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The Accidental Entrepreneur: The 50 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Starting a Business Paperback – May 26, 2008
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“…a must-read for its simple and encouraging tone, which takes the mystery out of running your own business.” -- Curve magazine
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Like many business owners, Susan-Urquhart Brown never expected to end up as an entrepreneur. Launching her own business spoke to her passions, but she soon realized there was much more to being a successful owner than she ever expected. In The Accidental Entrepreneur, she takes all the mystery out of going solo. For those who are just beginning to consider starting a venture as well as those who want to take their organization to the next level, she offers advice on what works and what doesn’t. With hard-won wisdom and empathy, she shows readers:
• the 8 questions everyone should ask up front
• the top 10 traits of the successful entrepreneur
• how to obtain a license and sellers permit
• the best way to create a business plan
• 10 simple ways to get referrals
• the 6 secrets of marketing a business
• smart tips for investing and finance
• ways to avoid burnout
• how to avoid the 7 biggest pitfalls in business
Starting one’s own business should be exciting, not scary. This is the one book that will show readers how to create a successful and fulfilling venture they can be proud of.
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There are a few things I wish were in this book that I'm still not sure about. I wish it covered more ideas for people who will be doing a consulting type business. While the author briefly discusses this type of business, it seems like many more concepts can be covered, especially by someone who got their start in business by doing consulting themselves. I think that billing and administration may be the toughest part of the business for me and there is no advice for this area.
The good things covered in this book are about general concepts about why new businesses fail and how to avoid it (or avoid going into business in the first place.) There are some good suggestions on developing big-picture plans for your business that will help you avoid these pitfalls.
I will definitely refer to this book at several stages while starting my business, but there are a lot of things I will still need to figure out from other sources.
think otherwise, but the book was horrific. I had to stop reading it when I was
confronted by the diagram with a circle labeled, "comfort zone". Some months
later I picked it back up but it didn't improve much.
If you can imagine a book about running a small business, as written by someone
with zero experience running a small business, but was instead some kind of a
hybrid cross between a hippie and a high school guidance counselor - this is
it. (No defamatory remark toward the author intended. I don't know anything
about her. That's just the vibe I got while reading it.)
I bought the book thinking I was getting some insight about the art of making
money and instead all I got was a bunch of obvious and painfully general
advice. Throw in a few motivational fill-in-the-blank worksheets and a lecture
about saving the planet for some reason, and call it a business book.
If you want to map out your comfort zone and fill out a bunch of worksheets
reminiscent of high school, this book is for you. If you want to learn how to
make money - I'd look elsewhere.
There is a 1-star review pretty high up the list, and that reviewer makes some good points, however. This book is definitely not your one-stop source for starting a business and if you have read extensively in the field of entrepreneurship, you won't find much news here. So, not awful, but not fantastic either.
I think this is a more "negative" feeling book in where they tell you tell hard things about being an entrepeneur. You are an entrepeneur because you don't want a boss, then your clients are your bosses, IRS is your boss, etc. Also, you wanna have more flexible time job, the author says re think it as an entrepeneur you are going to have less time.
Ok, this might be partially true, but as many entrepeneurs the beggining is hard, then you get the pace of it and the business might run on its own.
Also, As an entrepeneur that I am, I have many weeks working all days, as other weeks are less accelerated and with less work. But something Im sure is I love to work for my self, and would never change it for working for somebody else.
I think this book might be useful for the conformist or person who maybe entrepeneurship isnt for them, who isn't sure of owning her own business. But for those of us who are sure we prefer to work for ourselves, that had find our true calling and passion an a way to get profit from it this is NOT your book.
Kind waste of time to read this had to skip many parts of it.
As I said if you are not sure this might be the book to get out of entrepeneurial adventure and to rationalize your fears and conformist thoughs.