Bluntness is the first word that comes to mind as I begin this review, and it’s the best part of this book. I like it, I try to use it, and I appreciate others who don’t waste time getting to the point. Mr. Dennis is very blunt and direct. The founder of Maxim magazine and publisher of about fifty other magazines, he started from nothing. Today, he estimates his net worth is between 400 and 900 million dollars. While that’s a big gap in his estimated figures, one thing is certain; he more than qualifies to be in the “rich” category.
The worst thing about this book is the title. I turned the book face down and hid it in a drawer as I was reading it. I am sure that if any of my friends saw the title, they would laugh at my naivety and gullibility for thinking a book would help me become rich. I would not have even picked this book up off the shelf had it not been for someone’s recommendation, who said it is really about the focus, determination and discipline needed to start and grow a simple small business into a successful one.
“Bake A Dog A Bone”- Starting a Pet Treat Business
There are lots of “get rich quick” books and programs available claiming you’ll live on a beach the rest of your life, sipping margaritas and admiring sunsets, if you buy their program or book. Of course, no book will make you instantly wealthy — it takes planning, hard work, and even a little luck to run a successful business, not just aggressive marketing and unproven schemes. Among the many books that promise to show you how to run a successful business, most are garbage; only a few offer anything actually useful. So how can you tell which books are best? Sometimes, you just have to take a chance. So that’s exactly what we did.
Recently, we purchased “Bake a Dog a bone”, by Chris Trombley and Doug Bertram. Billed as a “Step-By-Step Resource Guide To Earning A Six-Figure Income In The Pet Industry”, their book promises to “Reveal Easy-To-Follow Secret Tactics That Could Help You Fetch Your Own Share Of The $65 Billion Dollar Pet Industry… Starting From Scratch On A Shoe-String Budget“. But does it really offer such amazing insights, or is it just another cash-grab by greedy business people?
Simple Small Business will, from time to time, review a business book that we think is worthy of your consideration. I think that it is only fair to warn you that I have spent most of my adult life studying business related books and I find that over time I am drawn to Biographies and Case Studies rather than non-fiction, strategic or instructional types of books. When you are first beginning the journey of entrepreneurship, instructional books are necessary because we lack a foundation of solid technical knowledge. After the framework has been developed, we will need guidance from someone with more experience. This guidance comes from actually listening to people who have done it. Understanding their struggles and how they overcame them can be extremely enlightening.
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“Four Seasons” is a book written by Isadore Sharp, the founder and CEO of the highly regarded Four Seasons Hotels. It is a forty year summary of his life and the evolution of the Four Seasons name.
In the introduction he begins by humbly admitting that when he started he knew nothing of the hotel business or any small business for that matter. His parents were poor immigrants from Poland and Isadore spent some time explaining how his family arrived in Canada and how his father wound up in the building trade. This was during the depression and as a small boy he would spend the day helping his father by carrying bricks or plaster, digging ditches and putting in a good hard days work. It becomes obvious that Isadore’s values came from his upbringing and it is important in understanding his philosophy in his dealings with businesses and with people today.
Summary: Go to the portable applications website and download their free portable apps suite plus any other programs that you may need to run your business. Stick them on a 4 or 8 gigabyte thumb-drive and run your entire business from any computer anywhere, any time. Save a ton of money and feel secure that no lost or stolen computer, computer crash or disaster will bring your simple small business to a halt.
I am a big fan of portable applications. If you are not aware of what that is, portable applications are small programs that reside entirely on your USB thumb-drive. These are the programs that you use every day on your computer like word documents, spreadsheets, graphic programs, etc. They take up no space on your hard drive, they don’t fill your computer with a bunch of garbage that slows your computer down and the icing on the cake is that most of these are open source and completely free.
To become familiar with what is available I highly recommend that you take a jump over to portable apps to see what they offer. There are other portable apps available from different sources, but this is a great place to get started. Imagine being able to run your whole simple small business using the thumb-drive on your key chain or in your pocket. If your computer crashes, quickly buy or borrow another computer and in minutes you are up and running. Someone breaks in and steals your equipment or a fire destroys your office, no problem, you have got it covered. You are on vacation and there is an unexpected business emergency, use the hotel computer and jump in and get your company back on track.