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The Small Business Life Cycle: The No-Fluff Guide to Navigating the Five Stages of Small Business Growth by [Charlie Gilkey]

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Editorial Reviews


"I tend to read a lot of business books, because I like to know what the latest and greatest thinkers are talking about. But I own a small business, and most books seem to be geared to those who want to have the next $10 billion dollar business - an Amazon or a Google. I run a small company and I'd be happy with a $1 million business. 10-30 employees would be plenty.

Charlie's book is one of the first books that seems geared towards my kind of entrepreneurship.

If your business is in transition, or you're looking to figure out what "take it to the next level" means, this is the perfect read."
-Andrew Hayes

"This book made me see my business in a whole different light."
-Alexis Grant, Innovator-in-Chief, Socialexis

"The Small Business Life Cycle does the best job I've seen of pointing out the key opportunities and potential pitfalls that make up the daily reality of self-employment for professional service providers."
-Stephen Lahey, Owner,

"Because this book packs really insightful information into a short package, you can actually take the time to read it."
-Rachel Rodgers, Owner, Rachel Rodgers Law Office

"While the book is short, don't be fooled by its simplicity. You will walk away with ideas, insights, and most importantly actions that you can take." 
-Srinivas Rao, Founder, The Unmistakable Creative Podcast

About the Author

Charlie Gilkey is the founder and CEO of Productive Flourishing, a company and website that helps professional creatives, leaders, executives, and changemakers take meaningful action on the stuff that matters. Productive Flourishing is one of the top websites on the topics of planning, productivity, creativity, and team development.

His most recent book, The Small Business Lifecycle, helps people navigate the unique lifecycles of small and microbusinesses so they can make better, more aligned choices about how to take meaningful action and drive their businesses forward. His forthcoming book helps people start finishing the stuff that matters.

Charlie's work is widely cited across media outlets and is routinely featured, showcased, or highlighted in places like Inc., BNET, Fortune, the Guardian, Lifehacker, Copyblogger, Problogger, and the Domino Project. He's also a sought-after speaker, event facilitator, and teacher.

Charlie's perspective is guided by his dual background as an Army logistics officer and his graduate studies in philosophy. He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 - this experience was simultaneously the worst and best year of his life - and is working to complete his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This unique background makes him deeply researched and analytical at the same time that he's imminently practical and action-focused. In his infrequent spare time, he's a singer-songwriter and outdoor enthusiast. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File size : 1546 KB
  • Publication date : January 15, 2014
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 86 pages
  • ASIN : B00C3G9F4G
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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