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The Small Business Life Cycle - Second Edition: A No-Fluff Guide to Navigating the Five Stages of Small Business Growth Paperback – June 19, 2014
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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.
Felt it was light on actionable steps, though that doesn't take away from the great points it brings up. It's part for the course in a lot of business writing these days. You will likely need more specific information on how to get from wherever your business is to the next stage.
Was a fun, quick read nonetheless.
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.
Charlie has a warm writing voice and a structured summary of each stage that enabled me to communicate the core descriptions/understandings to my busy-headed partner in minutes. This information gave a foundation for a rich, in depth discussion that led to a shared agreement on how we need to proceed this year. How efficient is that????
I will put the stage outlines on our wall to guide us this year so we don't fall into the entrepreneurial trap of following the 'new, shiney thing.'
Thanks Charlie, you've helped a mighty little arts organisation in Australia frame the stage of our development so we can move forward in a united way to enrich little kids' lives.
I recommend this book to all practicing artists who struggle against themselves to make a business of their arts practice and, instead, stay hooked on the dominant practice of confusing the creation of new works with sustainable business growth. Sometimes you just got to hunker down and sell the hell out of what you've got.
The Small Business Life Cycle might help artists understand how we shoot ourselves in the foot by forever staying addicted to start up, exhaust ourselves and never lift into something truly sustainable. More importantly, if you've got the guts to follow Charlie's guide it'll help you make something lasting without forever making something new. Good luck with that one!
Kids Thrive Inc
Cha Cha Sam
Having helped small business clients along through every stage imaginable, he knows what we all go through, and delivers some valuable wisdom, holding your hand as you climb the stairs.
Thanks for a great read and loads of valuable tips, Charlie!
As a small business owner myself it was incredibly easy to identify where I am right now and what stage is next. After reading the book I have ideas on how to maximize where I am now as well as laying the foundation for the next step.
A must read for any small business owner!
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it was simple and practical i would recomend for all small business owners.
simple and practical