Plan for success No one would embark on a business venture without a thorough and coherent plan. So why are so many of us happy to stagger through life with no real plan – just going with the flow, seeing what happens? It’s time we gave our lives the same importance we give to our business exploits. The Personal Business Plan offers a practical, field-tested method for effectively planning out what you want from life and exactly how to achieve it. It will change the way you look at yourself, your job and your career. This is an essential toolkit for all ambitious career professionals who want to know how to thrive in their job and simultaneously become a happier and more effective person. Creating your own personal business plan will help you to define your purpose, plan your actions, break through limiting beliefs and reinvent yourself. Written by a top executive coach and head-hunter with the world’s leading Talent Management and Executive Search firm who has changed the lives of thousands of people A field-tested methodology for identifying your mission, setting your critical success criteria, defining your agenda, keeping to the point and become more fulfilled and happier A complete life view – how to excel in your chosen career and simultaneously enjoy a happy personal life
Your complete guide to having a healthy, happy pregnancy This updated and expanded third edition of Pregnancy ForDummies offers mothers-to-be practical advice and expert guidance on every stage of their pregnancy – and beyond! Understand what's happening with your baby and your body, and be guided through what to expect from labour, birth and becoming a new parent. Follow your baby's development – understand the changes you and your baby go through during all three trimesters Research your birth options – make informed choices that best suit your needs Care for your baby before birth – eat well and keep active during pregnancy Prepare for the birth of your baby – know what happens before, during and after labour Look after your newborn – find advice on breastfeeding and bringing your baby home Keep up with current issues —identify issues facing mothers today, such as returning to work or having children later in life Get expert advice on special situations – meet the challenges of multiple births, problems during pregnancy or miscarriage Open the book and find: Ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant Clear illustrations of how the body changes during pregnancy Advice for managing pre-existing conditions during pregnancy Discussion about complementary and alternative therapies Simple explanations of your birth options Information about parental leave entitlements Websites to access further support
A practical, hands-on guide for all dads-to-be Being a dad has changed so much since you were born that you'd be forgiven for feeling a bit lost! This useful guide is filled with all the info that fathers-to-be need, covering the logistical, physical and emotional aspects of your journey into parenthood. Find out how you can get involved and support your partner! Get to grips with Pregnancy 101 – understand how your baby develops Plan for your baby's homecoming – discover the essential gear you need to buy (you need more than you think!) Choose the right carer – decide on the best person to get you and your partner through the pregnancy and birth Prepare for the big event – learn how to bea great birth partner and help your partner through labour Keep your baby safe and sound – discover how to care for a newborn Find support for yourself – work out who you can turn to for help Open the book and find: What to do when conception doesn't happen How to play an involved and active part in your partner's pregnancy Secrets for keeping your pregnant partner happy and healthy Information on your role during labour Advice on bringing your newborn home Lists of essential gadgets for babies (and dads)
Your Financial Action Plan outlines twelve simple steps that will improve your level of financial literacy as well as help you forge the financial future you desire. Today, financial knowledge means financial power, and in Your Financial Action Plan, you'll be introduced to the important personal financial issues that affect your life. With this book as your guide, you'll learn how to: * Make the most of your mortgage * Maintain a good credit rating * Build your retirement savings * Negotiate with your local bank to get the best deals * Navigate the ins and outs of insurance * Create a will * Handle tax deductions and credits * And much more Filled with practical guidance and extensive expertise, Your Financial Action Plan will help you build the type of financial life you've always wanted.
If you’re sick of no-carb diets, or just looking for a healthy eating plan, then the GL Diet is for you. No more calculations, no calorie-counting and no more cravings for carbs – as long as you stick to foods that are low in GL, you can stay healthy and lose weight without having to go without. The GL Diet For Dummies explains the science behind the plan, helps you to incorporate GL into your everyday life and gives readers 80 recipes to try.
Your all-encompassing guide to having a happy, healthy pregnancy Are you an expectant parent looking for sound, expert guidance as you prepare to welcome a new addition to your family? Pregnancy All-in-One For Dummies has done the legwork for you, offering a one-stop compilation of the hottest topics and most relevant information culled from several successful For Dummies pregnancy titles. Covering everything from conception to the delivery room—and beyond—it gives moms and dads-to-be the reassuring answers they need during this very special time. Your pregnancy and childbirth experiences should be happy ones, but they're bound to be rife with questions—especially if you're a first-time parent, having a child later in life, or embarking on your first multiple birth. Luckily, this friendly guide is here to put your mind at ease, offering authoritative coverage of everything you can expect to encounter in the first, second, and third trimesters of pregnancy, as well as all the special considerations you may come across along the way, such as diet, exercise, labor and delivery options, breastfeeding, and so much more. Make pregnancy and childbirth an enjoyable experience Find out about nutrients that are critical to your baby's development Get authoritative guidance on making a birth plan Why turn to dozens of pregnancy resources when all the helpful, down-to-earth guidance you're looking for is right here, in one convenient place?
Smart marketing techniques to get your business noticed. Plan a successful marketing campaign and move your business forward with this fully updated edition of an established bestseller. Packed with practical advice from a team of industry experts, this readable guide features all the latest tools and techniques to help you connect with new customers and retain existing ones. From choosing the right strategy and preparing a marketing plan, to igniting your imagination and producing compelling advertising, you'll be creating a buzz and increasing profits in no time.
Real estate, like any other investment, is a means to an end: that end might be a secondary source of income, a strategic plan for your retirement, or a way to attain complete financial independence. Whatever your goal is, you've decided that real estate is a tool you want to use. So how do you use it? How do you make it work for you and avoid getting burned in the market? And how much of it do you need to fulfill your ambitions? Peter Kinch is one of Canada's top mortgage brokers and has helped thousands of investors clarify their dreams and turn them into reality. In The Canadian Real Estate Action Plan, Peter walks you through one of his investor workshops, helping you develop not just a plan, but your plan, including: Defining your end goal, and how much real estate you need to achieve it Determining the kinds of investments that are right for you Identifying obstacles to your success, and overcoming them Discovering financing options and solutions, including recent changes that affect investors New investors will get the thorough background information they need to get started, while more experienced investors will benefit from exploring alternative options and lesser-known strategies. Both will see how long-term thinking is the key to their portfolio's continued profitability. The best way to achieve your goals is to plan for your success, and there's no better tool to help you do just that than The Canadian Real Estate Action Plan.
Whether you’re a business beginner with big ideas or an established company looking to review you plans in a changing business environment this practical, user friendly guide gives you everything you need to get started. Complete with an interactive CD packed with planning templates including; planning documents, forms, financial worksheets, checklists, operation surveys and customer profiles in both Word and PDF formats you’ll be armed with all you need to kick start the planning process and create a winning business plan that suits you and your long-term business vision. Business Plans Kit For Dummies includes UK specific information on: UK business practice Currency UK business and financial institutions and advisory services UK taxation and VAT Partnerships and Limited company information UK legal practice, contractual considerations and insurance matters UK specific forms UK specific case studies New content covering online business opportunities and resources, alternative ways in to business including franchising, network marketing and buy outs, research methods and choosing suppliers and outsourcing will all be added to the UK edition. Table of Contents: Part I: Laying the Foundation for Your Plan Chapter 1: Starting Your Planning Engine Chapter 2: Generating a Great Business Idea Chapter 3: Defining Your Business Purpose Part II: Developing Your Plan’s Components Chapter 4: Understanding Your Business Environment Chapter 5: Charting Your Strategic Direction Chapter 6: Describing Your Business and Its Capabilities Chapter 7: Crafting Your Marketing Plan Chapter 8: Deciphering and Presenting Part III: Tailoring a Business Plan to Fit Your Needs Chapter 9: Planning for a One-Person Business Chapter 10: Planning for a Small Business Chapter 11: Planning for an Established Business Chapter 12: Planning for a Not for profit Nonprofit Organization Chapter 13: Planning for an E-Business Part IV: Making the Most of Your Plan Chapter 14: Putting Your Plan Together Chapter 15: Putting Your Plan to Work Part V: The Part of Tens Chapter 16: Ten Signs That Your Plan Might Need an Overhaul Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Evaluate a New Business Idea Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Fund Your Business Plan Chapter 19: Ten Sources of Vital Information to underpin your Business Plan Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Use Your Business Plan Note: CD files are available to download when buying the eBook version
If you’re starting a new business or planning your business’s future, there are plenty of things you should take into account. Strategic Planning For Dummies covers everything you need to know to develop a plan for building and maintaining a competitive advantage – no matter what business you’re in. Written by Erica Olsen, founder and President of a business development firm that helps entrepreneurial-minded businesses plan for a successful future, this handy guide covers all the basics, including: How a strategic plan is different than a business plan Establishing a step-based planning process Planning for and encouraging growth Taking a long-view of your organization Evaluating past performance Defining and refining your mission, values, and vision Sizing up your current situation Examining your industry landscape Setting your strategic priorities Planning for unknown contingencies If you’re in business, you have to plan for everything – especially if you intend your business to grow. Whether you’re planning for a small business, large conglomerate, nonprofit, or even a government agency, this book has the planning specifics you need for your organization. Step-by-step, you’ll learn how to lay the foundations for a plan, understand how your plan will affect your business, form planning teams, discover what your strengths are, see where you are, and, finally, plan where you’re going. And there’s much more: Learn to analyze business trends that will determine your business’s future Set measurable, realistic goals that you can plan for and achieve Make strategic planning a habitual part of the organization Prioritize multiple strategies that you can implement simultaneously Set a defining vision for the organization that guides all your planning and strategy This friendly, simple guide puts the power of strategic planning in the palm of your hand. For small businesses that can’t afford to hire strategic planning consultants, it’s even more imperative. Careful, constant planning is the only way to handle an uncertain business future. With this book, you’ll have all the step-by-step guidance you need to ensure you’re ready for anything that comes.
The reassuring guide to a happy, healthy pregnancy This new edition offers soon-to-be moms and dads detailed, friendly information on preparing and planning for pregnancy. You'll find guidance on the basics, as well as special considerations like age, multiple births, complications, illness, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and everything in between. Now in a portable, handy trim size that makes it easy to keep with you on the go, Pregnancy For Dummies, 4th Edition is your go-to guide on everything you'll encounter during the first, second, and third trimesters—and beyond. Packed with new information and the latest developments in medical technology, it puts your mind at ease by offering straightforward answers to all the questions you may have about pregnancy, including health risks during pregnancy, fertility problems and solutions, «on demand» cesarean sections, weight gain during pregnancy, the correlation between mercury and autism, ways to stay emotionally and physically healthy during pregnancy, and much more. Includes a complete guide to pregnancy, through all three trimesters and beyond, including a week-by-week account of what to expect during pregnancy Covers the latest information related to healthcare and pregnancy, including the latest on vaccinations, fertility problems, and prenatal diagnoses Offers advice on picking a doctor, planning prenatal visits, and designing a birthing plan Explains the stages of labor and how to care for yourself and your newborn after childbirth If you're an expectant parent, Pregnancy For Dummies, 4th Edition covers everything mom and baby experience before, during, and after childbirth.
The fast and easy way to construct a winning business plan If you're looking to establish, expand, or re-energize a business, the best place to start is with a sound business plan—and this new edition of Business Plans Kit For Dummies is here to help you get you started. From getting your hands on start-up money from investors to successfully growing or reimaging your venture, it offers everything you need to craft a well-defined business plan that will set you on a course to get your business moving in the right direction. Are you unsure how to draft objectives for managers or deal with displacement? Are you new to hiring employees and need help grasping the ins and outs of creating a new business? No worries! Business Plans Kit For Dummies is brimming with all the tools and expert guidance you need to bring a successful business plan to life and keep your company afloat in any economic environment. Including the latest tips and resources, and packed with lots of helpful examples and sample forms, it offers everything you need to craft a winning business plan and increase the likelihood your business will not only survive, but thrive! Create a sound business plan and clear mission statement Establish and assess your goals and objectives Get start-up money in any economy Increase your business' chances of financial success If you're a small business owner, investor, or entrepreneur looking for expert guidance on developing and implementing a strategic plan to help your business succeed, Business Plans Kit For Dummies has you covered!
Ensure success when starting your small business with this must-have introductory guide Have you always wanted to know what it takes to run a successful small business? This easy-to-follow guide includes everything you need to know to get started. Turn your business idea into reality with handy information on all the basics, from learning how to create a strong business plan to developing a solid online presence. Create your first business plan – discover how to develop smart business strategies and build a roadmap for success Learn the legal jargon – protect your ideas and register your business properly Market your business strategically – establish who your key customers are, research your rivals, and create a killer marketing plan Take the stress out of bookkeeping – ensure all of your admin is covered, from choosing accounting software to handling petty cash Master online marketing – explore different ways to reach customers with keyword optimisation and other online tools Open the book and find: Advice about being your own boss Secrets for matching sales goals to savvy marketing strategies Guidelines for keeping your finances in shape A step-by-step guide to profit margins Tips on using social media to promote your business Learn to: Decide what type of small business is right for you Put together a winning business plan Understand your financial and legal obligations Maximise your online presence