entrepreneurial ambitions and achieving success

Filled with strategies and powerful anecdotes about defining and setting goals and pushing for entrepreneurial success, The Everyday Entrepreneur reveals how readers can apply the ambitions of a go-getter in their own lives, position themselves ahead of the pack, examine how to calculate risk, and understand the mindset necessary to venture forward on their own.

Unlike other books on the market, The Everyday Entrepreneur looks at tangible strategies for business owners to build wealth and financial freedom at any age and inspires those who think they may not have what it takes to get out and put plans into action.

  • Filled with valuable lessons about driving business growth and honing your entrepreneurial instincts to the fullest
  • Includes thoughtful interviews of successful individuals from diverse backgrounds

The Everyday Entrepreneur imparts meaningful stories and offers a guide to find your own success.

Art teacher Jane Pollak's career shot to a new level when she was invited to the White House to decorate an egg for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Not long after, this wife and mother was running a full-blown home business, speaking internationally, and appearing on television. A primer on the daily lessons that business ownership teaches, this book explores how to maintain a balanced and joyful life while striking out on an entrepreneurial mission. Ultimately, Pollak's story illustrates that structuring a business to reflect personal values is the true key to success.


This book emphasizes how the future manager can use strategic management of innovation and technology to enhance firm performance. This book covers the evolution of technology, meeting consumer needs, capturing values generated from investments, development of technology strategy, and implementation of the strategy. This book is designed to teach professionals in business, engineering, and science how to use the strategic management of innovation to enhance firm performance.




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