Reader reviews for The Wall Street Journal. Complete Small Business Guidebook

Is this slender 240 page book indeed complete as the title would leave you to believe? Within the covers it offers a range of educational and informative parcels for the small business and the small business owner from Startup (planning, funding, financial statements) to Running (management, legal, marketing, hiring) to the essential quest of Work-Life Balance.I believe DeBaise provides a great general overview and the layout and formatting will guide the reader to areas they would like to learn more about through other publications and resources.However, while many of the stories to give a personal edge to the book are timeless and ones I found quite useful, I'm concerned that in time some of these examples will feel overdone and deter future readers from paying attention to the important lesson. I hope I am wrong, but I find even today I'm likely to tune out Katrina based disaster planning lessons and more likely to listen if it's a water leak on the 42nd floor threatening boxes of important documents.As a small business owner (LLC sole proprietorship, technology consulting) for the past four and a half years I found this a useful book as I look to improve upon my weak-points. In the next few months I plan to finally launch another small enterprise (structure yet unknown, handmade goods) and I found this a nice guidebook to help me through these final planning stages. I think this book is best used in conjunction with other references, such as those specified by DeBaise or others, such as the NOLO guides I am most familiar with.(note: this review is for an uncorrected proof I purchased at Strand for $1.99. follow at your own risk until I can review a proper copy after the 20091229 release)
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