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Small Business For Dummies Paperback – March 4, 2008

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This comprehensive and practical guide addresses how to find your business niche and time a start-up, figure out approximate costs, identify legal and tax issues, market products or services, and learn bookkeeping basics. Also recommended: Steven D. Peterson and others' Business Plans Kit for Dummies (3d ed. Wiley, May 2010.) (Library Journal, May 1, 2010)

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Use the latest technology to improve performance

The fun and easy way to be your own boss and run a successful business

Want to start a small business — or energize the one you already have? This practical, no-nonsense guide gives you expert advice on everything from generating ideas and locating financing to hiring the right people, balancing the books, and planning for growth. You'll ramp up your management skills, develop a marketing strategy, keep your customers loyal, and more!

Discover how to:

  • Obtain financing

  • Make sense of financial statements

  • Navigate legal and tax issues

  • Set up a home-based business

  • Buy an existing business

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470177470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470177471
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deni O on January 24, 2011
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This was a great start to the idea of beginning a small business on my own. The information it provided was very helpful and written in a way that took the overwhelming process out of the idea. I found that it answered questions that I didn't even know to ask. I would recommend this to anyone considering opening a small business.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Nadeem on April 11, 2009
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This is a bit out dated but good book. If you aspire to start your own business or are already in one, you will find a wealth of information in this excellent book by Tyson.

This is a wonderful book of basic business start-up info. The only thing missing was a section or chapter on how to effectively distinguish yourself and your business from the growing community of entrepreneurs. I combined the info in "dummies" with Marion Gold's "Personal Publicity Planner: How to Market YOU." Now that's a winning combination for small business owners with few dollars to spend on advertising and promotion.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TK on October 24, 2008
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Loved this book. Actually used it to homeschool, since it's so simple and laid out nicely. I specialized in small business while I was in college, belonged to an entrepreneur group, and worked in a small business incubator for startups. It had a lot of nice tips and tricks for the real world. And I don't know too many small business people that have a lot of time to read, so this is convenient--easy to pick up and reference.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. King on December 22, 2010
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I have the same exact feeling about this book as Eric Tyson's similar book "Personal Finance For Dummies"

This is a good book for general advise and ideas of how to get started, but it is full of lines that read ..." Make sure you research this..." and "You will have to look into that..."

I was expecting a round up of all the actual information, or at least where exactly to find it.

Good, but a bit to general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgia - on May 11, 2009
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This book introduce people to the world of small business. It's a book for beginners and intermediate level of business.
* "Is Small Business For You?"
* "Laying Your Personal Financial Foundation"
* "Finding Your Niche"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Creative Shopper on September 3, 2011
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Great Book to read for people who are looking to start their own small business or expanding their existing small business.
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This is another dummies addition that reads much like the others, easily. It really strives to get beginners to understand that starting a small business is serious business, and that its risky. It understands and expresses that small business just isn't the best move for everyone. The book does give many resources and chapters that are devoted to help keeping a small business afloat, managing employees and the all important legalities. I purchased this book in accompaniment with The Magic Touch: How to make $100,000 per year as a massage Therapist by Meagan R. Holub. The Magic Touch really exceeds many other texts in that it provides surefire applications for a service business to use so that it can have optimum chances of real success. Together these books make a great team.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Shafer on October 23, 2009
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This books reads more like an encyclepedia than an acutal guide for small business. Very little in here for someone who is running a business. Most of the advice is is in the form of rudimentry questions like "are you sure you are ready for business."
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