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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580082513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082518
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

No more excuses! It's okay if you don't have an MBA or $50,000—or if you've never done it before. To get your business off the ground and into the marketplace, all you need is passion, support, and some small-business know-how. Fortunately, with Kick Start Your Dream Business in hand, you've already got all three.

In this equally informational and inspiring start-up guide, Romanus Wolter, a contagiously enthusiastic leader in small-business development, walks you each step of the way to both business and personal success. Wisely, your first stop is an assessment of your motivation and its compatibility with your business idea. Then, from brainstorming to bookkeeping, prototyping to patenting, Wolter thoroughly and energetically guides you the rest of the way to getting your business started . . . and keeping it and you going. Filled with empowering stories from real entrepreneurs and ready-to-implement techniques, Kick Start Your Dream Business gives you the encouragement and the knowledge to transform your dream business into a reality.

"Loaded with practical advice, helpful worksheets, and inspiring stories—this book is a must for the would-be entrepreneur."—Laurence Boldt, author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living

"Every day a thousand people invent the next big thing in the morning shower, and 999 of them forget all about it before they go out the door to work for somebody else. If you want to be that one in a thousand who makes a dream into reality, you can't afford not to use this book!"—Donald Asher, Career Guru, author of The Overnight Resume

About the Author

ROMANUS WOLTER holds an M.A. in international marketing. As the director of the San Francisco Small Business Development Center, Romanus provided the proven tools and real-life information people need to be successful in a variety of industries. He currently leads "Kick Start" workshops to inspire people to bring their ideas into reality, to help business owners boost their sales, and to energize teams to achieve business goals. He is also a consultant to numerous economic development organizations. Romanus lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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This is what kept me going when times got tough!!
Kristen Peters Stocking
This book helps you to identify what you're passionate about, and how to go about creating a dream business around whatever it is that you enjoy.
Christian Buckley
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a business idea or who is already running a small business.
Sherry Richert Belul

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By bluemoon1972 on March 23, 2004
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This book is exceptionally thorough; detailed and practical, with tons of worksheets and exercises to perform. However, it seems very focused on product-based business, versus service businesses. The author does include service businesses in his examples, but the exercises and worksheets seem to me to be very helpful for those people providing an actual product, with suppliers and vendors and product margins and the like. Overall a recommended book, especially if you're looking for an exceptionally detailed blueprint for moving from idea to execution.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Christian Buckley on December 2, 2004
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The vast majority of books on business and entrepreneurship focus heavily on theory and case study, and lack practical, easy-to-follow steps to help you get started. This book helps you to identify what you're passionate about, and how to go about creating a dream business around whatever it is that you enjoy.

Romanus takes his years of experience working with literally hundreds of individuals and companies and boils it down to the essentials.

This isn't your average business book - it is a series of worksheets and activities to help you define, refine, and act. If you've never owned a business, but have always dreamed of breaking out on your own - this book is for you. If you've been in a startup before, and are thinking about trying it again regardless of your previous success, you'll still find a lot of helpful information to help you avoid the mistakes and pitfalls of too many startups.

Also -- if you get a chance, I highly recommend attending one of Romanus' events. He is energetic and provides great information. Its not just a rah-rah, motivational session -- you'll find it very valuable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "clearlyprofit" on May 8, 2002
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Whether you are a new business or established company, this book is for you. I have started a company and wish I had read this book at the very beginning. It is great reading with very good out-of-the-box tips that helped me move past the competition. It is also a workbook so I am able to chart my progress while opening up a second company. "Kick Start" also served as a practical guide to help me further define my vision, products, branding, market, and competition. You don't need an MBA to understand this book. Anyone can use it kick start their dream.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Caterina Rando on August 3, 2002
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As a speaker to entrepreneurs I frequently reccomend this book.
It is packed full of paractical ideas on starting a business plus many specific steps to follow for certain aspects of business like researching products, manufacturing and
distribution. People will also appreciate all the real life stories of the challenges people faced in business and how they solved those challenges.
Romanus has a straight forward clear and concise way of advising the reader. I got a lot out of this book and I know many others will too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2003
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I just started my business several months ago and it has been a roller coaster ride! There have been some really discouraging days and this book helps me find new ideas and inspiration to keep on going. Romanus provides great advice and motivation to follow your dreams, I feel like I have a personal small business consultant beside me as I read this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diane R on April 24, 2002
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Kick Start should be required reading in every workshop for entrepreneurs. Romanus offers a structured program that moves from profiling your idea, through information gathering and research, through manufacturing, marketing and customer service, with chapters on patents and trademarks, legal issues, finance and record keeping, and raising money. I refer to it often in advising entrepreneurs at SBDC on business plans and marketing programs.
In addition to practical information, the book is filled with encouraging advice to keep the entrepreneur focused, motivated, and organized. Lots of planning tools, worksheets, amd case studies of real people overcoming obstacles. The book recognizes that the hardest part is not finding the idea but getting into action and staying in action--hence the importance of getting and staying organized.
What I especially liked is the reminder that building a business doesn't take place in a vacuum--Kick Start encourages asking for help, sharing information, and sharing success stories. Romanus is already at work on a follow up edition!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Victoria on August 22, 2005
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A Complete Encyclopedia of Business in One Book-

A Complete Encyclopedia of Business in One Book - that is how Romanus Wolter has laid out his amazing business guide. From accounting to websites, everything you ever wanted or needed is in this book, K ick Start Your Dream Business. Refer to it again and again as your personal business bible.
- Joanne Vicotria, The Vision Coach, Author: Lighting Your Path! How To Create the Life You Want, and Vision With a Capital V - Create the Business of Your Dreams.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Louis Harris on April 16, 2002
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You've got a great idea for a product or service. You see it working in your mind, pleasing everyone who uses it. You're sure it would be a hit in the marketplace, ... if only you had _________________________ (fill in the blank).
Kick Start Your Dream Business offers a complete cookbook to filling that blank. In this work, Romanus Wolter explains in the simplest terms all the steps needed to make your idea a reality. His myriad practical suggestions, hints, and resources convert the most seemingly complex of recipes into a Betty Crocker cake mix. His approach leads you through the whole process, from adding more substance to your idea, examining the market, giving it life, to manufacturing or producing the product, marketing and finance, and making a business plan.
You'd be surprised how easy it is by following the recipes in Kick Start Your Dream Business. I know I was. Especially now that my book is on the verge of being published. All thanks to Romanus Wolter's book.
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