Start Me Up

Start Me Up

Start Me Up!

Do you dream of becoming the next Richard Branson or Anita Roddick? Are you ready to be your own boss but nor sure where to start, waiting for that lightning bolt moment of inspiration to strike? Does the idea of writing a business plan terrify you?

Becoming your own boss is easier than you think! Businesswoman and entrepreneur Sonia Williams has done all the hard work for you. In Sonia's new book 'Start Me Up' you will find over 100 innovative and achievable business concepts and practical advice that will have your business up and running in no time.

New year; resolution time. Each year hundreds of Australians resolve to turn their lives around. Taking control of their job or career is at the top of most people's lists, and what better way to start your new year off than by launching your own business. Australians are an entrepreneurial bunch; 320,000 new businesses enter the Australian market every year (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007). But what if you have always dreamt of owning your own business, but have yet to come up with that groundbreaking idea that only you can turn into a money spinner?

Sonia Williams is here to help. Sonia is a Chartered Practicing Accountant (CPA), author and entrepreneur. She is also a self-confessed ideas woman who has put together more than 100 of her favourite (innovative) small business ideas in one handy book- Start Me Up! These are not just small business ideas, they are smart business ideas. No matter if you're just starting out, in a career transition, a retiree, a stay-at-home parent or even an experienced entrepreneur, you'll learn a great deal from Sonia's words of wisdom. And best of all? It's so easy! Most of the businesses in this book have very low start-up costs and can be easily set up from home. Many could even be set up parallel to your current job to make the transition from daily grind to business success story even easier.

If you have ever thought about starting your own business- even if it is just part-time while you continue with your 'day job'- you need this book.Some of Sonia's novel ideas make the most of modern technology; others put a new spin on tired and tested ventures. Sonia also suggests ideas for cultivating your own business nous, including advice on how to spot a trend (and how to avoid fads!), how to identify niche markets, how to write a business plan, how to avoid common first-timer pitfalls and how to develop your online presence. 'Start Me Up' is a fantastic resource for the budding entrepreneur. Start Me Up! will:

  • Includes over 100 effective ideas for starting up a business.
  • Includes information on current worldwide trends and the opportunities provided by technology.
  • Explains the fundamentals of starting up a business and gives guidance on how to formulate a business plan that works.
  • Gives you over 150 business ideas that you can start from home, with little or no start-up capital- there's guaranteed to be a business idea that suits your personality and lifestyle
  • Show you what business ideas are working now, in 2010. Pet rocks and sea monkeys are so passé!
  • Save you time and money by showing you how people with similar businesses from around the glob make each idea work for them
  • Teach you how to market your business for next-to-nothing- each business idea details individualised marketing ideas that will help you sell your product or service
  • Set you up on the part to business success, job satisfaction and financial independence!
  • Written by an author with a track record of success in small business.

    Start Me Up! will also show you how to set up an e-commerce website, build networks, source inventory and clients and much more.

    The ideas listed in the book, ranging from the novel to the tradition (given a modern twist thanks to Sonia's trend-spotting talents) are tried and tested, but are not yet done to death! They tap into current trends and dedicated niche markets, but someone else has done all the hard work researching, developing and implementing each idea, ironing out the kinks and learning the heard lessons. It's all in the book. Using Start Me Up! you can find a great new business idea that suits your personality and desired lifestyle- all you have to do is pick your favorite ideas and get started. Just ask yourself this: will 2010 be just like 2009 for you? Or will it finally be your year to shine?

    Many people dream about leaving the 9 to 5 daily grind behind to become their own boss- coming up with a strong business idea might be the one thing holding them back. If that sounds like you, don't despair. "Just because you haven't had your own light bulb moment doesn't mean you shouldn't be in business," says Sonia Williams in her latest book Start Me Up!, written especially for people searching for a starting point. To begin with Williams suggests you "assess the 'you' business opportunity. Ask yourself what you are good at. What are your core skills and strengths? Do you have any particular skills or professional expertise that could be used for the development of a business? If you have a hobby, you could captialise on it."

    Another way to come up with a good business concept is to draw on life experiences, says Williams. "Have there been any situations where you through: 'If only the product or service did...', 'If only the product or service was...', 'I wish there was a...?' These sorts of situations are seeds. This is exactly how some successful entrepreneurs have come up with fantastic, innovative, award-winning ideas. "Spotting trends takes research; you need to be observant and alert to changes in popular culture," says Williams. Some of the hot trends include customizing, appealing to individual needs, going 'green', blooming baby boomers, health, fitness and self improvement and handmade. These, and eight other trends featured in the book, can form the basis of a good business idea. If you still need some help with ideas Williams, who has personally established several businesses, has come up with more than 100 business concepts to give budding entrepreneurs inspiration.

    To get your imagination working, here are 10 innovative low-cost business ideas featured in Start Me Up!
  • Rent a box
  • Baby/Reunion planner
  • Pickup service for eBayers
  • Toy rental service
  • iPod uploader
  • Cleaning service for vacating tenants
  • DVD burner
  • Thank you notes
  • Flatpack assembler
  • DIY furniture and accessories.

    You'll be amazed by the variety of business ideas uncovered by Sonia Williams in her new book Start Me Up!

    Sonia Williamsis a successful business owner and the author of three bestselling books on business and entrepreneurship. As a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), she has worked in all areas of business: public and private sectors, manufacturing and government, as well as small and large prestigious accounting firms. Sonia is also a small business owner, having started and operated several businesses over the past ten years. She is currently the founder of Show Mummy the Money, where mums can learn how to make money, and heads up a bookkeeping service called Amounts That Count.

    Start Me Up!
    Exisle Publishing
    Author: Sonia Williams
    ISBN: 9781921497308
    Price: $29.99


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