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Small Business for Dummies

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Want to start the small business of your dreams? Want to breathe new life into the one you already have? Small Business For Dummies, 3rd Edition provides authoritative guidance on every aspect of starting and growing your business, from financing and budgeting to marketing, management and beyond. This completely practical, no-nonsense guide gives you expert advice on every ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by For Dummies (first published 1998)
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Chad Warner
Jan 27, 2010 Chad Warner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: entrepreneurs, business owners
A great starting point for the person thinking about starting a business. It quickly walks you through the pros and cons of being an entrepreneur, then dives into page after page of practical, real-world advice on attaining and maintaining success.

It covers all the bases, including financing, marketing, accounting, sales, management, taxes, and growth. Although it doesn't go into incredible detail about each topic, it definitely points you down the right path, and refers you to more specialized
Kitten Kisser
Sep 10, 2014 Kitten Kisser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
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 thin
Feb 01, 2010 angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition I had was outdated and referred to the internet as the "new kid on the block" and spent some time explaining how computers can help your small business. I can hardly fault the book just because I had an outdated version though. The truth is, many of the principles covered and advice doled out have not changed. It's a dry read, but it is a nice breadth of information for entrepreneurs. On any one topic, you'll need to fibd a more in-depth resource.
Mimi Somsanith
The "for Dummies" collection of books are sincerely helpful to the readers and profitable to the authors despite the occasional spelling errors. To me, it's like an encyclopedia of sorts to have for reference. Each book, however, can be overwhelming to digest and sometimes depth is substituted by a list. This one, though, I liked because there was enough solid material in an adequately organized fashion.
Rebecca Horner
Definitely more for someone who is doing an inventory based business or something that involves renting a space. Not something I would suggest for someone who is just looking to start something out of their homes.
May 30, 2012 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun stuff! Running a small business seems fun. I also liked the relationship advice that said don't let your business affect your home life. Consider it done!

Also, I found the suggestion of getting a modem to be pretty sweet too.
Jennifer Defoy
Oct 27, 2008 Jennifer Defoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read this book a few times, in parts. Overall I think the information that is provided in this book is very useful. But it is very basic. I am currently pursuing a business degree and I am finding there is so much more to the concepts and ideas that are presented in this book.
well, i was just started. after finally found my passion on doing my very own small business.
Mar 05, 2010 Di rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what you'd expect - an easy to read book with introductory info on how to start a business. I would recommend it.
Aug 16, 2007 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read through it once a few years ago, and I'm not sure I've opened it since.
Clare Lancaster
Hoping to learn about the book-keeping part :(
David Delaney
May 02, 2015 David Delaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice quick guide and definitely recommended as an introduction.
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