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From the foreword
For years I dreamt of owning and running a business. I guess what attracted me were the status symbols: the power, flexibility and wealth that seemed to belong to every business owner as of right. Of course I knew this was illusory, as after working in a bank for 21 years I had seen the other side – up close and personal. I knew of the sleepless nights, the tears, the despair, the hassles of stock supply, the dramas with staff and the rock bottom of bankruptcy and mortgagee sales by the banks acting to recover their lending.
But the purpose of this book is not to dwell on the exhilaration of the peaks of business ownership or the despair of the depths, as the vast majority of businesses in Australasia are well run, profitable and providing enjoyment and satisfaction to the owners. Instead, I want to focus on the overview of the questions you should be asking yourself.
Comments from those that have read the guide
"Your book is quite the best small book on the nuts and bolts of setting up a business we have found. Apart from its practicality and commonsense, we believe its brevity is its biggest single selling point. We have given copies to friends and colleagues, and recommended it to many business people across the North Island. At 48 pages, it represents one of those rare GAAG (Guts at a glance) books that are invaluable and respect the KISS principle. Without it there is a real gap in the market, and we researched dozens of publications before we pinpointed yours as a gem."
"Your book Owning Your Own Business has been of great help to us as business owners, both for checking we are doing the basics right, and for growing our thriving business. The ideas and practices in the book have made our task easier. We have appreciated the book's clarity and simplicity and your 'feet on the ground, roll your sleeves up, get into it' approach."
Tim and Juliana Smithells
First Careers(NZ) Ltd
“I was impressed with the way David wrote about a number of key issues that are often over looked by new and even existing business owners."
In summary I would say this business guide is “an essential 60 minute read to all new and existing business owners.”
Wood Rivers Hawes & Company Ltd
“It is great to see practical points and facts available to the people who need it the most when they need it the most!
The book ties well with your first and would have made our entry into business smoother. You have positioned yourself in an ideal situation to provide a service, which is essential for most small business to start up. You certainly helped us, for which we are grateful”
Muffin Break, South City, Christchurch