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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470936525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470936528
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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It takes a certain type of person to start a small business. Among other things, you need self-confidence, a flair for innovation, the ability to work alone as well as a knack for managing others. Being your own boss isn't all about polished leather executive chairs and business lunches. It's about long hours, stress, and risk. So it's fortunate that the Canadian Small Business Kit for Dummies begins with a small-business personality aptitude test. If it shows that you are fit for a life of entrepreneurship, then be prepared for the crash course in how to run a business. You have to know more than the expertise or product you are selling your customers; to be the owner of your own business you have to become an expert in purchasing, marketing, accounting, and many skills you thought you'd left behind in high school.

It’s all in the details, and the Small Business Kit covers all of them, leaving no eventuality to chance. "We bet you can't believe you paid money for some of this advice," the authors tell us at one point. It's true. It is common sense. But there are so many small points to consider when you're running a small business that it's vital to organize and prioritize everything to cut the risk. Each chapter ends with action items to put into your agenda, as in: "Give some thought to your distribution channels" and "Take the first steps towards calculating the break-even cost of your product or service." It's elementary, but it's essential. --Edward Trapunski --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Learn to:

  • Determine your start-up costs and get the capital you need
  • Market your business through traditional and social media
  • Handle contracts, payroll, and taxes

Simplify operations with the forms, contracts, and software included on CD-ROM

Your complete guide to small business success in Canada

If you have an idea for a small business and need some straightforward advice on how to turn your dream into reality, this friendly guide is for you. Expert authors Margaret Kerr and JoAnn Kurtz cover every aspect of starting, building, staffing, and running your own show, whether you're starting from the ground up or buying a franchise. Fully revised and updated, this new edition of a Canadian bestseller paves the way to small business success.

  • Get started — choose between a franchise or a new business, secure the legal rights to your ideas, and select the ownership structure that works for you
  • Figure out your finances — determine how much capital you require, find the financing you need, and tackle bookkeeping basics
  • Attract and retain customers — investigate your target market, discover proven ways to market your business, and ensure that you protect your customers' privacy
  • Manage risk — explore how you can minimize risk, choose the insurance policy that will protect you, and know how to handle closing your business
  • Expand your operation — find more business, hire and retain reliable employees, and manage a growing organization

Open the book and find:

  • Helpful Canadian resources
  • How to secure your intellectual property
  • If you should incorporate your business
  • Tips for writing a winning business plan
  • How to establish an online presence through your own Web site and via social media
  • Office gear you can't be without
  • How to find and choose suppliers
  • The scoop on staying in the taxman's good books

The value-packed CD includes:
Sample surveys, contracts, disclaimers, and other useful documents
Start-up expense, projected cash flow, and personal balance worksheets
Software to help you create documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, Web sites, e-mail distribution lists, and newsletters

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Richard Poulin on July 31 2008
Format: Paperback
If you've ever been amazed by a magic trick and had a "Oh, it was just that!" response when you saw how the trick was performed, you might have a similar feeling after reading this book. But in a good way.

For me, starting a business involved a lot of unknowns, a lot of "black magic" (laws, accounting, budgets, hiring people, finding suppliers...). This book brought me backstage. And I feel a lot safer now, since I know that it's just a lot of work (hurray!). This book has shown me how to wear the many hats I'll have as a small business owner. Out goes the magic, in comes the method, the discipline, the long hours...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Marquis on Feb. 2 2012
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Very well structured, very well written, comprehensive and detailed information. I've read many books on the subject - this is THE book to read for starting a business.
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By André T. on April 21 2013
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"You will need a table on which you can write down your work"
Seriously, did I need this book to point it out for me?

This book offers very little information or pointers as to where to find further explanations on the subjects provided.
I recommend "Se lancer en entreprise", if you are French, from Editions de l'Homme (or is it Trois-Carré? I forgot).

A good book should have thorough information on market study, market segmentation, branding, estimating operating costs and core concepts like cashflow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Nov. 25 2011
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This product is very effective, everything you need to know about starting a small is in here. It also includes a DVD with more info.
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