saving your business

Saving your business

Saving Your Business
How to Survive Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and Successfully Reorganize Your Company
Caplan
1992

I really have an issue with business materials this old in a public library collection. This particular book is closing in on 30 years. Even if the process hasn’t changed much, that attorney billing rate in the second picture below is almost cute. There have been changes to bankruptcy laws since 1992. Notably, the Bankruptcy Act of 1994 and the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer protection act (BAPCPA) of 2005. It truly is important to consider the impact of out of date information. Choosing to file bankruptcy is complex. Chapter 11 might not be the best answer for some kinds of businesses.

Weed. Like yesterday.

Mary

telephone magic

Telemarketing: Magic or Evil?

Telephone Magic
How to Tap the Phone’s Marketing Potential in Your Business
Weitzen
1987

This book is all about telemarketing to increase your business success. Evidently, this guy must have one of the people that started us on the path to robo calling and all sorts of other awful phone technologies. Given the topic, my first instinct is to pull the book, set in on fire, and then grind the ashes into the ground. Excuse my personal tantrum on the evils of telephone abuse that have been heaped upon me since I was old enough to hold a phone.

Posperity is calling

1-900-Kind of Sketchy

Opportunity Is Calling
How to Start Your Own Successful 900 Number
Bentz
1993

900 phone numbers were quite the thing in the 1980s and 1990s. Every minute on these lines cost the caller upwards of several dollars a minute. These numbers were mostly known for phone sex or psychic hotlines. If you are of a certain age, you will probably remember Dionne Warwick’s Psychic Friends Network.

I nabbed this copy from a library and it looked absolutely untouched when I checked it out. I have no idea how good the content, but the book design is boring. Unfortunately, I don’t have any circ data but I feel pretty confident in guessing this book hasn’t seen much action.

writing business plans

Business Planning With Patron Edits

Writing Business Plans That Get Results
A Step-by-Step Guide
O’Donnell
1991

Although most business plans have core concepts such as capitalization, marketing strategy, staffing, etc. A business plan is a comprehensive plan of attack and is about being able to attract investors, apply for loans, and other normal business matters. The concepts don’t really change, but the technology and methodology might.

However, the real weeding issue is evident in the fact that someone had written in quite a few of the pages. I particularly like that the defacer in question wrote (in pen!) TBD in many of the blanks. I get the feeling that our defacing entrepreneur didn’t get very far.

Mary

secrets from the underground shopper

Consumer Help for the 1980s

Secrets From the Underground Shopper
Goldstein
1986

As of this writing, this helpful consumer tips book it is still in a small public library collection.The author goes through a long list of consumer items and gives a brief intro to the industry and then points out those “buyer beware” type of situations. I think everyone will appreciate the tips on buying a computer or using mail order to save money. Extra points if you remember the IBM and the IBM clones of this era.

Rogers rules for business women

Work Rules for Ladies

Rogers’ Rules for Business-Women
How to start a career and move up the ladder
Rogers
1988

You can be a successful business woman with our author’s advice: dress nice, be friendly, and don’t chew gum. The tone is very paternalistic, boarding on annoying.  You will be glad to know that Rogers states that “real” sexual harassment in rare. But, (there is always a but), be careful of giving sex signals to your male co-workers. They might get the wrong idea.