Five Million businesses will fail this year—don't be one of them!
The single biggest reason so many businesses fail is that the owner does not know enough about the business solutions and resources necessary to start and run a successful business.
Obviously you need to have passion for your business idea, and a willingness to work extremely hard—but that is not enough!
You need to know what makes businesses successful—especially yours—and how to obtain the resources you need for your business.
That is why... if you have the passion, and you're willing to put in the hard work... I'm willing to help you gain the knowledge you need to achieve success—and avoid the failure trap.
Hi, my name is Bob Foster, and I am creating this website to help you start and grow your business—successfully. I have worked for several decades as a successful entrepreneur and business turnaround specialist—starting new businesses and saving businesses that were deemed unsalvageable.
You can read more about my background in the About page of this website… but right now, let's get into the important part of starting and running your small business.Have you ever asked yourself these questions?:
Well, working together we will tackle these questions—and many more—and set your business on the right track to success.
Here's how we'll do this:
O.K., you need to know how this website is laid out so you can access the information you need as quickly as possible.
There are major "Sections" of this website, which are discussed below, and each Section has multiple "Reports" that go into more detail on specific business topics.
List of Sections
Following is a list of the sections that make up this business solutions and resources site. Each section begins with a list of the Reports included in that section.
Section 1. - Entrepreneurship.
The term Entrepreneur has become a fad, to the point where we now have Social Entrepreneurs, Lifestyle Entrepreneurs, Political Entrepreneurs and on and on. This section discusses what a Business Entrepreneur really is, and how you can know if you fit that definition.
Section 2. - Starting Up.
Starting a small business has a myriad of considerations. This section covers many of them, and is directed at both beginning and serial entrepreneurs.
Section 3. - Planning.
This section presents the various types of business planning and discusses when to use each type—if any at all.
Section 4. - Financing.
This is an ongoing consideration for every entrepreneur, no matter how small or large your business is. It is an issue that needs to be addressed early and often… this section helps guide you in the process.
Section 5. - Accounting.
I included this subject as a complete section, because it is extremely important, and one of the things most entrepreneurs ignore as long as possible—big mistake.
Section 6. - Buying a Business.
This section presents the pros and cons of buying an already operating business, and how to approach the process of searching, and then negotiating the buying of a business.
Section 7. - Family Businesses.
Family businesses differ substantially from regular businesses, and this section discusses the various ways of successfully running the family owned business—including how to avoid conflicts and feuds within the family.
Section 8. - Crisis Management.
Sometimes things do go very badly in a business and you may be faced with a crisis—or so you think. This section will help you determine if you really have a crisis, and if so, how to handle it.
The Reports included in each of the above Sections are listed in the Table of Contents , and also on the first page of each Section.
One of the most important features I included on this website is a special Section of Resources for small businesses. This Section provides you with links to resources that are both necessary and helpful to small business entrepreneurs. Be sure to check it out.
As a bonus, I have also included several free pdf downloads that support the information in the Reports. These downloads are linked inside several of the Reports, and are also listed separately in the Resources section.
This Website is Different
will not find any academic jargon, or the latest business acronym fad
on this website. I don't talk about "lean startups," or "x Sigma this or
that," or "startup metrics,"… or on and on.
There is a place for these business concepts, but I believe only a very few of the over six million new businesses that start up each year in the U.S. will need to be concerned with them for quite some time—if ever.
Most important, you will find that many of my approaches to small business are quite different from mainstream media, business pundits, and gurus.
This is deliberate, because I have found over the years that much of what is currently being presented simply does not work in the real-life world of the smaller small business.
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If you are thinking about starting a business, or have only recently
started one, I suggest you start at the beginning of this website with
the first Report of Section 1 - Entrepreneurship, titled What is an Entrepreneur? (You might be surprised). Then read each of the Sections that follow.
Be sure to check back often, because new materials and features will be added frequently.
Proceed to Table of Contents to view the entire contents of this Business Solutions and Resources website.
Proceed to Section 1 - Entrepreneurship
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