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Start Your Business in 7 Days: Turn Your Idea Into a Life-Changing Success [Paperback]

James Caan
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7 Mar 2013

James Caan, author of Get the Job You Really Want and Britain's most dynamic entrepreneur, teaches you how to work for yourself in just one week in Start Your Business in 7 Days.

Everybody wants to be an entrepreneur. Every single day of my life I am bombarded by people with pitches. But 90% of new businesses fail, because their founders failed to ask themselves the simplest of questions.

I can save you years of wasted time and thousands of pounds of wasted money by giving you the ammunition to ask the right questions, and helping you make the decision that is right for you. I will show you how to spend a maximum of seven days deciding if your idea is workable and bankable. How to say 'I'm in', but equally importantly, to have the courage to say 'I'm out'. How to become your own Dragon.

Each piece of advice in this book is based on my thirty years of starting businesses. You will find all the fundamental ingredients for any new company, whatever sector you want to be in, whatever size of business you have in mind, along with the tools to make it work. You can be one of the 10% of businesses that do make it.

-James Caan

James Caan is one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs, having built and sold businesses since 1985. After dropping out of school at sixteen and starting his first business in a Pall Mall broom cupboard - armed with little more than charm and his father's advice - Caan went on to make his fortune in the recruitment industry, founding the Alexander Mann Group, a company with a turnover of £130m. A 2003 graduate of Harvard Business School, Caan's most recent endeavour has been to set up private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw. Caan hit our screens when he joined the panel of the BBC's Dragons' Den in 2007. He is a regular in the national and business press, advises on various Government programmes, and initiates numerous philanthropic projects via the James Caan Foundation.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670920657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670920655
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs (Jeremy Skidmore The Times)

Caan shows a real desire to help the reader, and his insights have substance. I like the balance between theory, deep practicality and psychology. Many people could have a different and more positive future if they read this book (John Vincent, co-founder of Leon Management Today)

About the Author

James Caan is one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs, having built and sold businesses since 1985. After dropping out of school at sixteen and starting his first business in a Pall Mall broom cupboard - armed with little more than charm and his father's advice - Caan went on to make his fortune in the recruitment industry, founding the Alexander Mann Group, a company with a turnover of £130m. A 2003 graduate of Harvard Business School, Caan's most recent endeavour has been to set up private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw. Caan hit our screens when he joined the panel of the BBC's Dragons' Den in 2007. He is a regular in the national and business press, advises on various Government programmes, and initiates numerous philanthropic projects via the James Caan Foundation.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 15 May 2012
By kirshaw
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
James has written an intelligent and fascinating guide to starting your own business based on his experience and knowledge. He asks questions which may put some people off e.g. is your idea a business or a hobby ? But that's the whole point, he clearly wants the reader to avoid wasting loads of money attempting to start a business that won't work. One of his key points is to avoid rushing out to patent an invention. This is contrary to accepted wisdom, but he backs this up with sensible reasoning.
The book is very readable with many examples from James life in business. It is packed with good advice. His last chapter "A Final Thought" neatly summarises the key points of the book. This is followed with an appendix which gives references to useful web sites.
Two criticisms. Firstly, the book seems to have been unnaturally forced into the 7 day concept with each chapter being one day. Personally, I think a business is far too important and needs to be carefully considered over a longer period of time (though not necessarily months). Secondly, James occasionally reveals his bias as an investor. For example he claims that entrepreneurs should not worry too much about the amount of equity they give away. Any watcher of 'Dragon's Den' will note how much emphasis the investors give to the amount of equity they get!
But keeping these in mind, this book is an excellent read for any budding entrepreneur or inventor.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A well written step by step by approach to help you consider and really evaluate your business ideas. Through personal experiences, practical advice and tips James Caan outlines the considerations you need to make before embarking in a new business venture.

The book is set out over a 7 day period - with a new consideration related to your new business every day.
Brutally honest James Caan really helps you consider if your idea is really a viable business idea or in fact just a hobby or useless invention! He really encourages you to evaluate yourself and personality, making you consider if you really are cut out for entrepreneurship - through his own experiences he highlights the qualities, drive and determination that you need to succeed in the cut throat business world - I have to say that I really admire Alia and her drive! It is interesting to read the thoughts from an investor point of view on first impressions! Excellent advice on feedback and research ideas as well.

The 7 day thought process is extremely practical and really helps evaluate your business idea in terms of viability, profit potential, research, staffing, ordering, and approaching investors and business development.

Great advice and a really practical way of outlining the thought process involved before embarking on a new business, really appreciated the personal example to close!!!

The book is targeted for all types of entrepreneurs from those starting on their first business to those with a little more experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book 17 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I heard about this book during an interview with James Caan and Simon Mayo and I was impressed by so much of what was said. James Caan seemed such a lovely person and not as harsh as one might assume from his time on Dragon's Den. His book is filled with the same enthusiasm as his interview and is worth a read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a Self Promotion Book 4 July 2013
Format:Paperback
Why so many 5 stars?

A very poor book that is a personal advertisement for James Caan - whoever he is. I do not live in the UK but after reading this book I think this guy must walk on water. The guy has obviously been successful with his business ventures and he really wants you to know this throughout this book.

This book is far too simplistic and basic to be of much help to anyone with half a brain. It is really aimed at the complete idiot who does not know anything about business. It may be useful if you are starting a recruitment business or wish to ask Mr Caan for finance, but overall there is nothing in this book that you cannot find on the internet for free in many forums and startup-help websites.

The "7 days" bit is a joke too. No one can start up a serious business in 7 days. Essentially Mr Caan simply refers to 7 key areas that a proposed startup venture should think about, such as writing a business plan, conducting market research and customer validation, making appropriate financial calculations to verify if you have a real scaleable business idea. However, the book just skims over these 7 areas - there is not one chart, diagram or even template to help - for example a profit and loss template or cashflow forecast template or other template that could help a budding entrepreneur to help evaluate their business idea.

If you want to help Mr Caan then buy this book, if you want to help yourself, don't waste your money. There are far many more books available on Amazon that will be much more useful than this self promotion book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Missing' Page? 14 April 2012
By Ike
Format:Paperback
This is a really enjoyable book with some sound advice. One question - is page 57 missing to catch people out to see who is on the ball? if not, how can I acquire this page? otherwise no complaints so far...just passing the missing page and hoping it was on purpose and will explain itself at the end.

A must read so far *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in good time and although paperback
Arrived in good time and although paperback, in terms of content, just like the original predominantly orange-in-colour hardback.

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Published 22 days ago by Abrafi Afrifah
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy, direct, must-read for any budding entrepreneur,
James boils it down to the succinct points, anyone who takes on board James' ideas can only improve their chances of success
Published 26 days ago by Katy
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
must have and must read!
Published 27 days ago by mihow
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will be one I look back on.
Best read in a long time. Easily digestible, well written and focuses on good points. Honestly my new favorite. Just buy it, you will be happy you did. Good luck entrepreneurs!
Published 1 month ago by Adam
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Published 1 month ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good book with lots of helpful tips!
Published 2 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book well written and inspiring
Definitely a light and enlightening reading.
Recommended for first time entrepreneurs and experienced too!

A lot to learn from James Caan

Success!
Published 2 months ago by Fryderyk Benigni
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring Book
I found it really valuable book. I had a bad experience in my career and i wish i had read this book earlier.
Published 2 months ago by Hasan
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading
I thought it was good and informative but aimed at bigger businesses not very small ones like mine. Useful though!
Published 6 months ago by Morgane BraveHeart
3.0 out of 5 stars It is OK.
It is OK not too bad.
It is story about writer with some business information.
Overall it is not so bad.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. S. Ahmed
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