Small Business Top 10 Wishlist

by Dawn Fotopulos on December 8, 2014

749 Pictures istock photo 055Team DF has compiled this amazing top 10 small business wishlist.

The costs are minimum, but the returns can be huge. Don’t just buy gifts this Christmas; make investments in people’s futures.

All the books and resources below are designed to help small business owners thrive in any economic environment. Business Cards, $19.99+

These guys offer amazing quality at an affordable price. And their designs are beautiful and customizable.

The Age Of The Customer by Jim Blasingame, $18.98

Jim Blasingame has been promoting well-run small businesses for twenty years. He knows his stuff and this book is worth your time.

The Highest Calling by Larry Janesky, $49

I’ve used this book as the basis for my seminars. It comes with a workbook. The story is a turnaround. It has timeless wisdom from a man who built $100 million business from nothing.

Rory Vaden’s Boost Your Self-Discipline with a 7 Week Online Training Course, $99

No one understands how to overcome procrastination so others can find their destiny like Rory. He interviewed me this year; I’ve read Take The Stairs, and if you have even a little difficulty staying on track, this is a small investment. It has the potential to reap big rewards. I may sign up as one of my New Year’s resolutions.

WeWork Remote Office Membership, $45+

Big cities are expensive. WeWork gives you ultimate flexibility when you’re getting your business off the ground. The vibe in these spaces is also very energizing.

How to Get Unstuck By Barry Moltz, $13

Barry knows what it means to lose millions and to make millions. Now he’s showing the rest of use where the landmines are. Business Insanity radio, his show, has interviewed me several times and this book is probably a classic every small business owner should read.

Start Your Own Business by Rieva’s Lesonsky, $4

Rieva Lesonsky is a shining star in the small business ecosystem. Anything she writes is worth your time. She’s an expert who gets it. And the price? Buy this book instead of one large latte. It could change your life.

Subscription to Entrepreneur, $12+

Entrepreneur Magazine has some of the most useful content on small business on the web. I’m a contributor to Entrepreneur. This subscription is really an investment in your future. Take one trip less to the movies and consider this subscription.

Toggle Time Tracking Software, $5 / Month

Time is your most precious asset but how many of use really do a great job of tracking it, myself included? For those of you in service businesses, if you don’t keep track of your time on projects, you’re losing big money, guaranteed. Toggle will help you.

Accounting for the Numberphobic; A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners by Dawn Fotopulos, $16

If you’re running a small business you need to read this book; not because I wrote it. In fact, I searched for years to find a book with this content so I didn’t have to invest two years of my life writing. This book is the foundation for any small business owner. I have saved hundreds of small businesses that would have failed until they learned this content. Don’t become a statistic. Read this. Learn how to keep score. You can read the comments on They’re real.

“The best book on small business I have ever read”

“This is a very important book. How come I didn’t have this 30 years ago when I got started?”

“I’m making this book recommended reading to every one of my clients”

The ultimate small business crash course

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Kate December 9, 2014 at 9:57 am

I’d like to suggest Fanurio ( which is a time tracking and billing software application, highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices.

Fanurio is not free but it has a free trial. It costs 59 USD (which means about $5/month for the first year) and you can use it for life.

I know that there are many freelancers who prefer to use a desktop application in order to keep their data on their own computers. Since Fanurio is a desktop application, it integrates very well with the platforms it runs on. On OS X, you can easily access timers from the the menu bar and from the dock icon menu. On Windows, you can start a new timer or control the active timer from the thumbnail toolbar or from the tray icon. You can also use global hotkeys to control the timers from within any running application.

Fanurio is used by many freelancers not just to track time but to bill their clients as well. Fanurio can export invoices to HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word 2007, OpenOffice OpenDocument and other formats so they can be printed or e-mailed. Invoice templates can be created manually, with a visual editor (Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word or OpenOffice) or with the built-in template editor.

I hope this helps.

barry moltz December 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

thank you! for including the book!

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