This Book Will Help These Situations:
Want to fire your job and hire yourself? This shows you how to be smart about it, without burning bridges. It helps you learn to transition over into straddling both your job and your business and then letting go of the job at the right time.
Already left your job and wanting to hire yourself? This book shows you how to set up that business idea quickly.
Not ready to fire your job yet but want to hire yourself anyway? This book will help you make plans to "straddle the fence" to setup and run that part time business on the side while you retain your job.
Want to take your current business to another level? There will be plenty of tools to help you improve processes, rethink business strategies, and grow your existing business.
What holds people back? The most common answer is that they do not know where to start. Designing and starting a business with proper planning and knowledge can make all of the difference down the road.
Business owners are special people because they typically need to have many different skills that could be separate careers all to themselves. These career (skills) might include being a: Writer, Counselor, Graphic Artist, Salesman, Human Resources Administrator, Undercover Spy, Bookkeeper, Website Designer, Advertising Specialist, Customer Service Representative, and sometimes even a Plumber, Construction Worker, and Sanitation Engineer!
The good news is that most of these skills can be learned. This book is going to be a very useful road map that helps the dreamers organize their dream into a plan for getting that business idea off the ground. It shows, through multiple examples and scenarios, how to do it carefully, purposefully, and correctly to significantly increase the chances for success. The key to turning your dream into a reality is to stop dreaming and DO it. This book steps you through the process!
CBS News reported that 84% of workers are looking to leave their jobs which compares to 60% in 2010. Almost 10% of the workforce dream of running their own business, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 90% of all American jobs belong to a small business so OUR ECONOMY FLOURISHES when small businesses flourish and that's how this book will help improve our economy!
The rewards of self-employment in relation to personal satisfaction and enjoyment in life are tremendous.
The Author is Living Proof
I have been there! I have done it. I have successfully started multiple businesses, award-winning businesses, and I've spent most of my life helping others do the same. More importantly, I know and understand the joy and personal fulfillment that owning my own business brings. I've held many different jobs in my life and while I enjoyed most of them, none of those jobs brought me the satisfaction and thrill that owning my own company brings every day. How many people look forward to their jobs? Since I fired my jobs and hired myself, I can honestly say that I really love my life and actually look forward to work!
PLEASE READ MY BIOGRAPHY! (Click on "Bio" by my photo up there on the right side) I have the education, personal experience, and skills to write this book. My primary job is coaching and training business owners. I've presented to thousands of business owners and I know what I'm doing. I hate dry text that sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher (blah blah blah). I enjoy humor, really useful examples, and information that is easy to follow and incorporate in practice--so I will ensure this book is very readable, thorough, and useful.
IN PREPARATION: I have been collecting, reading, and marking dozens of books that address various aspects of designing and starting businesses (I have yet to find one that is both comprehensive AND interesting). I have been gathering references, doing online research, interviewing business owners, recording ideas, and outlining the book in more and more detail over the last nine months. I am ready for the next step.
YOU Can Actually Be an Active Part of Creating This Book!
How would YOU like to be a real part of this book? I reviewed just about every non-fiction book project in Kickstarter and I think THIS BOOK PROJECT is one of the most unique! Why? Because it is going to be really useful (a book that is referenced over and over again) AND it will allow YOU to get involved in the actual creation of the book!
Not only can you participate in providing feedback and ideas on the book's Facebook page (please "Like" it now and follow along--we're working on a website), but we've designed multiple Reward levels and some actually allow YOU to be listed in the print of the book and to actually be quoted and referenced (by name and/or company) in the book! You can even be listed as an EDITOR of the book! I enjoy working with people to make something excellent and I'd love it if several supporters got actively involved in editing the various sections of the book to ensure it's readable, appropriate, and high quality. You'll be credited for your work right in the print of the book! Not too many people can claim that they are in a printed book.
Some reward levels include business consulting from the author!Looking for expert consulting help with your business startup, idea, or planning? Need help increasing the productivity of your current business?
What will the Funds be Used?
For what will the contributions be used? The backing will go primarily towards production costs: graphics, photos, royalties for inclusion permissions, professional editing, some research, layout, online communication, pre-manufacturing marketing, registration fees (ISBN, Copyright, etc.), formatting, actual production and printing costs, and (of course) Reward fulfillment (which is significant) including domestic shipping. Another eye-opening surprise I'm discovering is the expensive cost of buying permissions to quote certain material, include certain photos/graphics, and reference certain statistics...WOW, very eye-opening. Of course Amazon charges roughly 5% to receive payments and Kickstarter takes their 5% cut as well so that's a big 10% right off the top. When you help provide the kickstart, I will owe you my best and that will help make the book even better, without shortcuts, for the best end result.
What if we exceed the Goal? The Goal is truly a bare minimum to cover basic publishing expenses. Exceeding the Goal will be an awesome way to boost the quality of the material used in the book (paid references/quotes, photos, graphs, charts, etc.) AND PRINT A LARGER PRODUCTION RUN! It will also allow us to boost the quality of professional editing and might even allow us to include some better interview material. As the pledges grow, the reward quantity increases and I will definitely need help in managing communication and reward fulfillment (especially maintaining contributor lists and posting them) because I need to spend my time writing and not managing. If we get really lucky and significantly surpass the goal, I'm open to your ideas regarding bonus rewards!
Some of the Rewards include listing your name and/or business in the credits of the book (if you do not want it listed, you must clearly tell us, else your Kickstarter investment gives us permission to include you in print). You must realize that in order to appear in print, all individual names must sound legitimate and be tasteful in nature (as decided by the author). Business names and professions must be tasteful and morally acceptable to author (e.g., Big Booty Betty who works for In-home Lap Dancing would probably not fit the criteria). Likewise, the same logic goes for shout outs on our Facebook page. If you do not want to be listed in the book or on Facebook or the website, please send me an email AFTER you join the project and specifically tell me so and we'll make sure you are not listed. You must provide enough information in the email so my team can clearly know who you are and match it to a contribution that was made. Please start the subject line of your email with "Fire Your Job, Hire Yourself" or something similar so we don't delete it as junk mail (I already get hundreds of emails daily and I'm really good at deleting things that look uninteresting).
Rewards that include receiving a digital version of the book (pdf), require that a valid email address is provided. If you don't provide a valid email address (type carefully) then...well...do I have to explain this part, really? My team will not have time to figure out invalid email addresses or try variations of ".com" or ".org" at the end of incomplete addresses to figure out what seems to work, so type carefully!
Rewards that include a printed book (or books) getting mailed to you require that you include a valid and complete mailing address. If you include an address outside of the United States, you MUST be very clear how you want the package addressed and you must include the extra funds for international shipping. For our friends in Canada and Mexico where this might be overkill, thank you for the extra contribution! We will use it wisely!--It's too bad that there isn't some way to apply a sliding scale to International shipments based on real costs.
For rewards that include a mini-seminar or keynote speaking engagement, you should contact me (Scott) before making the contribution to ensure your needs and my availability mesh. I will do everything possible to be as flexible and available as possible but I do have certain family and client commitments that might be slightly higher priority than serving you on a specific date and time.
If you've seriously read all the way down to here, I'm impressed! That was a lot to read and I thank you for taking time to read it. I must have kept your attention for some reason so I sincerely hope you will support me and this project. I'm extremely excited about it and I hope you are too. -Scott Alvord
Risks and challenges
I suppose that as mortal, I could always end up with unexpected health problems BUT I'm a vegetarian who does not smoke, drink, or "party" so I should have favorable odds compared to the general population. I also don't owe any money to gangsters and I don't have any dangerous enemies that I know of.
Other risks could include loss or corruption of data files (chapters of the book) but I will sincerely attempt to mitigate this by making regular backups and storing backups offsite.
The only real challenge to this project is making time to get it completed. I am a man of my word and if this project gets fully funded, I WILL COMPLETE THIS PROJECT. It will be a ton of work but I have received permission from my family to be extra busy on it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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