Thankfully, I got this book through freesourcing, something the author will, justifiably, be proud of. If you're thinking of starting a business, then this book is filled with useful tips on, as the title states, how to get products and services for pretty much nothing at all. I particularly liked the free computer and software, for instance.
However, as we all know, starting a business is one thing, running it to prosperity is quite another, given that so many hundreds of thousands of them fail - usually within the first three years. As such this book should have a health warning attached.
Having a good idea, putting it into the commercial world and making a go of it is not something you'll learn from the pages of this book. Most entrepreneurs are not entrepreneurs, they are just individuals with thoughts of becoming a self-made man/woman, witness all those daft schemes we see on Dragon's Den. Having been there and done that, got the T-shirt for free (sample sent in the hope of a larger order) I see no mention of red tape, employment laws, only a brief mention of the Data Protection Act and a myriad of other snags and obstacles the innocent tyro will have to face on this long and hazardous journey.
Nonetheless, this book really does have some great suggestions and some excellent contact points. In the end, no book will ever create an entrepreneur; it's in the blood and it's certainly not for everybody. Where this book gains is that quite a lot of the content is for everybody, especially now that we are constantly exhorted to save money by recycling.You don't need to be running a business to use some of his suggestions. In my case, thanks to the author, I now know how to actively use my old mobile. Sorry, Tesco, I was going to get a few green points but have decided to obtain a free SIM card instead and use it for incoming calls only.
The irony, of course, is that if you do freesource, you'll need to get this book for nothing, something I expect the author would prefer didn't happen.