From the Back Cover
"A must-read for any entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur! This practical guidebook provides the 'nuts and bolts' of starting, operating, and growing your business."
-- Nancy Upton, Ph.D., director, Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, Baylor University
Includes an information-packed, Trouble-Shooting Guide covering 265 critical topics.
Straight Talk for Anyone Considering the Purchase of This Book
If you're thinking about starting a business, or an overworked entrepreneur wondering why your business isn't making faster progress, Guts & Borrowed Money is for you.
To start a business takes guts and money; to keep it going and growing takes other talents and resources. This book tells what you need to know to start your business, ensure its survival, and grow until you have around 200 employees. It isn't your usual "how to" book. It's straight talk, advice, and the successful strategies of an unrepentant entrepreneur who has already learned "how to" and can save you time, trouble, and money.
I started with two employees. Twenty-four years later, when I sold out, there were 400 employees. Along the way, I purchased five small companies and sold four. As a CPA, then as a lawyer, and later as a business consultant, I have worked with many owners to solve a multitude of business problems. I still do. Out of these years of experience came the common-sense, practical, real-life answers and solutions found here.
Part One gives you basic information about the stages your company will go through as it starts and grows. I suggest you read this straight through. Part Two discusses 265 specific problems or situations common to nearly every small business.
Look through the table of contents or index to find subjects of importance to you. You're holding valuable advice to help improve the quality of the business game you want to play as well as your final score.
About the Author
Tom S. Gillis has been active on the Houston business scene for 50 years as a business owner, entrepreneur, lawyer, CPA, and management consultant. He continues as a consultant, advisory board member, and an executive professor at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Houston. During World War II, he served on the staff of Gen. George Patton during combat in Europe.