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How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Made Millions: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal All [Hardcover]

Rachel Bridge
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3 Nov 2004

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"I am delighted that a new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging whose ideas and innovation will provide the momentum to drive business in this country forward. Rachel Bridge's inspiring book has perfectly summed up the passion, the commitment and the sheer excitement of being an entrepreneur and will help encourage many others to do the same."

- Sir Richard Branson

Every year thousands of hopeful entrepreneurs decide to take the plunge. Many fail but equally many go on to achieve great success and huge profits.

So what is it that marks the line between success and failure? Why is it that some race ahead to glory whilst others fall at the first hurdle?

In this fascinating new book, 40 successful entrepreneurs explain how they managed to defy the odds and turn their dreams into reality. They tell how they decided what to do, how they got started, how they found the money they needed and how they went about it. But they also reveal how they had doubts, made stupid mistakes and encountered overwhelming frustrations along the way.

Gutsy, inspiring and life affirming...

if you have ever dreamt of starting up a business of your own, this book is for you.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan page (3 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749443111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749443115
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am a journalist, author and public speaker specialising in entrepreneurship and small businesses.

I write a column about entrepreneurs and small business for The Sunday Telegraph and am the former Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times. I have written five books about entrepreneurs, the latest of which is called How to Start a Business without any Money, published in August 2012.

I took a one-woman show about entrepreneurs called How to Make a Million before Lunch to the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe festival.

I graduated from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge with a MA (Hons) in Economics. More about me at and you can follow me on Twitter at @rachelbridge100.

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"Interviews taken from the How I Made It column of the Sunday Times, highlighting common themes and assessing the factors that have led to success." (Publishing News)

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Reveals the ups and downs of 40 entrepreneurs as they travel on the road to success, including Mark Ellingham (Rough Guides), Jill Barker (Green Baby) and Harry Cragoe (PJ Smoothies).

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Stuff! 25 July 2005
By Gaurav Sharma VINE VOICE
The thrill of being an entrepreneur and giving shape to your own business model is unparalleled but the harsh reality is that more than half of all start-up businesses in the UK fail within the first year. Each year thousands of hopefuls try their hand and each year thousands fail. So what is this fine line between success and failure one wonders? Rachel Bridge, the Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times, sets about finding the answer each week from those who have made it. Her column 'How I Made It' appears in the Business section of The Sunday Times and attracts a huge amount of interest and comment from readers.
Drawing on the success of her weekly column, comes 'How I Made It : 40 successful entrepreneurs reveal'. The adapted book, 'How I Made It' is a snapshot of entrepreneurial success by 40 of today's successful business owners in the UK. Each piece takes the form of an interview with a successful entrepreneur. The entrepreneurs have been chosen by the author from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds, but in each case the focus of the interviews is on ordinary people that readers can relate to and learn from. They are individuals who started their business from scratch and managed to turn it into a success without the help of influential friends or access to large funds.
In profile format, Bridge probes into the mind of these entrepreneurs detailing their backgrounds, early careers, aspirations and motivation. The interviews chart each of the so- called 'maverick's' rise to success and their current financial worth at the top of their game. But its not all ranting and raving about their success. The entrepreneurs also reveal where they stumbled, what mistakes they made and how they learnt from the experience.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and fun 5 Nov 2004
By Kats
It's a great read - lively and informative and tells you exactly how top enterpreneurs such as Rosemary Conley and Mark Ellingham - the guy behind Rough Guides - made it, including the times they made mistakes or the times they got a lucky break, which is often the good bit that other books and profiles leave out. There's a whole range of people covered in the book so it is really interesting and I think it would make a really good present for anyone stuck in a boring job who is thinking about setting out on their own. It is also a great nosy look into the minds of self-made millionaires! And any book recommended by Richard Branson has to be worth a look...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great inspiring book 2 July 2009
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I've read a couple similar to this book, but this is the best.
The profiles are written well,are up to date with the credit crunch etc, explain their differing situations and inspirations and are just the right length to make this book a must for anyone interested in how ideas were borne, and how to make your ideas become a reality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy investment 15 Oct 2008
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I'm not an entrepreneur and have no intention of becoming one (at least not yet!), however I found this a fascinating and inspiring read. You don't have to be in business to benefit from the advice dispensed in this book, it can be applied to people's day to day lives as well, which is what makes it really great.

It's an eye opening read and makes you think about the world, and yourself, differently. After all, entrepreneurs see opportunities where you and I see everyday things and the more you read about them, the more their mannerisms and philosophies begin to rub off on you. So if you're looking for an injection of inspiration and motivation in your life, look no further.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring 2 Sep 2012
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This is not a new book, but not at all dated and with a lot of value to those who read it and seek ideas, knowledge, indeed inspiration from the short accounts and advice these entrepreneurs and business people provide. There are warnings, too and accounts of what happens when the inevitable downturn occurs and the things you need to do to keep going. In this respect, all of the people are survivors and this is worth the price of the book in terms of showing how innovation and creative thinking, important at the best of times, essential in the worst, helps business survive and prosper. If you want to start a business, it will be encouraging and informative; if you are in business it will inspire and educate, so there is something for everyone here. Overall, the book is helpful in getting you to engage or re-engage in the process of thinking about business and what you are in business for and how to create value. I'm glad I read it, and have found it one of the more useful books on business and entrepreneurship than much of what I have read up to now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding inspiration! 8 Dec 2007
With phrases such as "failure cannot live with persistance" and / or ideas like "invent the rules", Rachel Bridge presents a brilliant short stories' collection of people who one day woke up and decided that was it, that was the day they were paying a fair (or unfair) price for taking control of their own destinies. That's just the way you will learn how 40 successful brit companies, among those Bighams, Daily Bread, The Ice Box, Dating Direct, Green Baby, PJ Smothies, Reef One, The People Book, etc.were born and came to be... inspiring book, brilliantly written (summed up) and easily asimilated... get it and read it, satisfaction guaranteed! Actually, I cannot wait to receive her second book "My Big Idea"...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
All this stuff, is very basic was unable to gather much from this book. i wouldn't recommend this book sorry.
Published 19 days ago by Nosa jason Iriowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book material for my course work
The book was in good form.

It looks like brand new.

I will recommend it to others.

The packaging and delivery date was excellent.
Published 8 months ago by esther
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of good role models
This was an easy, enjoyable read with interesting stories about successful entrepreneurs in different industries and with different backgrounds. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lazy Man
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not inspiring....
This book has been slightly underwhelming...

I bought this book because I wanted to see how the 40 businesses told in the story had become successful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pritam
5.0 out of 5 stars Opportunity Inspiration
"How I Made It by : 40 Successful Entrepreneurs" by Rachel Bridge features profiles on men and women who successfully became self-made millionaires. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stella Carrier
3.0 out of 5 stars Good examples of success
Interesting reading, confirms that character is essential, linked with a dream but also with luck, a happy coincidence. Hard work is not the only answer.
Published 12 months ago by roger claessens
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very informative a great insight into a entrepreneurs mind
It doesn't go into much detail but gives a feel for each person
I would highly recommend this book
Published 12 months ago by Phillip Gibson
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Nice overview of some inspirational stories, I would have preferred 10 short biographies with more detail, rather than 40 very short ones, good nonetheless.
Published 12 months ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Well worth a read for anyone considering going into business or for anyone who needs a little inspiration. Great value too.
Published 12 months ago by A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book. Very readable.
This book is very easy to read and gives the views of 40 successful, although not necessarily well known, entrepreneurs. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by J. Mcshane
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