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Go Broke, Die Rich: Turning Around The Troubled Small Business Paperback – November 30, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Top; 1 edition (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192997695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929976959
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,037,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Over the years I have seen too many businesses fail, not because of lack of customers or sales, but due to poor management. So, I wanted to warn my clients about all the pitfalls that there are out there for the small business owner. But to do that would take a lot of time, more time than any client would be willing to invest face to face. So, I decided to write a book that I could give out to my clients with a detailed explanation of everything that could go wrong with their business. It was my hope that they would read about these problems before they reared their ugly heads in their own businesses. To accomplish this I wrote Go Broke, Die Rich as a light, entertaining read, complete with stories about actual cases that I have dealt with in the past.

One of my critics complained that the book was basic and dealt with fundamentals and not for the seasoned or savy businessman. Well he is right about it being about the fundamentals of running a business. That's exactly what I intended as I have seen even experienced businessmen forget or ignore fundamental principals of running a business and end up in bankruptcy. More often than not, the businesses I filed bankruptcies for over the years, were owned by very talented, intelligent people. Often times they were great salesmen, designors or artists, but they didn't know how to run a business. They didn't know or appreciate the many pitfalls that are discussed in my book.

I'm sure many of the things I discuss the reader will be familiar, but I guarantee you there will be many things the reader doesn't know. Things that could save him hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and a boat load of grief, if he pays attention and heeds my advice.

About the Author

William Manchee has been helping small business owners for over thirty-five years as a Dallas attorney. He has a broad range of experience including initial organization, financing, operations, estate planning, civil litigation, bankruptcy, and reorganization. Originally from California, Manchee moved to Plano, Texas in 1970 where he graduated from SMU Law School in 1975. His writing career began in 1995 when he wrote the first of eighteen published novels. Go Broke, Die Rich his only non-fiction work which he hopes will provide inspiration and hope for the thousands of small business owners who find themselves constantly struggling for survival.

More About the Author

I'm originally from Ventura, California where I grew up during the 50s and 60s. My wife Janet and I were married while I was attending UCLA and she was attending nursing school. We immediately started having children and had three boys and a girl by the time I graduated from SMU Law School. With four young children we decided to stay in Dallas, where we had family and friends, rather than returning to California. I started law practice in the late 70's and today practice consumer law with my son, Jim. About eighteen years ago I took on a famous romance author as a client and, after working with her for a while, I started wondering if I could write a novel myself. Eventually I gave it a shot and found I really enjoyed the writing process. After that it only took a few generous reviews of my first novel and I was hooked. My current novel, Tarizon: Shroud of Doom is my 20th and my goal is to continue to write a novel a year for the rest of my life.

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It was very easy to follow and, a very easy read.
E. Filson
I highly recommend that anyone that owns a small business read this book - whether you are successful or your business is on the decline!
You'll find something in here that will be sure to help you, along with quite a few laughs.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim on March 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a small business owner myself, it is beyond difficult to explain to other "non-entrepreneurial" people just how hard it is to make a business work. And explaining to my kids that every single dollar I make depends on me and not a regular paycheck - well that is an adventure in itself.

In William Manchees new book, Go Broke, Die Rich: Poetry for the Ailing Entrepreneur, he fully explains the reasons, as he sees them, why small businesses do not succeed. If you think about people you know that have tried and failed with a small business, from the outside, it is easy to say that they should have done this or that and they would be successful. But in reality, 3/4 of the small businesses that fail COULD actually be successful with the right tools and direction. This book, while it doesn't give you a magic potion for succeeding, does walk through the steps to turn your business around if it is close to failure.

The author speaks from experience as he has run several small businesses himself and watched as numerous colleagues fail in business and then in marriage because of financial troubles. This book is an easy read and it makes so much sense! He provides solutions and strategies to help you turn around your business and get it on the right track - most of it is common sense!

My husband and I both read this book because we own a small business together and other businesses on our own. We both gleaned some great information and found it to be very helpful! I highly recommend that anyone that owns a small business read this book - whether you are successful or your business is on the decline!

If you would like to win a copy of Go Broke, Die Rich, visit my Facebook page at [...] and tell me why! One winner will be randomly chosen
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Format: Paperback
William Manchee is an incredibly entertaining writer, and he will keep you interested, laughing, second guessing yourself, your ideas, your plans, and offers some of the best advice for anybody who has a business, or plans to start one.
My husband and I own our own tractor trailer, so we do say this is our business. We do our schedule C each year, get a 1099 from the company he is leased onto, and well, unfortunately, pay our own repairs, tolls, fuel, etc. Even if we have just 1 employee, (my husband), this book provided some very excellent advice and suggestions for our long term and short term goals! It also has a lot of important information for me and our small online business.
It doesn't much matter what business, how big or small, this is a guide that should be considered a required read for every entrepreneur.
It certainly isn't boring by any means, the author will keep you cracking up at parts, with his witty poetry, and you will be sure to relate to some of the poetry and some of the personal stories about the author, or his clients.
He starts out with a bit about his life, his education, mistakes, and his family, and goes into honest detail about what happened to his family, how they made choices, and so on.
He also touches on just about everything, in great detail about specific business failures, very common mistakes, and explains how to not make those mistakes yourself.
William Manchee has been advising small business entrepreneurs for over 30 years, so who better to offer tips and ideas on how to succeed in today's economy?
From problems with taxes, to lawsuits to employee theft, to legal issues, to starting over to bankruptcy, everything you need to know and understand is in this book.
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By Bella209 on June 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
About the author:

William Manchee grew up in Ventura, California in the 60s. After obtaining his BA from UCLA in 1965 he and his family moved to Texas in 1970 where Manchee attended law school at SMU. He began his legal career in Dallas as a sole practitioner in 1976 and currently practices with his son Jim. A resident of Plano, Texas he and his wife Janet have been married nearly 40 years and raised four children. Inspired by twenty years of true life experiences as an attorney, Manchee discovered his passion for writing in 1995.

My review:

This book is good but it is by far not my favorite. I do think that the author writes good. I just think it was not my cup of tea. Just because it was not my cup of tea does not mean it is not yours. So you should make your own decision on if you would like it.. ((:

Stars I give this book:

**** (4)
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