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"For the real goods, go straight to Mariotti's book."
--Inc. magazine

"The Young Entrepreneur's Guide is the bible of self-help. It not only tells the story of many young people who have made the journey to success and self-respect, but shows step-by-step how you can do the same."
--Jack Kemp

About the Author

Steve Mariotti is the founder and president of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a non-profit organization that has taught over twenty-five thousand young people across the country how to start their own small businesses.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 3 Rev Upd edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385348541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385348546
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For several months I have been praying for a summer job for my kids. They are great babysitters, pet sitters, and hard workers. Two of them have already started small businesses centered around their creative interests and skill, but there is a lot to learn. Considering this I was quick to request The Young Entrepreneur's GUIDE TO Starting and Running A Business, Turn Your Ideas into Money when I found it available for review. One of my daughters picked it up off my desk (they each have a habit of doing that!) and dashed off to her room to read. When I went looking for it, I found it with 4 colorful sticky bookmarks.

Steve Mariotti has written an in-depth book encouraging your people to seriously consider turning their interests and talents into money-making ventures, maybe even creating their own summer job. His experience as a public high school teacher in some of New York City's most disadvantaged neighborhoods was the start of Mariotti's decision to found the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. It is a joy to hand this book back to my daughter, to let her glean for the knowledge and inspiration within.
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I am currently reading The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business: Turn Your Ideas into Money! and my feedback on this book is is gives a lot of information in a simple, very easy to understand format. Personally, I have been reading small business books, blogs, and articles for the last several months, so it has a lot of information that I didn't necessarily need. Also, I like that it gives a lot of information on financing your business, but oddly it barely mentions the SBA loan assistance programs in the financing chapter. I like the success stories that book features, a little inspiration never hurt anyone!

Also, the book is updated in the sense that it doesn't ignore social marketing online, crowdfunding and green practices that you mostly don't see in other finance/marketing/business books.

Another thing I wish it had more information on cooperating-employee owned businesses. I was looking for more information on the topic, but this book does not contain it. Although, the book is less than 500 pages, if they were to explain every detail, it would be much lengthier. Another thing I really like is throughout the book it recommends other books on the related chapter, so instead of trying to fit all small business information and advice in one book, they give credit to other writers.

My last complaint about this book is that it states in book on Pg 413 (start of chapter 22) that the next chapter is a blank business plan workbook with worksheets. It says to read the sample business plan first which follows on the next page but afterwards there is NO blank business plan. What gives? Did I miss something??
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The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting & Running a Business: Turn Your Ideas Into Money! by Steve Mariotti is an excellent resource for teens. In our homeschool, we are using it as part of my son's high school economics course.

This comprehensive guide covers how to:
create your business
connect with customers
manage your money
protect your business
grow your business
harvest your business
write a winning business plan
The readable style and design of The Young Entrepreneur's Guide makes it possible for me to assign reading to my son, and he can complete it independently. Then, we discuss the concepts covered and he completes many of the "Think Like an Entrepreneur" activities, many of which require further research on the internet. Plenty of real-life examples are provided, such as spotlights on real entrepreneurs' stories. There are tons of charts and graphs as well, along with a complete glossary.

The simple and clear explanations in The Young Entrepreneur's Guide mean that even if you don't have a background in economics, you can understand and apply the information in the book. We find it to be an accessible resource, and a valuable addition to our high school curriculum. Highly recommended!

{The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.}
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I have read this book individually and then I have reviewed and read it again with both my children individually. I have shared it with my colleagues at work, in addition to utilizing it for the middle school and high school student body within the school district I work in.
This book is an excellent way to get started on the entrepreneurial dreams of owning your path to success. The beauty of this book is that is really caters to the young and upcoming mindset which usually have a more instant gratification approach to finding success. This book leads the aspiring CEO through a road map all the way to the legatility of starting and owning your own business.
It is informative with great foundational ideas that can lead someone to start and run their own business from scratch. The book will lead you to finding winning ideas that fit your talents and abilities altogether. Though the book is gear toward a young generation, many attributes can be taken away as an adult, an educator, or just someone who is still trying to take the steps necessary to realize their dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
I really enjoyed the way this book can get young people interested and passionate about business, without realizing that this may be their actually calling to begin with. The ideas about starting and owning a business in this book can actually help young people decide if they want to pursue a future in business. The book does not make the idea of owning a business look easy, instead it takes you step by step in what you need to attain to actually start your own business. Everything that you need to consider from the time it involves, to the money you need to invest, to the energy needed to successfully start your way to entrepreneuship.
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