Common Sense Business: Starting, Operating, and Growing Your Small Business–In Any Economy!

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Common Sense Business: Starting, Operating, and Growing Your Small Business–In Any Economy!

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  1. Patrice Fagnant-macarthur February 26, 2013 at 10:38 am
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    “Common Sense Business” lives up to its name, October 19, 2005
    By 
    Patrice Fagnant-macarthur (Springfield, MA) –
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    This review is from: Common Sense Business: Starting, Operating, and Growing Your Small Business–In Any Economy! (Hardcover)

    I have read a great many business books and this was by far one of the best. As an entrepreneur from the time he got out of college, Steve Gottry has a great deal of experience to draw from. As someone who built a phenomenally successful business only to lose it all and start over, he has something to offer to readers at all stages of the entreprenurial cycle. Perhaps most important, however, is that he comes across as a person of a great integrity. When his business went bust, he could have declared bankruptcy and had his debts wiped clean, but he didn’t. Instead he made payment arrangements with his creditors, and in some cases, he worked off his debt. He is brutally honest about his own mistakes (in the hopes that others may learn from them). He also makes a point of emphasizing giving back to the community.

    While many business books deal in lofty ideas, “Common Sense Business” lives up to its name – it provides real world suggestions on how to run and improve your small business.

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  2. Dr. Joseph S. Maresca "Dr. Joseph S. Maresca ... February 26, 2013 at 11:10 am
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    Common Sense Business by Steven Gottry, December 20, 2005
    By 
    Dr. Joseph S. Maresca “Dr. Joseph S. Maresca … (Bronxville, New York USA) –
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    This review is from: Common Sense Business: Starting, Operating, and Growing Your Small Business–In Any Economy! (Hardcover)

    This work is an important acquisition for any small business

    aspirant or entrepreneur. The author asks that we locate

    a need and fill it. He recommends that we network with peers

    to get support and advice. Small business growth will require

    control of overhead spending, efficiency and timely cost savings.

    Sometimes downsizing is necessary, as is hiring in upturns

    or business spurts.

    The section on capitalization recommends that we move capital

    quickly while utilizing it slowly. The author encourages

    us to save as much as possible and pay off debts slowly.

    The volume encourages us to seek successful implementation

    by utilizing both internal and external resources.

    A strength of this book is that it will focus your attention

    on seeking business opportunities which are vital to

    consumers. The smart business owner seeks to determine what

    people want and how to deliver products and services consistent

    with the demonstrated needs.

    This book will help with the planning, testing and initial

    implementation of any new business idea. For this reason alone,

    the purchase will be worth the price charged.

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  3. Craig Matteson February 26, 2013 at 11:13 am
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    For anyone who has even dreamed of setting up their own business, October 13, 2005
    By 
    Craig Matteson (Saline, MI) –
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    This review is from: Common Sense Business: Starting, Operating, and Growing Your Small Business–In Any Economy! (Hardcover)

    This is a terrific book for anyone who has ever considered or dreamed of going into business for himself (or herself). Frankly, that is about everyone. I suspect that you have thought about getting out of the 9-5 rat race or getting out of the cubicle farm, but have probably not made the leap into the unknown because too much is unknown and we have responsibilities that limit the risks we can afford to take. This book is much like sitting around with an experienced and friendly uncle who takes you step by step through the things you absolutely must think through before you can seriously consider walking into the jungle of business with the hope of walking out rich.

    Steve Gottry bases this book on his own entrepreneurial efforts; some successful, others ended in bitter failure. He not only shares the lessons he learned, but extends them into more general lessons about the broad considerations anyone in business must wrestle with. He groups the twenty-three chapters in three broad parts.

    Part One is in two parts: The Small Business Life Cycle, and The Alternate Route. The first part is for the person who has any kind of desire to be in business, but doesn’t know what he would face. It starts with the dreaming stage and helps you get to something more solid. Of course, most of the dreams we have would make lousy businesses, but if you pan enough in the stream of ideas you might find a nugget of real gold. Such is one path to business. He then takes you through the planning and implementation stages. Once you are in business you hope you will have to deal with growth. You will also likely have to adapt and evolve your business, and at some point you will sell it, close it, or pass it on to heirs.

    The Alternate Route takes you through what you must consider if things go badly and you have to deal with creditors and possibly bankruptcy. He also guides you through your second start-up. Realistically, if you have what it takes to be on your own, you will never be happy working for someone else for the long term. You might have to get a paycheck to get back on your feet, but you will eventually head out on your own once again.

    Part Two takes you through the process of building on your assets. This is not as obvious as it might seem because it really is more than just your genius product or service. In order to build a loyal customer base, to fight off competitors, to have a great employee team, and to be happy with your life, you really do need to think through these issues.

    Part Three takes you through those negatives in yourself and your company that can drag you down. They include being distracted by being busy with non-core activities, a poisonous employee or culture, being sloppy, too much debt, getting on the wrong side of Uncle Sam, and letting your fears keep you from doing what must be done. It is a painful look in the mirror, but to be successful look you must!

    One feature of this book I particularly like is the “Thinking It Through” section at the end of each chapter. He lists the core questions the chapter raised and leaves spaces for you to write out your answers. Actually, the answers will be too detailed to fit in the few lines he leaves you, but they are there to suggest – demand – that you take the time to not move forward until you have written out the answers to these questions. Not that you will get them set down once and for all, but that you start the process of thinking in a serious way. Writing it down forces you to organize your thoughts and helps you judge them critically. So write.

    This is not a textbook and many of the issues he raises here will start you on your process. You will need to study some of them more deeply or get professional guidance to supplement your own skills. It reads easily and that is great, but make sure you take the time to seriously answer the questions he poses. Even if you are already in business, you will likely pick up a helpful point or three.

    Handy book.

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