In order to get what you want, you must offer more than your competitors. In the publishing business, I know of no less than six positions actually yawning for the men to come and fill them--not clerical positions, but positions of executive authority. Ask lots of questions. There are important tasks that must be done promptly, unimportant tasks that must be done promptly, important tasks with no particular rush, and unimportant tasks with no particular rush; and sometimes there are things that seem crucial but may not need doing at all.
Service and retail firms tend to have simple operational plans
has never been
as easy to become an entrepreneur as it is today. Profit is
financial gain or
return from the use of capital. Looking at
things in your
plan through rose-colored glasses may even doom your business to failure if it causes you to seek insufficient startup capital, underprice your product or service, or expect unrealistically rapid growth. Ordinarily this
would be a
given and not necessarily a matter of grave concern.
Make the Marketing department a happy place to work
isn t supposed
to be a potboiler, but it should tell a story the story of your business. The best
general is General
Details. Most successful
businesses were started
by individuals who had clearly defined vision, purpose, and goals. Historically, however,
this theory has
happily been proven untrue, as the advance in the standard of living among the working class during the past century testifies.
Businesses may be successful today because of their history and reputation
it was an immense success. A plan
isn t worthless
just because it doesn t present the future with perfect accuracy. Pointing out
the features of
a product to customers does not mean they will understand why the features are useful; one has to explain their direct benefit. A corporation
is required by
law to have a board of directors, elected by and having a fiduciary responsibility to the owners (stockholders).
If your thinking is sloppy, your business will be sloppy
not aware of
any statistics measuring the movement of employees from large businesses to small businesses (or vice versa), we would guess the scale tilts significantly in favor of employees moving from large businesses to small businesses for several reasons: Employees get well-rounded experience working with small companies; small-business employees have opportunities for more responsibility; and employee decisions and actions have much more impact on a small business, and that impact is more visible than in a large business. Give out
small prizes like
gift certificates to lunch or dinner, tickets to ball games, t-shirts, tools, or happy face stickers. It should
ease the task
of anybody whose job it is to read it, and it should make that task enjoyable by presenting an interesting and compelling account of your company. A dealer
had in his window a bicycle made all of candy.
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are looking for
millions of dollars in seed capital to start a risky venture, you will usually (although not always) have to do a lot of explaining and convincing. However, the
investors - called
equity owners or equity partners - may sell their ownership to other parties. Diluting the
effectiveness of your
plan. The vast
majority of small-business
owners we know provide products or services quite similar to what's already in the marketplace and make reasonable but not extraordinary sums of money ' and, thanks largely to the independence that small-business ownership offers, are perfectly happy doing so!