So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?: How to Decide If Starting a Business is Really for You

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 8, 2008 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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Jon Gillespie Brown brings his extensive mentoring experience to bear in this new handbook for would-be entrepreneurs. So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? contains a series of mentoring sessions, each carefully thought out to make you consider and plan your life based on your passions, ambitions and ultimate visions. By actively taking part in each of the exercises, you give yourself the best chance of succeeding as an entrepreneur, or the sufficient clarity to decide what other career options are best suited to you.

Explore your real goals, hidden talents, passions, assets and core skills. The simple self-discovery tools in the book will make it easy for you to analyse this information and take the next steps towards your entrepreneurial dreams with total confidence.

'Read this book if you plan to be an entrepreneur, find out what it's really like before you make the leap!' Doug Richard, entrepreneur, business investor and former member of the Dragons' Den TV programme

'Before I invest in a business at an early stage I want to know the founders knew what they were getting into. I would suggest they check out if they measure up to the demands of the ups and downs required to be a successful entrepreneur by reading this book first.' Richard Farleigh, Author Taming the Lion: 100 Secret Strategies for Investing and former member of the Dragons' Den

'The key to entrepreneurial success is understanding what type of entrepreneur you are, and then doing business in a way that is true to yourself, and above all, one that brings you personal happiness and fulfilment. This book will help you decide whether a life of an entrepreneur is for you.' Rachel Elnaugh, entrepreneur, business speaker and former member of the Dragons' Den

'Very few people truly consider the hard work, disappointment, frustration and crushing lows that every Entrepreneur experiences along the journey. Jon's book is a must read for anybody ready to take the leap!' Richard Parkes Cordock, author of Millionaire Upgrade and creator of Millionaire MBA Business Mentoring Programme

'The only form of safe employment is self-employment. I recommend anyone considering the entrepreneurial path to read this book.' Geoff Burch, International Speaker and author of Go It Alone: The Streetwise Secrets of Self-Employment


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Top ten ways to answer the ultimate question Do I want to become an entrepreneur?
What is an entrepreneur?
Research into entrepreneurs
The top ten traits of successful entrepreneurs
Top ten myths about entrepreneurs
What makes people become an entrepreneur?
Are you feeling like an entrepreneur yet?
Your health position
What interests you in life?
What about your family and network?
Have you considered the ideal lifestyle for you?
Whats your personal motivation?
Vision purpose and personal mission statement
Identifying personal criteria that will fit your new business
Its not all about the money or being a millionaire

Whats life like as an entrepreneur?
Ten great things about being an entrepreneur
The story of an entrepreneurial beginning
Taking a personal inventory and assessing your current resources
Audit your business history and abilities
Management skills evaluation
Personality evaluation
Make an I want list
Getting over the fear of starting out
Anyone can become an entrepreneur at any life stage
Top ten excuses for not becoming an entrepreneur
Finding the courage to go for it
Achieving a life of balance
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Top ten ways to answer the ultimate question do I want to become an entrepreneur?

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Jon Gillespie-Brown brings his extensive mentoring experience to bear in this new handbook for would-be Entrepreneurs.
Jon Gillespie-Brown is the founder and CEO of a number of successful hi-tech companies. In tandem with his Entrepreneurial commitments Jon actively promotes the concept of ′contribution′ and ′giving back′ and has provided mentor support to students at the London Business School for six years. he is also a Mentor at Stanford University, California where a number of his businesses and family are now based.

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