47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Great book that will save you more than it cost you,
This review is from: The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide (Paperback)
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As much as I like this book it is not exactly "everything you need to start a small business." On the other hand it is a well written and comprehensive guide that really does use plain English to explain a lot of obtuse steps and pitfalls. You will almost certainly need more professional help than you can get from this book, but this book does a pretty good job of guiding you to the help you need and avoiding the help you don't. That can translate into a lot of saved attorney's fees right off the bat. One less billed hour from your attorney will pay for this book. In that sense if you are starting a new business this book is pretty much free.
The author is a law-school grad and business consultant who specializes in working with startups. She has written and edited other books for Nolo. All this comes out both the clarity of the writing and the command of the subject matter she clearly has. The book does a good job of covering all of the basics, and starts wisely with the most important topic: picking the right legal structure (which can save you a lot of pain later in the process). She moves on from there and touches on everything from taxes to marketing. Along the way you will find areas where you need to dig deeper, either with professional help or by getting additional guides (which Nolo of course, is happy to sell you). Nolo has been in this business for 40 odd years and stands out as one of the best in these business of "business self-help" books. One I would suggest as a companion to this is their excellent "How to Write a Business Plan" guide. This book has a section on business plans, but if you are going to be pitching your business to potential investors you're going to need more. If you are just writing a plan to clarify your business model to yourself (a good idea) this book alone is enough.
The included software, while handy for things like some basic legal forms, is no replacement for professional software or legal help. It is nice to see what kinds of forms you are going to need and that can focus you on exactly what you need to get out of an attorney. It's amazing how much money you can save when you already know exactly what you want.
All in all a priceless aid to starting up a new business.