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The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business

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Female entrepreneurs are a growing force to be reckoned with. Each year, more and more women take the initiative and start their own business ventures—at twice the rate of men. Women continue to reshape the business world with innovative models, both large and small. So why is there a lack of clear-cut, expert advice aimed at this dynamic female audience?

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Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Seal Press
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I'm not one to read business books which is a shame since I have my own business, but I really liked this one. Lots of practical advice and even though I've been in business for myself for a couple of years, there still was enough information in there to keep me reading. I got this book from the library, but I actually think I will head out and purchase this one. Even though it's geared towards women, I think my husband (and business partner) will find that this book is full of useful informatio ...more
This book was awesome, start to finish. I checked it out of the library, but now I really want to get my own copy and read it again, dog-earing pages and writing in the margins. Tara Swiger, from Blonde Chicken Boutique, recommended this on a call she did a while back, and the advice seems right-on and adaptable to all different kinds of small businesses, from product sales to service-based.
Every woman wanting to start, or grow, their own business needs to read this.
I thought this was a fantastic book and here's why:

* Approachable writing style makes it very easy to read (good sense of humor, too!).
* Rich content that's clearly organized.
* Lots of examples to flesh out the topics covered.
* Helpful exercises to encourage experiential learning, not just read-it-and-maybe-forget-about-it.

This book is aimed at women, but it's not full of crazy feminist stuff or touchy-feely-how-to-love-you type of stuff. I was worried I'd get that in a book aimed at women (eve
If you are looking for a nuts and bolts business book that doesn't make you feel evil or encourage you to become so, this is a good choice. It's a business guidebook for people who never expected to be in need of one.
Melanie Mauer
i read this in 2008 which feels almost like a decade - and at the time, it was groundbreaking for it's thoroughness. parts now might be less applicable but i'm grateful for the help it was at the time.
I absolutely loved this book! I read everything from start to finish. This book was like a breath of fresh air. It really told me everything I needed to know and stayed true to its title. I checked it out from the library but its definitely on my list of books to purchase. This is not a book I just read through. It actually inspired me to get a notebook and brainstorm. Very inspiring. The best book for aspiring woman entrepreneurs. Great step by step information and resource guide in the back. I ...more
Jaime K
Best book I've found about running a business if you don't have a traditional business background, and what you think of as "traditional business" makes you cringe just a bit. This is a modern, refreshing guide accessible to creative types and those looking to be serious but not stuffy. If you've wanted to start a business and have no idea how to start, what to expect, or what resources you need, this book grabs your hand and takes you through the process, most importantly helping you get a gras ...more
Good information and encouragement.
What I learned from this book...
1. Not that I'm going to be going off on my own anytime soon, but I think every independent woman wonders what it would take. This is as simple a guide as possible that's out there and it was easy to read, but I was left with more questions than answers. Which, I suppose in this case, is a good thing.
2. On the one hand, starting your own business seems easy, and why wouldn't you want to be your own boss.
3. On the other hand, it's quite scary and takes some bravery
Nov 15, 2014 Mae rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: library
This book was really informative and I really enjoyed it and it gave me a lot of good things to think about in the future for when I open my own business.
Good book for anyone (woman or man) who is interested in starting their own business. Well organized, understandable, and concise book the goes over the basics of starting your own small business. It was an eyeopener for me and has caused me to rethink some of my plans. I realized, after reading this book, how unprepared I was to start a business. This book is not in-depth but rather is a good first start for anyone interested in owning their own business.
Sheyna Galyan
This was an EXCELLENT book: practical, funny, and encouraging without being too perky. I'd give it 4.5 stars, and the only reason it's not a 5-star book is the book designer's fault: the print was just a point size or two too small, and—glasses or not—reading that tiny print for more than a few pages gave me a headache. Wish I'd had the ebook version!
Kim Olson
This is a fantastic little guide to launching a business, written specifically for women who plan to start a small, creative endeavor. It offers advice on planning, marketing, pricing--the whole gamut--with precisely this type of business in mind. It's chock-full of specific tips and advice (and inspiration), and the writing style is pleasantly engaging.
Really good, makes me want to start my own business. US-focused, which surprised me a little. Very fun to read (except some of the drier bits about finances and taxes, I'll admit), lots of great tips and fabulous anecdotes. Highly recommended!
Jacqueline Snider
This is a very informative book for all business owners, not just women. They are very insightful and comprehensive in their tips and their exercises really help you answer some of those tough questions about business decision making.
A very helpful book that doesn't come across as too dry and "businessy." There's lots of good info in here, even if you aren't your own boss but, like me, work for a small business and/or want to keep your options open for the future.
Ashley Howard
this book is just what i need right now. motivation and reassurance that woman CAN be their own boss! written by two very artsy and hype ladies, this is not a dull read.
must read for all those seeking self employement!
Apr 12, 2009 Lisa added it
Shelves: could-not-finish
Looks to be chock-full of great info, but my entrepreneurial mojo has died down a bit (not due to the book!) so I just couldn't finish it. I do plan to read it someday, if the entrepreneurial mood strikes again.
I decided to read this book because I have been thinking about startin an online fabric store.... A lot of this book didn't really pertain to me and my business ideas, but I still enjoyed it and found it very useful.
Using the exercises in this book to help me start a business... the authors seem to be providing good advice and the exercises seem helpful... I guess only time will tell as I put them into practice...
Dec 25, 2012 Jamie added it
Shelves: z-2012-reads
I thought this book was well written and gave me some valuable information as well as a few things to ponder. A good addition to my resources collection. I see myself referring back to it in the future :)
Mar 10, 2012 Kassel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
A good, unconventional look at guiding women into running their own businesses. Best for women who seek to maintain a small business, have a solo proprietorship, or run a consultancy.
noisy penguin
I'm in the process of opening my own business. This book is excellent for everything from budgeting tips to personal satisfaction. The resource guide in the back is fantastic.
I love this book, it really covers most everything you need to know as a new entrepreneur. The authors are from BC, so there is plenty of Canadian content as well.
Dec 17, 2009 Shandra rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women looking to become a small business owner
Recommended to Shandra by: Library Search
Pretty good book for Women who are looking to open and operate their own business. Not full of useful information though, but a good source to get started.
Great book if you're serious about freelancing or working for yourself - I'm not business-inclined, and I LOVED this book!
Linda Le
okay, i never finished this book but it's a great reference. easy to read, female friendly...
Very informative and thoughtful. A business book that was actually fun to read!
Anna Edwards
Excellent resource for anyone looking to start their own business.
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