Self-Assessment and Feasibility Workbook for Small Business Start-ups
by Dan Boudreau
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Pub Date 03 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 22 Jun 2021
Do you dream of starting a business, but never quite get to it?
The Pre-Launch Doodlepad is a playful risk-free way to discover if you would be happy as a business owner. It is designed to enable you to benefit from each stand-alone lesson, whether you write, doodle, color, journal, or simply read through the pages. It is an opportunity to assess yourself, determine if your business idea is feasible, and figure out if the business you’re thinking about is the right fit for you.
The author, Dan Boudreau has owned and operated several small businesses over more than three decades, from home-based enterprises to ventures employing dozens of workers. He combines his practical experience as a business owner with his expertise as a lender to help emerging entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.
The lessons in the book are the result of the speedbumps that he learned from on each start-up journey and provide real guidance from each experience. After many decades of experience in business he was inspired to bring these lessons together in this book.
These lessons cruised into his life in a random way. which is why it seems entirely appropriate that you do the activities in the order that they attract you and add to them as you are moved to do so.
As you doodle your way through this process, you will:
✓ Recognize and appreciate your skills, preferences, and achievements.
✓ Assess your suitability to own a business.
✓ Write, sketch, or record your vision.
✓ Consider one or more business opportunities.
✓ Envision your business development team.
✓ Learn about your industry.
✓ Dispel your assumptions: separate facts from fiction.
✓ Clarify your understanding of your customers.
✓ Gather intel about your competitors.
✓ Assess your financial readiness for business.
✓ Determine whether your business idea is viable.
✓ Estimate start-up costs.
✓ Set your business start-up goals.
This is a creative and fun way to get your entrepreneurial ideas out of your brain and prepare them, and you, for the realities of the marketplace.
If you dream of starting a small business, but never quite get to it, this book will enable you to get off the fence and confidently turn your passion into a thriving small business.
Average rating from 3 members
This a cute book to help you test if you can be a business owner, launch your own idea and it is very good. The only thing, the electronic version of the book is not the best option as this book needs to be a paperback one. There are plenty of underachieving execs to work on.
A 5-star idea but it doesn't translate as well in digital form, for me personally. I'd definitely recommend this in print form to anyone teetering on the edge of not being sure about starting their own business. The tone is really light and encouraging and I love the idea of the doodles. WARNING: This book will have you drinking a lot a coffee! :)
This was a surprisingly fun and informative workbook to brainstorm about starting a business. I liked the mix of personal introspection (what are you good at? what shortcomings might stand in your way? what needs in life would this business fill?) with down-to-earth checklists and charts (who will serve as your lawyer, accountant, tech geek, etc., what competitors exist and how will they react, what infrastructure is in place to support your business...). It was simple to use, fun, interesting and quite helpful.
I read a temporary digital ARC of this book via NetGalley.