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Starting Your First Business: Gain Independence and Love Your Work (American Dream Series) Paperback – February, 2004

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Outstanding examples and reality checks that demonstrate what small business is like and how to handle various situations. -- Dr. John F. Kros, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences, College of Business, East Carolina University

Step by step guidelines for financing your small business--from developing your business plan to applying for loans. -- Joe Grendys, CEO Koch Foods

Valuable insights from a seasoned and accomplished entrepreneur. I recommended it for anyone thinking about starting a new business! -- Craig Hanson, Senior Associate, Sustainable Enterprise Institute, World Resources Institute

About the Author

JIM R. SAPP is an international business consultant and speaker with more than 25 years experience as a business owner and entrepreneur. He is Founder and Director of the American Small Business Institute, and recipient of the "Entrepreneur of the Year" and "Blue Chip Enterprise" awards.
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Product Details

  • Series: American Dream Series
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Rylinn Publishing LLC (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974878103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974878102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,828,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's a business start-up book that truly "tells it like it is." Even though it's part of The American Dream Series, author Jim Sapp "gets real" right away, urging new business starter-uppers to do some heavy soul-searching and personality assessment. Following your dreams is one thing, but owning and operating your own business certainly can't be done with a dreamy attitude. Business ownership isn't for everyone, says Sapp, especially not the indecisive, pessimistic, or otherwise faint of heart. He sprinkles the book with frank "Reality Checks" and warnings about the difficulties, stress, and need for careful research, planning and resource gathering. With suggestions like forming an advisory board, using SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), and applying for SBA (Small Business Administration) loans, Sapp is all about using available resources and assistance, including his own products -- his [...] website offers many helpful documents and forms, including and a free Business Plan Checklist. Fully one third of the book deals with money -- raising, managing and controlling it. And that's a good way to sum up this excellent business how-to book: It's "on the money."
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Starting Your First Business is a great book for anyone who is thinking about starting their own business or for those who have a small business. Author Jim Sapp gives "real world" advice on what to expect so you can prepare yourself to run your own business. Sapp has operated a variety of small businesses and he has been successful, but he has also struggled. He is honest and candid about what works and what you can expect if you operate your own business. Just because you've worked for a big company or any company for that matter, it doesn't mean that you truly understand what it takes to run your own business. Sapp provides many valuable resources and real life situations that help you to know and understand what it takes to be successful in small business. Starting your own business can be rewarding, but very challenging. This book gives you solid information that can help you be successful. It is an easy read with lots of great information.
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Knowledgeably written by Jim R. Sapp (a national business consultant and winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year award), Starting Your First Business: Gain Independence And Love Your Work is a handy, practical, and all-inclusive guide to the basics of starting a business, ranging from setting up; to getting the necessary initial capital; to building an effective staff; to sales and marketing for commercial success, and so much more. A straightforward, clearly presented, and no-nonsense primer, Starting Your First Business is specifically written for and recommended to the non-specialist general reader determined to become the skilled owner of a profitable business.
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