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Canadian Small Business Kit For Dummies Paperback – Apr 19 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (April 19 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470838183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470838181
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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A Canadian bestseller, now revised and updated!

Hey entrepreneurs! Got an idea and need some straightforward advice on how to turn your dream into a reality? Let two experts show you how to turn your ideas into gold. Covering every aspect of starting, building, staffing, and running your own show, whether you’re starting from the ground up or buying a franchise, this book paves the way to small business success.

Discover how to:

  • Put together everything your business needs, from furniture to staff
  • Establish an online presence for your business Write a winning business plan
  • Keep your books balanced
  • Stay on the right side of tax authorities
  • An enterprising guide to becoming your own boss

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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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"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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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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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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