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Small Business Ideas: 400 Latest & Greatest Small Business Ideas Paperback – International Edition, April 9, 2008

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"A marvelous resource for anyone looking to start a business - packed with good ideas, including the pros and cons of each concept."
Stephen R. Covey
Author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
& The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

"These are not just small business ideas, they are smart business ideas...you'll learn a great deal from these words of wisdom."
David Meerman Scott
Bestselling Author, The New Rules of Marketing and PR

"Comprehensive, insightful and a must-read for today's entrepreneur."
Duncan Bannatyne
BBC's Dragons' Den

Do You Know What The Hottest NEW Small Business Ideas Are In The World Today?

Hi. My name is Terry Kyle. You may have seen me recently in Entrepreneur magazine and also featured in The Washington Post, on MSNBC and Fox Business News. That recent article about seasonal small business is on my Amazon blog below.

As a former advertising Creative Director and Copywriter who's worked for many years with a huge range of clients including Pepsi, Kellogg's, Thomas Cook, IBM and McDonald's, I love seeing aspiring entrepreneurs really flourish through brilliant business innovation. That's why I've spent the last year and a half of my life putting together this book for you. My girlfriend has only recently started talking to me again.


Q. How Exactly Will 400 Latest & Greatest Small Business Ideas From Around The World Benefit Me?

A. If you are thinking about starting your own business - even part-time while you have a normal 'day job' - the thorough research in this book will:

- SAVE you a lot of MONEY by showing you what new business ideas are working NOW rather than you wasting money on dated or untried concepts. Yes, pet rocks and sea monkeys are over. Or are they?

- SAVE you a lot of TIME by showing you tons of real world new small businesses, examining the pros and cons of each and giving you the details to look at their pricing and marketing tactics - for free!

- HELP you find a great new small business that best suits YOUR own personality and therefore build a more enjoyable lifestyle suited to Y-O-U. We're talking the F word here, FREEDOM!

- GIVE you loads of brilliant 'Guerrilla Marketing' know-how to market, advertise and sell either for no-cost or ridiculously low costs. Given that crippling overheads destroy many business start-ups, this detailed tactical information will give you the best possible chance of success.

- GET you on the road to living life on your own terms. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can get there and if you follow the advice in this book, you have the best possible chance of making it. It won't be easy and you (probably) won't get rich overnight, but following these blueprints ALREADY WORKING from other successful entrepreneurs can make it happen.

Q. So How Many So-Called 'Big New Business Ideas' Are There In The Book?

A. Over 400 separate and explained new REAL business ideas are listed in the book. I've pasted in a couple of actual sample pages below to give you an idea of the format and style.

Q. OK Tough Guy, But Aren't These Just Vague 'Wishful Thinking' Kind Of Business Ideas?

A. Absolutely not. Sure, a great idea is pretty cool BUT a successfully executed new idea is worth much, much more. Why? As an entrepreneur myself, I know that a new idea that is ALREADY gaining traction and proving successful cuts YEARS off the development and implementation of that idea.

That is the whole point of 400 Latest & Greatest Small Business Ideas From Around The World.

By using this book, you can find a great new business idea or two TODAY that suits your personality and desired lifestyle, model yours on the ones in the book and save years of time and loads of money that has ALREADY been spent getting that new business idea running successfully. Neat, huh?

Q. What Is The Best New Business Idea In The Book?

A. I get asked this question an awful lot and my answer is usually this: the best new business idea in the world is that one suits YOUR individual personality and YOUR desired lifestyle.

For some people, running a new Indoor Skydiving Center would be heaven on earth (this is a brilliant business by the way and discussed in the book) though it may not suit others.

Though I recognize that they can be a terrific form of business, I personally don't want a new style of vending machine business - it just isn't me.

That's why I've included over 400 great new actual, REAL small businesses in the book - so that YOU can find the one or two that suit YOUR personality so that YOU can live life on YOUR terms.

Q. How Much Money Do These New Business Ideas Cost?

A. It varies enormously though I'm a 'Guerrilla Marketer' at heart and most of the businesses listed in the book have a very low financial downside AND can be set up in parallel to your current 'normal' job to make the transition to your own successful small business that much easier.

Here's the bottom line...

What if YOU could be among the FIRST entrepreneurs in YOUR local area to apply a brilliant NEW small business from ANOTHER part of the country or world?

Honestly ask yourself:

Will 2010 be just like 2008 for you?

Full of frustrating Small Business RESTLESSNESS?

Or is it time to ACT by INVESTING $20 in YOUR future now?

About the Author

Terry Kyle's professional background includes screenwriting, playwriting, PR, broadcast journalism and copywriting for some of the world's largest blue-chip companies. While completing a medal-winning BA at Griffith University in Brisbane in 1994, Terry wrote and directed a feature-length science-fiction telemovie, Terrain, a science-fiction thriller, which was subsequently screened several times by the Nine Network. Nine were Australia's #1 broadcaster then, though they slipped to #2 after screening Terrain and have never recovered. Terry holds a Masters degree in Teaching Drama & English from the University of Sydney. In 2004, he appeared as Maloy in a satirical digital feature entitled Wango & Maloy which he co-wrote and co-produced. During the 1990s, he worked as a copywriter and creative director in `through-the-line' marketing and advertising agencies such as Chapman & Lester and MarketSMART on clients like Pepsi, Kellogg's, Thomas Cook, Commonwealth Bank and AIS in Thailand. He has been involved in numerous business ventures in Australia over the past 20 years and currently resides in North London, England. Apart from his cheeky girlfriend, Terry's main loves in life are Salsa, Japanese sports cars, marinated tofu, Kurt Vonnegut, acoustic folk-rock like The Church, paisley shirts, Bruce Dawe's poetry, Thailand, golden retrievers, Canada's Rocky Mountains, John Pilger's documentaries, Kyokushin karate and seahorses. He is the founding editor of TheWorldsBiggestBooks.com and, as you read this, is busy working on his beloved yellow laptop on the next `World's Biggest Book of Something'.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: TheWorldsBiggestBooks.com (April 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955898900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955898907
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You may not get your creative juices flowing from this book. The first 70 pages are very informative. This is why I give two stars instead of one, I would ideally like to give 2.5. It contains sound advice in the beginning like utilizing certain aspects of the net and newspaper for advertising, and leveraging certain sites for your business, along with common sense principles we need a reminder of every now and then. Unfortunately, the remaining 70% of this book blows. I don't know why he didn't just stick to the beginning flow he had me engrossed in. You will NOT find a EXECUTABLE/COST-EFFECTIVE playbook for ideas if you are looking for a certain type of business to get into. A lot of them are far-fetched like:

shark-repellent (how the?)
gizmo-watch (I don't know how to build a damn watch)
doll doctor/doll hospital (wtf)
customized sleeping bags (how can I build this???)
inkless pen that never runs out (how the)
gay wedding planner (lol)

...you see. These are ideas alright, but how on earth am I going to engineer an inkless pen? Anyone can write a book on ideas...but I want ideas that everyday people like me can turn into reality and gain a profit.
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400 Latest and Greatest Small Business Ideas from Around the World.

The editor, Terry Kyle, has a diverse educational and professional background. He worked in advertising agencies whose clients included Pepsi, Kellog's and Commonwealth Bank. He has had numerous business ventures in Australia for over 2 decades.

Many people dream of becoming of small business owner and becoming his or her own boss. Unfortunately, the type of business to focus our energy and money upon can be overwhelming without proper knowledge of how to execute the plans. This book is a valuable resource on accomplishing your goals. The following topics outlined in the book:

The biggest mistakes small business entrepreneurs make
The perfect small business model
The eBay Mini-Merchant Revolution
The single best free research tool for small business research
10 powerful ways to differentiate your business
10 ways to save thousands of dollars in your business
Best quotes about business
Top new product and service ideas in history
Buying into a franchise
25 great places to advertise for free

The author's writing style is concise, straightforward and entertaining with a solid approach that can easily be followed by the reader. He dispels many of the myths with regard to owning your business, the operations, advertising, and overhead costs, for example. The information that is written is practical, realistic and, in my opinion, achievable. The book lists links to resources through the internet that are optimal to your success - such as resources specific to businesses, tools to facilitate your success and methods to promote your new venture.
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I enjoyed reading this book. That should really say it all, and it does.

Nevertheless, I'll admit that one of the first things I noticed while reading this book is that most, if not all, the information is recycled. Given enough time and interest (and as a librarian whose job it is to surf the internet I know it wouldn't actually take that much time) anyone could have gathered the information in this book from free online resources combined with a couple of trips to the local library. However, Terry Kyle has done it for us. And not everyone has the time or interest to be a researcher.

Now, having said that it is a book of recycled information, I must follow that up by saying that I thought it was well gathered. A great bibliography is still great.

The chapters on new business ideas and new, niche, novelty inventions was certainly interesting. They held my attention. I even found myself surfing the net, jumping from one site to the next, excited by the inspiring ideas I was bombarded with. I have to note, though, that these chapters felt weighed down with product ideas rather than business ideas, as the title suggests. But what great ideas there are within: umbrella vending machines, pizza in a cone, and my personal favorite, a hydrogen powered radio controlled toy. I think the book was worth it just for the heads up on the hydrogen RCs.

400 Latest and Greatest Business Ideas is not the end all book about starting a small business. But for anyone who's interested in actually taking a plunge in the world of entrepreneurial business ventures it is a fantastic place to start.

There are other books which give more information, and more pertinent information, on the actual workings of business and entrepreneurship, but Terry Kyle mentions them.
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This book is OK. It has quite a few things wrong with it from a book reviewer's perspective. It uses the EST words too much for starters. You know: best, greatest, longest, etc. And it is wordy or verbose, especially the chapter titles, but also the text contained in the body of the book. Below is a list of the 16 chapters included in the book. However, I have retitled the chapters and reorganized them as follows:

>>2. The perfect small business model
>>7. Quotes about business
>>10. Owning your own job
>>16. Winning tactics entrepreneurs should use to stay in business
>>1. Big mistakes entrepreneurs should avoid making
>>3. Should you become an eBay mini-merchant?
>>9. Franchises
>>4. Small business research tool(s)
>>15. Web resources for small businesses
>>11. Small business marketing
>>5. How to differentiate your small business
>>6. Minimize expenses
>>8. New small business ideas
>>12. More new small business ideas
>>14. More small business ideas for home-based businesses
>>13. More new small business ideas for merchants

All in all, I think this tome is a good ebook trying to be a book-in-print that has some really good content, but certainly needs some editing, reorganizing, and beefing-up to justify its steep sales price. I think you can find everything in this book elsewhere - mostly by just surfing the Internet. And I suspect this book will become dated fairly quickly after you get it because it is jam-packed with URL listings. 3 stars!
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