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A real 'must have' for anyone thinking of setting up their own business. -- Thames Valley News, July 2005

Inspirational and practical workbook that takes you from having a business idea to actually having a business. -- All That Women Want.com, July 2005

This book really inspired me. It didn't come across as patronising like other books on this topic. Highly recommended! -- Win FM, June 2005

When Anita Roddick recommends reading a book you take notice! An inspiring must-read book for anyone starting their own business. -- Better Business Magazine, July 2005

From the Publisher

Dreams, determination and decisiveness = small business success for Cheryl Rickman

The Small Business Start-Up Workbook offers a distinctive approach to small business start-up. Avoiding the traditional business plan mantra and textbook approaches churned out by business school curriculum, The Small Business Start-Up Workbook weaves together real-life case studies and practical exercises, interspersed with expert advice from leading UK entrepreneurs.

Discover what business icons like Dame Anita Roddick, Julie Meyer, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, and Simon Woodroffe would have done differently, what their biggest mistakes have been and what they’ve learnt as they reveal their best and worst decisions and contribute their tips for succeeding in business.

The Small Business Start-Up Workbook prepares you so you know what to expect BEFORE you submit that letter of resignation. It will help you to identify and explore your initial idea, clearly identify your goals, vision, and targets, research, plan, market and sell effectively, and acquire the skills and expertise needed to achieve your goals.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1977 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (27 May 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1CTAVK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book has given me the inspiration and practical guidance I need to get my business up and running. I've been stalling for some time, but this book has been the only one I could find on the market to offer just the right combination of traditional business stuff and ideas, with more modern exercises to really incite action and get me inspired and moving forward! I really know where I am going and how I'm going to get there now I've completed all the workbook exercises and found the useful resources and start-up checklist really useful too. Brilliant!
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This book is absolutely superb!! It really gives you a unique insight into what's required in running a successful business. Cheryl really knows what she is talking about. There are millions of books out there on how to start your own business, but I think this one really does stand out from the crowd. A pleasant and enjoyable read. Keep up the good work Cheryl!!!!
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This is the kind of book I'd been looking for - one that made you want to read on, rather than made you have to read the page again or just stop. I found it inspirational and extremely useful, especially with the checklists and the fact that it is a workbook, not just a book, so you complete the exercises and are ready to go. I can't recommend this book enough.
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A brilliant book. It explains every detail of what you need to start up a business. It also gives you tips from well known personnel from big firms about starting up and the challenges and hurdles you will face along the way. I am now more than prepared to start my own business... A must read for any entrepeneur.
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I have been self-employed for many years and my business is all about running training courses and giving advice for others who are starting their own small businesses. I have read most, if not all, the books published about starting your own business and I am quite certain that this is, without doubt, the best one of the lot.

It is written in a very easy to understand style, contains loads of common sense and practical hints and tips about how to set up and plan your business. It will guide you though all the various stages you need to address to get your business organised in the best way for you and will undoubtedly inspire you to do well.

If you only want to buy one book about being your own boss, this is certainly the one for you, without a doubt. Buy it with confidence and I am sure it will help you succeed in your business.
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I read the e-book on Kindle.

1. Very positive points include the various tips on web marketing, social media and sales generally.

2. Positive points are the reasonably relevant quotes and experiences from people who have made it in business plus (some) motivational phrases peppered throughout the book.

3. Negative points include too many quotes, especially from the late Dame Anita (who is actually a co-author and makes this seem a little biased) and the general over-emphasis on self promotion. Also the numerous spelling and grammatical errors should not occur in a business book that promotes getting things right in business and especially from a copy writer.

4. Very negative points are the errors in the book about finance and especially the really fundamental and basic mistake of mixing up profit with cash (you pay the bills from cash not profit). The Business Plan advice is not focused enough.

Overall, in my opinion this is a reasonable book but it needs to be more practical and has to be absolutely accurate in its advice on finance, an aspect that in my experience most business owners need to master better so they can survive and grow.
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My wife bought this book for me to help me achieve a dream.

Without a doubt, I'd not be so far advanced and positive about a small business future without it.
Cheryl holds your hand and guides you through each step of the start-up process. All your considerations, your ideas and even doubts are discussed. Even better, there's practical exercises to get your thoughts going and push you forward.
The advice and exerpts from successes and failures of business provide excellent ideas, inspiration and guidance.
If you buy just one book to help you start your business - make it this one.
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I've bought most of the top 10 business books and have found this to be the best one - partly because it is so easy to read and digest, partly because of the pearls of wisdom from well-known entrepreneurs (including the lessons learned sections about what they'd do differently with hindsight) and partly because of all the really useful exercises peppered throughout that get you to do something practical to drive the business forward. Congrats to the author on a truly inspiration read that incites action. Can't recommend this book highly enough!
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