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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (12 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273694472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273694472
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve began his career as a BBC radio journalist before launching his first business, a production company, at the age of 25.

He's now co-founder of a web consultancy that employs 140 people in nine countries, advising governments and large companies, and developing websites for them on open source platforms.

Steve's personal blog is at http://www.steveparks.co.uk, you can follow him on Twitter at @steveparks.

To support his book 'Start Your Business Week by Week' there's a website at http://www.weekbyweek.net

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"recommended reading" - Edge, November 2006

From the Back Cover

Starting a business is one of the most rewarding and satisfying career moves you could possibly make and it’s not as difficult as you might think – if you have the right advice.

 

Start Your Business Week by Week will help you overcome the challenges and turn your idea into reality.  In 26 weekly steps it walks you though everything you need to do to get up and running, in the order you need to do it.

 

Each step contains a to-do list, an explanation of what needs to be done, useful hints and shortcuts, and the contact information you need.  Plus, each week you’ll share the experiences of early stage entrepreneurs like you, as well as advice from established, successful entrepreneurs.

 

It shows you how to:

  • Develop, text and refine your idea
  • Find the right bank and accountant
  • Decide who you need to help you run the business
  • Budget and forecast (without pain)
  • Find and secure funding
  • Plan cash flow
  • Decide on suppliers
  • Find customers
  • Register your company
  • Avoid the common problems faced by start-ups
  • And much more

 

This book is written by an entrepreneur for entrepreneurs.  Everything inside is tried and tested reality, not academic theory.

 

This is your moment.  And this is the book to show you how.

 

“Steve Parks is probably the best person I know to advise you on starting your own business.  He has interviewed most of the best entrepreneurs alive today and also set up his own successful business.  This is a practical real-life guide that can be your ‘virtual’ mentor as you start up your business.”

John Barnes, serial entrepreneur behind Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chips, La Tasca tapas restaurants, and many other businesses


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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By MrsBlue on 2 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Thought other readers might like to know that we agree with every comment left by my fellow reviewers. This is a book which assumes you know nothing (we didn't) but by the time of finishing you are left with a very clear idea and (hopefully) plan on how to turn your idea into a reality.
It holds your hand and walks you through a 20+ week plan to turn your initial "shall we / shan't we" thoughts of starting up your own business into a reality.
It's written in simple and easy to understand language - it never baffles and has some great tips. It doesn't presume to have all the answers and offers alternative sources of information at the end of each chapter, as appropriate to the activities for that week.
Well done Steve for writing a great book. I never thought that we could actually run our own business but after reading your book we really believe we can - and a succesful business at that.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By diccon on 6 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has been a great help.
It's a pleasure to use as it's written in a style that is very easy to read. It really does make starting a business seem achievable and guides you step by step on how to achieve that.
If you have ever wonder what it would take to start your own business and if you are serious about it buy this book. Along with this one I also bought Stop Working by rohan hall, which is also very good for entrepreneur! With those 2 books you will be good to go !
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117 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Liam Palmer on 26 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
The statistics are dire - something like 900% of businesses fail in the first 90 seconds...Ok, so maybe not quite that bad,but you are more likely to find a lesser spotted bandicoot in your back garden than a thriving business after five or ten years trading (pretty sure I just made that animal up - don't go looking for one).
I sort of run a business on the side of my "real job" and have often thought about making it more of my daily routine. I spotted this book in a <competitors> book shop and, over a delightful cappuchino, devoured this book in one reading.
Having read a few books on the subject of entrepreneurship (not one on spelling, obviously), I was delighted as to how practical, focused and thought provoking this offering is.
Firstly this is no "Own Business in 90 minutes" book. It is laid out over 20 week period, taking you from "Ugh, I wanna do something different" to "yes, I would like to hire my 20th employee". I love the way it assumes nothing - you can start from a blank mind (a good place in my experience) and follow it through.
The second thing that I like about it is that it covers all of the bases well and at a decent level. Most business fail for complicated reasons like having no cash and no customers. This book asks sufficiently detailed questions to prevent the obvious from causing you a lot of pain. I feel that this will be of massive help for the person out there who has the "idea for the perfect mousetrap" but has never bothered to ask the opinion of one of those funny customer or bank manager people, but has become very excited about their own genius idea (I for one plead guilty to this).
You will never get rich working for someone else (unless you run a privatised utility company) - so if you want to take the plunge into the world of business on your lonesome than I highly recommend this book - it may well save your company.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By lizzi1714 on 17 Nov. 2004
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Starting a business is a daunting prospect - I know because I've done it. Most books seem to expect you to know what you're doing already, and then bombard you with extraneous information, making the task seem more daunting than ever. What you need is a straightforward book which tells you what to do step by step. Until now, the only really helpful, down-to-earth book on the subject I'd found was Ros Jay's The White Ladder Diaries. However, Steve Parks has written a truly practical guide which makes the prospect seem less daunting. This is the book you need for comprehensive yet simple guidance and all the contacts you need brought together in one place (and read The White Ladder Diaries too for inspiration, advice, and company on the emotional journey you'll be making). Steve Parks clearly knows his stuff - he writes as someone who has been through the process himself, and he has drawn useful advice from other entrepreneurs. You don't have to have an investor standing by with millions; this book is useful even if you're simply starting a business alongside your day job. A must read for all business start-ups.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "johnmartinukibmcom" on 16 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book along with THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING (Brown & Wilson, Wiley Publishers 2005) gave us the best start we could as for.
If you're starting a business, don't go another step without reading these two books. They will put you on track to successes you didn't even know possible.
Great books!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 15 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
So you're thinking of starting, going to start or already started a business.

Then you should read this book. It helps by breaking down the process of starting a business into bite sized chunks that as the title suggests can be eaten week by week.

It's full of useful information and is backed up by a great online community flyingstartups.com with it's very own podcasts that has been set up by the author, whom you can tell is also passionate about the members of the site and their businesses and or ideas.

Regards

Paul Jennings
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