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Small Business For Dummies Paperback – December 9, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Want to start a small business — or energize the one you already have? This practical, no-nonsense guide gives you expert advice on everything from generating ideas and locating start-up money to hiring the right people, balancing the books, and planning for growth.
Start from scratch — overturn all the stones of a typical small business start-up, from choosing the right niche for you to writing a business plan to creating the right legal framework
If you buy it, will they come? — evaluate an existing business, determine a price, and know what to do after the sale is complete
Get your motor runnin' — discover how to solve the most compellingproblems facing small businesses, from sales creation and marketing to operational issues (and everything in between)
Stay in business — delve into the day-to-day issues you'll face as your business grows, like hiring and maintaining employees, tax laws, and government regulations
"No one should try to start a business without this book."
—Hattie Bryant, creator of the PBS series Small Business 2000
"Eric Tyson continues his never-ending quest to help people gain economic self-sufficiency and freedom."
—Jim Collins, coauthor of Built to Last and author of Good to Great
Keep your business "in business" for the long haul
Implement the latest in financing, hiring, health plans, and more
Utilize the latest technology and social media sites in your small business
Open the book and find:
Advice on gauging whetherentrepreneurship is for you
Tips on personal money management
Ways to successfully start or rejuvenate your small business
How to write a strategic business plan
Guidance on locating financing
The advantages of buying an existing business
Plain-English explanations of legal and tax issues
Time-tested problem-solving tips
About the Author
Jim Schell is the resident entrepreneur for Small Business School, a weekly television program for PBS and Voice of America.
Top Customer Reviews
But...it is not a step-by-step guide to starting your own business. It won't tell you how to get a business license in your city/county/state. It won't tell you how to sell your product or reach your customers. And it -really- doesn't tell you how to maximize free technology (social media and other resources) to reach your customers.
There are 5 sections: "Becoming an Entrepreneur", "Buying an Existing Business", "Running a Successful Small Business", "Keeping Your Business in Business", and "The Part of Tens" (Ten mistakes; ten tips). Again, these are overviews and that highlights the challenge of writing a book like this. The author doesn't know YOUR business and so just can't be specific about -your- challenges.
For example, there's a lot about managing employees but many small businesses do it all themselves or with one or two family members. You have to wait until page 160 to find relevant information if you already have a business--or even if you want to find out about a business license (not enough there, imo).
In short, it's a good overview before you start--this is what you can expect and should have already thought about before starting up. If you're already in business, it's good to see things and ask yourself "Am I paying attention to this? Why or why not and .. should I change something I'm doing/not doing?" In other words, this book is kind of a check-up, tune-up for you along the way, but its not really a "nuts and bolts" How To, that shows you exactly how everything is done.
My problem with the book is that even though it is for small business, it was too big business for me. So many situations didn't apply & had me sweating bullets. I started to over think everything & bury myself in endless amounts of paperwork, getting little else accomplished in the day. I tried talking to other local farmers for business advice but didn't get much out of them. I talked to an out of state friend & when they understood all the crazy I had going on, they started to help by explaining a few things to me. Now I am on a somewhat smoother path.
Despite my lack of understanding, I didn't feel it was fair to rate the book any less than 4 stars. When I have a better grasp on some things, sections of the book are more clear to me. Also, some of the IRS speak is much more clear thanks to reading the Dummies book.
I hope that as time goes on things will work more seamlessly. I intend on holding on to this book to reference to. I imagine it will become more helpful to me the more all this business stuff takes root in my brain & isn't in one ear & out the other.
After calling my local help center for small business's I was very glad to have read this book. The woman I spoke to mentioned many of the things the book mentioned & thankfully I understood what she referred to & didn't feel stupid. How about that! It took me a few months to read the entire book while setting up my small business - which still isn't finished but getting there. It is amazing how many little things there are to do. I look forward to the day when having our organic farm as a business comes to me as naturally as just plain ol' farming!
What can you learn from Small Business for Dummies? In truth, just about any of the important information you need to know about starting up your own company. Starting with intention, Small Business for Dummies first asks some important questions to make sure you are ready for the demands that small ownership can bring. Once that hurdle has been jumped, the book then talks about things such as writing a business plan, obtaining financing, seeking out legal and other help, and maintaining the business well after it has been established.
Small Business for Dummies, like the other Dummies books, is concerned mostly with helping readers find answers to many of the important questions bound to arise when a small business has been established. New business owners often have tons of questions and need quick answers. They cannot wait for a solution- the need advice and they need it now. With a reference guide such as this, readers can flip through the pages and discover all sorts of important information about running a small business. Some of the info is obvious, but there is other information that will surprise the average reader and leave them feeling thankful that they read this book and learned a little more about business ownership and operation.
I have never owned a business with more than a few employees, but I admit that the thought has crossed my mind more than once.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a great book! I relate to everything! It has really helped me understand myself more.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I haven't read the entire book, but I have read a couple chapters and it is filled with knowledge. It is exactly what I was looking for to educate me on furthering my business... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Coleen