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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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Will It Fly? by Pat Flynn – 5 Stars

The full title of this book by Pat Flyinn is

Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co,uk, I gave the book a rating of FIVE STARS. This means it is one of the few books I consider to be excellent.

Here is my book review.

An excellent guide to test-driving your new business before the blood, sweat and tears start to flow

This is a super book to help you assess your exciting idea for a new business before you fully commit to it.

Whilst many of the ideas can be carried across to the physical world, it’s particularly suitable for information marketing and app/software development. [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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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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