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Entrepreneur's Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture Paperback – February 21, 2006
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Entrepreneur's Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a NewBusiness Venture is written for entrepreneurs and anyone who dreams ofbecoming an entrepreneur - and who wants real-life advice and practicalinformation. This book will take you on a whirlwind tour of the start-upprocess and help you to build a solid foundation for your new venture,whether it is a small business, or a venture capital funded enterprise.Irrespective of the size or type of business, the underlying principles arethe same.
As an entrepreneur for most of my life, it's impossible to imagine acareer more challenging or gratifying. Being an entrepreneur is one oflife's great adventures. It allows you to take control of your destiny,continuously learn and grow, and experience the sense of accomplishmentthat comes with transforming an idea into something of value. Whether youseek to build a large corporation, or create a modest business that willenable you to live the life you choose, this book will guide you throughthe key steps in the start-up process, helping you to make smart decisionsand avoid costly mistakes.
Becoming an entrepreneur is achievable for everyone, but there are rules tothe game - principles that are time-tested and likely to lead you tosuccess. This book focuses on the information that you need to know to getstarted. Chapters 1-3 introduce three critical concepts that relate toevery new venture: people, products, and making progress. Chapters 4-5discuss the entrepreneurial team. In chapters 6-7, a review of the businessplan is followed by a discussion of cash flow, a concept that isappreciated by every successful entrepreneur. Finally, chapters 8-10 delveinto the practicalities of starting a new company, securing investment, andmanaging a team of people.
I should note two things about this book. First, it is about concepts, andis not a technical manual. There are many great resources that teachaccounting, finance, marketing, management, and more. The real spotlight ison the Big Picture. Second, it focuses on getting your new business off theground. While the ideas presented are valid and remain important throughoutthe life of a business, new challenges arise as a business becomessuccessful, grows, and eventually matures. The later stages rely on a solidfoundation and success in the early stages; however a discussion about thedevelopment and management of a mature business is beyond the scope of thisbook.
Starting a company is, without question, both a personal and professionalquest. This book is intended to help you to succeed by providing you withadvice that is practical and proven, learned the hard way through almostthree decades of real-life experience, and backed by the lessons of one ofthe best business schools in the country. Another reason why this book (andothers) will contribute to your success is because sooner is always betterthan later. You want this information now, before you take action, and aninvestment of time and dollars in knowledge is small in comparison to thebenefits you will receive by making smarter decisions and avoiding thecommon mistakes. I hope that the following pages inform and inspire you,and help you to realize your entrepreneurial dreams.
-Steven K. Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"This book is Step One in the entrepreneurial process."
Nancy Tunick, President
"Smart entrepreneurs invest in knowledge; Gold provides it."
George Stevens, CEO
"Information-packed, easy to read, extremely valuable."
Andy Roth, Chairman
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Explains in detail about the ABCs of starting a new business.
It was very helpful and enlightening about how to start a business.
A must read for anybody who wants to know what is needed to start a successful business.
It talks more about starting a startup company rather than starting a small business like a store.
I also have to express my disagreement with his comments regarding attorneys. (Disclosure: I am currently an associate at a big law firm.) It sounds like he happened to get some bad attorneys. For what it's worth, my thoughts, based on my own observations of attorneys at large and small firms (my own firms and opposing firms), are this: (1) I don't think his experiences reflect the services provided by all large law firms -- I think the quality of services you get depends on whether you hire a good INDIVIDUAL attorney, not law firm, (2) you are much more likely to have someone "learn on your dime" at a small firm than a large one simply because attorneys at large firms do a lot more business and specialize in certain areas and therefore become more experienced with matters that arise in those areas, (3) most small firm attorneys will NOT be as great as the ones he found, and (4) most partners are so distracted by bringing in business and a million other things that associates are much more likely to focus on your deal, keep things moving quickly, and actually pay attention to the details. I think the ideal arrangement for a small business owner is to find a good associate who has a good partner to ask for guidance on big issues when needed. I just don't think it's fair to generalize that all big firm attorneys are terrible and negligent with small clients, or that associates are all clueless and learning on your dime. (I can provide proof in the form of reviews from my large and small business clients!) That all being said, there are some fantastic attorneys at small shops and if you find one, you will pay much less for their services. My best advice on finding a good attorney (whether at a large firm or a small firm) is to get referrals from other business owners.
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This is an excellent book for new entrepreneurs because it gives seasoned advice on how to attract and choose the right co-founders, lawyers, and...Read more