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Start & Run Your Own Shop: How to Open a Successful Retail Business (Small Business Start Ups) Paperback – 29 Jul 2005


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  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (29 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845280466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845280468
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 16.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The latest niche title from How To’s popular Small Business Start-ups series.
Advice, guidance and invaluable contacts for further information on all aspects of setting up any kind of shop.

From the Author

Thank you for considering "Start and Run Your Own Shop". When I opened my first shop I wished there was a straight-talking, readable book to help me. I learnt by trial and error, from my own mistakes and those of others and now I have used all my experiences to write that book. No techno-jargon, no complicated business school theories, just practical tried and tested methods that can make you and your business more successful.

I have written it for all of us who have ever wanted to do something different with our lives. For those whose only knowledge of the retail business is doing their weekly shop or maybe from a Saturday job whilst at school or college - because that is where I came from. I worked in an office and dreamt of earning more money, having greater control of my life, my future and of having fun. I wanted a better lifestyle. Owning a shop has given me all of these. It is hard work but very rewarding - both emotionally and financially. I hope you enjoy reading "Start and Run Your Own Shop" as well as benefiting from it.

All the best
Val


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Wareham on 18 Jun 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the basis of other people's reviews but it did not live up to my expectations. While some of the practical advice is useful, about half of the book is given over to buying stock and selling to customers. These sections are only helpful to those with absolutely no retail experience. Depite their length, the advice they give is very basic at best and at worst only a partial picture of what people hoping to start and run a sucessful shop will need to know.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Oppenheimer on 13 Jun 2006
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I wanted to like this book and I wanted it to help me. Unfortunately it is just not very good. I have just opened a shop and I purchased this book three months before opening. The problem with this book is that it does not cover essential issues such as stock management software and IT for your point of sale. There is not enough discussion of accounts procedures and legal issues. The numerous anecdotes seemed to be specific to the author's limited experience of running a gift shop by the seaside, and were not remotely helfpul to me. It is a shame that there is nothing better on the market.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ponums on 17 April 2009
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Needs some more info, it is just basic and is not what all shop owners need to know. I thought the quality was so average. The cover looks much better than the content.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan 2006
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Ive just started my second year of my small furniture business and have found this book a massive help in avoiding wasting time and saving money and advising me when I have been unsure. Its an absolutely must have on my book shelf.
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