20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: How to Start a Home-Based Web Design Business, 2nd (Home-Based Business Series) (Paperback)
The book offers up some good practical business advice that could help anyone looking to start a home based consulting business. It gives some helpful ideas to think about for anyone just starting out, such as looking at your own strengths in a real way, deciding what it is you want to do, strategies for attracting clients, and keeping your business thriving in the long run.
That said, I think Jim Smith knows his stuff when it comes to the business side of things, having run several small businesses before this. If you are looking for advice on the particulars of web-design then perhaps a different book would suit you better, such as "Web Redesign : Workflow that Works ". A simple Google search for Jim's business "Blarneystone LLC" brings you to his website that, quite honestly, seems amateurish. In his book he talks about how you need to wear many hats to run your business, one of which was "the ponytail" which was the designer hat. He reiterated many times in his book that he was a designer more than anything else, but a look at his website reveals otherwise. Having looked at his site leaves the questions in my mind as to just how authoritative this book is.