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The Big Book of Small Business: You Don't Have to Run Your Business by the Seat of Your Pants Hardcover – February 6, 2007
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Loaded with insights and strategies…dealing with real-world situations and solutions that most small firms face. (Miami Herald)
A wealth of information to be read and digested, then kept within arm’s reach for further reference down the road. (Business Lexington)
About the Author
Bestselling author Tom Gegax has been an executive at one of the world’s largest corporations; a start-up entrepreneur; a CEO leading 1,600 employees; a business consultant; and a member of numerous boards. By the time Tom sold Tires Plus to a multinational firm in 2000, it had mushroomed from a sketch on a restaurant napkin to a Midwest market leader with 150 locations. Today, he helps growing companies raise profits and reduce stress through fast and affordable business management coaching.
Top Customer Reviews
The author, Tom Gegax, has a great deal of personal experience starting and growing companies, most of which seem to be in the tire industry. If you're business is not merchandise-based, but service-based, this book is still very pertinent. Topics like vision and values are discussed, as well as some interesting marketing ideas. Adapting the information into a business plan for a Web company was easy and enjoyable.
Be prepared for Mr. Gegax's very zealous approach to business. It borders on fanatical at times. If you shy away from corporate structures due to their "you must believe" mindset, you'll flinch a few times while reading, but it's still excellent counsel.
From a tactile standpoint, this book is great. The binding is well constructed, and the print is slightly large and easy to read.
I cannot recommend this book enough if you're starting your own business. Double that recommendation if you own your own business and need a shot of inspiration.
I also recommend Joe Kennedy's Small Business Owner's Manual available on Amazon.
Since one of my businesses is in an emerging market, I have done the unthinkable. I have sent my competitors CEO's copies of the book as well because I also believe in what Tom so eloquently stated, "A rising tide raises all boats". If we as industry can all utilize the advice contained in this book, our industry will grow to its incredible potential.
This is the best business book I have ever read and find myself coming back to it time and time again for strategy and execution ideas. This is 100% meat and zero fluff. My sincere congratulations to the author for delivering a business book masterpiece.
Brian Brasch, President
Branick Industries Inc.
Don Gullett, Co-Founder
This book is where I should have started. The real life wisdom in this book provides answers and solutions to many of the common problems that small business entrepreneurs encounter. At the very least, it provides an outline of "what to do" and "where to start".
But, Beware. You will need to be ready to admit and submit to the simple fact that, if you really need this book, as I did, you will walk away with the humility of knowing that you have a TON of work to do on yourself and your business. The good news is, after digesting this information, you will at least have a starting point.
This is a great read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every business owner should read this book! What a learning experience, when u thought u knew it all.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Despite the fact that like most business books it double talks, it is the most straight forward book I have read in years.Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
When i considered starting my own business, this book provided an invaluable resource- even if i didn't ultimately follow through.Published 20 months ago by Mark Anderson
This is a book that really tells you the intricacies of running a business, not just "what I did". Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Dimmer
Great book. Very good resource for the future. I will definitely be flipping back to reference during challenges ahead. Valuable .Published on December 10, 2013 by Bryan Duke
This book has must read chapters on how to be a successful entrepreneur. The chapters are well laid out, easy to read and understand. Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by 4moreshelflife
What a fantastic book! It's a business bible, use it daily! As a 5 time entrepreneur myself, I wish I had read this before I sold my businesses and retired. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by Aimee Elizabeth
Th title is deceiving. It's just a personal story and to me not an interesting story. A waste of time and money. Don't buy this book.Published on December 14, 2011 by Ali
My opinion, this book is worthless. Author rushes over details of how-to but pontificates at length about philosophical issues. I got half-way through and gave up. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Spillmilller