Small Business For Dummies

Small company For Dummies

Small Business For Dummies

This is the leading resource for beginning and running any small company. Desire to start the small company of your dreams? Wish to breathe new life into the one you currently have? “Small company For Dummies” supplies reliable guidance on every element of beginning and growing your company, from funding and budgeting to marketing, management and beyond. This totally practical, no-nonsense guide gives you expert suggestions on everything from creating ideas and finding start-up money to hir

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  1. 39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good overview, February 22, 2012
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    Elisa 20
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    This is a good overview if you are thinking of starting a business. You will think about how you want to organize your business, your finances, and your marketing. If you have employees, you’ll think about what you will be responsible for and how to manage them.

    But…it is not a step-by-step guide to starting your own business. It won’t tell you how to get a business license in your city/county/state. It won’t tell you how to sell your product or reach your customers. And it -really- doesn’t tell you how to maximize free technology (social media and other resources) to reach your customers.

    There are 5 sections: “Becoming an Entrepreneur”, “Buying an Existing Business”, “Running a Successful Small Business”, “Keeping Your Business in Business”, and “The Part of Tens” (Ten mistakes; ten tips). Again, these are overviews and that highlights the challenge of writing a book like this. The author doesn’t know YOUR business and so just can’t be specific about -your- challenges.

    For example, there’s a lot about managing employees but many small businesses do it all themselves or with one or two family members. You have to wait until page 160 to find relevant information if you already have a business–or even if you want to find out about a business license (not enough there, imo).

    In short, it’s a good overview before you start–this is what you can expect and should have already thought about before starting up. If you’re already in business, it’s good to see things and ask yourself “Am I paying attention to this? Why or why not and .. should I change something I’m doing/not doing?” In other words, this book is kind of a check-up, tune-up for you along the way, but its not really a “nuts and bolts” How To, that shows you exactly how everything is done.

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  2. 22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I am Embarrassed to Admit…, April 19, 2012
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    Kitten Kisser (United States) –
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    That I found this book overwhelming & confusing. Okay fine. Roll your eyes & laugh all you want. I guess I’m dummer than a dummy. This year I took the leap into the small business world. I run an Organic farm with my husband. We don’t have employees, we have livestock & crops. We are a general farm.

    My problem with the book is that even though it is for small business, it was too big business for me. So many situations didn’t apply & had me sweating bullets. I started to over think everything & bury myself in endless amounts of paperwork, getting little else accomplished in the day. I tried talking to other local farmers for business advice but didn’t get much out of them. I talked to an out of state friend & when they understood all the crazy I had going on, they started to help by explaining a few things to me. Now I am on a somewhat smoother path.

    Despite my lack of understanding, I didn’t feel it was fair to rate the book any less than 4 stars. When I have a better grasp on some things, sections of the book are more clear to me. Also, some of the IRS speak is much more clear thanks to reading the Dummies book.

    I hope that as time goes on things will work more seamlessly. I intend on holding on to this book to reference to. I imagine it will become more helpful to me the more all this business stuff takes root in my brain & isn’t in one ear & out the other.

    After calling my local help center for small business’s I was very glad to have read this book. The woman I spoke to mentioned many of the things the book mentioned & thankfully I understood what she referred to & didn’t feel stupid. How about that! It took me a few months to read the entire book while setting up my small business – which still isn’t finished but getting there. It is amazing how many little things there are to do. I look forward to the day when having our organic farm as a business comes to me as naturally as just plain ol’ farming!

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