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The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan: A Pro Shares a Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Plan That Gets Results; by Hal Shelton

Insider tips, hints, and techniques for creating a winning business plan. Nearly 50 percent of new businesses fail within five years. A well thought-out business plan can dramatically turn the odds in your favor. This book is packed with actionable advice and real-life examples.



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Rubies in the Orchard: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in Your Business, by Lynda Resnick and Francis Wilkinson

This book is absolutely delicious and also amazingly nutritious. In fact, it’s so funny and fun that you may not notice how much wisdom it contains—from marketing tips to insights on brand authenticity in the Internet era. It will make you laugh aloud, but also change the way you do business. You can buy a thousand books with sound business lessons, but Rubies in the Orchard is among a special few that lift you from your seat and compel you to act immediately.



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The Big Book of Small Business: You Don't Have to Run Your Business by the Seat of Your Pants (Hardcover), by Tom Gegax

A wealth of information to be read and digested, then kept within arm's reach for further reference down the road. Loaded with insights and strategies dealing with real-world and road-tested situations and solutions that most small firms face. This book is considered to be one of the best business management guides on the market and should be required reading at every business school.


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Working for Yourself: Law and Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers and Consultants, 7th Edition (NOLO), by Stephen Fishman Attorney

Whether you're an independent contractor, freelancer, or consultant, it all adds up to the same thing: You need to be more aware of laws and taxes than the average person. Fortunately, this book provides all the information you need to stay on top of it all. An independent contractor himself, Stephen Fishman shows you everything you need to know to: meet business start-up requirements, pick a business structure, set up home or outside offices, obtain permits and licenses, price your services or products, comply with strict IRS rules, establish sound business relationships, avoid unfair contracts, draft good agreements, keep good records, and get paid in full and on time.


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Working With Independent Contractors, 6th Edition, by Stephen Fishman Attorney

If your business hires independent contractors, freelancers or consultants, this book is for you — and essential, and can save you a bundle. However, the rules regarding who qualifies are complicated, and misclassifying a worker can result in serious financial penalties from your state and especially the IRS.

If you hire anyone on a contractual basis, you need this book which shows you how to: create a valid contract, assess who qualifies as an independent contractor, hire ICs without risking an audit, retain ownership of intellectual property when using ICs, handle an IRS audit and take advantage of the IRS's "Safe Harbor" law. The 6th edition is completely revised to reflect the latest laws and court rulings and includes detailed examples of how a business should hire freelancers. The book comes with all the contracts you'll need, as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.

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