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Rachel Bridge
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5 Aug 2010

Fed up with working for someone else? Want to start your own business but don't want to wait years to reap the rewards?

Take every shortcut you can ... and get there fast.

As Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times, Rachel Bridge has met hundreds of the world's most successful entrepreneurs. Now she shares their expertise to show you the top 20 shortcuts to creating a booming business - and the energy-sapping, time-wasting traps to avoid along the way - so you too can make a million - asap.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753539349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753539347
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,022 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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"Becoming an entrepreneur is one of the most exciting things anyone can do and this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who dreams of running their own business. Rachel Bridge has written a practical guide to maximising your chances of success in a very clear and informative way. An essential book for every budding entrepreneur." (Peter Jones, entrepreneur and star of BBC's Dragons' Den)

""Setting up a successful business is a daunting task for any entrepreneur. Many fail at the first attempt and need encouragement to get back out there. How to Make a Million before Lunch gives you that encouragement in practical steps to help start, build and manage a business. Read it. Take the leap, but remember try to have fun along the way!" - Sir Richard Branson." (Sir Richard Branson)

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Essential reading for anyone who dreams of becoming the next Richard Branson or Duncan Bannatyne. By lunchtime.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Make a Million before lunch.... 5 Sep 2010
An easy, well constructed informative and enjoyable read.

Aimed at the new business market, Rachel confirmed many of the things that I've learnt along the way in an existing business. But this was good as it reminded me of many points which are easy to forget with a growing business and acted as flags for me to revisit. It also made me look at the business in a different way and the regular Action Points were extremely useful.

I now look forward to the millions rolling in! Thank you Rachel.....
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a really inspiring book 11 Aug 2010
By Kats
I heard Rachel Bridge talking on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 the other day so I immediately rushed out and bought this book. It is really interesting and inspiring and is full of fascinating stories and good tips of what to do - and more importantly what not to do - when setting up a business so it saves you from making any stupid mistakes. I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to become an entrepreneur.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational but a bit misleading 6 May 2013
I enjoyed reading this book and I found it inspirational. The gist of the book is to make lots of money by starting an online shop. Unfortunately, most small online shops sell almost nothing. People prefer to go to Amazon or the online shops of large high street stores. There are so many online shops that it's hard for the small ones to get noticed. She doesn't really make this clear enough. Maybe she doesn't know this, because she has not actually run an online shop herself. It's easy to spend lots of time starting an online shop in the way she suggests, only to be disappointed when it doesn't sell much.
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By Peter Wade VINE VOICE
As I read the Sunday Times I had heard of Rachel Bridge and I either have or have read most of her books

She has had the advantage of interviewing a lot of tnereprenures for the paper and most of her earlier books are compilations of her articles.

She has taken the opportunity of putting this all into one book setting out everything she has learnt.

At the end of each chapter she has an action plan. This sets out in short form what each chapter is about.

If you dont want to read the waffle just read the action plan.

She has good advice about building an on line scalable business. So many want to open resatruants and shops which are hard work and don't succeed.

Sell goods or services that can make you money whilst you are not there. Build a business you can sell and that can operate without you being there.

As she and they have pointed out the Dragons never invented anything they just took an existing idea and did it better and made money.

People are obsessed by inventing things and trying to sell it. Don't bother just nick an idea and do it better. She covers areas like how do you get paid.It is cashflow that kills most firms.

Outsource as much as possible. It is now feasiable to run and iternational buiness with no employees and no stock from a laptop. This is what she is trying to teach you.

One of the best practical books on runing or starting your own business and I have read a few.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to make a million before lunch 12 Sep 2010
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I heard Rachel Bridge interviewed on Radio 2 and decided to buy her book. It's a must for anyone thinking of starting up a business or who has been running a business for a little while who wants straightforward advice on the pitfalls to avoid and different types of intitiatives which can be launched. It's very easy to read yet contains numerous gems that will save and make thousands. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring. 8 Jan 2014
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So inspiring in fact, that I started up my own online business that follows Ms Bridge's advice to the letter.

It's early days, but on the off chance you would like to buy it from me for a few million, please feel free to get in touch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical and useful. 20 July 2013
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Contains a lot of useful advice - if you want to start a business, you'll need to know finance, tax, marketing etc. Well this book covers everything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Brilliant
I was recommended this book by a friend before setting up a company and it has been invaluable. Lots of great practical advice which I really don't know where I would have got... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lisa Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Really enjoyed the book. Once I read the first few pages I couldnt put it down. One of the better books in this genre.
Published on 22 Feb 2011 by Matt
1.0 out of 5 stars Rehashed drivel
Don't waste your money, this is a rehash of material from previous books, mainly in the form of anecdotes, and which overstates the obvious throughout. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as the other reviewers seem to think
Fairly low grade practical advice.

I dowloaded a sample chapter of this book before I bought it and that was admittedly rather good and inspiring. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by flowergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I've read a lot of business books and this is one of the best. Lots of great thoughts on the process of starting a business. Useful references to case studies as well. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2010 by Study Shortcuts and Exam Tips from Oxford Grads
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
An infomative and amusing read, Rachel really knows what she's talking about and will save me all the pain and misery of making unnecessary mistakes. Exactly what I needed.
Published on 14 Aug 2010 by jaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring!
An absolute must read for any budding entrepreneur full of sensible advice. This book is really well written and an enjoyable read. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2010 by Sonia
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