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Success And Failure Of Microbusiness Owners In Africa

RRP $360.99

Only if they do the right thing at the right time will owners of small businesses succeed. Simple enough, but what are the factors in their psychological makeup that enable them to do it? Frese and his contributors have studied small businesses in four African countries from a psychological perspective-the first time this has been done-and report that it's the psychological aspects of their strategies, not just the strategies themselves, that contribute significantly to their success. They also prove that many of the stereotypes that seem to characterize the owners of microbusinesses are clearly incorrect. Executives, analysts, bankers, international entrepreneurs, and their academic colleagues will discover that many of the conclusions they have drawn from previous studies can not be generalized. Only by separating those that can be generalized from those that can not, can we get a true understanding of the small business entrepreneurial dynamic. Frese and his colleagues focus on South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Zambia to produce a clear overview of the research on microbusiness and entrepreneurship in developing countries. They find that psychological strategies are closely related to entrepreneurial success, but because conditions in these countries differ widely, the particulars of certain strategies and their effectiveness may also differ. They show that a number of ideas prevalent among professionals and entrepreneurship researchers in developing countries need to be challenged. Among them, that microenterprise owners who started their companies because they were unemployed do worse than those who started for other, more positive reasons. Also, that human capital (education) represents the most important set of variables to be considered for success (it isn't), or that employing family members decreases success (it doesn't). Well written and impeccably researched, the book is an essential contribution to corporate and academic libraries, as well as to the knowledge of individuals in business, psychology, entrepreneurial and regional studies, and related fields.

Pensions For You & Your Business

RRP $53.99

Pensions for You and Your Business is a fresh and fully up-to-date guide for small businesses covering all the essentials of company pensions. For many smaller company directors pension arrangements are often seen as expensive, and complicated as well as being misunderstood by the workforce. With businesses being faced with making decisions about the semi-compulsory company pension arrangements (NEST) which came into force in 2012 it can be a minefield for owners, managers and HR professionals alike. Pensions for You and Your Business can change that. Written in a practical and jargon-free way, Pensions for You and Your Business is designed to help small business owners, managers, company secretaries and those in charge of accounts, implement pensions schemes for their employees and ensure they comply with legislation. As well as being the definitive guide to pensions to help save time and money, Pensions for You and Your Business will be the best pensions handbook for ongoing support when managing and administering company pension schemes. All the essential advice and information in one place, including: * Pensions background - what it means for business owners and employees * The UK pension system - structure, benefits and business implications * Legalities - government guides, regulations and the state system * Deciding on the right pension for business and the workforce * The regulations, protection schemes and overseas information * Investments, liabilities and the future of pension * Official resources and advisers and how to get the best from them

Business Continuity Management

RRP $332.99

Since the publication of the first edition in 2002, interest in crisis management has been fuelled by a number of events, including 9/11.

The first edition of this text was praised for its rigorous yet logical approach, and this is continued in the second edition, which provides a well-researched, theoretically robust approach to the topic combined with empirical research in continuity management. New chapters are included on digital resilience and principles of risk management for business continuity. All chapters are revised and updated with particular attention being paid to the impact on smaller companies. New cases include: South Africa Bank, Lego, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; small companies impacted by 9/11; and the New York City power outage of August 2003.

A Complicated Life In A Small Town

RRP $16.99

The road to hell really is paved with good intentions. Bitter that she was robbed of her childhood, at age eighteen, Lydia Lawson severed all communication ties with her alcoholic parents. Her father commits suicide one year after she leaves home. Twenty-three years later she receives word that her mother is dead and that she has inherited more than just the family home. Lily, a twenty-one-year-old, morbidly obese half-sister with Prader-Willi Syndrome, is found in the basement, too big to move out of the home. Lydia sets out on a life-changing journey trying to help Lily, trying to find Lily s father and trying to find herself. In the interim, she falls in love with Tommy Porter who remains with her right up to the climatic, mind-blowing reveal at the end.

How To Start A Successful Piano Teaching Business

RRP $13.99

Teaching piano lessons is a great way to earn extra income at home while helping students develop their talents and confidence. This succinct step-by-step guide will help you get started. It covers everything from studio policies and scheduling to marketing and working with problem students. It contains tips for working with parents, teaching children and adults, and creating systems to encourage effective practice. Gerry Baird has been teaching music lessons since 2007 and has built a thriving practice. This book contains the knowledge he gained along the way.


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