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Success before Start-Up: How to prepare for business, avoid mistakes, succeed. Get it Right before You Start Paperback – May 30, 2011
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First, this book has shared business experiences and insights from various small business owners. These business owners have survived setbacks, hardships, disappointments, yet, they have managed—through those difficult times—to sustain their business with hard work, dedication, and by ultimately achieving SUCCESS. Therefore, the reader can reap from the author and the contributors’ experiences, advice, and prepare to establish a sustainable, thriving business of one’s own.
Second, this book is a comfortable and practical read that gives the reader a sense of commonality. There is a palpable feeling that Steve and the contributors are guiding the reader in each step in the process by sharing their in-depth knowledge of business principles and fundamentals. Hence, “We’re with you—every step,” rings true, as stated on page seven. Two fundamental points are specifically mentioned prior to the introduction/prelude. Heed them.
Third, “The Three Steps to Start-up” are given. The reader will learn seven popular ways to start a business, and then the reader can choose the best start-up option in view of real-life examples of the contributors. Then, “The 4 Factors of Start-up Success” will touch on the crucial elements of business planning, followed by how to plan and prepare the first business plan. Strategic preparation and planning are key to achieving SUCCESS. Hence, five Ps are given as a mantra: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
Four, this book doesn’t come without healthy doses of reality. Risks are not ignored; in fact, they are rightfully flagged. To speak frankly, one should not risk more than one can afford to lose. A conservative approach (being cautious and moderate) about finances could lead to a liberal bank account and lucrative business revenues. In other words, “steer clear of debt.” As with any business undertaking, monetary resources will come into play, but financial strains can be greatly minimized, if the reader should heed the advice given in this book.
Five, this book is akin to a business “guide” as one would need to follow a map to a specified destination: into the small business world. It is chock-full of necessary information and nuggets of wisdom that can lead to small business accomplishment. By following the business-savvy principles, and the sage advice of Steve and the contributors—as they have the advantage of hindsight with experience—SUCCESS can be obtained, if one is prepared to endure for the long-haul toward set goals.
Read this book, study the options, heed the advice, consider the examples, do the research, examine from a perspective of realism and optimism, prepare to deal with any and all circumstances (setbacks and obligations), keep your passion, enhance your skills, be realistic about the competition….
The reader will be wiser and more prepared and equipped to start-up a small successful business, if one should study this book and carefully consider the information compiled by Steve and his contributors.
If you want to START a small business, then get started with this book: “Success Before Start-up.” You will not be disappointed, and all the more prepared!
I am a math person and I am also big on real-world examples. You'll find plenty of both in this book. There is a LOT of sage advice; if you can't find ten nuggets or more here, then you are destined for failure (and it can never be blamed on Bridger, as he's outfitted the PRE-business owner with myriad suggestions, strategies, how-tos, examples, etc.).
Well done. I would recommend this book heartily to anyone in the position of planning to start a business, no matter what kind. Such a read will prepare you tenfold over your competitors and help you survive the dreaded first year.
But this isn’t just a dry “how-to” manual that will collect dust on your virtual shelf; rather it engages the reader with its easy-to-read format and non-technical style that encourages would-be business owners on their journey to success. The links to websites and other resources detailed within the book make it a valuable resource to those considering a new business venture or to existing business owners who are looking for ways to strengthen their business plan and/or marketing efforts. Although the examples given are from the UK, the information provided is universal and can be applied to business start-ups anywhere. This is a book I wish I had read before starting my own business. I highly recommend it.
This book is packed full of really engaging information from professionals who know how it all works. If you read this book and implement even half of the advice they have outlined, then you will be in a much stronger position.
After reading this book, I'm not going to go back and do a bit of an overhaul in my business. Unfortunately, this book has shown me that there are a few flaws in my current business world. The beautiful thing is that it's quite clear how to fix them. Better to learn from the professionals rather than not at all.