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Years ago, Steve attended RAF Changi Grammar School in Singapore. It was here that he experienced living in a vibrantly exciting multi-cultural society and loved every minute. The memories of that time have stayed with him. The passage from a school boy living in an innocent childhood bubble to the awareness of adulthood has shaped the creation of 'One Degree North' his new novel.
After college Steve's first job was as an Account Executive at Young & Rubicam an advertising agency. Steve continued in advertising for some years before taking a short break that lasted five years, during which he sailed the Atlantic Ocean from Gibraltar to Antigua and spent time in the music business as a roadie before becoming a rock group tour manager visiting Poland, Dubai and Zimbabwe to mention only a few gigs 'on the road'.
Steve's experience in business produced his first book 'Success before Start-Up'. The book was written to help people prepare for starting their own businesses. He drew on his own mistakes and successes in creating a new product in the gardening sector. Spanish Rings, Spanish style flower pot holders that create Mediterranean hanging gardens. The company has grown into an international mail order concern.
In fiction, he has written a number of short stories, some of which can be found on myebook.com. One Degree North is Steve's first novel. He has started work on One Degree South that continues the adventures and misbehaviour of our heroes.
I am privileged to be working with students at Surrey University England conducting workshops to help them consider starting their own businesses once leaving based on my book 'Success Before Start-Up'. I am also a speaker at the City of London Business Library providing free advice for people wanting to start their own businesses too. Additionally, I am working with two talented coaches to help members of the UK Armed Forces transition back into society once they have left the services in a course called 'The Heightened Readiness for Resettlement.
Last, I am currently working on a new business book 'Boost Your Business Speaking and Writing Skills' along with the sequel my novel 'One Degree North'
The experience I gained from starting my own small business www.spanishrings.com has helped to shape the real-life advice. Spanish Rings has now become an international mail order company.
There are many reasons for giving “Success Before Start-up” five stars, but I will give only five reasons:
First, this book has shared business experiences and insights from various small business owners. These business owners have survived setbacks, hardships, disappointments, yet, they have managed—through those difficult times—to sustain their business with hard work, dedication, and by ultimately achieving SUCCESS. Therefore, the reader can reap from the author and the contributors’ experiences, advice, and prepare to establish a sustainable, thriving business of one’s own.
Second, this book is a comfortable and practical read that gives the reader a sense of commonality. There is a palpable feeling that Steve and the contributors are guiding the reader in each step in the process by sharing their in-depth knowledge of business principles and fundamentals. Hence, “We’re with you—every step,” rings true, as stated on page seven. Two fundamental points are specifically mentioned prior to the introduction/prelude. Heed them.
Third, “The Three Steps to Start-up” are given. The reader will learn seven popular ways to start a business, and then the reader can choose the best start-up option in view of real-life examples of the contributors. Then, “The 4 Factors of Start-up Success” will touch on the crucial elements of business planning, followed by how to plan and prepare the first business plan. Strategic preparation and planning are key to achieving SUCCESS. Hence, five Ps are given as a mantra: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
Four, this book doesn’t come without healthy doses of reality. Risks are not ignored; in fact, they are rightfully flagged. To speak frankly, one should not risk more than one can afford to lose.Read more ›
If you've ever thought about starting your own business, being your own boss, unplugging the company time clock and lounging in PJ's at home while you built your dream job from scratch, driven by that empty shop or warehouse for lease or sale that you knew would make the perfect spot to begin the best job you'll ever have, Steve Bridger's Success Before Start-up should be next on your reading list. What I enjoyed most about this how-to business book was it didn't feel like that One-Minute Manager, cookie-cutter sort of thing that puts you to sleep while trying to instill whatever wisdom or knowledge it purports to offer. Mr. Bridger offers a series of real-life start-ups, including his own, to quite interestingly explain how to start up any kind of business you can imagine--from a franchise to a ground-up, sink-or-swim, one-off endeavor. Before you lift the first finger, spend the first penny, he tells you where your head should be at, and what you should be doing first and then next. I can't imagine the failures and frustrations people have endured, and that could have been avoided, by taking the time to read these stories of those that have already been in the trenches and survived, and carefully noted the additional advice and direction offered, before starting out on their own. A really good read about having your own business.
Every business student should read this. Anyone who wants to start a new business should read this. Even if a person already owns a business, there is a great deal of resources and valuable information in this book about how to have a more successful business. I say that business students and entrepreneurial people should read this book because in this book, the reader will explore many different types of businesses. Wanting to start your own business is admirable, but getting to know some of the nuts and bolts about various business opportunities will help a person narrow down the choices. Through a process of elimination, a person can read this book and determine which business type is best for them. Do you want to figure out which business you should start up? Read this book. Once the choice has been made, this book offers excellent resources and gives real life examples of businesses, showing how to move forward in a wise manner as a business person. The reader will learn how to make a business thrive right from the beginning, everything from choosing the right location to finding the right customers.
Success Before Start-up focuses on the success of new business ventures in a realistic way. It gives sound advice to people who want to start their own business - the pros and cons, followed by examples of successful business owners.
But this isn’t just a dry “how-to” manual that will collect dust on your virtual shelf; rather it engages the reader with its easy-to-read format and non-technical style that encourages would-be business owners on their journey to success. The links to websites and other resources detailed within the book make it a valuable resource to those considering a new business venture or to existing business owners who are looking for ways to strengthen their business plan and/or marketing efforts. Although the examples given are from the UK, the information provided is universal and can be applied to business start-ups anywhere. This is a book I wish I had read before starting my own business. I highly recommend it.