Are you considering starting a Film Business? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.
This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.
The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success
The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.
Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...
According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.
This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.
Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.
"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"
That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate it. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?
[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]
Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of BizMove.com, a successful Internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.
I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a Film firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.
During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.
Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Film Business' book:
How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.
A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business
A complete business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).
All this and much much more.
Success Tip: Setting Goals
Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.
Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.
Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.
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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Film Business plan:
[Your Production Company] is a [Your State] Corporation with the Office of the Secretary of State Incorporation number XXXXX and Federal Tax ID Number XX-XXXXXXX.
[Your Production Company] is a specialized and highly diversified business entity with interests in Film, Television, Music, Fashion, Private Client Concierge and Hospitality Services.
In just 5 years since its founding, [Your Production Company] has grown into a formidable force in film production in Hollywood through its subsidiary [Your Production Company] Films. [Your Production Company] Films has been known for working on such productions as The Shield and array of commercials ranging from Coca-Cola to PlayStation and Microsoft's XBOX.
[Your Production Company], in association with the Delta State Sports Commission, successfully planned and executed the JJ Okocha Testimonial Match at the Warri Township Stadium and was responsible for bringing together and hosting international soccer stars like El Hadji Diouf and Didier Drogba. [Your Production Company] is also responsible for staging [Country]'s first "Half Time Show" with International reggae artists Chaka Demus and Pliers and the "Half Time Show" live broadcast across the African continent on "Super Sport".
[Your Production Company] serves as a production company on the feature film [Your Movie] : [Short Description](hereafter referred to as “[Your Movie] ”) and holds worldwide distribution and marketing rights for the movie. [Your Production Company] . is especially proud of this project which is already being touted as a profound cinematic achievement in the history of entertainment in [Country].
[Your Production Company] .
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Production Company] . offers individual artists the opportunity for excellent storytelling through film, market distribution, Internet marketing and exposure, and market return.
The mission conveyed in this proposal is to bring awareness to the world about a serious and ongoing environmental issue in [Country] through excellent directing, storytelling and filmmaking. [Your Production Company] would like to introduce the groundbreaking feature film "[Your Movie] " to [Country] for consideration to be a contender in the Foreign Film category overseas representing [Country].
The strategic organization of creative endeavors into project format, allowing each project to be individually financed, developed, maintained and tracked according to its unique requirements and objectives.
a. Each project becomes a viable revenue source for [Your Production Company] ., dependent upon its own success and market worthiness.
b. The multiple-advertisement format allows a broad diversity of effort and application to maximize the potential inherent in each market through the feature film [Your Movie] .
c. This format also dilutes the risk involved with [Your Movie] for [Your Production Company] . as a result of the separate funding secured for each endeavor with promotion of the film.
[Your Production Company] . is a corporation registered in the state of [Your State] . It is a domestic corporation, meaning it was formed, as well as registered, in [Your State] . Its articles of incorporation were filed on May 30, 2007. Ori Ayonmike is 100% owner of [Your Production Company] . In addition, [Your Production Company] . owns worldwide rights to the film, [Your Movie] .
[Your Movie] – [Short Description]- A powerful story of greed, murder and corruption in the murky waters of the volatile oil-rich Niger Delta region of [Country], [Your Movie] is an epic film about environmental justice and the fight over the control of the scarce oil resources that the world runs on. The line between good and evil is blurred as corrupt government officials, greedy oil companies and violent rebels go on a war path over oil spills and degradation of the land, caused by oil exploration.
[Your Movie] features a Nollywood meets Hollywood cast, including Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Heat), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day, Kill Bill), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco, Kill Bill), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables), Billy Zane (Titanic), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Pirates of the Caribbean, Hotel Rwanda), Razaaq Adoti (Black Hawk Down, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) and Mbong Amata (Inale, Amazing Grace).
This [Your Production Company] .'s production budget was $3.8 million to produce this feature film.
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