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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Entrepreneur Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599181967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599181967
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim Berry is the founder and president of Palo Alto Software, the manufacturer of Business Plan Pro, bplans.com and co-founder of Borland International. He is the author of three business-planning books and is a popular blogger and speaker.

Sabrina Parsons is CEO of Palo Alto Software as well as the co-founder of Palo Alto Software UK Ltd. and Lighting Out.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Caroline D. Grimm on November 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Start a business in 3 weeks? What about all the details, the research, the website, the legalities, the planning?

As a consultant who works with business owners on startup and finance issues, I already knew it was possible to quickly launch a business. I've done it several times myself and have helped consulting clients do the same. What I didn't have was a comprehensive, step-by-step manual that I could hand to new clients to get them up to speed on, well, SPEED.

I often use the following Anita Brookner quote regarding the usual tortoise approach to starting a business to give clients an idea of what I'm talking about:

In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you.
And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the
tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy
winning the game.

If you are looking to start a business that will require financing from banks or venture capitalists, three weeks won't be enough time. Most businesses don't start out that way, though. They start as tiny enterprises with no employees and they grow from there.

3 Weeks to Startup is a comprehensive resource covering all the nuts and bolts details you need to attend to in getting your business off the ground. It takes you through a three week schedule of very specific activities you'll need to think about and do. From defining what you want in the business to who your customer is to legal issues to marketing and sales, this is a terrific guide for new and experienced business owners.
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We have used this for a couple of years now for our microbiz class. Students like it. Would recommend if you can reliably get enough. Our supplier quit carrying it, so we have been ordering from Amazon.
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I am happy to have this book. The print is large enough to encourage reading especially at night. I have just started and my review at this time will be biased, however, I know a good book after the first chapter and the authors are definitely writing (and coaching) from experience.
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More About the Author

Although back when I went through business school they were training us to be either consultants or middle managers at large companies, I always liked small business, startups, and entrepreneurship better. I always liked business planning because it's about designing the future in detail and then, when done right, managing the pieces to make it happen. Planning to me is not about the document, but about the goals, metrics, milestones, accountability, and, ultimately, management.

I'm a bit jealous of the "lean startup" meme because 1.) it's real, practical, and appropriate for our times; and 2.) I think my 'Plan-as-you-go Business Plan' book had the same idea for business planning in 2008, but it gets a lot less buzz.

My main claim to validation is having done it: I've bootstrapped a company to 40 employees and multimillion in sales with profits and no debt (Palo Alto Software) and also founded bplans.com, FreeTheNumbers.com, and Eugene Social at eugene-social.com; and I was a co-founder of Borland International. I also have a Stanford MBA degree and a lot of blog posts, magazine articles, and several books published.

I'm blogging on my own blog, Huffington Post, Amex OPEN, gust.com, smallbiztrends.com, and Up and Running. To consolidate all my blog posts in one place I'm using a powered Rebelmouse site to consolidate them all on http://blog.timberry.com. And my main blog, where I've posted about 2,000 posts since 2006, is "Planning Startups Stories" (http://timberry.bplans.com). I also have a business and consulting site, with some speaking samples, at http://timberry.com.

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