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Start Me Up: Over 100 Great Business Ideas for the Budding Entrepreneur Paperback – 7 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907016503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907016509
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,011,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sonia Williams is a successful business owner and the author of three bestselling books on business and entrepreneurship. As a qualified Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), she has worked in all areas of business: public and private sectors, manufacturing and government, as well as small and large prestigious accounting firms. Sonia is also a small business owner, having started and operated several businesses over the past ten years. She is currently the founder of Show Mummy the Money, where mums can learn how to make money, and heads up a bookkeeping service called Amounts That Count.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sassy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2010
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Reading through this book is like having a ready made list of ideas for new ventures into becoming your own boss. For an entrepreneur that's like a child in a sweet shop, only our jars of temptation are filled with innovative chunks of business opportunities in which we lead.

Sonia Williams is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) with several established businesses under her belt. She explains how to discover the right business within a niche market to specifically suit you by drawing from what you enjoy most, your life experiences and current world trends. The latter I found extremely useful.

The prize candy of this book though, has to be the 100 quick idea business list. It is like brainstorming with someone who has already done it all, if not herself, she knows a (wo)man who can. From each of these we can ascertain whether the idea will fit us, and how we can put our unique stamp on the ideas to make us stand out from the rest. With useful reference points and website addresses, Start Me Up! Will make a powerful addition to any entrepreneur's bookshelf. I thoroughly recommend it to get your creative juices flowing and your mind buzzing without the need for sugary sweets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2010
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The first thing that any potential business-person should understand is that it is better to under-promise and over-deliver, rather than over-promise and under-deliver. Unfortunately, this is one lesson that author Sonia Williams failed to learn. This book is a collection of sketchy business ideas, most of which would have already occurred to most people with the aptitude, skills or qualifications to implement them.

For example, the suggestion that if you have been a professional dancer or have a dance qualification you might like to be a dance instructor is unlikely to surprise or thrill anyone who fits into that category. Telling someone with a graphic design qualification that they might become a desk top publisher slightly begs the question as to why they took a graphic design qualification at all. Telling a qualified bookkeeper that they could create a job for themselves doing outsourced bookkeeping is likewise hardly stunning advice.

Many of the suggestions fail to take any account of the realities of the market they relate to. For example, "Write a Book" begins with the question "Could you be the next J.K. Rowling?" In others, the suggestions are so off the cuff that there seems to be no research behind them at all, such as "Scrapbooker", which offers eight lines of discussion about how nice it would be if there were professional scrapbookers, concluding: "To market your business you could exhibit your talent at various shows, fêtes or markets..."

I was going to give this book two stars, but I've changed my mind and am giving it one. This really is the poorest, scantiest and most poorly-researched start-a-business book I've ever encountered. I could not in all conscience recommend any part of it to anyone serious about going into business for themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lulu VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2010
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As the Introduction explains, "You may very well have all the necessary skills, experience, commitment and passion to run your own company successfully, and denying yourself that opportunity simply because you can't find that starting point could end up being a lifelong regret".This is a fizzy and optimistic attempt to provide that starting point, and the book certainly does offer lots of business ideas from making handmade cosmetics to breeding animals, becoming a relocation consultant and renovating bathtubs. There are useful tips on identifying target markets, creating a unique selling proposition, marketing, pricing and financial analysis, and on making best use of the internet. Many of the examples are based on the Australian market, but they migrate very well in most cases and Antipodean enthusiasm never goes amiss. Essentially this book aims to spur the reader to action, but for the very inexperienced but ambitious it does provide a useful primer of basic concepts as well as a list of helpful organisations for further research.
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Great business ideas for the budding entrepreneur, it said. I checked with a few friends, handed over the book and asked, "What do you think you're going to find in this?" Everyone said they would find thing about publicising their businesses, accounting, tax, a bit of HR perhaps, and employment law, how to write a business plan to show the bank; all the things you need to know in order to get going and then keep your business running smoothly.
That's not what it's about. To be fair, the last 35 pages cover the business plan, marketing and how to get online, but not in detail.

The bulk of the book is amazing, but not in the way it intended. 134 ideas for setting up a business, including "write a book" and "consulting". Number 1: "Handmade soaps, lotions, bath salts, skincare." Within the first two paragraphs the book suggests several things that break the law on current UK cosmetics marketing. If not that one, how about number 121. Sell Sports Memorabilia. How about 97? Sell your artwork. Nice idea, trickier to pull off.

There's something that makes me feel uncomfortable about this. It's the same feeling I got from a student I taught on a business course for entrepreneurs. He kept changing his idea about what business to start, and he knew nothing about any of them. It's for the people who say, "I could do this and make my fortune!" and could end up with several sheds full of half-started businesses. So how about number 130: Garage organiser?

Making a living from any of these suggestions needs more than an idea, a business plan and a website. The national average wage is £25,000. To earn that you need to a profit of over £2K amonth, £100 for each working day. How much do you think someone will pay you to organise a garage? How long will it take you?
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