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Getting ready to start a small business -- specially with little or no money on hand -- is an adventure to the say the least. Plenty of books offer inspiration, ideas and roadmaps, but The Bootstrapper's Bible is the first to combine them all. This happy combination is due to the unique position of author Seth Godin. He was a "bootstrapper" who tells the story of getting hGetting ready to start a small business -- specially with little or no money on hand -- is an adventure to the say the least. Plenty of books offer inspiration, ideas and roadmaps, but The Bootstrapper's Bible is the first to combine them all. This happy combination is due to the unique position of author Seth Godin. He was a "bootstrapper" who tells the story of getting his own business up and running. Starting with almost nothing, Godin has built a multimillion dollar business with clients and partners that include Simon & Schuster, Kinko's, The Washington Post and dozens of other companies.To encourage budding bootstrappers, he shares his own story and covers other boostrappers (from Dell Computer to Haagen Dasz) who have parlayed a great idea into a sizeable fortune, using the smart strategies and cash-stretching tactics revealed in this book. Indispensable too is keeping your head when everyone around is losing theirs. Survival is an important item on a bootstrapper's resume.Godin's years of experience owning, operating, and writing about small business have resulted in his "12 Essential Rules", which every bootstrapper will want to inhale. Bootstrapping details include: -- organizing the business and finding start-up funds -- and mentors-- dealing with customers and suppliers-- balancing work and home, frustration and inspiration, vision and practicality-- success in the bootstrap phase -- and moving beyond...

Title : The Bootstrapper's Bible: How to Start and Build a Business with a Great Idea and (Almost) No Money
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ISBN : 9781574101034
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The Bootstrapper's Bible: How to Start and Build a Business with a Great Idea and (Almost) No Money Reviews

  • Aaron Wolfson
    2019-04-23 11:30

    I love Seth Godin, and I stumbled across this book he wrote almost 15 years ago about bootstrapping a business. Considering venture-backed startups are all the rage, it's refreshing to find a tract to back up my theory that you can build a business without up-front investment. Some details/examples in the book are out of date, but the principles are solid and portable, and there are plenty of golden bits that are as applicable as ever.

  • Linda
    2019-04-14 13:27

    If you only read one book before you launch a business this should be it. Classic Godin, first published in 2004, but still highly relevant. Godin explains key principles clearly and in a way that is easy to apply to your own business ideas. At just 104 well-written pages this is a quick read too, unlike the weighty tomes many business authors feel compelled to churn out:"Hereʼs my best advice to you: Stop planning and start doing.You donʼt have to quit your day job. But you do have to get out there and do it. The more you do, the more you do. Doors will open. Opportunities will appear. Your model will change, your reputation will increase, you will become a magnet for smart people, good customers, and investors. But none of this will happen if you stay inside and keep planning.Build your business. One day at a time, one customer at a time. Lower your downsides, focus on the upsides, and start building. But start."The Bootstrapper's Bible, Seth Godin

  • Viktor Zakharchenko
    2019-04-22 14:46

    Книга датирована 1998 годом. С тех пор культура старатапов не просто шагнула вперед, она рвонула в космос, потому многие советы Сета выглядят если не наивно, то в духе "Капитана Очевидность". Не залезайте в кредиты, тщтаельно выбирайте партнеров и коллег. Сет вещает прописные и очень дипломатичные истины - ни в какое сравнение со стратегией 37 signals (книга Rework) это не идет. Однако прочесть "Библию" нужно - она из обязательного списка. Все еще. Пока еще.

  • A.M.
    2019-04-22 10:30

    Any tech book from 2004 is going to be dated in certain areas, but a lot of Seth’s advice is golden.It is also interesting to read this as the US government may destroy net neutrality. It’s real hard to get a start if a big company chokes small start-ups out of the Internet. [which is why they’re doing it, of course]***One of my kids was starting a business… and one of his partners wanted to ask an artist to make art for them under contract and then refuse to pay. My kid was absolutely enraged. Seth deals with this early on at page 4.I realize that treating people well on the way up will make it nicer for me on the way back down. I will be scrupulously honest and overt in my dealings, and won’t use my position as a fearless bootstrapper to gain unfair advantage. My reputation will follow me wherever I go, and I will invest in it daily and protect it fiercely.Exactly.Don’t rip people off ever; not even when you’re new. He didn’t continue with that partner.***One thing it does it explain business concepts in very easy to understand terms, with examples of figures and analyses of ideas. It’s free to download and has an easy print option.You are given the unlimited right to print this manifesto and to distribute it electronically (via email, your website, or any other means). You can print out pages and put them in your favorite coffee shopʼs windows or your doctorʼs waiting room. You can transcribe the authorʼs words onto the sidewalk, or you can hand out copies to everyone you meet. You may not alter this manifesto in any way, though, and you may not charge for it.That’s Seth’s business mantra.4 stars

  • Jenn Auvil
    2019-04-16 09:37

    While I enjoy Seth Godin’s ideas and his discussion on “bootstrapping” in general, I didn’t see enormous relevance to W&N. My primary reaction was that we are beyond the boostrapping model in many ways—we have an established company with an established business model that works. We’re not quite the start-up that Godin seems to be targeting in this particular book.That said, there were some good ideas and interesting insights that relate to our work:• “Products are purchased b/c of what they do, not what they cost”—page 44—we want to strive for a combo of “more convenience, better service, aggressive pricing, and better results” to become irrestible• the idea of getting paid upfront (pps 47-49) is interesting• Being busy—success leads to more success (p 50-52)—and revisit the mission statement—don’t get stuck in a rut. This is something W&N has been very successful with in the past.• Associate with winners—p 52—choose customers wisely (don’t have to work for every client if we’re losing money, etc.)• Good hiring practices (54)

  • Julie James
    2019-03-26 12:55

    A great resource!From "€œThe Bootstrapper's Bible"€ by Seth Godin:"Coming up with a brilliant idea for a business is not nearly as important as finding a business model that works... The Business model is HOW you set up a business so you can get money out of it.Key elements of a biz model:Distribution: where, what middlemen?Sales:€“ who is selling for you and how will they be compensated?Pricing: what do wholesalers and retailers and consumers pay?Production:€“ how do you make it?Raw materials: where do you get what you sell?Positioning:€“ how do the ultimate users position the product in their mind?Marketing:€“ how do consumers find out about it?Barrier to entry: how will you survive when competitors arrive?Scalability: how do you make it bigger?..."

  • Le Nguyen
    2019-04-01 09:45

    some hidden gems actually but don't believe 100% the content, it's nearly 20-year-old!

  • Justus
    2019-04-16 11:40

    There's a reason why Seth Godin is such a popular author. He sometimes does some cool mental jiujitsu, that's been his M.O. lately, but his basic popularity is due to the fact that he's just a darn good writer. We're not talking high literature here, but it is clear, concise, and engaging.The basic takeaways of the book for me was 1) make sure you have a good business model, 2) a surviving business is a heck of a lot more fun than a failing business 3) Cash flow is very important. Like I said, not ground breaking stuff, but well written and an interesting night's read.

  • Christina Tang-Bernas
    2019-03-30 14:40

    This is a great book full of sound easy-to-understand advice. I only give it 4 stars because this book wasn't too helpful in what I am interested in, choosing to have a rather narrower focus than I needed. However, for those who want to start a more conventional business with very little to no money, this is definitely the book for you, chock full of ideas, suggestions, and food for thought. For freelancers, and those who are trying to find a more unconventional type of business, you will have to just pick and choose.

  • Craig
    2019-04-06 09:37

    Seth has a gift for making business and marketing fun. After reading this book it's tough going back to my gig working for the Man. The title is a bit misleading, though, because Seth makes the point that you really don't need a great idea to build a business around; you just need an idea that works and ideas that work aren't necessarily new ideas.I got this book for free from Check them out.

  • Jim George
    2019-04-20 11:29

    Lots of great advice for starting and growing a new business, the author is a bit of a fast talker salesman type of guy. He mixes up his business ideas with some witty humor. It won't make you a savvy entrepreneur, or an overnight millionaire, but it will add more business arrows to your success quiver!

  • Robin
    2019-03-29 13:30

    If you don't come from a rich entrepreneurial family, bootstrapping is a must to grow your business. You don't have a choice. By reading Seth's thoughts and knowledge about Bootstrapping, you're in a good hands. If you're a start up or even have a growing business, i think you should read this book. Yeah, i think you should.

  • Caroline Gordon
    2019-04-19 07:50

    Another great one from Seth. What is it with him that makes you feel like you can do so many things that otherwise seem impossible. Full of practical advice about starting your own business in a low risk way and what makes a small business valuable. Available free on Seth Godin's web site.

  • Damien Jones
    2019-04-17 10:27

    A lot of great information on prepare ring yourself for starting a business with out asking for loans or investors. While I don't agree with everything Godin states in the book, he always gets me thinking!

  • Mostaque Ahammed
    2019-04-15 09:36

    Every future or present entrepreneur should read this book. How to bootstrap with tons of practice and application tips, what to notice, what to get used to, what's the mentality you need to succeed as a startup is fantastically described with example. Hell of a gooread it is.

  • Sepideh
    2019-04-13 10:29

    Recently, I have taken an interest in learning more about starting a business. This book emphasizes that you don't need a lot of money, you don't need a brilliant idea, but you do need to focus on sales and advertising.

  • Rob Estreitinho
    2019-04-19 10:36

    A fine essay about how easy the Internet provides the tools, the network and the information needed to generate autonomy, power and knowledge to build a business. Not a "how to" book (thankfully), more like a manifesto aiming to inspire.

  • Nelson de Witt
    2019-04-21 11:46

    Great read covering some important business fundamentals. I probably should have read this a long time ago. :)

  • Chris
    2019-03-31 14:38

    A good introductory book on entrepreneurship and starting a small business. Good practical advice from a person I respect

  • Sputnik Sputnik
    2019-04-02 13:29

    Love Seth's stuff and this is no exception. Nothing mind bogglingly new in here but some great fundamentals worth remembering. Thanks Seth.

  • Eliot Burdett
    2019-03-25 07:38

    Great book with lots of why's and how's. And costs $2.86 to boot!

  • David Robins
    2019-04-22 07:27

    Some good things to think about from someone that's been there. Well worth reading before starting a company.

  • Meaghan
    2019-04-13 08:40

    great ideas - cant wait to put some of them to work

  • Andremadian
    2019-04-01 14:27

    Great insights with simple but logic words.A must read for everyone who are passionate in building their own business

  • Jean Biri
    2019-03-31 14:47


  • Raj Thota
    2019-04-20 14:53

    Great book. Initially this was offered as free book. Also featured in website

  • Mahreen Ferdous
    2019-04-06 08:29

    Full of ideas and inspiration for when you are starting up. Can be a little preachy.

  • Tyson Brown
    2019-04-12 11:36

    I would put every Seth Godin book i read to my favourites he is a man of so much wisdom

  • Snow
    2019-04-11 12:45

    Go here for the book! is pretty awesome.

  • Paul
    2019-04-09 15:38

    Surprised me. Some pretty good tips in there.