The Small Business Life Cycle: The No-Fluff Guide to Navigating the Five Stages of Small Business Growth Kindle Edition
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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."
"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, SmallBusinessTalent.com
"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
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #463,881 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Charlie Gilkey's "The Small Business Lifecycle" looks at small businesses from a brand new perspective. It helps you identify where you are in the growth cycle so that you know what you need to focus on. It starts with the aspirational stage, where he digs into why so many aspiring entrepreneurs never get into the ring, so to speak. He moves on to discussing the early challenges which initial entrepreneurs face, especially when they are starting their first business.
Later chapters cover growth, how to get "unstuck" and how to scale the business once it starts producing revenue and is successful.
No matter what stage you are in, this is a worthy read so that you can understand where you are and where you need to go. More importantly, Gilkey lays out the specifics steps you need to take and what to focus on. I highly recommend it.
It's not a linear read in my opinion, it's a primer to help you zero in on all the possibilities and expectations that we small business owners go through, and I couldn't get through any one page without having to put the book down and journal and reflect. Personally, I think if you read it straight through, quickly, you're missing out on a lot of gems - please, go back and read it again.
Not sure where the "sales pitch is" as someone noted - I think that guy read a different book. ;)
As someone who has followed Charlie for years on his blog and through his workshops, I think he's knocked it out of the park with this one, and considering how disappointed I've been by several people I've followed over the years, I'm happy to see that he's stayed consistent with his message and his service, even as he himself has transitioned and grown.
Some will find reassurance that where they are and what they are going through is 'ok'. Others will get get an 'AHA' moment and some insight into what they need to do next to move the business forward. Other's still will see where they went 'wrong' and have some ideas of how to remedy that.
It's a quick read and though it is very general, I see that as more of a strength than a weakness. Rather than wading through heavier business books looking for answers, it will help the busy business owner work out where they need to focus their energy to move forward. If that requires more learning, they may have a better idea of subject areas to look for books that go into more detail.
The size and style lends itself to an occasional review, making it ideal to re-read for a 'pulse check' ahead of regular quarterly or six-monthly business planning sessions.
Top reviews from other countries
I thought that it gave a good overview of some of the aspects of business to concentrate on at the right time.