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Small Business, Big Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did It Right Audible – Unabridged

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By Andrea C. Mueller on September 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I received a pre-release copy of this book for review.

I'm a business writer and I read a LOT of business books. Many of them are simply regurgitated fluff. This one is not.

Here's what you're looking at:
2 young but already experienced & successful entrepreneurs give you their take on the "big topics" of start-ups, small biz, and entrepreneurism in general.
They also give you interviews/profiles of other successful entrepreneurs. You'll get to hear from people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Anita Campbell, and Dan Schawbel. In other words - people who KNOW what they're talking about.

Each chapter gives you an overview, a profile or two, and often some step-by-step instruction on how to do what you need to do. I especially liked their advice on investors (do you need them or should you bootstrap?) and business plans (are they really necessary?). Balanced, insightful.

Great book for small biz owners, beginning entrepreneurs, those in the trenches with their start-ups... or those who are tired of dreaming about it and ready to start moving forward.
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Over the years I have read business books voraciously. And every now and then one comes along that I find particularly useful. That's certainly is the case with Small Business, Big Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs by Adam and Matthew Toren. So what is it that makes this book a powerful?

Advice from the Trenches

Many of you know me as a leadership resource and ensure you imagine that I sit in soft chairs and tell other people lofty ideas about themselves. Here's the part you may not know. That leadership role is very recent. I came up the hard way and learned business in the trenches. And from there I expanded into the natural space of coaching which always seemed so familiar to me. So when I look at a business book I want to know that the entire breadth of business acumen is nested in what I'm reading. I look to see an appreciation of both the `nuts and bolts' of business as well as the personal development that I know is the driver of good outcomes.

More about Camels

I am sure have all heard the saying "follow your bliss, but don't forget to tether the camel". For many years I toiled at the task of tethering camels. I was a merger/acquisition specialist as well as an executive manager of many companies. I learned my leadership style by working like a donkey. I must confess and I'm sure this comes as no surprise that I respect the basic hard work of building a company. So when I read this book my expectation was that it would be heavy on vision and light on the hard-core execution pieces necessary to get the job done.

Surprise!

But as I said every now and then someone pays attention to the whole symphony of entrepreneurial music.
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I've read countless of business books and this has to be one of the most enjoyable ones I've read in some time. It was an easy read in that it only took me a couple of days to read, which I found to be particularly refreshing; no complicated business jargon, just down-to-earth, straight up talk!

This book is not only pragmatic and practical in giving you solutions to creating a successful business, but inspirational in that it showcases other entrepreneurs whom have found true success; most of them by bootstrapping their business along the way! After reading many of these stories listed in the book, I was left with a new-found feeling of hope that with vision, patience, persistence and courage, anyone can find success in their business. Well done!
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Loved this book a lot!

I am currently in university studying economics and commerce however my family are business owners. I am surrounded by the environment of creating an idea or brand and bringing it to the market. I've seen the struggles and the hardships that entrepreneurs endure and the way that these guys have put it in the book words it perfectly. I don't care who you are or how much education you have, experience can never outweigh education, and this is a book that helps and answers questions for anyone starting their own business.

I wish these guys the best of luck, or moreover anyone the best of luck in their personal endeavors. But just remember -

"If you think you will retain a proper work-life balance in the first 36 months of setting up your own business, you are wrong"
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I've been involved in the entrepreneurial world for decades as an author and a launcher of businesses. Matthew and Adam have produced a 5 star buffet for the hungry entrepreneur looking to launch a business. It's pretty much crack for the serial entrepreneur. I particularly like the case examples of many different entrepreneurs sharing how they did what they did. One of my favorite lines is in regard to the fact that social media is great but it doesn't take the place of real relationships, face time with people. Oh how true that one is. Anyways, if you're looking to add some zip to your start up or simply start up, this book is good home spun wisdom by a couple of guys that have no doubt been to the launching pad numerous times. Thanks guys!

PS - once again thanks for Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas! too. It keeps my 6 y.o. thinking.
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