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Entrepreneur’s Notebook propels you on a whirlwind tour of the start-up process. It is an invaluable reference for new and experienced entrepreneurs that includes chapters on a wide range of topics, from entrepreneurial team building to business plans to financing. This excellent book provides an incredible amount of practical information that will help you make smarter decisions and avoid costly mistakes. The author, Steven K. Gold, is an accomplished entrepreneur … More >>

Entrepreneur’s Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture

  1. comedyhacker
    I am relatively new to the world of entrepreneurship having started my own small business about a year ago. I was thrilled to come across this book and consider it my entrepreneurship bible. It is a concise, thoughtful and practical guide for anyone starting a new business venture. He covers everything from building your team, to choosing a lawyer, to making your pitch to investors. I do not have a strong financial background, so the chapters that were most helpful to me were the chapters covering Cash Flow and Investment. Gold focuses on the big picture when writing about these topics, which is exactly what I found most helpful. I'm new enough to the game that I didn't want to get bogged down in the details. The Entrepreneur's Notebook has helped me avoid common mistakes and use Gold's years of experience to arm myself as I continue to grow my new business. Rating: 5 / 5
  2. Elijah Chingosho
    This is a delightful little book that contains a wealth of useful and helpful information and ideas on starting a small business and ensuring that it is viable and succesful. The book is well written and easy to follow and interesting to read.

    This is a must read for entrepreneurs, particularly budding ones as the information the book provides is very practical and can help you avoid making costly errors. The book covers a wide range of topics including the start-up process, marketing the business on a small budget, cash-flow forecasting, among other things.

    The book is an excellent companion for the entrepreneur that is well worth having. Rating: 5 / 5
  3. Robert Plotkin
    Gold goes far beyond the typical "here's the difference between a C Corporation and an LLC" to explain not only the nuts-and-bolts of finding business partners, forming a company, marketing your products/services, and writing a business plan, but also--and perhaps even more importantly--how to *think about* being an entrepreneur and how to make the critical decisions that can make or break any new venture in its early stages. And he does this not only from the point of view of someone who has studied and taught business (although he does fit the bill on both of these fronts), but as someone who has successfully started and run several businesses.

    For example, he not only points out the need to put together a team, but explains how to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses and how to identify complementary team members who are most likely to work together as a cohesive unit. He not only explains the importance of finding the right corporate lawyer for your company, he also provides concrete--and nonintuitive--advice for how to avoid picking the *wrong* one. He doesn't merely repeat the mantras of "find your niche" and "focus on your core competency," he explains how to translate your "big idea" into a finely-honed business plan based on analysis of both your company's strengths and weaknesses and the market in which it will operate.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about starting a business who wants to avoid common pitfalls and start off on the right foot with the "entrepreneur's mindset" and plenty of concrete strategies for success. Rating: 5 / 5
  4. Daniel Gold
    Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture is an excellent book for entrepreneurs of all sorts. It covers such topics as brainstorming, resource gathering, business plans, legal entities, financing, exit strategies and presentations, and it does so in such a way that is concise and remarkably engaging.

    Dr. Gold's life as a `serial entrepreneur' is fascinating and inspiring, and his first class education combined with his wealth of entrepreneurial success, give his advice and insights the highest level of credibility. Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture is an invaluable resource to any person who is either currently involved or thinking about getting involved in any type of new venture. I feel a huge amount better-off for having read this book. Rating: 5 / 5
  5. S. J. Schiffman
    This book tells a budding entrepreneur what to do and how to do it. Advocating for simplicity and clarity in thinking and business planning, the author practices what he preaches in his compact writing style. Stories and personal experiences drive home key points and make them memorable. I teach at the college level, and put this book on the reading list for my undergraduate entrepreneurship class. Rating: 5 / 5

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