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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753540878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753540879
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
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"This book is brilliantly timely and relevant" (Peter Jones, entrepreneur and star of BBC's Dragons' Den)

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Want to start your own business on a shoestring? Rachel Bridge can show you how

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A step by step course on how to spend little money - thus little risk - in starting a business. I clarified things I knew from being in the Amway business, and made them universal. Well worth the price - I had the Kindle version at under £10. She also went through what she learnt as she started her own business, illustrating pitfalls and successes.
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Item arrived very quickly. The book is very informative and has lots of useful advice.
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I found this book most informative and would be useful for anyone wishing to start an enterprise with limited Financial, and Human resources.

I would throughly recommend this book to anyone who is considering starting an enterprise as it would provide a good reference and also enlighten the reader as to the complexities of webpage optimisation etc.

Throughly enjoyed the book and i will revert should i one day consider starting my own enterprise.
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The above title is a throwaway rhetorical question that was mentioned towards the end of the book and one that is echoing in my head as I write this at 2am having finished the book in one long sitting.

The book is chock full of well structured, eye-opening, real world sensible advice rather than airy-fairy nonsense.

The key themes of this book are so easy to understand and are broken down into small chapters with approachable action plans at the end of each chapter (which I've got to do!). The checklist at the start of Chapter 3 (Putting it into Practice) was particular helpful to me in thinking about how good some of my actual ideas are.

What was particularly interesting was Rachel started up a new business venture to showcase the concepts mentioned throughout the book from idea to market and beyond. This sure beats all those other books that mention how they made their money without even giving you clues as to what they do or how they dealt with the business!

I thoroughly recommend this book to any one who wants to take positive steps to developing their own business - however big or small they want it to be and however unique or not it is.

Good luck to everyone!
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I've read all Rachel's other books and so was really looking forward to this one, and I wasn't disappointed. If anything, this is actually a more useful and practical book that the earlier ones, which concentrate more on how other entrepreneurs made their fortunes. This one is full of sensible advise for those wanting to start off in business but who hasn't got thousands of pounds to set it up with, such as how to set up an office, get a website up and running and how to get noticed and attract customers, sometimes without spending any money at all!

Throughout the book she is also setting up her own business to put her ideas into practice which is a great idea and means she's actually doing it herself rather than just talking about it. She's also good at saying what type of businesses you should be setting up if you haven't any money to spend, rather than what you might like to but which would be inappropriate, eg spending thousands of pounds and several years on researching and developing a totally new product, or signing an expensive lease for a shop. Instead she is all about sticking to your strengths, selling what people need rather than just want, using outsourcing in a loads of inventive ways and getting paid upfront if you can. And not shelling out vast amount of money you haven't got!

It is tightly written with lots of practical ideas rather than endless waffle and extremely relevant in this current climate. She illustrates her tips with lots of interesting case studies of other businesses too so you can see what worked for other people. Basically you don't need to save up a massive pot of cash before you go it along - do it now!
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I wish I hadn't wasted my money on purchasing this book. A more sceptical person my conclude that this is just another person exploiting gullible would-be entrepreneurs? Its contents are only common sense, plus very brief appraisals of how truely successful people have succeeded . Maybe it's my fault, I assumes that Rachel Bridge is a successful business person who is advising others who wish to start a business. Her entrepreneurthings website is disappointing and I have trouble believing that it may be profitable. Don't waste your money on this book, there are no ways to be successful without investment, however small.
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Disappointing read. A few years on and the 'business' the author founded to showcase the advice is all but dead. The 'lessons' in the book are visited in short appraisals and no real insights - despite stating in the intro she wouldn't do this.

In fairness some of the advice is good, but it's nothing you wouldn't already know or be able to find for free.

I'm a little sour that I was given the impression the author was knowledgeable and successful.
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Great tips, practical help and excellently written. Really enjoyed the writer's style and approach to new entrepeneurs. Easy to read.
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