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Jim Beach is a serial entrepreneur, Radio Host at School for Startups Radio, International Speaker, and founder of International Entrepreneurship (internationalentrepreneurship.com).
Chris Hanks is an entrepreneur and lecturer at the University of Georgia, where he is Head of the Entrepreneurship Program at the Terry College of Business.
David Beasley worked for twenty-five years as a reporter and editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. His stories have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Bloomberg News, and GlobalAtlanta.com. His new book "Without mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime and Corruption in the Deep South" comes out in January 2014.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071753931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071753937
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my first review on Amazon as I don't read books as often as I should; however, I give you my word that I am true to everything I tell you. I have been a business owner for over 6 years (E&D Granite City, Inc. in Lawrenceville, GA for credibility) and I purchased this book after going to a seminar by Jim and Chris at my local chamber of commerce. Every word they said spoke to me and applied to my situation so I decided to give the book a try. The book basically tells the story of every mistake I've made and every success I've had throughout these past 6 years. Although I had already learned much of the content in the book the very hard way, it was still an amazing read that gave me lots of new ideas and also revealed to me that everything I'm doing at the moment is correct which meant very much to me. Had I read this book when I started, I would've saved lots of money definitely, but mostly a lot of time, health, and patience which you can never regain (things can get stressful at times). Not only would I recommend this book to anyone, I advice you and encourage you to read and analyze every word carefully.
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5 Stars! This book will help you save precious time and money (Your life!) by removing the major risk factors involved with starting a business. Too many "entrepreneurs" throw caution to the wind and fail at starting a business because they are consumed by the idea of the business and then are overwhelmed by the realities of overhead which ultimately snuffs out their potentially thriving business. The authors of the book peel back the realities and threats of starting a business and give practicable tips on how to grow a successful business from the ground up, all while keeping your day job. The authors offer creditable stories of the companies they have started and the major successes and challenges they have had to overcome. They even add expert advise on the vast opportunities available in global trade markets. So, whether you are a mom-and-pop operation looking to sell Silly bands to your friends or a more sophisticated Law firm, this book has something for you. Great read!
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Verbose. Must sift through oodles of stories about other successful businesses to gain nuggets of useful information. Reads more like a novel, which I don't wish to use my time doing. Just purchased a second start-up business book that looks more hopeful since this one doesn't seem to outline enough specifics, more generalities like "just do it" advise on different types of businesses. Don't get me wrong, this book does have some useful info that I am glad to have. Just not enough of what I need: start-up business advise & how-to's.
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Excellent resource, highly recommend. I believe anyone considering starting their own business will find this book valuable. I loved the examples the author provided of actual businesses. The practical suggestions - don't quit your job until you're already earning significant income, start multiple business at once, the "corridor" approach - really resonated with me. I read the book in two sittings and walked away inspired to move forward with my business idea.
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This book combines qualities that are often hard to find in a single book: inspiration and practical advice. This in itself mirrors that which makes successful entrepreneurs:The ability to be inspired by an idea while practically executing to the point where you are bringing in money each month. The best part is the book is centered around low risk. You don't have to lose your shirt to start your own thing.

School for Startups debunks many commonly held notions that "entrepreneurship" is only for supper successful tech guys or an that it's excuse that unemployed people throw around. It is by real people who run real businesses (summer technology camps, truck exporting, painting, etc...). It features a host of successful small business owners with stories similar to you and me. The stories themselves encouraged me onto new ideas and action.

I think at the end of the day this book will help you get to the point of action and will change the way you think. It did for me.
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In a word, this book is practical. That is more than you can say for most business books out there. Each chapter of this 208 page book offers great advice on a specific business topic, like marketing or international trade. The advice is great, and perfect for the beginning entrepreneur. If you know nothing about business and want to start one soon, this may be the best book out there.

The Bootstrap Rules, starting on page 50, are the highlight of the book. This is a list of 23 rules for business owners who need to start a business on a shoestring budget. There is some great advice here, and it should be very valuable for all entrepreneurs starting out. Most businesses fail because they overextend themselves in one way or another, and this book will guard against that. The first 5 Bootstap Rules are:

Get Operational Quickly

Look For Quick Sales

Offer High-Value Products

Forget the Crack Team of Recruits

Understaff

If you are looking for one good reason to get the book, this list of 23 helpful rules is it. The other real highlight of the book are the examples the author gives. Inspirational stories are scattered throughout, and they will help point you in the right direction. Recommended. The only reason I gave it four stars is because it ended quicker then I would have liked. Would have been nice to include a "further reading list" as well.
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