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For the first time on this blog I’m going to include a book recommendation, just because I think it is an excellent book and could be a worthwhile investment if you’re seriously considering setting up your own business.

It’s called “Make It Happen – The Prince’s Trust Guide To Starting Your Own Business” (ISBN 9780857080455) – I was asked to review this book for the Chartered Management Institute and I’m very glad I did.

The book is divided into ten sections which range from marketing and sales, managing your money and writing a business plan to advice on growth and getting yourself a mentor.

The format and layout of the book make it very easy to read and there are numerous nuggets of advice from both well known entrepreneurs (such as James Caan of Dragons Den fame and Tony Elliot who started Time Out magazine) and not-so-well know business people, but all offer sound advice and excellent tips based on their own experiences.

 As start up books go, I found it refreshingly different, very easy to read (and refer back to) and whilst it covers familiar ground, it does so in an interesting way. It also has a handy glossary of useful websites at the back relating to each section of the book.

All in all, I think its well worth a look, but I’ll let you be the judge!

The Prince’s Trust website is below; they also have a business plan template and some financial spreadsheets available to download.

http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/

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  1. Thanks for the advice. I will follow it to manage my business properly.

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