Dance into Business is designed to be accessible and practical. It has a Contents listing, Introduction, Chapters, Key Points, Case Studies, Tables and Appendices:
An Introduction is followed by nineteen chapters covering the following topics:
Choosing your options
Writing a business plan
Choosing a business name
Choosing a business structure
Using financial tools
Costing a business
Analysing cash flow
Up and running
Complying with the law
Buying (or selling) a business
The Contents listing shows the Chapter heading, and the main headings and sub-headings in each chapter with the relevant page numbers. For example Chapter I:
1 Choosing your options
Non-resident foreign employment contracts
Zero hours contracts
Test of employment and self-employment
Advantages and disadvantages of employment and self-employment
Employing staff or contracting freelancers
Each chapter is prefaced with Key Points and a short introduction to the chapter. The Key Points repeat the main headings and sub-headings from the Contents listing. For example Chapter 1:
Employment status Employment rights Employee Employment contracts Non-resident foreign employment contracts Worker Zero hours contracts Self-employed Test of employment and self-employment Advantages and disadvantages of employment and self-employment Employing staff or contracting freelancers Portfolio careers Entrepreneurship
"Self-employment is more suitable for individuals who are independent and want to offer their services as a freelancer to a number of businesses and institutions, or are more entrepreneurial streak and want to set up their own business.
Employment, on the other hand, can be suitable for individuals wishing to supplement studies with part-time, term-time, or seasonal work; simply wishing to gain more experience in a paid position; or returning to the work force after a career break.
Employment and self-employment law differs in each country and some rights, benefits and flexibility are greater or less than others. Both can be subject to change as company law and tax legislation is introduced or amended. There is of course a halfway house where financial security or job stability offered by a combination or portfolio of paid employment and self-employment might be more attractive.
Chapter 1 examines employment and self-employment; the differences; the advantages and disadvantages and what you might or can expect."
Chapters 7 and 18 use a dance school as a business model for two Case Studies, Case Study 1: Starting Out and Case Study 2: Expansion. These are used as the basis for illustrations in further chapters.
There are forty tables throughout Dance into Business.
Four appendices provide an international perspective to:
Appendix 1 Self-employed names
Appendix 2 Taxpayer identification numbers
Appendix 3 Search registries
Appendix 4 Dance awarding organisations
“Drawing on over twenty-five years’ experience as the international Director of Finance of the Royal Academy of Dance, the author shares his respected professional insights and guidance on how to successfully progress a career and enterprise in the performing arts’ industry. Indeed, the book is a valuable resource for all those who want to advance the art of ‘dance into business.”
Glyndwr Jones, Director, Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT)