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Budget Start-Ups Budget Start-Ups
101 Ways to do it on £10,000 or Less

Author: Ross McBennett

Paperback • A5 • 208pp • £12.99 • 1-85252-330-1 • 2000

Gives details of over 100 real businesses that can be set up without the need to borrow huge sums of money, including advice on how to get started, how to draw up a business plan, details of the basic business systems you will need (including rudimentary book-keeping), and guidance on what it will take to make the business succeed.

'An ideas may just have the idea you're looking for!' Business Franchise


Price:   £12.99

A Business in France A Business in France
Author: Linden Cole

Paperback • A5 • 201pp • £14.99 • 9781852525835 • 2009

A practical guide to starting a business in France, from a former Business Link adviser now living and working in France. Endorsed by the local Chambre de Metiers. Essential reading for all aspiring ex-pat entrepreneurs.


Price:   £14.99

The Business of Invention The Business of Invention
Evaluating and Marketing Patentable Ideas

Author: Patrick Lawrence

Paperback • 210 x 148mm • 169pp • £12.99 • 1-85252-203-8 • 1997

A unique, and highly practical manual for inventors.
For the first time, The Business of Invention offers a practical guide for inventors wishing to exploit their designs. It shows how to plan the process from start to finish, how to go about patenting the product or design, how to get financial support and/or sponsorship – including a listing of sources of funding and how to follow the initial design through to manufacture and distribution of the completed product.

'Offers straightforward, practical advice in a fluent and non-pretentious manner...very useful' The Institute of Patentees and Inventors


Price:   £12.99

The Complete Entrepreneur (2nd ed) The Complete Entrepreneur (2nd ed)
A Guide to Survival for the Small Business

Author: David Oates

Paperback • A5 • 192pp • £12.99 • 1-85252-331-X • 2000

This practical guide for existing and would-be entrepreneurs shows how to negotiate the many pitfalls facing start-up or fledgling businesses, and what it takes to make a success of a new business. The book is packed with examples and case studies, enabling readers to benefit from the real-life experiences of a wide selection of other entrepreneurs, providing an indispensable guide to going it alone, based on the experiences of those who have done it.

'A very readable way of acquiring knowledge of the disciplines necessary to run an independent business' The Guardian


Price:   £12.99

Dare to Be Different Dare to Be Different
How to Create Business Advantage Through Innovation and Unique Selling Propositions

Author: Sandro Forte

Paperback • A5 • 166pp • £12.99 • ISBN 9781852526047 • 2008

Alessandro (Sandro) Forte spent a long time getting nowhere. It was only after he discovered his natural talent as a super-salesman that his career took off. His rapid success led to his qualifying for Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Top Of The Table, the top 25% in the World of life insurance people. His unprecedented success as a salesman led to speaking engagements across the UK and around the World. Now a regular speaker at major business conferences around the world, as well as the owner of a very successful business, he has taken time out to document the innovative, simple and transferable techniques that have contributed to his success.


Price:   £12.99

Entrecode Entrecode
Author: David Hall

Paperback • A5 • 211pp • £14.99 • ISBN 9781852526986 • 2013

A breakthrough study of entrepreneurial success by a leading expert in the field. “This book is a game-changer for individuals, organisations and society at large” (Dinah Bennett, International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise)

Price:   £14.99

The Entrepreneur's Guide to a Good Night's Sleep The Entrepreneur's Guide to a Good Night's Sleep
Author: Michael Bell

Paperback • A5 • 162pp • £14.99 • ISBN 9781852525705 • 2008

One of Britain's top entrepreneurs discloses the secrets of his success. Michael Bell began his working life in the 1970s as a motor mechanic with the Kennings Motor Group. He now runs a thriving financial services business, Results Financial, and has recently launched another business, Chef Results, also trading profitably. Entrepreneurial success can be achieved by anyone, Bell says, provided they have the passion and they approach the business in the right way. In this book, he shows how.


Price:   £14.99

Franchising Franchising
Author: Iain Maitland

Paperback • A5 • 176pp • £12.99 • 1-85252-316-6 • 2000

A comprehensive guide for franchisors, franchisees and their professional advisers. The book covers all aspects of the process, including raising finance, franchise law, the franchise agreement, keeping control of the franchise system and managing the franchise process. It includes examples of key documents, including start-up cost charts, cash flow forecasts and franchise agreements, together with an extensive glossary of terms.

'A good all-round guide to the whole franchising subject... a useful guide for anyone seeking general advice on the subject' Business Franchise

'An easy and relatively painless way to learn the basics of franchising' Accountancy Age

'Recommended reading, especially for prospective franchisees' The Franchise Magazine


Price:   £12.99

It's All Cobblers It's All Cobblers
An essential guide to what you should know if going into business

Author: Michael Carter

Paperback • A5 • 190pp • £14.99 • ISBN 1-85252-469-3 • 2004

An entertaining and instructive book aimed at intending entrepreneurs wanting to set up or buy a first business for themselves. It is packed with anecdotal information as well as containing samples of documentation of importance to the reader. Written in almost conversational style, this excellent new book includes many amusing asides on the abuse of the English language and light-hearted attacks on government, lawyers and consultants.


Price:   £14.99

Running Your Own Business (6th ed) Running Your Own Business (6th ed)
Authors: Robert Leach, John Dore

Paperback • A5 • 219pp • £14.99 • 9781852526023 • 2008

A completely revised and up-dated new edition of our best-selling guide to starting and running your own business. Includes detailed practical advice on all aspects of business start-up, from company formation and statutory reporting requirements through to internal systems, financial management, personnel management, tax management, and everything you need to know before you start...



Price:   £14.99

Start Your Own Business Start Your Own Business
Author: Linden Cole

Paperback • 210 x 148mm • 176pp • £12.99 • 1-85252-333-6 • 2000

Written by a senior Business Link consultant in the South East, this is a practical guide to setting up and running a small business. It includes down-to-earth advice on all aspects of small business start-up and development, including:

- business planning
- raising money creating sales
- pricing policy
- management controls
- ways to improve profitability
- recruiting and developing staff
- controlling costs
- creating a winning action plan.


Price:   £12.99

Stop Dreaming and Start Doing Stop Dreaming and Start Doing
The perfect step-by-step guide to starting your own business

Author: Frank Thaxton

Paperback • A5 • 200pp • £16.99 • ISBN 1-85252-486-3 • 2005

This very readable and practical book covers the whole agenda for starting a new business and setting out on what should be the best years of your life. It sets out most of the key issues necessary to adopt a wide perspective when starting up, and will assist the reader to form a reasoned and balanced view of abilities, ideas and potential.



Price:   £16.99

The Stupid Factor The Stupid Factor
Why Start-ups Fail

Author: Peter Jump

Paperback • A5 • 180pp • £14.99 • ISBN 1-85252-521-5 • 2006

It is a fact that 20 percent of new business ventures fail in their first year, and 50 percent in the first three years. The author’s contention, based on years of experience working with new businesses, is that in most cases this is NOT because of any fundamental flaw in the idea behind the business. Too often, it is because the people running them do stupid things, like ignoring the basic principles of good business practice - and pay the price with bankruptcy.

The book combines straight talking with wry humour, and offers insight and advice from venture capitalists and others on how to avoid the stupid mistakes that destroy companies, often before they have even got off the ground.


Price:   £16.99

Working from Home in 90 Minutes Working from Home in 90 Minutes
Author: Alan Dixie FICM

Paperback • A5 • 126pp • £9.99 • ISBN 97818525866 • 2008

With communications and information technology now cheap, accessible, and increasingly tailored to the needs of individual users, there is almost nothing which can be done in an office that can't be done just as well at home. This book explains the opportunities and pitfalls of working from home; it shows how to set up the office utilising all the latest technology – and explains how to make the most of your new-found freedom, without sacrificing productivity or performance.


Price:   £9.99

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