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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The full title of this book by Eric Ries is

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 5 Stars rating. This means it is Excellent.

Here is my book review.

An essential essential book for start-up entrepreneurs

I read this book years ago but never got around to reviewing it. I’ve just read it two more times in the last year. It is that good.

I see it as an essential book for start-up entrepreneurs. It is packed with important truths. [continue reading…]

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Summary: Money Hunt: Review and Analysis of Spencer and Ennico’s Book

The book that has been summarised this time is “Money Hunt: 27 New Rules for Creating and Growing a Breakaway Business” by Miles Spencer and Cliff Ennico.

In my review posted at Amazon.co.uk, I gave this summary Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Packed with uncommon sense

In this book summary, there are 27 rules for small business startup success.

I hadn’t heard of the original book but this came up on searches and after the third or fourth time, I was intrigued enough to look for it. Reading the reviews, it sounded very good but was expensive, even second hand. [continue reading…]

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In my review of

A Guide to Avoiding Business Start-Up Failure by David Morgan

posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book just One Star.

Here is my book review.

Doesn’t live up to the title

This “book” is just an excuse for the author to tell his story as an academy study.

I didn’t feel it lived up to the title and was a waste of my time. I don’t like writing one and two star reviews but I can’t recommend this book to anyone wanting to start a business.

There are plenty of good books to help you get your startup right including books that warn you about what not to do.

There are many thousand of business books, you can see the full list of my reviews at Business Books Reviews by Paul Simister (Please click). I've also narrowed these down to a list of the 12 Best Business Books For Business Owners & Entrepreneurs (Please click).

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What To Do If You Want To Start A Business

Many people dream about “being their own boss” and, perhaps, you’re one of them.

Others find them forced into self employment and starting a business because they were made redundant from what they thought was a secure job and either, are struggling to get another job or don’t want to go through their recent traumas again.

I started my consultancy/training/coaching business in 1995 and I’ve never regretted it even though I had a few nights where I’d wake up in a cold sweat, wondering what I was doing.

The Different Ways You Can Become A Business Owner

There are many different routes into becoming a business owner:

  1. Starting a business from scratch on your own.
  2. Starting a business with a partner.
  3. Buying a business on your own.
  4. Buying a business with a partner.
  5. Buying into an existing business, perhaps because the existing business owner either needs more cash or wants to reduce his or her hours of work.
  6. Buying a franchise.

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in Business Problems And Mistakes

I Want A Shop – How Do I Start A Retail Business?

I received an email from someone who wanted to own a shop but she didn’t know how to start a retail business.

I thought this was a common enough problem to make it worth blogging about my advice.

The lady who asked the question already knew what type of shop she wanted. If you’re a budding retail entrepreneur but you’re not sure about what to sell, you need to decide the broad category first.

General Thoughts About Retail Businesses

Setting up a business can be a great idea but it can also be a way of losing a lot of money, especially in retail.

I feel that the first thing you both need to do is to read two or three books about retailing and what makes one shop successful whilst others struggle.

Here is a link to amazon.co.uk or amazon.com for retail books in the business section.

As well as learning more about how to start and manage a shop, I think several aspects are particularly important. [continue reading…]

in 3 – Your Strategic Positioning, Business Problems And Mistakes

The full title of this book by Ken Blanchard Don Hutson and Ethan Willis is

The One Minute Entrepreneur: The Secret to Creating and Sustaining a Successful Business

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Three Stars. This means Worthwhile.

Here is my review.

Not as good as I’d hoped but worth reading if you’re thinking about starting a business

I love the early One Minute Manager books and I had high hopes for this one. It follows a story format as usual for the One Minute series, looking at the story of Jud and Terri McCarley and their speaking business JTA. [continue reading…]

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The Golden Rule For Start Ups by Bafs Folarni

The full title of this book by Bafs Folarni is

The Golden Rule For Start Ups: A Guide For Emerging Business Owner

In my review on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it One Star.

Don’t bother with this one, the clue is in the careless way its on Amazon without any capital letters

It takes effort to write a book, even an extremely short book like this and I don’t like to be too critical.

However this isn’t close to the standard that you’d expect from a book selling for close to £7. [continue reading…]

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Dreaming On The Job: The Start To Being Your Own Boss

In a survey by Barclays Bank, nearly half (44%) of today’s business owners admit to planning their entrepreneurial future while at work as an employee.

Remarkably this compares to 8% who came up with their great idea on holiday and 6% between pints at the pub. [continue reading…]

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How To Prepare For The Dragons’ Den: The Three Big Risks

In this blog I will explain how to prepare for the Dragon’s Den by looking at the three big risks any new business faces.

Dragons’ Den is a TV show in the UK where entrepreneurs and inventors pitch their ideas to five multi-millionaires who will choose whether to invest in the business opportunity, and if they do decide to invest, how big a share they want.

The show has proven to be very popular although the ideas and the performances of the entrepreneurs have varied from excellent to woeful.

The new series starts on the BBC this week so I thought that it would be a great idea to give the entrepreneurs a few pointers before they start.

What Are The Three Big Risks Of A New Business?

When new business start-ups contact me, I apply a simple way of looking at their business that focuses on three areas: [continue reading…]

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