Description"Bebo sale to AOL nets founders a £290m fortune in 3 years." - March 2008
"Foxtons sale nets founder £370m." - May 2007
"L'Oréal buys Body Shop for £652m." - March 2006
For entrepreneurs and business owners alike, this is your ticket to serious money.
Fact 1: Business is all about making money.
Fact 2: Personal satisfaction is great, but it doesn't pay the bills.
If your main ambition is to make big money from your business, you're already on the right track. Over 4 million people start up businesses in the UK each y ear but only 1% become millionaires. Start with the end in mind and you could be one of them.
Colin Barrow, bestselling start-up author and business investment specialist, shows you how to shape up for a sale right from the world go:
Get Backed - secure big investment
Get Big - create real value and strong growth
Get Bought - dress the business and negotiate a killer deal
With practical advice, tools and stories from those who have done it, you'll find out how to guide your start-up business towards the payday of your dreams.
Part One: GET BACKED.
1 Problems over passion – the real characteristics of winning business ideas.
2 The traits of the entrepreneur – it’s all in the mindset.
3 Nothing new under the sun – the same old problems, some brand new solutions.
4 Research, research, research.
5 Mastering the ‘master plan’ – business plans are templates, not straitjackets.
6 The money – who has it and why you might just get your hands on some of it.
7 Another day over and deeper in debt – leveraging the investment.
Part Two: GET BIG.
8 You must be this high to go on the ride – why babies can’t swim.
9 The path to growth – and riches too.
10 Selling fivers for a tenner – why margins matter most.
11 Taking charge – good management’s a simple yet rare commodity.
Part Three: GET BOUGHT.
12 What’s it to you? Calculating value.
13 Dressing to kill – preparing your business for sale and getting the timing right.
14 Pay day – selling up.
15 Floating Off.
16 Getting a second life.
About the Author.