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The "Which?" Guide to Starting Your Own Business: How to Make a Success of Going it Alone ("Which?" Consumer Guides) [Paperback]

Which? Books
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27 Mar 2003 "Which?" Consumer Guides
A companion for anyone planning to start a business, warning of the pitfalls and explaining the best way to tackle each stage. When starting your own business, it pays to be as well informed as possible to give your enterprise the best chance of success. This updated and expanded handbook offers advice on how to choose the right business venture, raise the necessary finance, whether to set up as a sole trader, partnerships, buying an established business, VAT and taxation. The guide points you in the right direction for buying insurance, finding premises, equippping an office, seting up a computer system and selling abroad. Also included are changes in employment law that may affect owners of small business and ways of encouraging clients to pay their bills promptly. This new edition includes all the latest Budget changes and covers the latest employment and business legislation, together with the new regulations from the EU; advises on the impact of the euro on selling abroad; shows how to advertise and sell via the Internet; and discusses some of the popular small-business choices of today.

Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books; Revised edition edition (27 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852029306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852029305
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and methodical guide 29 Jan 2004
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You can't really beat 'Which?' guides for this sort of information, as they provide independent information which is clearly presented and reviewed frequently (normally yearly) to stay bang up-to-date.
The book gives you a clear and methodical overview of everything you need to know to get started: It covers all the jargon you need to know, government initiatives, ways of getting funding, types of business, tax, accounting and so on. You can then build on the knowledge with other books and resources as listed in the guide. The book also introduces complex issues - such as tax and VAT - in a fairly unintimidating way.
Another benefit is that the book is not biased towards a particular industry. It is relevant for all types of business - from manufacturing to retail, mail order to office-based. I was personally reading it with a restaurant business in mind.
At around 200 pages, the book is not an enormous, 100% comprehensive guide covering all the information you could ever need, but it does introduce you to everything you need to know and tell you how to find out more. I found it refreshing that I could get through the whole book in a day, learning a huge amount without getting too intimidated. Spending weeks trying to read an enormous 1500-page book covering the legal and tax situation in detail would be enough to put most people off starting a business!
Overall, this book does a great job of demystifying the often intimidating subject of how to start a business. Another great guide from 'Which?'. How about one on how to run a restaurant business???
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful on the technicalities 30 Mar 2004
This book is useful for a quick intro to current legislation, tax, VAT etc. and on the practicalities like finding offices. To balance this, I found it useful to have From Acorns by Caspian Woods - full of inspiring yet practical advice on pricing a product, marketing without spending too much cash and all that side of business start ups.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, there are better 14 Jun 2004
This book seems to lack the real info you need. There is a distinct lack of detail, so often you are refered to a leaflet your should go and get. It is very lacking, there are much better books out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good info 5 Mar 2014
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I would recommend this book for any one thinking of starting up their own business.

There is a lot of information to keep you on the right track.

Five stars for delivery and for such a fast And easy transaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Used is non every time bad 12 Nov 2013
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Well, this is not the first time I bought a used book by Amazon and every time I am even always surprised for the quality of them.
I still have not leafed through all the pages but at a first look all the book seems perfect.
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