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Gestalten | Courier - Work Better. Live Smarter. Be Happier.


Work as we know it is changing. Even before Covid-19, the days when we’re held accountable to a nine-to-five office job were pretty much done. But what does it really take to set out on your own and build something new? This book is a ticket to change, to actually Work Better. Live Smarter. Be Happier. The knowledge and resources it provides work as a compass to help navigate the shallows and depths of running a successful and yet meaningful business – putting personal fulfillment first and leaving the ethos of the corporate world behind for good.

From the editors of Courier, the global magazine for modern business, comes a manifesto and how-to guide for living and working on your own terms: This truly international book acts as a start-up manual for people with a dream, no matter the scale and champions a generation of dynamic, driven decision makers. More than 30 business owners around the world – from a streetwear brand run by a group of friends in Accra to an L.A.-based online marketplace driven and supported by the Latino community, a platform for creative culture from Hong Kong or affordable furniture from Detroit that is built to last – tell the stories of how they got started, overcame hurdles and found purpose in their work. Including insides into new business opportunities in industries from food and retail to media and fashion, the book turns inspiration into action with more than 85 pages full of knowledge, hard-won lessons, practical advice, how-tos, tools and resources.

AUTHORS: Courier, Jeff Taylor, Daniel Giacopelli
EDITORS: Courier & gestalten
FEATURES: full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 288 pages
FORMAT: 22.5 × 29 cm

Featuring the nuts and bolts of starting your own business:

  • How to come up with a business idea
  • How to lay the groundwork for your business by assessing the market and coming up with a business plan
  • How to position your brand
  • How to raise money and control cash flow
  • How to develop your product and build a relationship with your manufacturers
  • How to get customers and, what is more, how to forge a community
  • How to create a positive company culture and develop core values
  • How to attract great people and set up an interview and onboarding process
  • How to work remotely
  • How to lead and learn to delegate
  • How to manage your money and set your own salary
  • How to build resilience and a strong support network
  • How to boost productivity and find focus

Our deliveries within The NL are sent via MyParcel and Peddler Bike Couriers. International deliveries are sent with UPS and FedEX, depending on the location and size of the package. Orders placed until 2PM will be shipped the same day.

NL Shipping Rates
Local Delivery: Free on all orders above €40 / 1KM around The LAB
Peddler - Same Day Delivery* - €5,95 – Amsterdam only
MyParcel ( 1-2 working days**)- €6,95 the rest of The Netherlands
Free shipping on all orders above €55
*For orders placed before 2PM
** Shipping times may delay during peak times and holiday periods.

UK Shipping Rates
UPS Standard ( 2-4 working days*)- €15
Free shipping on all orders above €100
* Shipping times may delay during peak times and holiday periods.

EU Shipping Rates
Zone1: Germany,Belgium,France,Luxemburg
MyParcel Standard ( 2-4 working days*)- €9
Zone2: Austria,Denmark,Ireland,Italy,Sweden,Portugal
UPS Standard ( 2-4 working days*)- €14
Zone3: Rest of the EU
UPS Standard ( 2-4 working days*)- €22
* Shipping times may delay during peak times and holiday periods.

International Shipping Rates
UPS Standard Delivery (3-6 days*)
USA, Canada: €35 up to 3KG / €50 3KG+
Norway, Iceland, Switzerland: €25
Japan, UAE, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand: €50 up to 3KG / €70 3KG+
*Shipping times may delay during peak times and holiday periods.

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