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Starting a Business For Dummies [Paperback]

Colin Barrow
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Book Description

29 Mar 2011
A bestselling guide covering everything budding entrepreneurs need to know to get their business up and running

Whether you are just starting out, planning a new venture, setting up at home or extending a current business online, this book is all you need to succeed. In addition to straightforward advice on all the business basics, this new and improved 3rd edition will include fresh content covering the fundamental changes in the UK economy, up-to-date tax and VAT advice, guidance on finance and funding in the new era of British banking and setting up online - to help readers make the move from employee to successful entrepreneur.  

Starting a Business For Dummies, 3rd Edition features new and updated content on:   

Finding funding and business support in challenging times  

Trimming costs, increasing margins and budgeting for beginners  

Setting-up a home based business  

Starting-up online, or creating an online presence for an existing business  

Spotting financial cycles and preparing for economic ups and downs  

Using the latest technology efficiently and profitably  

Entering new markets, finding new products, diversification, forming partnerships and going global   

Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd UK Edition edition (29 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470978104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470978108
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Educated at Sandhurst and Cranfield, Colin Barrow is the author of more than 30 books in the fields of entrepreneurship, business management and international property development. His books have been published by the BBC, The Economist, John Wiley, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and Kogan Page. He has authored or co-authored ten books in the Dummies series and been translated into a score of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Georgian, Romanian, Polish and Bahasa Indonesia. Two of his books formed the core of Microsoft's Business Plan Writer, a project on which he was a consultant advisor.
Following a career in business where he held senior staff and line positions, including that of managing director of a manufacturing enterprise with multi -plant and multi-country operations he was Head of the Enterprise Group at Cranfield School of Management, a leading International Business School, for ten years. He has been a visiting professor in universities in the US, Europe and the Far East, and is currently an Academic Governor of Richmond, The American International University in London and a Visiting Fellow of Cranfield School of Management.
For five years he was a non-executive director of a high tech venture capital fund, has sat on Government task forces and is now strategic advisor to a number of business owners.
As well as his own books he currently writes freelance, ghost writing and 'Anglicising' books for American authors and he lectures extensively on business topics. You can hear Colin's podcast on team building at

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“…covers many of the areas that prove to be stumbling blocks for would be entrepreneurs” (Independent on Sunday, 19 September, 2004)

“…this step–by–step guide can turn you into a super success…” (The Sun, 9th November 2004)

“…covers many of the areas that prove to be stumbling blocks for would be entrepreneurs” (Independent on Sunday, 19 September, 2004)

“…this step–by–step guide can turn you into a super success…” (The Sun, 9th November 2004)

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From the Back Cover

Economists are predicting a bright future ahead for business start–ups. But with big changes underway in the business and economic landscapes, doing business in a post–recession world will pose new challenges while offering exciting new opportunities. This updated and expanded edition of the startup classic shows you how to build a business agile enough to take advantage of emerging trends and opportunities, and sturdy enough to weather any storm. Packed with instructive real–life examples and links to hundreds of valuable resources, Starting a Business For Dummies, 3rd Edition gives you what you need to make the leap from employee to successful entrepreneur with confidence.

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169 of 177 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff - must read for anyone 8 Dec 2004
By drummo
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I have read the first six chapters of this book. This book is a must have for anyone planning to run their own business / improve their existing one. The book is very clearly laid out and provides a wealth of knowledge about pretty much all the things you need to know to start your own business... from writing up your business plan to employing people!
Don't expect to run your own "successful" business without any prior knowledge or research. Books are your best friend, and this one will be very good in satisfying that condition. I'd recommend you buy a marker pen also and highlight the bits most relevant to you, in fact why not write notes in the page margins related to your business.
This book goes in depth in reasons for setting up a business *as well as* reasons for why not to set up your own business, what considerations you should take and what the business type of person is.
A must read for any one serious going in to business, but be warned you need to take your time reading this book and setting up a business... its not simple, but this book is a perfect guideline to show you how.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grade A information 13 July 2011
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You cant go wrong with this book. It covers everything from patents to business plans, even funding options.
With this i have already started one small business and have another 2 in the process of startups.
Very informative. Clear. Essential read.

In my opinion a great book for starting a business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy to understand book 17 Sep 2012
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Like all of the books in this series they are well presented and talk you through steps in an understandible way. Would definitely recommend this book for all new business starters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting a business beginner's book 16 Feb 2011
By Dinah
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This is a really great guide on how to begin your business. Easy to understand, unjargon-ish, down-to-earth and, as I've found already, the "for Dummies" books are ideal for us ("the masses") as well as the professionals. Written intelligently and professionally by people who've been there seen it and done it. Colin Barrow is a people-friendly person! We can select some or all topics as required and we can pick up some "ahahhhh" tips and revelations in this book. An excellent, user-friendly and humerously constructed book for (almost) anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts 20 Nov 2013
By Robbie
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Great little book and full of good solid info, I often re-visit the book to check and brush up on certain facts.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok as as basic guide 27 Jan 2013
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Very basic advice, all the information contained in the book, is easy to find on the internet for free, However easy to understand, and a good reference tool, No doubt will come in useful at times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good one 17 July 2011
By picasso
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consists lot of information about businnes, in pair with marketing for dummies gives a kickstart to a new businnes, and even managers of long running companies will find usefull facts for a price of a good breakfast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 10 May 2014
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Great book and well worth buying if you are looking into starting up a small business. A tad repetitive but nevertheless another great Dummies book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great informative book
This is a great book for anyone who is thinking of setting up a business. I love that it gives you websites to check out throughout the book. A great buy.
Published 3 months ago by Gemma Rothwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing
Comprehansive, Nbut needed more practical tips for paperwork, forms, documents etc. Realised I need a "running" rather than "starting" book.
Published 3 months ago by Sue Whittam
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read,
Recommend for beginners, will provide you the basic prerequisite need to start getting ideas flowing how saving expense early in the business and to structure you business well.
Published 5 months ago by Nosa jason Iriowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview
Very informative, offering bucket loads of top tips and advice in a clear and accessible manner. Up to date in information at the time of writing that gave me lots of food for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Mark K. Hickinbotham
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to fill in the spaces...
Have bought several books about going about starting our business, I wanted to make sure I had all the paths covered and this book fullfilled that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Well Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read
Good book gives good advice and is easy to read so highly recommended for first time business startups Very Good Read
Published 9 months ago by wilson goko
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book
really handy and helpfull would recommend as a starter to get into how to go about putting business plan together and setting up etc
Published 15 months ago by Steve Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
Great book. Was recommended to me by a friend originally. Loads of step by step info and helpful ideas on how to start a business from scratch.
Published 16 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars some good ideas and tips
This is a fairly long book with some very good examples for tose wanting to start a business- only on chapter 3 yet but have highlighted various websites to check out etc. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help
This is a must for anyone thinking or starting to work for themselves. Read it first, it's full of good advice. Read more
Published 19 months ago by m.archibald
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