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Start Your Business in 7 Days: Turn Your Idea Into a Life-Changing Success by [Caan, James]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6874 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670920649
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VXNJ44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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.

For recommendations on other books that I think will be so much more useful for the budding entrepreneur, see my reply post to a comment below.
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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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It's a very good book to read before setting up in business, mainly because it walks you through your reasons for creating a business in the first place and talks about whether you have the right kind if personality for it. It's also very easy to pick up and put down, reading it when you have the time without having to go back over it to catch up.

I liked it, I used the advice, it was easy to follow and a good read but...I couldn't help but feel it had been written simply to make money. Yes, I know that's what he's good at and his ability to become rich is part of the reason for buying the book, but it did have a written-to-order feel about it too.
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