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Below are two topics I highly recommend you taking a look at before and during the launch of your small business. A Business Plan and a Marketing Plan. 142 Now has partnered with Palo Alto Software, who's main purpose is to make it a simple process for you to create your Business Plan and your Marketing Plan on your personal computer.

Every 142 Small Businesses You Can Start On The Weekend or On Your spare Time includes a sample Business Plan and a sample Marketing Plan for your review. For a trade specific plan, read below for more information on the software and click on the links for further reading.

Business Plan Pro has been rebuilt from the ground up for 2009. The updated design makes the most popular business plan software more powerful and easier to use than ever. Beyond the improved user interface, Version 11.0 offers a bevy of new features. These include new table and chart editing tools, more options for streamlined plans, support for Spanish language plans, a new management dashboard view, and more.

Marketing Plan Pro
includes everything you need to create a professional, complete and accurate marketing plan. Whether you are presenting a marketing plan to your department, working for a Fortune 500 company or simply looking for a marketing direction for your small business, Marketing Plan Pro has all the tools and features you need.

Recommended Reading

Below is a short list of books I've personally found to be rewarding in my life. These books have given me inspiration, knowledge, and above all built my strengths to the degree they are at today.

Most, if not all of these books can be found at your local library. The best part about the library is the best books out there regarding business can be read for free. I've included a direct link on Amazon's website to read more information on each book.


The Richest Man In Babylon The Richest Man in Babylon
The success secrets of the ancients - the most inspiring book on wealth ever written.
Author: George S. Clason
Paperback, 160 pp.

Growing A Business Growing A Business
This is a book about growing a business, with all that the term 'growing' implies about paying attention to the world around you, learning from others, and changing yourself.
Author: Paul Hawken
Paperback, 256 pp.

You Can Negotiate Anything You Can Negotiate Anything
The world's best negotiator tells you how to get what you want.
Author: Herb Cohen
Paperback, 256 pp.

Leadership and Self-Deception Leadership and Self-Deception
Learning how the process of self-deception works. It's not what you do that matters, but why you do it.
Author: The Arbinger Institute
Paperback, 192 pp.

Built To Last Built To Last
Successful habits of visionary companies.
Authors: Jim Collins & Jerry Porras
Paperback, 368 pp.

Ogilvy On Advertising Ogilvy On Advertising
A candid and indispensable primer on all aspects of advertising from the man Time has called "the most sought after wizard in the business".
Author: David Ogilvy
Paperback, 224 pp.

Start It, Sell It & Make A Mint Start It, Sell It & Make A Mint
20 wealth-creating secrets for business owners.
Author: Joe John Duran
Paperback, 244 pp.

MBA In A Day MBA In A Day
What you would learn at top tier business schools (if you only had the time).
Author: Steven Stralser, PHD
Hardcover, 320 pp.

How To Master The Art Of Selling How To Master The Art Of Selling
The best book ever written on the art of selling.
Author: Tom Hopkins
Paperback, 416 pp.

Be My Guest Be My Guest
Autobiography of the founder of the Hilton chain of hotels.
Author: Conrad Hilton
Paperback, 288 pp.
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