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43 Mistakes Businesses Make...and How to Avoid Them: Your Expert Guide to Better Business

43 Mistakes Businesses Make...and How to Avoid Them: Your Expert Guide to Better Business [Kindle Edition]

Duncan Bannatyne
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The UK's no.1 business expert is back with his most forthright and hard-hitting book yet! Duncan's razor-sharp advice will immediatley enable you to do your day job a whole lot better

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43 MISTAKES is Duncan Bannatyne's guide to the common traps people in business fall into, and how to stay out of them. Imagine you had your very own personal business adviser, who could give you the benefit of their expertise and help you avoid making costly, embarrassing, time-consuming and even career-ending mistakes. Duncan Bannatyne is that person and he's here to help you. 43 MISTAKES will make sure you avoid the most common business howlers, and is just as relevant if you are a sole-trader on the high street or a bond-trader in the City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (9 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053YS77G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent purchase 21 Aug 2011
I leafed through this book in the airport and decided to purchase it on Amazon as I thought it made interesting reading. The book is easy to read and makes very interesting reading for both the seasoned business owner ( should they be a sole trader or owner of an SME) and the budding entrepreneur. Duncan sites good examples to the failures and fixes drawing on both his own pesonal experiences and that which he has learned from the Dragons Den.

Would definitely recommend this book especiallly for anyone thinking of starting their own business.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes- I've made them all 23 July 2011
By Peter Wade VINE VOICE
Duncan Bannatyne 43 Mistakes Business make and how to avoid them
I have read all of Duncan Bannatynes books. I am sure he does not write them but he has a very good ghost writer who knows how to tap into what Bannatyne is good at which is giving advice on businesses.
It is an easy book to read at 225 pages.The best one is mistake 2 failure to take responsibility
I have been in business a few years and I have made every mistake in the book but it has always been my fault fir the wrong decisions. I have colleagues who confidently tell me the reasons why they are doing so badly is because of the competition. It is never because they are disorganised or lazy it is always someone's else fault.
The other main mistake is not understanding cashflow ( Mistake 20) It happens all the time n Dragons Den they talk in huge figures of what they might earn but not when the money might turn up. Without cashflow you are dead whether or not you have big contracts or not.
Mistake 39 Thinking markets will never change. I watch restaurant inspector and usually they have had a god business but it goes away because the market has changed. You should be thinking about your market on a daily basis and trying to evolve to survive
If your business is failing there are a range or reasons and a range tactics will get you out of it. This book is a great starting point all the answers are in it.
Dragons Den starts again this week and I will be watching all the episodes. It amazes me how many people are so fundamentally deludes into thinking that just because they have invested something that the world will beat a path to their door and all they need is the Dragons money to build it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell it like you see it 1 Oct 2012
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Let me start by saying that this is a great book. I've read it three times now and it's a book that you can keep digging into and getting more from. Duncan's usual style is to say it as he sees it and that comes through in the book. It's not exactly a shoot from the hips thing but more of encouraging you to take a step back and really look at the business with fresh eyes and from a business not personal point of view. The book has lots of personal comments from Duncan's history and he talks about the mistakes we all make and what to do about them. I love it, it's a great book and well worth the few quid it costs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome & to the point 23 Sep 2013
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I have been in business many years and it can be a rather lonely business with few good sources of inspiration - this is most definitely one good source, concise and to the point indicators of common mistakes we so easily make, if you are in business and only one point is applicable to you its worth the money, if you are going to start a business for the first time just buy it, you need it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely fulfils a need! Read it! 10 Jun 2011
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I own a business and I also work on the side as a business consultant. This book comes as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise overcrowded market of business books written by academics and other charlatans, most of whom would end up getting a nose-bleed if they tried to run so much as a whelk stall!

For every field of human endeavour, there are gurus and in the field of business management, gurus seem to be being hatched, a six-pack at a time. To become such a creature, you have to write a book, outlining some method or system. This could be a fashionable Japanese thing, such as `Kaizen' or `Keiretsu' or one of the `Management by Something' schools of thought, such as `Management by Walking About' `Management by Mojo' or `Matrix Management.' Despite there being hundreds of such gurus, each with his or her own pet theory, none of them seems to have actually managed anything.

It is as if all the books on fly-fishing were written by people who had never seen a river! To be hailed as a management guru, you do not actually have to know what you are talking about.

Bannatyne does!

His book speaks directly from the world of experience. It is the words of common sense that cut through all the babble of sillier management-speak spouted by others. I can honestly state that, if you are starting out in business, this is the first book you need to read. (The second will have to be 'Ogilvy on Advertising.')

When I started out in business, some 30+ years ago, this book did not exist and so I can state, with hand on heart, that at some time or other, I have made most of the mistakes listed here (except listening to my mum, I have always studiously ignored her advice, but that is another story).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 Mistakes businesses make 25 July 2011
By 10HS
I would recommend this book to anyone - if you can impress my wife then it has to be up there with the best: easy to read, to empathise and to follow. Good on you Duncan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
I haven't read it all yet, so can't really comment, but what I have read seems ok for now
I'll get back to it soon.
Published 6 months ago by Pea
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute no nonsense, sound business advice
I have been a successful entrepreneur for over 15 years and I have read this book whilst on holiday. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
A must read for anyone thinking of going into business, or already started. Simple, knowledgeable advice. Highly recommend to anyone
Published 14 months ago by Ang
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Have now read a few of Duncan's books. They are relatively similar to each other but all good! Get it
Published 19 months ago by oli
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
i got all 3 dragon books and each had their own qualities, they were factual with no waffle and it was easy to mark the margins with own notes for future reference. great read.
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by health care professional
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Business for Dummies but pretty close
As far as business advice books go, this book seems to be aimed at the novice. I think anyone with any degree of business experience, beyond a couple of years, would find less than... Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2011 by houziwang
4.0 out of 5 stars Common sense
It was an easy read, a lot of common sense; but like most common sense, it needs to be applied. I have lent the book now to some one in a struggling business- hope they apply it.
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by R. A. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars taking chances
I read one review where the reviewer wrote: "He also devotes just three pages to 'sensitivity analysis' and this could be expanded greatly and cover the general field of assessing... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by crystal
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